Holiday Concert Schedule


Visit Followyourjoy.com for a complete list of holiday events, Reveillon meals, and hotel deals! Also take advantage of parking specials during concert nights at our official hotel, the Omni Royal Orleans. Please call the hotel at 504-529-5333 for details.

Christmas New Orleans Style Concert Series
St. Louis Cathedral
The Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France is the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States. St. Louis Cathedral is located on Jackson Square in the historic French Quarter. All concerts are free and open to the public. Concerts begin at 6pm and last approximately one hour.

Monday, December 4, 6pm
Ellis Marsalis (Jazz)

Tuesday, December 5, 6pm
Javier Olondo presents a Celebration of Latino Christmas Traditions (Latin)

Wednesday, December 6, 6pm
Beau Soleil Trio avec Michael Doucet (Cajun)

Thursday, December 7, 6pm
Opera Creole (Classical Opera)

Sunday, December 10, 6pm
The Boutté Family (Gospel)

Monday, December 11, 6pm
Wendell Brunious (Jazz)

Tuesday, December 12, 6pm
The Zion Harmonizers (Gospel)

Wednesday, December 13, 6pm
Panorama Jazz Band (Jazz/World/Klezmer)

Thursday, December 14, 6pm
Christmas Organ Spectacular featuring Davide Mariano (Classical)

Sunday, December 17, 5:30pm
St. Louis Basilica Annual Christmas Concert (Classical)

St. Augustine Church
St. Augustine is the oldest African-American Catholic church in the United States and is located at 1210 Gov. Nicholls Street in the historic Treme Neighborhood. Free secure parking is available in the church’s parking lot – enter from Henriette Delille Street (formerly St. Claude Avenue). All concerts are free and open to the public. Concerts begin at 4pm and last approximately one hour.

Saturday, December 2, 4pm
Robin Barnes New Orleans’ Songbird (Funky Jazz/Soul)

Saturday, December 9, 4pm
Betty Winn and One A-Chord (Gospel)

Saturday, December 16, 4pm
Don Vappie presents a Very Vappie Christmas (Jazz)

Membership/Sponsorship Opportunities

Festival Sponsorship

Thank you to title sponsor Chevron and all our generous sponsors! Contact Stephanie Loman (stephanie@fqfi.org) to learn how to join our group of supporters.

THANK YOU to our 2017 Musician Sponsors
Acadian Ambulance Service, Inc., Aloft New Orleans Downtown, Andrew & Rebecca Kelly, Antares Technology Solutions, AOS Interior Environments, Backroom at Buffa’s, Badine Land Limited, Barcadia Bar & Grill, Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights, Inc., Bob & Norma Simms, Café Beignet, Center Staging, Charcoal’s Gourmet Burger Bar, Chevron, Councilmember-at-Large Williams, with Harrah’s of New Orleans, Councilmember Brossett, District D with Harrah’s of New Orleans, Councilmember Ramsey, District C with Harrah’s of New Orleans, Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, Crescent Transport , Cumulus New Orleans, The Derbes Foundation, Downbeat Magazine, Ericksen, Krentel & Laporte, LLP, Erin Rose, F.E.S.S., Inc., French Market Corporation, Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith, Gattuso’s Neighborhood Bar & Restaurant, Gootee Construction, Inc., Grayline, Gwendolyn Entertainment, GW Fins, Haydel’s Bakery, Herman, Herman, & Katz LLC, Hotel Provincial, iHeart Radio, JAX & The Berger Co., Jesters, Johnny’s Po-Boys, Kathleen & Edmund Schrenk, Linda & Mark Caplan, Live Free Magazine, Louise H. Moffett Family Foundation, Louisiana Music Factory, Love at First Bite, Lowry-Dunham, Case & Vivien Insurance Agency, Lucky Dogs, Inc., Mardi Gras World, McLoughlin Family Foundation, Meyer The Hatter, Mid-City Pizza, Morris Bart, Mr. Joseph L. Smith, Mrs. Wheat’s Pies, New Orleans Hotel Collection, Nicoll’s Limousine & Shuttle Service, Original New Orleans Po-Boys, Outreach Process Partners, LLC, Pan-American Life Insurance Group, Park First, Patrick Gros, CPA, APAC , Pet Care Center, Praline Connection, Ralph’s On the Park, Ransdell Restorations, LLC, Raymond & Tobi Carter, Rolland Safe & Lock, Omni Royal Orleans, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Sal Borelli, Samuel Loudenslager, Scott, Vicknair, Hair & Checki, LLC, Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, Southern Silkscreen, Spotted Cat Music Club, Steamboat Natchez, tasc Performance, The Blood Center, The Blue Crab Restaurant & Oyster Bar, The Ostensen Family, The Penthouse Club New Orleans, The Westin New Orleans Canal Place, The Pontchartrain Hotel, Toulouse Royale, Tropical Isle, Tujague’s, Vinson Guard Service, Inc., Voodoo Harley-Davidson, Walker’s Southern Style BBQ, WBOK 1230, Wendy & Joseph Dalovisio, Windsor Court Hotel, Zapp’s Potato Chips

Musician Sponsorship

Become a French Quarter Festival Musician Sponsor today!
2018 French Quarter Festival Dates: April 12-15

$500 – ‘Shorty’ Sponsor
Partially supports one musical performance
Artist sponsorship listed in Festival Schedule (approximately 200,000 produced)
• Stage signage during performance (produced by FQFI)

As part of your tax-deductible donation of $1,000 or greater, your donation also includes the following:
Artist sponsorship listed in Festival Schedule (approximately 200,000 impressions)
• Stage signage during performance (produced by FQFI)
Sponsor banner may be displayed during artist performance (5’ x 3’ banner, provided by Sponsor)
Performance introduction by Stage Manager OR become a part of the Festival and introduce your band
2018 Official French Quarter Festival Silkscreen Print

$1,000 – ‘Slim’ Sponsor
• Underwrites one musical performance

$2,500 – ‘Professor’ Sponsor
Underwrites multiple musical performances or one high profile musical performance
Sponsor Hospitality Passes for two (2)
VIP Front of House Access Passes for two (2)

$5,000 – ‘Fats’ Sponsor
Underwrites multiple musical performances or one high profile musical performance
Sponsor Hospitality Passes for four (4)
VIP Front of House Access Passes for four (4)
Opening Night Gala tickets for two (2)

$10,000 – ‘Pops’ Sponsor
Underwrites multiple musical performances or one high profile musical performance
Sponsor Hospitality Passes for ten (10)
VIP Front of House Access Passes for ten (10)
Opening Night Gala tickets for four (4)

To hear more about Musician Sponsorship at French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest contact rschick@fqfi.org

Click here to donate

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Thank you, Festival Sponsors!

Priority Volunteer Registration

Keep the Fest Free!

French Quarter Festival 2015 Volunteer Registration is NOW OPEN!!

Volunteers make our Free Festival possible!
Volunteering with French Quarter Festivals, Inc. is a great way to meet new people, have fun and support the heritage of New Orleans.

There is a job for every interest at our Festivals. Click here to see the Volunteer Job Descriptions.

If you have questions or concerns about what volunteer positions will fit your needs best, please e-mail the volunteer coordinator, at volunteer@fqfi.org.

If you would like more information about upcoming volunteer opportunities please sign up for E-letter mailing list at the top of the page.

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Volunteer Requirements

  • All volunteers must be 16 years and older.
  • All volunteers will be required to sign a waiver online or upon check-in.
  • All volunteers serving alcohol must be 21 or older and will be required to read & sign the LA Responsible Alcohol Vendor Handbook. (Please read this by clicking here.)
  • All volunteers must abide by the Volunteer Guidelines. (Please review them by clicking here.)

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Volunteer Benefits

Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one shift (of up to 5 hours) and will receive:

  • A limited edition collectible volunteer t-shirt, to be worn while volunteering.
  • Food tickets for each volunteer, who works a complete shift.
  • Loads of appreciation from the community & Festival Staff and the satisfaction of a job well done!

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Tutorial Videos

Ready to sign-up to be a French Quarter Festival Volunteer?
These tutorial videos will teach you the steps if you need help.

If you have questions or concerns about volunteering or your registration status please contact kylee@fqfi.org.

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Volunteer Groups

Want to volunteer with your group?
We love volunteer teams! If you’d like to bring a group to volunteer, please create a group name. Once you register and sign-in you will be able to sign up your team (using their email addresses).

Group slots fill quickly, so the earlier you sign up the better!

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Volunteer Sign-up

Unable to volunteer this year?
Sign up for our E-Letter at the top of the page and you will receive information about upcoming volunteer opportunities.

If you are ready to sign-up please click the calendar link that was sent to you in your invitation letter.

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About

Our Mission

French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) annually produces three festivals: French Quarter Festival, Satchmo SummerFest, and Christmas New Orleans Style. FQFI is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote 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.

About French Quarter Festivals, Inc.

French Quarter Festivals, Inc. – The Facts!

  • In 2017 – French Quarter Festival celebrated its 34th Anniversary; Christmas New Orleans Style celebrates its 33rd anniversary; and Satchmo SummerFest celebrates its 17th anniversary.
  • French Quarter Festival was first produced in 1984 as a way to bring residents back to the Quarter; following the World’s Fair and extensive sidewalk repairs in the French Quarter.
  • More than 2,000 community volunteers help to make the festival a success.
  • French Quarter Festivals, Inc. is a private, non-profit 501c(3) organization.
  • French Quarter Festival is the largest, free music festival in the South.
  • Chief sources of funding are: sponsorships, beverage and merchandise sales, vendor fees, and annual Gala.
  • 23 stages throughout the French Quarter celebrate local music and represent every genre from traditional and contemporary jazz to R&B, New Orleans funk, brass bands, folk, gospel, Latin, Zydeco, classical, cabaret, and international.
  • New Orleans great restaurants, create the food and beverage offerings know as “The World’s Largest Jazz Brunch” in Jackson Square, the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint and Woldenberg Riverfront Park during festival weekend; Satchmo SummerFest hosts New Orleans restaurants, known as “Red Bean Alley”, with Louis Armstrong-inspired dishes and great local cuisine. Louisiana restaurants are invited to participate in these festivals.
  • French Quarter Festival has been consistently voted “favorite festival”, “favorite food festival”, and “favorite event open to the public” by locals.

Attendance Overview

  • French Quarter Festival 2017 attendance – over 700,000 people
  • French Quarter Festival 2016 attendance – over 760,000 people
  • Satchmo SummerFest 2016 attendance – over 24,000 people
  • French Quarter Festival attendees are 49% locals and 51% visitors
  • Satchmo SummerFest attendees are 53% locals and 47% visitors
  • Visitors attend from all over the United States. Top 5 states – Louisiana, California, New York, Texas, Florida
  • The events attract an international audience, visitors have come from Canada, United Kingdom, Norway, France, Germany, and many other countries

Economic Impact

According to an analysis of the French Quarter Festival Visitors Survey conducted by The University of New Orleans (UNO) Hospitality Research Center, in 2016 French Quarter Festival generated a total economic impact of $188.6 million; the festival also generated a total of $15.7 million in tax revenue for state and local governments.

  • FQF employs more than 1,700 local musicians during Festival weekend
  • FQF hosts over 60 local restaurants which make up the “World’s Largest Jazz Brunch” at the Festival.
  • FQF employs only local companies during the Festival (sanitation, stages, sound, security, etc.). All money spent to produce the festival stays within the local economy.

Future Festival Dates

FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVAL presented by Chevron

2018: April 12 – 15

2019: April 11 – 14

2020: April 16 – 19

SATCHMO SUMMERFEST presented by Chevron

2017: August 4 – 6

2018: August 3 – 5

2019: August 2 – 4

2020: July 31 – August 2

Meet the Staff

Meet Our Staff

Emily Madero, President & CEO

Emily Madero has devoted over a decade of her career to building a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in New Orleans with The Idea Village. She joined The Idea Village in 2006 to launch IDEAcorps™, an experiential learning program connecting top MBA talent to entrepreneurs. While there, she served as a critical part of economic recovery in the immediate aftermath of hurricane Katrina. Formerly serving as COO and most recently acting CEO, Emily was a key player in starting and building New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, a festival celebrating entrepreneurship and innovation in the city. Through her extensive experience, Madero has developed and taught entrepreneurship-curriculum at Tulane and Loyola University, and to corporate clients including GE. A longtime New Orleans resident, Emily earned her Masters in Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Psychology from Tulane University.

Stephanie Loman, Development Officer

Stephanie Loman is a native Louisianian who earned her B.A. in Cultural Resources Management from Southeastern Louisiana University and her M.A. in Arts Administration from University of New Orleans. She has worked for several local cultural institutions, including Louisiana Nature and Science Center, WYES, Contemporary Arts Center, The National World War II Museum, and 3 Ring Circus Arts and Education Center, with a range of experiences in event production, membership, development, research, archives, and historic preservation. Stephanie was hired to work as the French Market Traditional Jazz Stage Manager at the 2009 French Quarter Festival and joined FQFI as full-time team member in 2011 as Operations Manager. In 2015, she transitioned into the role of FQFI’s Development Officer before being appointed Acting Director.

AJ Gaulton, Operations and Production Manager

AJ has years of event experience that dates back to college where he was a leader on the official sports game day management team. After receiving his B.A. in Marketing from Pacific University in Portland, OR, he moved to New Orleans to pursue the live event production field. In addition to being employed by the New Orleans Pelicans, he held vital roles during the NBA All-Star Weekend and Essence Festival before landing at French Quarter Festivals, Inc.

Greg Schatz, Entertainment Manager

New York native Greg Schatz majored in music at Ithaca College for one year and later received a B.A. from Cornell University, where he studied anthropology and ethnomusicology. He moved to New Orleans in 1995 to pursue a career in music. As a composer, bass player, accordionist, and keyboard player, he works with several ensembles around New Orleans and has performed at clubs and festivals in Europe and around the U.S., including French Quarter Festival. In fall 2008, he joined the staff of French Quarter Festivals, Inc. as Entertainment Manager.

Becca Schick, Merchandise and Musician Sponsorship Manager

Becca Schick is a native New Orleanian who earned her B.A. in Sports Management with a Business Minor from The University of West Alabama and her M.B.A. from Saint Leo University. She has extensive event production and sponsorship experience and held positions with New Orleans Pelicans, New Orleans Fair Grounds, New Orleans Zephyrs, and Live Nation before joining the team at French Quarter Festivals, Inc. In her spare time you can find her on the softball field reliving her collegiate memories.

Rebecca Sell, Marketing and Publicity Manager

Rebecca Sell brings over a decade of journalism, tourism, marketing, non-profit, and management experience to FQFI; she is also a licensed tour guide who conducts walking tours of the French Quarter. Rebecca has been published in several regional publications including New Orleans Magazine, Biz New Orleans, and Southern Woman. She resides in the historic Bywater and can be found parading with the Muffalottas and serving on their board in her free time.

Dave Stover, Business Manager

Dave Stover embodies the perfect mix of talents for French Quarter Festivals, Inc. – he is a professional musician and a professional accountant. Stover attended Florida State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in 1995. Shortly after graduation he moved to New Orleans to pursue a career in music. As a bass player, Stover has enjoyed sharing the stage with many of the city’s incredible musicians performing a myriad of musical genres. After Hurricane Katrina, Stover moved to Nashville to further his education by studying accounting at Middle Tennessee State University. After two years away he returned home to New Orleans and joined the French Quarter Festival staff in the fall of 2009.

Heather Twichell, Food and Beverage Manager

Heather Twichell has been involved with French Quarter Festivals, Inc. since 2000 when she served as an intern. Since then she has worn many hats for the organization ranging from volunteer to Operations Manager and Development Manager. She has also held positions at the House of Blues, Gucci, Aveda, and the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel but always felt the pull of her events background calling. In 2017, Heather returned to her French Quarter Festival family with great excitement and now serves as Food and Beverage Manager.

Contact Us

Address
French Quarter Festivals, Inc.
400 North Peters Street, Suite 205
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 522-5730
Toll Free: (800) 673-5725
Fax: (504) 522-5711
info@fqfi.org

Staff
Emily Madero
President & CEO
emily.madero@fqfi.org

AJ Gaulton
Operations and Production Manager
aj@fqfi.org
(504) 227-3120

Stephanie Loman
Development Officer
stephanie@fqfi.org
(504) 227-3123

Greg Schatz
Entertainment Manager
greg@fqfi.org
(504) 227-3120

Rebecca Schick
Musician Sponsorship and Merchandise Manager
rschick@fqfi.org
(504) 227-3126

Rebecca Sell
Marketing and Publicity Manager
rebecca@fqfi.org
(504) 227-3119

David Stover
Business Manager
stover@fqfi.org
(504) 227-3124

Heather Twichell
Food and Beverage Manager
heather@fqfi.org
(504) 227-3127

2017 Board Members

2017 Officers
President – Jeremy Thibodeaux
Vice President – Robert Rizzuto
Treasurer and Secretary – Barrett Cooper

2017 Board of Directors
Leslie T. Alley
Zeid Ammari
Stu Barash
Charlie Bateman
David Bilbe 
Michael Biri
Howard Boyd                            
Richard Eglé
Janice Foulks
Chimene Grant
Dino Hanson
Shelley Hardison
Jim Letten          
Tim Laughlin
Brent McCrossen
Brittany McGovern
Deborah J. Moench
James L. Moffett, III
Trey Reinhardt 
Dennis Pearse
Jon Smith
Kristian Sonnier
David Teich
Adrienne Thomas
Tim Williamson

2017 Executive Committee
Errin Bellan
Darryl Berger
Cindy Brennan
Ralph Brennan
Clyde Butler
Greg Hoffman
Ronnie Kole
Alex I. Lewis, III
Ann Masson
Warren S. Newton
Lea Siegel
Jon Stern
Gordon Stevens
Richard Stewart
Brenda Thornton
Michael Valentino
Ann Wills

Become a Part of the Fest

Musician

Are you interested in performing at one of our festivals?

FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVAL
French Quarter Festival is April 12-15, 2018. Click here to submit an application before the September 1 deadline!

SATCHMO SUMMERFEST
Satchmo SummerFest is August 4-6, 2017. Click here to submit an application.

The Entertainment Committee, comprised of French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) board members, former board members, artists, and others, approves all applications. The Committee’s objective is to ensure the best possible selection of performers for French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest in order to create a diverse and a quality experience for festival-goers. Selection is made at the discretion of the Committee.

Contact greg@fqfi.org for more details.

Festival Sponsorship

Thank you to our generous sponsors! Contact Stephanie Loman (stephanie@fqfi.org) to learn how to join our group of supporters.

THANK YOU to our 2017 Musician Sponsors
Acadian Ambulance Service, Inc., Aloft New Orleans Downtown, Andrew & Rebecca Kelly, Antares Technology Solutions, AOS Interior Environments, Backroom at Buffa’s, Badine Land Limited, Barcadia Bar & Grill, Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights, Inc., Bob & Norma Simms, Café Beignet, Center Staging, Charcoal’s Gourmet Burger Bar, Chevron, Councilmember-at-Large Williams, with Harrah’s of New Orleans, Councilmember Brossett, District D with Harrah’s of New Orleans, Councilmember Ramsey, District C with Harrah’s of New Orleans, Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, Crescent Transport , Cumulus New Orleans, The Derbes Foundation, Downbeat Magazine, Ericksen, Krentel & Laporte, LLP, Erin Rose, F.E.S.S., Inc., French Market Corporation, Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith, Gattuso’s Neighborhood Bar & Restaurant, Gootee Construction, Inc., Grayline, Gwendolyn Entertainment, GW Fins, Haydel’s Bakery, Herman, Herman, & Katz LLC, Hotel Provincial, iHeart Radio, JAX & The Berger Co., Jesters, Johnny’s Po-Boys, Kathleen & Edmund Schrenk, Linda & Mark Caplan, Live Free Magazine, Louise H. Moffett Family Foundation, Louisiana Music Factory, Love at First Bite, Lowry-Dunham, Case & Vivien Insurance Agency, Lucky Dogs, Inc., Mardi Gras World, McLoughlin Family Foundation, Meyer The Hatter, Mid-City Pizza, Morris Bart, Mr. Joseph L. Smith, Mrs. Wheat’s Pies, New Orleans Hotel Collection, Nicoll’s Limousine & Shuttle Service, Original New Orleans Po-Boys, Outreach Process Partners, LLC, Pan-American Life Insurance Group, Park First, Patrick Gros, CPA, APAC , Pet Care Center, Praline Connection, Ralph’s On the Park, Ransdell Restorations, LLC, Raymond & Tobi Carter, Rolland Safe & Lock, Omni Royal Orleans, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Sal Borelli, Samuel Loudenslager, Scott, Vicknair, Hair & Checki, LLC, Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, Southern Silkscreen, Spotted Cat Music Club, Steamboat Natchez, tasc Performance, The Blood Center, The Blue Crab Restaurant & Oyster Bar, The Ostensen Family, The Penthouse Club New Orleans, The Westin New Orleans Canal Place, The Pontchartrain Hotel, Toulouse Royale, Tropical Isle, Tujague’s, Vinson Guard Service, Inc., Voodoo Harley-Davidson, Walker’s Southern Style BBQ, WBOK 1230, Wendy & Joseph Dalovisio, Windsor Court Hotel, Zapp’s Potato Chips

Musician Sponsorship

Become a French Quarter Festival Musician Sponsor today!
2018 French Quarter Festival Dates: April 12-15

$500 – ‘Shorty’ Sponsor
Partially supports one musical performance
Artist sponsorship listed in Festival Schedule (approximately 200,000 produced)
• Stage signage during performance (produced by FQFI)

As part of your tax-deductible donation of $1,000 or greater, your donation also includes the following:
Artist sponsorship listed in Festival Schedule (approximately 200,000 impressions)
• Stage signage during performance (produced by FQFI)
Sponsor banner may be displayed during artist performance (5’ x 3’ banner, provided by Sponsor)
Performance introduction by Stage Manager OR become a part of the Festival and introduce your band
2018 Official French Quarter Festival Silkscreen Print

$1,000 – ‘Slim’ Sponsor
• Underwrites one musical performance

$2,500 – ‘Professor’ Sponsor
Underwrites multiple musical performances or one high profile musical performance
Sponsor Hospitality Passes for two (2)
VIP Front of House Access Passes for two (2)

$5,000 – ‘Fats’ Sponsor
Underwrites multiple musical performances or one high profile musical performance
Sponsor Hospitality Passes for four (4)
VIP Front of House Access Passes for four (4)
Opening Night Gala tickets for two (2)

$10,000 – ‘Pops’ Sponsor
Underwrites multiple musical performances or one high profile musical performance
Sponsor Hospitality Passes for ten (10)
VIP Front of House Access Passes for ten (10)
Opening Night Gala tickets for four (4)

To hear more about Musician Sponsorship at French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest contact rschick@fqfi.org.

Food Vendors

Are you interested in becoming a food vendor at French Quarter Festival or Satchmo SummerFest?

NEW VENDOR SELECTION PROCEDURE

The Jazz Brunch Committee, comprised of French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) board members, former board members, and others, approves all concessionaire applications. The Committee’s objective is to ensure the best possible selection of concessionaires for French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest in order to create a diverse menu and a quality culinary experience for festival-goers. Concessionaire selection is made at the discretion of the Committee.

Primary considerations of the Committee to select applicants include, but are not limited to:

*1. Preference is given to vendors who have already participated in the event and are in good standing due to past compliance with food vending requirements. Past festival vendors renewal applications are due each year in early December. After all past vendor applications are processed and if space permits, new vendors may be invited to participate in a tasting before the Jazz Brunch Committee.

*2. Preference for new applicants is given to restaurants located in the French Quarter Neighborhood, New Orleans, then the Greater New Orleans area, then Louisiana. Restaurants located outside the state of Louisiana are not eligible for consideration.

*3. Applicant must be an established, ongoing food service operation with a physical address, open to the public with regular operating hours. Catering companies will not be considered for participation. Applicant must have and be able to present a copy of a current Occupational License issued by the City of New Orleans (or appropriate city agency if restaurant is located outside of Orleans Parish, in which case a Temporary Occupational License from Orleans Parish must be obtained). Applicant must also have a permit to operate from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. Applicant should be listed in local and online restaurant guides.

*4. No chain restaurants (more than 3 in existence) will be considered.

*5. New applicants will not be given the option of vending alcoholic beverages at the Event.

*6. Applicant must be able to describe and execute up to three high quality menu items. All menus are subject to approval by the committee. Menu are then reviewed at a tasting before the committee.

*7. Applicant must be able and willing to cooperate with: *Health and sanitary requirements of the State of Louisiana *Mandated insurance requirements of FQFI *Electrical and fire safety requirements and inspections *City and state laws pertaining to food service, licensing, and tax reporting

*8. To be considered for an invitation to vend at French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest, applicant must first add their restaurant to our wait list for consideration.

  • Click here to add your restaurant to the wait list.
    You may also email Heather Twichell, Food and Beverage Manager, heather@fqfi.org for more information. *

Media Credential Request

Thank you for your interest in French Quarter Festivals, Inc.! All media interested in covering the 2018 French Quarter Festival or Satchmo SummerFest will need an official media credential. For consideration, please click here to complete the application. All French Quarter Festival requests MUST be submitted by March 30, 2018. Satchmo SummerFest application deadline is July 20, 2018. Please note:

  • Freelance journalists and photographers without a specific assignment from a media outlet will not be considered for media credentials.
  • Credentialing is at the discretion of the French Quarter Festivals, Inc.
  • Submission of your media request does not guarantee credentialing.
  • Absolutely no requests will be processed after deadline.
  • Credentials will not be mailed and must be picked up in the Media Center.

French Quarter Festivals, Inc. media credential application.

Suppliers

Are you interested in becoming a supplier of French Quarter Festival or Satchmo SummerFest?

Please contact AJ Gaulton at aj@fqfi.org and list your:

  • name
  • business name
  • address
  • phone number
  • number of years in business
  • names of any festivals you have supplied in the past

Job and Internship Opportunities

There are currently no positions available. If you are interested in future operations opportunities, please contact aj@fqfi.org

Interns

French Quarter Festivals, Inc. is looking for interns available during the Spring 2018 semester. Please read the job descriptions below and send resumes directly to the hiring manager.

Entertainment Intern

FQFI Entertainment Manager Intern
Start date: January, 2018
Respond to: Greg Schatz, FQFI Entertainment Manager, 504-227-3121, greg@fqfi.org

This is a non-paid internship but is an invaluable learning opportunity for someone interested to gain experience in large-scale live event production in high paced environments. Willingness to take on any task, ask questions, and be a team player is of upmost importance.

French Quarter Festival is the largest free festival in the South and 23 stages of live music in 2017. Intern would assist the Entertainment Manager with many aspects of entertainment production, including:

PRE-FESTIVAL: Weekly office hours are flexible.
• Create spreadsheets, files, bins, make directions and maps. etc..
• Update and review musician contracts.
• Advance technical needs with over 260 musical groups.
• Creating production binder books for production crew, stage managers, musician parking staff and sound companies.
• Help organize and implement musician parking program.
• Mail various credential placards.
• Logistical planning for the musicians and crew.
LOAD-IN:
• Assist in set up of festival including, stage and backstage areas, placing signage,
• Make sure sound companies have everything they need to have stages ready.

DURING FESTIVAL: April 12-15, 2018 (Long daily hours)
Intern would work as a production assistant during the entire 4 days of French Quarter Festival.
• Coordinate with entertainment manager and other productions assistants to solve problems and complete production tasks.
• Coordinate with musician parking lot personnel.
• Help musicians with transportation issues.
• Work as needed to ensure festival success.

LOAD OUT/WRAP UP: (if available) signage, equipment, supplies from festival sites back FQFI offices .
• Logging surveys and doing wrap up work.

Food and Beverage Intern

Food & Beverage Intern
Start date: January 2018
Respond to: Heather Twichell, Food & Beverage Manager (504) 227-3127 or heather@fqfi.org

This is a non-paid internship but is an invaluable learning opportunity for someone interested in gaining experience in non-profit, event production, F&B festival operations, and/or project management. Flexibility, willingness to take on any task, ask questions, and be a team player is of upmost importance.
PRE-FESTIVAL: Weekly office hours are flexible.
• Database management: enter and update complete menu for publication on website, app, and brochure
• Inventory control system implementation
• Assist with Food Vendor application and document management
• Vendor outreach regarding application process

DURING FESTIVAL: April 12-15, 2018 – Must be available all day each day of event
• Assist Food and Beverage Manager
• Support Beverage Management Vendor
• Coordinate placement for Food & Beverage signage

LOAD OUT:
• Assist in removing signage, equipment, supplies from festival sites back FQFI offices
• Post-festival inventory

Marketing Intern

Marketing Intern
Start date: January 2018
Respond to: Rebecca Sell, Marketing and Publicity Manager (504) 227-3119 or rebecca@fqfi.org

This is a non-paid internship but a valuable learning opportunity for someone interested in gaining experience in non-profit, event marketing, public relations, direct marketing, and/or project management. Flexibility, willingness to take on any task, ask questions, and be a team player is of upmost importance.

PRE-FESTIVAL: Weekly office hours are flexible.
• Database management: enter complete music schedule for publication on website, app, and brochure
• Research: create and/or update artist bios
• Serve as a festival representative at press conferences
• Assist in editing official festival brochure and press releases
• Create press kits and media credentials
• Assist with media production schedule
• Community outreach and brochure distribution

DURING FESTIVAL: April 12-15, 2018 – Must be available all day each day of event
• Manage media center
• Support social media team
• Hang signage
• Serve as production assistant for media broadcasts

LOAD OUT:
• Assist in removing signage, equipment, supplies from festival sites back FQFI offices

Musician Sponsorship and Merchandise Intern

Musician Sponsorship & Merchandise Intern
(One position supporting 2 departments)
Start Date: January 2018
Respond to: Becca Schick, Musician Sponsorship & Merchandise Manager 504-227-3126 or rschick@fqfi.org

This is a non-paid internship, but will be an invaluable learning opportunity for someone interested in large-scale special event production, non-profit work, and areas of merchandise production and sales for a festival and sponsorship/development. Heavy lifting and physical stamina are required for this position.

PRE-FESTIVAL: Weekly office hours are flexible.
• Cold call businesses and individuals to solicit funds for MSP
• Data base management for the Musician Sponsorship Program (MSP)
• Create and update spreadsheets, files, binders and bins
• Collect, sort, organize and label sponsor banners for distribution
• Create sponsorship deliverable bags/assist in delivering
• Inventory sort and pack incoming merchandise
• Assist in hanging banners and signage

DURING FESTIVAL: April 12-15, 2018 – Must be available all day each day of event
• Booth set-up including merchandise displays
• Moving merchandise between booths using a hand truck or golf cart
• Retrieving and delivering banners to stages
• Packing up and inventorying merchandise at the end of festival

Operations Intern

Operations and Production Intern
Start date: January, 2018
Reports to: AJ Gaulton, Operations and Production Manager, (504) 227-3120 or AJ@fqfi.org

This non-paid internship is an invaluable learning opportunity for someone interested to gain experience in large-scale live event production. The candidate must be detail-oriented, possess strong communication skills, and be a ‘can-do’ member of the French Quarter Festivals, Inc. team. He/she will assist in all logistics in producing the 2018 French Quarter Festival, presented by Chevron.
January through March, 2018, PRE-FESTIVAL: Weekly in-office hours, schedule can be flexible.

• Learn the festival footprint, critical suppliers and site owners, and team responsibilities
• Create, update, and monitor important information in spreadsheets, contracts, binders, and maps
• Inventory management (bins of equipment, signage, supplies, fire extinguishers, etc.)
• Think critically in assisting in preparation of meetings with suppliers
• Assist in the parking process for all necessary staff, suppliers, and sponsors
• Credential ordering, management, and distribution

April 2-11, 2018, LOAD-IN: schedule can be flexible
• As many days the candidate can work is encouraged. Work will be on your feet outdoors.
• Assist with banners and signage, equipment placement, communication across all departments
• odd-duties: must be able to lift 20lbs comfortably

April 12-15, 2018, FESTIVAL: (required)
• Participate as a credentialed member of the Operations Department, assisting in a variety of ways:
o Moving supplies, signage, equipment, or people (via golf cart) anywhere within our festival footprint
o Representative of the festival Operation Department and report issues to manager
o Monitoring site operations, crowd activity, parking operations

April 15-20, 2018, LOAD OUT: (if available)
• Assist in removing signage, equipment, supplies from festival sites back FQFI offices

Volunteer and Festival Programming Intern

Call for: Volunteer and Festival Programming Intern
Start date: January, 2018
Festival Dates: Thursday April 12th – Sunday April 15th
Respond to: Sabrina Cutaia, Volunteers & Festival Programming; (504) 227-3171 or Sabrina@fqfi.org

This is a non-paid internship, but will be an invaluable learning opportunity for someone interested in large-scale special event production and non-profit work. Ideal candidates are self-motivated to grow as an individual and professional.

DESIRED SKILLS & ATTRIBUTES

• Strong customer service attitude and experience in effectively dealing with diverse personalities and backgrounds
• Excellent communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills
• Attention to detail, strong organizational skills and multi-tasking
• Apt time management skills with ability to prioritize multiple projects and meet assigned deadlines
• Ability to learn new software; Previous experience in database management is beneficial, but not required
• Resourcefulness in problem solving; Ability to adapt quickly to change and act with the appropriate sense of urgency
• Ability to work successfully in collaborative team environments
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
PRE-FESTIVAL:
• Assist in database management for the 2018 French Quarter Festival Volunteers
• Create spreadsheets, files, binders, bins, volunteer maps, etc.
• Assist in preparation of materials for meetings, trainings, and recruitment efforts
• Create and laminate signage
• Take inventory and prepare volunteer shirts and food tickets
• Assist in load-in responsibilities – general organization, hanging banners and signage

DURING FESTIVAL: (if available)
• Assist Volunteer & Festival Programming department with their duties and perform other actions as requested by Volunteer & Festival Programming Coordinator for the Event, including, without limitation:

Volunteers

  • Provide routine checks to ensure all are following protocol
  • Assist in providing volunteers with information or direction to shifts on-site if necessary
  • Use best judgement to assess situations and relay to Volunteer & Festival Programming Coordinator

Festival Programming
  • Assist in liaising with festival programming partners and organizations
  • Ensure all are adhering to FQFI protocol and schedule (if applicable) set forth by Volunteer & Festival Programming Coordinator

LOAD OUT: (if available)
• Remove signage from festival sites
• Gather, inventory, and organize signage and supplies

Press

Press Releases

French Quarter Festivals, Inc.
Rebecca Sell, Marketing and Publicity Manager
400 N Peters, STE 205
New Orleans, LA 70130

Click here for our 2017 Christmas New Orleans Style media kit!

17th Anniversary Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron
THREE FULL DAYS of FEST
NEW ORLEANS (July 31, 2017) – The 17th Anniversary Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron is August 4-6, 2017 at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint. Produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI), Satchmo SummerFest is an unparalleled celebration of the life, legacy, and music of New Orleans’ native son, Louis Armstrong. The event brings performances from New Orleans’ most talented musicians, with a focus on traditional and contemporary jazz and brass bands. The Back o’Town Stage, Satchmo Symposium, Pops’ Playhouse for Kids, and Women of Note – a new exhibit by the New Orleans Jazz Museum – are scheduled inside the air-conditioned Mint. The nominal daily admission of $5 (children 12 and under are free) helps support local musicians and pay for the event.

Kickoff Party and Spirit of Satchmo Awards
On Thursday, August 3, Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron will kick off with a fundraiser to benefit French Quarter Festivals, Inc. The party will take place from 7:00-9:00pm at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel. Guests will enjoy a performance by Germaine Bazzle, with special guest Dee Dee Bridgewater. The ‘Spirit of Satchmo’ Awards Ceremony will take place during the party; the annual awards are given to individuals and/or organizations that champion New Orleans music and culture and help keep Armstrong’s legacy alive. The 2017 recipients are James Andrews, Germaine Bazzle, and David Kunian.

Live, Local Music on Three Stages plus Free Dance Lessons
Grammy-winning trumpeter Nicholas Payton makes his Satchmo SummerFest debut on Friday, August 4. Payton, widely considered one of the greatest artists of our time, began his professional career at the age of ten as a member of James Andrews’ All-Star Brass; he was given his first steady gig by guitarist Danny Barker at The Famous Door on Bourbon Street. Payton’s 2017 release, Afro Caribbean Mixtape, fuses the traditions New Orleans with modern jazz, hip-hop, mixtape, and spoken-word. Other 2017 Satchmo SummerFest debuts include: Stephanie Jordan, Quiana Lynell, David L. Harris, Pin Stripe Brass Band, and Ashlin Parker Trumpet Mafia.

In addition to returning to its original location at the Mint, Satchmo SummerFest brings back the indoor “Back o’ Town” stage, which will be located on the second floor of the museum. The stage will feature a dance floor, dance instruction by NOLA Jitterbugs, and live dance music on Saturday and Sunday. Outside, two tented stages will provide three days of musical performances. The full festival lineup includes Hot 8 Brass Band, Catherine Russell, New Orleans Swamp Donkeys, Bill Summers & Jazalsa, Kermit Ruffins, John Boutté, Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns, Jeremy Davenport, Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs, Trumpet Tribute to Louis Armstrong featuring Kermit Ruffins, James Andrews and the Crescent City All-Stars, Evan Christopher’s Clarinet Road, Ellis Marsalis, Wendell Brunious, Charmaine Neville, and many more.
Click here to view the full music schedule: http://fqfi.org/satchmo/schedule/stage.

Satchmo Symposium: Three Days of Fascinating Speakers and Discussions
Fascinating lectures and discussions about Louis Armstrong and the history and influence of jazz in New Orleans will also take place inside the museum. Curated by Fred Kasten and Dr. Connie Atkinson, the lecture series attracts the highest caliber of speakers and jazz historians. The 2017 lineup includes Ricky Riccardi, Director of Research Collections for the Louis Armstrong House and Museum, famous jazz writer and multi-Grammy Award winner Dan Morgenstern, singer Daryl Sherman, David Sager (trombonist and curator for the Library of Congress’ National Jukebox), author and educator Mick Carlon, Dr. Bruce Boyd Raeburn (Curator of Tulane University’s Hogan Jazz Archive), music writer John Swenson, clarinetist Evan Christopher, and more. A full schedule is online at http://fqfi.org/satchmo/fests/special_events/.

New Eats and Drinks
Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron will feature cuisine from a dozen of New Orleans’ favorite restaurants, including four new vendors: Blue Runner Foods, Café Dauphine, The Company Burger, and New Orleans Ice Cream. Festival favorites returning for 2017 include Ajun Cajun, Crepes a la Cart, Lasyone’s Meat Pie Restaurant, Palmer’s Cuisine, The Praline Connection, Rib Room, Royal House, and Vaucresson Sausage Co. The options include many traditional New Orleans dishes like Louis Armstrong’s favorite meal, Red Beans and Rice with Sausage, which will be offered by Blue Runner Foods; Café Dauphine will serve Creole Shrimp and Grits, and the Rib Room brings back its popular and decadent Prime Rib Debris Po-boy. Satchmo SummerFest also brings a range of refreshing summer dishes like Ajun Cajun’s Seaweed and Cucumber Salad, Crepes a la Carte’s Bacon & Nutella Crepes, New Orleans Ice Cream’s Café Bar, Plum Street Snowballs, and Royal House’s Chopped Salad with Fried Oysters.

Abita Beer’s To-Gose, the local brewery’s take on a traditional Gose beer’s slightly salty and sour style, will make its debut in 2017, joining returning favorites Amber, The Boot, Big Easy IPA, Purple Haze, and Blueberry. Luzianne Iced Tea also makes a debut, serving fresh brewed iced tea. Other beverages include Finlandia Vodka’s Bloody Mary, Jack Daniel’s Lynchburg Lemonade, and fresh squeezed juices from Cool Fruit Sensations.

Family Fun at Pops’ Playhouse
Throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, children and parents can relax in air-conditioning on the second floor of the museum and enjoy an array of educational, entertaining family activities, movies, and exhibits. Pops’ Playhouse for Kids features a variety of activities that teach the next generation about New Orleans traditions. Children can make crafts like second line umbrellas, homemade instruments, and Zulu coconuts. Other activities include Pops’ Puppets with Andrea North, which will tell the story of the relationship between Louis Armstrong and Joe “King” Oliver; after the show, kids will get the chance to make their own Armstrong puppet. Trumpet Tips from Tips presented by the Tipitina’s Foundation will give children an opportunity to learn from band leader, singer, percussionist, songwriter, and trumpeter, Desmian Barnes, and his son, Ian Barnes.

Jazz Mass, and other Special Events Planned
In addition to a weekend full of great music, food, seminars, movies, and children’s activities, Satchmo SummerFest features an array of special events including the annual Jazz Mass at the historic St. Augustine Church in Treme, a traditional second line parade, and the annual ‘Trumpet Tribute’ which closes the festival Sunday night with a Satchmo birthday party.

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Save the Date for Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron
Festival to return to the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint

NEW ORLEANS, La. (May 11, 2017) – French Quarter Festivals, Inc. proudly announces that the August 4-6, 2017 SummerFest presented by Chevron will return to the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint (formally known as the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint). In 2016, organizers held the event in Jackson Square; after reviewing festival outcomes and attendee feedback, the decision to return to the original location was clear.

“As we celebrate the Festival’s 17th anniversary – and Louis Armstrong’s birthday – we are thrilled to return to the Mint. The newly opened Jazz Museum will help us pay homage to Satchmo, plus shade tents and onsite, air-conditioned bathrooms will keep fans comfortable,” said Emily Madero, President & CEO of French Quarter Festivals, Inc., the organization that produces Satchmo SummerFest.

Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron celebrates the life, legacy, and music of New Orleans’ native son, Louis Armstrong. What began in 2001 as a way to commemorate the musician’s 100th birthday, Satchmo SummerFest has grown into a three day event filled with entertainment, education, and fare from some of New Orleans’ most notable restaurants. Satchmo SummerFest also showcases New Orleans’ most important indigenous traditions, such as a Sunday morning Jazz Mass at the historic St. Augustine Church in Treme; a traditional second line parade; and traditional jazz dance lessons. Other special events include opening reception at the historic Omni Royal Orleans Hotel (the official hotel of Satchmo SummerFest) and a Trumpet Tribute sponsored by Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen to close the festival. A modest $5 daily admission helps support local musicians and pay for the event.

Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron will feature the music of over 100 artists representing New Orleans’ finest traditional and contemporary jazz musicians and brass bands. Musicians are encouraged to submit an application, which will be available online until May 31. The search is also underway for the 2017 Poster Artist. For full details, including the application process, click here. A full schedule will be released in July. For more information on all FQFI festivals and events visit www.fqfi.org or call 504-522-5730.
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The 34th Annual French Quarter Festival is April 6-9
What’s New in 2017

NEW ORLEANS, La. (January 24, 2017) – French Quarter Festivals, Inc. proudly announces details about the 34th Annual French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron. The largest showcase of Louisiana music in the world will take place April 6-9, 2017. Festival-goers can expect over 60 of New Orleans’ finest restaurants at ‘The World’s Largest Jazz Brunch,’ music from over 1,700 world-class, local musicians, and over a dozen special events. French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron has been called the “one thing to do in Louisiana” by the Huffington Post and voted “Best Festival in New Orleans” by New Orleans Magazine readers.

What started as a neighborhood festival and ‘locals’ event’ has grown into the largest event in Louisiana behind Mardi Gras, with an average economic impact of approximately $190 million.

More than 20 New Artists
Aaron Neville to make his festival debut on Thursday, April 6

French Quarter Festival organizers welcome more than 20 new acts to the 2017 Festival. On Locals’ Lagniappe Day, Thursday, April 6, Aaron Neville will make his debut on the riverfront Abita Beer Stage. The performance is presented by musician sponsor, AOS. Aaron Neville is synonymous with New Orleans, celebrated throughout the world as part of the legendary Neville Brothers and as a Grammy-winning solo artist. He has had numerous Platinum albums and Top 10 hits. His most recent album, Apache, was released in July 2016. French Quarter Festivals, Inc. is thrilled to welcome him to the Abita Beer Stage.

Other debuts include: Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole, Cole Williams Band, Cupid, Messy Cookers Jazz Band, Mo’Fess, Love Evolution, Perdido Jazz Band, T’Monde, Valerie Sassyfrass, and more.

Jack Daniel’s Stage Grows with Four Days of Music in New Location
Live music on more than 20 stages

Year after year, French Quarter Festival is voted ‘local 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 2017 with the expansion of the Jack Daniel’s Stage, which moves from Bourbon Street to JAX Brewery. The stage will have entertainment all four days of festival. Artists include: Otra, Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns, King James & The Special Men, Soul Rebels, and Corey Henry’s Treme Funktet. French Quarter Festival 2017 will also bring a stage to KIPP McDonogh 15 School for the Creative Arts located at 721 St Philip Street. The stage’s lineup will be released in March.

The GE Digital Big River Stage returns with every genre from Bounce to Rockabilly. Artists include Alex McMurray, Brass-A-Holics, Partners N Crime & The Big Easy Band featuring DJ Jubilee, and Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers. The stage, which will have music all four days of festival, has over 20 bands performing. The always-popular Popeyes Brass Band Jam will bring three full days of brass bands to the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint. Performers include Leroy Jones’ Original Hurricane Brass Band, The Original Pinettes Brass Band, Red Wolf Brass Band, Storyville Stompers Brass Band, and many more.

Musician Sponsorship Program
Sponsors contribute over $1 million since program’s inception in 2012

The 2017 French Quarter Festival will feature over 1,700 local artists. Festival-organizers remain committed to growing the Musician Sponsorship Program; every dollar donated goes directly to the artists. Since its inception in 2012, the initiative has raised $1 million in contributions. In 2016, over 100 individuals, foundations, and businesses signed up to support local musicians by ‘adopting an artist.’ Sponsors come from all over the United States – from California to Maryland to Michigan to Washington State – to help keep French Quarter Festival free – a true community event. In 2017, AOS Interior Environments sponsors Aaron Neville, and Pan-American Life Insurance Group is underwriting all Latin and world music for a second year. Making a debut is Aloft New Orleans Downtown sponsoring Sweet Crude and Alexis and the Samurai. The Festival is still accepting 2017 sponsorships. Contact Becca Schick, Musician Sponsorship Manager, at 504-227-3126 or rschick@fqfi.org for more information.

Opening Night Gala returns to Antoine’s

Thursday April 6, the French Quarter Festival Opening Night Gala will return to Antoine’s Restaurant. Established in 1840 Antoine’s is the country’s oldest family-run restaurant. 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 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.

Gala guests will enjoy music by Players Ella and Louis Tribute Band, tastings by Antoine’s and other festival favorites, an open bar courtesy of Abita Brewing Company and Republic Beverages, and mingling with the Merry Antoinettes. Tony Green and Gypsy Jazz will perform at the Patron Party, which takes place from 7-8:00 pm, immediately before the Gala which takes place from 8-10:30 pm. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online at www.fqfi.org or by calling 504-227-3124. Patron tickets are $250 and Gala tickets are $155 ($175 beginning April 1). In addition to single tickets, a limited number of VIP packages are available; packages include private gala seating with dedicated waiter and wristbands for front-of-stage access at festival.

A Showcase of New Orleans’ Finest Cuisine

In a city famous for its wealth of delicious and unique traditional food, French Quarter Festival gives attendees a taste of the best of the best at the ‘‘The World’s Largest Jazz Brunch”. More than 60 vendors feature classic New Orleans dishes as well as cuisine from the finest restaurants in the region. A number of restaurants have been with the festival since its beginning in 1984, and have been great partners for 30 years: Antoine’s, Pat O’Brien’s, Trey Yuen, Tujague’s, Vaucresson Sausage, Desire Oyster Bar, and Court of Two Sisters. Other festival favorites returning for 2017 include Galatoire’s, Muriel’s, Praline Connection, Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, Restaurant R’evolution, Broussard’s, Love at First Bite, Royal House, 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 2017, will be released in March.

Sponsors help to keep this a true community event
Chevron returns as Title Sponsor of French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest

French Quarter Festivals, Inc. is proud of its history of providing high-quality community events at no cost and being accessible to all. In order to keep the Festival free and open to the public, the organization relies heavily on the contributions of sponsors and partners, beverage and merchandise sales, and vendor fees. Festival organizers welcome the return of Chevron as Title Sponsor of both French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest. “Chevron is thrilled to return as presenting sponsor of the 34th annual French Quarter Festival,” said Leah Brown Public Affairs Manager, Chevron Gulf of Mexico. “Chevron values local arts and culture. Our partnership with French Quarter Festivals, Inc. is one way we fuel the social and economic vitality of New Orleans and Louisiana.”

Abita Brewing Company, Brown-Forman, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, NOLA.com/Times-Picayune, OffBeat Magazine, Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, Tropical Isle, Rouses, and WWL-TV also return as Major Sponsors of French Quarter Festival.

GE Digital has signed a three year agreement to return as a major sponsor supporting a riverfront stage as well as the Festival’s official apps. The FREE French Quarter Festival iPhone and Android App lets fans receive up to the minute announcements, downloadable music schedules, complete menus, special events, merchandise updates, and unique offers to enhance their festival experience.The updated app will be released late March.

Additional returning sponsors include: Amtrak, Antoine’s Restaurant, The Berger Company, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, Crescent Crown Distributing, Cumulus New Orleans, Data News Weekly, DownBeat Magazine, French Market Corporation, Hermann Grima House, The Historic New Orleans Collection, House of Blues, Inthenola.com, I.T.S. Fire Alarm Security, LLC, KKAY, KREWE du optic, Laurel Outdoors, Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré, Live Free Magazine, Louisiana Cookin’, Louisiana Cultural Vistas, Louisiana Lottery, Musician’s Performance Fund, New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park, New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, New Orleans Original Daiquiris, NOLA Jitterbugs, Palm Court Jazz Café, Pat O’Brien’s, Pepsi, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Preservation Hall, Renaissance Publishing, Rentech Solutions, Republic National Distributing, Rolland Safe and Lock, Royal Sonesta, Steinway and Sons, Taste of the South, The Vinyl District, Uptown Messenger, WBOK, Westin New Orleans Canal Place, WHERE Magazine, Where Y’at, Windsor Court Hotel, Whitney Bank, WWOZ, WWNO 89.9 FM, WRNO 99.5, WYLD, and Zapp’s Potato Chips.
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16th Annual Satchmo SummerFest moves to Jackson Square
Things you NEED to know! Facts about the Fest

Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron is moving to Jackson Square in 2016, bringing the best of New Orleans’ traditional jazz, cuisine, and culture to one of the most famous and iconic parks in the world. Satchmo SummerFest is a celebration of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong and his life, music, and legacy. It is the only traditional jazz festival in New Orleans. The annual event, produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc., takes place August 5-7, 2016. Since its inception, Satchmo SummerFest – previously held at the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint – has grown to annually attract an average of 40,000 music lovers from all over the world.
Here are five facts about the move and what to expect in 2016:

1. Why move? The move will help FQFI achieve its goal of growth for Satchmo SummerFest, a Festival which began in 2001 as a way to commemorate Louis Armstrong’s 100th birthday. Moving to Jackson Square immediately provides extra space and increases future potential for expansion into the neighborhood. For 2016, a third stage has been added – the Fleurty Girl Back o’ Town Stage, inside the Louisiana State Museum’s Arsenal; the Satchmo Symposium, three days of fascinating lectures and discussions about Louis Armstrong, expands into Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre (doubling past capacity). French Quarter Festivals, Inc. looks forward to adding more music stages and programming in the years to come.

2. How will I keep cool? Satchmo SummerFest offers several ways to beat the heat! The Cornet Chop Suey stage will be completely under a shade tent for the musicians and the audience. Throughout Jackson Square, large picnic umbrellas, picnic tables, misting fans (and of course, the beautiful oak trees) will keep attendees shaded. Several indoor options are also available at Festival: the Fleurty Girl Back o’Town Stage inside the Louisiana State Museum’s Arsenal brings two full days of traditional jazz and dancing; Pops’ Playhouse for Kids, also inside the Arsenal, offers activities ranging from instrument making to scat lessons; and Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre will host the Satchmo Symposium with a world class lineup.

3. What else is new this year? Satchmo SummerFest welcomes an exciting new sponsor, Cornet Restaurant to the Red Beans and Ricely Yours Stage. Cornet Restaurant is owned by descendants of the Karnofsky family, Jewish immigrants who hired Louis Armstrong as a delivery boy when he was just seven years old, and then took him under their wing as a member of the family and gave him money to purchase his first cornet – setting the stage for his future. The Hotter than Hot Menu (formally Red Bean Alley) brings delicious fare from over a dozen of New Orleans’ finest restaurants. New vendors include Cornet Restaurant, Antoine’s Restaurant, Muriel’s Jackson Square, and Petite Rouge Café Camionette. Musical debuts include Grammy artist Catherine Russell, daughter of Louis Armstrong’s former bandleader Luis Russell, and clarinetist, saxophonist, educator and New Orleans native, Victor Goines; Goines has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis Septet since 1993.

4. Where are the restrooms near Jackson Square? A free, air-conditioned bathroom trailer (as well as regular port-o-lets) for festival goers will be conveniently located directly across from the Decatur Street side of Jackson Square.

5. What about everyone who used to camp out on Barracks Street… how will they enjoy the new location? Jackson Square has a pedestrian mall, where fans who prefer to stay outside the gate can enjoy the celebration.

6. Where can I find the complete schedule, map, menu, parking info, and hours for Satchmo SummerFest? There are a few ways to find Satchmo SummerFest! Find everything on our website: www.fqfi.org, the full printed schedule will be included in the August issue of OffBeat Magazine (free) and on the streets the last week of July, the official schedule will also be handed out at the ticket booths at Festival, and the Symposium at Le Petit Theatre.
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2016 French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron
Record-breaking crowds from across the globe enjoyed the largest showcase of Louisiana food and music in the world

(April 12, 2016) New Orleans, LA – French Quarter Festivals, Inc. proudly releases numbers for the 33rd annual French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron. This year’s attendance figures indicate that over 760,000 festival-goers enjoyed the music, food, special events, and of course, the historic French Quarter. The record-breaking numbers mark a significant increase over 2015, when several days of rain reduced attendance to 386,000. Executive Director Marci Schramm reflected, “2016 French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron was one for the record books: amazing crowds, including so many locals and families; perfect weather; the best music and food in the world – everyone came out and just had a really good time! Our French Quarter neighborhood and our beautiful City have never looked better.”

Festival vendors also reported increases. Rouses had record sales at French Quarter Festival 2016, selling over 50,000 pounds of boiled crawfish. Beverage sales were also up: Abita served 675 kegs and 1,400 cases of beer, New Orleans Original Daiquiris sold over 42,000 daiquiris, and 690 gallons of Lynchburg Lemonade and Herradura Margaritas were enjoyed by French Quarter Festival fans. Over 128 tons of ice were used in festival beverages including Pat O’Brien’s, Tropical Isle, Abita, Jack Daniel’s, Plum Street SnoBalls. Haydel’s Bakery used over 200 pounds of white chocolate in their White Chocolate King Cake Bread Pudding.

The 2016 French Quarter Festival featured iPhone and Android phone apps, created by festival sponsor GE Digital, which were available free of charge. This year saw an increase in the number of users, bringing the total to over 70,000 App fans since its 2010 inception. In partnership with New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation and Solomon Group, the Festival launched a Social Media Lounge to provide new ways for fans to engage with the event.

The award-winning festival, which began in 1984, was created by then Mayor Ernest “Dutch” Morial, who appointed a group of visionaries who designed the festival as a way to bring people back to the historic French Quarter following lengthy construction prior to the World’s Fair. It has grown to become the largest showcase of Louisiana food and music in the world. Twenty-three music stages throughout the French Quarter presented the best in New Orleans music, representing every genre from traditional and contemporary jazz to R & B and New Orleans funk, brass bands, folk, gospel, classical, cabaret, opera, Cajun, Zydeco, world music, international, as well as a musical stage for children. Nearly 100 food and beverage booths located in Jackson Square, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Decatur Street, Spanish Plaza, and the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint made up the “World’s Largest Jazz Brunch,” a signature event featuring authentic local cuisine from renowned area restaurants, many of whom have been with the Festival throughout its entire 33-year history.

French Quarter Festival relies on strong community support to present the ‘kickoff to festival season in New Orleans’ – with nearly 1,500 volunteers, 300 musical acts, numerous generous sponsors – including the New Orleans Musicians Union AFM Local 174-496, businesses from all over the country who sponsor musical acts at festival, New Orleans Police and Fire Departments, EMS, permitting assistance from the City of New Orleans and partnerships with Parks and Parkways, Audubon Institute, and the Louisiana State Museum, among others. New sponsors included Chevrolet, Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, Crimestoppers, Moxy New Orleans, Smokefree NOLA, Solomon Group, Snickers Crispers, State Farm, and Whitney Bank.

Festival-goers attended a variety of free special events throughout the weekend, including 24 musical debuts, Whitney Bank Film Fest at French Quarter Festival, produced in partnership with Timecode: NOLA and Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré, a symposium at the Old U.S. Mint, ‘Let them Talk: Conversations on Louisiana Music’; free dance lessons; two children’s areas – including the Chevron STEAM Zone- with music and activities; a Pirate’s Alley Juried Art Show; Battle of the Bands; Sunday’s ‘Dancing at Dusk,’ which filled the 400 block of Royal Street and beyond with dancers. In addition, organizers cite the incredible four days of perfect weather as a contributing factor to the success.

Over 500 guests, including Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Councilmembers Jason Williams and Jared Brossett, and Chevron top executive Mike Illanne attended the festival’s sold-out Opening Night Gala at Antoine’s Restaurant on April 7. Musical performances included Carl LeBlanc, John Rankin, the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, and special guests Jean Knight, the Dixie Cups, Fred LeBlanc, Big Sam, and Robin Barnes. A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Roots of Music and Jackson Square improvements and beautification.

French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron is produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc., (FQFI) the 501 © (3) nonprofit organization, which also produces Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron in August and Christmas New Orleans Style in December. For more information about any of these events, call (504) 522-5730 or visit www.fqfi.org.

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Photography provided by Zack Smith Photography at www.zacksmith.com, courtesy of French Quarter Festivals, Inc.




Merchandise

Sponsors

Thank you to our generous partners who make French Quarter Festival possible!

THANK YOU to our 2017 Musician Sponsors
Acadian Ambulance Service, Inc., Aloft New Orleans Downtown, Andrew & Rebecca Kelly, Antares Technology Solutions, AOS Interior Environments, Backroom at Buffa’s, Badine Land Limited, Barcadia Bar & Grill, Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights, Inc., Bob & Norma Simms, Café Beignet, Center Staging, Charcoal’s Gourmet Burger Bar, Chevron, Councilmember-at-Large Williams, with Harrah’s of New Orleans, Councilmember Brossett, District D with Harrah’s of New Orleans, Councilmember Ramsey, District C with Harrah’s of New Orleans, Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, Crescent Transport , Cumulus New Orleans, The Derbes Foundation, Downbeat Magazine, Ericksen, Krentel & Laporte, LLP, Erin Rose, F.E.S.S., Inc., French Market Corporation, Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith, Gattuso’s Neighborhood Bar & Restaurant, Gootee Construction, Inc., Grayline, Gwendolyn Entertainment, GW Fins, Haydel’s Bakery, Herman, Herman, & Katz LLC, Hotel Provincial, iHeart Radio, JAX & The Berger Co., Jesters, Johnny’s Po-Boys, Kathleen & Edmund Schrenk, Linda & Mark Caplan, Live Free Magazine, Louise H. Moffett Family Foundation, Louisiana Music Factory, Love at First Bite, Lowry-Dunham, Case & Vivien Insurance Agency, Lucky Dogs, Inc., Mardi Gras World, McLoughlin Family Foundation, Meyer The Hatter, Mid-City Pizza, Morris Bart, Mr. Joseph L. Smith, Mrs. Wheat’s Pies, New Orleans Hotel Collection, Nicoll’s Limousine & Shuttle Service, Original New Orleans Po-Boys, Outreach Process Partners, LLC, Pan-American Life Insurance Group, Park First, Patrick Gros, CPA, APAC , Pet Care Center, Praline Connection, Ralph’s On the Park, Ransdell Restorations, LLC, Raymond & Tobi Carter, Rolland Safe & Lock, Omni Royal Orleans, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Sal Borelli, Samuel Loudenslager, Scott, Vicknair, Hair & Checki, LLC, Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, Southern Silkscreen, Spotted Cat Music Club, Steamboat Natchez, tasc Performance, The Blood Center, The Blue Crab Restaurant & Oyster Bar, The Ostensen Family, The Penthouse Club New Orleans, The Westin New Orleans Canal Place, The Pontchartrain Hotel, Toulouse Royale, Tropical Isle, Tujague’s, Vinson Guard Service, Inc., Voodoo Harley-Davidson, Walker’s Southern Style BBQ, WBOK 1230, Wendy & Joseph Dalovisio, Windsor Court Hotel, Zapp’s Potato Chips

Volunteers

Volunteer Information

Thank you to all of our volunteers for supporting the 17th annual Satchmo SummerFest, presented by Chevron, Aug. 4-6, 2017. We couldn’t do it without you!

Stay tuned for our upcoming volunteer opportunities:
French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron: April 12-15, 2018
Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron: August 2-5, 2018

If you have a group or have any questions about becoming a volunteer with French Quarter Festivals, Inc., please sign up for our E-Letter mailing list or e-mail the volunteer coordinator at volunteer@fqfi.org and our team will get back to you.

Volunteer Perks

Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one shift (of up to 5 hours) and will receive:

  • A limited edition collectible volunteer t-shirt, to be worn while volunteering.
  • $10 in food tickets for each volunteer, per completed shift.
  • Free admission to the Satchmo SummerFest grounds on the day of your shift.
    • French Quarter Festival is free and open to the public.
  • Loads of appreciation from the community & festival Staff and the satisfaction of a job well done!

Volunteer Requirements

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Tutorial Videos

Ready to sign-up to be a French Quarter Festival Volunteer?
These tutorial videos will teach you the steps if you need help.

If you have questions or concerns about volunteering or your registration status please contact volunteer@fqfi.org.

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Satchmo SummerFest Volunteer Maps

17th Annual Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron – Festival Grounds

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Satchmo SummerFest

Click here to see who’s playing the three day Satchmo SummerFest!

French Quarter Fest

French Quarter Festival 2017 takes place April 6-9. Click here to view the schedule or right-click the images below to save and print at home or view full-size.



Info

Festival Merchandise

Official Festival Map

The 2017 French Quarter Festival features over 1,700 musicians performing on 23 stages located throughout the historic French Quarter.

Getting Around

Getting to Festival is easy, but parking is challenging. Arrive early to park in these lots located in the heart of the festival: French Market, 500 Decatur Street, 300 North Peters Street, 211 Conti Street, Canal Place and various locations within walking distance.

New Orleans also has convenient public transportation, including the streetcar and RTA buses. The new Loyola Streetcar line conveniently has stops near several parking lots in the CBD and drops off steps away from the French Quarter. Premium Parking has thousands of spaces along O’Keefe Avenue in the Central Business District, just a block away from RTA streetcars and buses. The following are easy access routes to downtown and the areas surrounding the French Quarter: #10 Tchoupitoulas, #11 Magazine, #55 Elysian Fields, #57 Franklin, #91 Jackson/Esplanade, #2 Riverfront, #12 St. Charles, #47 Canal/Cemeteries, #48 Canal/City Park Streetcar, #49 Loyola/UPT. For more details and fare information please go to www.norta.com. Fares can be purchased from the conductor or in advance at one of the RTA’s ticket vending machines -located at major transfer and boarding points throughout the city. Vending machines accept cash and coins only, and provide the option for $3 unlimited ride “Jazzy Passes”.

  • Bike Easy Valet Bike Parking is available Friday-Sunday. The service is located at the Canal Street entrance to Woldenberg Riverfront Park. “Do it yourself” bike parking is also available at several locations: along the Mississippi floodwall at the Conti Street and Bienville Street entrances, and at Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Avenue, on the neutral ground.

Festival App

Download the free festival iPhone and Android app, provided courtesy of GE Digital.

Special Events

Click here to learn about all the happenings taking place at French Quarter Festival!

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