“Let Them Talk: Conversations on Louisiana Music” takes place April 11-12 at the Old U.S. Mint in New Orleans


Sat.-Sun., April 11-12
Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., third floor
11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

On Saturday and Sunday, April 11-12, local musicians, music writers and composers come together for "Let Them Talk: Conversations on Louisiana Music," a panel and interview series about the history of music in Louisiana.

  During the discussions, subjects will offer personal stories from the past and insight into recent collaborations and new music releases.

  Acts participating in the series run the gamut from Swedish clarinetist Orange Kellin, who moved to New Orleans in 1966, to Cosimo Matassa, who will talk about his experiences recording classics like Lloyd Price's "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" and Little Richard's "Tutti-Frutti." Stalwarts like Grammy Award winner Irvin Mayfield will talk about his latest collaboration with publisher Mark Samuels — a coffee table book called New Orleans Jazz Playhouse. Lena Prima, daughter of legendary band leader Louis Prima, will talk about her father's legacy on Sunday.

  The series is free and takes place on the third floor of the Old U.S. Mint. A new talk begins every hour, starting at 11:30 a.m., with the last talk beginning at 4:30 p.m.

  For a full schedule, go to

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