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EN MAS’: Carnival and…

May 29 - Jun 7, 2015
Curated by Claire Tancons, Krista Thompson, EN MAS': Carnival and Performance… more

ETCHYNPÜFE Group Show…

May 29 - 31, 2015
The Foundation Gallery is excited to host ETCHYNPÜFE, a group show… more

Jim Roche: Cultural…

May 29 - Jul 12, 2015
Born in 1943, Jim Roche received a BA from Florida State University (1961)… more

Le Petit Theatre…

May 29 - 31, 2015
This classic Stephen Sondheim and George Furth musical traces the lives of… more

Purchased Lives: New…

May 29 - Jul 18, 2015
The Historic New Orleans Collection's newest exhibition, "Purchased… more

Tennessee Williams:…

May 29 - 31, 2015
Tennessee Williams was one of the most admired playwrights of the 20th century.… more

The Irish House…

May 29 - 29, 2015
Join us at the Irish House for Patie O'Sullivan. more

My Leg, My Choice…

May 30 - 30, 2015
Lace up your sneakers for a good cause. Proceeds from the race will support… more

New Orleans Oyster…

May 30 - 31, 2015
You better not eat for days leading up to the 2015 New Orleans Oyster Festival.… more

NORDC Movies in the…

May 30 - 30, 2015
Join us for NORDC Movies in the Park screening of "Dolphin Tale… more

Saturday Farmers…

May 30 - Dec 26, 2015
We are excited to announce the Saturday Farmers Market at the French Market!… more

The Irish House…

May 30 - 30, 2015
Join us at the Irish House for One Tailed Three. more

Soul Full Sunday…

May 31 - 31, 2015
We are thrilled to bring to Ashé, once again, an unforgettable Sunday… more

Celebrate the Wonders…

Jun 1 - 1, 2015
Dr. Antje Boetius is a Marine Biologist and Oceanographer at the Alfred Wegener… more

Ashe Powerhouse…

Jun 3 - 5, 2015
See the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play by New Orleans native Lisa D'Amour,… more

The Victory Belles…

Jun 3 - 3, 2015
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

YLC Wednesday at the…

Jun 3 - 3, 2015
The 12-week concert series takes place in downtown New Orleans at Lafayette… more

June Under the Moon

Jun 5 - 5, 2015
Be a KID again and enjoy the Amusement Park! No one will want to miss this… more

Ringo Deathstarr

Jun 5 - 5, 2015
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Ashe Powerhouse…

Jun 6 - 7, 2015
See the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play by New Orleans native Lisa D'Amour,… more

EN MAS’: Carnival and…

May 29 - Jun 7, 2015
Curated by Claire Tancons, Krista Thompson, EN MAS': Carnival and Performance… more

French Quarter Festival 30th Anniversary Celebration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Angelique Hill
office: 504.522.5730
cell: 714.878.4515
email: angelique@fqfi.org
French Quarter Festivals, Inc

 

French Quarter Festival
30th Anniversary Celebration


February 28, 2013 - Tourism officials call French Quarter Festival 'the kickoff to festival season in New Orleans,' and what started as a neighborhood festival and 'locals' event' has grown into one of the largest music festivals in the United States. The 2012 French Quarter Festival hosted over 574,000 local and out-of-town visitors and had an economic impact of over $260 million. 'Locals' Lagniappe Day' was launched in 2011, and French Quarter Festival officially became a four-day event. For the 30th anniversary, organizers will add new special events to festival; welcome incredible new restaurants to 'The World's Largest Jazz Brunch'; continue to program world class local musicians; and create special experiences for festival goers - all weekend long.
 
   
Sponsors help to keep this a true community event - Chevron joins as Title Sponsor and commits to multi-year sponsorship of both French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest

 
French Quarter Festivals Executive Director, Marci Schramm, can often be heard telling people that 'the hardest thing about producing large-scale, high quality events - that are free and open to the public - is paying for them!' Chevron has been a longtime sponsor of French Quarter Festival, supporting both festival musicians and children's programming. Under the leadership of Vice President Warner Williams, Chevron has made a multi-year commitment to become Title Sponsor of both French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest. This investment will allow non-profit French Quarter Festivals, Inc. to add new programming to the festivals, to engage in more long term and strategic planning, and to grow the August Satchmo SummerFest - which is a major summertime event for the City, during a time when businesses need a boost from tourism. "Chevron is proud to join the annual celebration of New Orleans's vibrant culture as title sponsor of the French Quarter Festival. This investment is part of Chevron's commitment to arts which we believe inspires, celebrates diversity, stimulates economic growth, and fuels the social vitality of the community our thousands of employees call home," said Warner Williams, Vice President North America Exploration and Production, Gulf of Mexico Business Unit.
 
Showcasing New Orleans Music and Local Musicians
 
On twenty (of its twenty-one) music stages, only Louisiana artists are featured (the festival hosts one 'International Stage' where traditional jazz bands from all over the world perform). Part of the great appeal of French Quarter Festival is that attendees get a true and authentic New Orleans experience - locals and visitors can hear a broad range of artists and a diverse variety of musical styles and genres. French Quarter Festival is committed to keeping Traditional Jazz alive, and features New Orleans' finest artists throughout the four days of festival, on stages all over the French Quarter.   For 2013, the Cabaret Stage will move to the Palm Court Jazz Café, and is sponsored by the Hotel Monteleone - the 'Official Hotel' of French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest.
 
For the 30th anniversary, festival organizers will bring back an event from the early years of French Quarter Festival by launching the 'Chevron Evening Concert Series.' A second line parade loaded with New Orleans talent and personality will precede these special sets on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Festival. This year's Chevron Evening Concert Series artists include the Dirty Dozen Brass Band (celebrating their 35th anniversary), Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet (sometimes referred to as 'the best Cajun band in the world'), and Grammy Award winner Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience (celebrating their 31st anniversary).
 
Notable artists who will be performing at French Quarter Festival's 30th anniversary celebration include: Soul Rebels, George Porter, Jr. & Runnin' Pardners, NOLA Nightingale Revue, Raw Oyster Cult, Bonerama, Chris Owens, the Dixie Cups, Harmonouche, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Preservation Hall-Stars, Walter 'Wolfman' Washington, Chubby Carrier, Donald Harrison, Jr., Davell Crawford, Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Orchestra, Meschiya & the Little Big Horns, Papa Grows Funk, Washboard Chaz Blues Trio, Bill Summers & Jazalsa, John Autin and ex-Treme featuring Al 'Carnival Time' Johnson, Dr. Michael White, and more.
 
French Quarter Festival's Musician Sponsorship Program continues to grow. For 2013, over one hundred companies, individuals, and foundations have signed up to support local musicians by 'adopting an artist.' Sponsors come from all over the United States - from Minneapolis to Maryland - and are helping to keep French Quarter Festival free for the community. This year the Sheraton Hotel (also celebrating its 30th anniversary) joins as the largest single sponsor of festival musicians since the program's inception. The 2013 French Quarter Festival will feature over 1,400 local artists. The Festival is still seeking 2013 sponsorships. Contact Georgia Rhody at (504) 522-5730 or email georgia@fqfi.orgfor more information.
 
Continued: French Quarter Festival 30th Anniversary Celebration

Music Lineup Release
French Quarter Festival 30th Anniversary Gala Release
'World's Largest Jazz Brunch' Release

French Quarter Festival 30th Anniversary Posters Unveiled
French Quarter Festival - The Facts

French Quarter Festival is produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc., (FQFI) the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, which also produces Satchmo SummerFest in August and Christmas New Orleans Style in December. FQFI's mission is to promote the Vieux Carré and the City of New Orleans through high quality special events and activities that showcase the culture and heritage of this unique city, contribute to the economic well being of the community, and instill increased pride in the people of New Orleans. For more information about French Quarter Festivals, Inc. or any of these events, call (504) 522-5730 or visit www.fqfi.org.
 

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