French Quarter Festival

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Country and Region United StatesLouisiana
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival New Orleans, Louisiana USA
Festival Contact Information

French Quarter Festival
400 North Peters Street, Suite 205
New Orleans, LA 70130 USA
Phone: (01) 504-522-5730, or 800-673-5725
Fax: (01) 504-522-5711

Festival Description

This award-winning festival, which began in 1984, has grown to become the largest free music festival in the South. Eighteen stages throughout the French Quarter presented the best in New Orleans music, representing every genre from traditional and contemporary jazz to R & B and New Orleans funk, brass bands, folk, gospel, classical, opera, Cajun Zydeco, Latin World, International, as well as a musical stage for children. Over 105 food and beverage booths located in Jackson Square, Woldenberg Riverfront Park and the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint made up the “World’s Largest Jazz Brunch,” a signature event, featuring authentic local cuisine from renowned area restaurants, many of whom have been with the Festival its entire 27 years. Record sales were recorded by both food and beverage vendors.

Even though French Quarter Festival features over 150 local musical acts, there is still opportunity for increase the number of performers. This year, the famed Brass Band Stage will take on a new name and feature more performances than ever before. Performers on the Riverside Legacy Stage include: Rebirth Brass Band, the Soul Rebels, Storyville Stompers, and Treme Brass Band. In addition to traditional brass bands, the Riverside Legacy Stage will also feature acts such Glenn David Andrews, I’voire Spectacle, Kora Konnection, and Big Chief Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias.

French Quarter Festival celebrates the return of the ‘Louis-Louis’ Pavilion Stage on the riverfront, paying tribute to Louis Armstrong and Louis Prima with special performances dedicated to these famous native sons. WWOZ 90.7FM will be broadcasting live all weekend long from the ‘Louis-Louis’ Pavilion Stage all weekend long. FQF will also act as the maiden voyage of the WWOZ ‘Street-Wise’ mobile broadcasting unit, a broadcast device created from a hi-tech supermarket shopping cart, as they broadcast live from the street stages all weekend long.

The ever-popular Children’s Headquarters was expanded and relocated to the Audubon Aquarium Plaza on the riverfront in 2009 and made possible through an exciting partnership with Audubon Institute. Anchoring the Children’s Headquarters will be The Kids’ Stage at the ferry landing. This year, the Children’s Headquarters will again focus on educating families about ‘healthy kids’ programs in a fun and interactive way.

Festival Dates April 1 -14, 2013
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