Live Performance Music Videos Will Accompany Some Season 2 Episodes
A video release on iTunes will accompany several of the 11 episodes of the upcoming season, starting with “From The Corner To The Block” by Galactic and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band with Juvenile” on April 24. The downloads will cost $1.99, and also include a video podcast providing more information about that week’s artist.
The HBO news release, which includes a detailed video schedule:
Each video will include a DJ style introduction from actor Steve Zahn, as his Treme character Davis McAlary, or John “Spud” McConnell, as his character DJ Jeffy Jeff. The performances feature a different style of New Orleans or Southern Louisiana music in unique settings throughout the Crescent City including Tipitina’s, The Chocolate Bar, The House of Blues and Musicians Union Hall. The performances often feature collaborations among artists who don’t normally play together, such as classical violinist Lucia Micarelli (Annie) and Shawn Colvin.
The performances are captured live, creating an intimacy and spontaneity to the pieces that allow viewers to feel part of the music in a more in depth way than could ever be possible within an episode. While traditional music can be polished and rehearsed, the goal of these performances is to capture a moment which could take place on any street corner in New Orleans: the music as it would naturally be performed.
In addition to the video, a corresponding free video podcast will be released with each performance. The 3-5 minute vignette provides a more detailed look at that week’s featured artists and songs, including interviews and clips about their musical inspirations and tales from the shoot.