2020 French Quarter Festival reveals lineup of more than 1,700 musicians | Louisiana Festivals

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Organizers of the 2020 French Quarter Festival revealed the talent roster for this spring’s massive free festival, slated for April 16-19.

This year, the free French Quarter Festival will increase its total number of stages by one. On its culminating weekend, which this year is the weekend before the start of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the French Quarter Fest will feature 25 stages from the Old U.S. Mint to Woldenberg Riverfront Park. 

Tank and the Bangas frontwoman Tarriona “Tank” Ball, whose band was recently nominated for a best new artist Grammy award, will adorn the 37th annual festival’s promotional posters and advertisements. Tank and the Bangas, who made their French Quarter Fest debut in 2014, are back at the festival again this year. 

The 31 acts appearing at the event for the first time in 2020 include jazz-pop singer Rickie Lee Jones, who has lived in New Orleans for several years; Loose Cattle, the Americana band led by Michael Cerveris, the Tony Award-winning Broadway, television and movie actor who lives in New Orleans part-time; and the south Louisiana alternative pop band Givers.

The new Louisiana History and Culture Stage at Le Petit Theatre will present local historians and culture-bearers on the Saturday and Sunday of the festival, the two days when all 25 stages will be up and running.

The festival is produced by the non-profit French Quarter Festivals Inc.

“As a nonprofit committed to celebrating New Orleans’ musical heritage we’re proud to welcome our community and guests to the French Quarter,” FQFI president & CEO Emily Madero said in a press release. “Part of what makes French Quarter Fest so special is that there are no fences or fees — we produce this festival in a public neighborhood open for all to enjoy. There’s really no other festival like it, especially in a city full of celebrations.”

Molly McGuire, known professionally as Magwire, is the artist for the 2020 French Quarter Fest poster. She is also the poster for another FQFI event, this summer’s Satchmo SummerFest.

A full French Quarter Fest schedule with performance times and stage assignments will be released in March. Go to www.frenchquarterfest.org for more details.

The complete day-by-day roster so far includes the following acts. An asterisk indicates an artist performing at the festival for the first time.

THURSDAY, April 16

Alex McMurray

Babineaux Sisters Band

Bag of Donuts

Bill Summers & Jazalsa

Dave Jordan & the NIA

Egg Yolk Jubilee

Elizabeth Lyons*

Ellis Marsalis Quintet

Eric Traub Legacy Band*


Hot 8 Brass Band

Jamal Batiste Band

Joe Hall & The Cane Cutters *

John Lisi & Delta Funk

Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers

Kim Carson & the Real Deal

Lena Prima

Lost Bayou Ramblers

Louisiana’s LeRoux

Margie Perez

New Birth Brass Band

Panorama Jazz Band

Preservation Brass

Rebirth Brass Band

Rechelle Cook and the Regeneration Band

Royal Teeth

Shannon Powell Traditional All-Star Band


Soul Creole*

Soul Remedy featuring Marla B Spirit*


The Blues Masters featuring “Big Al” Carson

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

The Nayo Jones Experience

Vegas Cola Band*

FRIDAY, April 17

Alexey Marti

Amanda Shaw

Antoine Diel & New Orleans Misfits Power Band*

Banu Gibson

Benny Grunch & the Bunch

Big Chief Juan Pardo & The Golden Comanches*

Blackcat Zydeco featuring Dwight Carrier*

Chucky “C” & Band

Cole Williams Band

Da Truth Brass Band*

Erica Falls

French Follies Jazz Band*

George Porter, Jr. & the Runnin’ Pardners

Higher Heights Reggae Band

Honey Island Swamp Band

Irma Thomas, Soul Queen of New Orleans

J & the Causeways*

Jamie Lynn Vessels*

Joe Lastie’s New Orleans Sound

John “Papa” Gros

Johnny Sansone

Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes

Juju Child & The Hypnotic Roots Band


Lisa Amos

Maggie Koerner

Magnetic Ear

Marc Stone

Mason Trail and Zydeco Rhythm*

Mykia Jovan

New Orleans Cottonmouth Kings

New Orleans Suspects

Original Hurricane Brass Band

Palmetto Bug Stompers

Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road Show

Rickie Lee Jones*

Robin Barnes & The Fiyabirds

Sam Price & the True Believers

Soul Rebels

Steve Pistorius & the Southern Syncopators

Storyville Stompers Brass Band

The Dukes of Dixieland

The Irene Sage Band

The Nation of Gumbollia

The Original Pinettes Brass Band

The Revealers

Tuba Skinny

Twisty River Band

Valerie Sassyfras

Waylon Thibodeaux Band

Wendell Brunious

SATURDAY, April 18

A2D2 Experience

Amigos do Samba*

Anaïs St. John

Andrew Duhon

Andrew Hall’s Memories of New Orleans

Aurora Nealand & the Royal Roses

Bamboula 2000

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

Big Sam’s Funky Nation


Brandon Moreau and His Cajungrass

Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band

Capt. John Royen and N.O. Rhythm

Carl LeBlanc

Chance Bushman & The Ibervillianaires

Charlie Halloran and the Tropicales

Charmaine Neville

Christian Serpas & Ghost Town

Claude Bryant and The Allstars

Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble

Dash Rip Rock

Deacon John and the Ivories with special guests Hot Rod Lincoln

Debbie Davis and Josh Paxton Duo

DeJan’s Olympia Brass Band


Donna Angelle &the Zydeco Posse

FERMÍN & Merengue4-FOUR*

Garden District Jazz Band

Gumbeaux Juice Feat. Ray Wimley & the Harbinger Project, Erika Flowers, & DJ Nesby Phips + more


James Andrews

James Martin Band

Jamil Sharif

Joy Clark*

Kipp Fredrick Douglas – Choir and Band*

Lawrence Cotton Legendary Experience

Leroy Jones & New Orleans’ Finest

Louis Ford & His New Orleans Flairs

Lulu and the Broadsides


Make Music NOLA*

Mia Borders

Mike Doussan*

Mike Harvey’s Hot Club

Mikhala “Jazz Muffin” Iversen

Miss Sophie Lee

Naughty Professor

New Orleans Classic Jazz Orchestra

New Orleans Nightcrawlers

New Orleans Wildlife Band

Onward Brass Band

Ovi-G Froggies

Papo y Son Mandao

Pierre A. Capdau Charter School

Red Hot Brass Band

Sarah Quintana

Sasha Masakowski Jazz Quintet featuring Steve Masakowski

Sullivan Dabney’s Muzik Jazz Band

Susan Cowsill

Tank and the Bangas

Tender Moments with Harry Hardin & Andre Bohren*

Thais Clark & her JAZZsters

The Assunto Dukes – Tribuite to Frank & Feddie Assunto

The Dixie Cups

The Gary Negbaur Group*

The Iguanas

The Lilli Lewis Project*

The New Orleans Catahoulas

The Ronnie Kole Show featuring John Perkins

Seva Venet’s Storyville Stringband

Steamboat Wille *

Steve Robock *

The Smoking Time Jazz Club

The Song Dogs

Tim Laughlin

Tin Men

Tommy Sancton’s New Orleans Legacy Band

Trombone Shorty Foundation Brass Band*

Troy Sawyer and the Elementz

Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters

Water Seed

Wynton (aka Kevin Stylez)


Young Rollers Brass Band & Social & Pleasure Club*

SUNDAY, April 19

Alfred Banks

Astral Project

Beth Patterson

Blake Amos Band

Bon Bon Vivant

Bucktown All-Stars

Cha Wa

Chapel Hart Band*

Charlie Wooton’s Zydefunk

Christien Bold & SoulSwing

Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band

Clive Wilson’s New Orleans Serenaders

Corey Henry & the Treme Funktet

Creole String Beans

Cullen Landry and the Midnight Streetcar Band featuring Al “Carnival Time” Johnson

Dancing at Dusk with Tom Saunders and the Tomcats

Dave Ferrato & Later, On Decatur

Davis Rogan

Don Jamison Heritage School of Music

Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders

Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers

Evan Christopher’s Clarinet Road

Flow Tribe

Fontainebleau High School Jazz Ensemble One

G and The New Orleans Swingin’ Gypsies


Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestras

Helen Gillet & Wazozo

Hot Club of New Orleans

James Rivers Movement

Jeremy Davenport

Joe Krown & Jason Ricci

John Boutté

John F Kennedy Senior High School-JDrum Section*

John Mahoney Little Band

Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen

Jumbo Shrimp Jazz Band

Keith Burnstein’s Kettle Black

Kevin O’Day Band*

Kid Simmons Jazz Band

Little Freddie King

Loose Cattle*

Lynn Drury

Mahogany Brass Band

Mark Brooks

Mayumi Shara & New Orleans Jazz Letters

Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns

Mid-City Aces

Mikayla Braun*

Naydja CoJoe

New Orleans Swamp Donkeys

NOCCA Jazz Ensemble (Citywide)


Notel Motel*

On the Levee Jazz Band

Papa Mali

Pat Casey & the New Sound

Paulin Brothers Jazz Band

Plink Flyod*

Red Wolf Brass Band

Rhodes Spedale & Live Jazz Group

Ricardo Pascal’s Crescent by Choice Band

Rick Trolsen’s New Orleans Po’ Boys

Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters

Shake Em’ Up Jazz Band

Soul Brass Band

Soul Project NOLA

Sporty’s Brass Band*

Sweet Crude

The Daiquiri Queens

The French Connection featuring George and Gerald French

The Garden of Joy

The Joe Cabral Thrio

The New Orleans Jazz Vipers

The New Orleans Jazz Vipers

The New Orleans Klezmer All Stars

The Pfister Sisters

Tom McDermott and His Jazz Hellions

Tonya Boyd-Cannon

Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony

Treme Brass Band

Wanda Rouzan and a Taste of New Orleans

Washboard Chaz Blues Trio

Zena Moses & Rue Fiya

Zulu Gospel Ensemble


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