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French Quarter Festival fills the historic district with free concerts for three days

Originally created to bring locals back to the Vieux Carre, the French Quarter Festival welcomes tourists back this year. As spring brings warmer weather, the district has begun to look like it did before Katrina, with buggies full of tourists circling the Quarter, artists painting in Jackson Square and throngs milling back and forth from the Riverfront to Bourbon Street.

Now in its 24th year, the French Quarter Festival welcomes a mix of locals and visitors to what has grown into the southeast's largest free music festival. Over three days, more than 150 acts will perform on stages set up from the Kohlmeyer Lawn in front of the Aquarium to the Old U.S. Mint to Bourbon and Royal Streets.

The festival focuses on local music and bands and a handful of international musicians. Scheduled performers include Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers, Papa Grows Funk, Walter "Wolfman" Washington & the Roadmasters, Rebirth Brass Band, Marva Wright & the BMWs, Charmaine Neville, Bonerama and many others. Stages are dedicated for brass band music, Cajun and zydeco, classical music and more.

Other events include kids and family activities at McDonogh 15, talks and interviews at the Williams Research Center and Jazz National Historical Park, a fun run, historic home tours, contests and more. Events are free and the festival is supported by concession stands for beverages, food and merchandise set up at the Riverfront, Jackson Square and elsewhere.

Here's the lineup:

Thursday, April 14

7 p.m. -- T.G.I.F. (Thank Goodness It's Festival) Fundraising Party featuring Deacon John & the Ivories at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Cafe, 1104 Decatur St. Tickets $50 in advance, $60 at the door (includes party buffet and open bar).

Friday, April 13

Jackson Square

Southern Comfort Stage

11 a.m. -- Opening Ceremony French Quarter Festival All-Stars with Connie Jones

1 p.m. -- Leif Pedersen's 1944 Big Band

3 p.m. -- Anais St. John & The Harry Mayronne Trio

5 p.m. -- The Pfister Sisters

Woldenberg Riverfront Park

Coors Light Main Stage

11 a.m. -- Billy Iuso & the Restless Natives

12:30 p.m. -- Jesse Moore

2 p.m. -- Coco Robicheaux

3:30 p.m. -- Theresa Andersson Group

5 p.m. -- Benjy Davis Project

6:30 p.m. -- Jumpin' Johnny Sansone

7:45 p.m. -- Big Al Carson & the Rare Connexion

Louisiana Life Stage

11 a.m. -- Tin Men

12:45 p.m. -- Paula & the Pontiacs

2:15 p.m. -- John Autin Trio

3:45 p.m. -- John BouttŽ, Paul Sanchez & Friends

5:15 p.m. -- JD Hill & the Jammers

6:45 p.m. -- Big Blue Marble

Kohlmeyer Lawn Brass Band Stage

11 a.m. -- Mo'lasses

12:55 p.m. -- New Orleans Nightcrawlers Brass Band

2:50 p.m. -- The Michael Foster Project

4:45 p.m. -- Algiers Brass Band

6:30 p.m. -- Free Agents Brass Band

Lousiana State Museum Old U.S. Mint

Zatarain's Cajun/Zydeco Stage

11 a.m. -- Bourbon Cowboys

12:30 p.m. -- Grayson Capps

2 p.m. -- Country Fried

3:45 p.m. -- Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys

5:30 p.m. -- Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers

Zatarain's Latin/World Stage

11 a.m. -- Patrice Fisher & Arpa

12:30 p.m. -- Rudy & the Caribbean Funk Band

2 p.m. -- The Elements

3:45 p.m. -- The Revealers

5:30 p.m. -- Rumba Buena

Bourbon Street

Capital One Bank Stage (200 Bourbon St.)

1:30 p.m. -- Jerry Christopher's Big Easy Jazz Band

3:30 p.m. -- Lars Edegran New Orleans Jazz Band

Continental Airlines Stage (400 Bourbon St.)

1:30 p.m. -- Jack McLaughlin's OZ Band

3:30 p.m. -- Magnolia Brass Band

French Quarter.com Stage (500 Bourbon St.)

1:30 p.m. -- Some Like It Hot

3:30 p.m. -- Clive Wilson's New Orleans Serenaders

NOLA.com Stage (700 Bourbon St.)

1:30 p.m. -- Jaques Gauthe and His Creole Rice Jazz Band

3:30 p.m. -- The Last Straws

Special Events

1 p.m. -- 11th Annual New Orleans International Music Colloquium, "New Orleans in the 1910s" features presentations, films, interviews and music performances. Call 680-9044

(New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park)

1 p.m. -- Interview with drummer Reed Vaughan

2:30 p.m. -- "New Orleans Music of the Teens" Panel discussion led by Jack Stewart

3 p.m. -- Interview with trombonist Al Barthlow

10 a.m. -- Second-line parade with the Navy Jazz Band, 100 block of Bourbon St. to Jackson Square

10 a.m. -- 24th Annual Gumbo Ya Ya's World's Largest Praline Contest, 219 Bourbon St.

11:30 a.m. -- New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park presents "African Retentions in Jazz," a musical performance with Rangers Matt Hempsey and Bruce Barnes. 916 N. Peters St.

1 p.m. -- Open courtyard at the Gallier House, 1126 Royal St.

2 p.m. -- Patio Planters' Historic Courtyards Self-Guided Tour: 1113 Chartres St., 526 Gov. Nicholls St., 831 Gov. Nicholls St., 814 Gov. Nicholls St.

5 p.m. -- Official French Quarter Festival poster signing/meet the artist party, Vincent Gallery, 631 Decatur St.

7 p.m. -- The Historic New Orleans Collection presents "Les Amis du Jazz: William Russell, Fred Ramsey, Hugues Panaissie, Charles Delaunay, and the Revival of New Orleans Jazz, 1938-1949." Lecture presented by Tom McDermott and Evan Christopher. Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St.

Children's Events

11 a.m. -- McDonogh 15 School hosts "Family Friendly Fest" sponsored by Konica Minolta and Tulane Hospital for Children featuring children's entertainment, activities, art workshops, a visual art sale and concessions at the corner of St. Philip and Royal streets (721 St. Philip St.). Three stages will feature entertainment by students from NOCCA, McDonogh 15 and others, as well as Papillon, Calliope Puppets and Philip Melancon.

Saturday, April 14

Jackson Square

Southern Comfort Stage

11 a.m. -- New Orleans Own Dukes of Dixieland

1 p.m. -- Banu Gibson & New Orleans Hot Jazz

3 p.m. -- Ronnie Kole with special guest John Perkins

5 p.m. -- Wanda Rouzan & A Taste of New Orleans

Woldenberg Riverfront Park

Coors Light Main Stage

11 a.m. -- Archbishop Rummell High School Jazz Band

12:15 p.m. -- Joe Krown Organ Combo

1:45 p.m. -- Irene Sage Band

3:15 p.m. -- Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers

4:45 p.m. -- Big Sam's Funky Nation

6:15 p.m. -- Papa Grows Funk

7:45 p.m. -- Walter '"Wolfman" Washington & the Roadmasters

Louisiana Life Stage

11 a.m. -- Christian Serpas & Ghost Town

12:30 p.m. -- The Marc Stone Band

2 p.m. -- Astral Project

3:45 p.m. -- Hot Club of New Orleans

5:15 p.m. -- Johnny Angel & the Swingin' Demons

7 p.m. -- Marva Wright & the BMWs

Kohlmeyer Lawn Brass Band Stage

11 a.m. -- Coolbone Brass Band

12:45 p.m. -- Pin Stripe Brass Band

2:30 p.m. -- Treme Brass Band

4:15 p.m. -- Bone Tone Brass Band

6 p.m. -- Rebirth Brass Band

Lousiana State Museum Old U.S. Mint

Zatarain's Cajun/Zydeco Stage

11 a.m. -- Recycled Cajuns

12:30 p.m. -- Jeremy & the Zydeco Hot Boyz

2 p.m. -- Jimmy Thibodeaux

3:45 p.m. -- Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band

5:30 p.m. -- Don Fontenot et Les Amis De La Louisiane

Zatarain's Latin/World Stage

11 a.m. -- Zion Trinity

12:30 p.m. -- Los Vecinos

2 p.m. -- The Zydepunks

3:45 p.m. -- Ya Ya Soul

5:30 p.m. -- Trio de Janiero

Bourbon Street

Capital One Bank Stage (200 Bourbon St.)

1 p.m. -- Rene Netto & the Sounds of New Orleans

3 p.m. -- Louis Ford & His New Orleans Traditional Flairs Jazz Band

Continental Airlines Stage (400 Bourbon St.)

1:30 p.m. -- Fat's Jazz Cats

2:45 p.m. -- Canal Creepers

4 p.m. -- Happy Pals

French Quarter.com Stage (500 Bourbon St.)

1 p.m. -- Nick Sanders Trio

3 p.m. -- New Orleans Po Boys

NOLA.com Stage (700 Bourbon St.)

1 p.m. -- Jamie Wright's Portage Jazz Band

3 p.m. -- New Orleans Helsinki Connection

Royal Street

Whitney Bank Stage (400 Royal St.)

11 a.m. -- Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue

12:30 p.m. -- New Orleans' Finest

2 p.m. -- Gentilly Groove Masters

3:30 p.m. -- Lisa Lynn

5 p.m. -- Battle of Bands: Barney Floyd & His Jazz Band, Ryan Burrage & His Rhythm Makers, Milton Rich & the Dixielanders

500 Royal St.

Noon -- Mike Carubba

1:45 p.m. -- Grace Darling

3:30 p.m. -- Betty Winn & One-A-Chord

700 Royal St.

Noon -- David & Roselyn

1:45 p.m. -- Chris Burke & His New Orleans Music

3:30 p.m. -- Sullivan Dabney Muzik Jazz Band

Classical Stage (Royal Sonesta Hotel)

11 a.m. -- New Orleans String Project

Noon -- Rachel Van Voorhees

2 p.m. -- Mayes 2 Woodwinds

4 p.m. -- A Touch of Rose

Special Events

8 a.m. -- Pirates' Alley Juried Art Show, N.O. Arts Association. More than 100 artists in Pirates' Alley, Pere Antoine Alley, Cabildo Alley, Royal St.

9 a.m. -- McDonogh 15, Konica Minolta and Tulane Hospital for Children sponsor a 5K Fun Run through the French Quarter. Refreshments, T-shirts and prizes provided for registered participants. Call 202-2004.

10 a.m. -- 24th Annual Gumbo Ya Ya's World's Largest Praline Contest, 219 Bourbon St.

10:30 a.m. -- Kids traditional jazz program. Children are invited to bring their own instruments for a hands-on traditional jazz workshop.

1 p.m. -- 11th Annual New Orleans International Music Colloquium, "New Orleans Music in the 1910s" featuring presentations, films, interviews and music performances. Call 680-9044.

2 p.m. -- Patio Planters' Historic Courtyards Self-Guided Tour: 922 Chartres St., 1014 Royal St. and 826 St. Ann St.

7:30 p.m. -- Opera at Dusk. Balcony at 241 Chartres St. Operatic performance featuring soprano Kathy Lowes.

Williams Research Center (410 Chartres St.)

9 a.m. -- Plenary Session -- Panel Discussion: "Transitional Music in the 1910s," with Bruce Raeburn, John McCusker and Tom Stagg, moderated by Jack Stewart

10 a.m. -- "Animal Dances: the Craze of the Decade" with Sue Fischer

11 a.m. -- "Klezmer Music and its Influence on Pre-Jazz Music" with Jack Stewart

Noon -- Jazz films

1 p.m. -- "Brass Band Leader George Paoletti in 1913" with Tom Stagg

2 p.m. -- "New Orleans Brass Bands in the 1910s" with Jason Patterson & Jack Stewart

3 p.m. -- "Early New Orleans Recordings" with Dan Meyer

4 p.m. -- "Kid Ory's Band in the Teens" with John McCusker

New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park (916 N. Peters St., 589-4841)

12:30 p.m. -- Society Brass Band

2 p.m. ­ Evan Christopher & Les Amis Du Jazz

Children's Events

11 a.m. -- McDonogh 15 School hosts "Family Friendly Fest" sponsored by Konica Minolta and Tulane Hospital for Children. Children's entertainment, activities, art workshops, a visual art sale and concessions at the corner of St. Philip and Royal streets (721 St. Philip St.). Three stages will feature entertainment by students from NOCCA, McDonogh 15 and others, as well as Papillon, Calliope Puppets and Philip Melancon.

Sunday, April 15

Jackson Square

Southern Comfort Stage

11 a.m. -- Panorama Jazz Band

1 p.m. -- Tim Laughlin

3 p.m. -- Al Belletto Big Jazz Band

5 p.m. -- Charmaine Neville

Woldenberg Riverfront Park

Coors Light Main Stage

11 a.m. -- Juice

12:15 p.m. -- The Bucktown All-Stars

1:45 p.m. -- Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes

3:15 p.m. -- Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

4:45 p.m. -- The Soul Project

6:15 p.m. -- Bonerama

Louisiana Life Stage

11 a.m. -- Ingrid Lucia

12:30 p.m. -- New Orleans Jazz Vipers

2 p.m. -- New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Company feat. Michelle Ploue

3:30 p.m. -- The String Beans

5 p.m. -- Wardell Quezergue's New Orleans R&B Revue

6:15 p.m. -- Glasgow!

Kohlmeyer Lawn Brass Band Stage

11 a.m. -- Soul Rebels Brass Band

12:45 p.m. -- Lil' Rascals

2:30 p.m. -- Andrew Hall's Society Brass Band

4:15 p.m. -- Arabi Wrecking Krewe All-Stars

6 p.m. -- Storyville Stompers Brass Band

Lousiana State Museum Old U.S. Mint

Zatarain's Cajun/Zydeco Stage

11 a.m. -- Brityn Lotz

12:30 p.m. -- J.J. Callier & the Zydeco Knockouts

2 p.m. -- Bayou Deville

3:45 p.m. -- Sunpie Barnes & the Louisiana Sunspots

5:30 p.m. -- Rockin' Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters

Zatarain's Latin/World Stage

11 a.m. -- Beth Patterson

12:30 p.m. -- Otra

2 p.m. -- Ricardo Crespo

3:45 p.m. -- Ovi G & the Froggies

5:30 p.m. -- Fredy Omar con su Banda

Bourbon Street

Capital One Bank Stage (200 Bourbon St.)

Noon -- Ed Dowling's Jazz Band

2 p.m. -- Rhodes Spedale Jazz Sketches feat. vocalist Sandy Cash

Continental Airlines Stage (400 Bourbon St.)

12:30 p.m. -- Hans & His Ragtimers

1:45 p.m. -- KBR

3 p.m. -- Pontchartrain Owls

French Quarter.com Stage (500 Bourbon St.)

Noon ­ John "Kid" Simmons New Orleans Jazz band

2 p.m. ­ Kat Walker Jazz Combo

NOLA.com Stage (700 Bourbon St.)

Noon -- Kim Prevost & Bill Solley

2 p.m. -- Duke Heitger's New Orleans Wanderers

Legends Park (300 Bourbon St.)

1 p.m. -- James Andrews & the Crescent City All-Stars

3 p.m. -- Irvin Mayfield

Royal Street

Whitney Bank Stage (400 Royal St.)

11 a.m. -- The Trio

12:30 p.m. -- Vavavoom

2 p.m. -- David Batiste & the Gladiators

3:30 p.m. -- Ole Man River Band

5 p.m. -- Dancing at Dusk with the Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra

500 Royal St.

Noon -- Gary Brown

1:45 p.m. -- Chief Doucette & the Guys I Just Met

3:30 p.m. -- Tony Green & Gypsy Jazz

700 Royal St.

Noon -- Big Daddy "O" Duo

1:15 p.m. -- Bob French Original Tuxedo Jazz Band

2:30 p.m. -- Bamboula 2000

3:45 p.m. -- Philip Melancon

Classical Stage Royal Sonesta Hotel

11 a.m. -- New Orleans Youth Orchestra Contingent

12 p.m. -- John Rankin

2 p.m. -- David Carbonara Ensemble

4 p.m. -- Milton Bush Trombone Ensemble

Special Events

8 a.m. -- Pirates' Alley Juried Art Show, N.O. Arts Association.

10 a.m. -- 24th Annual Gumbo Ya Ya's World's Largest Praline Contest, 219 Bourbon St.

4 p.m. -- The Historic New Orleans Collection presents "Piano Music of the 19th Century New Orleans Composer Basil Bares," performed by Peter Collins. Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St.

Children's Events

11 a.m. -- McDonogh 15 School hosts "Family Friendly Fest" sponsored by Konica Minolta and Tulane Hospital for Children. Children's entertainment, activities, art workshops, visual art sale and concessions at the corner of St. Philip and Royal streets (721 St. Philip St.). Three stages will feature entertainment by students from NOCCA, McDonogh 15 and others, as well as Papillon, Calliope Puppets and Philip Melancon.

click to enlarge Ronnie Kole enjoys himself at French Quarter Festival. - CHERYL GERBER
  • Cheryl Gerber
  • Ronnie Kole enjoys himself at French Quarter Festival.
click to enlarge Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers will play Saturday - afternoon on the main stage at the Riverfront. - CHERYL GERBER
  • Cheryl Gerber
  • Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers will play Saturday afternoon on the main stage at the Riverfront.
click to enlarge Theresa Andersson will play Friday evening on the main - stage at the Riverfront.
  • Theresa Andersson will play Friday evening on the main stage at the Riverfront.
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