French Quarter Festival
April 9-12, 2015
What began as a small celebration for New Orleans’ most famous neighborhood during the 1984 World’s Fair has since grown into the city’s second largest festival, drawing more than half a million people each year.
Promoters of the French Quarter Festival have taken to calling it “The World’s Largest Block Party!” Musical stages and other attractions spread over the five or six blocks between Bourbon Street and the Mississippi Riverfront, and spectators are free to come and go at will as they would at any block party.
In typical New Orleans fashion, French Quarter Festival has evolved into a celebration of all of everything this cosmopolitan city has to offer: lively music, fabulous food, colorful and imaginative art and, above all, a good ole time is on the calendar for the weekend of April 9-12.
During this 32nd Annual French Quarter Fest, more than 1,500 musicians will be performing on 21 stages between Bourbon Street and Woldenberg Riverfront Park. More than 60 food and beverage vendors will be set up in half a dozen locations offering a wide variety of Crescent City culinary delights. Some of New Orleans' top artists and artisans will have their talented work on display and for sale, and there will be fun activities for children to enjoy as well.
Always the highlight of any New Orleans experience, the 1,500 or so musicians performing at this year's FQF will be spread out outdoors on more than 20 stages between Bourbon Street and the Mississippi Riverfront. Some of Louisiana's top musical artists will perform Cajun, jazz, blues, rock, gospel, zydeco, funk, country and just about every other genre. Even classical! All of which are genres that were either born here or incubated here in their infancy.
All of the participating musicians are exclusively from New Orleans and elsewhere in Louisiana. No outside acts are ever brought in. Here are just a few of the other top names that have confirmed for this year’s French Quarter Fest and the dates on which they will be performing:
Thursday, April 9, 2015
- Allen Toussaint
- Benny Grunch and the Bunch
- Big Chief Smiley Ricks and the One Nation Band
- Blues Masters featuring “Big Al” Carson
- Chris Owens
- Doug Kershaw and Steve Riley
- Ellis Marsalis
- George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners
- Irvin Mayfield and The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra: the music of Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, and The Grateful Dead
- James Andrews
- The Joe Krown Trio with Walter “Wolfman” Washington & Russell Batiste Jr.
- Panorama Jazz Band
- Susan Cowsill
Friday, April 10, 2015
- Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band
- Connie Jones and the FQF All Stars
- The Dixie Cups
- The Dukes of Dixieland
- Ernie Vincent and the Top Notes
- Fredy Omar con su Banda
- Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Review
- Irma Thomas, Soul Queen of New Orleans
- Irvin Mayfield and NOJO: the music of Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, and Queen
- John Boutte
- Leroy Jones’ Original Hurricane Brass Band
- Lynn Drury Band
- Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles
- New Orleans Cottonmouth KingsThe New Orleans Klezmer All Stars
- Norbert Slama Trio
- The Original Pinettes Brass Band
- Waylon Thibodeaux Band
Saturday, April 11, 2015
- Amanda Shaw
- Bamboula 2015
- Big Chief Bo Dollis, Jr. & the Wild Magnolias
- Charmaine Neville
- Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers
- Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra
- Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders
- Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers
- Gina Brown & Anutha Level
- Guitar Slim, Jr.
- Helen Gillet’s Wazozo Zorchestra
- Hot Stuff featuring Becky Allen
- Ingrid Lucia
- Irvin Mayfield and NOJO: Children’s Songs
- Jerry Embree’s Jazzman Band
- Jimmy LaRocca’s Original Dixieland Jazz Band
- Jumonville Staehle Band
- Kim Carson and the Real Deal
- The Lena Prima Band
- Linnzi Zaorski
- Lisa Lynn
- Little Freddie King
- Lost Bayou Ramblers
- Micaela y Fiesta Flamenca
- The Original Pin Stripe Jazz Band
- Patrice Fisher and Arpa
- Paul SanchezPaulin Brothers Jazz Band
- The Revealers
- Rhodes Spedale & Live Jazz Group
- Rick Trolsen’s New Orleans Po’Boys
- Robin Barnes
- The Ronnie Kole Show featuring John Perkins
- Shannon Powell & his Traditional All-Stars
- Storyville Stompers Brass Band
- Tim Laughlin
- Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington and the Roadmasters
- Washboard Chaz Blues Trio
- Zazou City
Sunday, April 12, 2015
- Anaïs St. John
- Astral Project
- Bucktown All-Stars
- Carl LeBlanc
- Cristina Perez
- Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band
- Dash Rip Rock
- Duke Heitger’s Steamboat Stompers
- Fritzel’s New Orleans Jazz Band
- Glen David Andrews
- Honey Island Swamp Band
- Hot Club of New Orleans
- Irene Sage Band
- Jeremy Davenport
- Jo-el Sonnier
- Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers
- Kid Simmons Jazz Band
- Kristin Diable
- Lars Edegran’s New Orleans Jazz Band
- The Last Straws
- Leroy Jones & New Orleans’ Finest
- Los Po-Boy-Citos
- Miss Sophie Lee
- New Birth Brass Band
- The New Orleans Songbook: Featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater, Irvin Mayfield, and NOJO
- Palmetto Bug Stompers
- The Pfister Sisters
- Riccardo Crespo & Sol Brasil
- Robin Barnes
- Rockin’ Dopsie and the Zydeco Twisters
- Tom McDermot and His Jazz Hellions
- Tommy Sancton’s New Orleans Legacy Band
- Treme Brass Band
- Tribute to Al Belletto featuring Leif Pedersen’s 1944 Big Band
- Wanda Rouzan and A Taste of New Orleans
...and many more.
There will be plenty of delicious food, for which New Orleans and Louisiana are so widely renowned, at this year's French Quarter Fest. More than 60 restaurants and vendors have confirmed their participation and they will be set up all around Jackson Square, on the grounds of the Old U.S. Mint and along the Riverfront at Woldenberg Park.
The festival is being billed as the "World's Largest Jazz Brunch," where you can expect to find everything from alligator sausage to yummy muffulettas to sloppy but delicious po-boy sandwiches with everything you can imagine layered between two halves of a French bread loaf. Or, if you have a taste for something special from the kitchen of one of our fabulous five-star restaurants, you’ll find a wide selection here as well.
For dessert, savor the flavor of a sweet snowball (flavored syrup over shaved ice) or New Orleans famous pecan pralines, and wash it all down with a daiquiri, vintage wine or a locally brewed beer.
The official 2015 French Quarter Festival posters have been announced, and this year’s featured performer is blues guitarist Little Freddie King. A New Orleans musical icon, King’s spirit and larger-than-life persona is captured through artist Tami Curtis’ use of vibrant color and spontaneous brush stroke techniques.
Curtis has created posters for the 2008 Satchmo SummerFest, 2011 and 2013 French Quarter Festivals, 2009 Bayou Boogaloo and the 2014 OffBeat Magazine JazzFest Bible, among her many other credits. She and operates the Tami Curtis Gallery at 5523 Magazine Street.
The posters will come in 2,000 signed and numbered silk-screened regular prints and 400 signed and numbered artist’s proofs. The poster size is 20” x 28”
The second FQF artist, Simon Hardeveld is well known for his whimsical designs that grace the sets of several local TV news desks. He has been commissioned by restaurants, stores, locals and tourists to create special original paintings for anniversaries, birthdays or home décor that captures the spirit of New Orleans.
Hardeveld’s poster will come in 1,000 limited edition signed and numbered silkscreen prints. Poster size is 18”x 32”.
To keep the festival free and open to the public, French Quarter Festivals, Inc. relies heavily on sales of official FQF merchandise, posters, food and beverage sales and sponsorships to fuel its operating budget. Posters and other official festival merchandise will be on sale at the festival or available online.
Once again, French Quarter Festival is offering two versions of its free mobile app:
Parking, Shuttle Service and Accommodations
Those who plan to drive to the French Quarter Festival can anticipate difficulties with both access to the festival site and available nearby parking. Many streets in the French Quarter and along the Riverfront will be closed to vehicular traffic and long delays can be expected for those who drive their vehicles to the vicinity of the festival’s perimeter. On-street parking may be an issue, especially downtown where parking meters may be bagged and/or reserved for cars displaying special access passes.
Check the French Quarter Fest website for updates on the shuttle service that normally operates between parking lots in the Central Business District and the French Quarter.
For more information about French Quarter Festival call (504) 522-5730, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.fqfi.org/frenchquarterfest/. You can also find the French Quarter Festival on Facebook and Twitter.
Those who are planning to attend and stay overnight are advised to make their hotel reservations early. Most rooms in the French Quarter and downtown are sold out by the time the festival arrives.