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Friday Nights at NOMA | Documentary Film: The Ghost Army | Music by Joe Cabral Thrio

Fri, May 26th, 2017 at 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Friday Nights at NOMA opens the museum’s doors for many interesting activities throughout the year: live music, movies, children’s activities, and more. Regular admission prices apply—NOMA members are FREE—but there is no extra charge for programs or films.

  • 5:30 – 8:30 pm: Music by Joe Cabral Thrio 
  • 5 – 8 pm: Art on the Spot family activity table
  • 6 pm: Docent Guided Tour of Jim Steg: New Work
  • 7:30 pm: Documentary Film, The Ghost Army


The Joe Cabral Thrio is one of the most refreshing new groups on the New Orleans music scene. Cabral, a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and conceptual artist, fronts the Thrio on baritone saxophone and vocals. His partners, Doug Garrison on drums and James Singleton on bass, are so closely involved in Cabral’s musical vision that the group’s performances often seem like spontaneous compositions. Cabral and Garrison have worked together for more than 20 years in the Iguanas, and some of the Thrio material comes from that group’s repertoire. The Thrio plays a vast repertoire including Cabral’s own “The Beep,” “El Huracan” and “Don’t Treat Your Baby Mean”; Iguanas material like “Sour Grapes” and “Te Espero Alla En El Bar”; deep cuts from New Orleans songwriters Alex McMurray, Allen Toussaint, Ernie K-Doe and Al Hirt; recast pop tunes from sources a varied as The Flaming Lips, Amy Winehouse, Junior Brown, Burt Bacharach and Nick Cave; standards like the Rogers and Hart classic “Blue Room” and the Billie Holiday vehicle “I’m Just Fooling Myself”; and Latin American Cumbias, Sambas, Corredos and Tangos.


Prior to his lauded career as a Newcomb College art professor and professional artist, Jim Steg served in the covert “Ghost Army” of World War II. Sketches from his tour of duty appear in the retrospective exhibition Jim Steg: New Work, on view through Oct. 8, 2017. The Ghost Army, a PBS documentary film that premiered in 2013, tells the little-known story of Steg and his fellow soldier-artists who were charged with creating battlefield props to deceive the enemy in wartime Europe. A top-secret, tactical deception unit officially known as the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, from June 1944 to March 1945 this “Ghost Army” staged 20 battlefield deceptions, beginning in Normandy and ending along the Rhine River. The deceivers employed an array of inflatables (tanks, trucks, jeeps, airplanes), sound trucks, phony radio transmissions and even playacting to trick Nazi troops. The largest of the four sub-units in the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, the 603rd handled visual deception. They could create dummy airfields, motor pools, artillery batteries, and tank formations in a matter of hours.

SPONSORS: Friday Nights at NOMA is supported in part by grant funds from the Azby Fund; Ruby K. Worner Charitable Trust; New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation; and the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans.


Fri, May 26th, 2017
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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