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Category: Community Events

Start: Feb 26, 2023 12:00 AM

End: Feb 27, 2023 12:00 AM

On Sunday, February 26 at 6:00pm, John Boutte brings Music from the American Songbook to BK House in a special concert featuring guitarist Caleb Tokarska and bassist Nobumasa Ozaki. In this performance, the trio will explore the diversity of the American songbook, ranging from New Orleans jazz, blues, gospel, R&B, and Americana. Boutte is a renowned New Orleans musician who became known worldwide when his song became the theme song for the very popular post-Katrina HBO TV show, Treme.

Doors open at 5:30 pm; the concert begins promptly at 6 pm.  Light refreshments will be served; however, this is a Bring Your Own Beverage event. Guests are encouraged to bring extra cups with their beverage of choice. Tickets are $30 for BK House members and $40 for non-members and should be pre-purchased at www.bkhouse.org.


Events take place at the Historic BK House & Gardens at 1113 Chartres Street, across from the Old Ursuline Convent. 

March programming will include a traditional St. Joseph’s altar, an Italian wine and food tasting, and Yat Pack concert. Details about upcoming BK House events and membership information are available at www.bkhouse.org for those who want to support the Museum and take advantage of future programming discounts.



About:  The Historic BK House & Gardens: Now distinguished as a National Historic Landmark, the house was built in 1826, purchased by noted author Frances Parkinson Keyes in 1948 and restored under her loving care. Programming has evolved in the last several years to focus on the seven families who lived on the property, as well as influences of the French Quarter neighborhood. A new interpretative program is underway to better reflect the heritage of the site. Membership, events, grants, donations, and fundraising activities generate revenue needed for on-going restoration and future capital improvement projects.


About John Boutte: On Sundays, as the red beans were soaking for Monday’s dinner, John Boutte was awakened by the sounds of his New Orleans neighborhood. Voices carried over the fence from the church behind his home in the Seventh Ward, the home where he grew up, where most of his Creole family still lives and sings. Past the front yard, second-line parades rolled by, matching the madness of Carnival season and the transcendent joy of the jazz funeral. This roux of influences created John Boutte and serves him to this day.


Often referred to as The Voice of New Orleans, John Boutte is a singer with grit, soul, passion and beauty. His sound is one of the most beloved in New Orleans. Sometimes you can hear him singing, sometimes whistling, or sometimes you can hear him faintly from the street as he sits at his piano singing a Korean lullaby. John’s job is to sing — to sing jazz, to sing it with such style and grace that no one ever mistakes him for anything other than a master. John is one of those remarkable cases where the art arises from the true heart. To know John is to hold onto the coattails of a butterfly. To hear him sing is to feel a brief touch of the wing.
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