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French Quarter Festivals, Inc.
Marci Schramm, Executive Director
400 N Peters, STE 205
New Orleans, LA 70130

Contact: Rebecca Sell
Phone: 504-522-5730
email: rebecca@fqfi.org
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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 georgia@fqfi.org 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

Allen Toussaint is one of the most influential figures in New Orleans R&B. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2009, and the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011.The celebrated songwriter, record producer, and musician returns to French Quarter Festival for the first time since 1998. Allen Toussaint will perform on the riverfront Abita Stage on Locals’ Day, Thursday, April 9th at 3:45 p.m. In what promises to be an incredible day of music, Mr. Toussaint will perform after the Grammy award-winning Rebirth Brass Band and before the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra with very special guests.

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 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. The new Omni Royal Orleans stage located at 500 Royal St. will bring more traditional jazz to the street with performances on Saturday and Sunday.
Launched in 2014, the GE Capital Big River Stage returns with four days of music. On Thursday, former Dr. John percussionist Big Chief Smiley Ricks and One Nation brings Mardi Gras Indian Funk to the stage, followed by Andrews family trumpeter Travis Hill’s Travis Black and the Heart Attacks. Other Big River Stage artists include: Spirit of New Orleans Brass Band, Lynn Drury Band, Fredy Omar con su Banda, Paul Sanchez, Revealers, Brass-A-Holics, Flow Tribe, and Glen David Andrews.

Popeyes Brass Band Jam 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, Magnetic Ear, 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, “King of Cajun” Jo-el Sonnier, a four-time Grammy nominee, 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. 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 a Dozen New Acts

Organizers welcome over a dozen new acts to the 2015 French Quarter Festival. 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. It’s 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 event welcomes several young artists: 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.

The 2015 French Quarter Festival will feature over 1,400 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 georgia@fqfi.org for more information.

New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Residency
The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) will have an unprecedented residency at French Quarter Festival celebrating the opening of their new home, the New Orleans Jazz Market, on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard. The residency will consist of four concerts during the 2015 French Quarter Festival. Each performance will feature a completely different music program and guest artists backed up by NOJO under the direction of Irvin Mayfield: Thursday, April 9th Irvin Mayfield and NOJO featuring the music of Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, and The Grateful Dead; Friday, April 10th Irvin Mayfield and NOJO featuring the music of Led Zepplin, Nirvana, and Queen; Saturday, April 11th Irvin Mayfield and NOJO perform children’s songs and interact with young audiences; Sunday, April 12th The New Orleans Songbook: Featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater, Irvin Mayfield, and NOJO.

The Kermit Ruffins Experience presented by Harrelson Trumpets

All aboard for New Orleans’ funkiest raffle! The French Quarter Festival Kermit Ruffins Experience will give one lucky winner the chance to party with Kermit before and during festival. Each year, sponsor Harrelson Trumpets builds and donates a one-of-a-kind Satchmo Trumpet. The 2015 Satchmo Trumpet will be presented to longtime festival friend and artist Kermit Ruffins during his Sunday, April 12th French Quarter Festival set. The raffle winner will have lunch with Kermit, Jason Harrelson (founder, Harrelson Trumpets), and a friend at Kermit’s Treme Mother-in-Law Lounge; ride in a limo to the festival; sit on stage with three friends and complimentary refreshments during Kermit’s set; receive a framed, autographed photo of Kermit, Jason, the Satchmo Trumpet, and themselves on stage at French Quarter Festival; and finally, take home an autographed copy of Kermit’s CD releases, We Partyin’ Traditional Style and #ImSoNewOrleans. Raffle chances are one ticket for $20 and two tickets for $30 and may be purchased online at fqfi.org. All proceeds will benefit the non-profit French Quarter Festivals, Inc.

Opening Night Gala returns to Antoine’s

Thursday April 9th, the French Quarter Festival Opening Night Gala benefiting 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, 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 pm and Gala from 8-10:30 pm. Entertainment by Guitarist John Rankin and Charmaine Neville. 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.

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: Pat O’Brien’s, Trey Yuen, Tujague’s, Vaucresson Sausage, Desire Oyster Bar, and Court of Two Sisters. Other festival favorites return for 2015, including Galatoire’s, Muriel’s, Antoine’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 2015, will be released in March.

Special Events, Programs, and Festival Extras

  • French Quarter Festival Second-Line Kickoff Parade will take place Thursday, April 9th at 10 a.m., a change from prior years when the parade rolled on Friday. 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 11 and 12). This series is free and open to the public. Schedule to be announced in March.
  • Film Fest at French Quarter Festival presented by Timecode: NOLA will return to Le Petit Theatre and expand to three days. Schedule to be announced in March.
  • Dance Lessons, Battle of the Bands, Dancing at Dusk, Rouses World Championship Crawfish Eating Contest, 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 are part of the 2015 French Quarter Festival.

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 returns as a Major Sponsor of French Quarter Festival.

FQFI also welcomes new sponsors Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, the Official Hotel of French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest, The 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, JS108Atlanta.com Jazz Radio, WYLD 98.5, Power 102.9, Old School 106.7, NASH fm 92.3 and 106.1 The Ticket.

  • In partnership with GE Capital, the French Quarter Festival iPhone App is back, along with the Android App – and they are still both FREE, courtesy of GE Capital. 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.
  • Chevron officials noted, “Chevron is proud to be the presenting sponsor of this year’s French Quarter Festival – an event that embodies the cultural diversity and economic growth that serve as the foundation of Greater New Orleans,” said Sakari Morrison, General Manager Public Affairs, Chevron Gulf of Mexico. “We look forward to playing a role in this year’s event as part of our longstanding commitment to all the communities in which we live and work.”
  • Capital One Bank officials noted, “Capital One Bank is pleased to continue its longtime support of this great local festival, which offers world-class music and food and provides a significant and positive economic impact to our city, region and state,” said Capital One Bank Southeast Louisiana Market President Steve Hemperley. “At Capital One Bank, we are committed to investing for good in greater New Orleans, and by supporting the French Quarter Festival, we’re helping our local economy.”

Returning sponsors include: Abita Brewing Company, BMI, Clear Channel, Crystal Clear Imaging, Dickie Brennan & Company, DownBeat Magazine, French Market Corporation, Caesar’s Foundation, 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 Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, New Orleans Original Daiquiris, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, NOLA.com/Times-Picayune, NOLA Defender, NOLA Jitterbugs, OffBeat Magazine, Palm Court Jazz Café, Pat O’Brien’s, Pelican Ice, Pepsi, Popeyes, Rentech Solutions, Republic National Distributing, Rolland Safe and Lock, Rouses Market, Steinway and Sons, Tropical Isle, Tulane Medical Center, Tulane Hospital for Children, The Vinyl District, Where Magazine, Windsor Court Hotel, WWL-TV, WWOZ, WWNO 89.9 FM, WRNO 99.5.

February 5, 2015
Official French Quarter Festival 2015 Posters By Tami Curtis and Simon Hardeveld
Fleurty Girl Unveils New Kermit Ruffins Shirt Designed for French Quarter Festival

French Quarter Festivals, Inc. proudly unveils the 2015 French Quarter Festival posters by artists Tami Curtis and Simon Hardeveld. Each year, the festival’s Merchandise Committee selects a painting that portrays the colorful, festive, atmosphere of French Quarter Festival and one that both locals and tourists will identify with. Consideration is given only to local artists. To keep the festival free and open to the public, French Quarter Festival relies heavily on merchandise and poster sales, sponsorships, and beverage sales to generate its operating budget. Visit www.fqfi.org/shop to purchase the limited edition 2015 French Quarter Festival posters and other official festival merchandise.

Tami Curtis
For the 2015 poster, renowned local mixed-media artist, Tami Curtis, draws inspiration from New Orleans musical icon, Little Freddie King. The musician’s spirit and larger-than-life persona is captured through Tami’s use of vibrant color and spontaneous brush stroke techniques. In addition to creating posters for the 2008 Satchmo SummerFest, 2011 and 2013 French Quarter Festivals, Tami has created posters for the 2009 Bayou Boogaloo; cover art for the 2012 Blues Music Awards in Memphis; cover art for 2014 Offbeat Jazz Fest Bible; 2014 Great American Blues Fest; named 2015 Legendary Blues Cruise Artist; and was the featured artist for the Louisiana Lt. Governor’s Global Economic Forum. Tami currently resides in New Orleans and operates the Tami Curtis Gallery at 5523 Magazine Street.

Little Freddie King hails from McComb, Mississippi and has a musical career that spans the decades. In the 60’s Freddie played with the likes of Babe Stoval, Polka Dot Slim, Guitar Grady, Guitar Ray, Snooks Eaglin, Billy Tate, Harmonica Williams, Boogie Bill Webb, Rev Charles Jacobs (his cousin), Harmonica Slim and Eddie Lang. His 1970 recording, Harmonica Williams and Little Freddie King, is believed to be the first electric blues album recorded in New Orleans. Now into his 70’s, Little Freddie has yet to slow down; since 2000 he has performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, French Quarter Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Ottawa Blues Festival, as well as nearly a dozen European festivals.

Simon Hardeveld
Once again, French Quarter Festival features a special limited-edition poster created by New Orleans’ most well-known French folk-art painter, Simon Hardeveld. Since the early 2000s, Hardeveld has entertained many with his hilarious and colorful paintings that hang around New Orleans restaurants like Boulangerie, Chickie Wah Wah, Lola’s, and Joey K’s. Born in France and later moving to the United States to start three of his own restaurants, with wife Maria Hardeveld, Simon found his true calling to be a painter at his brasserie in Metairie when customers always wanted to buy his signs behind the counter. Most well-known for his set design work on New Orleans evening news, WGNO News with a Twist, Simon has been commissioned by restaurants, stores, locals, and tourists to create special original paintings for anniversaries, birthdays, or just home décor that captures the spirit of New Orleans. Overall, Simon’s pieces whimsically embody the unique culture of this spectacular city.
1,000 Limited Edition Signed and Numbered Silkscreen prints, $65
Original painting: 22.5” x41.75”
Poster size: 18”x 32”

We Partyin’ with Kermit and Fleurty Girl
For the 2014 Satchmo SummerFest, French Quarter Festivals, Inc. partnered with Fleurty Girl to create custom-designed, festival-inspired shirts. The partnership continues in 2015 with the Kermit Ruffins unisex tee, which will sell for $25. All proceeds help fund the free, community event. The shirts will be available at the festival, Fleurty Girl stores, and on the French Quarter Festivals, Inc. website (www.fqfi.org).

November 11, 2014
30th Annual Christmas New Orleans Style Event Overview
Reveillon Feasts, Cathedral Concerts, Festive Events
A season of cheer for visitors and locals alike!

Named a “World’s Best City” by Travel + Leisure readers (one of only two American cities to make the list) and recipient of the prestigious World Tourism Award, New Orleans— one of the world’s most fascinating cities— is where the holiday season shines bright! French Quarter Festivals, Inc. proudly announces details of the 30th Anniversary Christmas New Orleans Style (CNOS).

CNOS, a month-long collaboration between French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC), has helped the city establish itself as one the world’s top holiday destinations. Throughout December, FQFI works closely with retailers, restaurants, hotels, arts, and community organizations to produce and promote over 70 quality holiday events that have helped local businesses and the tourism industry stay aglow during a traditionally slow period; the economic impact has been tremendous for the city and state. FQFI Executive Director Marci Schramm said, “For the last 30 years, Christmas New Orleans Style has brought tremendous joy to visitors and locals alike. From our St. Louis Cathedral concerts to beloved traditions like Celebration in the Oaks, December is a showcase of the best the city has to offer. Plus, our incredible weather, sense of tradition, and southern hospitality can’t be beat.”

Christmas New Orleans Style 2014 continues the popular tradition of free concerts at St. Louis Cathedral and features several festive, citywide events such as: 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; and a Reindeer Run for children. More than 70 activities are planned, with plenty of opportunities to enjoy incredible dining, shopping, and culture.

Cathedral Concerts
CNOS 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. Concerts at St. Louis Cathedral take place at 6 p.m. on December 1-4, 7-10, and 14-18th. In addition, a CNOS preview concert takes place Thursday, November 20th 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 21 at 5:30 p.m., prior to Caroling in Jackson Square. Enjoy performances from Symphony Chorus of New Orleans, Leroy Jones, Crescent City Brass Quintet. Betty Winn and One A-Chord, Ellis Marsalis, Shades of Praise, Rachel Van Voorhees, Tim Laughlin, French and Belgian Songs for the Holidays with Helen Gillet and Friends, St. Raymond / St. Leo Voices of Greatness Gospel Choir, O Holy Night of Opera, Hot Club of New Orleans, Ronnie Kole, and Karol Mossakowski, Young Artist in Residence, St. Louis Cathedral. All concerts are free and open to the public.

New for 2014: Reveillon on the Rocks
The Reveillon dinner has been celebrated in homes and restaurants all over New Orleans since the 1850s. This year, FQFI asked local bartenders to create both classic and original cocktails to celebrate the Reveillon one-sip-at-a-time. Beginning December 1st and continuing until the last toast on New Year’s Eve, and at some spots lasting through Twelfth Night (January 6th), over 20 bars and restaurants will say “Cheers to the Holiday Season” with a variety of spirited libations. Participants include: Antoine’s Hermes Bar, Arnaud’s French 75, Cane and Table, Cure, Erin Rose, Pat O’Brien’s, Three Muses, and Upperline Restaurant.

Reveillon Dinners
Reveillon, an adaptation of a traditional Creole holiday dining custom, will be celebrated nightly in 48 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 August, 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: Dickie Brennan’s Tableau, Latil’s Landing at Houmas House, Richard Fiske’s Martini Bar and Restaurant, Rue 127. Also new in 2014 is the Reveillon on the Rocks, a spirited celebration of holiday cocktails at 33 bars and restaurants.

Cooking Demonstrations
CNOS serves up a series of free cooking demonstrations from many of New Orleans’ the finest chefs. FQFI, NOTMC, and WWL-TV team up to bring the “12 Days of Reveillon.” For three weeks beginning December 8th, WWL-TV will showcase New Orleans’ great chefs, preparing items from their 2014 Reveillon menus each morning between 8 and 9 a.m.

Chefs include: Antoine’s Michael Regua, Arnaud’s Tommy DiGiovanni, Brigsten’s Frank Brigtsen, Galatoire’s “33” Bar and Steak’s Michael Sichel, Galvez Restaurant’s Laura Cedillo, Kingfish Kitchen and Cocktails’ Greg Sonnier, Martinique Bistro’s Eric Labouchere, Muriel’s Jackson Square’s Erik Venéy, NOLA’s Josh Laskay, Palace Café’s Jason Ameen, and Richard Fiske’s Martini Bar and Restaurant’s Nick Gile. Chefs will share favorite holiday recipes with menu samplings for those in attendance. The Chef’s Holiday Cooking Demonstrations are sponsored by Louisiana Cookin’ Magazine.

Papa Noël Rates
CNOS gives the gift of a memorable holiday encounter that can only be experienced in New Orleans. Travelers can take advantage of special offers at nearly 60 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 2014 include: Blake Hotel, Degas House, Grenoble House, Inn on St. Ann, Inn on St. Peter, Inn on Ursulines, Lamothe House, and Pontchartrain 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 2014 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 (April) and Satchmo SummerFest (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.

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August 5, 2014
2014 Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron Breaks Records
The premier American Jazz Festival dedicated to the life, legacy, and music of New Orleans’ native son Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong draws tens of thousands of fans

French Quarter Festivals, Incorporated (FQFI) closed the 14th annual Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron on Sunday, August 3rd with a trumpet tribute dedicated to Louis Armstrong and longtime festival friend and musician, Lionel Ferbos. As the tribute, led by Kermit Ruffins, played a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday, Louis”, festival-goers were treated to birthday cupcakes. Located at the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint in the French Quarter, the festival is free and open to the public.

2014 breaks records: Last year Satchmo SummerFest made history by welcoming its first ever title sponsor, Chevron, expanding the Festival to three full days, and nearly doubling attendance numbers from 2012. This year the event continued to attract record crowds. 2014 figures indicate that over 57,000 gathered to pay tribute to Armstrong and immerse themselves in the culture, food, music, and everything that New Orleans has to offer. Great weather and an incredibly strong lineup contributed to the success; opening day performances by John Boutte, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Wycliffe Gordon drew crowds that continued to grow throughout the weekend.

Satchmo SummerFest featured two stages of music which included genres such as traditional jazz, contemporary jazz, and brass bands. The event also included many uniquely New Orleans events such as the opening day second line with the Roots of Music and Sunday’s Jazz Mass at historic St. Augustine Church in Treme. Each day artists paid tribute to Lionel Ferbos, who passed away on July 19th.

With the close of another successful Festival it is clear that Satchmo’s influence, as an artist and cultural icon, is universal, unmatched, and very much alive today. Satchmo SummerFest is a cherished event for locals and tourists, with strong attendance from international visitors who came from Japan, Canada, England and other parts Europe. Hotel occupancy was at 98 percent on Saturday, August 2nd. This has a very positive impact on summer tourism in New Orleans, enhanced by summer marketing campaigns launched by the Louisiana Office of Tourism and the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau.

French Quarter Festivals, Inc. organizers have already started planning the 15th annual celebration, which will take place July 30-Aug 2.

Sponsors and Community Partners for the 14th annual Satchmo SummerFest include: Abita Brewing Company, Absolut, Avion, Chevron, Crystal Clear Imaging, Downbeat Magazine, Event Rental, Ford, French Market Corporation, Harrah’s Casino, Harrelson Trumpets, Hotel Monteleone, In the NOLA, ITS Fire Alarm, Jazz and Heritage Foundation, Joseph K. & Inez Eichenbaum Foundation (Stephen Maitland-Lewis & Joni Berry), Laurel Communications, Lionel Hampton Foundation, Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Louisiana Cookin’, Mardi Gras World, Mayor’s Office, City of New Orleans, New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, NOLA Defender, NOLA Jitterbugs, OffBeat, Pelican Ice, Pepsi, Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen, Rentech Solutions, Rolland Safe and Lock, Rouses, The Louisiana State Museum, Tipitina’s Foundation, TravelHost Magazine, Tulane Medical Center, Vinyl District, Where Magazine, Where Y’at Magazine, WWL-TV, WWNO 89.9 FM, WWOZ, Zapp’s Potato Chips, Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club

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July 2014
Music Lineup and Seminar Schedule Announced for the 14th Annual Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron – Dirty Dozen Brass Band’s festival debut

French Quarter Festivals, Inc. proudly announces the complete music and Satchmo seminar schedule for the 14th annual Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron. The premier American jazz festival dedicated to the life, legacy, and music of New Orleans’ native son, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, the free Satchmo SummerFest takes place Aug 1-3 on the grounds of the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint. An opening reception and keynote conversation will take place Thursday, July 31, 2014 at the Hotel Monteleone. Purchase tickets to the July 31st event online or by calling (504) 522-5730.

Over 40 Musical Performances
Two stages will feature over 40 contemporary and traditional jazz musicians and brass bands. Friday, August 1st, the legendary Dirty Dozen Brass Band makes their Satchmo SummerFest debut. Often credited with revitalizing brass bands in New Orleans and around the world, the group will celebrate their 40th anniversary in 2015. Brass bands will be heard throughout the weekend with performances from PresHall Brass, Treme Brass Band, Original Pinettes, and more. Other artists making their Satchmo SummerFest debut are Joe Lastie, Mario Abney and the Abney Effect, Brass-A-Holics, and the Smoking Time Jazz Club.

Critically acclaimed trombonist, composer, conductor and arranger Wycliffe Gordon will again perform at Satchmo SummerFest. Gordon, an eight-time recipient of the Jazz Journalists Association ‘Trombonist of the Year’ award and DownBeat Magazine’s ‘Critics Choice Trombonist’ two years running, credits Louis Armstrong as a primary influence on his own life in music.

Yoshio Toyama, the “Satchmo of Japan” will celebrate his love of New Orleans and Armstrong during his Festival performance on Saturday, August 2nd. Kermit Ruffins, in keeping with tradition, will close out the festival by leading a Trumpet Tribute to Louis on Sunday, August 3rd. Other festival favorites include John Boutte, Leroy Jones and New Orleans’ Finest, Charmaine Neville, Glen David Andrews, and many more. Visit our website for complete music schedule.

Fascinating Speakers, Seminars, and Discussions
The 2014 Satchmo SummerFest seminars are free and open to the public and will take place all three days inside the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint. An impressive array of speakers and scholars will present seminars, discussions, music, and movies about the history and progress of New Orleans Jazz and the life and music of Louis Armstrong. Seminars are scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, August 1st through Sunday, August 3rd.

Thursday, July 31, 2014 – Hotel Monteleone
7:30 pm – Keynote Conversation: The Making of the New Mosaic Records’ Louis Armstrong Boxed Set -The jazz world has been buzzing about the new 9-CD boxed set Columbia and RCA Victor Recordings of Louis Armstrong and the All Stars, 1947-1958 from Mosaic Records. The set’s co-producers, Scott Wenzel and Ricky Riccardi, will host an animated discussion on how the set came together, all the pitfalls they had to avoid, and detective work required to get it released. The Wall Street Journal has said, “There’s a copious amount on these Mosaic discs of truth, beauty, spontaneous joy and technical prowess”. Many examples will be played during this conversation. As a special bonus, copies of this very limited-edition Mosaic set will be available for purchase all weekend at Satchmo Summerfest!

Click here to view Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint seminar schedule.

Sponsors and Community Partners for the 14th annual Satchmo SummerFest include:
Abita Brewing Company, Absolut, Avion, City of New Orleans Mayor’s Office, Chevron, Downbeat Magazine, Event Rental, Ford, French Market Corporation, Harrelson Trumpets, Hotel Monteleone, In the NOLA, ITS Fire Alarm, Jazz and Heritage Foundation, Joseph K. & Inez Eichenbaum Foundation (Stephen Maitland-Lewis & Joni Berry), Laurel Communications, Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Louisiana Cookin’, New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, NOLA Defender, NOLA Jitterbugs, OffBeat, Pelican Ice, Pepsi, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Rentech Solutions, Rolland Safe and Lock, Rouses, The Louisiana State Museum, TravelHost Magazine, Tulane Medical Center, Vinyl District, Where Magazine, Where Y’at Magazine, WWL-TV, WWNO 89.9 FM, WWOZ, Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club

Satchmo SummerFest is produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (www.fqfi.org), the 501 © (3) nonprofit organization, which also produces French Quarter Festival in April and Christmas New Orleans Style in December. 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.

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April 15, 2014
French Quarter Festival 2014 Breaks Records

April 10th-13th marked the 31st annual French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron. This year’s attendance figures indicate that nearly 733,000* festival-goers enjoyed the music, food, special events, and of course, the historic French Quarter. This marks a significant increase over 2013, when approximately 560,000 fans attended the event.

The 2014 French Quarter Festival featured iPhone and Android phone apps, which were available free of charge, courtesy of GE Capital. Nearly 16,000 iOS users downloaded the festival update from last year’s app, and 7,100 iOS users installed the app for the first time. On the Android side, 1,300 users updated from last year’s app, and about 2,600 new users installed the app for the first time. This adds up to over 54,000 Festival App users.

Rouses had record sales at French Quarter Festival 2014, selling over 40,000 pounds of boiled crawfish and over 5,000 servings of their Crawfish Boil Boudin. Beers sales were also up: Abita reports 905 kegs (up from 632 in 2013) and over 800 cases of beer. Progressive Waste Solutions has reported 210 tons of garbage from the festival grounds this year, and Pelican Ice delivered 236,160 pounds of ice— up from 200,000 pounds in 2013.

The award-winning festival, which began in 1984, has grown to become the largest free music festival in the United States. Twenty-one 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. Over 115 food and beverage booths located in Jackson Square, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Decatur Street, 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 31 year history.

FQFI officials worked with Capital One Bank and Hotard to continue free shuttle service to the festival for a fifth year. Free to ride, Capital One sponsored the ‘Second Line Shuttle,’ which was routed from the Central Business District to Canal Street Friday-Sunday. To accommodate festival goers Friday through Sunday, the New Orleans Police Department closed down most streets of the French Quarter to traffic – ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for locals and visitors alike. Fest goers enjoyed dancing in the streets at the new Popeyes Brass Band Jam located at the U.S. Mint and the returning Bienville Statue Stage (the Chevron Cajun Zydeco Showcase) and enjoyed the historic neighborhood. Very few events in the City are afforded such a traffic closure. New Orleans Police provided strong support throughout the weekend, alongside Fess, Inc.

French Quarter Festival relies on strong community support to present the ‘kickoff to festival season in New Orleans’ – with over 2,000 volunteers, over 280 musical acts, numerous generous sponsors – including the New Orleans Musicians Union AFM Local 174-496, corporations from all over the state 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 GE Capital with Technology in NOLA, Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco Free Living, Lowe’s Home Improvement, metroPCS with Samsung, Nicoll’s Limousine, New Orleans Original Daiquiris, and Steinway & Sons.

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What’s New
The 31st Annual French Quarter Festival is April 10th-13th

February 5, 2014 — Planning is underway for the 31st Annual French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron. The event will take place April 10th – April 13th, 2014. 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 free music festival in the United States: the 2013 French Quarter Festival hosted over 560,000 local and out-of-town visitors and had an economic impact of over $246 million. In 2014, 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 create special and unique experiences for festival-goers.

Dr. John’s first performance at French Quarter Festival since 1987
Sponsored by longtime Festival supporter, vendor, and friend – Tropical Isle

Dr. John embodies the best of New Orleans’ rich musical heritage, and in 2014, he returns to French Quarter Festival for the first time since 1987. This will be his ONLY appearance at a major spring festival in New Orleans in 2014. Dr. John and the Nite Trippers will perform on the riverfront Abita Stage Friday, April 11th at 4:30 p.m. In what promises to be an incredible musical evening, Dr. John will be followed by the Roots of Music with very special guests, and Grammy award-winning Rebirth Brass Band. Longtime Festival supporter, vendor, and friend – Tropical Isle – has generously provided the support to bring Dr. John back to French Quarter Festival.

Riverfront construction ends and brings the launch of a new music stage: Big River Stage

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 2014, when FQFI unveils the Big River Stage with a diverse mix of talented artists that includes Davell Crawford, Paul Sanchez and the Minimum Rage, Glen David Andrews, Jeremy Davenport, New Birth Brass Band, Eric Lindell, Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Flow Tribe, Diablo’s Horns, George Porter, Jr. and Runnin’ Pardners, Lynn Drury, Russell Batiste & Friends with The Wild Tchoupitoulas featuring Jason Neville, Egg Yolk Jubilee, Big Chief Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias, Casa Samba Extravaganza, The New Orleans Suspects, the Iguanas, and more. The Big River Stage will feature music daily, on April 10, 11, 12 and 13, 2014.

Popeye’s Brass Band Jam at the Old U.S. Mint

Brass bands are moving from the Riverside Legacy Stage (formerly located on the riverfront) to the new Popeye’s Brass Band Jam Stage at the Old U.S. Mint. Barracks Street will be closed to traffic, adding more to the ‘pedestrian playground’ and street party feel of the Festival. Popeye’s Brass Band Jam will feature Leroy Jones’ Original Hurricane Brass Band, Hot 8 Brass Band, The Original Pinettes Brass Band, Treme Brass Band, Audacity Brass Band, Lagniappe Brass Band, Onward Brass Band, Corey Henry’s Treme Funktet, The Original Pinettes Brass Band, Andrew Hall’s Society Brass Band, Orleans Brass Band, and more. Popeye’s Brass Band Stage will run April 11, 12, and 13, 2014.

Return of the Chevron Cajun Zydeco Showcase to the Bienville Triangle:
French Quarter becomes a Pedestrian Playground

The Chevron Cajun Zydeco Showcase launched in 2013 at the Bienville Triangle (North Peters near St. Louis Street). It was such a hit with festival fans, that it will return for 2014. One of the most popular stages at Festival, the 2014 lineup includes: Big Easy Playboys, Waylon Thibodeaux Band, Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet, Corey Ledet, Brandon Moreau & his Cajungrass, Bruce Daigrepoint Cajun Band, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Amada Shaw, Feufollet, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, Babineaux Sisters Band, Rusty Metoyer and the Zydeco Krush, Sean Ardoin-n-Zydekool, Roddie Romero & the Hub City Allstars, Les Freres Michot, Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, and more.

It’s all about the music: the very best live, local music across 21 stages
Please see attached release for a mostly complete day-by-day lineup of the 2014 French Quarter Festival. Festival organizers will bring back the ‘Chevron Evening Concert Series.’ This year’s Chevron Evening Concert Series artists include Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas, Rockin’ Dopsie and the Zydeco Twisters, and Roddie Romero & the Hub City All Stars.

French Quarter Festival’s Musician Sponsorship Program continues to grow. Local business Tropical Isle provided funding to support Dr. John’s performance, and so far in 2014, over 50 other individuals, foundations, and businesses have 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 2014 French Quarter Festival will feature over 1,400 local artists. The Festival is still seeking 2014 sponsorships. Contact Georgia Rhody at (504) 522-5730 or email georgia@fqfi.org for more information.

New site for the Film Festival at French Quarter Festival: Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre

French Quarter Festivals, Inc. continues its partnership with Timecode:nola – a non-profit 501c3 organization made up of filmmakers who promote local filmmaking. Because of its incredible popularity at the 2013 French Quarter Festival, the 2014 Film Festival (free and open to the public) will move to Le Petit Theatre, with more room for fans. Movies and shorts will focus on New Orleans music, neighborhoods and culture. Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, originally organized in 1916 as the New Orleans Chapter of the Drama League of America and one year later as the Drawing Room Players, is one of the oldest community theatres in the country. Since moving into its current home in 1922, the “Little Theatre” has entertained thousands of audience members in a wide array of dramas, comedies, and musicals.

Exciting new additions to Festival food and beverages

The World’s Largest Jazz Brunch will include a new dining area for festival goers. Over 60 food vendors make up ‘The World’s Largest Jazz Brunch’ at French Quarter Festival, featuring classic New Orleans dishes as well as cuisine from the best 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: Pat O’Brien’s, Ristorante Carmelo, Trey Yuen, Tujague’s, Vaucresson Sausage, Desire Oyster Bar, Court of Two Sisters, and The Gumbo Shop. Other festival favorites return for 2014, including Galatoire’s, Muriel’s, Antoine’s, Praline Connection, Dickie Brennan’s, Re

Christmas New Orleans Style


Reveillon Feasts at New Orleans Finest Restaurants to be Celebrated Nightly in December

Christmas New Orleans Style (CNOS) brings Reveillon feasts, an adaptation of a traditional Creole holiday dining custom, to 48 restaurants throughout the city. Visitors and locals alike can indulge in holiday menus that 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. These adventurous menus can be enjoyed at August, Kingfish, Restaurant R’evolution, The Pelican Club, and many more.

Reveillon chefs are pulling out all the stops, featuring dishes like orange-roasted Cornish hen, rabbit and Foie Gras pot pie, boudin-stuffed quail, and locally sourced ingredients. These menus are offered only once a year, making CNOS the only time guests can enjoy this authentic, lavish taste of New Orleans.

Returning restaurants include Brennan’s – reopening this fall after being closed for over a year, as well as Emeril’s Restaurant and Emeril’s Delmonico after a hiatus. New participants include: Dickie Brennan’s Tableau, Latil’s Landing at Houmas House, Richard Fiske’s Martini Bar and Restaurant, Rue 127. Also new in 2014 is Reveillon on the Rocks, a spirited celebration of holiday cocktails at over 20 bars and restaurants. Participants include: Antoine’s Hermes Bar, Arnaud’s French 75, Cane and Table, Cure, Erin Rose, Pat O’Brien’s, Three Muses, and Upperline Restaurant.
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Over 70 Holiday Events Make December a Season of Celebration

Named a “World’s Best City” by Travel + Leisure readers (one of only two American cities to make the list) and recipient of the prestigious World Tourism Award, New Orleans — one of the world’s most fascinating cities— is where the holiday season shines bright with over 70 events planned to delight visitors and locals alike.

Christmas New Orleans Style 2014 features nearly two months of holiday activities. It all begins with three events on Thursday, November 20th: the first concert of the St. Louis Cathedral series (Symphony Chorus of New Orleans), kickoff of Mistletoe Marketplace (a weekend long French Quarter shopping event), and the French Market District tree lighting ceremony. CNOS ends Twelfth Night, January 6th, 2014 when the Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc helps kickoff the carnival season with their annual Joan of Arc parade and the Phunny Phorty Phellows board the St. Charles Avenue streetcar to herald the start of Carnival.

Christmas New Orleans Style continues the popular tradition of free concerts at St. Louis Cathedral, along with other musical events such as The Victory Belles Swingin’ Christmas at the National WWII Museum, school choirs performing at the Hotel Monteleone, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s Cirque Noel, and caroling on Jackson Square. Other activities include: Luna Fête, a breathtaking display that will transform the iconic Gallier Hall into a work of art; 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 performances; special tours of the Beauregard House, Hermann-Grima, and Gallier Historic Houses, private residences, and bed and breakfasts dressed in holiday finery; concerts at the Ogden Museum; a Christmas parade down Canal Street; and a Reindeer Run for children. More than 70 activities are planned, with plenty of opportunities to enjoy incredible dining, shopping, and culture.
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St. Louis Cathedral Concert Series
Celebrating the sounds of the season

French Quarter Festivals, Inc. is proud to present the free Christmas New Orleans Style 2014 Concert Series at one of America’s most historic churches, St. Louis Cathedral, located in Jackson Square. Throughout the month of December, revel in the sounds of the season with jazz performances, gospel choirs, classical ensembles, and more. The Christmas New Orleans Style Cathedral Concerts are free and open to the public.

All concerts at St. Louis Cathedral begin at 6:00pm, excluding the 11/20 and 12/23, and last approximately one hour.

Thursday, Nov 2
Symphony Chorus of New Orleans, Choral (6:30)
Monday, Dec 1
Leroy Jones, Traditional Jazz
Tuesday, Dec 2
Crescent City Brass Quintet, Classical/Harp
Wednesday, Dec 3
Betty Winn and One A-Chord, Gospel
Thursday, Dec 4
Ellis Marsalis, Jazz
Sunday, Dec 7
Shades of Praise, Gospel
Monday, Dec 8
Rachel Van Voorhees, Classical
Tuesday, Dec 9
Tim Laughlin, Jazz
Wednesday, Dec 10
Helen Gillet and Friends, French & Belgian Folk/Jazz
Sunday, Dec 14
St. Raymond/ St. Leo Voices of Greatness, Gospel
Monday, Dec 15
O Holy Night of Opera, Classical/Opera
Tuesday, Dec 16
Hot Club of New Orleans, Hot Jazz
Wednesday, Dec 17
Ronnie Kole, Variety/Piano
Thursday, Dec 18
Christmas Organ Spectacular Featuring Karol Mossakowski, Young Artist in Residence, St. Louis Cathedral
Sunday, December 21
St. Louis Basilica Christmas Concert, Classical (5:30)

Christmas New Orleans Style
Christmas New Orleans Style (CNOS) is a month-long collaboration between French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC). Established in 1985, CNOS has helped the city establish itself as one the world’s top holiday destinations.

Now celebrating 30 years, CNOS has featured multitude of holiday events around the city. Cooking demonstrations, holiday concerts at St. Louis Cathedral, Papa Noël discounts from nearly 60 hotels and bed and breakfasts, and Reveillon menus from 48 of New Orleans’ finest restaurants showcase New Orleans Christmas spirit. Visitors can also partake in local, festive events including holiday home tours and Living History Characters in the French Quarter.

For more information on concerts schedules and other Christmas New Orleans Style events please visit followyourjoy.com or www.fqfi.org. For a free booklet, select “guidebook” on followyour.joy.com and complete the form.

Christmas New Orleans Style 2014 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 (April) and Satchmo SummerFest (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.

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