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French Quarter Fest Returns



French Quarter Fest Turns 35

This year French Quarter Fest returns for its 35th year.  The festival has held true to its roots in the music of the region and put together a remarkable lineup.  Below you can find a daily breakdown with recommended performances.  Mason Ruffner on Saturday should be of exceptional quality.  This year also sees appearances by both Magnetic Ear (Friday) and Astral Project (Sunday), as well as the Raw Oyster Cult (Sunday).  Check out this great track from Cha Wa (Friday) on New Orleans Live.




11 a.m. – Panorama Jazz Band at the Big River Stage

12:30 p.m. – Alex McMurray at the Tropical Isle Stage

2:10 p.m. – Sweet Crude at the Abita Stage

3:45 p.m. – Irma Thomas at the Abita Stage

3:45 p.m. – Lost Bayou Ramblers at the Zydeco Showcase

5:20 p.m. – The Dirty Dozen Brass Band at the Abita Stage



11:15 a.m. – Meschiya Lake at the Tricentennial Stage

12:35 p.m. – (the amazing) Cha Wa at the Abita Stage

2:15 p.m. – Magnetic Ear at Popeyes Brass Band Jam

3:45 p.m. – Bonerama at the Abita Stage

5:45 p.m. – Water Seed at the Tropical Isle Stage

7:15 p.m. – Jon Cleary at the Big River Stage



11 a.m. – The Zion Harmonizers at the Big River Stage

12:35 p.m. – The Iguanas at the Abita Stage

2 p.m. – Cole Williams Band at the Big River Stage

3:50 p.m. – Charmaine Neville at the Tricentennial Stage

5:30 p.m. – Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles at the Big River Stage

5:45 p.m. – Mason Ruffner at the Tropical Isle Stage

7:30 p.m. – Amanda Shaw at the Zydeco Showcase



11:15 a.m. – Lena Prima at the Tricentennial Stage

12:30 p.m. – The Tin Men at Esplanade in the Shade Stage

2:20 p.m. – Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony at the Tricentennial Stage

3:45 p.m. – Raw Oyster Cult at the Abita Stage

5:30 p.m. – Astral Project at Esplanade in the Shade Stage


To Do This Week

Tonight, you can catch Cha Wa at d.b.a. Tomorrow the Pinettes Brass Band are at Bullet’s.  Saturday, Joe Brown and Walter Wolfman Washington are at Dos Jefes. Sunday night, Ivy Lab will be at the Dragon’s Den and the James Hunter Six at Santos Bar. Wednesday, Less Than Jake will head into the House of Blues.


To Listen This Week



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Mike Griffith is a New Orleans native and like many locals developed an almost immediate and lifelong obsession with live music.  With the revival of “In Tune” his obsession is now on display for our readers.  Mike fills the time between shows teaching media studies at Tulane university where he received his PhD.  He is particularly interested in projects that combine the native understanding of a place with new forms of digital expression.  



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