Wednesday, October 21, 2009


David E. Villarrubia
Edgar Degas House Museum

Press Release: October 21, 2009


NEW ORLEANS, LA – The Edgar Degas Foundation’s popular Dusk at Degas program returns, presenting live music in a concert setting on alternate Wednesdays in November. Performers include Panorama Jazz Band on November 4 and the New Orleans Moonshiners on November 18. Doors open at 5:30pm - with music from 6:00-9:00pm. This exciting series features critically acclaimed jazz musicians offering innovative interpretations of music. Audiences can enjoy the sounds of Europe and the Carribean, as well as swing and New Orleans jazz. The Edgar Degas House Museum is located at 2306 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans.

Tickets to each concert are $10 at the door for the general public; and $5 for Edgar Degas Foundation members. Free parking available at the Musicians’ Union Building, 2401 Esplanade Avenue. Event security by NOPD.

Food by Daniel Esses of Esses Foods. Cash bar.

For further information regarding the concerts at the Edgar Degas House Museum, the public may call 504.821.5009 or send us an e-mail at


Wed. November 4, 6:00pm

Because the members of the Panorama Jazz Band need no electricity to fire up their instruments, they express natural human energy and bring their party to any bar room, street corner, living room or back porch. The instruments in this band (clarinet, saxophone, trombone, accordion, banjo, tuba and drums) have been inspiring people to dance for generations and the group’s repertoire draws on the most exciting music from around the world: funky New Orleans Jazz, tropical rhythms of the Caribbean and exotic melodies of Eastern Europe. When they play feet stomp, hands clap and butts shake. Rowdy or gentle, sweet or hot – people move.

Wed. November 18, 6:00pm

With a lineup of trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, banjo, upright bass, and drums, the New Orleans Moonshiners are as comfortable crooning a second-line spiritual down the street as they are romancing a festival audience with classic Ellington arrangements. Playing songs from the likes of Louis Armstrong, WC Handy, Sidney Bechet, Django Reinhardt, as well as exciting originals, this tight-knit unit of twentysomethings plays packed festivals and dance halls, where they draw an enthusiastic following of swing dancers, music fans, and fellow musicians alike. Hailing from around the world and trained in music schools all over, the Moonshiners add a creative modern energy and their unique originals to traditional jazz, whipping up a never-before-heard gumbo of music that is flamboyantly entertaining and toe-tappingly good.

About the Edgar Degas Foundation

The educational mission of the 501(c)3 nonprofit Edgar Degas Foundation is to preserve the legacy of the French Impresssionist Master for New Orleans and the world. Since 1996, thousands of visitors have toured the Edgar Degas House Museum and learned about the significance of the 18 paintings completed there, the prominent family members portrayed, and life during a pivotal period in Reconstruction Louisiana.

For more information, please call (504) 821-5009.


Saturday, October 3, 2009

Edgar Degas Foundation Receives Congressional Honors

In recognition of our house museum's acceptance to the American Association of Museums' (AAM) Museum Acceptance Program, the Edgar Degas Foundation has received honorary proclamations from US Representative Anh "Joseph" Cao and US Senator David Vitter. Included below, please find copies of letters and certificates received.

Also watch this blog for future updates concerning an honor from US Senator Mary Landrieu.

Our thanks to representatives of both political parties for their support.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Special Offer: All-Inclusive Staycation at Degas House $99

Degas House has created a special all-inclusive staycation room rate of just $99 to make it easy for locals to take advantage of a great getaway in one of our historic rooms.

This fall enjoy one night’s accommodation including:

• Daily Creole Breakfast at Degas House
• Tour of the house museum with Edgar Degas' great-grand-niece
• Free Wi-Fi and parking
• Special discounts for lunch or dinner at CafĂ© Degas
• No black out dates or restricted weeks

Create the perfect overnight staycation at Degas House, the only home where Degas lived or painted that is open to the public anywhere in the world.

For more information please call our reservation desk at (504) 821-5009.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Oktoberfest at Degas House, 9/19

Celebrate the official beginning of Oktoberfest!

Saturday, September 19
6pm to 10pm

Music by Julie Council & German Jubilee Band

Traditional Biergarten
Great German Food & Beer
including Jagerhaus Restaurant & other delicious fare!

$10.00 admission
Cash bar & food for purchase

Degas House
2306 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans
(504) 821-5009

Free, lighted and secured parking @ Musicians' Union Bldg., 2401 Esplanade Avenue

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Noche Latina, Saturday, August 15

The Edgar Degas Foundation hosted a summer party, Noche Latina, at Degas House. After earlier bouts of rain, the skies cleared and the event was a major success for the more than 250 who attended.

Special thanks to performers Javier Gutierrez & Acoustic Swiftness and our numerous event sponsors:

Casa Garcia
Cafe Degas
Churros Cafe
Event Rental
Taqueria Guerrero
Community Coffee
Whole Foods Market
Santa Fe Restaurant
Southern Eagle Sales & Service
New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation

Friday, August 7, 2009

Current Exhibit: Degas and New Orleans

Organized by the Edgar Degas Foundation and the Louisiana State Museum, this traveling exhibition focuses on Degas' time in New Orleans and the events that led to the First Impressionist Exhibition of 1874.

The exhibit includes reproductions from Degas' famous New Orleans collection; family photographs; original furnishings; and information about his life and work.

The tour of the house and exhibit includes the award-winning documentary, Degas in New Orleans, A Creole Sojourn. To schedule a tour, please call (504) 821-5009.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


For over a quarter-century the French Heritage Society (FHS) has championed historic preservation and brought new life to France's historic buildings, supported restoration work in New York at the French Consulate and, significantly, aided New Orleans during the recovery from Hurricane Katrina.

Saving a city means saving the people, of course, and rebuilding homes; but it also requires a strong effort to save the history, too. Degas House, therefore, is grateful to FHS for the honorary plaque (above), the first of its kind awarded to any building in the United States.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Javier Gutierrez at Degas House

Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Edgar Degas Foundation presents Noche Latina featuring Javier Gutierrez & Acoustic Swiftness.

TIME: 7pm to 11pm

PLACE: Degas House, 2306 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans

Latin food and drinks available. Admission of $10 includes one drink.

Join us for an evening of great music and dancing to benefit the nonprofit Edgar Degas Foundation.

For more information, please call our office at 504-821-5009.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Degas House Honored by the City of New Orleans

The recent
"Degas 175" event was exciting in so many ways.

What made it particularly memorable was the Proclamation presented by Councilmember Jackie Clarkson. In it, the City of New Orleans honored Degas House for its unwavering commitment to Edgar Degas and his legacy.

Shown above, accepting the award from Councilmember Clarkson (left), is Degas House's Administrative Director David Villarrubia (right).

Our thanks to everyone who joined us for the ceremony!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Our thanks to everyone who made "Bon Anniversaire-Degas-175" such a fun and special day. In all, over 300 people attended the festivities at Degas House on Sunday, July 19.

Attendees included Council Member Jackie Clarkson, who honored Degas House with a proclamation from the city of New Orleans. The dramatic exhibit "Degas and New Orleans" was also unveiled in the South Wing of Degas House, 2300 Esplanade Avenue.

Special thanks to our event sponsors: Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans' Musicians' Clinic, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, Le Tourment Vert, W Hotel New Orleans, Daniel Esses, and the Backbeat Foundation.

If you haven't already, check out our Facebook page for links to party photos from the day.

Thursday, July 16, 2009


DATE: Sunday, July 19, 2009

LOCATION: Degas House Historic Home, Courtyard & Inn
2306 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

TIME: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Celebration / Open House Begins @ 5 PM
Music starts @ 6:30 PM

EVENT: A celebration commemorating the 175th birthday of Edgar Degas including the unveiling of a new traveling exhibit "Degas in New Orleans" by the Louisiana State Museum and the music of Paul Sanchez and The Rolling Road Show.

FREE ADMISSION: Donations appreciated / Food and drinks available.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Edgar Degas Foundation whose educational mission is to preserve the legacy of the French Impressionist Master for New Orleans and the world.

Chapeaux (hats) and Tu-Tus strongly encouraged.


Thursday, July 9, 2009

AAA Southern Travelers

It’s official! THE DEGAS HOUSE in New Orleans was named a Southern Travel Treasure be AAA’s magazine, “AAA Southern Traveler”

Featured in the July/Aug 2009 issue of the “AAA Southern Traveler” THE DEGAS HOUSE was selected as a Southern treasure for its appeal to typical AAA members.

“AAA Southern Traveler” circulates to more than 210,000 AAA homes in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. More than 70% of readers choose the South for their vacation destination.

“We’re pleased to add the DEGAS HOUSE to the growing list of “treasures’ in our region.” Said Michael Right, editor/publisher of “AA A Southern Traveler.” Our members realize the South has endless travel and recreational opportunities. We try to offer events like this to our readers to encourage more exploration of local sites and attractions.”

For tours and additional information call (504) 821-5009 or request information from

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Fredy Omar con su Banda.

DEGAS HOUSE presents an evening of live music by Fredy Omar con su Banda.

Unwind after work with your neighbors and friends... enjoying live music in the courtyard of a historical landmark.

Wednesday, July 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. $10 per person includes one drink ticket and donation to the nonprofit Edgar Degas Foundation.

For more information, call Degas House: (504) 821-5009 Sponsored by Degas House, NOLA Brewing, and the New Orleans Musicians'Assistance Foundation.

Note: Free, secured and lighted off-street parking at 2401 Esplanade Avenue, corner of Rocheblave behind Musicians' Union Building, less than one block from Degas House. In consideration of our neighbors,please use the lot and do not park on the street.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Summer French Wines Festival & Garden Party

Presented by The Louisiana Chapter of the French American Chamber of Commerce

Saturday June 20 7:30 to 10:30 The Degas House 2306 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans

Members $40 - nonmembers $50

Featuring a Selection of Great French Wines . . .
and Delectable Cuisine, . . .
by Cafe Degas
Chateau Du Lac.
La Cote Brasserie
Eleven 79
The Flaming Tourch
JW Marriott
The KupcakFactory
La Louisiana Bakery
Maurice French Pastry,
Palate New Orleans,
Whole foods Market

Music by The Gypsy Swing Great Time

reservations: 504.561.0070 or