The non-profit French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) proudly announces details about the 36th Annual French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron. The free festival takes place April 11-14, 2019. Billed as the world’s largest showcase of Louisiana music, food, and culture, French Quarter Festival will bring regional cuisine from more than 60 local restaurants, 1,700+ Louisiana musicians on 23 stages, and special events that showcase New Orleans’ diverse, unique culture.
“Our mission is to promote New Orleans’ culture and heritage, and this year we have more ways to achieve it,” said Emily Madero, President & CEO of FQFI. “Our Chevron Evening Concert Series will showcase more genres with artists like George Porter, Jr., and a new stage on the Moonwalk will expand riverfront entertainment. If you’re looking for a VIP experience, our membership program, Fest Family, now includes single day options and gives attendees a way to directly support our free event!”
Here is what to expect in 2019:
More than 1,700 Artists on 23 Stages
Galactic, George Porter, Jr., and a new Riverfront Stage
Expanded Chevron Evening Concert Series Brings More Headliners
French Quarter Festival is consistently voted ‘local favorite’ while attracting a tremendous out-of-town audience. The appeal is the authenticity: attendees experience a broad range of Louisiana artists from several genres. In 2019 the free festival will feature music from more than 250 acts on 23 stages throughout the historic French Quarter, including 43 new acts. Those making debuts include Galactic, Big 6 Brass Band, Keith Burnstein’s Kettle Black, Lil’ Glenn & Backatown, The Royal Teeth, and Magnolia Sisters. In addition, musicians whose performances were cancelled due to inclement weather during the 2018 event were rebooked whenever possible.
Returning favorites include John Boutté, Erica Falls, Little Freddie King, Amanda Shaw, Bill Summers & Jazalsa, Irma Thomas, Water Seed, and hundreds more. Attendees can experience Louisiana legends in the streets of the Quarter each night of festival, thanks to the expanded Chevron Evening Concert Series. The Chevron Stage, a longtime Cajun/Zydeco destination, will feature more genres nightly, in addition their Cajun/Zydeco lineup; the Evening Concert Series includes Jon Cleary, George Porter, Jr. & the Runnin’ Pardners, Flow Tribe, and Rockin’ Dopsie. In Jackson Square, the Hilton Stage returns with an all-star lineup of New Orleans’ most respected artists and culture-bearers including Ellis Marsalis, John Boutté, Leroy Jones, Shannon Powell, Robin Barnes, and James Andrews. The riverfront Abita Beer Stage brings four days of music including Rebirth Brass Band, The Iguanas, and Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters. The GE Stage returns with every genre from Funk to Gospel; artists include Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Corey Henry & the Treme Funktet, and Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road Show. Artists on the Jack Daniel’s Stage include Brass-A-Holics, Lena Prima, and Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers. At the Tropical Isle Stage, the lineup includes a Sunday morning Gospel performance from Betty Winn and One-A-Chord. At the Jazz Museum at the Mint, brass bands will be featured Friday-Sunday on the Louisiana Fish Fry Stage, and the WWL-TV Stage brings three days of music from crowd favorites like Benny Grunch and the Bunch, Creole String Beans, and Margie Perez.
A new venue, the Pan-American Life Insurance Group Stage will bring music to the newly renovated Moonwalk on Saturday and Sunday. Artists include Helen Gillet & Wazozo and Jason Marsalis 21st Century Trad Band. French Quarter Festival also welcomes additional new stage sponsors Hancock Whitney, Dorignac’s Food Center, and Dow Chemical. A complete lineup can be found at frenchquarterfest.org.
Sponsors Help To Keep French Quarter Fest a True Community Event
French Quarter Festivals, Inc. is proud of its 36 year history of providing high-quality community events that are accessible to all. In order to keep the festival free and open to the public, the organization relies heavily on the contributions of sponsors and partners as well as beverage and merchandise sales.
The Helis Foundation is a proud supporter of the 2019 French Quarter Festival.
More information at frenchquarterfest.org