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Great music and food on Wednesdays at the Square!

Amanda Shaw

Amanda Shaw

Go for the music or go for the food, but get yourself downtown on Wednesday evenings for the annual free concert series, Wednesdays at the Square.

Lafayette Square on a lovely Wednesday Evening

Lafayette Square on a lovely Wednesday Evening

 

Sponsored by the Young Leadership Council, concerts are held at Lafayette Square on St. Charles Avenue every Wednesday from March 6 to May 22, 2013 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, rain or shine.

Coming Up:  Marcia Ball, Irvin Mayfield, the Meters Experience, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk and more.

Tab Benoit

Tab Benoit

No pets or outside food; concession sales keep it free!

No need to look for parking downtown, the streetcar that passes in front of the Grand Victorian B&B will put you right in the heart of everything!  Mid-week rooms available so you can hear your favorite artist, or meet a new one.

All photos courtsey of YLC’s Wednesday  at the Square.

 

Jazz Fest 2012 Your Grand Victorian Guide

New Orleans…home to Jazz music, Mardi Gras, and the Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast...will now see its streets inhabited with the sounds of music as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest 2012 is dawning! The Jazz Fest cubes have been out for awhile, now that the French Quarter Festival is over, it’s time to turn our attention here as the New Orleans Jazz Fest begins April 27 – May 6, 2012. What are the cubes? As Chris Rose says, they are…

“…those hallowed, nearly mystical linear graphic guides to whom is playing when and where at the Fair Grounds on any given day.”

Marcia Ball – an annual Do Not Miss performance for Grand Victorian Innkeeper

 

Locals spend hours pouring over and researching what acts to see at what times. Here are Wesley Hodges’ special picks for each day. The highlight is the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and many special guests including Ani Defranco and Bonnie Raitt, would be taking over the coveted responsibility of closing down the Gentilly Stage on the festival’s final day. The spot was previously held by The Radiators, who played their Jazz Fest farewell set on May 8, 2011.

 

This article by Keith Spera shows how jam-packed each day is, living up to its promise that every year will be better than the last.

Artist Anders Osborne

There have been many changes in the lineup; this NolaVie blog has links to previous concert appearances by some of the fill-ins that may help you decide. The loss of Levon Helm, Eddie Veddeer and Jill Scott has made for some interesting fill-ins.

Offbeat Magazine has the cubes for download, a new and improved iphone app and the best guide to pick up when you’re in town or once you get to the hallowed Jazz Festival gates.

 

For other suggestions on “Jazz Feasting” and other delectable items to tempt your tastebuds at this year’s Jazz Fest, check out this Gambit article for all Foodies as it provides a superior overview.

 

We would love to have you come by and visit us at the Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast to tell us about your experience at this year’s Jazz fest!

Photos by Masahiro Sumori

French Quarter Fest in April

 

Get your music, food and French Quarter cravings met all in one place at French Quarter Fest, the largest free music festival in the South. For four days (April 12–15, 2012) you can hear over 800 local musicians on 21 stages plus taste delicious food from over 65 of New Orleans finest restaurants, also known as “The World’s Largest Jazz Brunch.”

The French Quarter Fest is keeping traditional jazz music alive with Louisiana musicians as well as an International Stage where traditional jazz bands from all over the world will perform.

For the first time since Hurricane Katrina, fireworks on the river are back on Saturday night. Sit along the banks of the mighty Mississippi and watch the show!

You can also learn to dance at the French Quarter Fest. Learn the Charleston, Swing, Zydeco and how to second line at various stages in between music sets.

All of the French Quarter Festival events are free and accessible by the historic St. Charles Avenue streetcar which will drop you off at the front steps of our New Orleans bed and breakfast. Elegant peaceful rooms in the Garden District offer a lovely complement to your fun vacation at the French Quarter Festival.