FOC 2017-2018 Concert Series

New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint | 400 Esplanade Ave.
All concerts begin at 7:00 p.m.

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 their 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 Old U.S. Mint 3rd Floor Performance Hall. Single concert tickets: $25 General Admission, FOC/LMF Members: $20. Series Tickets: $150 General Admission, FOC/LMF Members: $120. A cash bar will be available at all concerts.
December 15: Sonny Landreth
January 19: Marcia Ball
March 16: Beausoleil

FOC 2017-2018 Film Series

New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint | 400 Esplanade Avenue
Screenings at 5:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. (7 p.m. films will have commentary)

The Friends of 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 experience in the Old U.S. Mint’s 3rd Floor Performance Hall. Single film tickets: $15 General Admission, $12.50 FOC/LMF Members. Series Package: $65 General Admission, $57.50 FOC Members.

January 10: Gleason
February 28: Big Charity: The Death of America’s Oldest Hospital
April 26: 1970 Jazz Fest Movies

4th Annual Friends of the Cabildo Symposium

France’s Big Gamble: The Legacy of the First Wave of Settlers, Enslaved People & Native Americans in Colonial Louisiana

December 8-9| New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint Early Bird Tickets: $75 FOC/LMF, $85 GA

The Friends of the Cabildo’s 4th Annual symposium will explore the legacy of France’s settlement of New Orleans in 1718. The program hopes to discover the cultural legacies of early colonial commercial and social interactions between Europeans, enslaved Africans and the local indigenous people and their development of a distinct Creole Society. A concluding panel will ask the question is New Orleans an Accidental City.

Schedule of Events: Friday, December 8

6:30 p.m. – Dr. Daniel Usner: Holland N. McTyeire Professor of History: Vanderbilt University

From Calumet to Raquette: How American Indians Shaped Colonial New Orleans

Saturday, December 9

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Registration

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Dr. Charles Chamberlain: University of New Orleans 

10:45 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. – Dr. Ibrahima Seck: Whitney Plantation

Marronage and Culture in Louisiana

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Dr. Emily Clark: Clement Chambers Benenson Professor in American Colonial History: Tulane University

If You Want to Get it Done, Ask a Nun: The New Orleans Ursulines

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Dr. Cecile Vidal: EHESS (The School of Advanced Studies in Social Science, Paris)

Caribbean New Orleans: Urban Genesis, Empire, and Race in the Eighteenth-Century French Atlantic

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Dr. Elizabeth Ellis: New York University

‘The Least Little Nation Thinks Itself Our Protector’: Native Influence on the Development of Colonial Louisiana

Creole Christmas Tours

December 27th, 28th & 29th | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets: $25 | $20 FOC/LMF Members | $15 Students/Seniors/Military
1850 House Museum Store, 523 St. Ann Street

Step back in time and join the Friends of the Cabildo for a tour of the French Quarter’s most cherished properties adorned in traditional Creole Christmas finery befitting the time and style of each historic residence! Your Creole Christmas tour experience includes an entertaining presentation of Reveillon traditions and their Creole origins at the Spring Fiesta House, as well as an assortment of seasonal refreshments. Self-guided tours begin at the 1850 House, 523 St. Ann Street. Tickets are $25 per person. Purchase at or by calling 504.523.3939. Day-of tickets are available at the 1850 House, 504.524.9118. Last ticket sold at 3 p.m.

Music & Dance in 19th Century New Orleans

Fridays: December 15 & January 26 | 2 p.m.
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission
Departure Point: In front of the Cabildo (by the Spanish cannon)

New Orleans was the first city in America to have opera. In fact, New Orleans had two full time, professional opera companies before any other city in America had its first professional opera company. In the beginning of the 19th century operas would premier here in New Orleans before they showed in New York. In 1835 we built the largest and most extravagant theater in the United States. And it is the same city that gave birth to jazz in the mid-1890s. It is an amazing story, and an amazing century. This tour takes you through the development of the French Opera and its golden years between 1842 and the Civil War. It also describes the rich concert life of the city, and our passion for dance. And you will see where the first Quadroon Ball were held, and learn the truth instead of the myth. Ever wonder where New Orleans got its fascination with brass music? Ever wonder why jazz started here? Or how it developed? This tour answers those questions, and explores the rich culture of the city during a remarkable century.

New Orleans Jazz

Saturdays: December 16th | 10 a.m.
Wednesdays: December 6th, December 20th, January 24th | 2 p.m.
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission
Departure Point: New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint (Esplanade Avenue gates)

This tour starts with the birth of Louis Armstrong in Black Storyville in 1901, and explores what influenced him during the early years of jazz. Then we explore how jazz continued to develop in New Orleans after Louis left in 1922. We will focus on the New Orleans jazz men and women who stayed in the city and continued to play here. This will include the “revival” of jazz in the 1940’s, the advent of Preservation Hall in the 1960’s, and will bring us all the way to the present. This tour combines several important, historical sites like George Lewis’ home, Preservation Hall, and the George H. Buck Foundation (the largest catalog of authentic jazz in the world) with a great playlist. The tour includes tunes from Louis Armstrong’s early recordings, recordings from New Orleans jazz greats from the past, and tunes from some of our greats that are alive and swinging in New Orleans.

New Orleans Rhythm & Blues

Saturdays: December 9th & 30th, January 27th | 10 a.m.
Wednesdays: December 13th & 27th, January 17th & 31st | 2 p.m.
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission
Departure Point: Corner of Royal & St. Phillip streets (McDonogh #15 corner)

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 enjoy a huge playlist of best New Orleans 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 first studio, the J&M Music Shop, on Rampart Street is the 11th historic American rock ‘n’ roll landmark.

Danny Barker Jazz Tour

Wednesday, January 10th | 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission
Departure Point: New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint (Esplanade Avenue entrance)

As a part of our city’s annual celebration of the music and life of Danny Barker, we are offering a special, two-hour walking tour featuring Barker’s music and writing. Barker is more than a historical or cultural figure in New Orleans. He appeared on over a thousand recordings in his long career, including recording with Jelly Roll Morton, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Bunk Johnson, and Cab Calloway, but he is loved and appreciated most today for what he did for New Orleans music. He was a historian of jazz history, documenting the history of jazz in his writing. He influenced many of our contemporary jazz musicians by mentoring young musicians. Barker shaped the contemporary brass band music that we love today. New Orleans music would not be the same without his contributions. The tour features his recordings as well as the songs of Blue Lu Barker, his wife. This tour is an opportunity to understand why Barker is such an important part of our musical culture, and how he is still shaping New Orleans music today.

Irish Channel Tour

Saturdays: January 27th at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission
Departure Point: St. Vincent’s Guest House (1507 Magazine St.)

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.

Battle of New Orleans Tour

Saturdays: December 9th, January 13th | 10 a.m.
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission
Departure Point: New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint (Esplanade Avenue gates)

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, the tour continues to draw historians, locals and guests for a unique perspective on this turning point in American history.

South Market District Tour

Sundays: December 10th, January 21st | 10 a.m.
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission
Departure Point: Rouse’s Parking Lot (Corner of O’Keefe & Girod Street)

A booming area of revitalization of the Central Business District, Medical District and 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 the South Market before the construction projects? What are the stories behind the buildings being redeveloped as apartment, 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.” The unique tour of rapid transforming South Market will provide a snapshot of techniques used to resurrect this district while preserving its historic character.

Lower Garden District Tour

Sundays: November 26th & January 7th | 10 a.m.
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission
Departure Point: Muses Statue (Prytania and Terpischore 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.

Garden District Tour

Sundays: December 17th & January 28th | 10 a.m.
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission
Departure Point: 1452 Jackson Ave. (riverside corner at Prytania Street)

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.

Treme Cultural Tour

Sundays: December 3rd & January 14th | 10 a.m.
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission
Departure Point: Basin Street Station (501 Basin St.)

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.

Second Thursday Lecture Series

6-8 p.m. | New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave.

December 14: “For Home and Country: Louisiana in the Great War” — Karen Leather & Joyce Miller
Louisiana State Museum historians Karen Leathem and Joyce Miller will discuss the new exhibit, For Home and Country: Louisiana in the Great War, which opened at the Capitol Park Museum in September. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of American’s entrance into World War I, the exhibition explores the impact that World War I had on the people of Louisiana, as well as the roles that Louisianians played in the European conflict.

January 11: “City of a Million Dreams: New Orleans at Year 300” — Jason Berry, author

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.

Tuesday, Thursdays, Saturdays
8:30am to 9:30am Cabildo 2nd-Floor Gallery

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

Mats are provided

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