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17th Annual Martin…

Feb 28 - Mar 7, 2015
Join us for the 17th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Art… more

Andrew Jackson: Hero…

Feb 28 - Mar 29, 2015
THNOC's exhibition tracks Jackson's rise from humble beginnings to immortality… more

Artist Spotlight…

Feb 28 - Mar 31, 2015
New Orleans-based woodturning artist Tom Dunne will be the featured artist in… more

Ashe Showcase – Bless…

Feb 28 - 28, 2015
Celebrate with us, as we showcase everything Ashé. Tour the Power… more

BODY ELECTRIC Group…

Feb 28 - Mar 1, 2015
Inspired by Walt Whitman's "I Sing the Body Electric", this… more

Documentary ‘Big…

Feb 28 - 28, 2015
Join us for the documentary film "Big Charity" at the Joy Theater.… more

Edgar Degas: The…

Feb 28 - May 24, 2015
Featuring drawings, prints, sculpture, and photographs, all from a single… more

Freret Street Puliq…

Feb 28 - 28, 2015
Come and enjoy live music. more

Jefferson Arts…

Feb 28 - Mar 15, 2015
Mrs. Stancliffe's Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast has been successful for many… more

Jim Roche: Cultural…

Feb 28 - Jul 12, 2015
Born in 1943, Jim Roche received a BA from Florida State University (1961)… more

Jon Cleary & the…

Feb 28 - 28, 2015
Join us for Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen. more

Lauren Sturm

Feb 28 - 28, 2015
A spirited performer who can be seen regularly in venues of New Orleans, as… more

Mark Steinmetz: South

Feb 28 - May 10, 2015
Mark Steinmetz lives and works in Athens, Georgia. His work transcends the… more

Neighborhood Pet…

Feb 28 - 28, 2015
Neighborhood Pet Adoption & Bake Sale, sponsored by the LA/SPCA will be… more

New Orleans Celtic…

Feb 28 - Mar 1, 2015
New Orleans Celtic Festival is an annual event dedicated to preserving and… more

New Zealand's - Black…

Feb 28 - 28, 2015
The New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) presents New Zealand's premier… more

Octavia Art Gallery…

Feb 28 - 28, 2015
Edward Bear Miller's figurative, gestural, and bold representations of our… more

Pilates in the…

Feb 28 - 28, 2015
Join us for Pilates in the Sculpture Garden, among NOMA's outstanding… more

Stage Door Canteen…

Feb 28 - Apr 5, 2015
"Always ... Patsy Cline," a musical play, complete with down-home… more

StoryQuest “Backyard,”

Feb 28 - 28, 2015
Spark imagination, creativity, and a love of reading. Professional authors,… more

17th Annual Martin…

Feb 28 - Mar 7, 2015
Join us for the 17th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Art… 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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