This fall, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation will present two of its popular festivals on one weekend - Treme Creole Gumbo Festival and Congo Square Rhythms Festival.
The festivals will take place Saturday, November 16th and Sunday, November 17th in Congo Square and Louis Armstrong Park, 11a-7:30p. Admission is still free and open to the public.
There will be two stages of music celebrating the New Orleans traditions that spring from the African diaspora: jazz, funk, contemporary and traditional brass band, gospel and rhythm & blues. African drumming and dance will be a continued highlight at Congo Square Rhythms Festival, as well as, the annual Mardi Gras Indian "battle" with tribes from various neighborhoods.
Beyond the music is the food and art. There will be two food courts – each offering a mix of classic New Orleans dishes and food. There will also be a smorgasboard of New Orleans’ signature dishes, including different varieties of gumbo, red beans and rice, crabmeat beignets, deep fried bell peppers, jambalaya, poboys, fresh produce, seafood, and more,
Don't miss the two art markets:
The Congo Square Market will feature art, crafts, jewelry, locally produced bath and beauty products and imported items from Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.
The Treme Market will feature original local art, crafts, jewelry and unique handmade items.
The festivals are the Foundation's way of paying tribute to our ancestors and cultural traditions- through food, music, drumming, and dance. By bringing these two festivals together for the first time, they hope to make a bigger impact on our city.
This year's lineup includes Rebirth Brass Band, Soul Rebels, Hot 8 Brass Band, Pinettes Brass Band, Corey Henry & the Treme Funktet, Tonya Boyd-Cannon, Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers, James Andrews & the Crescent City All-Stars, Big Chief Bo Dollis Jr. & the Wild Magnolias, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Treme Brass Band, Free Agents Brass Band, Charmaine Neville Band, Bamboula 2000, Cole Williams Band, Glenn Hall & Backatown, Big 6 Brass Band, Red Hot Brass Band, Harbinger Project, Garifuna, LPO Brass Band, Kumbuka African Dance and Drum Collective, Chakra Dance Theatre, N'Kafu, Culu, N'Fungola Sibo, Tekrema, Seguenon Kone, PLUS an African drum circle and the annual Mardi Gras Indian battle.
More info at jazzandheritage.org.
TREME CREOLE GUMBO
Saturday, Nov. 16
11a-12:15p Red Hot Brass Band
12:30-1:45p Cole Williams Band
2-3p James Andrews & the Crescent City All-Stars
3:15-4:15p Big 6 Brass Band
4:30-5:30p Charmaine Neville Band
5:45-7p Tonya Boyd-Cannon
Sunday, Nov. 17
11a-12:15p LPO Brass Band
12:30-2p Free Agents Brass Band
2:15-3:30p Treme Brass Band
3:45-4:45p Hot 8 Brass Band
5-6p Pinettes Brass Band
6:15-7:30p Rebirth Brass Band
CONGO SQUARE RHYTHMS
Saturday, Nov. 16
10:45a-11:45a Drum Circle
11:45a-12:30p Harbinger Project
12:45-1:45p Glenn Hall & Backatown
2-3:15p Corey Henry & the Treme Funktet
3:30-4:45p Big Sam's Funky Nation
5-6:15p Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers
6:30-7:30p Soul Rebels
Sunday, Nov. 17
11a-12p Drum Circle
12-2:20p African dance
12:15-12:30p N'Kafu & Culu
12:35-12:50p Kumbuka African Dance & Drum Collective
12:55-1:10p N'Fungola Sibo
1:15-1:30p Chakra Dance Theatre
1:35-1:55p Seguenon Kone
2:30-3:30p Bamboula 2000
3:45-4:30p Mardi Gras Indian Battle
4:45-615p Big Chief Bo Dollis, Jr. & the Wild Magnolias