I came down to New Orleans a little over three years ago and it didn’t take long for this place to steal my heart. Everyone has a “That’s when I fell for New Orleans” story, and although sharing these anecdotes are similar to describing dreams in the way they are fun for the person talking but not necessarily engrossing for the listener, I’ll offer mine:
On April 2, 2008, I headed down to Layfayette Square to check out the first installment of the 2008 Young Leadership Council Wednesday at the Square Concert Series. When I arrived, I was greeted by hundreds of people of all ages cutting up to the nasty, multi-dimensional groove of Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk. It was love at first sight, and the event’s annual 12-week run has grown to become one of my favorite New Orleans institutions:
The YLC Wednesday at the Square free concert series features top live musical acts from around the region. In addition to the music, YLC Wednesday at the Square has an Artist Village, showcasing handcrafted items including glass art, jewelry, ceramics, photographs, t-shirts, paintings and more. A varied selection of food and beverages is available with proceeds from these sales benefitting the YLC’s many community projects.
This year, the party starts on March 30, as the Radiators – who are quite literally making at least one final stop on every stage they’ve ever graced before they disband in June – kick off the 2011 season. More announcements, including the release of the full schedule, are expected in the next few weeks.