festivals http://wwno.org en The Crawfish Festival: Sights, Sounds and History http://wwno.org/post/crawfish-festival-sights-sounds-and-history <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Festival season is winding down but crawfish season is still going strong. A few weeks ago, I decided to take a trip to </span>Breaux<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Bridge for the world famous </span>Breaux<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Bridge crawfish festival. And who better to show a Yankee girl around than Sam Irwin, a freelance writer who just put out a book all about crawfish. It’s called&#160;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisiana Crawfish: A Succulent History of the Cajun Crustacean.</em><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/05/finalWEBAUDIO.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Tue, 20 May 2014 11:37:00 +0000 Ann Marie Awad 61025 at http://wwno.org Annual Concert Series Kicks Off In Armstrong Park http://wwno.org/post/annual-concert-series-kicks-armstrong-park <p>People United for Armstrong Park is an organization with the mission of "establishing the park as a nurturing, living environment for the arts."</p><p>Toward that end, a few years ago they established an annual jazz concert series, which opens its 2014 season on Thursday.</p><p>Mary Steele of People United for Armstrong Park says there is a lot to look forward to this year.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:42:44 +0000 Jack Hopke 58689 at http://wwno.org Crawfish & Barbecue: Staples At Spring Gatherings http://wwno.org/post/crawfish-barbecue-staples-spring-gatherings <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Getting together with family and friends is something </span>Louisianians<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> do best and in springtime, the weather's just right for barbecues and crawfish boils. This week on <em>Louisiana Eats!</em> we're going around the state to investigate two primary foods that feed the masses this time of year.</span></p><p>Sam Irwin grew up in crawfish country, so <a href="http://site.samirwin.net/menu.html" target="_blank">his fascination with our state's freshwater crustacean</a> seems natural. Sam's the first of many guests to discuss the crawfish, as well as <a href="http://mudbugmadness.com/festival-info/" target="_blank">Chris Jay</a> and <a href="http://nolavie.com/author/scottgold/" target="_blank">Scott Gold</a>, who join the conversation with their own advice about the mudbug.</p><p>Then we'll turn to members of <a href="http://www.southernfoodways.org/about-us/history-founders/" target="_blank">the Southern Foodways Alliance</a> for some insights into barbecue. Chef Drew Robinson talks about <a href="http://www.jimnnicks.com/community/fatback-collective/" target="_blank">running a barbecue joint with over 30 locations</a>, and John T. Edge discusses the peace-making capabilities of a great smoked pig. &nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Poppy Tooker 58362 at http://wwno.org Is French Quarter Fest Still For The Locals? http://wwno.org/post/french-quarter-fest-still-locals <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over the course of 31 years,</span><a href="http://www.fqfi.org/news/?cat=9" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"> New Orleans' French Quarter Festival</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has grown from a small event to the largest free music festival in the United States. Along with Jazz Fest and Mardi Gras, it's become one of the crown jewels in Louisiana's cultural economy.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On this week's <em>Notes from New Orleans</em>, Sharon </span>Litwin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> speaks with executive director Marci </span>Schramm<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> about the festival's growth and its plans for the future.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sharon Litwin 56113 at http://wwno.org A Small-Town Mayor Takes The French Quarter Festival Back Home http://wwno.org/post/small-town-mayor-takes-french-quarter-festival-back-home <p><em>More than half a million people are expected at the 31st annual French Quarter Festival this weekend. They come from far and wide — and a few of them come not only to enjoy the music, but also to take it back home.&nbsp;</em></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:21:00 +0000 Renée Peck 57817 at http://wwno.org Tartan Festival in Minden celebrates Scottish heritage in Deep South http://wwno.org/post/tartan-festival-minden-celebrates-scottish-heritage-deep-south A farm pasture in Minden, Louisiana, will be transformed into a Scottish festival Saturday with food, music and activities that honor the land that’s famous for bagpipes and kilts.&#160;<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Marcia Gordon McLaurin of Canton, Miss., celebrates her family heritage at the 2013 Tartan Festival." data-attribution="Credit Scottish Society of the Louisiana Hielands" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/rrr/files/styles/card_280/public/201404/Marcia_plaid.png" alt="" /><p>Shelia Hoh of Shreveport is coordinating the 13t Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:09:00 +0000 Kate Archer Kent 57754 at http://wwno.org Jazz Fest Music Schedule For Saturday, May 4 http://wwno.org/post/jazz-fest-music-schedule-saturday-may-4 <p>Your updated, complete music schedule for the second Saturday&nbsp;of Jazz Fest 2013!</p><p>Click on the image below t0 enlarge.</p><p></p> Sat, 04 May 2013 15:41:19 +0000 Jason Saul 34684 at http://wwno.org Photos: Highlights From The 27th Annual Festival International http://wwno.org/post/photos-highlights-27th-annual-festival-international <p>The 27th annual <a href="http://www.festivalinternational.com/" target="_blank">Festival International</a> took over downtown Lafayette this past weekend, featuring scores of musicians and crafts artists from all over the world and packing the streets with revelers.</p><p>WWNO was there, and brought back these highlights.</p><p><em>Festival International's Official Lineup Video:</em></p><p>http://youtu.be/XZRY1KFHFjo</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 21:41:30 +0000 Dionne Grayson 34297 at http://wwno.org Festival Showcases Shreveport's Indian Community http://wwno.org/post/festival-showcases-shreveports-indian-community <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://redriverradio.org/sites/rrr/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201304/ASEANA%20Foundation.JPG" alt="" /><p>The culture of India will take center stage on Saturday, April 27,&#160;for the ASEANA Foundation’s Spring Festival. In its sixth year, the festival draws hundreds of people to downtown Shreveport. The event will highlight traditional Indian cuisine and folk dances. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 15:10:00 +0000 Kate Archer Kent 34000 at http://wwno.org In A City Of Festivals, Why Not Taxfest 2014? http://wwno.org/post/city-festivals-why-not-taxfest-2014 <p>Unless it's your birthday, you've just been promoted, or find out that you have the winning Powerball numbers, April 15 is not the most celebrated day in America.</p><p>But wait! If&nbsp;you're about to opt for that last-minute extension,&nbsp;maybe, just maybe, there's <a href="http://nolavie.com/2013/04/love-nola-you-say-festival-i-say-revival-55286.html" target="_blank">a way to make Tax Day fun</a>, New Orleans-style... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Brett Will Taylor 33179 at http://wwno.org