Harvest the Music (lots of photos)

Before I moved here, my favorite places here would have been restaurants and bars in the French Quarter that my cousins and I frequented over the years. Another would have to be Jackson Square, including Cafe du Monde and the stairs down to the river. I’ve added many more reasons to love Jackson Square but I’d have to say my new favorite place in New Orleans is Lafayette Square. I fell in love last Spring during the Wednesday at the Square concert series benefitting the Young Leadership council. The Square is a beautiful town center surrounded by regal buildings with a streetcar line rolling past.

The Square hosted a few events over the Summer including the Anders Osborne concert I attended (and blogged about) on the 5 year anniversary of Katrina. But, finally, the Wednesday concerts are back! The Harvest the Music series is free to the public with all food and beverage proceeds benefitting Second Harvest Food Bank. The men in suits, the folks in tie-dye, DancingMan504 and the babies on blankets are all back.  I ran into lots of friends including Threadhead performer, Margie Perez. She’s opening another series beginning Tuesday. The Fall series of the Music Clinics for Youth, led by Shamarr Allen, is free to the public. For more information, contact Allison Padilla-Goodman (allisonsg@hotmail.com or (512) 627-5071.)

Harvest the Music hosts booths from local restaurants as well as Abita beer and proceeds help local families in need of food. September is Hunger Action Month and 1 in 8 people in Louisiana is dealing with hunger. With the BP gusher, the numbers continue to climb. Second Harvest can turn $1 into a meal for four. If you’re in town on a Wednesday, you can contribute to your community by eating, drinking and being merry with some of the finest food, beverage and music in the nation. If not, maybe you’d enjoy volunteering or donating.

Anders Osborne is from Sweden and came to New Orleans around 25 years ago. I’ve written about him many times on this blog (enter his name in my search engine to find more). Like so many others (like me) he finds both his inspiration and his home here.  I’ve seen him 4 or 5 times in the last 16 months (and always for free) so he’s a large part of my experience of this city, lots of moments and memories. If you read about him playing to a handful of us in torrential rain on the Katrina anniversary as if it were a sold out concert hall, you can imagine what a concert he gave when he played for the standing room only crowd. Joined by bass player Carl Dufrene, drummer Eric Bolivar and keyboardist John “Papa” Gros, Anders played for almost 3 amazing hours. You had to be there, but listen to him here:


For the second set, the group welcomed Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and Ivan Neville to the stage. I saw Big Chief Monk Boudreaux last on my birthday when he nearly brought down the walls of D.B.A. with his version of  “Li’l Liza Jane.” Wednesday night, he got the hundreds in the crowd singing along, many of us dancing. It was so energizing. I kept singing it for at least 1/2 hour after the show.

For my article in NOLA Defender and more photos:


Here’s photos of the fun.

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