S1 New Orleans | Trailer

A new narrative series focusing on the history and impact of festivals and cities around the world. The first season, focused on the music of New Orleans and the annual jazz festival, premieres July 9.

We set out to answer the question: What is it about New Orleans that makes it such a special place for music? Is it the families of the city? Is it the centuries of unique history? Is it the rhythm? Or is it something more elemental, more spiritual?

This five-part series will explore the history of music in the city, the creation and evolution of the jazz festival, memorable performances in the festival’s 50 year history, the impact of the late night shows around the city, and the legacy and lasting appeal of New Orleans music.

For this series, we interviewed Ivan Neville, George Porter, Jr., Irma Thomas, Anders Osborne, Ben Jaffe, Papa Mali and dozens of other musicians. We also talked to writers, academics and music fans about what makes the music of the city so unique.

The series is narrated by Rob Steinberg, an actor and a New Orleans resident for the past 25 years. Rob has appeared in hundreds of films and TV shows, most recently in “12 Years A Slave.” He’s also a huge music fan.

Tune in on July 9 as we explore the power of music in New Orleans. Subscribe now.

Festival Circuit is presented by Osiris Media. This series is Narrated and Produced by Rob Steinberg. Executive Producers are Christina Collins, Andrew Goodwin and RJ Bee, who also double duties as series writer and creator. Produced, Edited and Mixed by Matt Dwyer. Show logo by Liz Bee. Theme song by Mark Rechler, with guest Ivan Neville. Thanks to all interviewees and to WWOZ.


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