Take Me To The River, New Orleans is the second in this film series, after the success of the first on Memphis. This time it’s a celebration of the rich musical history, heritage, legacy, and influence of New Orleans and Louisiana music. Emerging and established musicians collaborate through live recording sessions to create new works. A true collaboration and melting pot of influences from around the world, that came together and formed one of the world’s most unique cultural jewels.

The film shows the resiliency of the music community, from surviving the Hurricane Katrina disaster, to a formidable rebirth. Featuring New Orleans artists such The Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Irma Thomas, Ledisi, G-Eazy, Snoop Dogg, William Bell, Galactic, Mannie Fresh, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, George Porter Jr., Christian Scott, Donald Harrison, Big Freedia, Ani DiFranco, PJ Morton of Maroon 5, Rebirth Brass Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Soul Rebels, Voice of the Wetlands, The Givers, Dumpstaphunk, Cheeky Blakk, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Big Sam, Terence Higgins, Walter Wolfman Washington, Dee-1, Davell Crawford and many others, and narrated by New Orleans local and actor, John Goodman.  

In 2022, the TAKE ME TO THE RIVER ALL-STARS LIVE performances featured musicians from the film (Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, Jon Cleary, Robert Mercurio, Terence Higgins) who travelled to cities across the USA performing live concerts that coincided with the films opening in select markets.    TAKE ME TO THE RIVER LIVE featuring Dumpstaphunk, George Porter Jr., and Jon Cleary will continue to hit the road starting February 24th, 2023 in Portland, and continuing on to other locations.  For more information on dates and locations, click here.

The film was directed by Martin Shore,  produced by Martin Shore, Cody Dickinson, Dan Sameha, Eric Heigle, Eric Krasno, Ian Neville, and Ted Chung and co-produced by John Goodman and Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell. The film and soundtrack feature the GRAMMY nominated song “Stompin’ Ground,” a collaboration between Aaron Neville and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and produced by Martin Shore and Eric Krasno. 

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Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist with a focus on travel, lifestyle, entertainment and hospitality. He has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He enjoys discovering delicious eats, tasting spirited treats, and being mesmerized by musical beats.