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“Giants of Jazz: Art…

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

Always for Pleasure…

Nov 17 - 21, 2017
The ALWAYS FOR PLEASURE FESTIVAL (AFP) is 5 days of movies, music, art,… more

Amazing Scavenger…

Nov 17, 2017 - Jul 03, 2027
Turn New Orleans into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt… more

Ashe Cultural Arts…

Nov 17 - 18, 2017
It's baacckkk! The funny, provocative, and "real" stage play,… more

Concerts in the…

Nov 17 - 17, 2017
The Historic New Orleans Collection's popular outdoor music series Concerts in… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Nov 17, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Nov 17 - Dec 29, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

East of the…

Nov 17, 2017 - Jan 07, 2018
The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) will present East of the Mississippi:… more

East of the…

Nov 17, 2017 - Jan 07, 2018
The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) will present East of the Mississippi:… more

Le Meridien Presents…

Nov 17 - 25, 2017
Le Méridien New Orleans presents a gourmet burger pop-up bar in LMNO… more

Magazine St. Art…

Nov 17, 2017
Magazine St. Art Market is a unique way to experience the best of our local… more

The Fountain Lounge…

Nov 17 - 18, 2017
Join us for Amanda Ducorbier at the Fountain Lounge in the Roosevelt Hotel.… more

The Fountain Lounge…

Nov 17 - Dec 29, 2017
Join us for Sam Kuslanr at the Fountain Lounge in the Roosevelt Hotel. While… more

The Irish Cultural…

Nov 17, 2017 - Jan 22, 2027
Join us at the beautiful Irish Cultural Museum of New Orleans every Friday… more

The Sugar Mill…

Nov 17 - 17, 2017
Join us on Friday, November 17 to celebrate the opening of Prospect.4: The… more

Backyard Grooves

Nov 18, 2017 - Jan 10, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages.   more

Dim Sum Brunch at…

Nov 18, 2017
Sister to Gulotta’s acclaimed MOPHO, Maypop located in downtown’s… more

Double Dose

Nov 18, 2017 - Jan 10, 2026
ActionActionReaction and friends keep the dance floor energized with mixes of… more

New Orleans Pride's…

Nov 18 - 18, 2017
Get ready for one of the biggest and best Pub Crawls in the French Quarter! … more

The House of Groove

Nov 18, 2017
The House of Groove is a House Party and a live improvised musical journey… more

“Giants of Jazz: Art…

Nov 17 - 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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