Booker T. & The Drive-By Truckers with special guest Bettye LaVette

The 19th-century Patrick F. Taylor Library at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, University of New Orleans, is currently closed to the public while being restored to its original grandeur. But its doors were opened to a select few on a warm April night for a concert as unique as the setting: Booker T. and the Drive-by Truckers with special guest Bettye LaVette. Under the sculpted oak beams of the library’s vaulted ceiling, rich soul music kept the crowd on its feet late into the night.


Booker T. Jones is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame keyboardist for Booker T & the MGs, which played on dozens of R&B classics for Stax Records. He released his first solo album in two decades in April 2009 Potato Hole, featuring Neil Young and the Drive-By Truckers, which The New York Times hailed as “more pithy and forceful than ever.”

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Since forming in Athens, GA over a decade ago, southern rockers the Drive-By Truckers have become one of the most respected musical acts today – both as an independent group and as a backing band for artists such as Booker T. and Bettye LaVette.

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Of Bettye LaVette, The New York Times said, “Classic soul singing doesn’t get any better.” LaVette has been recording for over four decades and gave a heart-wrenching performance of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” at President Obama’s inaugural celebration.

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Extensive restoration work is underway on the Patrick F. Taylor Library to preserve the treasure designed by the great American 19th-century architect, Henry Hobson Richardson. The library is an integral part of the historically significant complex of buildings that house the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, University of New Orleans. One of six libraries designed by Richardson in America, it is the only one located in the
South. New Orleans-born Richardson influenced a generation of architects and laid the foundation for his successors, Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. The library was the architect’s final work.

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