On May 1, 2018, a group of more than 40 guitar players from the New Orleans music community gathered in the historic Treme neighborhood at the request of New York City-based concert photographer Marc Millman. This project was a follow-up to his Different Drummer project from 2017, which was conceived as a homage to the historic “A Great Day in Harlem” photo taken by Art Kane for Esquire in 1958.
The shoot took place at a former New Orleans high school, and the idea was to raise awareness for The Roots of Music organization, an after-school program that works with kids ages 9-14 from low-income households. It provides hot meals, teaches the children music history and theory, and provides lessons.
Among the guitarists who gathered for the photo shoot were The Meters’ Leo Nocentelli, Anders Osborne, Samantha Fish, Tab Benoit, The Radiators’ Dave Malone and Camile Baudoin, Deacon John Moore, The Revivalists’ Zack Feinberg, blues legends Walter “Wolfman” Washington and “Little” Freddie King, Papa Mali, Dumpstaphunk’s Ian Neville, June Yamagishi and Mia Borders, among others.