Musicians from Home: The Swamp Buds

NOMA presents a series of virtual concerts featuring a range of music’s best and brightest performing from their homes. Assembled by internationally renowned multi-instrumentalist and composer Mahmoud Chouki, enjoy these relaxed and informal music experiences with acclaimed musicians from New Orleans and beyond.

About The Swamp Buds

Born in Lafayette Louisiana, fiddle player and vocalist Marie-Isabelle Evangeline is a second generation culture bearer. When an injury prevented her from dancing to the music she grew up with, Marie-Isabelle started performing on stage. She has played fiddle and vocals with Yeux D’Soco, The Backporch Review, The Swamp Buds, and the Swamp Blossoms. In addition to performing traditionals from South Louisiana, she also writes original songs and poetry. Her writings have been published by The University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In addition to performing, Marie-Isabelle has devoted much of her time to social change programs. She founded EarthShare Gardens and the Lafayette Hurricane Survivors Coalition, designed and implemented the programs at the Center for Restorative Approaches, and has contributed to ending homelessness through direct services, program development, and program management roles. Marie-Isabelle hopes that everyone who hears her music is transported to the feel of a community dancing in step – with floorboards creaking under the feet of our ancestors, elders, and the next generation.

Scott Stobbe is a New Orleans-based guitarist and composer. Scott has toured nationally and internationally with diverse projects playing traditional New Orleans swing, Brazilian choro as well as American and European folk musics and free improvisation. His projects and compositions have been heard at the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Portland Jazz Festival, Symbiosis, Lightning in a Bottle, Woven Festival in Tokyo and Soledad State Prison where he taught music for 3 years. Scott has a firm belief that music is a powerful force that can uplift, heal, educate and bring people together.

To Learn More:

@theswampblossoms @theswampbuds

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NOMA is committed to uniting, inspiring, and engaging diverse communities and cultures through the arts — now more than ever. Your gift will make a direct and immediate impact as NOMA welcomes our community back to the museum and sculpture garden, plans new exhibitions, and develops virtual and at-home arts education resources for school partners.




Education and outreach initiatives at NOMA are supported in part by the Zemurray Foundation; the Lois and Lloyd Hawkins Jr. Foundation; The Helis Foundation; The Gayle and Tom Benson Foundation; The City of New Orleans; IBERIABANK; The Wagner Foundation; Janice Parmelee and Bill Hammack; the Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative, funded by the Walton Family Foundation and the Ford Foundation; Sara and David Kelso; Patrick F. Taylor Foundation;  Dr. Scott S. Cowen; The RosaMary Foundation; The Azby Fund; the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency; The Collins C. Diboll Private Foundation; Burkenroad Foundation; Marian Dreux Van Horn Education Endowment; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation;  Ruby K. Worner Trust through the PNC Charitable Trusts Grant Review Committee; The Harry T. Howard III Foundation; New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.; Harvey and Marie Orth; The Bruce J. Heim Foundation; and Mrs. Bennett A. Molter, Jr. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.