Cyrille Neville will perform at the groundbreaking ceremonies for the Dew Drop Inn Hotel and Lounge on Thursday, July 7 at 4 p.m. local legends like Allen Toussaint and Irma Thomas. The property will soon be a newly renovated concert hall and 17-room boutique hotel in New Orleans’ central district with a resort-style pool accessible by membership and daily passes.
The ceremony will include remarks by Mayor LaToya Cantrell, State Rep. Tanner Magee who serves as the pro tempore speaker, and others before an audience of community leaders and members and project stakeholders, complemented by musical performances. The long-abandoned property, which operated from the late 1930s through the late 1960s as a popular hotel and performance space, is located at 2836 LaSalle Street.
“The Dew Drop Inn means so much to our city and our culture,” said Curtis Doucette, Jr., project developer. “We look forward to celebrating history and continuing the legacy! It’s been a long time coming and I couldn’t be more excited for it to finally happen.
The hotel and nightclub project is separate from plans to build a museum dedicated to New Orleans’ role in the emergence of R&B and rock music under the auspices of the Louisiana State Museum. The Louisiana Legislature has allocated $1 million to build a new museum near the dewdrop.
The funding bill, HB 899, has this to say about the project: “The museum shall be a historical, cultural, scientific and technological educational institution whose primary purpose shall be to research, collect, preserve and to present, as an educational resource, music, recordings, images, documents, artifacts, art objects and the like that reflect the social, cultural and economic history of rock and roll music in the world. state of Louisiana and in the Orleans Parish area in particular.