Music mural displayed for 1st time since Hurricane Katrina
NEW ORLEANS -- A mural painting that caricatures more than 60 musical celebrities of the 1940s is back on display in a New Orleans museum .
It's by Xavier Gonzalez, an artist whose work is in major art museums. This piece was commissioned to cover a wall at Dixie's Bar of Music , which was an early haven for gay patrons in New Orleans.
The Louisiana State Museum is celebrating its return Friday to the New Orleans Jazz Museum, where it's shown along with the clarinet played by bar owner and bandleader Yvonne "Dixie" Fasnacht.
There's also an LP by the bar's pianist, Dorothy Sloop. She was called Sloopy, a nickname that reportedly inspired the 1960s pop song "Hang on Sloopy."
Sloop's portrait is on the canvas, along with musicians including Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra.