All the happenings

Special Events on Thursday, April 6, 2017

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

2017 Gala at Antoine’s Restaurant – For information and to purchase tickets click here. – Patron Party 7PM; Gala 8PM

Special Events on Friday, April 7, 2017

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 Cinema on the Bayou – Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre. Free and open to the public.

11:00AM DEW DROP – directors Palmer Morse and Rachel Weinberg *
The Dew Drop Inn, established in 1945, was once the most popular and significant heritage spot for African American traditions of R&B, blues, and jazz in New Orleans. Nearly five decades later, its owner, Kenneth Jackson, struggles to renovate and open its doors again for a new generation.

12:00PM I AM THE BLUES – director Daniel Cross
A musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana bayous, the juke joints of the Mississippi delta, and the moonshine-soaked BBQ’s in the North Mississippi hill country. The filmmaker visits the last original blue devils still living in the deep south, working without management and touring the Chitlin’ Circuit.

2:45PM COALS TO NEWCASTLE: THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS FROM LEED TO NEW ORLEANS – directors Marca Hagenstand and Aaron Dunsay*
England’s finest funk jazz band journeys from Leeds to the birthplace of funk for three performances. Unsure about bringing sand to the beach (or “Coals to Newcastle” as they say in Britain), The New Mastersounds try bringing their brand of funk to New Orleans.

*Q&A following directly after the screening

Special Events on Saturday, April 8, 2017

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 – A CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF ELLA – 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great Ella Fitzgerald, whose duets on record with Louis Armstrong in the 1950s remain for many critics and listeners some of the finest music ever recorded. The New Orleans-based Players Ella and Louie Tribute Band is dedicated to presenting the best of Ella and Louie’s repertoire – both on record with 2016’s acclaimed Timeless and in live performances. Veteran Crescent City music producer and artist manager Michael Paz talks with interviewer Fred Kasten about the band’s performing and recording plans and heightened visibility nationally.

12:30PM – THE LATIN SOUL AND CRESCENT CITY FUNK OF LOS PO-BOY-CITOS – Founded just over a decade ago, Los Po-Boy-Citos features a captivating, blend of Latin boogaloo and New Orleans R&B. Los Po-Boy-Citos guitarist and Tulane University associate professor of music,Matt Sakakeeny, discusses the multi-award-winning band with interviewer Fred Kasten.

1:30PM – ALOHA GOLDEN MEADOW – That’s the title of the new music video from the Lost Bayou Ramblers – and also the name of a limited edition beer – a perfect Louisiana match! Founded in 1999 by brothers Andre and Louis Michot, the _Grammy_nominated band continues to bring fresh perspectives, energy and spontaneity to the Cajun tunes the brothers first learned performing with the band formed by their father and uncles in the 1980s, Les Freres Michot. They discuss their musical roots and the evolution of their music with award-winning author and journalist Michael Tisserand.

2:30PM – THE CONTINUING REIGN OF THE SOUL QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS – The great Irma Thomas is – and always will be – “The Soul Queen of New Orleans” – with a string of hits, many written by Allen Toussaint – dating back to the 1950s; dozens of awards including a Grammy; and highly anticipated performances each year at French Quarter Festival. Irma Thomas discusses her remarkable life and soul-stirring music with Grammy producer Scott Billington.

3:30PM – THERE IS A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE – His name is Dr. Michael White– the “house” in question is any top venue for authentic New Orleans jazz – and he is one of the planet’s prime purveyors of that essential music with his Original Liberty Jazz Band – their performances always leave listeners feeling better than they did before the band played. From his earliest days as a fledgling clarinetist in Doc Paulin’s brass band – to his current position as leader of one of the premier New Orleans jazz bands – Michael White has maintained a deep dedication to the music and musicians who make it – and talks about his life in the music with interviewer Fred Kasten.

4:30PM – RIVER’S ON FIRE – That’s the title of the widely-praised CD from ace pianist, organist, songwriter and bandleader John “Papa” Gros – his first release since the long-running group “Papa Grows Funk” disbanded back in 2013. A New Orleans native with more than a quarter century of experience performing a wide variety of New Orleans music, John Gros will talk about his wide-ranging life in music with interviewer Fred Kasten.

Whitney Bank Film Festival at French Quarter Festival with Cinema on the Bayou – Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre. Free and open to the public.

11AM BROTHER DAVID – director Ronnie Clifton*
This lovingly made and intimate film is about famed Louisiana songwriter guru David Egan, who died in March of 2016 after a long battle with cancer. It documents “Brother David” and his friends creating music magic at the famed Dockside Studios in Maurice, Louisiana during a 2011 recording session.

12:45PM BY THE RIVER OF BABYLON: AN ELEGY FOR SOUTH LOUISIANA– director Don Howard*
By the River of Babylon reveals a deep and devastating collision between our intentions and the natural environment of the swamps, and raises some disturbing questions about the ‘need’ for power and control. Using the astounding variety of South Louisiana’s musical traditions, it creates a poignant documentary elegy to one of our richest remaining natural and cultural treasures.

3:00PM SUSHI AND SAUCE PIQUANTE: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF GERRY MCGEE – director Pat Mire*
This documentary film tells the story of guitar legend Gerry McGee, an American Master borne of an American Master, famed Cajun fiddler Dennis McGee. Gerry is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as lead guitarist for The Ventures and has played with Delaney and Bonnie, John Mayall, Rita Coolidge, Barbra Streisand, Kris Kristofferson, Roseanne Cash, Elvis and so many other influential musicians to earn his place in the history of rock and roll.

*Q&A directly following the screening

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: The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, The Nature Conservancy, Project Lead the Way, Audubon Nature Institute, Chevron, Fab Lab NOLA, New Orleans Pelicans, Notes for Notes, and the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park. Take part in hermit crab racing, test robots, build a motorized boat, and so much more! Also enjoy performances for kids and families on the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park Stage. Toulouse Street at the River— Saturday and Sunday, 11AM-5PM

Children’s Museum Activities & Fun at the Hermann-Grima House, sponsored by Chevron Enjoy archaeology, crafts, giveaways, and educational projects for children of all ages hosted by the Hermann-Grima House. Community partners include Young Audiences of Louisiana, The Green Project, New Orleans Public Library, New Orleans Museum of Arts, American Italian Cultural Center, The Louisiana Children’s Museum, and the Girl Scouts Louisiana East. The beautiful courtyard gardens of the Hermann-Grima House are located at 820 St. Louis Street –Saturday and Sunday, 11AM-5PM.

Opera at Dusk La Belle Galerie presents operatic performance by soprano Carmen Barika from Muriel’s Restaurant’s balcony – 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 9, 2017

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 – ANDRE AND THE DIRTY NOTESAndre Bohren is a multi-talented New Orleans musician with eclectic tastes: he’s accompanied his father, singer/songwriter Spencer Bohren; played funk and rock in the drum chair with Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes; and is featured regularly around the Crescent City as a classical pianist. He’ll talk about his wide-ranging musical interests and experiences with interviewer Fred Kasten.

12:30PM – FEVER DREAMS – That’s the title of Mia Borders’ widely praised 2016 R&B release. The New Orleans native songwriter, singer and bandleader is spreading her take on the Crescent City’s musical mix at top venues and festivals around the world, including Essence, Brazil’s Bourbon Street Music Festival, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She’ll talk about growing up in New Orleans and her life in music with interviewer Fred Kasten.

1:30PM – ON THE HOWL WITH THE WOLFMAN – The ecstatic sensibilities that energize the deep blues of great New Orleans vocalist and guitarist Walter “Wolfman” Washington make for powerful, captivating music. Whether backing legends Irma Thomas and Johnny Adams – or leading his own top-notch Roadmasters band, as he has now for decades – Walter Washington has proven himself to be a Crescent City original from a family with a rich musical history. He shares stories about growing up in New Orleans and his fifty plus years on the music scene here with interviewer Fred Kasten.

2:30PM – TRIBUTE TO PETE FOUNTAIN – Clarinet-great Pete Fountain – who passed away August 6, 2016 at age 86 – was, and always will be, a Crescent City classic. The joie de vivre Fountain brought to life and music endeared him to countless locals, visitors and fans around the world. He’s remembered by a panel, including musical colleague of many decades and close friend, cornetist Connie Jones; son-in-law and longtime manager Benny Harrell; outstanding clarinetist Tim Laughlin, who played with Fountain for many years; and author and journalist Keith Spera, who published several extended interviews with Fountain. The panel will be moderated by New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint curator David Kunian.

3:30PM – THE RANKIN FILE – As in, John Rankin, that is. The exceptional guitarist is also a fine composer, vocalist and dedicated educator with over 30 years on the music faculty at Loyola University and substantial tenures with other area universities. Rankin has turned his long-running Tuesday night gig at the Columns Hotel into a showcase for a rotating roster of great New Orleans players. He also performs solo frequently – covers the waterfront musically – and works with Cranston Clements and Jimmy Robinson in the New Orleans Guitar Masters. He talks about his life in music with interviewer Fred Kasten.

4:30PM – NEW ORLEANS SONGBIRD – That’s what one writer labeled New Orleans native and rising star vocalist Robin Barnes, whose sultry blend of soul, jazz and funk is winning lots of fans at her weekly gigs at the Windsor Court Hotel and Hotel Monteleone. Her 2016 release Songbird Sessions salutes many of her inspirations, including Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint – and hit the billboard charts. Robin Barnes talks about growing up in the Ninth Ward, singing in church and her burgeoning music career with interviewer Fred Kasten.

Whitney Bank Film Festival at French Quarter Festival with Cinema on the Bayou – Le Petit Theater du Vieux Carre. Free and open to the public.

11:00AM THE ABITA MYSTERY HOUSE – director Jessy Cale Williams*
A unique look into the small town roadside attraction and the people who work there.

12PM SONGS OF SOULS – director Ronnie Clifton*
Inspired by the folklore of Lead Belly singing his way out of two prisons, Songs of Souls asks four Louisiana songwriters (Michael Juan Nunez, Eric Adcock, Roddie Romero and David Egan) what they would perform to get out of the gates of hell, or into the gates of heaven. Filmed entirely in Louisiana – including inside Angola Prison – the film also explores why the state is the incarceration capital of the world.

2:00PM BY AND BY: NEW ORLEANS GOSPEL AT THE CROSSROADS – directors Joe Compton and Matthew T. Bowden- followed by an a cappella performance by the Electrifying Crown Seekers
By and By tells the story of a fading tradition, a torn community, and a family bound to keep them both alive. At the center of the film is a powerful New Orleans gospel quartet, the Electrifying Crown Seekers, a down-home, country-tinged group that anchored a vibrant, under-the-radar gospel music community in the heart of the birthplace of jazz.

*Q&A following directly after the screening

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: The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, The Nature Conservancy, Project Lead the Way, Audubon Nature Institute, Chevron, Fab Lab NOLA, Goldie Blox, New Orleans Pelicans, Notes for Notes, and the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park. Take part in hermit crab racing, test robots, play with water engineering sets and so much more! Also enjoy performances for kids and families on the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park Stage. Toulouse Street at the River— Saturday and Sunday, 11AM-5PM

Children’s Museum Activities & Fun at the Hermann-Grima House, sponsored by Chevron Enjoy archaeology, crafts, giveaways, and educational projects for children of all ages hosted by the Hermann-Grima House. Community partners include Young Audiences of Louisiana, The Green Project, New Orleans Public Library, New Orleans Museum of Arts, American Italian Cultural Center, The Louisiana Children’s Museum, and the Girl Scouts of Southeast Louisiana. The beautiful courtyard gardens of the Hermann-Grima House are located at 820 St. Louis Street –Saturday and Sunday, 11AM – 5PM.

St. Louis Cathedral Annual Spring Concert – Admission is free and open to the public. 3PM

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 6th, 2017
Patron Party 7:00 – 8:00pm
Gala 8:00 -10:30pm
Cocktail Attire – Dinner, drinks, and dancing!

Patron tickets are $250 and Gala tickets are $155 ($175 beginning April 1). In addition to single tickets, a limited number of VIP packages are available; packages include private gala seating with dedicated waiter and wristbands for front-of-stage access during festival weekend. Click here or call 504-522-5730 to purchase

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 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.

Guests will enjoy music by Players Ella and Louis Tribute Band, tastings by Antoine’s and other festival favorites, and open bar courtesy of Abita Brewing Company and Republic Beverages.

Players Ella & Louie Tribute Band made the first round for Grammy consideration in two categories for their 2016 recording “Timeless”: Best Vocal Jazz Album and Producer of the Year (Non-Classical).



Film Fest

Whitney Bank Film Festival at French Quarter Festival with Cinema on the Bayou – Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre. Free and open to the public.

Friday, April 7
11:00AM Dew Drop – directors Palmer Morse and Rachel Weinberg *
The Dew Drop Inn, established in 1945, was once the most popular and significant heritage spot for African American traditions of R&B, blues, and jazz in New Orleans. Nearly five decades later, its owner, Kenneth Jackson, struggles to renovate and open its doors again for a new generation. Click here for trailer.

12:00PM I am the Blues – director Daniel Cross
A musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana bayous, the juke joints of the Mississippi delta, and the moonshine-soaked BBQ’s in the North Mississippi hill country. The filmmaker visits the last original blue devils still living in the deep south, working without management and touring the Chitlin’ Circuit. Click here for trailer.

2:45PM Coals to Newcastle: The New Mastersounds from Leed to New Orleans – directors Marca Hagenstand and Aaron Dunsay*
England’s finest funk jazz band journeys from Leeds to the birthplace of funk for three performances. Unsure about bringing sand to the beach (or “Coals to Newcastle” as they say in Britain), The New Mastersounds try bringing their brand of funk to New Orleans. Click here for trailer.

Saturday, April 8
11AM Brother David – director Ronnie Clifton*
This lovingly made and intimate film is about famed Louisiana songwriter guru David Egan, who died in March of 2016 after a long battle with cancer. It documents “Brother David” and his friends creating music magic at the famed Dockside Studios in Maurice, Louisiana during a 2011 recording session.

12:45PM By The River of Babylon: An Elegy for South Louisiana – director Don Howard*
By the River of Babylon reveals a deep and devastating collision between our intentions and the natural environment of the swamps, and raises some disturbing questions about the ‘need’ for power and control. Using the astounding variety of South Louisiana’s musical traditions, it creates a poignant documentary elegy to one of our richest remaining natural and cultural treasures.

3:00PM Sushi and Sauce Piquante: The Life and Music of Gerry McGee – director Pat Mire*
This documentary film tells the story of guitar legend Gerry McGee, an American Master borne of an American Master, famed Cajun fiddler Dennis McGee. Gerry is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as lead guitarist for The Ventures and has played with Delaney and Bonnie, John Mayall, Rita Coolidge, Barbra Streisand, Kris Kristofferson, Roseanne Cash, Elvis and so many other influential musicians to earn his place in the history of rock and roll. Click here for trailer.

Sunday, April 9
11:00AM The Abita Mystery House – director Jessy Cale Williams*
A unique look into the small town roadside attraction and the people who work there.

12PM Songs of Souls – director Ronnie Clifton*
Inspired by the folklore of Lead Belly singing his way out of two prisons, Songs of Souls asks four Louisiana songwriters (Michael Juan Nunez, Eric Adcock, Roddie Romero and David Egan) what they would perform to get out of the gates of hell, or into the gates of heaven. Filmed entirely in Louisiana – including inside Angola Prison – the film also explores why the state is the incarceration capital of the world.

2:00PM By and By: New Orleans Gospel at the Crossroads – directors Joe Compton and Matthew T. Bowden- followed by an a cappella performance by the Electrifying Crown Seekers
By and By tells the story of a fading tradition, a torn community, and a family bound to keep them both alive. At the center of the film is a powerful New Orleans gospel quartet, the Electrifying Crown Seekers, a down-home, country-tinged group that anchored a vibrant, under-the-radar gospel music community in the heart of the birthplace of jazz. Click here for trailer.

  • Q&A following directly after the screening

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 8th
11:30AM – A CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF ELLA – 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great Ella Fitzgerald, whose duets on record with Louis Armstrong in the 1950s remain for many critics and listeners some of the finest music ever recorded. The New Orleans-based Players Ella and Louie Tribute Band is dedicated to presenting the best of Ella and Louie’s repertoire – both on record with 2016’s acclaimed Timeless and in live performances. Veteran Crescent City music producer and artist manager Michael Paz talks with interviewer Fred Kasten about the band’s performing and recording plans and heightened visibility nationally.

12:30PM – THE LATIN SOUL AND CRESCENT CITY FUNK OF LOS PO-BOY-CITOS – Founded just over a decade ago, Los Po-Boy-Citos features a captivating, blend of Latin boogaloo and New Orleans R&B. Los Po-Boy-Citos guitarist and Tulane University associate professor of music,Matt Sakakeeny, discusses the multi-award-winning band with interviewer Fred Kasten.

1:30PM – ALOHA GOLDEN MEADOW – That’s the title of the new music video from the Lost Bayou Ramblers – and also the name of a limited edition beer – a perfect Louisiana match! Founded in 1999 by brothers Andre and Louis Michot, the _Grammy_nominated band continues to bring fresh perspectives, energy and spontaneity to the Cajun tunes the brothers first learned performing with the band formed by their father and uncles in the 1980s, Les Freres Michot. They discuss their musical roots and the evolution of their music with award-winning author and journalist Michael Tisserand.

2:30PM – THE CONTINUING REIGN OF THE SOUL QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS – The great Irma Thomas is – and always will be – “The Soul Queen of New Orleans” – with a string of hits, many written by Allen Toussaint – dating back to the 1950s; dozens of awards including a Grammy; and highly anticipated performances each year at French Quarter Festival. Irma Thomas discusses her remarkable life and soul-stirring music with Grammy producer Scott Billington.

3:30PM – THERE IS A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE – His name is Dr. Michael White– the “house” in question is any top venue for authentic New Orleans jazz – and he is one of the planet’s prime purveyors of that essential music with his Original Liberty Jazz Band – their performances always leave listeners feeling better than they did before the band played. From his earliest days as a fledgling clarinetist in Doc Paulin’s brass band – to his current position as leader of one of the premier New Orleans jazz bands – Michael White has maintained a deep dedication to the music and musicians who make it – and talks about his life in the music with interviewer Fred Kasten.

4:30PM – RIVER’S ON FIRE – That’s the title of the widely-praised CD from ace pianist, organist, songwriter and bandleader John “Papa” Gros – his first release since the long-running group “Papa Grows Funk” disbanded back in 2013. A New Orleans native with more than a quarter century of experience performing a wide variety of New Orleans music, John Gros will talk about his wide-ranging life in music with interviewer Fred Kasten.

Sunday, April 9th
11:30AM – ANDRE AND THE DIRTY NOTESAndre Bohren is a multi-talented New Orleans musician with eclectic tastes: he’s accompanied his father, singer/songwriter Spencer Bohren; played funk and rock in the drum chair with Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes; and is featured regularly around the Crescent City as a classical pianist. He’ll talk about his wide-ranging musical interests and experiences with interviewer Fred Kasten.

12:30PM – FEVER DREAMS – That’s the title of Mia Borders’ widely praised 2016 R&B release. The New Orleans native songwriter, singer and bandleader is spreading her take on the Crescent City’s musical mix at top venues and festivals around the world, including Essence, Brazil’s Bourbon Street Music Festival, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She’ll talk about growing up in New Orleans and her life in music with interviewer Fred Kasten.

1:30PM – ON THE HOWL WITH THE WOLFMAN – The ecstatic sensibilities that energize the deep blues of great New Orleans vocalist and guitarist Walter “Wolfman” Washington make for powerful, captivating music. Whether backing legends Irma Thomas and Johnny Adams – or leading his own top-notch Roadmasters band, as he has now for decades – Walter Washington has proven himself to be a Crescent City original from a family with a rich musical history. He shares stories about growing up in New Orleans and his fifty plus years on the music scene here with interviewer Fred Kasten.

2:30PM – TRIBUTE TO PETE FOUNTAIN – Clarinet-great Pete Fountain – who passed away August 6, 2016 at age 86 – was, and always will be, a Crescent City classic. The joie de vivre Fountain brought to life and music endeared him to countless locals, visitors and fans around the world. He’s remembered by a panel, including musical colleague of many decades and close friend, cornetist Connie Jones; son-in-law and longtime manager Benny Harrell; outstanding clarinetist Tim Laughlin, who played with Fountain for many years; and author and journalist Keith Spera, who published several extended interviews with Fountain. The panel will be moderated by New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint curator David Kunian.

3:30PM – THE RANKIN FILE – As in, John Rankin, that is. The exceptional guitarist is also a fine composer, vocalist and dedicated educator with over 30 years on the music faculty at Loyola University and substantial tenures with other area universities. Rankin has turned his long-running Tuesday night gig at the Columns Hotel into a showcase for a rotating roster of great New Orleans players. He also performs solo frequently – covers the waterfront musically – and works with Cranston Clements and Jimmy Robinson in the New Orleans Guitar Masters. He talks about his life in music with interviewer Fred Kasten.

4:30PM – NEW ORLEANS SONGBIRD – That’s what one writer labeled New Orleans native and rising star vocalist Robin Barnes, whose sultry blend of soul, jazz and funk is winning lots of fans at her weekly gigs at the Windsor Court Hotel and Hotel Monteleone. Her 2016 release Songbird Sessions salutes many of her inspirations, including Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint – and hit the billboard charts. Robin Barnes talks about growing up in the Ninth Ward, singing in church and her burgeoning music career with interviewer Fred Kasten.