This fall, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation will present two of its popular festivals on one weekend - Treme Creole Gumbo Festival and Congo Square Rhythms Festival. The festivals will take place Saturday, November 16th and Sunday, November 17th in Congo Square and Louis Armstrong Park. Admission is still free and open to the public. There will be two stages of music celebrating the New Orleans traditions that spring from the African diaspora: jazz, funk, contemporary and traditional brass band, gospel and rhythm & blues! African drumming and dance will be a continued highlight at Congo Square Rhythms Festival, as well as, the annual Mardi Gras Indian “battle” – with tribes from various neighborhoods. TREME CREOLE GUMBO Saturday, Nov. 16 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Red Hot Brass Band 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Cole Williams Band 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. James Andrews & the Crescent City All-Stars 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Big Six Brass Band 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Charmaine Neville Band 5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tonya Boyd-Cannon Sunday, Nov. 17 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. LPO Brass Band 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m Free Agents Brass Band 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tremé Brass Band 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Hot 8 Brass Band 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m Pinettes Brass Band 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Rebirth Brass Band CONGO SQUARE RHYTHMS Saturday, Nov. 16 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Drum Circle 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Harbinger Project 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Glenn Hall & Backatown 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Corey Henry & the Tremé Funktet 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Big Sam's Funky Nation 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Soul Rebels Sunday, Nov. 17 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Drum Circle 12:00 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. African Dance 12:00 p.m. to 12:10 p.m. Tekrema 12:15 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. N'Kafu & Culu 12:35 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. Kumbuka African Dance & Drum Collective 12:55 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. N'Fungola Sibo 1:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Chakra Dance Theatre 1:35 p.m. to 1:55 p.m. Seguenon Kone 2:00 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. Garifuna 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bamboula 2000 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mardi Gras Indian Battle 4:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Big Chief Bo Dollis Jr & the Wild Magnolias Beyond the music is the food and art! There will be two food courts – each offering a mix of classic New Orleans dishes and food. We’ll, of course, have a smorgasboard of New Orleans’ signature dishes, including different varieties of gumbo, red beans and rice, crabmeat beignets, deep fried bell peppers, jambalaya, poboys, fresh produce, seafood, and more! We will have two art markets: The Congo Square Market will feature art, crafts, jewelry, locally produced bath and beauty products and imported items from Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. The Treme Market will feature original local art, crafts, jewelry and unique handmade items. The festivals are our way of paying tribute to our ancestors and our cultural traditions- through food, music, drumming, and dance. By bringing these two festivals together– we are hoping to make a bigger impact on our city. DETAILS: ARTS MARKET As always, we will feature a large Arts Market, with dozens of local artists showcasing handmade fine art and home furnishings. FOOD VENDORS If you love dark roux chicken and sausage gumbo, Creole filé gumbo, seafood gumbo and all sorts of other great stuff – from po-boys to shrimp ’n’ grits – then come hungry. KIDS ACTIVITIES As we have done in the past, we are merging our Arts Market with our Kids Area, with local artists leading interactive and creative workshops for young people. So come enjoy the festival knowing that there will be supervised activities for the kids. BIKE VALET Once again, our friends at Bike Easy (a nonprofit that promotes bicycle ridership) will staff a free bike valet. So ride to the festival and leave your bike safe and secure. PUBLIC TRANSIT The festival takes place in Armstrong Park, which is right along the RTA bus route 91 (Jackson-Esplanade), and the Rampart-St. Claude streetcar line. PARKING Parking in the parking lots of the Mahalia Jackson Theatre is available. Enter via Basin Street. Additional parking is available in the lot at Basin Street Station (501 Basin Street) for $20/day. FREE ADMISSION - DONATIONS ACCEPTED Admission to the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival is free. But we will have donation boxes set up at most of the park entrances. If you want to help us keep our events free, please support us with the donation of your choice. Thank you. NO PETS, NO OUTSIDE FOOD OR BEVERAGES, NO RECORDING Like all of our events, the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival is completely free and open to the public - part of the community investment made by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. PLEASE: Except for those with small children or dietary restrictions, please do not bring outside food or beverages to the event - no coolers are permitted. We realize that Armstrong Park is usually open to pets. But for the safety and comfort of our large audience, we ask that you respect your neighbors and leave your companion animals at home (except for service animals, of course). Thank you. Please: No audio or video recording of our performers. The Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival is produced and presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. The Foundation is the nonprofit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, and uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest for year-round programs in education, economic development and cultural enrichment. For more on what we do, please visit us at www.jazzandheritage.org. This program is supported in part by a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans.
Louis Armstrong Park