Nonprofit French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) has announced its official return after a two-year hiatus. The French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron, the largest free festival and showcase of Louisiana music, food and culture, will take place April 21-24 at venues and stages throughout the French Quarter.
The 2022 festival invites locals and visitors alike to savor the flavors of regional cuisine at more than 50 local restaurants, dance to the beat of more than 265 Louisiana shows on 20 stages, and enjoy special events that celebrate New Brunswick. Orleans. The festival will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. over four days. Festival organizers welcome the return of Chevron as presenting sponsor of the French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest.
“Even though the event itself has been suspended for the past two years, Chevron’s support for the French Quarter Festival has never wavered,” said Leah Brown, public affairs manager for Chevron Gulf of Mexico. “Together, we have funded local musicians and the concert community during the most difficult days of COVID. Now we are more excited than ever to see these legendary artists return to the stage. This year’s festival will be an opportunity to to once again support Louisiana musicians and businesses and to celebrate the special culture, cuisine and character of Crescent City. Chevron thanks the French Quarter Fest team for their longstanding partnership and invites everyone to join in we !
Featured acts will include the following (*indicates a French Quarter Festival debut):
THURSDAY APRIL 21
Alex McMurray ● Babineaux Sisters Band ● Bag of Donuts ● Chapel Hart Band ● Cole Williams Band ● Corey Henry & the Treme Funktet ● Dave Jordan & the NIA ● Elizabeth Lyons ● Eric Traub Legacy Band ● Joe Hall & The Cane Cutters ● Joe Krown & Jason Ricci ● John Lisi and Delta Funk! ● Johnny Sansone ● Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers ● Lena Prima ● Lost Bayou Ramblers ● MainLine ● Margie Perez ● New Birth Brass Band ● New Wave Brass Band ● Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road Show ● Rechelle Cook and the Regeneration Band ● Shannon Powell Traditional All-Star Band ● Soul Creole ● Susan Cowsill ● Sweet Crude ● T’Canaille ● TBC Brass Band ● The Dirty Dozen Brass Band ● Troy Sawyer and the Elementz ● Water Seed
FRIDAY APRIL 22
*Alexey Marti ● Banu Gibson ● Bill Summers & Jazzalsa ● * Blackcat Zydeco with Dwight Carrier ● Burris ● Caren Green ● Da Truth Brass Band ● DinosAurchestra ● Donna Angelle and the Zydeco Posse ● Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers ● George Porter, Jr. & the Runnin’ Pardners ● Higher Heights Reggae Band ● Hot 8 Brass Band ● Irma Thomas, Soul Queen of New Orleans ● * J & the Causeways ● Jamal Batiste Band ● Joe Lastie’s New Orleans Sound ● Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes ● Juju Child & The Hypnotic Roots Band ● Kumasi ● Lisa Amos ● *Loose Cattle ● Lulu and the Broadsides ● Maggie Koerner ● Magnetic Ear ● *Mason Trail and Zydeco Rhythm ● Mykia Jovan ● New Orleans Cottonmouth Kings ● New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra feat. Lars Edegran ● New Orleans Suspects ● Palmetto Bug Stompers ● Quarx ● *Rickie Lee Jones ● Rickie Monie & Traditional Jazz Ramblers ● Robin Barnes & The Fiyabirds ● Sam Price & the True Believers ● Steve Pistorius & the Southern Syncopators ● Storyville Stompers Brass Band ● Tasche De La Rocha ● The Dukes of Dixieland ● The Iguanas ● * The Lilli Lewis Project ● The Nation of Gumbollia ● The Original Pinettes Brass Band ● The Original Tuxedo Jazz Band ● The Revealers ● Tuba Skinny ● Valerie Sassyfras ● Wendell Brunious ● Wild Bill
SATURDAY APRIL 23
A2D2 Experience ● Amanda Shaw ● Amigos do Samba ● Anaïs St. John ● And Then Came Humans ● André Bohren with the Electric Yat Quartet ● Andrew Hall’s Memories of New Orleans ● Aurora Nealand & the Royal Roses ● Bamboula 2000 ● Benny Grunch & the Bunch ● Big 6 Brass Band ● Big Chief Bo Dollis, Jr. & the Wild Magnolias ● Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles ● Big Frank & Lil Frank and the Dirty Old Men ● Blake Amos ● Bonerama ● Brandon Moreau and his Cajungrass ● Capt John Royen and NO Rhythm ● Chance Bushman and The Ibervillianaires ● Charlie Halloran and the Tropicales ● Charmaine Neville ● Christian Serpas and Ghost Town ● Claude Bryant and The Allstars ● Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble ● Dance Leson ● Dash Rip Rock ● Deacon John and the Ivories with special guests Hot Rod Lincoln ● DeJan’s Olympia Brass Band ● Duz Mancini & The Wasted Shades ● Erica Falls ● Evan Christopher’s Clarinet Road ● *Fermín Ceballos + Merengue4FOUR ● Fontainebleau High School Jazz Ensemble One ● Gard en D istrict Jazz Band ● Gary Negbaur ● Ghalia Volt ● *Gumbeaux Juice feat an All Star Lineup ● Harmonouche ● James Andrews ● James Martin Band ● Jamey St. Pierre and The Honeycreepers ● *Jamie Lynn Vessels ● Jamil Sharif ● Jesse McBride presents the next Generation ● John “Papa” Gros ● Joy Clark ● Juno Dunes ● Katy Hobgood Ray ● Keith Burnstein ● Lawrence Cotton Legendary Experience ● Louis Ford & His New Orleans Flairs ● Make Music NOLA ● Marc Stone ● Mark Braud’s New Orleans Jazz Giants ● Mestre Curtis Pierre and the Samba Man ● Mia Borders ● Mike Doussan ● Mikhala “Jazz Muffin” Iversen ● Miss Sophie Lee ● Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas ● Naughty Professor ● New Orleans Classic Jazz Orchestra ● New Orleans Nightcrawlers ● NPS Arrowhead Jazz Band ● Onward Brass Group ● Pierre A. Capdau Charter School Marching Band ● Red Hot Brass Band ● Ryan Hall ● Sarah Quintana ● Seva Venet’s Storyville Stringband ● Sullivan Dabney’s Muzik Jazz Band ● Thais Clark & her JAZZsters ● The Beignet O rchest ra ● The Daiquiri Queens ● The Dick Deluxe Revue ● The Frederick A. Douglass Legacy Chorale ● The Irene Sage Band ● The Nayo Jones Experience ● The Smoking Time Jazz Club ● The Smoky Greenwell Band ● The Soul Rebels ● The Steve Rohbock Group ● The Tin Men ● Tim Laughlin ● Tommy Sancton’s New Orleans Legacy Band ● Trombone Shorty Academy ● *Vegas Cola Band ● Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters ● Wynton (aka Kevin Stylez) ● Young Indians of the Nation
SUNDAY APRIL 24
Alfred Banks with Sax Kix Ave ● Andrew Duhon ● Astral Project Barbara Shorts and Blue Jazz ● Beth Patterson ● *Big Chief Juan Pardo & The Golden Comanches ● Bon Bon Vivant ● Broke Down Streetcar ● Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band ● Bucktown All-Stars ● Cameron Dupuy and The Cajun Troubadours ● Zydefunk by Charlie Wooton ● Christien Bold & SoulSwing ● Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band ● New Orleans Serenaders by Clive Wilson ● Creole String Beans ● Cullen Landry and the Midnight Streetcar Band with Al “Carnival Time” Johnson ● Danse at Dusk with Tom Saunders and the Tomcats ● Dave Ferrato & Later, On Decatur ● Davis Rogan ● Debbie Davis and Josh Paxton Duo ● Don Jamison Heritage School of Music ● Don Vappie & Banjo a la Créole ● Ever More Nest ● Flow Tribe ● Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestras ● Green Gasoline ● Helen Gillet & Wazozo ● Honey Island Swamp Band ● Hot Club of New Orleans ● Jack Sledge ● Jeremy Davenport ● Joe Cabral Thrio ● John Boutté ● John F Kennedy Senior High Sch ool-JDr um Section ● John Mahoney Little Band ● Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen ● Jumbo Shrimp Jazz Band ● Kid Simmons Jazz Band ● Kim Carson & the Real Deal ● Little Freddie King ● Lynn Drury ● Mahogany Brass Band ● Mark Brooks ● Mayumi Shara & New Orleans Jazz Letters ● McDonough 35 Senior High School Marching Band ● Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns ● Mikayla Braun ● Mike Harvey’s Hot Club ● Naydja CoJoe ● New Orleans Swamp Donkeys ● NOCCA Jazz Ensemble ● NORUZ ● Notel Motel ● On the Levee Jazz Band ● Papa Mali ● Papo y Son Mandao ● Pat Casey & the New Sound ● Paulin Brothers Jazz Band ● Red Wolf Brass Band ● Rhodes Spedale & Live Jazz Group ● Rick Trolsen’s New Orleans Po’ Boys ● Riverdale High School Band ● Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters ● Shad Weathersby and Mike Artell ● Shake Em’ Up Jazz Band ● Songs for Junior Rangers with Sam Kuslan ● Sick Ride ● Soul Brass Band ● Sporty’s Brass Band ● The Dixie Cups ● The Garden of Joy ● The New Orleans Jazz Vi pers ● The s New Orleans Klezmer All Stars ● The New Orleans Swinging G’s ● The NOCCA Jazz Ensemble ● The Pfister Sisters ● The Steamboat Willie Jazz Band ● The Suplecs ● The Unnaturals ● Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony ● Treme Brass Band ● Vivaz! Trio ● Wanda Rouzan and a Taste of New Orleans ● Washboard Chaz Blues Trio ● Waylon Thibodeaux Band ● Zena Moses & Rue Fiya ● *Zulu Gospel Choir
“We have been patiently working and waiting and now the countdown to our 2022 Spring Festival has officially begun,” said Emily Madero, President and CEO of FQFI. “We are coming back strong with over 1,800 local musicians, over 40 chefs and restaurants, new interactive fan experiences and nightly programming across the city. The FQFI is proud to kick off festival season in New Orleans with a truly authentic celebration and we invite everyone to join us for four unforgettable days.
An updated schedule will be published at the end of March. The French Quarter Festival app has been updated in preparation for the March release. Visit french quarterfest.org for more information.