What’s New at French Quarter Fest 2018?

14:03 March 22, 2018
By: Eddy Guttierrez III

The 35th edition of French Quarter Festival will feature many of the old favorites you know and love like musical performances by Irma Thomas and Dirty Dozen Brass Band, as well as culinary standouts like Antoine’s, Pat O’Brien’s and Tujaque’s. However, this year will feature a number of new additions to the festival that attendees are sure to love.

  • A record-breaking 33 musical acts, including Alfred Banks, Chocolate Milk, Rechell Cook & the Regeneration Band, and Zachary Richard, will be making their French Quarter Fest debuts this year, joining returning favorites like Cyril Neville, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Irma Thomas, Jon Cleary, Little Freddie King and the Grammy-winning Lost Bayou Ramblers.

  • With the 100 block of Bourbon Street now re-opened after months of construction, the FQF team will bring music to the first block of Bourbon with the Gateway to Bourbon Street Stage, co-sponsored by Dickie Brennan Company of New Orleans, Associated Food Supply, Sysco, and TLC Linens. The goal is to spotlight and support affected businesses. Artists include Kid Simmons Jazz Band, Paulin Brothers Jazz Band, and The New Orleans Jazz Vipers.

  • New restaurants at 2018 festival include: Café Beignet, Café Dauphine, The Company Burger, The Daily Beet, Flamingo A-Go-Go, and SoBou. New drinks include Luzianne tea, French Market Coffee, Bubly and a variety of Abita beers. This year’s food layout will be altered as well. Food will take over the entire Jax Brewery parking lot and the vendors along the riverfront will be more centrally located.

  • FQF is unveiling a new initiative to honor our cultural heritage by investing in the future: Ernie’s Schoolhouse Stage will give young artists the opportunity to perform at French Quarter Festival while gaining business and marketing skills to support their musical careers. Ernie’s Schoolhouse Stage artists include Landry Walker High School, Martin Luther King High School Brass Band, and NOCCA Jazz Ensemble. In addition to providing music-business education to the performers, the initiative allows FQF to support their organizations by funding the performances.

  • Fans seeking a special way to enjoy French Quarter Festival or entertain clients now have a new option: the NOLA.com Fest Family Experience. Fest Family members will enjoy a hospitality lounge, an elevated viewing stand near the Abita Beer Stage, private bars, refreshments, air-conditioned restrooms, merchandise discounts, memorabilia, exclusive programming, and more. The VIP benefits will be available all four days of the event.

For more information on French Quarter Fest, please visit fqfi.org.

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