French Quarter Fest 2014 Line-Up Announced, Poster Released

New Orleans’ largest free festival, the French Quarter Festival, announced its 2014 programming this morning; a line-up that once again expands the growing annual fest with a new stage, new cuisine experiences, a very special exclusive performance and more. This year’s festival, taking place April 10 – 13,  marks the 31st anniversary of what began as a locals’ neighborhood  gathering designed to attract locals back to the Quarter after construction to spruce it up pre-1984 Worlds’ Fair.

French Quarter Fest (FQF) is now touted as one of the city’s “destination” events by tourism officials, and claims an economic impact of $246-million from an estimated 560,000 festival-goers in 2013, according to the producers at French Quarter Festivals, Inc (FQFI). 2013’s title sponsor, Chevron, continued its partnership with FQFI’s series of annual fests (which also include Satchmo Summerfest and Christmas New Orleans Style) this year, providing considerable support for FQF’s expanded programming.

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French Quarter Festival 2014 official poster featuring Dr. John.

The 2014 line-up’s marquee performance will be Dr. John‘s first appearance at French Quarter Fest since 1987. Organizers note that Mac’s French Quarter Fest set is he and the Nite Trippers only spring festival performance for 2014, and is to be followed by a closing performance by the Roots of Music youth marching band (beneficiary of the FQF Gala fundraiser and last April’s OffBeat Magazine cover story) and the Grammy Award-winning Rebirth Brass Band, making the evening a not-to-be-missed event. This year’s official festival poster, created by local artist Varion Laurent, also pays homage to Dr. John as its 2014 subject. The poster is available for pre-order now on the French Quarter Fest website.

One of the new highlights this year is the re-opening of the Mississippi Riverfront strip that has been closed for renovations, where French Quarter Fest will launch a new stage. The Big River Stage is scheduled to host performances from Davell Crawford, Paul Sanchez and the Minimum Rage, Glen David Andrews, Jeremy Davenport, New Birth Brass Band, Eric Lindell, Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Flow Tribe, Diablo’s Horns, George Porter, Jr. and Runnin’ Pardners, Lynn Drury, Russell Batiste & Friends with The Wild Tchoupitoulas featuring Jason Neville, Egg Yolk Jubilee, Big Chief Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias, Casa Samba Extravaganza, The New Orleans Suspects, the Iguanas, and more.

In addition to the new Big River Stage, the fest converts the Old U.S, Mint Stage into the Popeye’s Brass Band Stage, which will see sets from Leroy Jones’ Original Hurricane Brass Band, Hot 8 Brass Band, The Original Pinettes Brass Band, Treme Brass Band, Audacity Brass Band, Lagniappe Brass Band, Onward Brass Band, Corey Henry’s Treme Funktet, The Original Pinettes Brass Band, Andrew Hall’s Society Brass Band, Orleans Brass Band, and more.

Of the fest’s 21 stages (indoor and outdoor throughout the French Quarter), one of last year’s platforms stood out in particular as a patron favorite, and so the Chevron Cajun-Zydeco Showcase returns at the Bienville Triangle to feature the Big Easy Playboys, Waylon Thibodeaux Band, Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet, Corey Ledet, Brandon Moreau & his Cajungrass, Bruce Daigrepoint Cajun Band, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Amada Shaw, Feufollet, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, Babineaux Sisters Band, Rusty Metoyer and the Zydeco Krush, Sean Ardoin-n-Zydekool, Roddie Romero & the Hub City Allstars, Les Freres Michot, Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, and more.

A variety of other New Orleans-centric cultural programming also includes diverse presentations like “Opera at Dusk” and the traditional Friday morning second line parade to kick-off the festivities.

Of course no authentic Crescent City festival would be complete without a bevy of culinary options, and French Quarter Fest producers promise that 2014 will once again be a foodie’s paradise with over 60 local restaurants who participate in what producers call the “World’s Largest Jazz Brunch.” Rouse’s Louisiana supermarket chain is back to host the “World Largest Crawfish Eating Contest” and with freshly the opened and reconstructed riverwalk this year, the fest adds a new riverfront “dining area” on the Kohlmeyer Lawn as well to provide a more comfortable cuisine experience.

The French Quarter Festival Louisiana Music Film Festival, launched last year at the Old U.S. Mint with the Timecode:Nola independent filmmakers collective, will be back too. This year it moves to the newly re-opened Le Petit Theatre at the corner of Jackson Square. Timecode:Nola and the festival will announce the 2014 film screenings and discussions schedule, to take place on Saturday, and Sunday in the coming weeks.

If taking in some Louisiana music films inspires you to learn more about local cultural history and even try your hand (or foot) at a few local traditions, French Quarter Fest’s educational programming continues to provide with the “Let Them Talk: Conversations About Louisiana Music” panels at the Old U.S. Mint on Friday and Saturday, free dance lessons from grand marshall Dancing Man 504 and the NOLA Jitterbugs throughout the weekend, a children’s activities zone and a juried art show in Pirate’s Alley. Complete line-up and daily stage schedules to be announced.

 

FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVAL 2014 ALPHABETICAL PERFORMANCE LINE-UP BY DATE:

 

French Quarter Fest Debuts

Babineaux Sisters Band

Baby Bee

Chegadão

Corey Henry’s Tremé Funktet

Corey Ledet

Dash Rip Rock

Jaland Crossland

John Fohl

Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen

Jumonville / Staehle

Mardi Gras Indian Orchestra

Nasimiyu Murumba Band

Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas

Nigel Hall

NOCCA Jazz Ensemble

Organic Trio

Peter Novelli

PJ Morton

Preservation  Hall Brass Ensemble

Rebecca Roubion

Rusty Metoyer and the Zydeco Krush

Sean Bruce

Symphony Chorus of New Orleans

Tank and the Bangas

The Believers

The Idlewild String Confederation

The New Orleans Suspects

Travis Meadows

 

 

Thursday, April 10

Bag of Donuts

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

Benny Grunch and the Bunch

Big Easy Playboys

Blues Masters featuring “Big Al” Carson

Bonerama

Chris Owens

Corey Ledet

Eric Lindell

Flow Tribe

Fredy Omar con su Banda

Gravy

Irma Thomas, Soul Queen of New Orleans

Joe Krown, Walter “Wolfman” Washington & Russell Batiste

Lionel Ferbos and the Louisiana Shakers

New Birth Brass Band

Organic Trio

Panorama Jazz Band

PJ Morton

PresHall Brass

Soul Project NOLA

Tank and the Bangas

The Pfister Sisters

The Victory Big Band

Waylon Thibodeaux Band

 

Friday, April 11

Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys

Audacity Brass Band

Aurora Nealand and the Royal Roses

Banu Gibson & the New Orleans Hot Jazz

Brandon Moreau and Cajungrass

Brass-A-Holics

Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band

Camile Baudoin and the Living Rumors

Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band

Connie Jones and the FQF All Stars

Dash Rip Rock

Davell Crawford

Davis Rogan

Debauche

Diablo’s Horns

Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders

Donald Harrison, Jr.

Dr. John and the Nite Trippers

Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue

George Porter, Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners

Kid Merv and All That Jazz

Lagniappe Brass Band

Leroy Jones’ Original Hurricane Brass Band

Luke Winslow-King

Marc Stone

Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas

Nigel Hall

Paul Sanchez and Minimum Rage

Rebirth Brass Band

Robin Barnes

Rotary Downs

Shannon Powell and his Traditional All-stars

Stooges Brass Band

The Dukes of Dixieland (40th Anniversary)

The New Orleans Nightingales Revue

The Roots of Music

Tricia Boutté & Bootleg Operation

Wendell Brunious

 

Saturday, April 12

Amy Trail

Andrew Duhon

Babineaux Sisters Band

Big Chief Bo Dollis, Jr. & the Wild Magnolias

Brother Tyrone & the Mindbenders

Charmaine Neville

Chegadão

Chris Mulé & the Perpetrators

Christian Serpas & Ghost Town

Clive Wilson’s New Orleans Serenaders

Colin Lake

Corey Henry’s Treme Funktet

Cori Walters and the Universe Jazz Band

Dave Ferrato & Tchoupazine

Denton Hatcher

Duke Heitger’s Steamboat Stompers

Egg Yolk Jubilee

Erica Falls

Ernie Vincent and the Top Notes

Feufollet

Garden District Trio

Glen David Andrews

Hot Club of New Orleans

Irvin Mayfield and the Jazz Playhouse Revue

Jaland Crossland

Jane Harvey Brown Traditional Jazz Stars

Jerry Embree’s Jazzman Band

Jimmy LaRocca’s Original Dixieland Jazz Band

John Autin and Ex-Treme

Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes

Jumonville/Staehle

Lars Edegran’s New Orleans Jazz Band

Lena Prima and Band

Lynn Drury

New Orleans Cottonmouth Kings

NOCCA Jazz Ensemble

Onward Brass Band

Opera on Tap

Otra

Ovi-G and the Froggies

Rebecca Roubion

Renard Poché Band

Rick Trolsen’s New Orleans Po-Boys

Roddie Romero & the Hub City Allstars

Royal & Dumaine Hawaiians

Russell Batiste & Friends w/ the Wild Tchoupitoulas featuring Jason Neville

Rusty Metoyer and the Zydeco Krush

Sean Ardoin-n-Zydekool

Sean Bruce

Some Like it Hot Traditional Jazz Band

Steve Pistorius & the Southern Syncopators

The Bottoms Up Blues Gang

The Dixie Cups (50th Anniversary)

The Irene Sage Band

The New Orleans Jazz Vipers

The Original Pinettes Brass Band

The Ronnie Kole Show featuring John Perkins

The Smoking Time Jazz Club

Tim Laughlin

Tom McDermott & His Jazz Hellions

Tommy Malone

Travis Meadows

Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters

Zion Trinity Band

 

Sunday, April 13

Alexis and the Samurai

Anais St. John

Andrew Hall’s Society Brass Band

Astral Project

Baby Bee

Bamboula 2000

Bucktown All-Stars

Carl LeBlanc

Casa Samba Extravaganza

Creole String Beans

Crescent City Brass

Dancing at Dusk with the Tom Saunders and the Tomcats

Daria and the Hip Drops

Don Jamison Heritage School of Music

Gina Brown & Anutha Level

Harmonouche

Harpist Rachel Van Voorhees

Helen Gillet’s Wazozo Zorchestra

Hot 8 Brass Band

I’voire Spectacle

Ingrid Lucia

James Andrews

Jeremy Davenport

John Fohl

Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen

Kid Simmons Jazz Band

Kristin Diable

Leif Pedersen’s 1944 Big Band

Leroy Jones & New Orleans’ Finest

Les Freres Michot

Lillian Boutté & Gumbo Zaire

Linnzi Zaorski

Little Freddie King

Los Po-Boy-Citos

Lost Bayou Ramblers

Mardi Gras Indian Orchestra

Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns

Miss Sophie Lee

Nasimiyu Marumba Band

New Orleans Classic Jazz Orchestra

New Orleans Moonshiners

Orange Kellin’s New Orleans Deluxe Orchestra

Orleans Brass Band

Peter Novelli

Raw Oyster Cult

Rhodes Spedale & Cool Breeze

Seva Venet and his Storyville Stringband

Storyville Stompers Brass Band

Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots

Susan Cowsill

The Believers

The Friendly Travelers

The Idlewild String Confederation

The Iguanas

The New Orleans Suspects

The Uptown Jazz Orchestra

Tommy Sancton’s New Orleans Legacy Band

Treme Brass Band

Tuba Skinny

Wanda Rouzan and a Taste of New Orleans

Young Reliance Brass Band

 

More Info: www.fqfi.org

 

  • Day Trippa

    Not Mac’s “only spring festival performance for 2014.” He’s also scheduled to headline Baton Rouge Blues Fest that same weekend.