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A Louisiana Parlor:…

Aug 29 - Oct 11, 2015
This exhibition is in celebration of the acquisition of a superb Rococo Revival… more

Abita Springs Opry at…

Aug 29 - 29, 2015
Two bands - Three Hours - Five Saturdays First band plays approx 12 noon to… more

Ashe Cultural Arts…

Aug 29 - Oct 4, 2015
Join us for Ashe to Amen: the Enduring Spirituality of People of African… more

Ashe Cultural Arts…

Aug 29 - Oct 4, 2015
Join us for Ashe to Amen: the Enduring Spirituality of People of African… more

COOLinary New Orleans…

Aug 29 - 31, 2015
It is going to be a delicious summer!  During the month of August, enjoy… more

Foundation for…

Aug 29 - 29, 2015
The Katrina 10 Commemorative Parade will begin at approximately 5:15PM on… more

Foundation for…

Aug 29 - 29, 2015
The Katrina 10 Commemorative Parade will begin at approximately 5:15PM on… more

Foundation for…

Aug 29 - 29, 2015
The Katrina 10 Commemorative Parade will begin at approximately… more

Harrah' New Orleans…

Aug 29 - 29, 2015
Join us for a night of song at LIVE FROM THE WRITERS ROOM Featuring Brett… more

Joy Productions…

Aug 29 - 29, 2015
Joy Productions and Jonathan Mares Productions present KATRINA: MOTHER-IN-LAW… more

Longue Vue House and…

Aug 29 - Oct 11, 2015
For the 10th Anniversary of the storm, Longue Vue will commemorate the revival… more

Louisiana SPCA’s…

Aug 29 - 31, 2015
In memory of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the Louisiana SPCA is… more

New Orleans Jazz…

Aug 29 - 29, 2015
Enjoy Live Performance. more

New Orleans Museum…

Aug 29 - 30, 2015
New Orleans Museum Month, now in its second year, is a collaboration between… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Aug 29 - Sep 7, 2015
Ten Years Gone brings together six artists whose work engages with the broad… more

NOBA Hosts…

Aug 29 - Sep 26, 2015
The New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) in partnership with Chalmette… more

NOBA's tuition-free…

Aug 29 - Sep 25, 2015
Beginning this weekend, the NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance, along with other NOBA… more

Pilates in the…

Aug 29 - 29, 2015
Join us for Pilates in the Sculpture Garden, among NOMA's outstanding… more

Saturday Farmers…

Aug 29 - Dec 26, 2015
We are excited to announce the Saturday Farmers Market at the French Market!… more

Smoothie King Center…

Aug 29 - 29, 2015
President Bill Clinton,Mayor Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans Residents, faith… more

A Louisiana Parlor:…

Aug 29 - Oct 11, 2015
This exhibition is in celebration of the acquisition of a superb Rococo Revival… 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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