Lyndsey Beaulieu was born and raised in New Orleans but moved away to attend the University of Virginia. After college she lived in Los Angeles where she became part of the HBO family as an assistant at the HBO offices, then as a Writers' Assistant on ‘Big Love.’ She has been with ‘Treme’ since the pilot and currently works as the Writers' Office Coordinator.

 

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Tuesday
May032011

See ‘Treme’ Cast and David Simon at Louisiana Music Factory on Wednesday May 4th

By Lolis Eric Elie

For nearly 20 years, the Louisiana Music Factory has been the go-to place for local music. Indeed, when someone asks where they can find the music we play on our show, we usually direct them to the store’s website.

“It’s all things Louisiana, from the early traditional jazz to New Orleans rhythm and blues, to funk to brass bands to Mardi Gras Indians to Cajun and zydeco to gospel,” said Barry Smith, the store’s owner. “It’s pretty eclectic like the music in the region.”

One reason I’m a fan of the store is that they take an almost evangelical approach to promoting local music and musicians. They go beyond ordering product and putting it on the shelves. Their ongoing in-store concert series has been a boon to musicians who might otherwise get far more limited exposure.

Wednesday at 11 a.m. the in-store DVD-signing will feature stars of ‘Treme,’ including David Simon (our executive producer), Wendell Pierce (Antoine Batiste), Rob Brown (Delmond Lambreaux), Michiel Huisman (Sonny), Khandi Alexander (LaDonna Batiste-Williams) and Lucia Micarelli (Annie Tee).

“From the very beginning, we decided that we wanted live music and so we put performances as part of the business plan,” Smith said.

“It’s most Saturday afternoons throughout the year. During Jazz Fest we do a much bigger schedule on the weekdays surrounding the Fest so as not to compete with what’s going on at the Fairgrounds.

“A lot of our regular customers are total New Orleans fans and they were just buzzing about the series, so it felt like a great tie-in to do this while all these fans are here from around the country.”

The store is worth visiting even when it doesn’t feature ‘Treme.’ But, if you’re in town, why not kill two birds with one stone?

See the complete in-store performance schedule.



Friday
Apr222011

David Simon's List of Neglected New Orleans Songs

By Lolis Eric Elie

One of the joys of being in the 'Treme' writers’ room is hearing David Simon, Eric Overmyer and Tom Piazza discuss old New Orleans rhythm and blues records. Choosing the right music for the show is a very important part of the writing process. Much of that deliberation might more profitably take place once the scene is written and the details filled in, but since music is the backbone of the show, it is not entirely illegitimate for us occasionally digress about who played what when, and which version of what song might be best for Antoine Batiste to cover in a particular episode. 

All three men are experts. (Last season, George Pelecanos and the late David Mills also brought music expertise to the writers’ room. But they were funkateers from the Clintonian school. George Clinton, that is. Different religion altogether.)  At first, I thought my New Orleans birth certificate entitled me to get a word in edgewise but it seems that the moment I open my mouth, they move the discussion to another level of esoterica, and I am left behind.

I’ve asked Eric, David and Tom to create lists of New Orleans music and musicians that they particularly like. There will be more such posts in the future. But for now, let’s begin with some songs from David Simon’s roster of forgotten or neglected New Orleans songs.