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Discover the Essence of New Orleans

May 18th, 2012 by bbnola

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Melanie Fiona to perform at the 2012 Essence Music Festival.

Essence is defined as “the intrinsic nature of something” and “the most important ingredient; the crucial element”. Isn’t it time you discovered the essence of New Orleans?

The Essence Music Festival is the event in the United States that showcases African American musicians and talent. Some of the biggest names in the industry will be in New Orleans for Essence. Aretha Franklin, Fantasia, The Stylistics, and Charlie Wilson are just the beginning of the list.

Big Sam´s Funky Nation New Orleans

Big Sam's Funky Nation to perform at 2012 Essence Music Festival.

During the festival, New Orleans’ Central Business District will be transformed into a fabulous outdoor marketplace. Writers and artists will be there, as will chefs. It would be wise to bring your appetite. This is a unique opportunity to see a wide sampling of the culture and talent of the African Diaspora in one place.

The 2012 Essence Music Festival takes place at the New Orleans Mercedes-Benz Superdome on July 6-8. That may seem like a long time from today, but it will be here sooner than you think. It’s worth preparing now: make travel plans, find a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast, and get your tickets to the Essence Music Festival.

For a complete lineup and tickets, please visit Essence Festival.

Please use our Find a B&B page to locate a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast.

Be Like a Local in New Orleans

March 20th, 2012 by bbnola

The folks who live and work in New Orleans are like folks everywhere. We’re busy with our work, our families, our friends. We like to go out as much as the next person, but, like most, we watch our wallets. That’s why you’ll see so many of us Wednesday at the Square.

live music New Orleans, spring 2012.

Big Sam's Funky Nation plays Lafayette Square Wednesday, March 28. Photo: Andy Goetz.

Each Wednesday evening from now through May 30, 2012, Lafayette Square will be filled with music, food, and a lot of happy people. Each week, a band will take the stage and play for the crowd. It’s a chance to be outside and hear great music and maybe see some old friends. It’s a chance to enjoy the spring weather and maybe dance a bit. Locals will be there. Tourists will be there. We’ll all be happy.

The Wednesday at the Square line-up includes:

  • Big Sam’s Funky Nation
  • The Wise Guys
  • Tab Benoit’s Swampland Jam
  • Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys
  • Trombone Shorty
  • Hot 8 Brass Band

For a complete line-up, please visit Wendesday at the Square.

The music starts at 5 p.m. and concludes at 8 p.m., rain or shine. Stop by before heading out to dinner, or stay all evening and dine from the food booths.

Many New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts are located close to Lafayette Square.

Free Outdoor Concerts in New Orleans

June 22nd, 2011 by bbnola

New Orleans brings much to mind: parades, dancing in the street, po-boys, jazz, oysters, the blues, lovely old buildings, coffee and beignets, and more.

People travel to New Orleans once to experience it. They come back because they fall in love with the city and its culture. Some can’t resist the food. Others can’t resist the music. Few can resist the city’s many charms.

Guests of New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts are often seduced by the city’s generous inclusivity. Nothing exemplifies this trait better than the parades and outdoor concerts that draw spectators off the sidewalk and into the fray. It’s hard to stand still when good music walks by, but it’s easy to fall in step.

Tonight, Wednesday June 22, 2011, marks the start of a summer concert series that is sure to win the city yet more fans. “Wednesdays on the Point” concerts take place at the Ferry landing in Old Algiers, or Algiers Point. Ride the ferry from Canal Street to Algiers for a mere dollar, disembark, and you’re there. Concerts run between 6 and 9 p.m. Food and beverages are available on site.

The schedule for Concerts on the Point is as follows:
•    June 22: Glen David Andrews, Sasha Masakowski
•    June 29: Luther Kent, The Mumbles
•    July 4 (5-9 p.m.): Bonerama, The Stooges Brass Band, Lil’ Red & Big Bad
•    July 6: (no shows due to 4th of July show)
•    July 13: The Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians, Pinebes Brass Band
•    July 20: Flow Tribe, Higher Heights Reggae Band
•    July 27: Irvin Mayfields “Purple Disrespect” Funk Band, E. Company Band
•    August 3: Latin Night featuring Otra, Javier & Elegant Gypsy
•    August 10: Amanda Shaw, Christian Serpas & Ghost Town

The Canal Street – Algiers Ferry stops running at midnight. If you happen to be staying at one of the Bed and Breakfasts New Orleans in Algiers Point, this will pose no problem. Otherwise, a cab will take you back to the the other side of the Mississippi River.