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Sangamon Auditorium, UIS
The heavens opened and the storm waters surged and the bowl began to fill, and our favorite street paraders and piano ticklers and rhythm-and-blues singers and funkateers and trumpeteers were scattered to the winds.
They wondered whether they would ever go home or would want to. For some it was a test of faith. Do you rebuild? Can you afford to? Can you afford not to? Will the future be friendly? Others saw it as an opportunity to reaffirm their trust in the infinite wisdom of the universe.
They are more than musicians. They are healers, and from the Diaspora of musical genius they have come together to heal themselves.
Their stories are told on Treme, the HBO drama that follows a group of New Orleans locals as they pick up the pieces in the months after the levees failed in 2005. Treme is about people who found the grace to return to their silent streets and look beyond the desolation, and believed that their lives were turned upside down for some divine reason.
This special event features a live musical performance by the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band along with special guests: James "Twelve" Andrews ("the satchmo of the ghetto"), trombonist & vocalist Glen David Andrews, and Cyril Neville of the Neville Brothers.