The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is world famous, but there are hundreds of other free music festivals each year in New Orleans, and they're on everybody's calendars in the Crescent City: French Quarter Fest, Wednesdays in the Square, Jazz in the Park, the Louisiana Cajun/Zydeco Festival, Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival, Satchmo Summerfest, and something actually called Chaz Fest. So this week we're bringing you into the parks, the streets, and even the backyards of New Orleans, to show you why festivals here are such a way of life.
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Some other festivals in New Orleans:
Papa Grows Funk is a band centered on piano player John Gros (pronounced "Grow"):
Alvin Youngblood Hart is a Louisiana musician making waves around the country:
Andrew Duhon is another important Louisiana singer-songwriter:
THIS WEEK'S TRACK LISTING:
Papa Grows Funk - "Pass It" (music bed)
Los Po-Boy-Citos - "Trinidad" (music bed))
Russell Batiste with Friends featuring Jason Neville - "Ain't No Use" (Live at French Quarter Fest)
The Meters - "Sophisticated Cissy" (music bed)
Alvin 'Youngblood' Hart - "Nobody's Fault but Mine" (Live at French Quarter Fest)
Treme Brass Band - "Wonderful World" (music bed)
Big Sam's Funky Nation - "New Funk" (music bed)
Andrew Duhon - "Girls from other Countries" (Live at dba)
Irma Thomas - "Breakaway" (Live at the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Fest)
The Tin Men - "Blackbird Special" (music bed)
The Tin Men - "I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday" (music bed)
Alex McMurray - "I'm Drunk and I'm in Love" (live at the Saturn Bar)
Marty Most presents Drumscussion - "Drumscussion" (music bed)
Boukman Eksperyans - "Baron" (music bed)
The Jambalaya Cajun Band - "Les Flammes D'en Fer" (music bed)
Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band - "Boogie Woogie Zydeco"
Cyril Neville and Tribe 13 - "Talkin' Bout New Orleans" (live)
Dave Bartholomew - "Jazz Fest in New Orleans"
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