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Praise Fest Celebrates Gospel Music in New Orleans

Praise Fest brings gospel performers, soul food, and family friendly fun to the banks of Bayou St. John in New Orleans.

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Praise Fest. (Photo via

This is the eighth year for Praise Fest NOLA, a three-day festival in New Orleans from October 14-16 filled with gospel music, ministering and family fun held outdoors along the banks of Bayou St. John near City Park in Mid-City New Orleans.

With more than 5,000 attendees expected and more than a dozen performances each day, the sounds of praise make for the perfect soundtrack to relax along the banks of the bayou or explore historic Faubourg St. John. There will be performances from Kathy TaylorJames Fortune, Pastor Tyrone Jefferson, Josh Kager & H.P.C., Yung Honore, Eric Waddell & The Abundant Life Singers, Jessica Harvey & The Difference, and more. 

Kathy Taylor, gospel singer performing at Praise Fest. (Courtesy photo)

Praise Fest is free, and takes place daily from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on the corner of Orleans Avenue and North Jefferson Davis Parkway.

Check out the full Praise Fest lineup below and start planning your itinerary! Check the Praise Fest website regularly for new artists to be added.

Friday, Oct. 14

  • The King Family Singers
  • Mercy Endeavors
  • Lower 9th Ward Senior Center Choir
  • Landry Walker Gosepel Choir
  • Lake Area High School Choir
  • Shelia Moore Piper
  • Robert Pate
  • Angela “Missy” Billups
  • Lyle Henderson & Emmanu-El
  • Chester Burke & Company
  • Kathy Taylor
  • Jessica Harvey & the Difference

Saturday, Oct. 15

  • Kayo Bracey
  • Shay Briggs
  • Henry & Friends
  • Arthur Clayton & Anointed for Purpose
  • First Shiloh Baptist Church
  • 2 is Better THan 1
  • Greater Liberty Baptist Church Mass Choir
  • Elisabeth Davis & the Camp
  • Demetrius West & J.P.
  • Dr. Mark Williams
  • Regular Baptist Church Choir
  • Angela “Missy” Billups
  • The Jones Sisters
  • Drea Marie
  • Michael Ward
  • Chester Burke & Company
  • Jovita Sheppard
  • Min. Tyronne Foster & the Arc Singers
  • Eric Waddel & the Abundant Life Singers
  • Yung Honore
  • Joel Jones & 3MC
  • James Fortune & Fiya
  • Bishop Onassis Jones & Christ Temple of New Orleans Mass Choir/Justi5ied

Sunday, Oct. 16

  • Mt. Kingdom Baptist Church Choir
  • Trevon Washington
  • Daphanne Poole
  • Var-G
  • Vision Quest Gospel Choir
  • Arianna Scott
  • Kelly & Kelly
  • The Chapman Family
  • Zack Landry
  • Min. Ron Hadley & the Worship Squad
  • Pastor Tyrone Jefferson
  • Gospel Soul Children
  • Arthur & Friends Community Choir
  • Josh Kagler & H.P.C.

Paul Broussard is a native New Orleanian, photographer, writer, and culture junkie. He regularly photographs for Visit New Orleans, Zatarain’s, and other great New Orleans brands, and his photography and writings have appeared in several national and international publications including Bon Appetit magazine and The Times-Picayune. He is the co-host of the long-running Stage & Screen radio on WTUL 91.5 FM.

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