From award-winning director Martin Shore comes the second film in the franchise all about American music. “Take Me to the River: New Orleans” centers on the international influence of NOLA’s music. Featuring several celebrated musicians, this feature film premiered in New Orleans on April 20, 2022, before its nationwide release in May.
“Take Me to the River: New Orleans,” produced and directed by Grammy nominee Martin Shore and narrated by Louisiana actor John Goodman, celebrates the rich musical history and international influence of New Orleans and Louisiana. The film is a lively portrait of New Orleans music from its roots in Congo Square to the main stages of festivals. Through the highs of performance and the lows of natural disasters, the film chronicles how local musicians have persevered time and time again, sharing the musical tradition of New Orleans with the rest of the world.
“Take Me to the River: New Orleans” kicked off just ahead of the return of French Quarter Fest (April 21-24), the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (April 29-May 8), and the spring festival season following a two-year hiatus. Several musicians featured in the film performed at these festivals, as well as in music clubs across the city.
The red carpet premiere of “Take Me to the River” was Wednesday, April 20 at the Broadside Theater. Catch the film in movie theater screenings across the country here.
New Orleans musicians have also performed live in “Take Me to the River” "all-star" shows across the country. Tour stops have included New Orleans, Chicago (May 10), Philadelphia (May 11), New York City (May 12), and St. Louis (May 13). As more shows get added, you can find the full tour schedule and location details here, and find more information on the film here.