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French Quarter Festival Releases 2017 Lineup

FQF Unveils Music, Food, Merch, and More

Block out your vacation time now and get your tailgate chairs ready, y'all! The 34th annual French Quarter Festival, running April 6-9, unveiled their complete schedule this morning. 


As seasoned festival-goers know, FQF is spread across the entire Vieux Carre. Over 60 New Orleans restaurants will be participating in the World's Largest Jazz Brunch, set up at four different points including the Riverfront, Jackson Square, Jax Brewery Lot, and the Old U.S. Mint. 


Known as the largest showcase of Louisiana music in the world, the fest will play host to quite a few local favorites, like Treme Brass Band, Stooges, Astral Project, Little Freddie King, Tank and the Bangas, The Tin Men, Ellis Marsalis, New Birth Brass Band, and many others. Irma Thomas, the Soul Queen of New Orleans, is set to return to FQF for a show on the Abita Beer Stage on Friday (4.7) at 5:25PM. 


New to the French Quarter Fest family is Cinema on the Bayou, a film organization working in tandem with FQF to present the Whitney Bank Film Festival, a curated selection of music-driven movies, including "I Am the Blues" and "Sushi & Sauce Piquante: The Life & Music of Gerry McGee." 


Today's preview also marked the unveiling of the 2017 poster and merchandise. Designed by Italy-born, NOLA-raised musician and artist Tony Green, this year's art reflects the storied traditions of music in the Vieux Carre. 


Looking for more information to get you prepared for French Quarter Festival? Next week, FQF will launch a 2017 festival app designed with GE Digital. In the meantime, scroll on for photos from this morning's preview. 


Learn more about FQF, and check out the 2017 schedule here. 


FQF's 2017 poster designer Tony Green (far right) performs gypsy jazz at the preview


The unveiling of French Quarter Fest's 2017 merch

The group of tech experts behind the fest's new app


Diva Dawg's Ericka Lassair and Sven Vorkauf of Bratz Y'all Bistro & Biergarten discuss the offerings at the World's Largest Jazz Brunch


The team behind French Quarter Fest 2017 

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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Alexis Manrodt, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde


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Editor Emeritus

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