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During the spring, festivals are a way of life here. Locals bop from festival to festival celebrating everything from the strawberry harvest to Cajun music to New Orleans culture. For […]

Jazz Fest: Time to Get Out the Sunblock

Here it is—the complete schedule of what’s happening at the 20th Annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the greatest music, food and crafts event in the country. Almost 3,000 musicians, […]

The World Comes to Cajun Country

Imagine a mostly-free festival where you can hear master drummers from the African nation of Burundi, watch medieval Belgian stilt-dancers, listen to voodoo-influenced music from Haiti, dance to Caribbean zouk […]

The Symphony Returns

In the 1970s, a festival organizer came to explore New Orleans as the site of a dance, drama, opera and classical music festival. The response he received, says Tulane University […]

Jazz Fest Update: River Tent Revealed

This year, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival marks its 20th anniversary as one of the world’s great musical events. The Fest is probably one of the outstanding bargains […]

Tipitina’s: The Legend Lives On

When you enter the door at Tipitina’s night club, you immediately view the first visible shrine to one of New Orleans’ musical patron saints, Henry Roeland Byrd, the one and […]

Spotlight: March Features More Than Its Share of Music and a Streetcar Named Desire

Spring in New Orleans heralds anticipation of several annual events: the Jazz Fest, Spring Fiesta and the Crescent City Classic. But a newly created music contest for up-and-coming local musicians […]


If you had to pick one day out of the year to be in New Orleans, the obvious choice is Fat Tuesday, better known as Mardi Gras Day. That presumes, […]

Masks: The Soul of Mardi Gras

No American city is more hospitable to those reptilian souls who wish to shed their old skin and try a new one. New Orleans is an international capital of transformations…and […]

Snug Harbor: Jazz Haven

Five years ago New Orleans music was booming. Oil was flush, collaborations between musicians and various artists blossomed, and the town was pitched for a world’s fair whose promoters promised […]