It is time to start making French Quarter Fest plans. Organizers have announced the 2019 lineup and revealed the artist behind this year’s poster.
Those making their festival debuts include Galactic, Big 6 Brass Band, Keith Burnstein’s Kettle Black, Lil’ Glenn & Backatown, The Royal Teeth, and Magnolia Sisters.
In addition, musicians whose performances were cancelled due to inclement weather during the 2018 event were rebooked whenever possible.
Returning favorites include John Boutté, Erica Falls, Little Freddie King, Amanda Shaw, Bill Summers & Jazalsa, Irma Thomas, Water Seed, and hundreds more.
The festival will feature a new venue, the Pan-American Life Insurance Group Stage. This will bring music to the newly renovated Moonwalk on Saturday and Sunday.
Artists include Helen Gillet & Wazozo and Jason Marsalis 21st Century Trad Band.
Ayo Scott has been selected as the 2019 French Quarter Festivals, Inc. artist; he will paint both the French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest posters.
A native New Orleanian, Scott graduated from Xavier University in 2003 and attended graduate school at The Institute of Design in Chicago. Immediately after Hurricane Katrina, he returned home to help the city rebuild. During that time, he started NOYO Designs Inc. and began to evolve from commercial graphic design work to making his own art.
“It is my profound honor to be chosen as the official poster artist for this year’s French Quarter Festival and have the chance to pay tribute to a musical legacy,” said Scott.
French Quarter Fest will feature over 60 restaurants with new vendors and dishes.
Although general admission is still free, this year the festival will offer VIP packages, including four-day weekend passes for $375 or single day passes for $99.
The festival will kick-off with a second-line parade on Aprill 11 at 10 a.m. The parade departs from the 100 block of Bourbon Street and makes its way to Jackson Square.
The Jones Walker Let Them Talk Stage will return featuring conversations with festival artists at the Jazz Museum at the Mint, 3rd Floor Auditorium on Saturday and Sunday.
Dance Lessons, Dancing at Dusk, and a children’s area, the Chevron Children’s STEM Zone will all return for the 2019 festival.