Filming July 28th

No Parking Anytime
Photo courtesy of Franco Folini.

On Wednesday, July 28, a production will be filming at the corner of Decatur and Barracks. Parking along parts of those blocks will be restricted from noon to midnight. There may also be intermittent traffic closures on those blocks.

That’s the corner by Cafe Envie and the U.S. Mint. Does anyone know what they are filming?

Thanks to the VCPORA Weekly update email for the tip.

DEA’s Target America exhibit comes to the U.S. Mint

The Old U.S. Mint, New Orleans

The DEA Museum’s traveling exhibit Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause, an interactive exhibit that explores the science behind the damaging effects of illegal drugs on the mind and body and the other tremendous costs associated with the production, sale and use of illegal drugs will be on exhibit at the Louisiana State Museum, Old U.S. Mint building in New Orleans, Louisiana from March 3, 2010 through November 24, 2010.

Fox8 did a story while the exhibit was being unpacked that details some of the contents. They reported that there will be “Local components” pertaining to the history of drugs in New Orleans from the 18th century to now.

There are a number of events planned during the exhibit’s stay including:

  • Jazz and Drugs: The Romance, May 8, 2010, 2pm – 4pm
  • Afternoon at the Museum, April 10, 2010, 1pm – 3pm (During French Quarter Fest)
  • Guns of the DEA, October 16, 2010, 2pm – 4pm

The exhibit is free and open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays 10am-4:30pm

French Quarter Festival lineup announced

Street brass band in the French Market for French Quarter Fest
Street brass band in the French Market for French Quarter Fest courtesy infrogmation

The largest free festival in the south returns with 17 stages with over 250 hours of local music in the French Quarter. Three stages of great music at the U.S. Mint and one in Dutch Alley in the French Market will have the neighborhood jumping.

Featured artists this year include:

  • Friday
    Big Sam’s Funky Nation – Soul Rebels – 101 Runners – Honey Island Swamp Band – Connie Jones & the FQF All-Stars – Ingrid Lucia – ZydePunks – Shamarr Allen – The Revivalists – Mark Stone Band – Coco Robicheaux – Waylon Thibodeaux – Ensemble Fatien – Russell Batiste & Friends Featuring Jason Neville + MORE
  • Saturday
    Bonerama – Anders Osborne – Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers – Irvin Mayfield & NOJO All-stars – Little Freddie King Band – Rebirth Brass band – Christian Serpas & Ghost Town – The Tin Men + MORE
  • Sunday
    The Radiators – Joe Krown Trio – Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue – The Bucktown All-Stars – Wild Magnolias – Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz – Rockin’ Doopsie Jr – Sunpie – Susan Cowsill & Friends – John Boutte & Paul Sanchez – Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys – Johnny Sketch and The Dirty Notes – Treme Brass Band – I’voire Spectacle – New Orleans Nightcrawlers – Loose Marbles – Panorama Jazz Band + MORE
  • Check the festival site for the complete and up to date schedule.


Back to School Extravaganza

This totally slipped under the radar here. I didn’t know anything about it until the music was coming from the Old U.S. Mint.

It’s the Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund 1st Annual Back To School Extravaganza. It looks like a good one. School supplies for the kids, Hot Dogs, activities for the kids, and Brass bands. Good times.

It was in the Times-piccayune

The event will be held at the Louisiana State Museum (The Old U.S. Mint) at 400 Esplanade Ave., from noon to 5 p.m. It will feature live performances by: The School Boys, Baby Boyz Brass Band, The Hot 8 Brass Band and McMain High School Marching Band.

Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund 1st Annual Back To School Extravaganza
Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund 1st Annual Back To School Extravaganza
Young Brass band
Young Brass band
Brass at the Mint
Brass at the Mint

Information about Dinerral Shavers and the fund can be found at

Wecome to the neighborhood!

Taking a look back at last year's Satchmo Summerfest

We thought it would be a good time to look back at the Times-Picayune’s coverage of last year’s Satchmo Summerfest.

For four days, lovers of Louis Armstrong enjoyed music, food and even a bit of education as the eight annual festival took over lower Decatur Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Bands playing mostly traditional Jazz filled four stages and Jazz historians remembering the good old days paid tribute to the man many say made Jazz a household name.

Yes indeed, this city knows how to pass a good time.  The ninth year should be no exception.  The festival kicks off with a Keynote Speaker and the opening of the ‘Jam Session – Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the World’ photo exhibit at the Old U.S. Mint on Thursday July 30th.  The exhibit will be in the Mint all weekend (with air conditioning) for your enjoyment.  The festivities culminate with a weekend of world class music on three stages on the lawn of the Mint.

Check out the Satchmo website for all the details.  Enjoy!

Children's Music Festival at the Old U.S. Mint

There will be a music festival for children this Saturday September 15th from 2-6pm at the Old U.S. Mint (Barracks Street and Decatur Street). This is a new thing for the neighborhood and details are slim, but I’m guessing there will be a local lineup and lots of fun for all ages.

Mules Gone Wild : Lower Decatur Edition

This Wednesday a mule pulling tourists through the French Quarter got spooked on Lower Decatur Street. They turned around on the 1200 block and went against traffic down the street bashing a minivan in front of Cafe Envie. A passenger jumped to safety near the Mint, and was later seen being checked out by EMS. Then the mule and empty carriage went the wrong way up Esplanade hitting several cars until, finally stopping when they impaled the side of a small car.

Damaged minivan on Decatur Street
Mule 1 Cars 0

the wild mule after aprehention
What me?

Stopped at last