The Louisiana Ballooning Foundation has canceled the Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship and Festival that had been scheduled for the first weekend in August in East Baton Rouge Parish.
The Advocate reports ( http://bit.ly/NCr4B2) officials in neighboring Ascension Parish say they will hold a festival and balloon race in October, though it won't be affiliated with the Louisiana Ballooning Foundation.
Linda Wunstel, president of the foundation's board, said the East Baton Rouge event was canceled because of funding problems.
Women from around the nation are gathering in New Orleans for the 2nd Annual FestiGals Weekend. It's an empowering getaway weekend festival created for women by women. Among the highlights this year are celebrity designed bras to fight cancer.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Comedian and actor Kevin Hart has been added to the main stage lineup for the 2012 Essence Music Festival.
Organizers say Hart, hot on the heels of his starring role in this week's No. 1 film, "Think Like a Man," will debut his comedic talents during the festival scheduled for July 6-8 at the Superdome. Hart joins a lineup that includes Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Charlie Wilson, Ledisi, Fantasia, and Eve.
The festival drew more than 422,000 attendees last year.
It is billed as the largest free music festival in the South. Over a half-million people are expected in and around the Vieux Carré as the French Quarter Festival kicks-off four days of music, food and fun.
From the Congo to Cuba, from Brazil to Basin Street and New Orleans "bounce," the universal drum will beat in Armstrong Park on March 24 and 25, when the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation presents the fifth annual Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival. WWNO's Paul Maassen spoke with Scott Aiges of the NOJ&HF about the festival.
A guaranteed highlight of the annual Satchmo Summerfest is any seminar session that features legendary jazz producer George Avakian. In a career that extends over eight decades, Avakian has produced outstanding recordings for such leading artists as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Benny Goodman, and Duke Ellington – and earned most every honor the music world has to offer. WWNO'S Fred Kasten has more.