Wednesday at the Square
March 2-May 18, 2016
Looking for something free and exciting to do on a Wednesday afternoon? Come to Lafayette Square for a taste of great New Orleans music, food and fun!
Wednesday at the Square, sponsored by the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans, is a series of free outdoor concerts by well-known New Orleans and Louisiana artists that will liven up your spirits and maybe even get you into a dancing mood. Elevated above the crowd on a big sound stage, bands will perform a wide variety of indigenous musical styles, including jazz, rock, funk, swamp pop, Latin rhythms and more. In addition, you will be treated to the sounds of some of New Orleans' most famous brass bands. Bring your own chairs or blankets to sit on the ground, but the front of the stage is reserved for dancing!
The schedule for this year’s live music series is as follows:
- March 2 - Royal Teeth + Naughty Professor
- March 9 - Tab Benoit + N'awlins Johnnys
- March 16 - Bonerama + Bucktown All-stars
- March 23 - Anders Osborne + Colin Lake
- March 30 - Cyril Neville's Royal Southern Brotherhood + Pat Casey & The New Sound (featuring Robin Barnes & Khris Royal)
- April 6 - Amanda Shaw + The Vettes
- April 13 - Flow Tribe + The Breton Sound
- April 20 - Honey Island Swamp Band + Alexis and the Samurai
- April 27 - Kermit Ruffins + Trumpet Mafia
- May 4 - The Soul Rebels + Tank and the Bangas
- May 11 - Marcia Ball + Mia Borders
- May 18 - Very Exciting Closing Act TBA
All around Lafayette Square are food booths and concessions offering local culinary specialties: everything from entrance items to yummy desserts. And, to wash it all down, a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are also offered for sale.
All food and beverage items must be purchased with tickets that are sold on the grounds. Food and beverage sales are what help sponsor the events and keep them admission-free. No outside food or beverages may be brought in to any of the events.
Beginning on March 2nd and continuing for 12 weeks, every Wednesday will feature two performers, beginning at 5:00 p.m. and usually lasting until 8:00 p.m. Any rained-out concerts will be rescheduled at the end of the series.
Lafayette Square is located just one block off Poydras Street, between St. Charles Avenue and Camp Street, opposite the Federal Court buildings. It is within convenient walking distance from all downtown hotels. As an added bonus, local artisans will be selling their work near the Camp Street entrance.
For those who drive to the event, parking is available in nearby garages or on the adjacent streets where there are parking meters. Paid, on-street parking ends at 7:00 p.m., so bring enough quarters to feed the meters until then. Pets are allowed in the square during the concerts, provided they are on a leash no longer than six feet at all times.
For more information about the Wednesday at the Park Concert Series visit their Facebook page or visit www.wednesdayatthesquare.com.