American Musicological Society, Society for Ethnomusicology &
Society for Music Theory
Joint Annual Meeting November 1-4, 2012 New Orleans, Louisiana
Monday, October 29 – Wednesday, October 31
Wednesday, October 31, 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
The Pre-Conference theme of “Crisis and Creativity” concerns the roles of music in response to crises including Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the BP Gulf oil spill and other environmental concerns of coastal Louisiana, and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. We are also planning afternoon field trips the same day to sites that were built or rebuilt since the hurricane and flood, such as the House of Dance and Feathers (a museum showcasing cultural traditions of the Mardi Gras Indians and Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs) and the New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Village.
Thursday, November 1
Evening at Rock’n’Bowl
In collaboration with the SEM Dance, Movement, and Gesture Section, the SEM Local Arrangements Committee has organized a Thursday night activity that will include a free zydeco dance lesson at the Sheraton, followed by bus transportation to the Thursday night zydeco dance at the Rock’n’Bowl in the Mid-City neighborhood. Tickets for the bus to Rock’n’Bowl will be available for advance purchase at http://www.ams-net.org/neworleans/special_events.php. Patrons will pay their own cover charge at the door.
Although zydeco music did not originate in New Orleans, the Rock'n'Bowl's Thursday night zydeco has become an institution over the last twenty years. A long list of zydeco bands, most of which are based two hours or more west of the city, have played here. The venue moved to its current location in 2009 and is also a bowling alley; those wishing to bowl should contact the venue to make advance reservations. The artist scheduled to perform on November 1 is Rosie Ledet, one of the very few female bandleaders in zydeco today.