Much of the music, art, food, architecture and culture —Mardi Gras Indians, second lines and social aid and pleasure clubs — for which the city is known were developed and nurtured in Treme and the 7th Ward. The third annual Treme/7th Ward Arts & Culture Festival (T7 Fest) Memorial Day weekend celebrates the things that have made these two neighborhoods integral to New Orleans' past and present.
The festival starts on Friday, May 25 with tours through the two historic neighborhoods narrated by Mikhala "Jazz Muffin" Iversen, a Danish-American singer who performs her own hybrid of reggae and jazz, and continues in the evening with a bar crawl, which visits five of the area's favorite watering holes: Bullet's Sports Bar, Seal's Class Act, Kermit's Treme Mother-In-Law Lounge, Lil People's Place and the Candlelight Lounge.
Art, food, music, a marketplace, educational exhibits and kids' activities are features of a two-day celebration from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday under the Claiborne Avenue overpass between St. Ann and St. Philip streets. Featured performers include Shannon Powell, Corey Henry (pictured) & Treme Funktet, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, James Andrews and many others.
The festival also includes panel discussions about the history of Treme and the 7th Ward by historians, community leaders and authors at the Treme Market Branch (800 N. Claiborne Ave.), as well as a panel about 7th Ward architecture, culture and social interaction at the Autocrat Social & Pleasure Club (1725 St. Bernard Ave.) Both events are free and each are presented 10 a.m. to noon and again from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The tour and bar crawl are $40 each. For information and tickets, visit www.treme7thwardcd.org. May 25-27. Times and locations vary.