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The 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

March 26th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival posterAre you ready for the 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival? You’d better be because here it comes!

The 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is the 45th annual return of this week-long celebration and this year’s event lineup is looking almost unbelievably fantastic. Let me drop a few names so you can see what I mean:

Eric Clapton
Bruce Springsteen
Christina Aguilera
Phish
Robert Plant
Keb’ Mo’
Branford Marsalis
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Like I said, just a few.

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The 2014 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival

March 12th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The 2014 Tennessee Williams Literary FestivalI’ll bet you can’t name me a literary festival where screaming at the top of your lungs in the middle of the street is part of the celebration: it’s the 2014 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival!

Tennessee Williams (1911 – 1983) was a famed American playwright who wrote plays, short stories, poetry, essays, and memoirs, adapting much of his best work for the silver screen. Williams also happened to be a New Orleans resident during one of his most creative periods and some of his works are based on the city. “A Streetcar Named Desire,” for example.

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Mardi Gras Indians?

February 14th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Mardi Gras IndiansA lot of the finer details of Mardi Gras remain unknown because they are handled by secret societies – others are just rarer sights for your average visitor to the yearly celebration. Little seen and lesser known, Mardi Gras Indians have a fascinating history all their own worth looking into.

Mardi Gras Indians typically hail from the African-American communities of New Orleans’ inner city – so why do they dress as Indians for Mardi Gras?

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What Is Mardi Gras, Exactly? Part 2

January 29th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Last time around, we learned a little about Mardi Gras history as it has come to be celebrated here in New Orleans. This time, we’ll take a closer look at some of the details that go into the annual celebration.

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What Is Mardi Gras, Exactly?

January 16th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

What Is Mardi Gras?It seems like a lot of folks who have never been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans have a limited conception of what Mardi Gras is and what it’s all about, so I thought I’d take some time to shed a little light on the history of Mardi Gras.

Many see Mardi Gras as little more than a big, drunken party with lots of costumes and wild women – sort of like spring break meets Halloween. This image of Mardi Gras attracts some, repels many others, and frustrates those who know it is an oversimplification and, as such, dead wrong.

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Get Set for the Algiers Bonfire & Concert!

November 14th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

The 2012 Algiers Bonfire & Concert - photo © Susan Paugh

The 2012 Algiers Bonfire – photo © Susan Paugh

Part of the New Orleans holiday tradition for over a quarter of a century, the Algiers Bonfire & Concert is set to kick off the Christmas season Saturday, December 7th.

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Boudin, Bourbon, and Beer – Oh My!

October 11th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Boudin, Bourbon, and BeerNew Orleans is prepared for The Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s Boudin, Bourbon, and Beer fundraiser on November 8th, 2013 – are you?

Boudin, Bourbon, and Beer is a one-day, food and drink festival benefiting the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, which supports non-profit organizations providing educational programs, life-skills training, culinary schooling, and cultural development.

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Viva Carnaval Latino 2013!

September 9th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Carnaval Latino 2013

¡Viva Carnaval Latino, 2013!

New Orleans is a proud mix of beautiful people – all races, all colors – and each culture brings its own, inimitable style to the community. Latino people, no less than others, have always been a valuable part of the “gumbo” that is New Orleans and Carnaval Latino is a great way to both experience and celebrate this all important cultural ingredient of our city.

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Satchmo Festival

July 18th, 2013 by katiep

At the beginning of August in New Orleans, even the locals are seeking comfort in the shade or in air-conditioned homes. When the City of New Orleans was planning a tribute to the late Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong on the centennial of his birth, they had doubts about the success of an event held at the height of the summer.

However, the summer heat was not the deterrent many skeptics thought it would be – thousands of people turned out for the first Satchmo SummerFest in 2001. It was so successful, Satchmo Festival is now an annual three-day event held on the first weekend of August. This year’s Festival is taking place August 2 – 4.

Kermit_Ruffins_The_Barbecue_Swingers_LiveMusical headliners for the 2013 festival will be:

  • Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers
  • Wendell Brunious
  • James Andrews
  • Jeremy Davenport
  • Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony
  • Preservation Hall-Stars
  • Connie Jones and Tim Laughlin
  • The Dukes of Dixieland
  • Charmaine Neville
  • Don Vappie & The Creole Jazz Serenaders
  • Sharon Martin

Satchmo Fest takes palce primarily on the grounds of the Old U.S. Mint, on the edge of the French Quarter between the French Market and Esplanade Avenue. The festival is free and open to the public.

Beat the heat and take a break inside the Old Mint. Informative seminars and lectures by musical authorities will take place as well as scaled-down concerts at the recently opened cabaret-style theater inside the Old Mint. Also view musical exhibits, including a 50-year anniversary tribute to Preservation Hall. See vintage artifacts, such as a cornet reported to be the first one ever owned by Armstrong.

Lodging for Your New Orleans Travel

Get your dancing shoes on and be ready to second line for Satchmo! (Photo Credit: Eliot Kamenitz of the Times-Picayune)

Get your dancing shoes on and be ready to second line for Satchmo! (Photo Credit: Eliot Kamenitz of the Times-Picayune)

If you are coming into town for Satchmo Fest, or simply to enjoy all of the delicious New Orleans cuisine and take in some live music, we have beautiful and unique bed and breakfast lodgings throughout New Orleans.

 

Tails of the Cocktail

July 2nd, 2013 by katiep

New Orleans is a city known for libations and good times in ample supply. I guess that’s why it is the locale for the world’s premier cocktail festival – Tails of the Cocktail, a five-day event, from July 17-21.

This is the 11th annual Tails of the Cocktail, where renowned mixologists, distillers, restauranteurs and cocktail enthusiasts gather together to sample new mixes, award prizes, discuss business and preview up-and-coming liquor brands.

Join us for five days of drinks, delicious food and culture in one of America’s best cities! Events at Tails of the Cocktail include:
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  • Seminars
  • Mixing competitions
  • “spirited” luncheons and dinners
  • complementary events
  • invite-only private events
  • liquor tasting

Make sure to reserve a seat for the “Spirited Awards,” where judges will recognize winners in sixteen different categories:

  • American Bartender of the Year
  • Best American Brand Ambassador

    Sidney Frank Importing Company’s Corporate Mixologist, Todd Richman, is a nominee for Best American Brand Ambassador.

    Sidney Frank Importing Company’s Corporate Mixologist, Todd Richman, is a nominee for Best American Brand Ambassador.

  • Beast American Cocktail Bar
  • Best Bar Mentor
  • Best Cocktail Writing – Author
  • Best Cocktail Writing – Publication
  • Best High Volume Cocktail Bar
  • Best International Brand Ambassador
  • Best New Book
  • Best New Product
  • Best Restaurant Bar
  • International Bartender of the Year
  • World’s Best Cocktail Bar
  • World’s Best Cocktail Menu
  • World’s Best Drink Selection
  • World’s Best Hotel Bar
  • World’s Best New Cocktail Bar

You can see the top four nominees for each of these categories on the Tails of the Cocktail website.

Most of the events will be held in the French Quarter but there will be events at other venues as well. Locally, New Orleans will be represented by Old New Orleans Rum by its founder and CEO, artist James Michalopoulos. He will host a rum tasting at his French Quarter studio on Thursday, July 18 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. For more of Tails of the Cocktails (TOC) tasting events with topics, times and venues, check the listings on the TOC website.

New Orleans Lodging

If you think Tails of the Cocktail is an event you would like to attend, you probably aren’t the kind of person who is satisfied with a “generic” experience. Enjoy unique and personalized lodging by staying at a New Orleans bed and Breakfast!