What follows is a fun interview with Marci Schramm, Executive Director of French Quarter Festivals, Inc., and story about her flagship festival that I wrote last year. Now’s the time to start thinking about the party because this year’s Fest is only 2 weeks away! First, I want to let you know about Opening Night Gala, what’s new for this year, and some general information for this year:
The Opening Night Gala takes place Thursday, April 9th, 2015 at Antoine’s, America’s oldest single family owned restaurant. The Gala, featuring dinner, drinks, and dancing, is 8 – 10:30 p.m. with a Patron Party at 7. John Rankin performs at the Patron Party and Charmaine Neville & Special Guests entertain the Gala. Guests will enjoy tastings by Antoine's and other festival favorites, and open bar courtesy of Abita Brewing Company and Republic Beverages. Tickets are available at online or by calling 504-522-5730.
The tradition grows in 2015, with Live Local Music across 23 stages and an expanded footprint. The new Spanish Plaza stage sponsored by The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk and Harrah’s New Orleans will take the music across Canal Street with three days of programming. The new Omni Royal Orleans stage located at 500 Royal St. will bring more traditional jazz to the street with performances on Saturday and Sunday.
What – The French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron
When – April 9 – 12, 2015
Where – The French Quarter, NOLA
Info & Tix – Admission is free. There are many things going on so check out FQFI.org for more information.
~ HINT: go to the Mint to have a seat, relax, and enjoy some a/c in the very cool third floor space for lectures and films.