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“Joseph and the…

Apr 18 - 19, 2015
This family musical classic from Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber chronicles… more

2015 Earth Day…

Apr 18 - 18, 2015
The 2015 Earth Day Festival will be hosting Louisiana's first Solar Derby. The… more

Adler’s Jewelry Tea…

Apr 18 - 18, 2015
In an afternoon of elegant indulgence, an exclusive trunk show of stunning,… more

Backbeat Jazzfest…

Apr 18 - 18, 2015
Come join us and listen to live music by Free Agents Brass Band. more

Big Chief Monk…

Apr 18 - 18, 2015
Come join us for Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles plus Special… more

Big Easy Rollergirls…

Apr 18 - 18, 2015
Come see your Big Easy Rollergirls Allstars take on the Detroit Derby Girls… more

Critter Cinema,…

Apr 18 - 18, 2015
Join us for  Critter Cinema, sponsored by the Louisiana SPCA.  Great… more

Edgar Degas: The…

Apr 18 - May 24, 2015
Featuring drawings, prints, sculpture, and photographs, all from a single… more

EN MAS’: Carnival and…

Apr 18 - Jun 7, 2015
Curated by Claire Tancons, Krista Thompson, EN MAS': Carnival and Performance… more

ETCHYNPÜFE Group Show…

Apr 18 - May 31, 2015
The Foundation Gallery is excited to host ETCHYNPÜFE, a group show… more

FOUR VOICES at the…

Apr 18 - May 24, 2015
The Garden District Gallery is pleased to present FOUR VOICES featuring… more

Glass Art Exhibit…

Apr 18 - 18, 2015
The Tulane/Newcomb College Glass Art exhibition at Longue Vue incorporates a… more

Jim Roche: Cultural…

Apr 18 - Jul 12, 2015
Born in 1943, Jim Roche received a BA from Florida State University (1961)… more

JPAS Presents The…

Apr 18 - 19, 2015
For decades, renowned advice columnist Ann Landers answered countless letters… more

Louisiana Music…

Apr 18 - 18, 2015
Come and listen to music by Jon Roniger. more

Louisiana Music…

Apr 18 - 18, 2015
Come and listen to music by Alexander Scott. more

Louisiana Music…

Apr 18 - 18, 2015
Come and listen to music by Caesar Brothers. more

Louisiana Music…

Apr 18 - 18, 2015
Come and listen to music by Tank & the Bangas. more

M.S. Rau Antiques…

Apr 18 - May 4, 2015
Long established and leading art, antiques and jewelry specialist M.S. Rau… more

Mark Steinmetz: South

Apr 18 - May 10, 2015
Mark Steinmetz lives and works in Athens, Georgia. His work transcends the… more

“Joseph and the…

Apr 18 - 19, 2015
This family musical classic from Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber chronicles… 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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