If you're still bummed about the cancellation of March Madness, this bracket competition might help fill the void. The Historic New Orleans Collection has created the New Orleans Bracket Bash, where the city's cultural touchstones come to "meet and compete."
The first category is music and will ultimately crown the best song to emerge from New Orleans. The bracket, compiled by museum curator and historian Eric Seiferth, will offer a comprehensive look at New Orleans music through the years. It also coincides with the debut of a new virtual exhibition, New Orleans Medley: Sounds of the City. "Co-curated by Seiferth and THNOC’s Alfred Lemmon, the exhibition was on view in Williams Research Center in 2019 but lives on in engaging, interactive fashion on our website."
The first round (which took place over the weekend) included 64 songs and was filled with intriguing matchups (genres include everything from classical to hip hop to ragtime). Voters can listen to the songs via YouTube, then participate in round two on Monday, May 11. The tournament voting schedule can be found below.
Tournament voting schedule:
Round 1: Friday, May 8–Sunday, May 10
Round 2: Monday, May 11
Round 3: Tuesday, May 12
Quarterfinals: Wednesday, May 13
Semifinals: Thursday, May 14
Championship: Friday, May 15
Follow along on Instagram for announcements about new brackets, as well as competition updates and spotlights on historical "competitors."