Springtime in The Big Easy is like springtime nowhere else. Music literally leaps out at you from every nook and cranny the city has to offer.
Music is nothing new to this city, as anyone who either lives here or visits can attest to. But with the coming of spring comes the festivals.
Here are but a few
Every Wednesday in April, May, and June Lafayette Square hosts free concerts from 5:00pm til 7:30pm. These concerts offer some of the best and most diverse local talent the city has to offer. Acts like Big Sam’s Funky Nation, The Wise Guys and Papa Grows Funk. Held in the heart of the CBD, the square is a welcome oasis from the city’s famous humidity. Good food, great music, beautiful surroundings. Can’t go wrong.
French Quarter Fest:
April 12th through April 15th
The French Quarter Festival is held just before Jazz Fest, with many stages with some Zydeco, Classical, Jazz, and Cajun music are spread around the French Quarter and Woldenberg Park. Acts like Papa Grows Funk, George porter and his Runnin’ Partners, The Bucktown Allstars, and such. The French Quarter Festival also has the world’s largest outdoor Jazz brunch so there’s great food. Best of all the festival is free and is in the French Quarter, so it’s easy to get to.
Italian Heritage Fest:
March 30th through April1st
The Italian Fest celebrates New Orleans’ Italian
Influence through a celebration of food, crafts, and music.
This three-day festival is held in Kenner Louisiana at River Town.
The music acts range from rock to “rat pack” tribute music. Groups like The Top Cats, The Bucktown Allstars, The Yat pack, Category 6, just to name a few.
Great music, great food, good times for all.
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival:
April 27th through May 6th
The “Big Daddy” of New Orleans Festivals, the Jazz Fest, as most locals know it, is the one you don’t want to miss.
Featuring musical acts from all over the world, Jazz Fest has become a major drawing card for New Orleans. This year with acts the likes of Bruce Springsteen, The Beach Boys, Cee Lo Green, Trombone Shorty, and The Foo Fighters. As well as local greats such as Rockin Doopsie, Rebirth Brass Band, and Trombone Shorty, almost all musical tastes are met at some point over the two-weekend stretch.
So get out those shorts, coolers, suntan lotion, and definitely bring your party!
The party’s here and the time is now!
See Ya there!