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French Quarter Festival 2014

Special Events on Thursday, April 10, 2014

2014 Gala at Antoine’s Restaurant – For information and to purchase tickets log on to fqfi.org/gala – 7PM

Shout, Sister, Shout! The Boswell Sisters of New Orleans -an exhibition presented by The Historic New Orleans Collection; rediscover one of the city’s most celebrated musical exports through memorabilia, photographs, radio scripts, notes from fans and peers, and listening stations; 533 Royal St. (through Oct. 26). Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30AM-4:30PM, Sunday, 10:30AM-4:30PM

Special Events on Friday, April 11, 2014

French Quarter Festival Second-Line Kickoff Parade led by The Original Pin Stripe Brass Band – 100 block of Bourbon Street to Jackson Square – 10AM

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, DancingMan504, and Dance Quarter. All classes are free and open to the public.

Special Events on Saturday, April 12, 2014

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

Little Red School House 5K Race and Family Fest – 5K, family fun, food, music and art to benefit KIPP: McDonogh 15 School for Creative Arts; Race begins at Bourbon and Dumaine; register at KIPP: McDonogh 15; 721 St. Philip; Call (504) 592-8520 or (504)301-6954 or email: agriffith@mcdonogh15.org for more information.
8AM – 5K race NOON-4PM – Family Fest at KIPP: McDonogh 15

Rouses World Championship Crawfish Eating Contest hosted by Rouses and the IFEA (International Federation of Eating) at Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint – HIGH NOON

French Quarter Festival and NOLA Jitterbugs present free dance lessons – The French Market Traditional Jazz Stage, Chevron Cajun-Zydeco Showcase, and Chevron Children’s Headquarters 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, DancingMan504, 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.

11:30 am – The King of Treme the drummer Shannon Powell will be interviewed by Fred Kasten
12:30 pm – The Sunny Soul of Eric Lindell Singer-songwriter and guitarist Eric Lindell will be interviewed by Fred Kasten
1:30 pm – Kristin Diable and The City – singer and songwriter Kristin Diable will be interviewed by Keith Spera
2:30 pm – The Joy of Life Is in the Accordion – master accordionist Bruce Daigrepont will be interviewd by Michael Tisserand
3:30 pm – Talk That Music Talk Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes and Rachel Breunlin will be interviewed by Fred Kasten
4:30 pm – The Hub City All-Stars – accordionist and slide guitar wizard Roddie Romero will be interviewed by Michael Tisserand

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

11am – Louisiana Short film selections (Followed by Filmmakers Q&A) – The World According to Ernie K-Doe – New Orleans Lexicon – Yeah You Rite!

1pm – Piano Players Rarely Play Together (Followed by Filmmakers Q&A)

3pm – The Whole Gritty City

Chevron Children’s Headquarters on the Riverfront Plaza at Audubon Plaza – Face painting, nature activities, tai chi and karate for kids, children’s performance tent, family fun entertainment, and more! 11AM-6PM

Children’s Museum Activities and Fun at the Hermann-Grima House – Fun for kids of all ages. Entertaining and educational projects will be hosted by the Hermann-Grima House. The beautiful courtyard gardens of the Hermann-Grima House are located at 820 St. Louis Street – NOON-5PM

Photo Exhibition by Official Photographer of French Quarter Festival – Zack Smith: One Foot in the Swamp; Portraits and Daydreams as Photographs. Front Gallery: April 12 – July 5; Scott Edwards Gallery, 2109 Decatur St. at Frenchmen. Free and open to the public. For more information contact Scott Edwards at (504) 610-0581 or visit ScottEdwardsGallery.com. Artist’s Reception: Saturday April 12, 6pm-12am

Opera at Dusk – operatic performances with musical accompaniment; sponsored by the French Market and La Belle Galerie. Upper and Lower Pontalba buildings on Jackson Square at Chartres Street. – 6:30PM

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

Special Events on Sunday April 14, 2013

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

Little Red School House Family Fest – Family fun, food, music and art to benefit KIPP: McDonogh 15 School for Creative Arts, 721 St. Philip – NOON-4PM

French Quarter Festival and NOLA Jitterbugs present free dance lessons – The French Market Traditional Jazz Stage, Chevron Cajun-Zydeco Showcase, and Chevron Children’s Headquarters 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, DancingMan504, 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.

11:30 am – The Royal Roses and More musician and bandleader Aurora Nealand will be interviewed by Fred Kasten
12:30 pm – A Most Musical Bass, Man virtuoso-bassist and composer James Singleton will be interviewed by Fred Kasten
1:30 pm – “Rock ‘n’ Roll Cello” singer, cellist and guitarist Marc Paradis (Johnny Sketch) will be interviewd by Fred Kasten
2:30 pm – A Different Flavor of Cello, Part 2 Jazz-based cellist, singer, composer and improviser Helen Gillet will be interviewed by Fred Kasten
3:30 pm – From Flying Neutrinos to New Orleans Nightingales Singer, songwriter and bandleader Ingrid Lucia will be interviewed by Fred Kasten
4:30 pm – Indian Lake, Continental Drifters, and Covered In Vinyl singer and songwriter Susan Cowsill will be interviewed by 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 – Always for Pleasure

12:30 – Ruthie the Duck Girl (Followed by Filmmakers Q&A)

3pm – Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker (Followed by Filmmakers Q&A)

Chevron Children’s Headquarters on the Riverfront Plaza at Audubon Plaza – face painting, nature activities, tai chi and karate for kids, children’s performance tent, family fun entertainment, and more! 11AM-6PM

Children’s Museum Activities and Fun at the Hermann-Grima House – fun for kids of all ages. Entertaining and educational projects will be hosted by the Hermann-Grima House. The beautiful courtyard gardens of the Hermann-Grima House are located at 820 St. Louis Street – NOON-5PM

St. Louis Cathedral Annual Spring Concert – The St. Louis Cathedral Concert Choir, Orchestra and soloists will be performing Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, Opus 86. The concert will be conducted by Mr. Dreux Montegut, Director of Music at St. Louis Cathedral, and soloists will include Sarah Jane McMahon, Suzanne DuPlantis, and Ivan Griffin. Admission is free and open to the general public. 3:30PM

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 9th, 2015
Patron Party 7:00 – 8:00pm
Gala 8:00 -10:30pm
Cocktail Attire – Dinner, drinks, and dancing!
Entertainment by Guitarist John Rankin (Patron Party) and Charmaine Neville with Special Guests (Gala)

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 turns 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.

Guests will enjoy tastings by Antoine’s and other festival favorites, and open bar courtesy of Abita Brewing Company and Republic Beverages.

Order tickets online. Click here for Patron Party tickets. Click here for Gala tickets or call now to make your reservations – (504)522-5730


The Kermit Ruffins Experience

All aboard for New Orleans’ funkiest raffle! Winner will:

  • HAVE LUNCH with Kermit Ruffins, Jason Harrelson (founder of Harrelson Trumpets), and a friend at Kermit’s Treme Mother-in-Law Lounge
  • RIDE IN A LIMO to the 2015 French Quarter FEstival with Kermit, Jason and a friend
  • SIT ON STAGE with three friends and complimentary refreshments for Kermit’s French Quarter Festival set
  • RECEIVE a framed, autographed photo of Kermit, Jason, the one of a kind Harrelson Trumpet and you on stage at French Quarter Festival
  • TAKE HOME a autographed copy of Kermit’s latest CD release, “We Partyin’ Traditional Style”

Purchase your chance today! Tickets are one ticket for $20 or $30 for two. Only 1000 tickets available through March 31, 2015. A winner will be drawn the first week in April and notified immediately. All proceeds to benefit French Quarter Festivals, Inc. a nonprofit 501©3 organization.