do whatcha wanna


On April 11th, HBO will premiere their new series "Treme," documenting fictional characters' lives in post-Katrina New Orleans. While it may be actors portraying New Orleanians, the show's creator went to great lengths to ensure the authenticity of the show, hiring writers from the Times Picayune to help with the script and eliminating the cheesy put-on "New Orleans" accent (that sounds nothing like the real thing.) There have been several productions, most notably "K-Ville," that tried to capture the atmosphere of the city, but failed miserably. "Treme," however, promises to deliver a product so reminiscent of New Orleans that the actors will no longer seem like fictional characters, but will call to mind someone you met at a bar, the trumpeter of your favorite brass band, or even your next-door-neighbor. Along with hiring local writers, the show filmed all over the city (including one block from my house) in places known to locals, places that will make you sit up during the show and say "Hey! They're drinking a beer at ____!" or "I drive past that restaurant every day." I hope that "Treme" delivers on these promises and gives the nation an accurate glimpse of the city I fell in love with (even if it is set in some of New Orleans's darkest days.) Below is the trailer for the show, which features the song "Do Whatcha Wanna" by Rebirth Brass Band, probably the most well-known and well-loved brass band in the city.
(sorry that some of the video gets cut off on the right-hand side, but it is the smallest version i could find!)


  1. Looks like I'll need to expand my DISH package to include HBO