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“Awash with Color:…

Feb 12 - May 21, 2016
Join us at the Historic New Orleans Collection for the new exhibition… more

18th Annual Dr.…

Feb 12 - Mar 31, 2016
Join us for the opening reception for the 18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King… more

After Party ft Johnny…

Feb 12 - 12, 2016

Amanda Ducorbier

Feb 12 - 27, 2016
AMANDA DUCORBIER - TRIO at the Fountain Lounge in the Roosevelt Hotel more

Antoine Diel at the…

Feb 12 - 26, 2016
ANTOINE DIEL - TRIO at the Fountain Lounge in the Roosevelt Hotel more

Chris Brown…

Feb 12 - 12, 2016
Chris Brown returns to the Smoothie King Center on Feb. 12! for his Valentines… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Feb 12, 2016
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Food Truck…

Feb 12 - 13, 2016

Mahalia Jackson…

Feb 12 - 12, 2016
Peppa Pig, star of Entertainment One's (eOne) top-rated TV series, airing daily… more

Patriot, Planter,…

Feb 12 - Mar 20, 2016
NOMA will present the first exhibition to focus on the works of Pierre-Joseph… more

The Foundation…

Feb 12 - 28, 2016
*Opening Reception: January 15, 2016 - 6pm-10pm The Foundation Gallery will be… more

The Historic New…

Feb 12 - May 7, 2016
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I, The Historic New… more

The Music of the…

Feb 12 - 13, 2016
The Rolling Stones are one of the most iconic bands of the last 50 years. Their… more

The Photography of…

Feb 12 - Mar 1, 2016
The Photography of Modernist Cuisine: The Exhibition, a collection of over 50… more

Tim Youd: 100 Novels

Feb 12 - 21, 2016
Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Tim Youd will visit NOMA to perform the… more

Backyard Grooves

Feb 13, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages.   more

Bolden Bar After-Party

Feb 13 - 13, 2016

Cooking Demonstration…

Feb 13 - 13, 2016
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SoFAB) is pleased to announce that Erik… more

Critter Cinema,…

Feb 13 - 13, 2016
Join us for  Critter Cinema, sponsored by the Louisiana SPCA.  Great… more

Double Dose

Feb 13, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
ActionActionReaction and friends keep the dance floor energized with mixes of… more

“Awash with Color:…

Feb 12 - May 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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