Tag Archives: Congo Square

Buckwheat Declared Cancer Free

Good news from Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural, the longtime frontman of Buckwheat Zydeco: The singer/accordionist has been declared cancer-free and will resume his busy touring schedule next month. The popular bandleader revealed in January that he’d been diagnosed with early-stage cancer of his left lung and vocal cord; at the time he put all pending shows [...]

New World Rhythms Hit Congo Square

“NEW WORLD RHYTHMS” HIT CONGO SQUARE THIS WEEKEND It’s often said that all American music comes from Congo Square and this weekend, a lot of it is coming back. On Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24, the Jazz & Heritage Foundation presents the Congo Square New World Rhythms festival at Armstrong Park, with brass bands, Mardi [...]

2013 Jazz Fest and Congo Square Posters Released

The posters for the 2013 Jazz Fest and Congo Square have been released, spotlighting acts on the Jazz Fest bill this year. Local publisher art4now released the official posters, with various editions ranging from $69-$895, per below. Check the images and details, starting with the official 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest poster by [...]


I just returned to the office from teaching a marketing class at my alma mater, the University of New Orleans, which is celebrating “Marketing Week.” Lisa Palumbo, the class professor, turned over her “Promotions Management” class to me, and I had an hour or so to talk about promoting your or others’ businesses, and promoting [...]

Celebrate Juneteenth at Free Festival in Congo Square

Juneteenth, a centuries-old tradition that finds it’s origins in 1865 Galveston, Texas, has experienced a resurgence as of late with an initiative for the holiday’s federal recognition. To commemorate the occasion, which celebrates African-American empowerment and the abolition of slavery, the New Orleans Juneteenth Committee has organized a “Celebrating Freedom Festival” to be held at [...]

Herbie Hancock Kicks Off International Jazz Day in Congo Square

“I believe this is a musical first,” Herbie Hancock declared from a stage in Congo Square. The jazz pianist was there to celebrate International Jazz Day—by itself a first—with a sunrise concert, but he was referring to his performance of “Watermelon Man,” accompanied in New Orleans by a band of music students including New Orleans’ [...]

Final Four’s Big Dance Concert Series to Feature Kiss, Black Keys, Jimmy Buffett

It’s official—Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State and Kansas are coming to town for the NCAA Final Four, and so are Kiss, the Black Keys, Jimmy Buffett and more. Starting Friday at 4 p.m., “The Big Dance Concert Series” brings free shows to Woldenberg Park starting with Kiss on Friday night. Saturday the Black Keys will headline [...]

Armstrong Park, Sculpture Garden Open Again

“You will see the restored statue of Louis Armstrong, toe and all,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced today at a ribbon cutting ceremony to reopen Armstrong Park. The damaging of the Armstrong statue in Armstrong Park was the final indignity in Ray Nagin’s hurried last act – the installation of a sculpture garden. When he officially [...]

November 2011 Letters

REMOVE THE FENCE We enjoyed the free concert in Lafayette Square and went to Rock ’n’ Bowl, Blue Nile, Funky Pirate and some clubs on Bourbon Street. We stopped off briefly in Armstrong Park on September 24 in the daytime. We have been there many years ago and I wanted again to look at Congo [...]

Congo Square Comes to NOMA Tonight

“At least we’ve got this place,” says Luther Gray, founder of the Congo Square Foundation, and leader of the dance and music ensemble, Bamboula 2000. “It’s a place we can all claim as ours.” Congo Square in Armstrong Park is the epicenter of African culture in New Orleans, which is why local artists and musicians [...]