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“Giants of Jazz: Art…

Sep 22 - Dec 17, 2017
This spring, art and music converge as The Historic New Orleans Collection… more

Amazing Scavenger…

Sep 22, 2017 - Jul 03, 2027
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David Hansen's Garden…

Sep 22, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Sep 22 - Dec 29, 2017
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House of Blues…

Sep 22 - 22, 2017
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Magazine St. Art…

Sep 22, 2017
Magazine St. Art Market is a unique way to experience the best of our local… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Sep 22 - Oct 8, 2017
Jim Steg (American, 1922 -2001) was the most influential printmaker to be based… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Sep 22 - 22, 2017
 Join us for the annual Love in the Garden! This will be  a night of… more

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In celebration of beloved chef, civil rights activist, and art collector Leah… more

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Sep 22 - Oct 8, 2017
Paintings from throughout Scully's career are presented with a selection of… more

Stoned vs Drunk vs…

Sep 22, 2017 - Jul 24, 2026
Join us at the New Movement for a stand -up comedy challenge. Also, enjoy… more

The Historic New…

Sep 22 - Oct 21, 2017
The Historic New Orleans Collection's Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for… more

The Irish Cultural…

Sep 22, 2017 - Jan 22, 2027
Join us at the beautiful Irish Cultural Museum of New Orleans every Friday… more

9th Annual Douglas…

Sep 23 - 23, 2017
Inspired by the legacy of Douglas Redd, iconic visual artist and cofounder of… more

All Souls Con

Sep 23 - 23, 2017
All Souls Con is a nonprofit convention celebrating Deborah Harkness‘s… more

Backyard Grooves

Sep 23, 2017 - Jan 10, 2026
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Dance Quarter…

Sep 23 - 23, 2017
Come witness one of India's beloved classical dance forms which is ambassador… more

Dim Sum Brunch at…

Sep 23, 2017
Sister to Gulotta’s acclaimed MOPHO, Maypop located in downtown’s… more

Double Dose

Sep 23, 2017 - Jan 10, 2026
ActionActionReaction and friends keep the dance floor energized with mixes of… more

MUSEUM DAY LIVE!

Sep 23 - 23, 2017
Museum Day Live! is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by… more

“Giants of Jazz: Art…

Sep 22 - Dec 17, 2017
This spring, art and music converge as The Historic New Orleans Collection… 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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