Leave it to a musician to hatch this brilliant idea. Mitchell Player, a Treme-based bass player who gigs at Preservation Hall, with his own Louis & Ella Tribute Band and around the world as Nola... Read More
Leave it to a musician to hatch this brilliant idea. Mitchell Player, a Treme-based bass player who gigs at Preservation Hall, with his own Louis & Ella Tribute Band and around the world as Nola music ambassador with his 504 Experience booking company, is now partnered with two crackerjack local tour guides to deliver 504 Experience Tours, lively walking tours of the Treme neighborhood followed by live local music experiences at the intimate Treme Coffee House.
Working with native New Orleanian Robin Rocque, an ITMI certified international tour director and guide and Sandy Hester, local since 1995 with more than 12 years experience as a licensed tour guide, 504 Experience Tours also offer Voodoo and Vice and Marigny neighborhood tours.
On a recent balmy Sunday, Rocque walked a small group of locals and visitors around the historic Treme, pointing out interesting bits, from location shots from the HBO series Treme to the Tomb of the Unknown Slave at St. Augustine Church to the site of J&M Music Shop on Rampart run by Cosimo Matassa, the penultimate shaper of the New Orleans R&B sound and some say the Godfather of rock n roll. Rocque's commentary is informed, lively and engaging with questions welcomed and smartly addressed. Afterwards, Detroit Brooks, famed session and touring guitarist of the New Orleans music scene, entertained and chatted with an ardent crowd of fans. Brooks was featured on the Treme show, as was Wendell Brunious, who plays with Joshua Starkman at the Treme Coffee House March 12.
Tours are available by reservation Wednesdays through Mondays in the morning and afternoon, with or without music, depending on the day. You'll pay $25 ($20 for students) with kids six and under free of charge. It's an additional $10 for the music, a real steal in a city of hard working talented musicians.