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NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival
August 23-26, 2017

Event Details
When: August 23-26, 2017
Where: Downtown/CBD
Cost: FREE!
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NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival
NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival
NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival

New Orleans’ Warehouse District and the Central Business District are the city’s hot spots for business professionals, art lovers and some of the best summer festivals.

From August 23-26, the Music Business Institute and Cutting Edge C.E. Conference will host a NOLA-style festival in these two popular neighborhoods, featuring musicians, pop-up shops, food trucks and more. The festival has been going on for 25 years!

The Event

Stretching from Andrew Higgins Drive and Diamond Street to Fulton Street and the Piazza d’Italia, this end-of-the-summer street party is part of a larger conference for Music Business and Entertainment Law professionals. While the conference holds private events for attendees, the NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival is free to enter and open to the public!

Walking along the participating streets, you’ll find food trucks, live music, films, art, bowling, shopping and other unique presentations only to be experienced in Downtown New Orleans. You’ll see some of the best new emerging artists from across the country display their talent in the hopes of getting discovered and becoming the next big thing.

Shows will take place at various places each night, including Little Gem Saloon, Sweet Loraine’s and the Ace Hotel.

For more details on the festival, schedule details and lineup stay tuned to

The Artists

Previous artists have included Chubby Carrier and The Bayou Swamp Band, Stephanie Jordan, Fire Bug, Grand Baton, Neckbone, Brass-A-Holics “Gogo Brass Funk” Band and other local favorites.

The Cutting Edge C.E. Conference and Music Business Institute

The Downtown Music and Arts Festival event is presented by the Music Business Institute (MBI), which aims to expand career opportunities available to musicians in the city of New Orleans.

The MBI hosts this event as part of the Annual Cutting Edge C.E. Conference held in New Orleans. The conference provides an intimate environment for musicians, entertainment professionals and attorneys to mingle freely with speakers and ask/answer questions in a relaxed atmosphere.

This year’s keynote speaker is Thomas Barose, platinum selling recording artist and owner of a Sony Music Group record company. Other speakers include Linda Septein — talent developer of stars such as Selena Gomez and Demi Lavato, Ralph Murphy — author of Murphy’s Law of Songwriting, Scott Billington — producers, and many more including publicists, managers, producers and executives.

For more information on Cutting Edge and MBI, visit the conference’s website, and for the latest details on the Downtown Music and Arts Festival, visit

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