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Backyard Grooves

Sep 24, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages.   more

Beyonce - Formation…

Sep 24 - 24, 2016
Catch pop superstar Beyonce on her Formation World Tour when she stops at the… more

Clear & Sweet zoe |…

Sep 24 - 24, 2016
“...like a crazy dream you just can’t shake. At the center of it… more

Community Rally

Sep 24 - 24, 2016
The Protege Project, a 501c(3) non-profit mentoring program, is organizing a… more

Double Dose

Sep 24, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
ActionActionReaction and friends keep the dance floor energized with mixes of… more

End of the Rainbow…

Sep 24 - 29, 2016
Come join for the exhibition of  End of the Rainbow, which is an extension… more

First Annual…

Sep 24 - Oct 4, 2016
Come out and learn the role the Black Panther Party played in the recovery of… more

Historic New Orleans…

Sep 24, 2016 - Apr 09, 2017
The Historic New Orleans Collection is gearing up for an exciting new… more

Joy Theater Presents…

Sep 24 - 24, 2016
The Sklar Brothers come to NOLA for their rescheduled performance. Their TV… more

Kids Silhouette…

Sep 24 - 24, 2016
Children ages 6 through 12 years and an accompanying adult are invited to… more

Kinder Garden - …

Sep 24 - 24, 2016
Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for… more

Louisiana Music…

Sep 24 - 24, 2016
Come and listen to music by Bruce Daigrepont. more

Mama's Music

Sep 24, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In Big Mama's Lounge. 21+ with valid photo I.D. 7-string guitarist Justin… more

Modgun by Robert…

Sep 24 - Dec 18, 2016
The public is invited to tour the newly installed ModGun by Robert Tannen, the… more

MUNHOLLAND WHITE…

Sep 24 - 24, 2016
MUNHOLLAND WHITE ELEPHANT SALE, 1201 Metairie Road @ Elmeer, Saturday, 9/24/16,… more

Museum Day Live!

Sep 24 - 24, 2016
Visit Longue Vue House and Gardens free of charge as part of the annual… more

NOLA Horror Film Fest

Sep 24 - 25, 2016
The NOLA Horror Film Fest is a film festival created by horror filmmakers for… more

NOLA on Tap

Sep 24 - 24, 2016
Join 15,000+ of your closest friends at the largest  beer fest in the… more

Notre Dame Seminary…

Sep 24 - 24, 2016
The fundraiser to benefit the seminary will feature a dinner buffet, cocktails,… more

Ogden Museum of…

Sep 24 - 24, 2016
Explore and experiment with the flexibility and luminescent nature of the… more

Backyard Grooves

Sep 24, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages.   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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