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 Poster

Take Me To The River

Take Me To The River

“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.

Image courtesy of Take Me to the River New Orleans
Take Me to the River: New Orleans

“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

Additionally, you can keep the New Orleans beat going with the "Take Me to the River" movie soundtrack, available for digital download and streaming on Apple MusicAmazon MusicSpotify and other channels.

A two-CD package or two-LP box set is available for pre-order now from Bandcamp or Amazon. The latter includes a deluxe Silkscreened Box Set Slipcase, Double Colored Vinyl: 1 Solid Purple / 1 Solid Green Vinyl LP, and a 60-Page Book including over 75 Original Color Photographs from the Recording Sessions.

Take Me to the River New Orleans - OPENING APRIL 22,  from director Martin Shore
Martin Shore
Take Me to the River New Orleans
"Act Like You Know" Teaser II Dee-1, Mannie Fresh, Big Freddia, and Galactic, Take Me to the River
"Act Like You Know" Teaser