New Orleans is celebrating its Tricentennial this year, which makes this the perfect time to look back on everything that has shaped our city’s history and culture. Music is one of those things, and The New Orleans Ragtime Festival highlights a specific style that’s often forgotten. From April 5-9, 2018, immerse yourself in the sounds of this beloved musical style as the festival celebrates its third year. And don’t be surprised if the music you hear sounds a little bit familiar. We have the rundown for the festival for you below.
Thursday, April 5
Orange Kellin’s New Orleans DeLuxe Orchestra – From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Marigny Opera House, enjoy the sounds of this eight-piece orchestra on the festival’s opening night. The group puts a spin on 1920s era music with their tailor-made arrangements, giving new life to classic jazz.
Friday, April 6
The New John Robichaux Society Orchestra – Hear traditional jazz at its best with this orchestra that brings the sounds of pre-ragtime era music to the forefront. The John Robichaux Society Orchestra set the groundwork for ragtime and jazz music to evolve in New Orleans, and the current orchestra takes the original arrangements and transcribes them to fit modern-day instruments. Check out the show for yourself at the Scandinavian Jazz Church on 1772 Prytania St. from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 7
The New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra – Strap on your dancing boots and head to Rock ‘N Bowl to hear the New Leviathan Orchestra on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The orchestra, which was founded in 1972, will have you on your feet with music from the early twentieth century.
Sunday, April 8
The New Orleans Ragtime Festival Showcase – From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., head to the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint for a day full of live music. This free showcase of some of the city’s best performers can’t be missed.
Monday, April 9
Lars Enegran’s New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra – Bid adieu to this year’s festival at the Southport Music Hall with a performance from this orchestra. Formed in 1967, this orchestra performs classic ragtime in the spirit of New Orleans bands from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Experience a dance hall in the era when ragtime music was thriving from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday.
Tickets for each event are $15 in advance and $20 at the door except for the Festival Showcase, which is free. For more information, see here.