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Spotlight: Preservation Hall Jazz Band


At 8 p.m. March 23/Trustees Theatre

The good old, good time Dixieland music of Mississippi riverboats is alive and well thanks to this venerable NoLa ensemble, which has been the house band at Preservation Hall, in the French Quarter, for more than 50 years. Actually, there are a couple of misnomers there - "Dixieland" is just a catch-all word for traditional New Orleans horn-based jazz, and there have been several incarnations of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band through the ages - some stay in town and play the hall gig, others go on the road, and still others do a little bit of both as lives and schedules permit. This show is a split bill with SMF perennials the Del McCoury Band, one of the contry's finest traditional bluegrass groups.