TVD Giveaway: French Quarter Festival Poster

For the second year in a row, TVD is a media sponsor of the French Quarter Festival. So, we have an offer for our readers. Leave a comment describing your favorite musical moment from a French Quarter Festival in the past and we will pick a winner at random on Thursday morning (4/12) before the festival begins.

To get you motivated, here’s one of my favorite French Quarter Festival moments. About ten years, Astral Project was playing on the main stage in Woldenberg Park. This was when the pianist David Torkanowsky was still in the band. It was a gorgeous spring day. The sky was peppered with thin clouds and there was very little humidity in the air.

During a particularly spunky original tune, the calliope on a nearby paddlewheel boat began braying rather loudly. All of the musicians and much of the crowd noticed the interference. But rather than fight the intrusion, the whole band began vamping along with the steam-driven melody.

Then Torkanowsky turned his solo into a call and response chant with the player on the riverboat. It gave new meaning to the notion, “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” and the musicians earned a hearty round of applause after the calliope finished its chorus.

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6 comments
kim
kim

Watching Trombone Shorty strut his stuff on stage about three years ago, covering an old AC/DC tune...simply amazing!

Patrick Burke
Patrick Burke

Any stage with Ingrid Lucia on it is good enough for me. I was walking down Royal Street a couple of years ago and found her on stage in front of the Supreme Court Building (the old Wildlife and Fisheries building) and just had to stop. My entourage kept walking and I never noticed, and I think they never noticed, but I was transfixed for the rest of her set, or until someone noticed that I was gone and came back to get me...but then stayed to hear more. I previously had no idea that she was so wonderful to listen to live. French Quarter Festival is my new Jazz Fest. It's affordable, it's full of exciting things to see besides music, and it's for and by locals.

bigang64
bigang64

tuqauqe's brisket an horeseradish sauses,my favorite time of year,Cher we all gonna pass a good time bas ya here.

MarkGrissom
MarkGrissom

Last year, my girl was here from CA and we took the ferry across the river and then made our way up river to the Pavillion Stage just in time to catch The Honey Island Swamp Band. It was the best set I've ever seen them do and she was so impressed. It was the highlight of a great day as we enjoyed some excellent food, as well. The food offerings have come a long way and now rival Jazz Fest.

DARRELL FREY
DARRELL FREY

WELL ,,,,NOT SO LONG AGO,,,,,  LAST YEAR AS A MATTER OF FACT! MY HIGH SCHOOL BUDDY   WHO HADN'T BEEN BK TO NEW ORLEANS IN 20 PLUS YEARS   ... came for french quarter fest and as we approched the river and he saw the french quarter fest in full swing   HIS JAW DROPPED  and he said  NO WAY!!!     INCREDIBLE!!!  BEYOND BELIEF!!!   THIS IS THE MECCA OF MUSIC!!!!!!   THE MECCA OF MUSIC!!!       MY REPLY  ,  YEP  THE MECCA !!!!    TRULY GONNA MISS COCO THIS YEAR!!! BUT NOW HE WALKS WITH THE SPIRIT BAND IN THE SKY!!!!!!    THE ONE PLACE ALL OUR MUSICIANS ARE PRENSENTED TO ALL WHO CARE TO JOIN IN THE FUN!!!!!!

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