French Quarter Fest wrapped up this past Sunday after an exciting weekend full of music, food and good spirits. We may be back to our everyday lives, but don’t get too comfortable. Festival season is just beginning here in New Orleans. New Orleans Live kept up with every note at FQF this year, which featured over 1,700 musicians spread amongst 23 stages throughout the quarter. Filling the streets of Canal to Esplanade, the music could be heard from across the river. Surely, this celebration alone would be enough festing for one city, but not NOLA. There’s about 100 more festivals lined up throughout the area.
French Quarter Fest 2016 had it all. Markets, art shows, film screenings, food and of course the local,
regional music we all know and love. But the festivals to come have a range of themes from oysters, po’boys and alcohol to zydeco, boogaloo and decadence.
There’s a reason we’re called the Festival Capital of the World.
Perhaps the largest festival to storm New Orleans is the internationally known Jazz and Heritage Fest. This year's headliners include Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Neil Young with over 100 other acts to perform the last two weekends of April, including some of New Orleans favorites like Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band and Big Freedia “Queen of Bounce”.
Over the years Jazz Fest has become one of the world’s greatest cultural celebrations, embracing the New Orleans roots of jazz music and enriching the dynamic multiculturalism of our community.
Jazz Fest kicks off on April 22nd this year and New Orleans Live will be
following the music straight to the Fairgrounds. You may want to keep up!
- Follow us all over the Crescent City to keep up with all the unique sounds of NOLA during festival season!
BELOW: Check out this Street Music Series from FQF featuring the unique funk of local band, New Thousand.