2017 Congo Square Rhythms Festival

Mar 18–19, 2017
Saturday, March 18, and Sunday, March 19 - 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. both days
Louis Armstrong Park
701 N. Rampart Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Admission: Free!

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The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation celebrates the music and culture of the African diaspora at the 10th annual Congo Square Rhythms Festival, March 18-19, in Armstrong Park.

This free event celebrates the cultural diversity of New Orleans and the melting pot of traditions that gave rise to our unique music. We feature the music and dance of Africa, the Caribbean, the American Gulf South and beyond in this two-day, family-friendly festival.

Headlining the 2017 Congo Square Rhythms Festival is the return the Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band. And we salute New Orleans jazz, funk and R&B with a number of performers who are new to our stage, including Corey Henry & the Treme Funktet, singer Erica Falls and trumpeter James Andrews and his band, the Crescent City Allstars, with special guest singers John Boutte and Sharon Martin. We'll also present a tribute to the great conga player Alfred "Uganda" Roberts, with a special all-star band led by the great Tremé drummer Shannon Powell.

This year, we give a shout out to the legendary hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest with a special performance by the New Orleans-based Low End Theory Players.

As always, we will showcase African dance with performances by several of the top dance troupes in New Orleans. As a special treat, Bombazo Dance Co. of New York - which thrilled us in 2014 - will return to our stage. And we'll continue our tradition of spotlighting the famous Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans, with an Indian "battle," or contest for prettiest costume.

The festival also features our sixth annual Class Got Brass competition, a contest for Louisiana middle school and high school brass bands. The top prize is $10,000. For a more about the competition and the application form, please see www.classgotbrass.com.


11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.   African Drum Circle
11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   Cole Williams
12:30 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.   Bombazo Dance Co.
12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.    Zion Trinity
1:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.      N'Fungola Sibo Dance Theater
2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.      James Andrews and the Crescent City Allstars with with special guests John Boutte and Sharon Martin
3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.      Mardi Gras Indian Battle
4:15 p.m. to 4:45p.m.       Chakra Dance Theater
4:45p.m. to 5:45 p.m.       Erica Falls
5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.      DJ Soul Sister
6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.      The Low End Theory Players present a tribute to A Tribe Called Quest

11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.   African Drum Circle
11:45 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.   Bamboula 2000
12:30 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.   Culu & N'Kafu African Dance Ensembles
12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.     Shannon Powell and Special Guest Allstars tribute to Alfred "Uganda" Roberts
1:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.       Kumbuka African Dance Co.
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.       To Be Continued Brass Band
3:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.       Class Got Brass (School Brass Band Competition)
4:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.       Corey Henry & the Treme Funktet
6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.       Rebirth Brass Band

Keep The Festival Safe and Free: No Outside Food, Beverages or Pets
Like all of our events, the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival is completely free and open to the public - part of the community investment made by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. Donations, however, are gratefully accepted. If you would like to support the Foundation and help keep this event free, please make the tax-deductible contribution of your choice here.

PLEASE: Except for those with small children or dietary restrictions, please do not bring outside food or beverages to the event - no coolers are permitted.

We realize that Armstrong Park is usually open to pets. But for the safety and comfort of our large audience, we ask that you respect your neighbors and leave your companion animals at home. Thank you.

Kids Activities
This year, we're ramping up our Kids Area with lots of new activities, games and entertainment for the young ones – including tents for baby-changing and nursing.

Plenty of parking is available in the Mahalia Jackson Theatre parking lot (enter via Basin Street) thoughout the festival. The cost is $15 per vehicle per day.

ADA Accessibility
For our guests who use wheelchairs, we will have a number of accommodations.

We will have wheelchair drop-off areas on Rampart Street (at the St. Ann Street Gate) and also in the parking lot near the Mahalia Jackson Theatre of the Performing Arts (enter via the Basin Street Gate).

Our wheelchair-accessible toilets will be kept locked for your comfort. To obtain the key or combination for the locks, please visit any of our information booths located at the park entrances, or check with the staff at our official T-Shirt Booth.

All of our food booths will have counter heights of no more than 32 inches. And we will have an area reserved only for wheelchairs near the sound booth in front of the stage.

Please let our staff know if there are any improvements than can be made to our ADA accommodations.

No Recording
Please, no audio or video recording of any performances at the festival.

The Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival is a presentation of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The Foundation uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest, and other funds, for year-round programs in the areas of education, economic development and cultural events. For more about the Foundation and what we do, visit us online at www.jazzandheritage.org.


Congo Square Rhythms Festival Archive:

2016's Line-up and Festival Details
2015's Line-up and Festival Details
2014's Line-up and Festival Details
2013's Line-up and Festival Details
2012's Line-up and Festival Details
2010's Line-up and Festival Details
2009's Line-up and Festival Details

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2017 Congo Square Rhythms Festival gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.