|Guide to Jazz Fest: Weekend 1
New Orleans plays host to one of the best music festivals in the country this weekend – and we’re more than ready to greet guests who are coming from around the world to experience it! The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, which takes place annually at the Fair Grounds Race Course, is the celebration of the music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana. Jazz Fest has grown into an internationally recognized event throughout the years, bringing in some of the best all-time musical performances from current and past generations alike. Jazz Fest takes place on two consecutive weekends, starting Friday, April 24th. Find our guide to the first weekend of Jazz Fest below!
Jazz Fest Weekend 1: Top Musical Highlights
Friday, April 25 – Santana, The Avett Brothers, Public Enemy, Gregory Porter, Ruben Blades & Roberto Delgado Orchestra, Honey Island Swamp Band, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.
Saturday, April 26 – Phish, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Robin Thicke, Dukes of Dixieland 40th Anniversary Celebration, Anders Osborne, Keb’ Mo’, Big Freedia
Sunday, April 27 – Eric Clapton, Vampire Weekend, Charlie Wilson, Rodriguez, Galactic, Irma Thomas, Preservation Hal Jazz Band, John Boutte, Newbirth Brass Band
Jazz Fest Parades
Every day of Jazz Fest, you’ll catch one of the most unique aspects of Jazz Fest: parades. Circling around the Jazz Fest Grounds, you’ll run into Mardi Gras Indians, marching and brass bands, and various social aid and pleasure clubs. This weekend features the Mahogony Brass Band, João do Pife of Caruaru – Brazil, Stoney Creek Drum and Dancers, Washitaw Nation and Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras Indians, Ginga Mundo Capoeira of Bahia, and more!
Jazz Fest Food
For your first weekend at Jazz Fest, we recommend sampling some of the classic New Orleans dishes that you can only find here! Start with an Alligator Pie from Cajun Nights Catering or a Crawfish Sausage from Vaucresson Sausage Company. Next, delve into Pheasant, Quail, and Andouille Gumbo from Prejean’s Restaurant, and slurp it all down with Rose-mint iced tea or, of course, some delicious Abita Beer. For more incredible and delectable treats, check out Thrillest’s picks for the best food at Jazz Fest.
While we’re excited to welcome Jazz Festers this weekend to a sold-out Bienville House, we still have space open for the second weekend of Jazz Fest. Book with your favorite French Quarter hotel today!French Quarter Festival 2014
Since we are located in the heart of the French Quarter, one of our favorite festivals of the year is French Quarter Festival! Not only is this fabulous four-day event completely FREE but it brings in some of the very best in music and food to the bustling heart of the city of New Orleans. French Quarter Fest 2014 kicks off Thursday, April 10th and lasts until Sunday, April 13th. Known as New Orleans’ largest free festival, French Quarter Fest is celebrating its 31st year of existence.
French Quarter Fest 2014: Music
Bigger and better than ever before, this year’s French Quarter Festival brings more than 80 musicians to 20 stages spread throughout the French Quarter. For the first time since 1987, the lineup includes a headlining appearance from legendary Dr. John.
Other top names from the French Quarter Fest 2014 lineup:
French Quarter Fest 2014: Food
This year’s French Quarter Festival features more than 60 different food vendors, including Arnaud’s, Galatoire’s, and Restaurant R’evolution. The wide variety of food available will include plenty of local favorites like alligator sausage, po-boys, sno-balls and daiquiris.
We’re thrilled to welcome all our guests one of the best weekends of the year. If you weren’t able to make a reservation in time, there’s always next year… We’re not going anywhere anytime soon!
Welcome WrestleMania XXX to New Orleans!
WrestleMania XXX is coming to New Orleans, and we’re more than ready! New Orleans has completely filled up for the highly-anticipated weekend. And when we say completely, we mean it. According to an informal survey done by the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, downtown New Orleans hotels will have 99% occupancy on Friday, 100% occupancy on Saturday, and 98% occupancy on Sunday. The city of New Orleans is practically sold out! The other few weekends New Orleans expects sell-outs is during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the French Quarter Festival and the Essence Festival.
Celebrate WrestleMania XXX in New Orleans
WrestleMania is celebrating its 30th year in New Orleans, with the main festivities taking place on April 30, 2014. Taking place in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, fans will gather to catch the world’s biggest wrestling champions battle it out to take home the WWE world champion title. The headlining act includes six-time World Champion Batista vs. top-rated wrestler Randy Orton. You can also expect appearances from Brock “The Beast” Lesnar and host Hulk Hogan.
Catch the Wrestlemania XXX Action Live
Wrestlemania XXX tickets are still available starting at $25.00. “Gold Circle” VIP packages are priced at $2,000. You can also catch WrestleMania XXX from the comfort of your own home, as WrestleMania is one of the world’s most widely watched Pay Per View events on cable television. We’re also certain there will be plenty of French Quarter bars who will be tuned into the event.
Can’t get enough WWE wrestling action? Catch one of these events going also going on this weekend:
We’re happy to welcome our many WWE WrestleMania fans to New Orleans this weekend. It’s sure to be a “smashing” good time!
Hogs for the Cause 2014
When: Friday, April 28, 2014 and Saturday, April 29, 2014
Where: New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds
What: Join us for one of the most talked about BBQ events south of the Mason Dixon Line: Hogs for the Cause 2014! In its fifth year, this New Orleans food festival boasts 90 barbecue competitors from around the country, with plenty of chances to taste the chef’s delicious BBQ creations and enjoy some live New Orleans music.
Can’t get enough? Lucky you! The festival lasts two days, and takes place outdoors in the majestic New Orleans City Park.
Hogs for the Cause’s Amazing New Orleans Food
The festival features 90 teams, all competing to be crowned the Louisiana pork champion. Attendees are able to sample the food, and vote for their favorite team through donations. The main competition takes place Friday night – the Ben Sarrat, Jr. “High on the Hog” Cookoff. The Champion is based on the winner of the Whole Hog; Pork Butt/Shoudler, and Pourpourri. Winners are also chosen from Best Sauce, Fundraising Champion, and Fan Favorite. Don’t miss this feasting opportunity!
Live Music Lineup at Hogs for the Cause
This year’s festival line-up includes some of the best in country, rock, and Big Easy tradition including Pat Green, The Hold Steady, North Mississippi All Stars, Houndmouth, Hurray for Riff Raff, Dumpstaphunk, Rosco Bandana, Benjamin Booker, Earphunk and more! With two awesome spots for live music, the NOLA Brewing Stage and the Capital One Bank Stage, enjoy your nosh while listening to great music!
Support Hogs for the Cause to Fight Pediatric Brain Cancer
When Ben Sarrat Jr. was only 4-years-old, he was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumor. While Becker Hall and Rene Louapre had already been working on a vision for Hogs for the Cause, they found their cause behind the event after meeting Ben and his family. The first year was a huge success, although, tragically, Ben lost his battle with cancer a week before the event’s second year. Becker and Rene still work to improve Hogs for a Cause every year, raising more money to help families facing the high financial burdens of taking care of a child with brain cancer.Buku Music + Art Project 2014
New Orleans Festival Season is Here
With the arrival of spring in New Orleans comes warm weather, sunshine, and the arrival of festival season. By far one of the best times of the year to visit New Orleans, festival season brings us French Quarter Fest, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and one of the newest festivals in New Orleans: the Buku Music + Art Project. Only in its third year, this New Orleans festival brings in some of the biggest names in electronic, hip-hop and locals acts. The festival sold out over 12,000 tickets in 2013 with headliners Kendrick Lamar, Kid Cudi, Calvin Harris, Major Lazer and more. With Buku Music + Art Project 2014 getting only bigger and better, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see it sell out again.
Buku Music + Art Project 2014 Location
The Buku Music + Art Project is taking place March 21 +22, 2014. The festival is held on the New Orleans Riverfront at Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World. The location makes for a truly unique New Orleans festival experience, with Mardi Gras World being home to floats and sculptures from decades of Mardi Gras parades.
The festival features four stages: The Power Plant, which sits between the active New Orleans Public Belt Railroad and the Mississippi River; the Float Den, which is located inside a Mardi Gras float manufacturing warehouse; the Ballroom, which is a concert hall transported into festivals grounds; and the new Back Alley, an underground dance party offering views of the Crescent City Connection bridge towering over the Mississippi River.
Buku Music + Art Project 2014 Line-Up
The Flaming Lips - David Guetta – Ellie Goulding – Kaskade – Zedd – Nas (20th Anniversary of Illmatic) – Chromeo – Explosions in the Sky – Zeds Dead – Tyler, the Creator – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – Sleigh Bells – The Glitch Mob – Pusha T – Baauer B2B RL Grime – Schoolboy Q – Beats Antique – Chance the Rapper – Phantogram – Carnage – Danny Brown – Seth Troxler – Skream – Wavves – Paper Diamond – Lotus – Miami Horror – Griz – DJ Snake – Clockwork - many more!
Visit the Buku Music + Art Project website to view the full lineup.
Buku Music + Art Project 2014 Tickets
General Admission Single Day Tickets: $89.50
General Admission Regular Pass: $169.50
VIP Single Day Tickets: $209.50
VIP Regular Pass: $399.50
Sunday Gospel Brunch at House of Blues New Orleans
If you’ve ever had the opportunity to visit New Orleans before, you know that music is the lifeline that runs through the city and keeps its culture pumping. It’s no surprise that House of Blues has decided to set up camp in the heart of our famous French Quarter, right across the street from our French Quarter hotel. The House of Blues New Orleans offers incredible shows to tourists and locals alike. One of our personal favorite events? The Sunday Gospel Brunch at House of Blues.
House of Blues New Orleans Address
House of Blues New Orleans
Sunday Gospel Brunch at House of Blues Schedule
10:00am – Seating
Experience both traditional and contemporary Gospel songs performed by local talent at the Gospel Brunch at House of Blues. Presented by Kirk Franklin, the Gospel Brunch takes places every Sunday at 10:00am. Not only does the event feature the amazing gospel songs selected by Kirk Franklin himself, but also an incredible all-you-eat buffet!
Sunday Gospel Brunch at House of Blues Menu
Croissants, Muffins, Assorted Danish
Tortellini Salad, Assorted Fruit, Chinese Chicken Salad, House of Blues Salad, Peel and Eat Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce
Scrambled Eggs, Bacon and Sausage, Breakfast Potatoes with Sauteed Onions and Peppers, Creole Chicken Jambalaya, Southwest Scrambled Eggs, Biscuits and Gravy, Smoked BBQ Chicken, Build Your Own Mac and Cheese
Carving Station, Chicken and Waffles, Made-To-Order Omelet Station
Cookies, Pecan Caramel Sticky Buns, Assorted Dessert Squares, White Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding
Don’t miss out on an a classic New Orleans event that’s good for the soul as well as the stomach!
Lundi Gras Concerts 2014
Are you coming for Mardi Gras 2014 in New Orleans? Need to know what’s going on in NOLA? Bienville House is here to help! While everyday during Mardi Gras is full of events and celebration, Lundi Gras may take the cake. Leading up to the ever-famous Fat Tuesday on March 4, 2014, concert halls across New Orleans fill their stages with some of the best local New Orleans music to ring in the big day. Many of these concerts go all night, as many experience the Lundi Gras tradition of staying up all night until the sun rises. Learn below some of the best Lundi Gras Concerts for 2014.
Lundi Gras Concerts 2014
Monday, March 03, 2014
Doors open: 10:00pm
House of Blues New Orleans
Doors open: 8:30pm
KREWELLA AND PEGBOARD NERDS
Mardi Gras World East
Doors open: 9:00pm
Republic New Orleans
Doors open: After Orpheus Parade (About 9:30pm)
ACTION BRONSON AND MANNIE FRESH
508 Frenchmen St
Doors open: 10:00pm
Doors open: 10:00pm
Don’t miss your chance to catch the excitement of Lundi Gras concerts in New Orleans. Buy your tickets now, and happy Mardi Gras!Mardi Gras 2014 New Orleans Parade Schedule
Mardi Gras 2014 in New Orleans is just around the corner… have you made your plans yet? Stay in the heart of the French Quarter at Bienville House Hotel for the ultimate Pardi on Decatur street. Find yourself in the center of the action, walking distance from all the best parades spots. Find relaxation in our luxuriously equipped suites when you need a moment to step away from it all.
Haven’t mapped out your route yet? Explore the full Mardi Gras parade schedule from Thursday, February 27, 2014 to March 4, 2014 below!
Mardi Gras 2014 Parade Schedule
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Friday, February 28, 2014
Saturday March 1, 2014
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014 - Lundi Gras
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 – Mardi Gras Day (Fat Tuesday)
Use our Mardi Gras 2014 parade schedule to ensure you catch all your favorite Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans!The History of the Mardi Gras King Cake
If you’ve ever been in New Orleans during that oh-so festive time of year we like to call Carnival Season (leading up to Mardi Gras Day), you’ve probably experienced the joy of tasting a King Cake. While the rest of the country is still mourning the end of the Christmas holiday season, we’re celebrating the arrival of Carnival season in New Orleans. One of the biggest signs it’s Carnival season in New Orleans? Walk into any bakery or grocery store, and you’ll find a King Cake — a delicious purple, gold, and green braided cinnamon cake. While many follow the custom of eating King Cakes for Mardi Gras, they are often unaware of why and how this custom came to be.
History of the King Cake for Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Carnival season in New Orleans begins the Twelfth Night after Christmas on January 6th each year. As told by the Christian faith, the Twelfth Night is referred to as the Feast of the Epiphany, and celebrates the coming of the wise men bearing gifts to the Christ Child. It represents a time of feasting and fun. The popular custom of baking a special cake in honor of the three kings has taken place throughout the years, thus the creation of a “King’s Cake.”
Over the years, King Cake decorations have become more and more festive. At first, the cake remained just a simple ring of dough with light decoration. The basic King Cake has grown to a braided dough with colored frosting and sprinkles of purple, gold, and green – the traditional colors of Mardi Gras, meaning justice (purple), power (gold), and faith (green).
New Orleans Mardi Gras King Cake Customs
Many restaurants like to create their special version of a King Cake, resulting in various King Cake tasting competitions throughout New Orleans. The 2014 King Cake Festival in New Orleans was held this year on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at Champions Square at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, benefiting Ochsner Hospital.
Each King Cake comes with a small plastic, pink “baby.” According to custom, whoever cuts the slice of cake that has the baby in it, has to purchase the next King Cake. This process repeats until the end of Carnival season, on Mardi Gras Day, which is Tuesday, March 4, 2014 this year. Due to choking hazards, many King Cakes now come with the baby on the outside, giving the buyer of the cake the option to add it to the cake.2014 NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans
Don’t miss the 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans!
Catch the excitement of the 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend by booking a stay at our French Quarter hotel, Bienville House! Watch the league’s star players from the Eastern Conference be matched up against the star players from the Western Conference in the NBA All-Star Game. Enjoy the best of the best step up to the challenge in dunk contests, shooting challenges, and three-point playoffs! Catch all that and more February 13-16 at the 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend in the Big Easy!
2014 NBA All-Star Weekend Schedule of Events
Thursday, February 13, 2014
• 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. - All Day Dunk-A-Thon – NBA TV
Friday, February 14, 2014
• 10:30 a.m. - BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge Practice – NBA TV
Saturday, February 15, 2014
• 11:30 a.m. - NBA Inside Stuff – NBA TV
• 11 p.m. - TNT NBA Special, TBD – TNT
Sunday, February 16, 2014
• 1 p.m. - Legends Brunch – NBA TV