French Quarter Fest 2017: 4 Hot New Festival Acts You Can’t Miss

Sure, you can catch many of the French Quarter Festival acts pretty regularly around the city. Plus, many already have their fest favorites like Kermit Ruffins, Irma Thomas and The Soul Rebels. However, festival organizers boast more than 40 new acts this year, so this is a great chance to check out some artists may not be on your radar. We combed through the list to pick a few of the hottest new festival acts you should make a point to see.

Aaron Neville

Thursday, April 6

3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Abita Beer Stage

New Orleans music icon Aaron Neville makes his festival debut, so here’s your chance to see him up close and personal.

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Tonya Boyd-Cannon

Friday, April 7

5:30 p.m. to 6:55 p.m. – Jack Daniel’s Stage

This former contestant from the “The Voice” lands on the French Quarter Fest stage this year. Expect some powerhouse vocals and a performance that caters to the audience. This chick leaves everything on the stage.

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Tank and the Bangas

Saturday, April 8

7:20 p.m. to 8:25 p.m. – Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage

The buzz around Tarriona “Tank” Ball and her band has been crazy, especially after Tank and the Bangas beat out more than 6,000 entries to win theĀ 2017 NPR Tiny Desk Contest. Their whimsical, high-energy performance with elements of spoken word will take you for a wild ride.

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Water Seed Music

Saturday, April 8

2 p.m. to 3:25 p.m. – Esplanade in the Shade Stage

You may have heard this crew upstairs at Blue Nile on Frenchman Street. Now, they hit the French Quarter Fest stage for the first time. The group’s eccentric and funky vibe will pull you in.

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