New Orleans Music After Katrina

In late August 2005, Hurricane Katrina carved a path of destruction through coastal and nearby inland areas of Louisiana and Mississippi, including the city of New Orleans. The devastation and accompanying mass evacuation of the low-lying city led many to wonder if its place as a key focal point of American music culture could ever be reclaimed. This panel, which directly addressed that question, was moderated by actor and sometimes New Orleans resident Harry Shearer, and featured New Orleans music legends Cyril Neville (who had relocated to Austin after Katrina) and the late Allen Toussaint, as well as local Crescent City music journalists Jan Ramsey and Keith Spera, and Louisiana Music Export Office Director Scott Aiges.

Cyril Neville


Harry Shearer

Allen Toussaint

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