Special Events


Monday, October 29 – Wednesday, October 31
Ecomusicologies 2012 Pre-Conference Events
Various Times and Locations
For information, visit http://www.ecomusicologies.org/


Wednesday, October 31, 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Pre-Conference Symposium: Crisis and Creativity
Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life
McAllister Place and Freret Street
Tulane University, New Orleans
Registration fee: $25

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.

Pre-Conference Symposium Program


Pre-Conference Symposium Parking & Transportation Guide


Thursday, November 1
Zydeco Dance Lesson and Evening at Rock’n’Bowl

Dance Lesson
7:30pm – 8:30pm at Sheraton New Orleans (no ticket required)

Evening at Rock’n’Bowl
Bus Departs Sheraton: 8:45pm
Bus Departs Rock’n’Bowl for Sheraton: Midnight

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.