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“Awash with Color:…

May 6 - 21, 2016
Join us at the Historic New Orleans Collection for the new exhibition… more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 6 - 6, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstar Band ft.… more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 6 - 6, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstars Band ft.… more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 6 - 6, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for Marc Stone Band. more

David Hansen's Garden…

May 06, 2016
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Free Admission to…

May 6 - 6, 2016
Free admission to the gardens at Longue Vue as part of the National Public… more

French Ciné-Club

May 06, 2016
All films are shown in French with English subtitles See the progran online:… more

Friday: First Friday…

May 6 - Dec 2, 2016
As part of its ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations, THNOC is offering First… more

House of Blues…

May 6 - Dec 30, 2016
Every Friday join us in the Voodoo Garden for live music, beer and drink… more

How To Succeed In…

May 6 - 22, 2016
Big business means big laughs in this delightfully clever lampoon of life on… more

Jazz in the Park's…

May 6 - 8, 2016
Join us for  Jazz in the Park first annual Treme Art and Music Fest. The… more

New Orleans Photo…

May 6 - 29, 2016
The New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA), is proud to be the first venue to … more

Paul Rodriguez &…

May 6 - 6, 2016
Orpheum Theater Presents: Paul Rodriguez & Latin Kings of Comedy more

The Historic New…

May 6 - 7, 2016
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I, The Historic New… more

Whitney Zoo to Do

May 6 - 6, 2016
It's time to party under the oaks at the annual Whitney Zoo-To-Do. New… more

5th Annual Crawfish…

May 7 - 7, 2016
New Orleans’ largest crawfish cook-off offers all-you-can-eat crawfish… more

6th Annual Magazine…

May 7 - 7, 2016
Magazine Street Merchants Association in conjunction with First NBC Bank, is… more

Backyard Grooves

May 07, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages.   more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 7 - 7, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstars ft. Larry… more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 7 - 7, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstar Band ft.… more

“Awash with Color:…

May 6 - 21, 2016
Join us at the Historic New Orleans Collection for the new exhibition… 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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