Friends of the Cabildo Calendar of Events

FOC Concert Series 2018-2019 Season

January 25th | Sonny Landreth (Sold Out)
February 15th | Cha Wa (2018 Grammy Nominee)
March 15th | Deacon John & the Ivories
May 1 | Sweet Crude
All Concerts 7 p.m., Doors 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20 Members, $25 General Admission 

Created in 2013, the Friends of the Cabildo Concert Series has brought together some of the best musicians from New Orleans and Louisiana to perform and archive music for the Louisiana State Museum’s Music Collection. Join us for a unique musical experience at the intimate 150-seat, state of the art New Orleans Jazz Museum 3rd Floor Performance Hall.

FOC Film Series

January 16th | Piano Players (LSM Jazz Curator will be on hand for the discussion)
March 20th | Big Charity: Death of America’s Oldest Hospital (Former Employees of Charity will on hand for the discussion)
April 24h | 1970 Jazz Fest Films
All Films are shown at 5:30 & 7 p.m. (Discussion w/Vivian Norris after 7pm Showings)
Tickets: $10 Members, $15 G.A.

The Friends of the Cabildo Film Series will bring some of the best films and documentaries that highlight New Orleans and Louisiana people, places and culture. Join us for an educational movie-watching experience in the New Orleans Jazz Museum’s 3rd Floor Performance Hall. Dr. Vivian Norris a filmmaker (Obama Mama) and adjunct professor at Tulane University will lead discussions after all 7 p.m. showings.

Hidden Treasures: Carnival Edition

Tuesday & Thursday| February 19th & 21st | 6 & 7:15pm Showings | 1000 Chartres Street (LSM Collection Facility)

Tickets: $20 FOC/LMF Members, $25, Non Member

For all you hardcore Carnival fanatics, join the Friends of the Cabildo and the Louisiana State Museum for two-nights only as they open the impressive Carnival Collection for an exclusive behind-the-scenes viewing of historic costumes and other rarely seen artifacts.  Wayne Phillips, Curator of Costumes and Textiles for the Louisiana State Museum, will guide you through an in-depth, first-hand look at Carnivals of years past through a tour of the storage rooms of the State Museum, usually off limits to the general public. Reservations are required, and space is extremely limited to only 20 tickets per showing.  No tickets are sold at the door.

Neighborhood & Cultural Tours

Garden District Tour

Saturdays (10am): February 16 & 23, March 16 & 23 | Sunday: February 10
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission

Departure Point: 1452 Jackson Ave. (riverside corner at Prytania St.)

Most residents and visitors alike know of the Garden District as a stunning neighborhood full of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture, bounded by Jackson, St. Charles, and Louisiana avenues, and Magazine Street. But do you know who established the Garden District? What part did the NO & Carrollton Railroad play? Why do we always hear tour guides reference “Lafayette” and “Livaudais?” Discover the answers to those questions and more when exploring the Garden District with the Friends of the Cabildo. As we unveil the Garden District’s incredible architecture, and the influence of culture, climate, political events, and famous figures on the area, you will see these grand residences as more than just beautiful houses; they are the enduring statements of mid-nineteenth century Americans in New Orleans.

Battle of New Orleans Tour

Saturdays: February 9th, March 9th (11am), 2.5 hour Tour
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission

Departure Point: 1850 House Museum Store (523 St. Ann Street)

The Battle of New Orleans was a defining event in America’s national identity. The Friends of the Cabildo Battle of New Orleans Tour offers a fascinating look at the battle away from the battlefield, from lost locations of forts that protected the city, to Jackson’s headquarters, to events in the French Quarter related to the unfolding battle. First developed for the Bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans (2015) the tour continues to draw historians, locals and tourist for a unique perspective on this turning point in American history.

Lower Garden District Tour

Sunday (10AM): January 27th
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission

Departure Point: Muses Statue (Prytania & Terpsichore Streets)

Nineteenth century residential life in New Orleans comes alive through the Friends of the Cabildo Lower Garden District Tour! The district’s extensive collection of 1800s residences—primarily side hall, double-galleried homes in the Greek Revival and Italianate styles—will capture your imagination with both the romance and realities of life in these grand homes in the age before modern conveniences. Bounded by the Mississippi River Bridge, the Mississippi River, Jackson Avenue, and St. Charles Avenue, the Lower Garden District was developed as six different faubourgs, and it is known for its many irregularly shaped parks. You will gain a new understanding of the history and culture of the area through a review of its architecture, geography, and famous residents.

South Market District Tour

Sunday (10AM): March 24th
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission

Departure Point: Pythian Market (Corner of Loyola & Gravier Street)

A booming area of revitalization at the intersection of the Central Business District, Medical District, and the sports/entertainment corridor of downtown, the South Market District is experiencing a renaissance placing it squarely in the up-and-coming areas of the city. But what was the historical significance of South Market before the construction projects? What are the stories behind the buildings being redeveloped as apartments, condominiums, hotels, and restaurants? Join the Friends of the Cabildo as we examine the fascinating mix of adaptive reuse, historic preservation, and new construction in the “Old CBD.” This tour of rapidly transforming South Market will provide a unique snapshot of techniques used to resurrect this district while preserving its historic character.

Irish Channel Tour

Saturday: April 27th
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission

Departure Point: Sophie B. Wright Park (Intersection of Magazine & St. Andrews Street)

Most New Orleanians have enjoyed a sloppy roast beef poboy at a legendary Irish bar off Magazine Street, or caught cabbages, potatoes and carrots at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. But not everyone has stopped to consider the history of the immigrant populations who lived and worked near the docks along the Mississippi River, their culture and traditions forming the foundation of the area we now know as the Irish Channel. The Friends of the Cabildo’s Irish Channel Tour explores this diverse home of working class immigrants, natives and free people of color. From famous churches to Irish bars, unique architecture, famous historic figures and notable festivals, the Irish Channel Tour reveals the many facets of this neighborhood beloved by locals and visitors alike.

Faubourg Marigny Tour

Friday: February 8th | Sunday: March 10th
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission

Departure Point: New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint (Esplanade Gates Entrance)

Faubourg Marigny was one of the City’s earliest suburbs, located immediately downriver from the Vieux Carré on land subdivided from the plantation of Bernard Marigny de Mandeville, one of New Orleans most colorful historical figures. Today, the Marigny is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a city-designated historic district, due to its preservation of Creole cottages and many ornamented shotgun dwellings.

Initially, Esplanade Avenue was designated by the French as a commons. In later years, both the French and Spanish built fortifications there. After the Louisiana Purchase, grand townhouses and mansions were built on this European style boulevard.

Treme Cultural Tour

Sunday: February 3rd, Thursday: February 14th, Friday: March 8th(10am)
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission

Departure Point: Treme Coffeehouse (1501 St. Philip Street)

This walking tour of Treme provides a rich, detailed perspective on one of the city’s oldest and most storied neighborhoods. Originally known as “back of town,” the old Creole feel of Treme makes it easy to imagine the early 1800s multicultural community formed by immigrants, free people of color, and refugees from Saint-Domingue. An important center of the city’s African-American and Creole culture, Treme is the cherished home of fourth and fifth generation residents who strive to maintain the area’s cultural and social traditions. We will trace the origin and development of Treme through the amazing nineteenth century architecture (including Creole cottages, townhouses, and shotgun houses), geography, and urban influences dating from the subdivision of this land by Claude Treme in the 1790s to the present day.

New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Tour

Fridays (3pm): January 25th, February 22nd, March 15th
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission

Departure Point: Corner of Royal & St. Philip Streets (across from CC’s Coffee House)

Between 1947 and 1965 Cosimo Matassa recorded 250 national charting singles, including 21 gold records in his three different recording studios in the French Quarter. This tour visits all three former studios and enjoys a huge playlist of the best rhythm and blues hits. Great history, great stories and wonderful tunes. Everything from “Good Rockin’ Tonight” by Roy Brown in 1947, to “Tutti Frutti” by Little Richard in 1955, to “Tell It Like It is” by Aaron Neville in 1966. And, of course, lots of Fats Domino and Allen Toussaint. We’ll explore how R&B developed in New Orleans, and follow Cosimo’s career, all the way to the Matassa Market, the family business on Dauphine Street where he retired in the 1980s. Matassa was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, and his J&M Music Shop on Rampart Street, is the 11th historic American Rock ‘n’ Roll landmark.

Second Thursday Lecture Series

New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave.

February 14 (6PM):  – Dr. Justin Nystrom

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 504.523.3939.

Yoga at the Cabildo

Designed for all levels of practice, for travelers and residents alike, Yoga at the Cabildo is set in a light-filled gallery of one of the city’s most beautiful and historic buildings. Due to exhibit construction at the Cabildo all classes will be at the Presbytere (751 Chartres Street). The building opposite side of the cathedral from the Cabildo.

Tuesday, Thursdays, Saturdays
8:30am to 9:30am at the Presbytere

$15 Donation (includes admission to Cabildo Museum) $10 FOC/LMF members

Mats are provided

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