The Music of Louisiana Returns to International Focus with Return of Famed TV Series Treme

Treme
Treme, the critically acclaimed HBO TV series focused on the peoples and
culture of New Orleans returns for a second season, beginning Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT. As with season one, the new season features a wealth of national and Louisiana-based musical performers including Dr. John, Juvenile, John Hiatt, Lucia Micarelli, Steve Earle, Shawn Colvin, the subdudes, the Radiators, Henry Butler, Kermit Ruffins, Rebirth Brass Band, Galactic, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and members of the Pineleaf Boys and Redstick Ramblers, among many others.

Created by David Simon (HBO’s The Wire, Generation Kill and The Corner) and Eric Overmyer (St. Elsewhere, Homicide: Life on the Street and HBO’s The Wire), the 11-episode second season of the Emmy-nominated drama series is set in New Orleans 2006, more than a year since Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. The national spotlight on the Crescent City has dimmed, and residents are finding it harder than ever to rebuild their lives. Some have become expatriates in distant cities.

The insurance checks that never arrived for homeowners were followed by the bureaucratic nightmare that was the Road Home program, and a land-grab is underway as developers and disaster capitalists press their advantage. Crime and drug use are up, and corruption and graft are endemic, with civic institutions unable to counter any of it. And yet the culture of New Orleans somehow endures.

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