BEN E. HUNTER
What You'll Do
Your experience will take place in a beautiful courtyard tucked away in one of the most iconic 7th Ward homes formerly owned by a very prominent African-American Creole family.
You’ll get settled into this uniquely New Orleans’ atmosphere with a delicious bowl of local gumbo (or red beans & rice for vegetarian groups) to savor during the show. Then, Ben E. Hunter will take you along a musical storytelling journey and exploration of New Orleans’ folklore through his all original music. Each song stitches together a rich tapestry of the unique experiences and perspectives of an artist living in the New Orleans of yesterday and today.
Through these soul-stirring songs, and the stories shared throughout, you’ll journey through time and space, touching upon many aspects of the city’s cultural richness, and the deeply varied impacts that Ben and many others like him have experienced in their lives as New Orleanians. From growing up in the historic Treme, to living through the days of Katrina, and then witnessing the remarkable evolution of the city beyond the storm, Ben’s songs and stories impart a first-hand account that will take you deep into the heart of real-life New Orleans.
Ben & Aminata
Ben E. Hunter was born & raised in New Orleans' richest musical communities, eventually becoming a trend-setting performer at the famous Cafe Brasil on Frenchmen St. for over a decade prior to Katrina. Ben went on to perform nationally and locally for the past 20+ years, with 7 studio albums recorded in New Orleans, Jamaica, and L.A., winning several esteemed awards and honors as a modern New Orleans' legend. Ben has headlined at Tipatinas, The House of Blues (as one of the first local acts to ever headline HOB), Essence Music Fest, and numerous times at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest.
Gumbo (with rice) or Red Beans & Rice (if vegetarians in your group, please let us know)
Bottled water is provided
Umbrellas to block sun (or rain).
Where You'll Be
Private courtyard living is a keystone of old-world New Orleans’ lifestyle and a defining feature of the city’s greatest historic residential architecture. You will be welcomed into this lovely oasis located right in the heart of the 7th Ward, less than one mile from the French Quarter. We are honored to call this beautiful house our home and to host guests here, from all over the world, for uniquely authentic New Orleans’ experiences.