This fall, a number of iconic New Orleans acts will hit the road for the “Take Me To The River” tour, which will feature three generations of New Orleans musicians. The bill includes Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, George Porter Jr., Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Lost Bayou Ramblers, 79rs Gang, Terence Higgins, and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux.
The “Take Me To The River” tour is in celebration of a new documentary, Take Me To The River New Orleans, an upcoming film due out later in 2018 on the rich musical history of the Crescent City. Take Me To The River New Orleans is a follow-up to Take Me To The River Memphis, a 2014 documentary on music in Memphis, Tennessee, that was released on Netflix in 2016. Both documentaries in the series are directed, produced, and written by Martin Shore, a Grammy-nominated musician and famed feature-film producer.
Take Me To The River New Orleans explores the influences on New Orleans’ vibrant music scene. As described on the upcoming movie’s website, “The film will highlight 20 to 25 new songs, combining multiple generations of New Orleans musicians. The film Legacy musicians will collaborate with stars of today and students from the Tipitina’s foundation, under the guidance and tutelage of Donald Harrison.”
As described on the website, the documentary will feature collaborations among a number of musicians within 100-miles radius to New Orleans, including The Neville Brothers, The Meters, Jon Batiste, Mystikal, Ani Difranco, Davell Crawford, Dr. John, Galactic, Anders Osborne, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Dumpstaphunk, Snoop Dogg, LG, Lost Bayou Ramblers, G-Eazy, Rebirth Brass Band, Donald Harrison, Christian Scott, Walter Wolfman Washington, Mannie Fresh, Pretty Lights, and many more.
As for the “Take Me To The River” musical tour, it will span from mid-October to the beginning of November. After starting on October 12th in Milwaukee, the collection of celebrated New Orleans musicians will wind through the Midwest and Northeast. The “Take Me To The River” tour ends with a run down through the south, with final performances in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, finishing on November 3rd in Sandy Springs, Georgia.
For more information and ticketing, you can head to the movie series’ website here.