French Quarter Festivals, Inc.
Marci Schramm, Executive Director
400 N Peters, STE 205
New Orleans, LA 70130
16th Annual Satchmo SummerFest moves to Jackson Square
Things you NEED to know! Facts about the Fest
Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron is moving to Jackson Square in 2016, bringing the best of New Orleans’ traditional jazz, cuisine, and culture to one of the most famous and iconic parks in the world. Satchmo SummerFest is a celebration of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong and his life, music, and legacy. It is the only traditional jazz festival in New Orleans. The annual event, produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc., takes place August 5-7, 2016. Since its inception, Satchmo SummerFest – previously held at the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint – has grown to annually attract an average of 40,000 music lovers from all over the world.
Here are five facts about the move and what to expect in 2016:
1. Why move? The move will help FQFI achieve its goal of growth for Satchmo SummerFest, a Festival which began in 2001 as a way to commemorate Louis Armstrong’s 100th birthday. Moving to Jackson Square immediately provides extra space and increases future potential for expansion into the neighborhood. For 2016, a third stage has been added – the Fleurty Girl Back o’ Town Stage, inside the Louisiana State Museum’s Arsenal; the Satchmo Symposium, three days of fascinating lectures and discussions about Louis Armstrong, expands into Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre (doubling past capacity). French Quarter Festivals, Inc. looks forward to adding more music stages and programming in the years to come.
2. How will I keep cool? Satchmo SummerFest offers several ways to beat the heat! The Cornet Chop Suey stage will be completely under a shade tent for the musicians and the audience. Throughout Jackson Square, large picnic umbrellas, picnic tables, misting fans (and of course, the beautiful oak trees) will keep attendees shaded. Several indoor options are also available at Festival: the Fleurty Girl Back o’Town Stage inside the Louisiana State Museum’s Arsenal brings two full days of traditional jazz and dancing; Pops’ Playhouse for Kids, also inside the Arsenal, offers activities ranging from instrument making to scat lessons; and Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre will host the Satchmo Symposium with a world class lineup.
3. What else is new this year? Satchmo SummerFest welcomes an exciting new sponsor, Cornet Restaurant to the Red Beans and Ricely Yours Stage. Cornet Restaurant is owned by descendants of the Karnofsky family, Jewish immigrants who hired Louis Armstrong as a delivery boy when he was just seven years old, and then took him under their wing as a member of the family and gave him money to purchase his first cornet – setting the stage for his future. The Hotter than Hot Menu (formally Red Bean Alley) brings delicious fare from over a dozen of New Orleans’ finest restaurants. New vendors include Cornet Restaurant, Antoine’s Restaurant, Muriel’s Jackson Square, and Petite Rouge Café Camionette. Musical debuts include Grammy artist Catherine Russell, daughter of Louis Armstrong’s former bandleader Luis Russell, and clarinetist, saxophonist, educator and New Orleans native, Victor Goines; Goines has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis Septet since 1993.
4. Where are the restrooms near Jackson Square? A free, air-conditioned bathroom trailer (as well as regular port-o-lets) for festival goers will be conveniently located directly across from the Decatur Street side of Jackson Square.
5. What about everyone who used to camp out on Barracks Street… how will they enjoy the new location? Jackson Square has a pedestrian mall, where fans who prefer to stay outside the gate can enjoy the celebration.
6. Where can I find the complete schedule, map, menu, parking info, and hours for Satchmo SummerFest? There are a few ways to find Satchmo SummerFest! Find everything on our website: www.fqfi.org, the full printed schedule will be included in the August issue of OffBeat Magazine (free) and on the streets the last week of July, the official schedule will also be handed out at the ticket booths at Festival, and the Symposium at Le Petit Theatre.
2016 French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron
Record-breaking crowds from across the globe enjoyed the largest showcase of Louisiana food and music in the world
(April 12, 2016) New Orleans, LA – French Quarter Festivals, Inc. proudly releases numbers for the 33rd annual French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron. This year’s attendance figures indicate that over 760,000 festival-goers enjoyed the music, food, special events, and of course, the historic French Quarter. The record-breaking numbers mark a significant increase over 2015, when several days of rain reduced attendance to 386,000. Executive Director Marci Schramm reflected, “2016 French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron was one for the record books: amazing crowds, including so many locals and families; perfect weather; the best music and food in the world – everyone came out and just had a really good time! Our French Quarter neighborhood and our beautiful City have never looked better.”
Festival vendors also reported increases. Rouses had record sales at French Quarter Festival 2016, selling over 50,000 pounds of boiled crawfish. Beverage sales were also up: Abita served 675 kegs and 1,400 cases of beer, New Orleans Original Daiquiris sold over 42,000 daiquiris, and 690 gallons of Lynchburg Lemonade and Herradura Margaritas were enjoyed by French Quarter Festival fans. Over 128 tons of ice were used in festival beverages including Pat O’Brien’s, Tropical Isle, Abita, Jack Daniel’s, Plum Street SnoBalls. Haydel’s Bakery used over 200 pounds of white chocolate in their White Chocolate King Cake Bread Pudding.
The 2016 French Quarter Festival featured iPhone and Android phone apps, created by festival sponsor GE Digital, which were available free of charge. This year saw an increase in the number of users, bringing the total to over 70,000 App fans since its 2010 inception. In partnership with New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation and Solomon Group, the Festival launched a Social Media Lounge to provide new ways for fans to engage with the event.
The award-winning festival, which began in 1984, was created by then Mayor Ernest “Dutch” Morial, who appointed a group of visionaries who designed the festival as a way to bring people back to the historic French Quarter following lengthy construction prior to the World’s Fair. It has grown to become the largest showcase of Louisiana food and music in the world. Twenty-three music 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, cabaret, opera, Cajun, Zydeco, world music, international, as well as a musical stage for children. Nearly 100 food and beverage booths located in Jackson Square, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Decatur Street, Spanish Plaza, 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 throughout its entire 33-year history.
French Quarter Festival relies on strong community support to present the ‘kickoff to festival season in New Orleans’ – with nearly 1,500 volunteers, 300 musical acts, numerous generous sponsors – including the New Orleans Musicians Union AFM Local 174-496, businesses from all over the country who sponsor musical acts at festival, New Orleans Police and Fire Departments, EMS, permitting assistance from the City of New Orleans and partnerships with Parks and Parkways, Audubon Institute, and the Louisiana State Museum, among others. New sponsors included Chevrolet, Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, Crimestoppers, Moxy New Orleans, Smokefree NOLA, Solomon Group, Snickers Crispers, State Farm, and Whitney Bank.
Festival-goers attended a variety of free special events throughout the weekend, including 24 musical debuts, Whitney Bank Film Fest at French Quarter Festival, produced in partnership with Timecode: NOLA and Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré, a symposium at the Old U.S. Mint, ‘Let them Talk: Conversations on Louisiana Music’; free dance lessons; two children’s areas – including the Chevron STEAM Zone- with music and activities; a Pirate’s Alley Juried Art Show; Battle of the Bands; Sunday’s ‘Dancing at Dusk,’ which filled the 400 block of Royal Street and beyond with dancers. In addition, organizers cite the incredible four days of perfect weather as a contributing factor to the success.
Over 500 guests, including Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Councilmembers Jason Williams and Jared Brossett, and Chevron top executive Mike Illanne attended the festival’s sold-out Opening Night Gala at Antoine’s Restaurant on April 7. Musical performances included Carl LeBlanc, John Rankin, the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, and special guests Jean Knight, the Dixie Cups, Fred LeBlanc, Big Sam, and Robin Barnes. A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Roots of Music and Jackson Square improvements and beautification.
French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron is produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc., (FQFI) the 501 © (3) nonprofit organization, which also produces Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron in August and Christmas New Orleans Style in December. For more information about any of these events, call (504) 522-5730 or visit www.fqfi.org.
The 33rd Annual French Quarter Festival is April 7-10
What’s New in 2016
February 17, 2016 New Orleans, LA- Music, food, and culture will take center stage at French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron April 7-10, 2016. French Quarter Festivals, Inc. announces details of the 33rd annual event- the largest showcase of Louisiana music and culture in the world. Festival-goers can expect New Orleans’ finest restaurants at ‘The World’s Largest Jazz Brunch’; music from over 1,700 world-class, local musicians; and a unique cultural experience that cannot be replicated anywhere. French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron was named 2015 “Best Large Festival” in New Orleans by OffBeat Magazine and the “one thing to do in Louisiana” by the Huffington Post.
What started as a neighborhood festival and ‘locals’ event’ has grown into one of the largest events in Louisiana behind Mardi Gras, with an average economic impact of approximately $200 million.
Over Two Dozen New Artists Making their Debut
Cowboy Mouth, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Sonny Landreth among debuts
French Quarter Festival organizers welcome over two dozen new acts for the 2016 Festival. On Locals’ Lagniappe Day, Thursday, April 7, Cowboy Mouth will make their debut on the riverfront Abita Beer Stage. The Louisiana natives have played more than 2,500 concerts and launched their signature song, “Jenny Says,” into the upper half of the Billboard rock charts. Cowboy Mouth has sold more than 500,000 albums domestically, playing shows with artists like Bo Diddley, and performing in front of more than 9 million fans. Go!, the band’s newest album, is the most collaborative album of the group’s career. “I’m just a little older, but I ain’t dead yet!” Fred LeBlanc sings during the very first song, kicking off a record that’s steeped in the ageless energy of the band’s live shows.
Blues musician Sonny Landreth also makes an April 7 debut on the riverfront Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage. Slide-guitarist Landreth has been called “the King of Slydeco” and plays with a strong zydeco influence. A frequent performer at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival with over a dozen albums, Clapton has called him ‘one of the most advanced guitarists in the world’.
Buckwheat Zydeco can claim the three largest selling Zydeco albums of all time. The musician tours the world nonstop, and has gigged with everyone from U2 to Eric Clapton to the Boston Pops. He makes his debut on the riverfront Abita Beer Stage Sunday, April 10. Also debuting April 10 is soul singer Jean Knight, whose sassy, funk classic “Mr. Big Stuff” was one of the largest-selling singles ever released by the legendary Stax label.
Other debuts include Amy Nicole & Zydeco Soul, Andre Bohren, Andy J Forest Trio, Bad Penny Pleasuremakers, Caesar Brothers Funk Box, Cha Wa, Chance Bushman & The Ibervillianaires, Charlie Halloran and the Quality 6, Charlie Wooten Project, Dex Daley & Jam-X, Goat in the Road (Comedy Troupe), Little Maker, MainLine, Mason Ruffner, Sarah Quintana & the Miss River Band, T’Canaille, Thais Clark & her JAZZsters, The Batture Boys, featuring Tommy Malone and Ray Ganucheau, The Salt Wives, and Wes Raymond &The SOUL Factory.
Musician Sponsorship Program
Sponsors contribute over $1 million since program’s inception in 2012
The 2016 French Quarter Festival will feature over 1,700 local artists. Festival-organizers remain committed to growing the Musician Sponsorship Program; every dollar donated goes directly to the artists. Since its inception in 2012, the initiative has raised over $1 million in contributions. In 2015, over 150 individuals, foundations, and businesses signed up to support local musicians by ‘adopting an artist.’ Sponsors come from all over the United States – from California to Maryland to Michigan to Washington State – to help keep French Quarter Festival free – a true community event. In 2016, new musician sponsor Pan-American Life Insurance Group is underwriting all Latin and world music at the Festival and hit television show NCIS: New Orleans is sponsoring Buckwheat Zydeco’s festival debut. aos returns to sponsor Irma Thomas, and McLoughlin Family Foundation is underwriting the Dixie Cups. The Festival is still accepting 2016 sponsorships. Contact Erin Stover at 504-227-3126 or email@example.com for more information.
Tribute to Allen Toussaint at Official Festival After-party Hosted by the House of Blues – Friday, April 8
Allen Toussaint, one of the most influential figures in New Orleans R&B, unexpectedly passed away in November 2015. Earlier that year, French Quarter Festival was honored to feature the celebrated songwriter, record producer, and musician throughout the 2015 French Quarter Festival – with a performance on the riverfront Abita Stage, participation in the Festival’s Let Them Talk symposium to talk about his life and career, and his attendance at the Festival’s Film Fest, where a new film about Toussaint was screened. Toussaint was also the 2015 ‘Face of the Festival’, with his photograph gracing the French Quarter Festival publicity and advertising campaigns. On Friday, April 8, 2016, an official after-party hosted by House of Blues will honor Allen Toussaint. This special event will be a fundraiser, with proceeds benefiting Toussaint’s foundation – New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness. More information will be released in March.
The Very Best Live, Local Music Across 23 Stages
Year after year, French Quarter Festival is voted ‘locals’ favorite’ while also attracting a tremendous out-of-town audience. A huge part of the appeal is that attendees get a true and authentic New Orleans experience – a broad range of Louisiana artists and a diverse variety of musical styles and genres. Since 1984, French Quarter Festival has been committed to featuring New Orleans’ finest artists every day of the festival, on stages all over the French Quarter. The tradition continues in 2016 with the return of 23 stages, including two stages that launched last year: the Spanish Plaza Stage sponsored by The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk and the Omni Royal Orleans Stage located at 500 Royal Street. On the Spanish Plaza Stage, performers range from avant-garde Rockabilly from Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers to soul from Gina Brown & Anutha Level. At the Omni Royal Orleans Stage, performances from Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns, jazz-trumpeter Wendell Brunious, guitarist Carl LeBlanc, and more are scheduled.
The GE Digital Big River Stage returns with four days of music. Every genre from hip hop to country is represented with performances from Big Chief Bo Dollis, Jr. & the Wild Magnolias, Panorama Jazz Band, John “Papa” Gros, Robin Barnes, Charmaine Neville, Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue, Guitar Slim, Jr., and T-Ray The Violinist and D2R (Dreams2Reality). Grammy-winning percussionist Bill Summers also plays the Big River Stage with jazzed up versions of Afro-Cuban and Latin roots music with his band, Jazalsa.
The always-popular Popeyes Brass Band Jam will bring three full days of brass bands to the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint. Performers include Leroy Jones’ Original Hurricane Brass Band, Treme Brass Band, Hot 8 Brass Band, New Orleans Nightcrawlers, The Original Pinettes Brass Band, and many more.
The Chevron Cajun Zydeco Showcase, launched in 2013 at the Bienville Triangle (North Peters near St. Louis Street), quickly established itself as one of the Festival’s most popular stages. 2016 artists include Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Grammy-winner Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Amanda Shaw, and Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers. The Chevron Evening Concert Series also returns with Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Roadrunners, Feufollet, and Rockin’ Dopsie and the Zydeco Twisters.
New Festival Shuttle in 2016
French Quarter Festival ‘Easy Rider’
In partnership with Gray Line and New Orleans Convention Center
During Festival weekend, festival-goers have an option that lets them avoid the challenges of traffic, parking, and street closures. In 2016, the official festival shuttle will be operated by Gray Line of New Orleans. Air conditioned, comfortable passenger buses will transport fans to the festival Friday, April 8 through Sunday, April 10. Parking will be hosted by the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Buses will transport fest-goers from the Convention Center to the Sheraton Hotel (500 Canal Street). Shuttle hours are 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. on April 8-9 and from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on April 10. Riders will pay $30 per car to park in Convention Center lots and ride the shuttle for free. For complete details, please visit www.fqfi.org
Opening Night Gala returns to Antoine’s
Thursday April 7, the French Quarter Festival Opening Night Gala benefiting the Roots of Music will return to Antoine’s Restaurant. Honorary Co-Chairs and special guests include: Governor John Bel Edwards, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, and Mike Illanne, Vice President of Chevron North America, Gulf of Mexico Business Unit.
Established in 1840, Antoine’s, the country’s oldest family-run restaurant, celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2015. During the Gala, guests will 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 an open bar courtesy of Abita Brewing Company and Brown-Forman/Republic Beverages. The Patron Party takes place from 7-8:00 pm and Gala from 8-10:30 pm. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online at www.fqfi.org or by calling 504-227-3124. Patron tickets are $250 and Gala tickets are $125 ($150 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 at festival.
A Showcase of New Orleans’ Finest Cuisine
In a city famous for its wealth of delicious and unique traditional food, French Quarter Festival gives attendees a taste of the best of the best at the ‘‘The World’s Largest Jazz Brunch’. Over 60 vendors feature classic New Orleans dishes as well as cuisine from the finest restaurants in the region. A number of restaurants have been with the festival since its beginning in 1984, and have been great partners for 30 years: Antoine’s, Pat O’Brien’s, Trey Yuen, Tujague’s, Vaucresson Sausage, Desire Oyster Bar, and Court of Two Sisters. Other festival favorites returning for 2016 include Galatoire’s, Muriel’s, Praline Connection, Dickie Brennan’s, Restaurant R’evolution, Bennachin, Love at First Bite, GW Fins, House of Blues, Jacques-Imo’s, K-Paul’s, Mrs. Wheat’s, Lasyone’s Meat Pies, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Three Muses, and more. A full list of restaurants, including new vendors for 2016, will be released in March.
Special Events, Programs, and Festival Extras
- French Quarter Festival Second-Line Kickoff Parade will take place Thursday, April 7 at 10 a.m. The parade departs from the 100 block of Bourbon St and makes its way to Jackson Square.
- Let them Talk: Conversations about Louisiana Music will return to French Quarter Festival with presentations and performances at the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint, 3rd Floor Auditorium on Saturday and Sunday at Festival (April 9 and 10). This series is free and open to the public. The complete schedule can be found online at www.fqfi.org. In collaboration with the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, a program book dedicated to the French Quarter Festival Let Them Talk Symposium and the French Quarter Fest Film Fest will be available, free-of-charge to festival goers.
- Film Fest at French Quarter Festival presented by Timecode: NOLA will return to Le Petit Theatre and provide three days of programming. Complete schedule to be announced in March.
- Dance Lessons, Battle of the Bands, Dancing at Dusk, Pirates Alley Juried Art Show, St. Louis Cathedral Spring Concert, Opera at Dusk, and two children’s areas, including Chevron Children’s Headquarters STEAM ZONE are beloved special events that all return for the 2016 French Quarter Festival.
Sponsors help to keep this a true community event –
Chevron returns as Title Sponsor of French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest
French Quarter Festivals, Inc. is proud of its history of providing high-quality community events at no cost and being accessible to all. In order to keep the Festival free and open to the public, the organization relies heavily on the contributions of sponsors and partners, beverage and merchandise sales, and vendor fees. Festival organizers welcome the return of Chevron as Title Sponsor of both French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest. “Chevron is pleased to be the presenting sponsor of the 33rd annual French Quarter Festival,” said Leah Brown Public Affairs Manager, Chevron Gulf of Mexico. “Chevron invests in local arts and culture to inspire people and fuel the social and economic vitality of New Orleans and Louisiana. We’re looking forward to once again celebrating our area’s special music, cuisine and community.”
Abita, Brown-Forman, Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, Tropical Isle, Rouses, and The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk also return as Major Sponsors of French Quarter Festival.
GE Digital also returns as a major sponsor supporting a riverfront stage as well as the Festival’s official apps and Social Media Lounge. The FREE French Quarter Festival iPhone App is back, along with the Android App, courtesy of GE Digital. Fans can receive up to the minute announcements, downloadable music schedules, complete menus, special events, merchandise updates, shuttle information, and unique offers to enhance their festival experience. The application will be available for download in March.
In partnership with New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, the Solomon Group, and GE Digital, a new Social Media Lounge will be launched at Jax Brewery. The area will be a resource for festival updates and information, with media personalities, café tables, and internet access. Attendees can use hashtags #fqfest and #fqfest2016.
FQFI also welcomes new sponsors Chevrolet, Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, Moxy New Orleans, Solomon Group, Snickers Crispers, State Farm, and Whitney Bank.
Returning sponsors include: Amtrak, Antoine’s Restaurant, The Berger Company, BMI, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Crescent Crown Distributing, Cumulus New Orleans, DownBeat Magazine, French Market Corporation, Harrah’s New Orleans, Hermann Grima House, The Historic New Orleans Collection, House of Blues, Inthenola.com, I.T.S. Fire Alarm Security, LLC, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, Louisiana Cookin’, Louisiana Cultural Vistas, LA Lottery, Musician’s Performance Fund, New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park, New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, New Orleans Original Daiquiris, NOLA.com/Times-Picayune, NOLA Defender, NOLA Jitterbugs, OffBeat Magazine, Palm Court Jazz Café, Pat O’Brien’s, Pelican Ice, Pepsi, Popeyes, Renaissance Publishing, Rentech Solutions, Republic National Distributing, Rolland Safe and Lock, Steinway and Sons, Taste of the South, Tulane Medical Center, The Vinyl District, Westin New Orleans Canal Place, WHERE Magazine, Where Y’at, Windsor Court Hotel, KKAY, WBOK, WWL-TV, WWOZ, WWNO 89.9 FM, WRNO 99.5, and WYLD.
31st Annual Christmas New Orleans Style Event Overview
Reveillon Feasts, Cathedral Concerts, Festive Events
NEW ORLEANS, LA (November 19, 2015) – New Orleans – named a “World’s Best City” by Travel + Leisure readers and one of The New York Times’ “52 Places to Go in 2015” – will celebrate the holidays with over 70 special events, Reveillon feasts at the city’s finest restaurants, and Papa Noël hotel deals for all budgets. French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) proudly announces details of the 31st annual Christmas New Orleans Style (CNOS), where visitors and locals are invited to “follow their joy” throughout the entire month of December.
CNOS is a collaboration between FQFI and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC). Throughout December, FQFI works closely with retailers, restaurants, hotels, arts, and community organizations to produce and promote quality holiday events; the economic impact has been tremendous for the city and state. FQFI Executive Director Marci Schramm said, “Christmas New Orleans Style has helped the city establish itself as one of the world’s top holiday destinations. It truly is a showcase of the best New Orleans has to offer, beloved by locals and the many visitors who have made it an annual tradition. In 2015, we’re especially excited to bring back holiday concerts to St. Augustine Church in Treme; after several years, it’s wonderful to return to this historic neighborhood.”
Christmas New Orleans Style 2015 kicks off with three events on Thursday, November 19th: the first concert of the St. Louis Cathedral series (Dillard University Choir), French Market District tree lighting ceremony, and the French-American Chamber of Commerce’s Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration. CNOS ends Twelfth Night, January 6th, 2016 when the Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc parades in the French Quarter and Phunny Phorty Phellows board the St. Charles Avenue streetcar to herald the start of Carnival. Other events include: nightly excursions through the magnificent lighting display at City Park’s Celebration in the Oaks; family activities including children’s teas and cookie decorating; historical characters strolling and caroling in the French Quarter; holiday cruises on the Steamboat Natchez; theatrical and musical performances; special tours of private residences, bed and breakfasts, and antebellum homes dressed in holiday finery; concerts at the Ogden Museum; a Christmas parade down Canal Street; a Reindeer Run for children; and a second-line for KIPP students led by the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk’s Singing Santa & the Riverwalk Jazz Band. More than 70 activities are planned, with plenty of opportunities to enjoy incredible dining, shopping, and culture.
St. Louis Cathedral and St. Augustine Church Concerts
Christmas New Orleans Style celebrates New Orleans’ rich musical heritage with jazz musicians, gospel choirs, classical ensembles, and others performing the sounds of the season with concerts in St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square and, back by popular demand, St. Augustine Church in historic Treme. Concerts at St. Louis Cathedral take place at 6 p.m. on December 1-2, 6-9, 13-17, and 20th. In addition, a CNOS preview concert takes place Thursday, November 19th at 6:30 p.m. to coincide with the French Market’s tree lighting at Washington Artillery Park. Another concert, the annual St. Louis Cathedral Basilica Holiday Concert takes place Sunday, December 20 at 5:30 p.m., prior to Caroling in Jackson Square. Concerts at St. Augustine take place at 4pm on Saturday, December 5, 12, and 19th.
Enjoy performances from Dillard University Choir, Bruce Daigrepont, Preservation Hall All-Stars, John Boutte, John Rankin, Don Vappie, St. Peter Claver Gospel Choir, Debbie Davis and Friends, Opera Creole, Lena Prima, Leroy Jones, Evan Christopher, and Zion Harmonizers. All concerts are free and open to the public.
Reveillon, an adaptation of a traditional Creole holiday dining custom, will be celebrated nightly in almost 50 restaurants throughout the city. Menus showcase the feasts of Christmas past, present, and future: Four Reveillon restaurants – Antoine’s, Galatoire’s, Commander’s Palace, and Tujague’s – are more than 100 years old and feature classic Creole cuisine. Contemporary Reveillon utilizes preparation techniques and products of the modern day not necessarily available to the original Creoles and can be enjoyed at Domenica, Kingfish, Restaurant R’evolution, The Pelican Club, and many more. Reveillon menus are offered only once a year, making CNOS the only time guests can enjoy this authentic taste of New Orleans. New participants include: The Bistreaux at Maison Dupuy, Feelings Café, Johnny Sanchez, La Provence, Tivoli & Lee (in the Hotel Modern), and Willa Jean. Diners can indulge in Reveillon at The Gumbo Shop for $34 or be treated to Commander’s Palace decadent eight-course dinner for $110 (prices do not include tax and gratuity).
Reveillon on the Rocks
The Reveillon dinner has been celebrated in homes and restaurants all over New Orleans since the 1850s. Last year, FQFI asked local bartenders to create both classic and original cocktails to capture the spirit of Reveillon, one-sip-at-a-time. The new tradition continues in 2015. Beginning December 1st and continuing until the last toast on New Year’s Eve, and at some spots lasting through Twelfth Night (January 6th), nearly 20 bars and restaurants will say “Cheers to the Holiday Season” with a total of 42 spirited libations. Participants include: Antoine’s Hermes Bar, The Bombay Club, Cane and Table, Cure, Erin Rose, Feeling’s Café, Kingfish Kitchen and Cocktails, Pat O’Brien’s, Three Muses, and Upperline Restaurant.
Christmas New Orleans Style serves up a series of cooking demonstrations from many of New Orleans’ finest chefs. FQFI, NOTMC, and WWL-TV team up to bring the “12 Days of Reveillon.” For three weeks in December (12/8-23), WWL-TV will showcase New Orleans’ great chefs, preparing items from their 2015 Reveillon menus each morning between 8 and 9 a.m.
Chefs include: Arnaud’s Tommy DiGiovanni, The Bistreaux at Maison Dupuy’s Scott Majure, Brigsten’s Frank Brigtsen, Broussard’s Restaurant’s Neal Swindler, Criollo Restaurant and Lounge’s Joe Maynard, Feeling’s Café’s Brian Winston Doyle, Galatoire’s “33” Bar and Steak’s Michael Sichel, The Grill Room at the Windsor Court’s Daniel Causgrove, La Provence’s Chef Erick Loos, The Rib Room’s Tom Wolfe, Tableau’s John Martin, and Tivoli & Lee’s Marcus Woodham. The Chef’s Holiday Cooking Demonstrations are sponsored by Louisiana Cookin’ Magazine.
Papa Noël Hotel Rates
Christmas New Orleans Style gives the gift of a memorable holiday encounter that can only be experienced in New Orleans. Travelers can take advantage of special offers at over 50 of the city’s finest hotels and bed and breakfasts that feature attractive nightly Papa Noël discounted rates and luxurious value packages to visitors as their gift of the season. New participants in 2015 include: Audubon Cottages, Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport, Embassy Suites Hotel New Orleans, InterContinental, Holiday Inn Express New Orleans Downtown, Hotel Indigo, Old No. 77 Hotel and Chandlery, and the Whitney Hotel.
For complete information and schedules visit followyourjoy.com or fqfi.org. For a free booklet, select “guidebook” on followyour.joy.com and complete the form.
Christmas New Orleans Style 2015 is produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. in collaboration with New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. French Quarter Festivals, Inc. is a 501©3 nonprofit organization, which also produces French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron (April) and Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron (August). French Quarter Festivals, Inc. promotes 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.
15th Anniversary Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron
THREE FULL DAYS of FEST
Deacon John’s festival debut; Katrina Anniversary Panel: Musical First Responders; Satchmo: His Life in New Orleans; Spirit of Satch Awards; Pops’ Playhouse for Kids; Jazz Mass at St. Augustine Church; and more
NEW ORLEANS (July 27, 2015) – The 15th Anniversary Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron is July 31st – August 2nd at the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint. Produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI), Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron is an unparalleled celebration of the life, legacy, and music of New Orleans’ native son, Louis Armstrong. The event brings performances from New Orleans’ most talented musicians, with a focus on traditional and contemporary jazz and brass bands. Festival dining at “Red Bean Alley” provides refreshing options from over a dozen local restaurants including new vendors the Rib Room and Tujague’s. The Satchmo Symposium, Pops’ Playhouse for Kids, and Satchmo: His Life in New Orleans – a new exhibit done in partnership with the Louis Armstrong House and Louisiana State Museum – are scheduled inside the air-conditioned Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint.
In 2015, French Quarter Festivals, Inc. will implement a nominal $5 daily admission fee (kids 12 and under are free). This fee will be used to keep the quality of the event high and build towards growth and future expansion.
Opening Night Festivities
On Thursday, July 30th, Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron will kick-off with a fundraiser to benefit French Quarter Festivals, Inc. A special screening of the 1956 classic, High Society, will take place at Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré, one of the oldest community theatres in the country. Starring Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Grace Kelly, the film – the last Grace Kelly made before marrying Prince Rainier of Monaco – follows the story of a musician vying for his ex-wife’s affections. High Society was nominated for two Oscars, including Best Song, for Cole Porter’s “True Love.” A limited number of tickets are available for $50, and balcony seating is now available for $25. Tickets may be purchased at www.fqfi.org. Admission will include refreshments including champagne and gourmet popcorn. Hats, gloves, and seersuckers are encouraged for this red carpet event!
Live, Local Music and Free Dance Lessons
Artists making their Satchmo SummerFest debut in 2015 include Deacon John, Jamil Sharif, The Palm Court Jazz All Stars, and Ecirb Müller’s Twisted Dixie, a project of Dr. Brice Miller that takes the relaxed vibe of traditional jazz and updates it with elements of pop, hip hop, go-go, swing, dub-step and free jazz.
Jewel Brown returns to Satchmo SummerFest for the first time since 2005. In the 1960’s, the vocalist was offered positions with Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong and “immediately” chose Armstrong. The two worked together for seven prolific years that included international tours and films. In addition to her Saturday, August 1st performance with the Ella and Louis Tribute Band, Ms. Brown will be interviewed by Fred Kasten at the Old U.S. Mint at 2:30pm.
Grammy-winning percussionist Bill Summers also returns to perform jazzed up versions of Afro-Cuban and Latin roots music with his band, Jazalsa. Summers, an original member of Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters band, worked with Quincy Jones on the musical score for “Roots”, performed with Los Hombres Calientes, and has collaborated with countless artists including Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Anita Baker, Carlos Santana, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Prince, Sting, Stevie Wonder, and Ella Fitzgerald.
Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band makes a rare Satchmo SummerFest appearance by closing out the Red Beans & Ricely Yours Stage on Friday, July 31st. Since 1983, Rebirth has upheld the New Orleans brass band tradition while infusing it with funk and hip-hop to create a signature sound. Festival organizers are thrilled to welcome them back to the event after a five-year hiatus due to their international touring schedule.
Returning festival favorites include: Connie Jones and Tim Laughlin, Charmaine Neville, Don Vappie & The Creole Jazz Serenaders, James Andrews, Jeremy Davenport, Kermit Ruffins, Lars Edegran’s Ragtime Orchestra, Meschiya Lake, PresHall Brass Band, Robin Barnes, Shannon Powell Traditional All Star Band, Treme Brass Band, Yoshio Toyama & the Dixie Saints, and many more.
Between musical sets, dancers of all levels can enjoy free dance lessons from New Orleans’ best dance teachers at the Cornet Chop Suey Stage each day of the festival. Dance lessons are free and open to the public and are taught and sponsored by NOLA Jitterbugs. Click here to view the full music schedule: http://fqfi.org/satchmo/schedule/stage.
Satchmo Symposium: Three Days of Fascinating Speakers and Discussions
Fascinating lectures and discussions about Louis Armstrong and the history and influence of jazz in New Orleans will also take place inside the museum. Curated by Fred Kasten and Dr. Connie Atkinson, the lecture series attracts the highest caliber of speakers and jazz historians. The Symposium begins with a keynote conversation commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina: Musical First Responders. During this moving panel, Satchmo SummerFest will remember and honor those who worked tirelessly to help rebuild the irreplaceable infrastructure that supports New Orleans music – those who comforted, gave housing, replaced instruments, and supplied the practical necessities that gave the music a chance to return. Representatives of these musical first responders – including Jordan Hirsch, Cherice Harrison-Nelson, Robert Lyall, Derrick Tabb, and Reid Wick – will discuss what we have learned in the decade since the flood with moderator Fred Kasten.
Other Symposium presenters include Ricky Riccardi, Director of Research Collections for the Louis Armstrong House and Museum, famous jazz writer and multi-Grammy Award winner Dan Morgenstern, record producers Scott Wenzel and Scott Billington, singers Jewel Brown and Daryl Sherman, David Sager (trombonist and curator for the Library of Congress’ National Jukebox), author and educator Mick Carlon, WWOZ host and music historian David Kunian, Dr. Bruce Boyd Raeburn (Curator of Tulane University’s Hogan Jazz Archive), music writer John Swenson, clarinetist Evan Christopher, and more. A full schedule is online at http://fqfi.org/satchmo/fests/special_events/.
In celebration of Satchmo SummerFest’s 15th anniversary, FQFI and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities have collaborated to produce a keepsake Symposium program with content provided by Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine, an award-winning publication that documents the state’s arts, culture, history, and literature. Also marking the anniversary are the inaugural ‘Spirit of Satch’ awards honoring those who have championed New Orleans music and culture. The awards will be given during the opening ceremony on Friday, July 31st.
Family Fun at Pops’ Playhouse
Throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, children and parents can relax in air-conditioning on the second floor of the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint and enjoy an array of educational, entertaining family activities, movies, and exhibits. Pops’ Playhouse for Kids features a variety of activities that teach the next generation about New Orleans traditions. Children can make crafts like second line umbrellas, homemade instruments, and Zulu coconuts, visit the Satchmo Book Nook sponsored by the New Orleans Public Library, or attend Learning from Louis, an interactive presentation by author and schoolteacher Mick Carlon where kids will learn the fine art of “scattin’ like Louis.”
Satchmo: His Life in New Orleans
While inside the museum, visitors can also enjoy the new, never-before-seen exhibit, Satchmo: His Life in New Orleans. A collaboration between Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron, the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, New York, and the Louisiana State Museum, the exhibit includes rare artifacts such as Armstrong’s first cornet from the New Orleans Colored Waifs’ Home side-by-side (for the first time ever) with the last Selmer trumpet he brought to his final visit to New Orleans in 1968. Pages from Armstrong’s unpublished manuscripts will be included, in addition to rare audio from Armstrong’s private tapes. Numerous photographs will follow Armstrong from his upbringing to later return visits, such as his first heroic trip home in the summer of 1931 and the time in 1949 when Armstrong’s boyhood ambition of being named “King of the Zulus” was finally realized. Armstrong’s difficult relationship with the city’s race relations will also be touched on, including when Armstrong stayed away from home for decade because his integrated band of All Stars was prohibited from performing in public in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Parades, Jazz Mass, and other Special Events Planned
In addition to a weekend full of great music, food, seminars, movies, and children’s activities, Satchmo SummerFest features an array of special events including the annual Jazz Mass at the historic St. Augustine Church in Treme, a traditional second line parade, and the annual ‘Trumpet Tribute’ which closes the festival Sunday night with a Satchmo birthday party.
The kickoff parade will be led by the Storyville Stompers at 10:40 a.m. on Friday, July 31st. The full band will second line from Washington Artillery Park to the festival grounds where a press conference will be held at 11:00 a.m. In addition to making special announcements, festival organizers will announce the “Spirit of Satch” award winners. Winners will be champions of jazz in the areas of: ‘Corporate and Community Superstar’, ‘Jazz Education’, ‘Keeping Traditional Jazz Alive and Well’, ‘Keeping Traditional Jazz in the News’, and ‘Preserving our Musical Legacy’.
Musician Sponsorship Helps Make this a True Community Event
Satchmo SummerFest’s Musician Sponsorship Program continues to grow. Like the diverse styles of music heard at the event, music sponsors come from all corners of the community and country. For the 2015 Satchmo SummerFest, Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts is sponsoring a full day of music on Saturday, August 1. Contact Georgia Rhody at (504) 522-5730 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to get involved with this dynamic and rewarding program.
Thank you, Sponsors and Community Partners:
Abita Brewing Company, Amtrak, Badine Land Limited, The Berger Company, Biz New Orleans, BMI, Bombay Club, Broussard’s, Buffa’s Bar & Restaurant, Caesars Foundation, Chevron, Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, Downbeat Magazine, Ella Fitzgerald Foundation, Finlandia, Ford, Forever New Orleans, French Market Corporation, Harrah’s New Orleans, Harrelson Trumpets, Hermann Grima & Gallier, In the NOLA, Jack Daniel’s, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, JAX Parking, Korbel, Krewe, Lasyone’s Meat Pie Restaurant, Laurel Communications, Le Petit Theater, Louisiana Cookin’, Louisiana Cultural Vistas, Louisiana Life, Mardi Gras World, 92.3 Nash, National Park Service, New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, New Orleans Magazine, New Orleans Original Daiquiris, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, Ninja Restaurant, NOLA Defender, NOLA Jitterbugs, OffBeat, Old School 106.7, Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery, Omni Royal Orleans, Orpheum, Praline Connection, Pelican Ice, Pepsi, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Power 102.9, Rentech, Rolland Safe and Lock, Rouses, Royal House, Sonoma Cutrer, Spotted Cat Music Club, St Charles Magazine, State Farm, State of Louisiana Office of Tourism, Tequila Herradura, The Louisiana State Museum, The Ticket 106.1, TravelHost Magazine, Tulane Medical Center, Vinyl District, Where Magazine, Where Y’at, Windsor Court Hotel, WWL Channel 4, WWNO 89.9 FM, WWOZ,Zapp’s Potato Chips, Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club.
The 32nd Annual French Quarter Festival is April 9th-12th
New stages and restaurants, expanded Film Fest, Children’s Headquarters and more
March 26, 2015 French Quarter Festivals, Inc. proudly announces final details regarding the 32nd Annual French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron. The event will take place April 9th-April 12th, 2015. What started as a neighborhood festival and ‘locals’ event’ has grown into the largest showcase of Louisiana music and food in the world, with an economic impact of over $251 million. Last year, Huffington Post named French Quarter Festival the ‘one thing to do in Louisiana.’
In 2015, organizers will welcome eight new restaurants to ‘The World’s Largest Jazz Brunch’; employ over 1,700 world class, local musicians; launch two new stages; offer an expanded Children’s Headquarters and Film Fest; and immerse festival-goers into a unique cultural experience that cannot be replicated anywhere.
The Very Best Live, Local Music Across 23 Stages
Two New Stages and Over a Dozen Debuts in 2015
Since 1984, French Quarter Festival has been committed to featuring New Orleans’ finest artists every day of the festival, on stages all over the French Quarter. The tradition grows in 2015, when FQFI unveils two new stages and expands its footprint and musical lineup. The new Spanish Plaza stage sponsored by the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk and Harrah’s New Orleans will take the music across Canal Street with three days of programming. Artists include: Andre Bouvier and the Royal Bohemians; Zion Trinity Band; Debauche; Egg Yolk Jubilee; Donna Angelle and the Zydeco Posse; The Upstarts; Sons of Soul; King James & The Special Men; Erica Falls; Hot 8 Brass Band; Johnny J. and the Hitmen; Judy Spellman & Company; Magnetic Ear; Russell Batiste and the Wild Tchoupitoulas; and Big Sam’s Funky Nation.
The new Omni Royal Orleans stage located at 500 Royal Street will bring more traditional jazz to the street with performances on Saturday and Sunday. Artists include: Helen Gillet’s Wazozo Zorchestra; The Original Pin Stripe Jazz Band; Harmonouche; Miss Sophie Lee; Gerald French and Friends; and John Royen’s New Orleans Rhythm.
Popeyes Brass Band Jam Stage with OffBeat Magazine will return to the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint. Three full days of music bring performances from Audacity Brass Band, New Orleans Nightcrawlers, Leroy Jones’ Original Hurricane Brass Band, The Original Pinettes Brass Band, Onward Brass Band, Storyville Stompers Brass Band, Red Wolf Brass Band, Treme Brass Band, and many more.
The Chevron Cajun Zydeco Showcase launched in 2013 at the Bienville Triangle (North Peters near St. Louis Street) and has since become one of the Festival’s most popular stages. In 2015, Grammy winning “King of Cajun” Jo-El Sonnier; Travis Matte and the Kingpins – a band that packs Louisiana dance halls with their infectious blend of zydeco, hip hop and rock; and Chris Ardoin make their festival debuts on the stage. Other artists include: Jimmy Thibodeaux, Waylon Thibodeaux Band, Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, Roddy Romero and the Hub City All Stars, Lost Bayou Ramblers, and Amanda Shaw.
Over 300 acts will perform at French Quarter Festival, providing over 400 hours of free music. On 23 stages with over 1,700 musicians, more than a dozen acts make their festival debut in 2015. The Speakeasy Quartet and NOLA Jitterbugs will turn Jackson Square into a swing-dance party during their high-energy “watch and learn” performance on Thursday, April 9th on the Capital One Bank Jackson Square Stage. Other debuts include Doug Kershaw (playing with Steve Riley), The Honorable South, Guitar Slim, Jr, The Write Brothers, Los Otras, New Orleans Swamp Donkeys, and many more.
In addition to Festival debuts, French Quarter Festival supports budding artists – and is where some of the region’s most beloved and famous musicians such as Trombone Shorty, Hunter Hayes, Imagination Movers, and Kermit Ruffins first played to large audiences. Continuing the spirit of promoting new talent, the 2015 Festival welcomes several young artists and celebrates the musical dynasties that are so unique to New Orleans: The Doghill Stompers, grandsons of Boozoo Chavis, one of the founding fathers of Zydeco; Jenard Andrews’ (son of trumpeter James Andrews and the cousin of Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews) New Breed Brass Band performs on the Popeyes Brass Band Jam at the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint; and Neshia Ruffins, daughter of Kermit Ruffins, makes her festival debut with Neshia Ruffins & the Young Franchise Band, also at the Old U.S Mint.
In celebration of the opening of the Jazz Market on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, New Orleans Jazz Orchestra will take residency at the 2015 French Quarter Festival with unique performances and special guests each day.
The 2015 French Quarter Festival will feature over 1,700 local artists. Festival-organizers remain committed to growing the Musician Sponsorship Program; every dollar donated to the fund goes directly to the artists. In 2014, a total of over 250 individuals, foundations, and businesses signed up to support local musicians by ‘adopting an artist’. Sponsors come from all over the United States – from California to Maryland – and are helping to keep French Quarter Festival free for the community. The Festival is still seeking 2015 sponsorships. Contact Georgia Rhody at (504) 522-5730 or email email@example.com for more information.
A Showcase of New Orleans’ Finest Cuisine
In a city famous for its wealth of delicious and unique traditional food, French Quarter Festival gives attendees a taste of the best of the best at the ‘‘The World’s Largest Jazz Brunch’. Over 60 vendors feature classic New Orleans dishes as well as cuisine from the finest restaurants in the region. A number of restaurants have been with the festival since its beginning in 1984, and have been great partners for 30 years: Desire Oyster Bar, Court of Two Sisters, Pat O’Brien’s, Trey Yuen, Tujague’s, and Vaucresson Sausage. Other festival favorites return for 2015, including Antoine’s, Bennachin, Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, Galatoire’s, GW Fins, Haydel’s Bakery, House of Blues, Jacques-Imo’s, K-Paul’s, Lasyone’s Meat Pies, Love at First Bite, Mrs. Wheat’s, Muriel’s, Praline Connection, Restaurant R’evolution, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Three Muses, and more.
In 2015, French Quarter Festival welcomes eight new vendors with menu items that range from Smothered Rabbit Po-Boys to Deep Fried Cupcakes: Patois; Rue 127; Squeal; Koz’s Restaurant; Galley Restaurant; McHardy’s Chicken and Fixin’; Voleo’s Seafood Restaurant; and Westin New Orleans Canal Place. In order to maintain the authenticity and quality of the cuisine, the Jazz Brunch Committee evaluated each new vendor to ensure they meet specific criteria for participating.
Film Fest at French Quarter Festival Presented by Timecode: NOLA returns to Le Petit Theatre and expands to three days
For the 2015 French Quarter Festival, French Quarter Festivals, Inc. and Timecode:NOLA will continue their partnership and offer Film Festival at French Quarter Festival. Due to its incredible popularity, the event (free and open to the public) will expand to include Friday films. Timecode:NOLA, a New Orleans film industry collective focusing on local talent and opportunities, has curated three full days of programming, selecting fascinating, rarely-seen gems like Fats Domino: Walkin’ Back to New Orleans and Buckwheat’s World, a behind-the-scenes peek at the life of Buckwheat Zydeco. With a uniquely New Orleans personality, the movies and shorts will focus on Louisiana music, culture, and neighborhoods. Film Fest at French Quarter Festival takes place at Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré, one of the oldest community theatres in the country. Visit fqfi.org for full Film Fest at French Quarter Festival schedule.
Let Them Talk: Conversations on Louisiana Music
Annual lecture series features John Broven, Allen Toussaint, Jo-El Sonnier, and more
Let Them Talk, the annual lecture series curated by Fred Kasten and Dr. Connie Atkinson featuring Louisiana musicians, will return to the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint for the 2015 French Quarter Festival. This year’s schedule includes: Meet Blues Hall of Fame Writer John Broven, a talk with the author of Rhythm and Blues in New Orleans and South to Louisiana: The Music of the Cajun Bayous, two books about Louisiana music that are widely hailed as among the best; The Magic of Cosimo Matassa a panel that includes Allen Toussaint, Deacon John, Gerri Hall, and John Broven; and Jo-El Sonnier and The Legacy, a talk with the Grammy award winning accordion prodigy and champion of Cajun culture. Let Them Talk is free and open to the public. This series is made possible with support from the UNO Midlo Center and the Louisiana State Museum. Visit fqfi.org for full Let Them Talk schedule.
Family Fun at French Quarter Festival 2015
Chevron Children’s Headquarters Expands Programming and Moves to Natchez Wharf
Festival organizers are thrilled to announce the return of the Chevron Children’s Headquarters. Relocated to the Natchez Wharf at the foot of Toulouse Street, the space will feature the Chevron STEAM Zone (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), as well as a Children’s Performance Tent with a dozen acts sponsored by Tulane Pediatrics and the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park. “We take a comprehensive approach to investments in education by including the arts in our programs and partnerships and getting students excited about STEAM,” said Chevron Gulf of Mexico Vice President Mike Illanne. “We understand that increasing student interest in science, technology, engineering, art and math leads to better test scores and greater professional success. It is for these reasons that Chevron and our partner organizations are bringing the Chevron STEAM Zone to French Quarter Festival 2015.”
Chevron supports many organizations in the community, and this year they are bringing several partners together to create even more interactive and fun experiences for French Quarter Festival’s youngest attendees. In addition to an oyster reef display, The Nature Conservancy will host fiddler crab races where children interact with the crabs in their “natural” habitat with fun prizes for winners. The Edible Schoolyard New Orleans and FirstLine Schools will teach healthy cooking and eating tips. New Orleans Jazz Orchestra will curate an “instrument petting zoo” where professional teachers will equip budding musicians with their own mouthpiece (which kids can keep), allowing them to play instruments and participate in breathing lessons. Project Lead the Way will showcase Vex robotics and participants will be able to compete in various challenges. Activities include learning design, manipulations, and programming. The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts and Louisiana A+ Schools return to the children’s area with their always popular hands-on activities like GAK – homemade modeling clay that teaches kids about polymers while they craft – and painting for children. Staff and volunteers will facilitate multiple avenues for artistic outlets. Also returning is Audubon Nature Institute with a video game designed to teach children how to make better choices to support a healthy planet; Tulane Pediatrics will participate with an array of activities to promote healthy lifestyles, face painting, and contests with prizes, and The New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park, once again will invite kids to become ‘Junior Rangers’ by teaching them survival tips as well as how to help protect and preserve the parks of New Orleans.
A second children’s area in the heart of the French Quarter is hosted by the Hermann-Grima House. The children’s activities take place in the property’s lush and beautiful courtyard – the only with an original horse stable and functional 1830s outdoor kitchen in the neighborhood. Participants will enjoy music, entertainment, crafts, and educational projects for children of all ages. Community partners include the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, Young Audiences Louisiana, The Green Project, Beauregard-Keyes House, New Orleans Public Library, RicRACK, Inc., and the Louisiana State Museum.
Opening Night Gala returns to Antoine’s
Thursday April 9th, the French Quarter Festival Opening Night Gala benefitting the Roots of Music will return to Antoine’s Restaurant. Established in 1840, Antoine’s, the country’s oldest family-run restaurant, celebrates its 175th anniversary in 2015. During the gala, guests will enjoy the original Main Dining Room, the Mardi Gras-themed Rex and Proteus Rooms, as well as the Escargot Room, Mystery Room, 1840 Room, Last Room (or Tabasco Room) and 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 Antoine’s most famous dishes and an open bar courtesy of Abita Brewing Company, Brown-Forman/Republic Beverages, and Pepsi. The Patron Party takes place from 7-8 pm and Gala from 8-10:30 pm. Entertainment by Guitarist John Rankin and Charmaine Neville with special guests. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online at www.fqfi.org or by calling 504-227-3124. Patron tickets are $250 and Gala tickets are $125 ($150 beginning April 1st). This year, a limited number of tables will be available for purchase.
Sponsors help to keep this a true community event
Chevron returns as Title Sponsor, Capital One Bank returns as a Major Sponsor, and French Quarter Festival welcomes new supporters
French Quarter Festivals, Inc. is proud of its history of providing high-quality events at no cost, and being accessible to all. In order to keep the Festival free and open to the public, the organization relies heavily on the contributions of sponsors and partners, beverage and merchandise sales, and vendor fees. Festival organizers welcome the return of Chevron as Title Sponsor of both French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest. Capital One Bank, GE Capital, Tropical Isle, Abita Brewing Company, Steinway and Sons, Rouses, WWL-TV, NOLA.com/Times-Picayune, and OffBeat Magazine return as a Major Sponsors of French Quarter Festival.
FQFI also welcomes new sponsors Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, the Official Hotel of French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest, Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, Brown-Forman which includes great brands such as Jack Daniels, Southern Comfort, Herradura, Finlandia and Sonoma Cutrer, KREWE du optic, Cupcake Vineyards, Renaissance Publishing, Sazerac, JS108Atlanta.com Jazz Radio, WYLD 98.5, Power 102.9, Old School 106.7, NASH fm 92.3, The Ticket 106.1, Zapp’s Potato Chips, and Zatarain’s.
Returning sponsors include: The Berger Company, BMI, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Clear Channel, Crystal Clear Imaging, DownBeat Magazine, Ford, French Market Corporation, Harrah’s New Orleans, Hermann Grima House, The Historic New Orleans Collection, House of Blues, Inthenola.com, I.T.S. Fire Alarm Security, LLC, Louisiana Cookin’, LA Lottery, Musician’s Performance Fund, New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park, New Orleans Original Daiquiris, NOLA Defender, NOLA Jitterbugs, Pat O’Brien’s, Pelican Ice, Pepsi, Popeyes, Republic National Distributing, Rolland Lock and Safe, Tulane Medical Center, Tulane Pediatrics, The Vinyl District, Where Magazine, Where Y’at, Windsor Court Hotel, WWL-TV, WWNO 89.9 FM, and WRNO 99.5.
February 5, 2015
What’s New – The 32nd Annual French Quarter Festival is April 9th-12th
French Quarter Festivals, Inc. proudly announces the 32nd Annual French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron. The event will take place April 9th-April 12th, 2015. Locals and tourism officials call French Quarter Festival ‘the kickoff to festival season in New Orleans.’ What started as a neighborhood festival and ‘locals’ event’ has grown into the largest showcase of Louisiana music and food in the world, with an economic impact of over $251 million. Last year, Huffington Post named French Quarter Festival the “one thing to do in Louisiana.”
In 2015, organizers will host some of New Orleans’ finest restaurants at ‘The World’s Largest Jazz Brunch’; employ over 1,400 world class, local musicians; and immerse festival-goers into a unique cultural experience that cannot be replicated anywhere.
Allen Toussaint to Perform at French Quarter Festival