Today at the Old US Mint we were treated to a concert featuring Al Bemiss and Joshua Walker. It was a great show that focused on gospel music in New Orleans. Joshua has one of the most spectacular bass voices I have ever heard. Al is a great organist who took our new Hammond B-3 for a spin. I am posting a version of “go down Moses” from today’s show that was an emotional highlight. Mr. Bemiss is on the piano for this one as Mr. Walker draws from the hymnal.
I was brought up to the cupola of the Cabildo by a colleague last week. One of the awesome perks of working for the State Museum is access to the rarely trod parts of the properties. There is quite a vantage point for much of the Vieux Carrè from up there. It’s clear that Jackson Square is defined by a circle inside the gates. I love the long shadow of the couple entering the park from the north (near) gate. Another beautiful day in New Orleans!
I took a streetcar for the first time this week. Mostly, the streetcars are used by tourists; they are rather slow for actual commuting. I had to make a round trip to get my hair cut and I didn’t want to move my car, or jostle for parking downtown for an errand. So I decided to ride the “Rapid Transit” that is offered here. As the streetcar cruised by the Promenade across from Jackson Square, I took this shot of a Brass Band busking. Seems like it is not such a popular spot, so maybe they are just rehearsing.