I was worried that the slightly altered format of this year’s Foburg Festival would greatly eliminate the wild west-frontier spirit that consumed me as I bounced around Frenchman Street in the spring of 2010. The addition of Bywater venues Hi-Ho Lounge, Siberia, Saturn Bar and AllWays Lounge – not to mention greatest rock club in [...]
Luke Winslow-King, Booty Trove, Native America, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Zorch, The Yes Way, High In One Eye, Sun Hotel, Debauche and Flow Tribe performing at the 2011 Foburg Music Festival on March 11, 2011
Debauche + The Lisps + Hurray For The Riff Raff + Luke Winslow-King – Blue Nile Upstairs
Debauche’s Yegor Romantsov spent his Friday evenings sipping homemade vodka and playing Soviet Union-era prison dirges about criminals, orphans, and other assorted ne’er-do-wells. Within months, his weekly solo gig turned into a series of increasing wild jam sessions as members of cajun-klezmer band the Zydepunks became regular guests.
It’s hard to call something attended by over 500,000 people a “well-kept secret”, but despite its meteoric rise in popularity since its 1984 inception, The French Quarter Festival still feels like just that. Maybe it’s the massive music schedule that features almost exclusively homegrown talent, maybe it is the way way the 18 stages organically [...]