French Quarter Fest Returns

French Quarter Festivals, Inc. today (Tuesday, Feb. 15) announced the official return to the stage after a two-year hiatus.  

The French Quarter Festival, sponsored by Chevron, is the largest free festival and showcase of Louisiana music, food, and culture and takes place April 21-24 across venues and stages in the French Quarter neighborhood.  

“We have worked and waited patiently and now the countdown to our 2022 spring festival has officially begun,” said Emily Madero, president & CEO of French Quarter Festival, Inc. “We are returning strong with over 1,800 local musicians, more than 50 chefs and restaurants, new interactive fan experiences, and evening programming across the city.”

This year’s festival invites locals and visitors to reconnect with the flavors of regional cuisine from more than 50 local restaurants, dance to the beat of more than 265 Louisiana acts on 20 stages, and enjoy special events that celebrate this unique city. The festival will operate from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. each day of the event.  

“Even though the event itself has been on hiatus the last two years, Chevron’s support of French Quarter Festival has never wavered,” said Leah Brown Public Affairs Manager, Chevron Gulf of Mexico. “Together, we funded local musicians and the gig community during COVID’s most difficult days. Now, we’re more excited than ever to see these legendary artists return to the stage. This year’s festival will be an opportunity to again support Louisiana musicians and businesses and celebrate the Crescent City’s special culture, cuisine, and character.”    
Artists range from legends like Little Freddie King to emerging artists such as Trombone Shorty Academy‘s youth ensemble. Artists making their debut include Rickie Lee Jones, Loose Cattle (led by Tony Award®-winner Michael Cerveris), The Lilli Lewis Project, Da Truth Brass Band, Gumbeaux Juice Feat. an All Star Lineup, Electric Yat Quartet, Notel Motel, and more.

Returning favorites include Tank and the Bangas, John Boutté, Amanda Shaw, Bill Summers & Jazzalsa, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, and hundreds more.  

Attendees can experience Louisiana legends in the streets of the Quarter each night of the festival, thanks to the Chevron Evening Concert Series, which returns in 2022 with Irma Thomas, Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr., Waterseed, and Big Chief Bo Dollis Jr. and the Wild Magnolias at the Chevron Stage now in the Jax Brewery Lot.     The complete schedule will be released in late March.

The festival app has been updated in preparation for the March release.  The complete music lineup can be found at frenchquarterfest.org.

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