Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas Shopping NOLA Style with Festivals, Food and Fun!

Good Morning Everybody...there's plenty of great ways to get your holiday shopping done and celebrate with some great music, food and fun!!!

Move on down to the Quarter with in store performances at the Louisiana Music Factory (210 Decatur) Free Concert Series!!
Kermit Ruffins 11am
Spencer Bohren Noon
Eva Frishbert w/ Austin & Tyler Clements, 1pm

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation celebrates the rich traditions of music, food and community with the third annual Treme Creole Gumbo Festival. The festival, which takes place Saturday, Dec. 11, and Sunday, Dec. 12, at the Jazz & Heritage Center, also includes fabulous holiday shopping at our fifth annual Jazz & Heritage Holiday Bazaar - with a slew of vendors offering wearable art, items for the home and other hand-made specialties.
And you don't want to miss the musical line-up today!!

10:30 am to 11:00 am The Preservation Hall Junior Jazz & Heritage Brass Band
11:30 am to 12: 15 pm Jamal Batiste
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm Treme Brass Band
1:45 pm to 2:45 pm John Boutte
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm Shamarr Allen
4:20 pm to 6:00 pm Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers

Holiday on the Boulevard continues today at the Ashe Cultural Center (1724 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.) Check out the fun schedule:
Noon - 8:00 p.m. - Ashé Marketplace
Noon Kuumba Institute Showcase
12:30 p.m. Sistahs Making a Change
1:00 p.m. Shades of Praise Gospel Choir
2:15 p.m. Voices Not Forgotten/Movers and Groovers (Dance & Oral Histories, Seniors Ages 62-94)
3:00 p.m. Fashion Show with Spoken Word
5:00 p.m. Arrival of Baby Boyz Brass Band, Young Guardians of the Flame Mardi Gras Indian Gang, Baba Kwanzaa & Mama YéYé

It's Christmas time on Freret Street so that can only mean one thing it's The Frerestivus Market today from Noon to 5pm!!! Don't miss the holiday fun on Freret Street and Napoleon Avenue 140 Vendors, Live Music and it's FREE with lots of music!!

DeBauche @ noon
Billy Iuso and Friends @ 1:45
3 Piece Spicy @ 3:30

Louisiana Hellbenders @ Noon
Free Agent Brass Band @ 1:30
Treme Brass Band @ 3:30

This weekend is the 21st Annual Festival of the Bonfires in Lutcher...Cajun food, music, gumbo cook-off, crafts, rides and a nightly bonfire.  Head on down to Lutcher Recreation Park (2545 Louisiana Ave) and for more info call or check out the website at it's CHRISTMAS ON THE RIVER...CAJUN STYLE! Enjoy great food, live entertainment, crafts, Santa's Very Merry Forest and carnival rides throughout the weekend. And each night will be highlighted with a single bonfire lighting!!!Come out and experience a prelude to the famous Christmas Eve Bonfires: A tradition unique to St. James Parish and all the world!!

You don't want to miss the Esplanade Holiday Fest on the 3100 block of Ponce de Leon. There's going to be plenty of yummy food from Cafe' Degas, Canseco's, Terranova's and more!! With arts, crafts and great holiday gifts. And you definitley want to be there for the Ernie Vincent Band and Johnny J. and the Hit Men!!

That should keep you pretty busy today...and for more evening music fun be sure to click on the WWOZ Livewire!

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