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"Is Shakespeare…

May 26 - 26, 2016
Lecture with Hillary Eklund, English Dept., Loyola Univ., New Orleans more

"Residue" / Wetlands…

May 26 - 26, 2016
Join us Second Saturday for the Opening Reception of "Residue" with… more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 26 - 26, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for Jonte Mayon more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 26 - 26, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstars Band ft.… more

Birdfoot Festival

May 26 - 28, 2016
Join us for the 5th Anniversary Birdfoot Festival. Through live chamber music,… more

David Hansen's Garden…

May 26, 2016
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Heart of the House

May 26, 2016 - Jan 08, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Heart of the House puts the spotlight on House… more

Jazz in the Park

May 26 - Jun 9, 2016
Jazz in the Park returns this spring running from April 14th to June 9th, with… more

Joe Walsh & Bad…

May 26 - 26, 2016
Joe Walsh and Bad Company (Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs, Simon Kirke) will be… more

New Orleans Photo…

May 26 - 29, 2016
The New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA), is proud to be the first venue to … more

Saenger Theatre…

May 26 - 29, 2016
WICKED, New Orleans' most popular musical, looks at what happened in the Land… more

Stuck in Your Head

May 26 - 26, 2016
Do you know, for sure, what Hotel California is really about?… more

The New Orleans Wine…

May 26 - 29, 2016
The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is one of the premiere events in… more

Theatre on Tap…

May 26 - 29, 2016
Stars, stripes, and salutes will storm the stage Memorial Day weekend, … more

Traditional Home's…

May 26 - Jun 12, 2016
Join us in the Uptown District for our first-ever New Orleans Showhouse!… more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 27 - 27, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstar Band ft.… more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 27 - 27, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstars Band ft.… more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 27 - 27, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for Marc Stone Band. more

Greek Festival 5K and…

May 27 - 27, 2016
5K and 1 mile races in conjunction with the annual Greek Festival more

House of Blues…

May 27 - Dec 30, 2016
Every Friday join us in the Voodoo Garden for live music, beer and drink… more

"Is Shakespeare…

May 26 - 26, 2016
Lecture with Hillary Eklund, English Dept., Loyola Univ., New Orleans more

New Orleans French Quarter Fest kicks off Thursday

New Orleans French Quarter Fest kicks off Thursday

By Stacey Plaisance

 

NEW ORLEANS -- French Quarter Festival kicks off Thursday with a performance by the Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band, the first New Orleans brass band to win music's highest honor.

Rebirth won this year's best regional roots music award for its "Rebirth of New Orleans" album.

Hundreds of Louisiana musicians will perform Thursday through Sunday on 22 stages throughout the French Quarter.

The festival started as a small event for locals 29 years ago but has grown into one of the largest free music festivals in the country.

This year its stages will be at Jackson Square, on Bourbon Street, in the open-air French Market and the grassy park along the Mississippi River and elsewhere in the Quarter.

In all, about 800 musicians will perform Cajun, jazz, blues, gospel, zydeco and funk.

Besides Rebirth, the lineup includes Cyril Neville and the Royal Southern Brotherhood, blues singer Deacon John, clarinet player Pete Fountain, singer-songwriter Theresa Andersson, Cajun fiddler Amanda Shaw and Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews.

Last year roughly 500,000 people attended the festival, said Marci Schramm, executive director of French Quarter Festivals, Inc.

Kelly Schulz, spokeswoman for the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the festival fills New Orleans hotels and generates close to $300 million for the city.

Besides music, the festival offers affordable food from some of the city's finest restaurants, including Antoine's oyster bonne femme (oysters and crabmeat in a rich sauce with cheese) as well as Muriel's crawfish and goat cheese crepes and Tujague's beef brisket. Louisiana standards like gumbo, po-boys and jambalaya are also served.

There is no admission, but vendors sell cocktails and food to help subsidize the event. Private and corporate sponsors pay for the musicians.

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