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“Giants of Jazz: Art…

May 28 - Dec 17, 2017
This spring, art and music converge as The Historic New Orleans Collection… more

BB's Stage Door…

May 28 - Jun 25, 2017
The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s comes to life in this three-time… more

Beyond the Canvas:…

May 28 - Jul 9, 2017
Spanning several generations, five Puerto Rico-based artists Zilia… more

Cecilia Vicuña: About…

May 28 - Jun 18, 2017
Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen traces the artist’s long career to… more

Celebrate National…

May 28 - 28, 2017
Trinity, known for its imaginative cuisine, creative cocktails and bustling… more

Chicken on the Bone…

May 28 - Dec 6, 2017
Want to enjoy some nightlife? No trip to New Orleans is complete if you have… more

Heurigen: An Austrian…

May 28 - 28, 2017
The Deutsches Haus is presenting Heurigen: An Austrian Wine Festival on Sunday,… more

Magnolia State Feis

May 28 - 28, 2017
Following the Louisiana State Championship Feis, the new Magnolia State Feis… more

Mercedes Benz…

May 28 - 28, 2017
The  8th Annual  Bayou Country Super Fest is coming to the Mercedes… more

New Orleans Greek…

May 28 - 28, 2017
Every year descendents of one of the Western world's oldest cultures celebrate… more

New Orleans Museum of…

May 28 - Oct 8, 2017
Jim Steg (American, 1922 -2001) was the most influential printmaker to be based… more

New Orleans Museum of…

May 28 - Oct 1, 2017
In celebration of beloved chef, civil rights activist, and art collector Leah… more

New Orleans Museum of…

May 28 - Oct 8, 2017
Paintings from throughout Scully's career are presented with a selection of… more

Newcomb Art Museum -…

May 28 - Jul 9, 2017
Spanning several generations, five Puerto Rico-based artists Zilia… more

Senga Nengudi:…

May 28 - Jun 18, 2017
In 1975, artist Senga Nengudi began a series of sculptures, entitled R.S.V.P.,… more

The Go-Go

May 28 - 28, 2017
The Go-Go is a live music series featuring Cajun & Americana dance bands.… more

The Historic New…

May 28 - Oct 21, 2017
The Historic New Orleans Collection's Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for… more

The New Orleans Wine…

May 28 - 28, 2017
The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is one of the premiere events in… more

David Hansen's Garden…

May 29, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Monday Blues

May 29, 2017 - Jan 05, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Get your live local blues fix with Sean Riley. more

“Giants of Jazz: Art…

May 28 - 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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