WHAT: TGIF (Thank Goodness It’s Festival!) Kickoff Party
Annual Fundraiser for French Quarter Festival
WHERE: new location! House of Blues
225 Decatur Street
WHEN: Wednesday, April 6, 2011
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
TICKETS: $55 through April 1st ($65 after April 1)
FOR MORE INFO: Call 504-522-5730 or purchase tickets online at www.fqfi.org
NEW ORLEANS – French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI), producers of the largest FREE music festival in the South, French Quarter Festival, will usher in this year’s festival season with the official kickoff party at its annual fundraiser, TGIF (Thank Goodness it’s Festival!), Wednesday, April 6th at 7:00 p.m. at the House of Blues – an exciting new festival partner.
TGIF Tickets are $55 through April 1st and $65 beginning April 2th. Proceeds from ticket sales go toward keeping French Quarter Festival FREE and open to the public. Admission includes Abita beer, Southern Comfort cocktails, Coca-Cola products and a very special gospel brunch menu. Entertainment for the evening will include music by Little Freddie King and Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters. FQFI will raffle off an exciting array of gifts including New Orleansthemed treasures and adventures. The event is open to the public and dress is jazzy casual. In 2010, over 1,100 guests attended the kickoff party.
The 28th Annual French Quarter Festival takes place on April 7, 8, 9, and 10. A complete listing of music schedules, menus and events can be found at www.fqfi.org. French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which also produces Satchmo SummerFest in August and Christmas New Orleans Style in December. FQFI promotes the Vieux Carré and the City of New Orleans through high quality special events and activities that showcase the culture and heritage of this unique city, contribute to the economic well being of the community, and instill increased pride in the people of New Orleans.
Little Freddie King has been playing the blues in New Orleans for over 50 years. Little Freddie King (born Fread E. Martin) was born in 1940 in McComb, Mississippi. His style was so often compared to his mentor, blues legend Freddie King, that he earned the nickname “Little Freddie King”. The son of a blues-man, the young King taught himself to play guitar. He moved to New Orleans at the age of 14 where developed his own style of “gut-bucket” blues in juke joints. During the 1950’s he played with the likes of Polka Dot Slim, Guitar Grady, Guitar Ray, Snooks Eaglin, Billy Tate, Rev.Charles Jacobs, Harmonica Williams, Boogie Bill Webb and Eddie Lang. He recorded the 1969 electric blues album, Harmonica Williams and Little Freddie King, in New Orleans. He toured Europe with Bo Diddley, Texas Alexander and John Lee Hooker in 1976. King’s most recent album, Gotta Walk With Da King was released in 2010 to high praise. King was inducted to the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in October, 2010.
Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. and The Zydeco Twisters are considered Zydeco’s royal family. The legendary Rockin’ Dopsie, Sr., (Alton Rubin), was known around the world as the “crown prince of Zydeco”. He died in 1993, performing the classic Creole accordion until his death. His sons vowed to keep the memory of their father alive by continuing the music tradition they grew up watching their father perform. Wash-board player, David Rubin, a.k.a. Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. fronts the band that includes brothers Tiger, (Alton Rubin, Jr.), on drums and Anthony on button
accordion. Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. is well known for his explosive dance moves and charismatic stage presence. The band has performed for President Bill Clinton, shared the stage with Tina Turner, Bonnie Raitt, BB King, The Neville Brothers, Dr. John, and Jimmy Buffet. Dopsie and his brothers performed with Britney Spears and Mystikal on MTV’s two-hour Mardi Gras special in 2000 as well as recording with Paul Simon, Cindy Lauper and Bob Dylan. Rockin’ Dopsie and The Zydeco Twisters have brought their unique style of Zydeco rhythms across the country and all over the world.
In a city known for its delicious and diverse cuisine, even festivals are known for serving world-class food. During the 28th annual French Quarter Festival (Thursday, April 7 – Sunday, April 10, 2011) festival-goers will enjoy signature offerings at the “World’s Largest Jazz Brunch.”
The 2011 festival welcomes some great new restaurants including Dickie Brennan’s, Dunbars Creole Cooking, Mona’s, Red Fish Grill and Oceana. Food and beverage booths are located in Jackson Square, Woldenberg Riverfront Park and the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint and make up the “World’s Largest Jazz Brunch.” Authentic local cuisines from the area’s finest restaurants are featured, including such festival favorites as Crawfish Bread, Cochon de Lait, Crawfish Bisque, Hot Sausage Po-boys, Cajun Meat Pies, and more. Foodies will also enjoy Crawfish and Goat Cheese Crepes, Fish Tacos, White Chocolate Bread Pudding, and Creole Cream Cheese ice cream. In addition to all of the wonderful food items, the festival offers an array of refreshing beverages including Abita Beer, Southern Comfort cocktails and daiquiris, Coca-Cola products, Hurricanes, and Plum Street Sno-Balls. Most menu items range in price from $3 – $7 to keep the festival not only fun, but affordable.
In order to maintain the authenticity and quality of the cuisine, the Jazz Brunch Committee follows specific criteria for participating in the “World’s Largest Jazz Brunch”. In order to qualify, vendors must be dine-in restaurants from the New Orleans region. French Quarter Festival is able to feature an array of New Orleans’ culinary finest, including Anotine’s, Begue’s, Desire Oyster Bar, Ristorante Carmelo, Trey Yuen Cuisine, and Tujague’s – all of whom participated in the first-ever French Quarter Festival in 1984. Patrons can also enjoy an assortment from new participants such as Royal House, Little Tokyo, Lakeview Harbor, House of Blues, Pearl’s Catering, and Quintin’s Ice Cream.
Visit www.fqfi.org to see the complete food and beverage menu. The “World’s Largest Jazz Brunch” is served daily from 11 am – 7 pm Friday through Sunday in Jackson Square and at the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint, and 11:00am- 9:00pm in Woldenberg Riverfront Park on Friday and Saturday and from 11:00am – 7:00pm on Sunday.
The 2011 French Quarter Festival is produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc., (FQFI) the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, which also produces Satchmo SummerFest and Christmas New Orleans Style. For more information on French Quarter Festival, call 504-522-5730 or visit online at www.fqfi.org.
World’s Largest Jazz Brunch
2011 French Quarter Festival food & beverage concessions as of February 9, 2011:
Ba Mien Vietnamese Cuisine
Begue’s @ The Royal Sonesta
Between the Bread (EAT)
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Buttermilk Drop Bakery
Clock Bar @ Chateau Bourbon Hotel
The Court of Two Sisters
Crepes a la Cart
Crescent City Pie and Sausage
Daiquiri Delight Shop
Desire Oyster Bar @ Royal Sonesta
Dunbar’s Creole Kitchen, Inc.
Flour Power Confectionery
Hard Rock Cafe
House of Blues
Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville
Love At First Bite
Muriel’s Jackson Square
New Orleans Original Daiquiris
Original New Orleans Po Boys
Plum Street Snowballs
Quintin’s Ice Cream
Ralph and Kacoo’s
Red Fish Grill
Ted’s Frostop/Mrs. Wheat’s Pies
Trey Yuen Cuisine of China
Two Guys Sausage at Italian Pie
Vaucresson Sausage Co., Inc.
French Quarter Festivals, Inc. – The Facts!
For more information: web: www.fqfi.org phone: 504-522-5730
In 2011 – French Quarter Festival celebrates its 28th Anniversary; Christmas New Orleans Style celebrates its 26nd anniversary; and Satchmo SummerFest celebrates its 11th anniversary.
French Quarter Festival was first produced in 1984 as a way to bring residents back to the Quarter; following the World’s Fair and extensive sidewalk repairs in the French Quarter.
More than 1,500 community volunteers help to make the festival a success
French Quarter Festivals, Inc. is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization.
French Quarter Festivals, Inc. receives no funding from the City of New Orleans.
French Quarter Festival is the largest, free music festival in the South.
Chief sources of funding are: sponsorships, beverage and merchandise sales, vendor fees and the TGIF (Thank Goodness It’s Festival!) kickoff party in April.
18 stages throughout the French Quarter celebrate local music and represent every genre from traditional and contemporary jazz to R & B, New Orleans funk, brass bands, folk, gospel, latin, zydeco, classical and international.
New Orleans great restaurants, create the “World’s Largest Jazz Brunch” in Jackson Square, the Old U.S. Mint and Woldenberg Riverfront Park during festival weekend; Satchmo SummerFest hosts ‘Red Bean Alley’ with Satchmoinspired dishes and great local cuisine. Only local restaurants are invited to participate in these festivals.
French Quarter Festival has been consistently voted ‘favorite festival’ by locals.
French Quarter Festival 2010 attendance – over 512,000 people
Satchmo SummerFest 2010 attendance – over 26,000 people
French Quarter Festival attendees are 50% residents and 50% visitors
Satchmo SummerFest attendees are 42% residents and 68% visitors
Visitors from as many as 37 states have attended FQF. Top 5 states – Louisiana, Mississippi, California, Florida, Texas
Visitors from as many as 12 countries have attended FQF: top Countries – US, Canada, Japan, Germany
According to an analysis of the French Quarter Festival Visitors Survey conducted by The University of New Orleans (UNO) Hospitality Research Center, French Quarter Festival 2010 generated a total economic impact of more than $316 million, including $158.6 million in direct spending and $157.4 million in secondary spending. Additionally, the event generated over $25.3 million in state and local tax revenue.
FQF employs more than 800 local musicians during Festival weekend
FQF hosts over 70 local restaurants which make up ‘the World’s Largest Jazz Brunch’ at the Festival.
FQF employs only local companies during the Festival (sanitation, stages, sound, security, etc.). All money spent to produce the festival stays within the local economy.
Capital One Bank: Celebrating What Makes New Orleans Special
Capital One Bank proud to return as presenting sponsor of the French Quarter Festival
Capital One Bank is the presenting sponsor of the 2011 French Quarter Festival, marking the second consecutive year the bank has served in this important role. Capital One bankers take an active role in the New Orleans community, working to build strong, lasting relationships with consumers, small business owners and commercial clients and to
understand their financial needs.
We offer a full range of products and services to meet those needs — all available from our
branches conveniently located throughout New Orleans and Louisiana.
“In addition to celebrating those things which make the French Quarter so special — world-class music, architecture and food – the French Quarter Festival Presented by Capital One Bank continues to positively impact the New Orleans economy,” said Capital One Bank Greater New Orleans Market President Steve Hemperley. “As a local bank that serves businesses and residents throughout the French Quarter, Capital One Bank is pleased to support an event that benefits this historic neighborhood, our city and the state of Louisiana.”
Connie Jones and the French Quarter Festival All Stars featuring Pete Fountain
Connie Jones is a master trumpeter and cornet player as well as a member of French Quarter Festival’s entertainment committee. He first picked up a bugle while in military school, and he began playing trumpet at the age of ten. When he was just 18, Connie got his professional start playing traditional New Orleans jazz on Bourbon Street. Last year, Connie debuted a duet album, Creole Nocturne, with pianist Tom McDermott highlighting his improvisational talents. Connie Jones and his French Quarter Festival All Stars open up the French Quarter Festival for the 10th year in a row on Friday, April 8, 2011 at 11:00 am on the Jackson Square Stage. Alongside other well known artists, Connie is joined by Pete Fountain, his long-time friend and musical colleague along with clarinetist Tim Laughlin. The French Quarter Festival All Stars are backed by the rhythm section of Otis Bazzon, John Royen, Ed Wise, and Bryan Barberot.
Tim Laughlin is a native of New Orleans who started playing the clarinet at the age of nine. He discovered New Orleans-style jazz shortly after and immersed himself in recordings from many of the greats. After high school, he began performing with his own band around town as well as working as a sideman and quickly made a name for himself. He’s played with dozens of bands including The Dukes of Dixieland, Al Hirt, Connie Jones and Pete Fountain. He is also known for writing his own compositions, including his most requested song, “The Isle of Orleans.” Currently he has a dozen solo recordings. His latest recording featuring Connie Jones is set to be released at this year’s 2011 French Quarter Festival.
Pete Fountain was born in New Orleans and started playing clarinet, heavily influenced first by Benny Goodman and then Irving Fazola. Early on he played with the bands of Monk Hazel – The Dukes of Dixieland and Al Hirt. With his long time friend, trumpeter George Girard, Fountain founded The Basin Street Six in 1950. In 1957, Fountain was hired to join the Lawrence Welk orchestra and became well known for his many solos on The Lawrence Welk Show. Fountain returned to New Orleans, and opened his own French Quarter Jazz club in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1977, he acquired ‘Pete Fountain’s Jazz Club’ at the Riverside Hilton, New Orleans. The New Orleans Jazz Club presented ‘Pete Fountain Day’ on October 19, 1959, with celebrations honoring the pride of their city concluding with a packed concert. His band, ‘Pete Fountain’s Quintett’ was made up of his studio recording musicians, Don Bagley, Godfrey Hirch, Merle Koch and Jack Sperling. Fountain brought these same players together in 1963 when they played the Hollywood Bowl. Pete would continue the trek to Hollywood, appearing on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson 59 times. In 2003 Fountain closed his club at the Hilton with a performance before a full house. He then began performing two nights a week at Casino Magic in Bay St. Louis, where he had a home (later destroyed by Hurricane Katrina). In 2006 he helped reopen the casino (now Hollywood Casino) and regularly performed there. Fountain is a founder, and the most prominent member of the ‘Half Fast Walking Club’ one of the best known walking Krewes that parade in New Orleans on Mardi Gras Day. Fountain’s clarinet work is noted for his “Fat” sound. He has recorded over 100 LPs and CDs under his own name. Loyola University New Orleans awarded Fountain an honorary Doctorate of Music degree in 2006. On March 18, 2007, Pete Fountain was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Longtime friend Connie Jones and his French Quarter Festival All Stars featuring Pete Fountain, open French Quarter Festival each year on the Jackson Square stage.