It’s hard to call something attended by over 500,000 people a “well-kept secret”, but despite its meteoric rise in popularity since its 1984 inception, The French Quarter Festival still feels like just that. Maybe it’s the massive music schedule that features almost exclusively homegrown talent, maybe it is the way way the 18 stages organically sprawl across the Quarter, maybe it is the fact that it is still free after all these years.
Either way French Quater Fest has grow to be the largest admission-free music festival in the Gulf South, and this year the aim is to make it even bigger:
For the first time in its history, the festival has added an additional day. Dubbed ‘Locals Lagniappe Day,’ Thursday, April 7th will open the festival. An eclectic mix of artists, chosen because they are local favorites, include: Los Hombres Calientes, Benny Grunch and the Bunch, Kipori Woods, and The Preservation Hall-Stars will play opening day.
And as the scope of the event expands every year, so does the diversity of the line-up. Traditional jazz, R&B, zydeco, brass bands, folk and gospel and will all be well represented, but so will indie rock, funk, post-classical French Pop, and Russian mafia punk: Artists such as MyNameIsJohnMichael, Flow Tribe, Helen Gillet’s Wazozo and Debauche fill out a line-up of perennial local favorites.