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Experience the Congo Square Rhythms Festival in New Orleans

N'Fungola Sibo Dance Theater at the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival (Photo: Paul Broussard)

The Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival brings all the music, food, and culture of New Orleans to one place on November 16-17, 2019. Birthed in 2007, the festival is celebrating its 12th year doing what it does best.

At the festival, you can expect brass bands, Mardi Gras Indians, funky New Orleans jazz, and African drumming and dance. Produced by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the festival coincides with the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival in the same place over the same weekend. Admission to both festivals is free, so march on over to Armstrong Park this year and don’t miss out.

The Congo Square Rhythms Festival (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Music

The music at this festival honors African culture and Congo Square as the birthplace of American music. Here’s a look at this year’s lineup.

Saturday, Nov. 16

10:45 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Drum Circle
11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Harbinger Project
12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Lil’ Glenn And Backatown
2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Corey Henry & the Tremé Funktet
3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Big Sam’s Funky Nation
5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers (Tentative)
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Soul Rebels

Sunday, Nov. 17

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Drum Circle
12:00 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. AFRICAN DANCE
12:00 p.m. to 12:10 p.m. Tekrema
12:15 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. N’Kafu n Culu
12:35 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. Kumbuka Dance Collective
12:55 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. N’Fungola Sibo
1:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Chakra Dance Theatre
1:35 p.m. to 1:55 p.m. Seguenon Koné
2:00 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. Garifuna
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bamboula 2000
3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mardi Gras Indian Battle
4:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Big Chief Bo Dollis Jr. & the Wild Magnolia

James Andrews and the Crescent City All Stars at the Congo Square Rhythms Festival (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Food

In addition to the great music you’ll hear at this festival, make sure to check out the food. Vendors will set up shop and offer cuisine that ranges from New Orleans classics to traditional Caribbean dishes.

Arts

Swing by the arts market for handmade crafts from local artists. Vendors will be offering fine art, jewelry, photography, and more during the festival. Remember: leave the outside food, beverages, and pets at home.

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