All the happenings

Special Events on Thursday, April 7, 2016

French Quarter Festival Second-Line Kickoff Parade sponsored by Jimmy John’s led by New Wave Brass Band, 100 block of Bourbon Street to Jackson Square -10AM

Opera at the Upper Pontalba presented by the French Market; operatic performances with musical accompaniment sponsored by the French Market. Upper Pontalba building on Jackson Square, at Chartres St. near St. Peter. 7PM

2016 Gala at Antoine’s Restaurant – For information and to purchase tickets click here. – Patron Party 7PM; Gala 8PM

Special Events on Friday, April 8, 2016

French Quarter Festival and NOLA Jitterbugs present free dance lessons – The French Market Traditional Jazz Stage and the Chevron Cajun-Zydeco Showcase will feature dancing and classes in the following: Traditional Jazz, 1920s Charleston, Swing Dance, Cajun Jitterbug, and Zydeco. Classes are taught by professional dancers from NOLA Jitterbugs and Dance Quarter. All classes are free and open to the public.

Whitney Bank Film Festival at French Quarter Festival with Timecode: NOLA – Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre. Free and open to the public.

  • 11am A Tribute to Toussaint 67 mins Produced by Ron Yager, Jim Dotson & Greg Buisson – Q&A following directly after the screening This Emmy-award winning concert documentary celebrates the life of Allen Toussaint – musician, composer, producer, and humanitarian. Starring Allen Toussaint and featuring Dr. John, Trombone Shorty, Elvis Costello, Irma Thomas, Deacon John, Cyril Neville, Jon Cleary, Joe Henry, Cyndi Lauper, Robert Plant and Jimmy Buffet. After the sudden passing Allen Toussaint last year, French Quarter Festivals, Inc. and Timecode: NOLA would like to dedicate this year’s Film Series in Mr. Toussaint by celebrating the life and legacy of one of New Orleans own musical masters.
  • 1pm A Warehouse on Tchoupitoulas 75 mins directed by Jessy Cale Williamson – Q&A following directly after the screening On January 30th, 1970, A Warehouse on Tchoupitoulas opened its doors to thousands of fans to see The Flock, Fleetwood Mac and The Grateful Dead. In the ensuing twelve years some of the best musicians in the world would grace the stage, including The Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan, The Doors, Pink Floyd, The Who, Bob Marley, David Bowie, Foghat, Jethro Tull, The Clash, The Talking Heads, Rush, Dr. John and many many more. This documentary captures the magic.
  • 3pm Never a Dull Moment 20 Years of Rebirth Brass Band, 85 mins directed by Charlie Brown. Spanning the history of the band from their formation at Clark High School to their 20th Anniversary concert at Tipitina’s, Never a Dull Moment: 20 Years of the Rebirth Brass Band tells the full story of New Orleans’s premiere brass band. Featuring founders Phil Frazier (tuba) and Kermit Ruffins (trumpet), this rollicking film takes us on a trip throughout New Orleans, from Sunday second lines to Glass House to the Maple Leaf Bar and even into the studio, all told through the eyewitness accounts of some of the city’s greatest (and funniest) characters.

Bill Summers & Jazalsa present a Tribute to Quincy Jones The Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium was founded to improve music education for children in the United States, including New Orleans. Bill Summers, a multi-Grammy nominated New Orleans percussionist, worked with Quincy Jones on the musical score for Roots, The Wiz, and The Color Purple and provides outreach to youth through his Klub K.I.D. program. Summers will pay homage to Jones during this very special French Quarter Festival performance on the GE Digital Big River Stage 7:15PM

Official After-party: Tribute to Toussaint French Quarter Festival and House of Blues present a Benefit for New Orleans Artists Against Hunger & Homelessness (founded by Allen Toussaint & Aaron Neville, 1985)
Official French Quarter Festival after- party featuring a night of performances by The Allen Toussaint Band with very special guests: Leo Nocentelli (The Meters), Big Sam (Big Sam’s Funky Nation), James Andrews, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Davell Crawford, and Robin Barnes. Click here for tickets or visit TicketMaster.com or the House of Blues Box Office (225 Decatur, 504-310-4975) 9pm

Special Events on Saturday, April 9, 2016

Pirates Alley Juried Art Show – presented by the New Orleans Art Association; over 100 artists displaying original fine art in Pirates Alley, Pere Antoine Alley, Cabildo Alley, and Royal Street – 8AM-6PM

French Quarter Festival and NOLA Jitterbugs present free dance lessons – The French Market Traditional Jazz Stage and the Chevron Cajun-Zydeco Showcase will feature dancing and classes in the following: Traditional Jazz, 1920s Charleston, Swing Dance, Cajun Jitterbug, and Zydeco. Classes are taught by professional dancers from NOLA Jitterbugs and Dance Quarter. All classes are free and open to the public.

Let Them Talk: Conversations on Louisiana Music – Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint, 3rd Floor. Free and open to the public.

  • 11:30am Ronnie Kole: Reflections on a Vintage Life – Piano-man extraordinaire, bandleader, and wine connoisseur Ronnie Kole has – in his nearly 70 years as a professional musician – performed for the Pope, six U.S. Presidents, at major festivals around the world, and for select audiences of oenophiles at some of the most elegant chateaux in France. Ronnie Kole also helped get Jazz Fest and French Quarter Festival started and has worked tirelessly for numerous civic and charitable organizations throughout his career. For Let Them Talk he’ll discuss this storied life with interviewer Fred Kasten.

  • 12:30pm Bourbon Street Blues: Mason Ruffner and the Blues Rockers – Guitar-slinger Mason Ruffner rolled into New Orleans from his native Fort Worth in the late 70s. He set up shop on Bourbon Street at Club 544 where his band the Blues Rockers did hundreds of shows, backing such blues legends as John Lee Hooker, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Memphis Slim and winning praise from visiting musical superstars like Jimmy Page, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Carlos Santana. Mason Ruffner talks about a life of rockin’ the blues with interviewer Fred Kasten.
  • 1:30pm The New Orleans Helsinki Connection: Katja Toivola – Trombonist Katja Toivola – a native of Helsinki, Finland – first visited New Orleans in 1995 and now splits time between her two “hometowns”. She leads bands in both cities, The Spirit of New Orleans in Helsinki, and the New Orleans Helsinki Connection in the Crescent City. Toivola also plays in husband Leroy Jones’ New Orleans’ Finest band, handles bass drum duties for the Hurricane Brass Band, and does acclaimed work as a graphic designer and photographer. She’ll talk about her multi-faceted career with interviewer Fred Kasten.
  • 2:30pm NEA Jazz Master Ellis Marsalis – When the Dizzy Gillespie’s Big Band played New Orleans back in the late 1940s Ellis Marsalis, then a fledgling tenor saxophonist, was there and decided, “that’s what I want to do.” He went on to put the tenor sax away and concentrate on piano. He became one of the cornerstones of modern jazz in New Orleans as a pianist, composer, bandleader, and educator. Four of his and wife Delores’ six sons: Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason, also became innovative and accomplished contributors to modern music. For Let Them Talk, Ellis Marsalis will look back on his life in music and education – and ahead to his remaining musical ambitions – with interviewer Fred Kasten.
  • 3:30pm From Radiators to Living Rumors: Camile Baudoin – For over 33 years powerhouse guitarist Camile Baudoin teamed with fellow guitar-slinger Dave Malone to deliver the legendary Radiators band’s trademark twin-guitar excursions. Since the Radiators essentially disbanded in 2011 (they still do a few reunion performances each year) Camile Baudoin has continued to work with Malone in Raw Oyster Cult and lead his own band, The Living Rumors. For Let Them Talk, Camile Baudoin looks back on nearly four decades on the New Orleans music scene with New Orleans Advocate music writer Keith Spera.
  • 4:30pm Song for My Fathers and Beyond: Tommy Sancton – Novelist, journalist, memoirist, and clarinetist Tommy Sancton’s acclaimed 2006 memoir Song for My Fathers documented his apprenticeship with clarinet great George Lewis and other New Orleans jazz pioneers. Sancton returned to New Orleans in 2007 after many years abroad – mostly in Paris – and reestablished himself as a top-notch clarinetist and bandleader on the New Orleans scene. For Let Them Talk, Tommy Sancton discusses his parallel careers in writing and music with interviewer Fred Kasten.

Whitney Bank Film Festival at French Quarter Festival with Timecode: NOLA – Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre. Free and open to the public.

  • 11am Hot Pepper 54 mins directed by Les Blank. This film is a thrilling musical portrait of Zydeco King Clifton Chenier, who combines the pulsating rhythms of Cajun dance music, African overtones, and bluesy R&B into an irresistible melange mixed up in the sweaty juke joints of South Louisiana.

  • 12:00pm Yum, Yum, Yum 30 mins directed by Les Blank. Les Blank marries his passion for spicy, down home food and his love for Cajuns and Creoles in this mouth-watering, exploration of the cooking, and other enthusiasms, of French-speaking Louisiana. Features tangy music, and food by Marc Savoy, Paul Prudhomme, and other greats.
  • 1pm Piano Players Rarely Play Together 80 mins directed by Stevenson Palfi – Q&A following directly after the screening Piano Players is a portrait of three great New Orleans pianists and how they influenced one another’s music. It documents the best piano “professors” of the last three generations — New Orleans’ keyboard ace Isidore “Tuts” Washington, Henry “Professor Longhair” Byrd, and Allen Toussaint — as they played together for the first time in a rehearsal for a joint concert. The rehearsal turned out to be the ONLY time the three ever played together, because Professor Longhair died two days before the scheduled performance. The documentary takes viewers through the very personal and sacred New Orleans tradition of a jazz wake and funeral procession for Professor Longhair, which was taped at the encouragement of his widow, Alice. Also included is the previously planned concert with Toussaint and Washington, who turned the event into a tribute to Fess. Released to critical acclaim in 1982, Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together is considered by many to be one of the most important and exciting explorations of New Orleans’ musical tradition ever made. It is the winner of over 20 awards.
  • 3:00pm We Won’t Bow Down 95 mins directed by Christopher Levoy Bower Q&A following directly after the screening We Won’t Bow Down explores a secret society of African Americans in inner city New Orleans as they devote their time and skills to create hand-beaded Indian costumes that embody a cultural, spiritual and ancient power that has kept Africa alive in the new world despite slavery and it’s legacy.

Chevron Children’s Headquarters on the Riverfront at the Natchez Wharf featuring the Chevron “STEAM” Zone (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) with interactive, fascinating fun for families. Community partners include: Note for Notes, Audubon Institute, New Orleans Pelicans, The George Rodrigue Foundation for the Arts, The Nature Conservancy, Project Lead the Way, and the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park. Make your own instrument, explore the Cajun landscape, test robots, and more! Also enjoy performances for kids and families on the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park Centennial Stage. This year the National Park Service turns 100! Festival organizers will host a centennial celebration for kids, with birthday cake and a sing-a-long! 11AM-5PM

Children’s Museum Activities & Fun at the Hermann-Grima House, sponsored by Chevron Hermann-Grima House will feature a historic photo booth, crafts, book giveaways, and educational projects. Community partners include the Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden Museum, Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans Public Library, Preservation Resource Center, and Young Audiences of Louisiana. The Hermann-Grima House is located at 820 St. Louis Street – 11AM-5PM.

La Belle Galerie presents Opera at Dusk – operatic performances by Soprano, Carmen Barika with musical accompaniment; sponsored by La Belle Galerie. Muriel’s Jackson Square- 4:30PM

Battle of the Bands – traditional jazz bands compete in a rousing playoff – 400 block of Royal – 5:30-7PM

Special Events on Sunday April 10, 2016

Pirates Alley Juried Art Show – presented by the New Orleans Art Association; over 100 artists displaying original fine art in Pirates Alley, Pere Antoine Alley, Cabildo Alley, and Royal Street – 8AM-6PM

French Quarter Festival and NOLA Jitterbugs present free dance lessons – The French Market Traditional Jazz Stage and the Chevron Cajun-Zydeco Showcase will feature dancing and classes in the following: Traditional Jazz, 1920s Charleston, Swing Dance, Cajun Jitterbug, and Zydeco. Classes are taught by professional dancers from NOLA Jitterbugs and Dance Quarter. All classes are free and open to the public.

Let Them Talk: Conversations on Louisiana Music – Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint, 3rd Floor. Free and open to the public.

  • 11:30am Miss River: Sarah Quintana – New Orleans singer, songwriter, and guitarist Sarah Quintana has a background rich in jazz, folk, and popular music. She studied jazz at NOCCA with Kidd Jordan, Davey Mooney and Hank Mackie. In 2008 she began making trips to France (she also studied French at NOCCA) where she now spends considerable time working with saxophonist Raphael Imbert and his band. Quintana’s widely acclaimed 2015 release Miss River pays homage to the strength – and fragility – of Louisiana’s traditions and environment. For Let Them Talk she’ll discuss her twin careers in New Orleans and France with interviewer Fred Kasten.

  • 12:30pm The Long and Winding Road: Bennie Pete and the Hot 8 Brass Band – In 1996 sousaphonist Bennie Pete brought together players from two former Fortier High School student bands – the High Steppers and Looney Tunes Brass Bands – to form the Hot 8 Brass Band. Over their 20 years together the Hot 8 has been hammered by tragedy, blessed by triumphs, and sustained by talent, resilience, and hard work. For Let Them Talk, Bennie Pete discusses the difficulties and rewards of leading a 21st Century brass band in New Orleans with author and Tulane University Associate Professor of Music Matt Sakakeeny.
  • 1:30pm Saxophones of Ascension– Louisiana’s Ascension Parish has provided the world with at least two outstanding jazz saxophonists: Donaldsonville’s Plas Johnson (who created that irresistible tenor solo on Henry Mancini’s Pink Panther Theme) and Gonzales’ Grammy-winning Derek Douget. Douget is a long-standing member of the Ellis Marsalis Quartet, leader of his own bands, and current program coordinator for the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music programs operated by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. For Let Them Talk he’ll discuss growing up in the “Jambalaya Capital of the World” (Gonzales) and his two decades plus on the jazz scene in New Orleans with interviewer Fred Kasten.
  • 2:30pm From Southern Nights to Hall-of-Fame Heights: Remembering Allen Toussaint – When Allen Toussaint passed away in November 2015 while on tour in Spain, he left behind a Hall-of-Fame (Rock and Roll and Songwriters among others) legacy as a songwriter, producer, arranger, performer – and especially since Katrina – stalwart and effective advocate for New Orleans,as well as a man of infinite grace and style. For Let Them Talk, Grammy-winning record producer Scott Billington and an all-star panel – including another Grammy-winner – the great Irma Thomas; award-winning music journalist and biographer Ben Sandmel; and bassist Roland Guerin – a long-time member of Allen Toussaint’s band – will share Allen Toussaint stories and memories.
  • 3:30pm Tighten Up: From Archie Bell to Astral Project – New Orleans Sax Ace Tony Dagradi – Saxophonist, composer and educator Tony Dagradi grew up in New Jersey, studied music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, then hit the road with Archie Bell and the Drells. That tour came through New Orleans and ended in Houston. Dagradi doubled back to New Orleans and has been here ever since. He founded Astral Project in 1978, and 38 years later they are still performing at a very high level. For Let Them Talk Tony Dagradi talks about a wide range of his musical interests and pursuits with interviewer Fred Kasten.
  • 4:30pm Big Time Talent, Big Time Voice: The Steady Rise of Erica Falls – New Orleans vocalist Erica Falls is comfortable performing a wide range of genres – including rhythm and blues, soul, funk and jazz. She’s invested the last 20 years in demonstrating that talent by performing with such great artists as Joe Sample, Dr. John, Sting, Irma Thomas, Joss Stone and Gatemouth Brown – and increasingly in recent years fronting her own band – as she’ll do on the Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage at FQF. For Let Them Talk Erica Falls discusses her life in music with interviewer Fred Kasten.

Film Festival at French Quarter Festival, presented by Timecode:NOLA – Le Petit Theater du Vieux Carre. Free and open to the public.

  • 11am Swapping Stories – Folktales From Louisiana 30 mins directed by Pat Mire – Q&A following directly after the screening Tall tales, oyster shucking monsters, and some good old fashioned jokes are all on the menu in Swapping Stories: Folktales from Louisiana. This documentary film brings together some of the best storytellers in Louisiana, including comedians A.J. Smith and Dave Petitjean, Creole storyteller Enola Mathews, and the late Bel Abbey and Colonel Ike Hamilton.

  • Mon Cher Camarade 60 mins directed by Pat Mire. During World War II, hundreds of French-speaking Cajun men from South Louisiana enlisted in the U.S. military. French-speaking Cajuns not only worked with the French resistance after D-Day, but they also provided the U.S. Army’s most effective means of communication with local authorities and the civilian population, which, in turn, provided critical support and intelligence to the American army. This documentary film, through memoirs and interviews of French-speaking Cajuns who served in WWII either as members of the OSS or as citizen soldiers, tells the story of this important aspect of the American war effort in Europe.
  • 1pm National Park Service Centennial Celebration Un Bal Cajun et Créole À La Maison (A Cajun & Creole House Party) 90 mins directed by Jason Rhein – Q&A following directly after the screening Concert and conversations at the historic Liberty Theater in Eunice, Louisiana, celebrating the National Park Service’s 100th birthday. This film, directed by Jason Rhein, spotlights the American treasures of Cajun and Creole music, featuring four musicians who are fluent speakers of Louisiana Cajun and Creole, and write new music using these traditional languages. Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes, Leroy Etienne, Bruce Daigrepont, and Michael Doucet all share stories and the stage together to show why South Louisiana’s Cajun and Creole culture is unique and worth preserving.
  • 3pm From Roots to Roses 90 mins directed by Patrick Marrero & produced by Marlo Lacen. From Roots to Roses is a documentary film project that features the Roots of Music’s Marching Crusaders and their journey from post- Katrina New Orleans to Pasadena, California to march in the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade. From the practices, to the fund raising, to the bus ride, to climactic march down Colorado Blvd., we follow the bands experience as it makes history as the only middle school aged band to play in the parade.

Chevron Children’s Headquarters on the Riverfront at the Natchez Wharf featuring the Chevron “STEAM” Zone (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) with interactive, fascinating fun for families. Community partners include: Note for Notes, Audubon Institute, New Orleans Pelicans, The George Rodrigue Foundation for the Arts, The Nature Conservancy, Project Lead the Way, and the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park. Make your own instrument, explore the Cajun landscape, test robots, and more! Also enjoy performances for kids and families on the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park Centennial Stage. This year the National Park Service turns 100! Festival organizers will host a centennial celebration for kids, with birthday cake and a sing-a-long! 11AM-5PM

Children’s Museum Activities & Fun at the Hermann-Grima House, sponsored by Chevron Hermann-Grima House will feature a historic photo booth, crafts, book giveaways, and educational projects. Community partners include the Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden Museum, Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans Public Library, Preservation Resource Center, and Young Audiences of Louisiana. The Hermann-Grima House is located at 820 St. Louis Street – 11AM-5PM.

St. Louis Cathedral Annual Spring Concert – The St. Louis Cathedral Concert Choir and the Cathedral Orchestra will perform Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Vaughan Williams’ A Song of Thanksgiving under the direction of Dreux Montegut, Director of Music at St. Louis Cathedral. Admission is free and open to the public. 7PM

Dancing at Dusk – You’ll be ‘In the Mood’ for a ‘Sentimental Journey’ with the sounds of Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Count Basie and other favorites from the 30s, 40s, and 50s. Come dance and swing at this festival favorite with The Tomcats. 400 block of Royal Street – 6:00-7:15PM

Gala

Antoine’s Restaurant
713 St. Louis Street

Thursday, April 7th, 2016
Patron Party 7:00 – 8:00pm
Gala 8:00 -10:30pm
Cocktail Attire – Dinner, drinks, and dancing!

Established in 1840, Antoine’s is the country’s oldest family-run restaurant, a favorite of locals, and a beloved New Orleans institution.

In 2015, Antoine’s Restaurant turned 175 years old! Obviously they have been doing something right throughout the years to have lasted long enough to be considered the oldest continuously operated family-run restaurant in the country. Throughout the years Antoine’s remained iconic and famous for great service, atmosphere, culinary delights and New Orleans originals – like Oyster Rockefeller, Eggs Sardou, and the famous puffed soufflé potatoes -that were all born here. Guests have included famous movie stars, musicians, presidents, popes, generals, and New Orleans’ most prominent families.

The names of each of the dining rooms at Antoine’s Restaurant are steeped in history. During the French Quarter Festival Opening Night Gala, enjoy the original Main Dining Room, the Mardi-Gras themed Rex, Proteus, and 12th Night Revelers rooms, the Mystery Room, 1840 Room, the Last Room (or Tabasco Room) and the Wine Cellar, which holds approximately 25,000 bottles when fully stocked. French Quarter Festival is the only time of the year when Antoine’s allows a non-profit community organization to ‘take over’ – celebrating the opening of French Quarter Festival at this grand Gala event. Honorary Co-Chairs and special guests include: Governor John Bel Edwards, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu, and Mike Illanne, Vice President of Chevron North America, Gulf of Mexico Business Unit.

Guests will enjoy tastings by Antoine’s and other festival favorites, and open bar courtesy of Abita Brewing Company and Republic Beverages. Entertainment provided by Carl LeBlanc (Patron Party only) and Original Tuxedo Jazz Band with Special Guests.



Whitney Bank Film Fest with Timecode: NOLA

Whitney Bank Film Festival at French Quarter Festival with Timecode: NOLA – Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre. Free and open to the public.

FRIDAY, APRIL 8

  • 11am A Tribute to Toussaint 67 mins Produced by Ron Yager, Jim Dotson & Greg Buisson – Q&A following directly after the screening This Emmy-award winning concert documentary celebrates the life of Allen Toussaint – musician, composer, producer, and humanitarian. Starring Allen Toussaint and featuring Dr. John, Trombone Shorty, Elvis Costello, Irma Thomas, Deacon John, Cyril Neville, Jon Cleary, Joe Henry, Cyndi Lauper, Robert Plant and Jimmy Buffet. After the sudden passing Allen Toussaint last year, French Quarter Festivals, Inc. and Timecode: NOLA would like to dedicate this year’s Film Series in Mr. Toussaint by celebrating the life and legacy of one of New Orleans own musical masters.
  • 1pm A Warehouse on Tchoupitoulas 75 mins directed by Jessy Cale Williamson – Q&A following directly after the screening On January 30th, 1970, A Warehouse on Tchoupitoulas opened its doors to thousands of fans to see The Flock, Fleetwood Mac and The Grateful Dead. In the ensuing twelve years some of the best musicians in the world would grace the stage, including The Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan, The Doors, Pink Floyd, The Who, Bob Marley, David Bowie, Foghat, Jethro Tull, The Clash, The Talking Heads, Rush, Dr. John and many many more. This documentary captures the magic.
  • 3pm Never a Dull Moment 20 Years of Rebirth Brass Band, 85 mins directed by Charlie Brown. Spanning the history of the band from their formation at Clark High School to their 20th Anniversary concert at Tipitina’s, Never a Dull Moment: 20 Years of the Rebirth Brass Band tells the full story of New Orleans’s premiere brass band. Featuring founders Phil Frazier (tuba) and Kermit Ruffins (trumpet), this rollicking film takes us on a trip throughout New Orleans, from Sunday second lines to Glass House to the Maple Leaf Bar and even into the studio, all told through the eyewitness accounts of some of the city’s greatest (and funniest) characters.

SATURDAY, APRIL 9

  • 11am Hot Pepper 54 mins directed by Les Blank. This film is a thrilling musical portrait of Zydeco King Clifton Chenier, who combines the pulsating rhythms of Cajun dance music, African overtones, and bluesy R&B into an irresistible melange mixed up in the sweaty juke joints of South Louisiana.

  • 12:00pm Yum, Yum, Yum 30 mins directed by Les Blank. Les Blank marries his passion for spicy, down home food and his love for Cajuns and Creoles in this mouth-watering, exploration of the cooking, and other enthusiasms, of French-speaking Louisiana. Features tangy music, and food by Marc Savoy, Paul Prudhomme, and other greats.
  • 1pm Piano Players Rarely Play Together 80 mins directed by Stevenson Palfi – Q&A following directly after the screening Piano Players is a portrait of three great New Orleans pianists and how they influenced one another’s music. It documents the best piano “professors” of the last three generations — New Orleans’ keyboard ace Isidore “Tuts” Washington, Henry “Professor Longhair” Byrd, and Allen Toussaint — as they played together for the first time in a rehearsal for a joint concert. The rehearsal turned out to be the ONLY time the three ever played together, because Professor Longhair died two days before the scheduled performance. The documentary takes viewers through the very personal and sacred New Orleans tradition of a jazz wake and funeral procession for Professor Longhair, which was taped at the encouragement of his widow, Alice. Also included is the previously planned concert with Toussaint and Washington, who turned the event into a tribute to Fess. Released to critical acclaim in 1982, Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together is considered by many to be one of the most important and exciting explorations of New Orleans’ musical tradition ever made. It is the winner of over 20 awards.
  • 3:00pm We Won’t Bow Down 95 mins directed by Christopher Levoy Bower Q&A following directly after the screening We Won’t Bow Down explores a secret society of African Americans in inner city New Orleans as they devote their time and skills to create hand-beaded Indian costumes that embody a cultural, spiritual and ancient power that has kept Africa alive in the new world despite slavery and it’s legacy.

SUNDAY, APRIL 10

  • 11am Swapping Stories – Folktales From Louisiana 30 mins directed by Pat Mire – Q&A following directly after the screening Tall tales, oyster shucking monsters, and some good old fashioned jokes are all on the menu in Swapping Stories: Folktales from Louisiana. This documentary film brings together some of the best storytellers in Louisiana, including comedians A.J. Smith and Dave Petitjean, Creole storyteller Enola Mathews, and the late Bel Abbey and Colonel Ike Hamilton.

  • Mon Cher Camarade 60 mins directed by Pat Mire. During World War II, hundreds of French-speaking Cajun men from South Louisiana enlisted in the U.S. military. French-speaking Cajuns not only worked with the French resistance after D-Day, but they also provided the U.S. Army’s most effective means of communication with local authorities and the civilian population, which, in turn, provided critical support and intelligence to the American army. This documentary film, through memoirs and interviews of French-speaking Cajuns who served in WWII either as members of the OSS or as citizen soldiers, tells the story of this important aspect of the American war effort in Europe.
  • 1pm National Park Service Centennial Celebration Un Bal Cajun et Créole À La Maison (A Cajun & Creole House Party) 90 mins directed by Jason Rhein – Q&A following directly after the screening Concert and conversations at the historic Liberty Theater in Eunice, Louisiana, celebrating the National Park Service’s 100th birthday. This film, directed by Jason Rhein, spotlights the American treasures of Cajun and Creole music, featuring four musicians who are fluent speakers of Louisiana Cajun and Creole, and write new music using these traditional languages. Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes, Leroy Etienne, Bruce Daigrepont, and Michael Doucet all share stories and the stage together to show why South Louisiana’s Cajun and Creole culture is unique and worth preserving.
  • 3pm From Roots to Roses 90 mins directed by Patrick Marrero & produced by Marlo Lacen. From Roots to Roses is a documentary film project that features the Roots of Music’s Marching Crusaders and their journey from post- Katrina New Orleans to Pasadena, California to march in the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade. From the practices, to the fund raising, to the bus ride, to climactic march down Colorado Blvd., we follow the bands experience as it makes history as the only middle school aged band to play in the parade.

Let Them Talk

Let Them Talk: Conversations on Louisiana Music – Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint, 3rd Floor. Free and open to the public.

SATURDAY, APRIL 9

  • 11:30am Ronnie Kole: Reflections on a Vintage Life – Piano-man extraordinaire, bandleader, and wine connoisseur Ronnie Kole has – in his nearly 70 years as a professional musician – performed for the Pope, six U.S. Presidents, at major festivals around the world, and for select audiences of oenophiles at some of the most elegant chateaux in France. Ronnie Kole also helped get Jazz Fest and French Quarter Festival started and has worked tirelessly for numerous civic and charitable organizations throughout his career. For Let Them Talk he’ll discuss this storied life with interviewer Fred Kasten.

  • 12:30pm Bourbon Street Blues: Mason Ruffner and the Blues Rockers – Guitar-slinger Mason Ruffner rolled into New Orleans from his native Fort Worth in the late 70s. He set up shop on Bourbon Street at Club 544 where his band the Blues Rockers did hundreds of shows, backing such blues legends as John Lee Hooker, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Memphis Slim and winning praise from visiting musical superstars like Jimmy Page, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Carlos Santana. Mason Ruffner talks about a life of rockin’ the blues with interviewer Fred Kasten.
  • 1:30pm The New Orleans Helsinki Connection: Katja Toivola – Trombonist Katja Toivola – a native of Helsinki, Finland – first visited New Orleans in 1995 and now splits time between her two “hometowns”. She leads bands in both cities, The Spirit of New Orleans in Helsinki, and the New Orleans Helsinki Connection in the Crescent City. Toivola also plays in husband Leroy Jones’ New Orleans’ Finest band, handles bass drum duties for the Hurricane Brass Band, and does acclaimed work as a graphic designer and photographer. She’ll talk about her multi-faceted career with interviewer Fred Kasten.
  • 2:30pm NEA Jazz Master Ellis Marsalis – When the Dizzy Gillespie’s Big Band played New Orleans back in the late 1940s Ellis Marsalis, then a fledgling tenor saxophonist, was there and decided, “that’s what I want to do.” He went on to put the tenor sax away and concentrate on piano. He became one of the cornerstones of modern jazz in New Orleans as a pianist, composer, bandleader, and educator. Four of his and wife Delores’ six sons: Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason, also became innovative and accomplished contributors to modern music. For Let Them Talk, Ellis Marsalis will look back on his life in music and education – and ahead to his remaining musical ambitions – with interviewer Fred Kasten.
  • 3:30pm From Radiators to Living Rumors: Camile Baudoin – For over 33 years powerhouse guitarist Camile Baudoin teamed with fellow guitar-slinger Dave Malone to deliver the legendary Radiators band’s trademark twin-guitar excursions. Since the Radiators essentially disbanded in 2011 (they still do a few reunion performances each year) Camile Baudoin has continued to work with Malone in Raw Oyster Cult and lead his own band, The Living Rumors. For Let Them Talk, Camile Baudoin looks back on nearly four decades on the New Orleans music scene with New Orleans Advocate music writer Keith Spera.
  • 4:30pm Song for My Fathers and Beyond: Tommy Sancton – Novelist, journalist, memoirist, and clarinetist Tommy Sancton’s acclaimed 2006 memoir Song for My Fathers documented his apprenticeship with clarinet great George Lewis and other New Orleans jazz pioneers. Sancton returned to New Orleans in 2007 after many years abroad – mostly in Paris – and reestablished himself as a top-notch clarinetist and bandleader on the New Orleans scene. For Let Them Talk, Tommy Sancton discusses his parallel careers in writing and music with interviewer Fred Kasten.

SUNDAY, APRIL 10

  • 11:30am Miss River: Sarah Quintana – New Orleans singer, songwriter, and guitarist Sarah Quintana has a background rich in jazz, folk, and popular music. She studied jazz at NOCCA with Kidd Jordan, Davey Mooney and Hank Mackie. In 2008 she began making trips to France (she also studied French at NOCCA) where she now spends considerable time working with saxophonist Raphael Imbert and his band. Quintana’s widely acclaimed 2015 release Miss River pays homage to the strength – and fragility – of Louisiana’s traditions and environment. For Let Them Talk she’ll discuss her twin careers in New Orleans and France with interviewer Fred Kasten.

  • 12:30pm The Long and Winding Road: Bennie Pete and the Hot 8 Brass Band – In 1996 sousaphonist Bennie Pete brought together players from two former Fortier High School student bands – the High Steppers and Looney Tunes Brass Bands – to form the Hot 8 Brass Band. Over their 20 years together the Hot 8 has been hammered by tragedy, blessed by triumphs, and sustained by talent, resilience, and hard work. For Let Them Talk, Bennie Pete discusses the difficulties and rewards of leading a 21st Century brass band in New Orleans with author and Tulane University Associate Professor of Music Matt Sakakeeny.
  • 1:30pm Saxophones of Ascension– Louisiana’s Ascension Parish has provided the world with at least two outstanding jazz saxophonists: Donaldsonville’s Plas Johnson (who created that irresistible tenor solo on Henry Mancini’s Pink Panther Theme) and Gonzales’ Grammy-winning Derek Douget. Douget is a long-standing member of the Ellis Marsalis Quartet, leader of his own bands, and current program coordinator for the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music programs operated by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. For Let Them Talk he’ll discuss growing up in the “Jambalaya Capital of the World” (Gonzales) and his two decades plus on the jazz scene in New Orleans with interviewer Fred Kasten.
  • 2:30pm From Southern Nights to Hall-of-Fame Heights: Remembering Allen Toussaint – When Allen Toussaint passed away in November 2015 while on tour in Spain, he left behind a Hall-of-Fame (Rock and Roll and Songwriters among others) legacy as a songwriter, producer, arranger, performer – and especially since Katrina – stalwart and effective advocate for New Orleans,as well as a man of infinite grace and style. For Let Them Talk, Grammy-winning record producer Scott Billington and an all-star panel – including another Grammy-winner – the great Irma Thomas; award-winning music journalist and biographer Ben Sandmel; and bassist Roland Guerin – a long-time member of Allen Toussaint’s band – will share Allen Toussaint stories and memories.
  • 3:30pm Tighten Up: From Archie Bell to Astral Project – New Orleans Sax Ace Tony Dagradi – Saxophonist, composer and educator Tony Dagradi grew up in New Jersey, studied music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, then hit the road with Archie Bell and the Drells. That tour came through New Orleans and ended in Houston. Dagradi doubled back to New Orleans and has been here ever since. He founded Astral Project in 1978, and 38 years later they are still performing at a very high level. For Let Them Talk Tony Dagradi talks about a wide range of his musical interests and pursuits with interviewer Fred Kasten.
  • 4:30pm Big Time Talent, Big Time Voice: The Steady Rise of Erica Falls – New Orleans vocalist Erica Falls is comfortable performing a wide range of genres – including rhythm and blues, soul, funk and jazz. She’s invested the last 20 years in demonstrating that talent by performing with such great artists as Joe Sample, Dr. John, Sting, Irma Thomas, Joss Stone and Gatemouth Brown – and increasingly in recent years fronting her own band – as she’ll do on the Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage at FQF. For Let Them Talk Erica Falls discusses her life in music with interviewer Fred Kasten.