Saturday, June 9, 2012

A Weekend w/Zydeco, Tomatoes, Mr. Okra & Art on St. Claude!

 Happy Weekend!  Lots of good stuff going on around town!

Quarter Festin'!

Festival season ain't over yet!  We got two big events in the Quarter this weekend!It's Cajun - Zydeco Fest at the The Old U.S. Mint (400 Esplanade) - All weekend long from 10:30 am to 7:30 pm - Admission is free! 

The Cajun - Zydeco Fest features three stages of music, more than a dozen food vendors and a large crafts fair - all in the historic French Quarter - the event has become one of the major attractions of New Orleans' social calendar.  Check out the music schedule and click on the link for more food and fun fest info!

Saturday, June 9

Esplanade Avenue Stage

11:30 am to 1:00 pm La Famille Cormier
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm Bruce Daigrepont
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm Roddie Romero & the Hub City Allstars
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band

Barracks Street Stage

11:00 am to 12:30 pm T Broussard & the Zydeco Steppers
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Mary Broussard & Creole Royalty
3:15 pm to 4:45 pm Rosie Ledet
5:15 pm to 6:45 pm Lost Bayou Ramblers

Ursulines Street Stage

11:00 am to 12:30 pm Big Red & the Zydeco Playmakers
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Les Freres Michot
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm Magnolia Sisters

Sunday, June 10

Esplanade Avenue Stage

11:30 am to 1:00 pm Al Berard Cajun Band
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm Travis Matte & the Kingpins
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm Nathan Williams & the Zydeco Cha Chas
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie

Barracks Street Stage

11:00 am to 12:30 pm Jeffrey Broussard & the Creole Cowboys
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers
3:15 pm to 4:45 pm DL Menard with the Jambalaya Cajun Band
5:15 pm to 6:45 pm Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots

Ursulines Street Stage

12:00 to 1:30 pm Li'l Nathan and the Zydeco Big Tymers
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Waylon Thibodeaux
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm Kevin Naquin & the Ossun Playboys

The National Park Service and the Louisiana State Museum are providing access to the beautiful new theater on the Third Floor of the Old U.S. Mint - where the Jazz and Heritage folks will present interviews with many of the performers. Audience members will hear first-hand how our artists learned their craft and carry on our culture. And it'll be a great place to get out of the heat and enjoy some cool air before heading back out for more dancing, eating and shopping. Interviews will be from noon to 5 p.m. both days of the festival.

Interview Stage Schedule:


12:00 p.m. Bruce Daigrepont
1:00 p.m. Big Red
2:00 p.m. Roddie Romero
3:00 p.m. C.J. Chenier
4:00 p.m. Louis Michot of the Lost Bayou Ramblers


12:00 p.m. Dwayne Dopsie
1:00 p.m. D.L. Menard
2:00 p.m. Nathan Williams, Sr.
3:00 p.m. Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes
4:00 p.m. Geno Delafose




11am-11:30pm Family Swing Dance Lesson
11:30pm-1:15pm – Faux Barrio Billionaires Trio
1:15pm – 1:45pm – Swing Dance Lesson
1:45pm– 3:30pm Showarama Hot Trio
3:30pm-4pm Swing Dance Lesson
4pm–5:45pm Ben Polcer & His Grinders plus a Dutch Alley Dance-Off with $100 cash prize!


11am-11:30pm Family Swing Dance Lesson
11:30pm-1:15pm – Luke Winslow-King & Esther Rose
1:15pm – 1:45pm – Swing Dance Lesson
1:45pm– 3:30pm Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns
3:30pm-4pm Swing Dance Lesson
4pm– 5:45pm Shotgun Jazz Band


This year's Creole tomatoes will be provided by George's Produce, Ben & Ben Becnel, Inc., and La Greco Farms and will be for sale throughout the Farmers Market. Retail shoppers who spend $30 in French Market District stores receive a free basket of tomatoes while supplies last. Tomato samples will be offered throughout the Festival.



11 a.m. Rouses Executive Chef Jack Treuting
12 noon Creole Tomato Talk & TRIVIA with prizes!
1 p.m. Fat Hen Grille
2 p.m. Maurepas Foods
3 p.m. Chris Montero, Cafe B
4 p.m. J'S Seafood Dock


10 A.M. Kid Chef Eliana
11 A.M. Rouses Executive Chef Jack Treuting
12 noon TOMATO EATING CONTEST hosted by Nola Locavores
1 p.m. Meals from the Heart Cafe
2 p.m. Southern Food and Beverage presents French Market Fare series featuring Chef Roseann with Red Gravy Restaurant
3 p.m. Gus Martin, Muriel's Restaurant

Saturday Night Fun in the Bywater

Swing by Mickey Markey Park for the start of the The Fourth Annual World Naked Bike Ride in New Orleans will take place today. The ride will start at 5:00pm from Mickey Markey Park (Piety and Royal Street)The riders will travel through the French Quarter passing Jackson Square and return to the park by way of Bourbon St. There will be an after party at the Country Club on Louisa St. Ride naked!

Party with Mr. Okra tonight at BJ's Lounge (4301 Burgundy St.). It's traveling produce man, Mr. Okra's, 69th birthday and the fun begins at 6:00 pm. Come wish him a happy day, and check out his veggie truck - if you've never seen it, you're truly missing a piece of rolling art!

Art Openings on St. Claude

If you're looking for some art openings this evening you don't have to go far. Check out these fine galleries in the St. Claude neighborhood - most opening receptions last from 6:00 to 9:00 pm (or a little later).

*Good Children's Gallery - 4037 St. Claude
*Home Space Gallery - 1128 St. Roch
*Staple Goods - 1340 St. Roch
*Byrdie's Gallery - 2422A St. Claude
*New Orlenas Healing Center - 2372 St. Claude
*The Front - 4100 St. Claude

Alrighty, well that should keep you busy this weekend...If you're looking for more fun stuff to do...check out the WWOZ Livewire -!!

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