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New Orleans Without Music

The city’s music scene can’t work without visitors. What will become of its venues, musicians, and economy?

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Episode Notes

More than any other U.S. city, New Orleans banks on its culture. From music to restaurants to parades, the city relies on a steady stream of tourists to support its many artists and institutions. In March, those tourists stopped visiting. And without them, the fragile infrastructure of clubs, venues, and performances is starting to collapse. Can New Orleans survive the coronavirus?

Guests:
Patrick* Williams, harmonica player
Jesse Paige, owner of the Blue Nile
Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes, executive director of the Ashé Cultural Arts Center

Correction, July 24, 2020: This page originally misspelled Patrick Williams’ first name.

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