French Quarter Fest 2018. Photo by Noe Cugny

Here’s the lineup for the 2019 French Quarter Festival

Organizers of the 2019 French Quarter Festival have unveiled the details of this year’s performance lineup, as well as some other major announcements.

French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) will put on the 36th annual affair April 11-14. The free festival is widely considered to be the world’s largest showcase of Louisiana music, food and culture—and it’s only getting bigger.

More than 200 artists will perform on 23 stages, including 38 acts making their French Quarter Fest debut. Galactic will appear for the first time, as will Big 6 Brass Band, Keith Burnstein’s Kettle Black, Lil’ Glenn & Backatown, and Magnolia Sisters. Returning favorites include John Boutté, Erica Falls, Little Freddie King, Amanda Shaw, Bill Summers & Jazalsa, Irma Thomas, Water Seed and many others. 

New this year is the expansion of longtime Cajun/Zydeco destination, the Chevron Stage. It will now include more genres and feature the talents of Jon Cleary, George Porter, Jr. & the Runnin’ Partners, Flow Tribe, and Rockin’ Dopsie. 

“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!”

At the Hilton Stage, folks can expect to see performances from Ellis Marsalis, Leroy Jones, Shannon Powell, Robin Barnes, James Andrews and others. Rebirth Brass Band, The Iguanas, and Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters will hold down the Abita Beer Stage, while the GE Stage will be buoyed by Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Corey Henry & the Treme Funktet, and Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road Show. Brass-A-Holics, Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers will rock the Jack Daniel’s Stage.

In addition, musicians whose performances were cancelled due to inclement weather during the 2018 event were re-booked whenever possible. A complete lineup follows:

Thursday, April 11:

Bag of Donuts
Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band
Cha Wa
Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band
Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band
Darcy Malone and The Tangle
Evan Christopher’s Clarinet Road
Funk Monkey
Galactic *
Jon Cleary
Juju Child & The Hypnotic Roots Band
Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers
Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers
Kinfolk Brass Band
Lil’ Glenn & Backatown *
Mykia Jovan *
New Breed Brass Band
Panorama Jazz Band
Preservation All-Stars
Rebirth Brass Band
Sasha Masakowski and Art Market
Stephanie Jordan
The Blues Masters w/ “Big Al” Carson
The DayWalkers**
The Dukes Of Dixieland
The Tin Men
Tonya Boyd-Cannon
Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony
Wendell Brunious


Friday, April 12:

Alex McMurray
Audacity Brass Band
Babineaux Sisters Band
Banu Gibson
Benny Grunch and the Bunch
Big Frank & Lil Frank and the Dirty Old Men
Buku Broux *
Cameron Dupuy and The Cajun Troubadours *
Cullen Landry and the Midnight Streetcar Band featuring Al “Carnival Time” Johnson
Cupid & the Dance Party Express Band
DeJan’s Olympia Brass Band
Delfeayo Marsalis and The Uptown Jazz Orchestra
Fredy Omar con su Banda
G and The Swingin’ Gypsies
Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue
George Porter, Jr. & the Runnin’ Pardners
Irma Thomas, Soul Queen of New Orleans
Jamal Batiste Band
Jamey St Pierre
Jeffery Broussard and The Creole Cowboys ?
Joe Lastie’s New Orleans Sound
John “Papa” Gros
John Boutté
Josh Benitez Band *
Lena Prima
Leroy Jones & New Orleans’ Finest
Lisa Amos
Little Freddie King
Lost Bayou Ramblers
Mason Ruffner
Nebula Rosa *
New Orleans Nightcrawlers
Orange Kellin’s New Orleans Deluxe Orchestra
Ovi-G Froggies
Papa Mali
Partners N Crime & The Big Easy Band
Quiana Lynell
Steve Pistorius & the Southern Syncopators
Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots
TBC Brass Band
The Iguanas
The Nation of Gumbollia
The New Orleans Klezmer All Stars
The Original Pinettes Brass Band
The Revealers
The Soul Rebels
The Vettes
Tricia Boutté & Nordic Swing
Valerie Sassyfras
Wynton (aka Kevin Stylez) *
Zoe K *

Saturday, April 13:

A2D2 Experience with Antoine Diel & Arséne DeLay**
Al “Lil Fats” Jackson **
Alfred Banks w/Live Band**
Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory
Amanda Ducorbier
Bill Summers & Jazalsa
Blonde Roses*
Carl LeBlanc
Chance Bushman & The Ibervillianaires
Charlie Halloran and the Quality 6
Charmaine Neville
Christian Serpas & Ghost Town
Corey Henry & the Treme Funktet
Cyril Neville’s Swamp Funk
Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders
Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers
Egg Yolk Jubilee
Ellis Marsalis Quintet
Flow Tribe
Frankie Boots*
Garden District Jazz Band
Gerald French and Friends
Helen Gillet & Wazozo
Higher Heights Reggae Band
Homer A. Plessy Community School**
Hot 8 Brass Band
Hot Rod Lincoln
Jeremy Joyce *
Keith Burnstein’s Kettle Black**
Kim Carson & the Real Deal
Lawrence Cotton Legendary Experience
Leroy Jones’ Original Hurricane Brass Band
Linnzi Zaorski
Luna Mora**
Lynn Drury
Magnolia Sisters *
Mark Brooks
Mayumi Shara & New Orleans Jazz Letters
Mia Borders
Miss Sophie Lee
Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles
Naydja CoJoe
New Birth Brass Band
New Orleans Classic Jazz Orchestra
New Orleans Cottonmouth Kings
New Orleans Suspects
New Orleans Swamp Donkeys
NOCCA Jazz Ensemble
Patrice Fisher and Arpa
Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road Show
Richard “Piano” Scott and Friends
Riverdale High School R-Project Brass Band *
Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers
Russell Welch Hot Quartet *
Rusty Metoyer and the Zydeco Krush
Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs
Some Like it Hot Traditional Jazz Band
Storyville Stompers Brass Band
Sullivan Dabney’s Muzik Jazz Band
Susan Cowsill
Sweet Olive String Band **
Taylor Smith & The Roamin’ Jasmine *
The Light Set *
The Nayo Jones Experience
The New Orleans Jazz Vipers
The Ronnie Kole Show featuring John Perkins
The Zion Harmonizers
Them Ol Ghosts*
Tim Laughlin
Tom McDermott and His Jazz Hellions
Tommy Sancton’s New Orleans Legacy Band
Treme Brass Band
Tricentennial High School Band * *
Troy Sawyer and the Elementz
Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters
Washboard Chaz Blues Trio
Water Seed
Waylon Thibodeaux Band

Sunday, April 14:

Alexandra Scott
Alice Harte Middle School Band “The Heartbeat of the South” *
Amanda Shaw
Anaïs St. John
Andrew Hall’s Society Brass Band
Astral Project
Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses
Bamboula 2000
Beth Patterson
Betty Win and One A Chord
Big 6 Brass Band *
Big Chief Bo Dollis, Jr. & the Wild Magnolias
Bon Bon Vivant
Borealis Rex *
Bucktown All-Stars
Calvin Johnson and Native Son
Charlie Wooton’s Zydefunk
Clive Wilson’s New Orleans Serenaders
Cole Williams Band
Creole String Beans
Dancing at Dusk with Tom Saunders and the Tomcats
Daria & The Hip Drops
Dash Rip Rock
Dave Ferrato
Davis Rogan
Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers
Don Jamison Heritage School Of Music (Citywide)
Doro Wat *
Ecirb Müller’s Twisted Dixie
Erica Falls
Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestras
Honey Island Swamp Band
Hot Club of New Orleans
Irene Sage
James Andrews
Jamil Sharif
Jason Marsalis 21st Century Trad Band
Jeremy Davenport
Jesse Morrow Trio
John Royen’s New Orleans Rhythm Band
Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes
Jumbo Shrimp Jazz Band
Kid Simmons Jazz Band
Louis Ford and His New Orleans Flairs
Love Evolution
Luke Spurr Allen
Lulu and the Broadsides (feat. Dayna Kurtz)**
Luna Mora **
Margie Perez
Mike Harvey’s Hot Club
Mikhala “Jazz Muffin” Iversen
On The Levee Band
Original Dixieland Jazz Band
Palmetto Bug Stompers
Papo y Son Mandao
Paulin Brothers Jazz Band
Rechelle Cook and the Regeneration Band
Red Hot Brass Band
Red Wolf Brass Band
Rhodes Spedale & Live Jazz Group
Robin Barnes & The Fiyabirds
Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters
Sean Ardoin
Shake Em’ Up Jazz Band
Shannon Powell Traditional All-Star Band
Shawan Rice *
Soul Brass Band
Stone Rabbits *
Sweet Crude
Thais Clark & her JAZZsters
the Daiquiri Queens *
The Dixie Cups
The Pfister Sisters
The Quickening
Tuba Skinny
Wanda Rouzan and A Taste of New Orleans

Also on the lineup are 60+ food vendors, sponsored by Broussard’s Restaurant and Courtyard. Café Maspero, Landry’s Seafood, Messina’s at the Terminal, Morrow’s, New Orleans School of Cooking, Sweet Handkraft, and We Dat’s Chicken and Shrimp will make their festival debuts, while Café Dauphine, Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, GW Fins, Tujague’s and more will return. 

Also unveiled today is the official poster for the 2019 French Quarter Festival, which features Irma Thomas and was created by Ayo Scott.


This year’s festival will feature a program that will allow attendees to recycle plastics and cans. Sponsored by Chevron, the recycling program is part of FQFI’s goal to reduce waste and contribute to a sustainable future. “French Quarter Festivals, Inc. is striving to be an industry leader in waste reduction; it’s important to our long-term success and aligns with our mission to instill increased pride in our community,” said Emily Madero, President & CEO of FQFI. “Last year we introduced recycling at Satchmo SummerFest and diverted 1.4 tons of waste from landfills. We are thrilled to expand that effort at French Quarter Festival.”

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