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The 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

March 28th, 2011 by bbnola

Buckwheat Zydeco to play the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival brings an unparalleled line-up to twelve stages from April 29 to May 1, and May 5 to May 8, 2011. Jazz musicians are featured, as are hundreds of artists from the state of Louisiana. Yet the line-up isn’t limited to Louisiana or jazz musicians; just about every genre of music will be represented.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival line-up includes:
Maceo Parker
Lucinda Williams
Ricky Skaggs
Jeff Beck
Robert Plant
John Mellencamp
Robert Cray

Louisiana artists include:
Buckwheat Zydeco
Big Sam’s Funky Nation
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Dr. John
Irma Thomas
The Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians

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New Orleans French Quarter Festival

March 21st, 2011 by bbnola

The French Quarter Festival brings a phenomenal amount of great music and food to the New Orleans French Quarter, April 7 – 10, 2011. It’s hard to imagine this part of town could get even more interesting and fun than it already is, but it can and it does.

Little Freddie King

Little Freddie King at the New Orleans French Quarter Festival.

The French Quarter Festival is the largest free music festival in the southern United States. It includes 17 stages and more than 100 performers. It showcases all genres of music, from big brass bands to classical to New Orleans Funk.

French Quarter Festival Music Lineup includes:

  • Rockin’ Dopsie
  • Little Freddie King
  • NOLA Jitterbugs

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Irish and Italian Celebrations in New Orleans

March 14th, 2011 by bbnola

As we know, New Orleans loves any excuse for a party and a parade. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are already underway and will culminate on March 20, 2011. The purple, green and gold of Mardi Gras are replaced by the more traditional Irish green – seen on floats, clothing, and derby hats (a la leprechaun).

Guests of New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts who line up for the various St. Patrick’s Day Parades in March, 2011, may well end up with cabbages, potatoes, carrots, onions, and seasonings in their arms. Not content to hand out green trinkets or flowers like some of the parade walkers, float riders hand out the ingredients for Irish Stew. Now that’s a good reason to go to a parade!

Mardi Gras may have the biggest reputation in New Orleans, but some of the biggest parties of the year take place now. Folks step out for St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 and St. Joseph’s Day on March 19 – a popular Italian celebration.

Guests of New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts this week may enjoy the following New Orleans Parades:

  • Downtown Irish Club Parade:                         Thursday, March 17, at 7 p.m.
  • St. Joseph’s Day Parade, French Quarter:    Saturday, March 19, at 6 p.m.
  • Louisiana Irish – Italian parade, Metairie:    Sunday, March 20, at noon.

Even the dogs dress for St. Patrick's Day in New Orleans.

 

Tennessee Williams Literary Festival

March 7th, 2011 by bbnola

2011 is the 100th anniversary of Tennessee William’s birth and the 25th anniversary of the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival in New Orleans French Quarter. As such the annual Tennessee Williams Literary Festival will include birthday cake for many on top of its usual fun and interesting events. Writers, playwrights, actors, and fans will all be on hand to celebrate the life and works of one of New Orlean’s most renowned citizens. You could be here, too, staying in a comfortable Bed and Breakfast New Orleans.

Stay in a Bed and Breakfast New Orleans during the 25th Annual Tennessee Williams Literary Festival.

Speakers will touch on a great variety of topics, from the life and work of Tennessee Williams to food, music, and more. Hear Armistead Maupin discuss the most recent installation of Tales of the City, and learn about John Mariani’s new book, How Italian Food Conquered the World. Learn about such varied topics as Forrest Gump, the Civil War and the glory of the University of Alabama’s football team (by Winston Groom) and join in a discussion about writing about New Orleans music with journalist and jazz clarinetist Tom Sancton. There will also be more than two dozen literary panel discussions.

Poetry readings and art, live music, cocktails and movies – the French Quarter will be infused with special events. And of course, the annual Tennessee Williams Literary Festival would not be complete without the Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest.

The 25th Annual Tennessee Williams Literary Festival runs March 23 – 27, 2011 in the New Orleans French Quarter. For more information, please visit the festival website, and book a room in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast soon.