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All-Star Weekend…

Feb 19 - 19, 2017
Join us for the All Star Weekend GRAND FINALE party with 2 Chainz, Allen… more

CANO & PhotoNOLA…

Feb 19 - 28, 2017
CANO is proud to announce our first photography exhibition in conjunction with… more

Green Wave Community…

Feb 19 - 19, 2017
The Green Wave Community Market brings sustainably grown and locally sourced… more

International House…

Feb 19 - 27, 2017
To many, Mardi Gras means purple, green and gold blinking beads and kegs of… more

Joe Krown Trio +…

Feb 19 - 26, 2017
Join us for the  Joe Krown Trio  plus Seither's Seafood Crawfish Boil. more

Mountain Dew All-Star…

Feb 19 - 19, 2017
DEW will use NBA All-Star 2017 as its tip-off for The Courtside Project, a… more

NBA All-star ‘Erster…

Feb 19 - 19, 2017
On Sunday, February 19th, in celebration of the NBA All-Star Game,… more

NBA All-Star Game…

Feb 19 - 19, 2017
The stars are coming to New Orleans on February 17-19, 2017 when the NBA stages… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Feb 19 - May 21, 2017
NOMA is organizing A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s in cooperation… more

October @ The Front

Feb 19, 2017
Lemon Lovers features Alanah Luger-Guillaume and Rebecca Spangenthal as they… more

Red Clay Soul…

Feb 19 - 19, 2017
Round 2 from Red Clay Soul happens on Sunday during All Star Weekend! View the… more

Second FRIDAY…

Feb 19 - Mar 4, 2017
'New Work by Max Seckel & Bruce Drinnon'. exhibition dates: February 10 -… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Feb 20, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Horses, Hops and Cops

Feb 20 - 20, 2017
MEET THE CLYDESDALES! Horses, Hops and Cops is an annual fundraiser produced… more

Monday Blues

Feb 20, 2017 - Jan 05, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Get your live local blues fix with Sean Riley. more

New Orleans Museum of…

Feb 20 - 20, 2017
In conjunction with the opening of the New Orleans Museum of Art's (NOMA) … more

Special!! BOMBAZO…

Feb 20 - 20, 2017
Join us for Master Dancer and Puerto Rican Native, Miteri Tucker Concepcion… more

The Irish House…

Feb 20, 2017
This is the Biggest Irish Music Session in the south. On a Night you will see… more

The Maison Presents -…

Feb 20 - Jul 31, 2017
The Royal Roses grew out of the rich resurgence that traditional jazz is seeing… more

The Porter Trio…

Feb 20 - 20, 2017
Join us for live music featuring The Porter Trio featuring George Porter Jr,… more

All-Star Weekend…

Feb 19 - 19, 2017
Join us for the All Star Weekend GRAND FINALE party with 2 Chainz, Allen… 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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