French Quarter Festival 2010 Follow up

Posted on 5/09/2010 by Monica Yasher

April 9, 10 and 11, 2010, marked the 27th anniversary for the French Quarter Festival presented by Capital One Bank. According to information released by the organization, attendance figures indicate that approximately a half a million people attended the event.

The French Quarter Festival, that began in 1984, is the largest free music festival in the South. The festival provided eighteen stages throughout the French Quarter and presented the best in New Orleans music, representing every genre from traditional and contemporary jazz to R & B and New Orleans funk, brass bands, folk, gospel, classical, opera, Cajun Zydeco, Latin World, International, as well as a musical stage for children. People ate well as more than 105 food and beverage booths located in Jackson Square, Woldenberg Riverfront Park and the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint offered the best southern cuisine.  American Blues News had a great time at the festival, and here are some of the things that we saw.

Heading down to the Old U.S. Mint stage

The legendary Ernie Vincent & the Top Notes at the Old US Mint Stage.

And....Ingrid Lucia

One of the most photographed scenes in New Orleans. Jackson Square, named after Andrew Jackson. The Artist Community selling their pictures. Horse and Buggy Rides.

This year, the famous Pfister Sisters of New Orleans graced the stage with their phenomenal songs from the Golden Era.

A must stop while in New Orleans. The famous Cafe' Du Monde, eating delicious Beignets while drinking their exclusive coffee and musicans playing on the side walk in front. Always enjoyable.

No festival would be complete without Brass Bands......who have their own stage for days during festival season.

A casual stroll through the French Quarter will unveil many entertaining sites.

When attending a festival near the Mississippi River, one always hopes to see a cruise ship passing by. With the Oil Spill, these may be the last ships that will flow down the Mississippi for a while. Cruise ship behind the Louis Armstrong Pavilion Stage........what a site to see.

A great time at the French Quarter Festival 2010!  See you next year, you Bet!

American Blues News Staff

What makes American Blues News unique is our coverage across America. Here is our lineup:

Mon: Memphis Correspondent - Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms
Nighthawk is our resident globetrotter and man behind the scenes, as he tours with the Reba Russell Band.

Tues: New York Correspondent - J. Blake
Blake is the American Blues News review and interview guru. You may catch him out and about in NY playing the blues.

Wed: National Correspondent - Monica Yasher
Monica is our executive director and artist interview specialist. You can catch Monica singing the blues around Pittsburgh or working on some country music songs in Nashville.

Thurs: Washington, DC Correspondent - Virginiabluesman
Geraldo offers inteviews and reviews. You may have seen him at an Ana Popovic concert or conversed with him on her websites, as he offers administrative support with her music.

Fri: Northeast Photographer - Nelson Onofre
Nelson offers a Friday column of blues photography and pictorial support for the interviews covered by the team.

Jim Stick in Colorado
Jim will be focusing on the Blues Festivals in the beautiful state of Colorado, and the artists that live and visit there.

Maureen Elizabeth, our resident art correspondent, will be focusing on blues art as she explores the creation of CD covers, or speaking with artists who also have a love of creating pictorial art in addition to their music! She may also feature some of her good friends in the Pittsburgh area. In her love of art, you may find Maureen's photography accompanying writer's articles on our pages. Maureen is also our marketing director.

Pittsburgh correspondent and photographer, CR Bennett, will share the Pittsburgh scene with all of you. You may also see CR's pictures accompanying other writer's articles.

We head to the big state of Texas! Abby Owen, our Texas correspondent.

Another big area to cover, the West Coast with Casey Reagan, Casey will feature many artists and events on this ocean's shores.

Lastly, we have our roving blues entertainment writer,
Chef Jimi.

And of course, we will surprise you sometimes!

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