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Backyard Grooves

Jul 23, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages.   more

BB King's Blues Club…

Jul 23 - 23, 2016
Join us for live music with Piano Man Lucy Blackledge. more

BB King's Blues Club…

Jul 23 - 23, 2016
Join us for live music with Stevie J Blues Solo. more

BB King's Blues Club…

Jul 23 - 23, 2016
Join us for live music with BB King Allstar Band ft. Larry Johnson & Jonte… more

Carousel Gardens…

Jul 23 - 31, 2016
Now is a great time to buy your season pass. The season pass even gets you… more

Double Dose

Jul 23, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
ActionActionReaction and friends keep the dance floor energized with mixes of… more

Jazz Yoga with Susan…

Jul 23 - 30, 2016
Jazz Yoga with live meditative music by Peter Nu, continues at the Old U.S.… more

Mama's Music

Jul 23, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In Big Mama's Lounge. 21+ with valid photo I.D. 7-string guitarist Justin… more

Photo Exhibition -…

Jul 23 - 30, 2016
Join us for the Photo Exhibition - "MAAFA: The Past We Inherit; the Future… more

Rivertown Theaters…

Jul 23 - 24, 2016
Click your heels together and join the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and… more

Tales of the Cocktail

Jul 23 - 24, 2016
Join us for the 14th Annual Tales of the Cocktail Festival! Tales of the… more

The House of Groove

Jul 23, 2016
The House of Groove is a House Party and a live improvised musical journey… more

The Illusion

Jul 23 - Aug 6, 2016
Strange things happen when you wander into a magician’s cave. Pridamant,… more

The New Movement…

Jul 23, 2016 - May 23, 2026
Join us at the New Movement for  stand -up comedy show - Go… more

The New Movement…

Jul 23 - Dec 31, 2016
At each Megaphone Show, we invite a special guest/local… more

The New Movement…

Jul 23 - Dec 31, 2016
Chris Trew is joined on stage by two audience members chosen at random who have… more

A Method to Our…

Jul 24 - 24, 2016
Join us for the second event in our summer series: “A Roaster’s… more

BB King's Blues Club…

Jul 24 - 24, 2016
Join us for live music at the BB King's Blues Club with Jeremy Joyce. more

BB King's Blues Club…

Jul 24 - 24, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for Keith Stone Band. more

Soul Full Sunday…

Jul 24 - 24, 2016
Ashé Cultural Arts Center brings back the quarterly Sunday Brunch with… more

Backyard Grooves

Jul 23, 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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