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“Giants of Jazz: Art…

Apr 23 - Dec 17, 2017
This spring, art and music converge as The Historic New Orleans Collection… more

2017 New Orleans Air…

Apr 23 - 23, 2017
Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans in Belle Chasse, La., will… more

Cecilia Vicuña: About…

Apr 23 - Jun 18, 2017
Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen traces the artist’s long career to… more

Chicken on the Bone…

Apr 23 - Dec 6, 2017
Want to enjoy some nightlife? No trip to New Orleans is complete if you have… more

Guys and Dolls Jr.

Apr 23 - 23, 2017
Set in Damon Runyon's New York City, Guys and Dolls JR. follows gambler, Nathan… more

Kids in the Kitchen…

Apr 23 - 23, 2017
Lead by the staff of SOFAB we are happy to offer the next installment of… more

Little Gem Saloon…

Apr 23 - 23, 2017
Little Gem Saloon is proud to announce its Jazz Brunch starting in April with… more

Lusher Orchestra and…

Apr 23 - 23, 2017
Join us for the Lusher Orchestra and Choir Spring Concert! more

New Orleans Museum of…

Apr 23 - May 21, 2017
NOMA is organizing A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s in cooperation… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Apr 23 - Oct 8, 2017
Jim Steg (American, 1922 -2001) was the most influential printmaker to be based… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Apr 23 - Oct 1, 2017
In celebration of beloved chef, civil rights activist, and art collector Leah… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Apr 23 - Oct 8, 2017
Paintings from throughout Scully's career are presented with a selection of… more

Pinch A Palooza…

Apr 23 - 23, 2017
Pinch A Palooza 2017, a family friendly seafood festival celebrating… more

Senga Nengudi:…

Apr 23 - Jun 18, 2017
In 1975, artist Senga Nengudi began a series of sculptures, entitled R.S.V.P.,… more

Shotgun House Tour

Apr 23 - 23, 2017
Tour seven private homes in beautiful Faubourg St. John that showcase the… more

Tennessee Williams -…

Apr 23 - May 16, 2017
Experience SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH, a decadent fever dream by Tennessee Williams! … more

Trinity Artist Series…

Apr 23 - 23, 2017
Join us for The New Orleans Trombone Choir, directed by John Risey!   more

David Hansen's Garden…

Apr 24, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

International…

Apr 24 - 24, 2017
On Monday, April 24th, International Sculpture Day, The Poydras Corridor… more

Monday Blues

Apr 24, 2017 - Jan 05, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Get your live local blues fix with Sean Riley. more

“Giants of Jazz: Art…

Apr 23 - 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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