CNN invites you to a special screening of “Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History – Hurricane Katrina.”
The new eight-part, hour-long CNN Original Series explores the music tied to pivotal moments in history. From the March on Washington to the riots at Stonewall – every episode will illuminate how music has played an integral role in celebrating, criticizing, and amplifying these seismic events in our collective history.
Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in August 2005, triggering the worst urban disaster in modern US history and threatening to wash away the birthplace of some of America’s most influential music, from the jazz of Louis Armstrong to the hip-hop of Lil Wayne. As the nation watched in horror, the inadequate relief and rescue efforts left African American grandmothers and babies stranded on their rooftops for days, laying bare deep racial and social divisions that had troubled New Orleans — and the rest of the country— long before the storm. International artists such as U2, Kanye West, Green Day, and Mary J Blige joined local musicians like the Dirty Dozen and Rebirth Brass Band in benefit concerts and musical collaborations to help the city get back on its feet and ensure that its rich traditions would survive.
Screening to be followed by a conversation with CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin. Gina Montana, Ben Jaffe, and members of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band- Gregory Davis, Kevin Harris, and Roger Lewis – will join Brooke in a discussion after the film.
The event is free and open to the public, however, you MUST RSVP to attend due to limited seating. The screening will take place on Monday, May 1st at 7pm at The New Orleans Jazz Market, 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans, LA. 70113.
Send RSVPs to CNNOriginalSeriesRSVP@turner.com