The Treme neighborhood of New Orleans has been a source of African-American music and culture for as long as cooks in the Crescent City have been serving red beans and rice on Monday nights. Birthplace of the great New Orleans brass band tradition and one of the first black neighborhoods in America, “Treme” (pronounced truh-MAY) is the heartbeat of New Orleans and the home to Congo Square.
Ted Kurland Associates and Absolutely Live Entertainment in association with Wendell Pierce (who plays the smooth-talking trombonist Antoine Batiste on Treme) have an exclusive agreement with HBO to present “A NIGHT IN TREME” (The Musical Majesty Of New Orleans.) From David Simon and Eric Overmyer (both of “The Wire”®), the HBO Series “Treme” follows musicians, chefs, Mardi Gras Indians and ordinary New Orleanians as they try to rebuild their lives, their homes and their unique culture in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane and levee failure that caused the near-death of an American city.
“A NIGHT IN TREME” will feature different artists as the tour travels through America, including the legendary REBIRTH BRASS BAND, Congo Nation Mardi Gras Indian Chief and alto saxophonist DONALD HARRISON, JR., singer and trumpeter KERMIT RUFFINS, historian and clarinetist DR. MICHAEL WHITE, young trumpet lion CHRISTIAN SCOTT, funky trombonist Big SAM WILLIAMS, legendary vocalist and percussionist CYRIL NEVILLE, soulful trumpeter and bandleader JAMES ANDREWS, the ever-groovy SOUL REBELS BRASS BAND, deeply devoted trombonist and singer GLEN DAVID ANDREWS, crushin’ funksters IVAN NEVILLE’S DUMPSTAPHUNK, and many others. On some of the concerts, WENDELL PIERCE will offer a recorded or live narration on the history of the neighborhood and the struggle to repair and rebuild lives after Katrina.
Produced by Danny Melnick for Absolutely Live Entertainment in association with Wendell Pierce.