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March 26th

Bloody Mary Fest

Howlin' Wolf, 12PM

Over a dozen NOLA spots offer their best bloodies, plus food

 

Alternative Medicine Symposium

Magnolia Yoga Studio, 1PM

Free female-led discussion and open house

 

Red

Playmakers Theater, 2PM

Final staging of drama about painter Mark Rothko

 

Jamie Galloway Crawfish Boil

Maple Leaf Bar, 3PM

5th annual boil commemorating the life of the beloved chef and musician

 

LGBT Spring Fest

Woonderland Production Studios, 3PM

Live music, drinks, water slides, more

 

Music Under the Oaks

Audubon Park, 5PM

LPO Woodwind Quintet performs

 

Palmetto Bug Stompers 

d.b.a., 6PM

Local trad jazz masters

 

Board Game Night

Tubby & Coo's Mid-City  Book Shop, 6PM

Bring games, or join one at the store

 

Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf Den, 10PM

Mix of brass standards and funky covers

 

Pat Casey & the New Sound

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Boundary pushing fusion jazz

 

Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10PM

Krown on the B3 with Russell Batiste and Walter “Wolfman” Washington

French Quarter Finale

Final Fest Fotos



On Sunday (4.10) French Quarter Fest concluded with a bang. Helen Gillet, Cedric Burnside, Honey Island Swamp Band, and Buckwheat Zydeco played to massive crowds to close out the festival. Dr. Bill Copen spent one final day in the Vieux Carré to shoot it all for y'all.


Fest Fotos


On Saturday (4.09) French Quarter Fest was showered with sunlight and music. The fest opened up almost a dozen addtional street stages and the the crowds flocked to them. Dr. Bill Copen continued his quest to bring y'all the sights of the celebration.


View Carré

Photos From Day Two of French Quarter Fest



French Quarter Fest rolled on throughout a beautiful Friday (4.08). With even more stagees open, the streets of the Vieux Carré were pakced with food, festers, and music. Dr. Bill Copen hit the scene with his lens and shot all of the action for y'all to check out after the jump.


Festival Express

French Quarter Fest Releases 2016 Lineup



Festival Season is ready to roll! Today, organizers of French Quarter Fest took to Jackson Square to announce details for 2016. The first fest of the season will be returning to the Vieux Carré with a massive lineup of local music from April 7th through April 10th.


French Quarter Best

Photos From the Fest



French Quarter Fest started to get serious on Friday (4.10). Undeterred by dark skies, crowds filled Woldenburg Park and the Quarter to dance to music by everyone from the Dixie Cups to Lynn Drury. NoDef's Dr. Bill Copen was on hand to capture all of the sites of the Fest.


Today in NOLA: 4.10.15


There is almost too much to do today. French Quarter Fest really gets rolling this afternoon with new stages and events opening up. The Opera is staging Figaro and for those who feel the need for speed, Louisiana’s first Indy car race gets rolling. Plus, the Stooges are playing late night. On this day in 1864, the French Marquis de Lafayette arrived in Louisiana. Now, more to do this Friday.


Nick of Time: Films at FQF


French Quarter Fest is filled with music and food, but that’s not all. Throughout the weekend, many revelers will take a break from the sun and absorb some Crescent City culture on the silver screen.


Reveal Deal

French Quarter Fest Schedule Released



Festival season is knocking at the door. Today, the French Quarter Festival unveiled their 2015 schedule. Hundreds of performances over four days include local favorites like Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Raw Oyster Cult, and Amanda Shaw.


Satchmo SummerFest Cuts to the Roots (VIDEO)


Satchmo SummerFest kicked off this morning. Local leaders and arts personalities gathered in front of the Old US Mint to celebrate the music festival’s start and honor it’s namesake, Louis Armstrong. City Councilm embers Jarred Brossett and Jason Williams joined festival director, Marci Schramm, to make remarks about the event and enjoy a performance by the Roots of Music.


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