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"Mysterious…

Nov 23 - 23, 2014
You are invited to the Mysterious Wisterias Plantation for an evening of music… more

"Prospect.3: Notes…

Nov 23, 2014 - Jan 25, 2015
Prospect New Orleans, the International Contemporary Art Biennial,  will… more

Andrew Jackson: Hero…

Nov 23, 2014 - Mar 29, 2015
THNOC's exhibition tracks Jackson's rise from humble beginnings to immortality… more

Boesman and Lena

Nov 23 - 23, 2014
American Theatre Project of New Orleans returns to Ashé Cultural Arts… more

Celebration in the…

Nov 23 - 23, 2014
Kids get the royal holiday treatment at their own Celebration in the Oaks… more

Kirk Franklin…

Nov 23 - 23, 2014
Raise the roof Sunday mornings with brunch featuring the explosive energy of… more

Le Petit Theatre…

Nov 23 - 23, 2014
This swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan will have you and your family hooked… more

Mistletoe Marketplace…

Nov 23 - 23, 2014
Kickoff Mistletoe Marketplace in the French Quarter at 4 p.m. on Thursday,… more

New Orleans Poboy…

Nov 23 - 23, 2014
Come join us for the New Orleans Poboy Festival. The New Orleans Po-Boy… more

Smoothie King Center…

Nov 23 - 23, 2014
Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world… more

THE GUANTÁNAMO PUBLIC…

Nov 23 - 26, 2014
This traveling exhibit examines the history of the U.S. naval base in… more

The Mysterious…

Nov 23 - 23, 2014
You are invited to the Mysterious Wisterias Plantation for an evening of music… more

The New Orleans…

Nov 23 - 23, 2014
The New Orleans Fringe has become known for its offbeat and sometimes crazy… more

The Victory Belles…

Nov 23, 2014 - Jun 24, 2015
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

CELEBRATE THE BLACK…

Nov 24 - 24, 2014
Get your fix of Emeril's famed contemporary New Orleans cuisine at the flagship… more

CELEBRATE THE BLACK…

Nov 24 - 24, 2014
Make a pit-stop on the way to the Superdome at the iconic Emeril's Delmonico in… more

CELEBRATE THE BLACK…

Nov 24 - 24, 2014
NOLA, the casual, funky eatery located in the heart of the French Quarter, is a… more

New Orleans Saints…

Nov 24 - 24, 2014
The New Orleans Saints & Baltimore Ravens kick-off at 7:30 pm more

ThinkerKids Holiday…

Nov 24 - 26, 2014
Come explore science, technology, art and math with us at ThinkerKids Holiday… more

Canal Street Lighting…

Nov 25 - 25, 2014
Stroll along Canal Street and watch as the Downtown Development District and… more

"Mysterious…

Nov 23 - 23, 2014
You are invited to the Mysterious Wisterias Plantation for an evening of music… 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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