April 27, 2022 · 1:09 am
The 4 days of French Quarter Fest came to a close on Sunday. Employing over 1,700 local musicians, the fest features genres from funk, R&B and jazz to rock, gospel and Zydeco. Over 1,500 volunteers and a variety of local companies handling sanitation, security, stages, sound, etc. insure that all of the money spent producing the festival remains within the local economy.
We started the day with Shrimp Ragivote over Fried Green Tomato ($9) from Tujague’s Restaurant. Continue reading →
Filed under Concerts, Culture, festival, free events and lagniappe, Local Cuisine, Pelicans
Tagged as basketball, Cochon de Lait, Cochon de Lait PoBoy, concert, Cottage Catering, Derrick Freeman, Dixie Cups, french quarter, French Quarter Fest, French Quarter Festival, Jackson Square, Jacques Imo's, Jacques-Imo's Cafe, James Martin, James Martin Band, Jaques Imo's, Jaques-Imo's Cafe, john boutte, latonola, Laura Cayouette, Mia Borders, music, new orleans, Partners N Crime, Paul Sanchez, Pelicans, Pelicans Dance Team, Pelicans Drum Line, Pump The Party, rebirth brass band, Restaurant, Soul Brass Band, The Dixie Cups, Tujague's, Tujague’s Restaurant, Tujaque's, Walker's Southern Style BBQ, Walker’s BBQ
August 2, 2015 · 1:15 am
Friday marked the start of the 15th annual Satchmo Fest celebrating jazz and the life of New Orleans native, Louis Armstrong, with 2 stages of live music, seminars and local food. There were some changes made this year. The most obvious is that the festival is no longer free to the public. I’m sure there are people for whom the $5/day charge might prove too much. I’m thinking especially of large families. That said, you certainly get your money’s worth and if the money went for the new giant tents making it possible to be in the shade all day, it was money well spent. Continue reading →
Filed under Charity, Concerts, Culture, festival, Local Cuisine
Tagged as 12 Years a Slave, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Branford Marsalis, brass band, concert, Deacon John, Deacon John & the Ivories, Derrick Tabb, Dookie Chase, Dwight Henry, Ellis Marsalis, french quarter, James Andrews, jazz, John Michael Bradford, Lakeview Harbor, latonola, Leah Chase, Leah Chase singer, Louis Armstrong, music, new orleans, Plum Street Snoballs, Praline Connection, Pres Hall Brass, rebirth brass band, Restaurant, Rib Room, roots of music, Royal Omni, Satchmo Fest, second line, singer, The Roots of Music, Tujague's, Utopia, Winks Bakery, Wynton Marsalis, Zapp's Potato Chips
April 30, 2015 · 12:44 am
After a one year hiatus, Chaz Fest is back. Named for Washboard Chaz who joins every group, the festival was formed a decade ago when members of The Tin Men (and Alex McMurray’s wife) came up with the backyard festival as a reaction to being rejected by Jazz Fest. Held at the Truck Farm, an artists haven, the 2 stages (one in the yard and one in the woods) rotate so that the music is nonstop – 14 bands in under 10 hours. With its rustic porches, patios, enclaves and hideaways – all festooned with whimsically painted signs – the Truck Farm always reminds me of my childhood at Lemonade Farm, the subject of my novel by the same name. The food feels homegrown and the people are dressed like Dead Heads and flower children. It’s 1976 again with peace in the air. Continue reading →
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April 15, 2014 · 9:48 am
With the weekend in full swing, all of the over-20 stages and dozens more food booths opened throughout the Quarter for day 3 of French Quarter Fest. The first day, we parked ourselves in front of the Abita Stage and watched masters of their craft all day. Friday, we enjoyed all that again as well as watching well over 100 children take the stage throughout the day. Saturday, we hit every corner of the Fest – from the Mint to the Aquarium and from Bourbon Street to the river.
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Filed under Charity, Concerts, Culture, decorations and costumes, festival, free events and lagniappe, Local Cuisine, the Saints
Tagged as abita, Adrian Morgan, Band Director, Big Chief, bo dollis, Cafe Reconcile, Canal Creepers, concert, Crawfish Eating Contest, Dancing Grounds, dancing waitress, dancingman504, Derrick Tabb, Dixie Cups, Dreamy Weenies, Egg Yolk Jubilee, Fletcher Mackel, french market, french quarter, French Quarter Fest, Glen David Andrews, high school, Hub City Allstars, Jackie Clarkson, James Karst, Jason Neville, Jr, Kid's Workshop, Landry Walker, latonola, lost love lounge, M.S. Rau Antiques, mardi gras indian, music, new orleans, New Orleans Red Beans, New Orleans School of Cooking, Plum Street, Plum Street Snoballs, rebirth brass band, Red Hot Brass Band, redemption, Restaurant, Restaurant R'evolution, Roddy Romero, roots of music, Rouses, Russell Batiste, Rusty Metoyer, Sonya “Black Widow” Thomas, Sonya Thomas, Southern Syncopators, Spy Boy Dow, Steve Pistorius, Tambourine Green, Tanya and Dorise, The Black Widow, The Dixie Cups, The Roots of Music, The Whole Gritty City, Times Picayune, Travers Mackel, Tujague's, WDSU, who dat, Whole Gritty City, Wilbert Rawlins, Wild Magnolias, Wild Tchoupitoulas, World Championship, Zydeco, Zydeco Krush
January 27, 2014 · 11:58 am
The categories are: Food & Beverage, Music & Entertainment, Culture, Shopping and Giving & More. Anything named previously in my Favorite Things in NOLA 2012 is marked with an Asterix*. Most items have links to their site, but if you’d like to know more, use the search window on the right to find photos, videos, history and stories.
This year, I’ve added a gallery of photos. The first photos are of items listed and the last half are of stuff I love in New Orleans from Creole tomatoes to Ashley the Traffic Tranny.
I’m also revealing Your Favorite Posts of 2013.
3 – Saints Soundtrack Vol. 2
2 – Street Musicians – Tanya and Dorise
1 – Endymion Extravaganza – My First Ball! – which is also your favorite post of all time. Continue reading →
Filed under Carnival, Charity, Concerts, Culture, decorations and costumes, entertainment industry, festival, free events and lagniappe, history, Local Cuisine, Mardi Gras 2013, parade, shopping, the Saints
Tagged as 12 Years a Slave, 2013, 610 stompers, Abita Grapefruit, acting, American Horror Story: Coven, Angelo Brocato, armstrong park, Ashley the Traffic Tranny, Beverage, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Big Freedia, black and gold, Bon Castor, Bounce, Bourbon French Parfums, Brandy Milk Punch, Brennan's, Butcher, cafe du monde, Cafe Pontalba, ChadQuentin, Chaz Fest, Class Got Brass, Claudia Speicher, Commander's Palace, concert, Coop’s Place, Crescent City Comics, Croissant D'Or, culture, d' Juice, Dallas Buyers’ Club, dancingman504, d’ Juice Whole Fruit Smoothies and Fresh Juices, District, District Donuts Sliders Brew, Django Unchained, Dreamy Weenies, Entertainment, Favorite Things, FiFi Mahoney's, Fleur de Paris, Fleurty Girl, food, Food Drunk, Forever New Orleans, Frank Aymami III, french quarter, French Quarter Fest, Galatoire's Bistro, Garden District Book Shop, George Rodrigue, Giving, Glen David Andrews, Goorin Bros., Got Gumbo?, Greg's Antiques, Guinness World Record, Harvest the Music, HBO, James Beard, James Demaria, Jazz Henry, Jazz in the Park, Jeffrey Dupuis, Jennifer Jones, Jerry Moran, Jim Hart, Joe Dunn, John Besh, K Paul's, Kaia Martin-Paternoster, Know Small Parts, Kosher, Krewe of Muses, la divina, latonola, Laura Cayouette, Lee Daniel's The Butler, Lisa Iacono, Loretta's, M.S. Rau Antiques, Mahalia Jackson Theater, Marc Pagani, Mardi Gras Indians, Mardi Gras World, Maskarade, Meltdown Gourmet Popsicles, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Million Mrs. Roper March, Mr. Okra, Mud, music, Mystic Krewe of Barkus, New Breed Brass Band, new orleans, NOLA, Nola Sewn, Now You See Me, On the Other Hand, parade, Petite Amelie, Phat Word, Photo Works, Ponchatoula strawberries, Pussyfooters, Raintree, Raintree Children and Family Services, Red Bull Street Kings, Red Dress Run, Restaurant, Restaurant August, Rob Ryan, roots of music, Rouses, Royal Sonesta, Saenger Theatre, Saints, second harvest, second line, shopping, snowizard, southern candymakers, Southern Decadence, Stephán Wanger, Steve Gleason, streetcar, Surrey’s Cafe and Juice Bar, Susan Spicer, sweet olive, Tanya and Dorise, The Singing Oak, The Voluptuous Vixen, This is the End, Tory McPhail, traffic tranny, Trashy Diva, treme, trombone shorty, Tujague's, United Way, Uptown Costume & Dancewear, Vegan, Vieux Carré Pizza, Wednesday at the Square, who dat, Willie Mae's Scotch House, Willow Haley, WWOZ, Young Leadership Council
October 23, 2012 · 1:13 am
As I recently remarked to someone, New Orleans is definitely a “you had to be there” kinda thing. HBO’s Treme helps illuminate some of why that’s so. There are actually 2 Tremes, the show and the neighborhood in which it’s primarily set. The actual Treme is the oldest black suburb in the United States, the home of Armstrong Park and Congo Square where jazz (and most American music) was born. This weekend, New Orleans celebrated the neighborhood’s 200th year with a bicentennial festival complete with concerts, food and second line parades. Continue reading →
Filed under Concerts, Culture, festival, free events and lagniappe, history, Local Cuisine, moving
Tagged as 200, acting, Alfred Ducette, Ann McKenzie, armstrong park, Bacon Fried Hot Dogs, bicentennial, Big Chief, Brandy Milk Punch, Cafe Pontalba, columns hotel, concert, congo square, Corey Henry, Creole Wild West, cupid shuffle, Django Unchained, Flaming Arrows, HBO, high school, Howard Miller, J.D. Evermore, Jackson Square, katrina, latonola, mardi gras indian, music, Music of Treme, new orleans, Oliver Thomas, Phyllis Montana LeBlanc, Preservation Hall, Restaurant, st. charles, Tootie Montana, treme, Treme Funktet, Tujague's, who dat
August 3, 2011 · 11:57 pm
Every August, about 40 restaurants participate in “COOLinary” – low priced menus designed to inspire locals to dine during New Orleans’ least toured month. Each restaurant offers a COOLinary menu of 3-course meals priced $20 or less for lunch, $35 or less for dinner (though some offer only lunch or dinner, not both). It’s a great excuse to try some of the finest and priciest restaurants in town as well as try new items at favorite haunts. Continue reading →
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Tagged as August, bayona, Commander's Palace, COOLinary, food, french quarter, garden district, Jason Momoa, John Besh, latonola, muriel's, new orleans, palace cafe, Restaurant, Sylvester Stallone, Ti Adelaide Martin, Tujague's
July 27, 2011 · 12:38 pm
Tujague’s (sorta pronounced 2-jacks) is the 2nd oldest restaurant in New Orleans having opened their doors in 1856 in the French Quarter (Antoine’s, 1840, is still oldest). We have sayings around town about the lack of straight walls and flat floors and I’ve grown accustomed to my slanted bathroom and the slope in my hallway, but I couldn’t help but giggle at the wonky walls and tilted floor leading to our table. Continue reading →
April 11, 2011 · 11:38 am
French Quarter Fest, my favorite music festival of the year and the largest free festival in the South, opened its 28th year with a special treat – Locals Lagniappe Day (though some called it “Hooky Day” as many bosses snuck out after lunch and unattended employees were gone by 3). An entirely local festival featuring over 70 local, non-chain restaurants and more than 800 local musicians and international musicians playing local music on 18 stages throughout the Quarter, the normally 3-day festival was opened a day early to provide a less crowded experience for locals. Continue reading →
Filed under Concerts, festival, free events and lagniappe, Local Cuisine, walking
Tagged as abita, Bert Cotton, Bill Summers, bonerama, brass band, Brian Coogan, concert, Craig Klein, David Pulphus, Debbie Davis, Eric Bolivar, festival, Fleurty Girl, free, french quarter, Greg Hicks, HBO, Irvin Mayfield, iTunes, Jackson Square, Jacques Imo's, Jamal Batiste, Jason Jurzak, K College Band, lagniappe, latonola, Leon Brown, Lillian Boutte, Los Hombres Calientes, Mark Mullins, Michael Watson, muriel's, new orleans, NOCCA, Restaurant, Rex Gregory, Roman chewing candy, Saltwater Grill, st. charles, Tanya Boutte, treme, Tujague's, UNO, walter wolfman washington, who dat