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Dianne Honore`: The Black Storyville Baby Dolls

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Category: Theater/Shows/Concerts

Start: Apr 14, 2022 6:00 PM

End: Apr 14, 2022 8:00 PM

Beauregard-Keyes House, 1113 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA

Springtime Concert & Black Storyville Baby Dolls Lecture Announced

April Events Showcase Music and Culture at Historic French Quarter Museum

Cultural aficionados are invited to dance their way into Spring at two very distinct events slated for April 3 and 14 the Beauregard-Keyes Historic House & Garden at 1113 Chartres Street, across from the Old Ursuline Convent.

In Bloom with Bon Bon Vivant: A Springtime Courtyard Concert will take place Sunday, April 3, from 6-8 pm.  Doors open at 5:30 for the upbeat performance featuring songs to regrow to, as well as the indie band’s usual repertoire that draws fans from near and far.  As a special treat, Bon Bon Vivant will perform a new song written and played for the Dead Bean Parade, “Be By You”, planned to be released in time for JazzFest.

Although some refreshments and treats will be offered, this is a bring your own beverage event, and attendees are encouraged to supply extra cups and bottle openers along with their beverages of choice. Tickets are $35 and are available at www.bkhouse.org.

On Thursday, April 14, historian and cultural preservationist Dianne Honore’ will share the history of the Baby Doll masking tradition in a program entitled, Dianne Honore’: The Black Storyville Baby Dolls. The lecture will be held from 6-8 pm and will focus on the history and present-day customs that center on this group.  The tradition, started by Black women circa 1912 in an area just outside the French Quarter known as “Black Storyville”, made a resurgence in 2004 and has grown to more than 14 groups today. After founding the Black Storyville Baby Dolls, Dianne saw the need to cultivate more educational outreach and community empowerment. It is through her guidance that the integrity of this practice is maintained as a community-driven tradition. Advance registration is encouraged at www.bkhouse.org; tickets are $5.

Affectionately known to neighbors and supporters as “BK House”, the historic property in the residential area of the Quarter has been inhabited by a variety of individuals and families since 1826. Programming has evolved far beyond guided tours and features lectures and demonstrations, crafting and art classes, concerts, cultural displays, and seasonal events.  Upcoming events include a Bubbles & Bordeaux Tasting with sommelier Daniela DaSuta on Wednesday, March 23 from 6:30-8:30 pm, French-focused programming in April-May,  and a week-long ArKIDtecture Summer Camp for children ages 8-13 in June and July. Visit www.bkhouse.org for details.


About Beauregard-Keyes Historic House & Garden: Located at 1113 Chartres Street, across from the Old Ursulines Convent, BK House was built in 1826 and purchased by noted author Frances Parkinson Keyes in 1948 and restored under her loving care.  Events such as these, along with grants, donations, and other fundraising events help generate funds needed for on-going restoration and future capital improvement projects.

About Bon Bon Vivant:  A true family band from New Orleans, the versatile band electrifies audiences across the country with their signature blend of jazz/americana/dark ballads and up-tempo indie dance rock. Their original music pays homage to the bawdy New Orleans sound while infusing an indie flavor that leaves a lasting mark on listeners.  This genre-bending group’s original songs are joys, fierce, honest and heartbreaking as they chronicle life and all it entails through the sounds of the minor keys. BBV’s unique instrumentation is a thing to watch, a sousaphone and accordion make the sound stand out among the noise leaving listeners reaching to identify what kind of music this is that they are hearing. With brass horns and a rotating cast of New Orleans musicians coming through, this sound is alive and something to experience. More at www.BBVBand.com.

About Dianne Honore’: A New Orleans 6th Ward native, Dianne “Gumbo Marie” Honore’ is a local history buff, event producer and award-winning cultural preservationist who also founded the Amazons Benevolent Society and co-founded Unheard Voices of Louisiana. She has written, produced and presented many history-related music and food events, panel discussions, tours, and exhibits over several decades, has appeared on nationally syndicated television and promotional materials for Louisiana tourism, and hosted a live television show locally that focused on New Orleans history and current events. This year, she was invited to make her debut as Queen of the legendary Yellow Pocahontas Hunters Black Masking Indian Tribe in the New Orleans 7th Ward. More information is available about Dianne, as well as a link to her online shop, at www.gumbomarie.com

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