Friends of the Cabildo Calendar of Events

History of New Orleans Hip Hop from Call and Response to Rap and Bounce

4-Week Seminar Starting November 4th
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Every Wednesday | Zoom Only

Friends of the Cabildo is excited to announce a 4-week course on one of the most influential styles of music out of New Orleans: New Orleans rap and bounce. Tracing the West African diasporic influences of funk, soul, brass band and Mardi Gras Indian music, among others, in New Orleans rap and bounce traditions, this class will present a non-linear approach to understanding New Orleans rap and bounce music in context. Native New Orleanian, rapper/producer, and grand-nephew of Mahalia Jackson, Nesby Phips, will discuss the aspects of style and tradition that have made New Orleans rap and bounce a truly New Orleanian musical phenomena for the last 4 decades. Assisted by NOLA Hip Hop Archive founder Dr. Holly Hobbs, Phips will provide an intimate look at this dynamic genre as a current historian, ethnographer and practitioner. 

The class is $60 for FOC Members and $75 for general admission. A Zoom link will be provided before the class starts and participants can watch the class for 30 days after each session. Class Room opens each night at 5:30 p.m., recordings of the class will be sent the next day.

Fall Adult History Class:
A History of Carnival

4-Week Seminar Starting October 7th
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Every Wednesday | Zoom Only

Friends of the Cabildo will be returning its successful Adult History Class: A History of Carnival in 2020 with a 4-week seminar beginning October 7th. Speakers will include historian Dr. Karen Leathem of the Louisiana State Museum, Dr. Charles Chamberlain of UNO, Dr. Kimberly Vaz of Xavier University and LSM Carnival Historian Wayne Phillips, among others. The class will define the origins of Carnival, explore local African-American traditions, break down of the history of Carnival satire and the role of gay carnival. Finally, we will wrap up with a look at “folk” carnival with a moderated discussion with active participants.

The class is $60 for FOC Members and $75 for general admission. A Zoom link will be provided before the class starts and participants can watch the class for 30 days after each session. Class Room opens each night at 5:30 p.m., recordings of the class will be sent the next day.

7th Annual Symposium – 50 Years from the 60s: A Look Back at a Decade that Defined & Changed New Orleans

Saturday, December 12: 9:00am – 5 p.m. (Via Zoom)

With the Covid-19 Pandemic currently effecting the globe, 2020 has been a year that has transformed New Orleans into something different. With 2020 we mark the 50th anniversary of the end of the 1960s in New Orleans. The decade of the 1960s was a transformative 10 years that rocked the U.S. and New Orleans.

From the snow filled morning of January 1st, 1960 to end of the Summer of Love with the release of Easy Rider in 1969, the 1960s had major political turnover, the slow crawl to finally passing nationwide civil right laws and the beginnings of what is our modern-day carnival. The 1960s provided events that stand out including the devastating Hurricane Betsy (’65), the Beatles playing city park (’64) as well as the inaugural New Orleans Saints game at Tulane Stadium on September 17th, 1967.

The Friends of the Cabildo’s 2020 symposium will present speakers on many of these topics and more as we look at the turmoil and tension of the 1960s and look at the attempts to modernize the city successfully (Poydras Street) and unsuccessfully (Riverfront Expressway). The full day of speakers are all recorded on zoom and you will receive a copy of all the speakers so you can go back and watch again or watch at a later time. Detailed speaker and time schedule to come out soon. A Zoom link will be provided before and after the symposium can watch the class for 30 days after each session. 

Ghostly Gallivant Eat, Drink & be Scary Auction 2020

The Ghostly Gallivant Auction is more important than ever in 2020! Join Friends of the Cabildo as we raise money to support the Louisiana State Museum – with a variety of local items to bid on, this auction is not to be missed. Although we cannot host Halloween-themed walking tours this year, we hope to make this event better than ever from a distance!

FOC Concert Series 2019-2020

Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission (Landreth Concert is $25/$35)
All Concerts at 7pm | Doors 6:30 p.m. | 150 total seats each show

New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint | 400 Esplanade Avenue
Guaranteed Front Row Tickets ($200) | All Shows Package $100 Members, $135 GA

Performance Schedule
TBA| Sonny Landreth
TBA | Cedric Watson

Located at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint’s 3rd Floor Performance Space, the 150-person venue hosts some of the most intimate concerts in the City of New Orleans and with some of the best musicians around. For the 2019-2020 season, the Friends will host concerts featuring Rock, Jazz, Folk, Blues and Zydeco. Tickets are always limited for these shows so don’t miss out on these exciting concerts as these musicians are recorded for the Louisiana State Museum Archives.


Neighborhood & Cultural Tours

Creole Neighborhoods (Marigny) Tour

October 17th at 10 a.m. – Departure Point: New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old. U.S. Mint (Esplanade Gates) 10 am. 

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.

In order to make these tours as safe as possible, we will require face masks for all guests, and we will utilize the Vox Audio Tour Whisper System in order to maintain social distance. Advance reservations are required and limited to 8 guests. 

Tours must be purchased ahead of time. Tours that do not have pre-purchased tickets, may be canceled. Day of tickets can be purchased below for the tour.

Second Thursday Lecture Series

Zoom Reservation Only – RSVP at and you will receive a link to the lecture

November 12th (6PM): Shane Lief – JOCKOMO: The Native Roots of Mardi Gras Indians

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.

Yoga is Currently Postponed Until Approval from the Louisiana State Museum

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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