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WHO: The Historic New Orleans Collection

WHAT: Concerts in the Courtyard with the Original Pinettes Brass Band                      

DATES: Friday,Oct. 17, 2014                   

TIMES: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. • Music: 6-8 p.m.

WHERE: The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St., in the French Quarter       

HOW: Admission is $10, free for THNOC members,*and includes three complimentary beverages. Guests must be 21 or older to enter. In the event of rain, call (504) 523-4662 or visit for updates.

 *Memberships begin at $35 per year.

WHY: Now in its seventh year, The Historic New Orleans Collection's Concerts in the Courtyard offers a fun, casual way to kick off the weekend with live outdoor performances by Louisiana musicians. The fall series continues Friday, Oct. 17, with a performance by the Original Pinettes Brass Band, the "world's only all-female brass band."

Formed in 1991 with alumnae of St. Mary's Academy High School in New Orleans East, the Original Pinettes Brass Band started with 16 rotating members and has grown to include members from throughout the city. In 2013, the band won the Red Bull "Street Kings" Brass Band Blowout competition, crowning themselves the Red Bull "Street Queens" after beating three male ensembles.

The October event will feature performances from Dionne Harrison, Nicole Elwood and Demaris Holmes, trombone; Veronique Dorsey, Tylita Curtain and Jazz Henry, trumpet; Natasha Harris, saxophone; Janine Waters, tuba; and Christie Jourdain and Casandra French-King, drums.

Each Concert in the Courtyard this season will feature a bar with white wine and beer. Admission is $10 for the public, free for THNOC members, and includes three complimentary beverages. All shows are held at 533 Royal St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the live performances will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. During the concert, THNOC's current exhibition, "Shout, Sister, Shout! The Boswell Sisters of New Orleans," and its museum shop will be open for extended hours. For more information, call (504) 523-4662 or visit

The fall 2014 series of Concerts in the Courtyard will conclude Friday, Nov. 21, with a performance by Luke Winslow King.


Admission to Concerts in the Courtyard is $10 for the public, free for THNOC members, and includes three complimentary beverages. Memberships begin at $35 and are valid for one year. Capacity is limited, and the event is designed for a standing audience. Outside chairs, food and beverages are not permitted on the premises. In the event of rain or inclement weather, visit or call (504) 523-4662 for updates.