Annie (Lucia Micarelli) is honored to be invited to play with Tom McDermott in Episode 3. The Missouri native was lured to New Orleans by a job at the World's Fair in 1984 and made Nola his new home. A master of many styles, ranging from Jazz to Brazilian choro, Tom has earned his place among New Orleans pianists.
Tom McDermott on iTunes
Zapps Potato Chips
Zapps, like Hubig's, is another favorite snack among Louisianans. Based in Gramercy, LA, they've been pumping out the palate pleasing kettle chips since 1985. They've been featured on both Oprah and Regis & Kelly, and have a variety of flavors from Jalape no to Cajun Crawtator, and everything in between. They too, ship nationwide... Sorry Alaska and Hawaii, you're not included.
Malcom "Mac" Rebbenack, Jr.
aka Dr. John
One of the Crescent City's favorite sons, Dr. John, makes his debut on Treme in Episode 3. Dr. John gained fame in the late 60s for his elaborate voodoo-esque stage shows. The name Dr. John came from a legendary voodoo practitioner of the early 1800s. In this episode, Mac appears on the piano, rehearsing with his band, including Delmond Lambreaux (Rob Brown) and Trombone Shorty. The title for this episode, "Right Place, Wrong Time" is also the name of a Dr. John tune.
Dr. John's Website
Dr. John on iTunes
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
At only 24 years old, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews has already made quite the name for himself. Shorty is another one of the many extremely talented musicians that have come out of the Treme neighborhood. He describes his signature sound as "Supafunkrock!" Trombone Shorty plays regularly around the city with his band Orleans Avenue and just released a new album on April 20 th, call Backatown. Drop by their site to preview the album and see where he's playing next.
Trombone Shorty on iTunes
Brewed on the North Shore in Abita Springs, Abita makes its appearance several times and will surely be making many more. With over 17 different flavors, there is something for everyone, in addition to a delicious Root Beer for those who aren't quite old enough to indulge in the alcoholic version. The Strawberry Harvest Lager is currently in season and a must try! Just another item to add to the list of things Louisiana does well; music, food, beer. Oh, and did I mention that they have free brewery tours where you can sample every one of the beers currently available?
Abita Brewing Company
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"Strippers" by Davis Rogan
Davis Rogan, local musician, former WWOZ DJ, and consult & writer on Treme, is the partial inspiration for Steve Zahn's character Davis McAlary (see the connection?) McAlary's sweet tune about the Strippers moving into his neighborhood was originally written by Rogan and based on his own experience. On his album "Once and Future DJ", you can find more songs that coincide with McAlary's life such as "I Quit!" which chronicles all the jobs he's been fired from.
Davis Rogan on Louisiana Music Factory
Davis Rogan on Myspace
Its easy to understand why Janette Desautel (Kim Dickens) chooses Feelings Cafe when Davis (Steve Zahn) asks her out to dinner. Boasting a beautiful and intimate courtyard, as well as a piano bar, Feelings is one of the most romantic restaurants in New Orleans. Serving up classic Creole dishes, the restaurant is located in the main house and slave quarters of the D'Aunoy plantation. Feelings is located in the historic Faubourg Marigny at 2600 Chartres St.
Professor Longhair, also referred to as simply 'Fess', is credited for some of New Orleans' most popular songs such as "Big Chief" (composed by Earl King), "Mardi Gras in New Orleans" and "Tipitina", which is the song Davis is teaching Sophia Bernette (India Ennenga) in Episode 3. "Mardi Gras in New Orleans" is still the theme song for Mardi Gras (with the exception of this year where all you heard was "Who Dat Say They Gonna Beat Dem Saints" and "Halftime"). If you're not familiar with the Fess, who is one of the most important musical figures in New Orleans, you better start learning...
Professor Longhair on Myspace
Professor Longhair on iTunes
While giving Davis (Zahn) a hard time out on the porch, we see Creighton (Goodman) is reading a book. The title is John Barry's Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America. Rising Tide tells the story of a slow-motion, not-quite-natural disaster of tremendous proportions; sounds like its right up Creighton's alley.
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John M. Barry
At the end of this episode, there is a gathering of Mardi Gras Indians to do right by Big Chief Lambreaux's (Clarke Peters) Wild Man Jesse. Among these are several Big Chiefs of local Mardi Gras tribes; Chief Monk Boudreaux of the Golden Eagles, Chief Darryl Montana of the Yellow Pocahontas Hunters, Chief Lionel Delpit of the Blackfeathers, Chief Otto DeJean of the Hard Head Hunters, Chief Clarence Dalcour of the Creole Osceolas, Council Chief Fred Johnson, and Spyboy Irving "Honey" Banister of the Creole Wildwest. They begin chanting the popular Indian prayer-chant "Indian Red", which we hear several versions of throughout the episode. One being Dr. John's version in the rehearsal space, and Donald Harrison, Jr.'s during the end credits, also featuring Dr. John. Mighty Cooty Fiyo...!
Indian Red by the Wild Tchoupitoulas Tribe
Indian Red by Donald Harrison, Jr. & Dr. John
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