French Quarter Festivals, Inc.
Marci Schramm, Executive Director
400 N Peters, STE 205
New Orleans, LA 70130
Contact: Rebecca Sell
Major festival announcements coming soon!
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.
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, 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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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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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 firstname.lastname@example.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, Restaurant R’evolution, Desire Oyster Bar, Bennachin, Love at First Bite, Crescent Pie and Sausage, Boucherie, GW Fins, House of Blues, Jacques-Imo’s, K-Paul’s, Mrs. Wheat’s, Lasyone’s Meat Pies, and more.
Festival organizers are excited to introduce a new riverfront picnic area where festival-goers can savor fine cuisine in a festive, casual atmosphere. The new picnic area will be located on the riverfront Kohlmeyer Lawn.
Abita Brewing Company and French Quarter Festivals, Inc. are proud to announce a new, five-year partnership for both French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest. This year, Abita will be pouring Strawberry Abita on draft – for the first time ever. In addition, Abita Amber, Purple Haze, Jockamo IPA, and Abita Light will be on tap.
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 GE Capital to the growing number of festival 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 GE Capital with Technology in NOLA and New Orleans Original Daiquiris.
- 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, Court of Two Sisters, Crystal Clear Imaging, Dickie Brennan & Company, DownBeat Magazine, French Market Corporation, Harrah’s Foundation, Hermann Grima House, The Historic New Orleans Collection, Hotel Monteleone, House of Blues, Inthenola.com, ITS, Louisiana Cookin’, Louisiana Lottery, Musician’s Performance Fund, The New Orleans Advocate, New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park, New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, NOLA Jitterbugs, OffBeat Magazine, Palm Court Jazz Cafe, Pat O’Brien’s, Pelican Ice, Pepsi, Popeye’s, Republic National Distributing, Rolland Lock and Safe, Rouses Market, Royal Sonesta, SDT, Tropical Isle, Tulane Medical Center, Tulane Hospital for Children, The Vinyl District, Where Magazine, Where Y’at Magazine, Windsor Court Hotel, WWL-TV, WWNO 89.9 FM, WWOZ, 96.1 The River, 101.5 WYNK, 102.5 WFMF, and 1150AM WJOB.
Opening Night Gala returns to Antoine’s
April 10th, the opening gala benefiting The Roots of Music will return to Antoine’s Restaurant. The Patron Party takes place from 7-8 pm and Gala from 8-10:30 pm. Guests will enjoy dinner from Antoine’s and other festival-favorite restaurants, with open bar courtesy of Republic National Distributing, Abita Brewing Company, and Pepsi. Entertainment includes Davell Crawford and The Moonshiners Trio. 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).
Enhanced Security Measures Boost Safety
The safety of festival-goers is FQFI’s top priority. This year, FQFI will increase its presence with FESS, Inc. and NOPD to provide a safer environment for the public. The measures will include bag checks at major riverfront access points. FQFI will actively enforce a ban on drugs, firearms, pets, and outside beverages.
Special Events, Programs, and Festival Extras
- Free dance lessons will return to French Quarter Festival with dance classes at the French Market Traditional Jazz Stage. The Children’s Stage will also feature Second Line dance classes for kids: Heal2Toe dance and exercise classes taught by Darryl Young (aka Dancingman504). Dance lessons are scheduled for the French Market Traditional Jazz Stage; Zydeco dance lessons at the Cajun Zydeco Stage; second line dance lessons and Heal2Toe at the Children’s Headquarters. Between musical breaks, festival patrons are invited to learn traditional dance-styles such as the Charleston, Swing, Zydeco and Second-line. Instructors from NOLA Jitterbugs will demonstrate, entertain, and educate visitors on these various dance styles.
- 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 12 and 13). This series is free and open to the public.
- 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, Chevron Children’s Headquarters, and the Friday Morning Second Line Parade are beloved special events that all are part of the 2014 French Quarter Festival.
French Quarter Festival is produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc., (FQFI) the 501©3 nonprofit organization, which also produces Satchmo SummerFest in August and Christmas New Orleans Style in December. FQFI’s mission is to promote the Vieux Carre 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. For more information about French Quarter Festivals, Inc. or any of these events, call (504) 522-5730 or visit www.fqfi.org.