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"Thanks for the…

Sep 21 - 21, 2014
Take a seat in the crowd as Bob Hope takes the stage, just as he did during… more

A Taste of the Opera:…

Sep 21 - 28, 2014
A TASTE OF THE OPERA at the French Market every Sunday in September 4:00 p.m.… more

American Theater…

Sep 21 - 21, 2014
American Theatre Project of New Orleans (ATPNO) returns to Dillard University's… more

Auditions for Ballet…

Sep 21 - 21, 2014
AUDITIONS for Ballet Hysell's, The Nutcracker will be Sunday, September 21,… more

Ballet Hysell's, "The…

Sep 21 - 21, 2014
AUDITIONS for Ballet Hysell's, The Nutcracker will be Sunday, September 21,… more

Be the Peace …

Sep 21 - 21, 2014
Be the Peace Meditation Flash Mob is a live event celebrating the… more

CELEBRATE THE BLACK…

Sep 21 - 21, 2014
Get your fix of Emeril's famed contemporary New Orleans cuisine at the flagship… more

CELEBRATE THE BLACK…

Sep 21 - 21, 2014
NOLA, the casual, funky eatery located in the heart of the French Quarter, is a… more

Dance for Social…

Sep 21 - 21, 2014
Dance for Social Change is New Orleans' first outdoor, site-specific dance… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 21 - 21, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel… more

Jefferson Performing…

Sep 21 - 28, 2014
The Jefferson Performing Arts Society will be opening their 37th Season with an… more

Joe Krown Trio feat.…

Sep 21 - 28, 2014
Join us for the  Joe Krown Trio feat. Walter "Wolfman"… more

Kirk Franklin…

Sep 21 - 21, 2014
Kick off Sunday mornings with hoodoo blessings. Get into the spirit with… more

Mark of the Feminine

Sep 21 - Oct 4, 2014
Curator Regine Basha's Mark of the Feminine is the first in a series of… more

New Orleans Fringe…

Sep 21 - Oct 15, 2014
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New Orleans Saints…

Sep 21 - 21, 2014
The New Orleans Saints & Minnesota Vikings  kick-off at 12 noon. more

Rivertown Theaters…

Sep 21 - 28, 2014
Based on the Oscar winning DreamWorks film that started it all, we bring the… more

Thanks for the…

Sep 21 - 21, 2014
This incredible reenactment lets you take a seat in the crowd as Bob Hope takes… more

The Anthony Bean…

Sep 21 - 28, 2014
Two Trains Running is the powerful, often funny, always compassionate story of… more

The National WWII…

Sep 21 - 21, 2014
This incredible reenactment lets you take a seat in the crowd as Bob Hope takes… more

"Thanks for the…

Sep 21 - 21, 2014
Take a seat in the crowd as Bob Hope takes the stage, just as he did during… 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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