Irving Honey Banister, Kerry Boom Boom Vessell at the Congo Square New World Rhythms Fest, New Orleans, March 21, 2015. Photo by Willow Haley

Tremé Creole Gumbo, Congo Square Rhythms Fests combine as one

For the first time in the histories of the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival and the Congo Square Rhythms Festival, the two free events will merge into a single festival this weekend.

Louis Armstrong Park and Congo Square will host the double-header event November 16 and 17, where the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation will present two of its signature fall festivals. Two stages of music will pay homage to music of the African diaspora, ranging from traditional drumming of West Africa to contemporary brass bands and much more. The newly expanded weekend will also feature two food courts and two arts markets, featuring both local and international offerings.

Music fans will be treated to performances from Big Six Brass Band, The Soul Rebels, Tonya Boyd-Cannon, Rebirth Brass Band, Bamboula 2000 and much more. There will be a Mardi Gras Indian “battle,” plenty of kids’ activities, dancing and (fingers crossed) a rain-free weekend forecast.

Below, check out the performance lineup for the 2019 Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival and the Congo Square Rhythms Festivals:

Saturday, Nov. 16
11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Red Hot Brass Band
12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Cole Williams Band
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. James Andrews & the Crescent City All-Stars
3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Big Six Brass Band
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Charmaine Neville Band
5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tonya Boyd-Cannon
Sunday, Nov. 17 
11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. LPO Brass Band
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m Free Agents Brass Band
2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tremé Brass Band
3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Hot 8 Brass Band
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m Pinettes Brass Band
6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Rebirth Brass Band
Saturday, Nov. 16
10:45 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Drum Circle 
11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Harbinger Project
12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Glenn Hall & Backatown
2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Corey Henry & the Tremé Funktet
3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Big Sam’s Funky Nation
5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Soul Rebels
Sunday, Nov. 17 
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Drum Circle
12:00 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. African Dance
12:00 p.m. to 12:10 p.m. Tekrema
12:15 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. N’Kafu & Culu
12:35 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. Kumbuka African Dance & Drum Collective
12:55 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. N’Fungola Sibo
1:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Chakra Dance Theatre
1:35 p.m. to 1:55 p.m. Seguenon Kone
2:00 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. Garifuna
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bamboula 2000
3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mardi Gras Indian Battle
4:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Big Chief Bo Dollis Jr & the Wild Magnolias


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