2015 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival

Nov 14–15, 2015
Saturday, Nov. 14, and Sunday, Nov. 15; 11 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. both days
701 N. Rampart Street
Armstrong Park
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Admission: Free

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New Orleans’ Premier Brass Band Showcase

Welcome to the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival – New Orleans’ premier brass band showcase. If you love brass bands and gumbo – or, better yet, enjoying some delicious gumbo while listening to brass bands playing live in a beautiful New Orleans park – then this is the event for you.

The eighth annual Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival takes place Saturday, Nov. 14, and Sunday, Nov., 15, from 11 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. both days in Louis Armstrong Park. Admission is free. The festival is produced and presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell.

Once again, we will host the finest display of traditional and contemporary New Orleans brass band jazz to be found anywhere on the planet.

This year, we’re making a special effort to recognize the roots and legacy of the New Orleans brass band tradition. In addition to presenting several of our most popular contemporary groups – including the Rebirth (pictured), Hot 8, To Be Continued, Pinettes and Lagniappe brass bands – we also are shining a spotlight on several of the groups whose names are familiar to students of brass band history.

We will feature groups with venerable legacies – including the Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band, the group famously founded by the late Danny Barker in 1970 and that reinvigorated the brass band tradition. The band is currently led by the trombonist Lucien Barbarin, an alumnus of the original band and a tradition-bearer from a long line of New Orleans jazzmen.

Other historic bands that we’ll present this year include the Original Hurricane Brass Band, led by the trumpeter Leroy Jones (another alum of the Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band, pictured), the Onward Brass Band (led by Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown) and the Treme Brass Band (led by Benny Jones).

And that’s not all. We’ll push the boundaries (gently) of the tradition with a performance by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s brass band. And a relatively new group on the scene, Magnetic Ear, led by the saxophonist Martin Krusche, will demonstrate its highly-polished, up-tempo take on the brass band tradition. We've even got trumpter Shamarr Allen doing his own fun and funky versions of today's pop hits in a special collaboration with DJ Chicken.

And don't miss special performances by two of the student bands that were winners at our annual Class Got Brass competition in March: the Landry-Walker High School Brass Band and the Edna Karr High School Brass Band.

And then there’s the gumbo.

As we’ve done for years, we will offer a smorgasbord of New Orleans' signature dish, in a variety of styles – including (dare we say it?) vegan. Gumbo z’herbes, shrimp and oyster, chicken and andouille, Creole filé, dark roux and – yes – vegan – all of these and more will be served in our expanded food court.

All 12 of our food vendors will offer their own unique interpretation of this New Orleans classic, along with other menu items. Sampling size portions will be available, so feel free to mix and match until you find your favorite.

For us, gumbo symbolizes the melting-pot nature of New Orleans’ culture. It’s a spicy, savory blend of ingredients and influences – much like the mélange of cultures that led to the advent of jazz in and around New Orleans’ historic Treme neighborhood. The Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival is our way of paying tribute to our ancestors and our cultural traditions – with great food, music and fun.

As we did last year, we are merging our Arts Market with our Kids Area, with local artists leading interactive and creative workshops. For the full schedule of kids activities, please see here. Parents, take note: The Kids Area also will have enclosed areas for diaper-changing and nursing.

2015 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival Performance Schedule:

Saturday, Nov. 14
11:00 am to 12:15 pm    Lagniappe Brass Band

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm     Treme Brass Band

1:45 pm to 2:45 pm       Original Pinettes Brass Band

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm       Onward Brass Band

4:15 pm to 5:20 pm       To Be Continued Brass Band

5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.    Shamarr Allen & DJ Chicken

6:00 pm to 7:15 pm       Hot 8 Brass Band

Sunday, Nov. 15
11:00 am to 12:00 pm    Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Brass Band

12:15 pm to 1:30 pm      Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band

1:30 pm to 2:00 pm        Class Got Brass Winner

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm        Magnetic Ear

3:30 pm to 4:00 pm        Class Got Brass winner

4:00 pm to 5:15 pm         Leroy Jones' Original Hurricane Brass Band

5:15 pm to 5:30 pm         Class Got Brass Winner
5:15 pm to 5:30 pm         Second Line Jammers SAPC

5:30 pm to 6:00 pm         Eureka Brass Band

6:00 pm to 7:15 pm         Rebirth Brass Band

As always, we will feature a large Arts Market, with dozens of local artists showcasing handmade fine art and home furnishings. For the complete list of Arts Market vendors, please see here. For a cool slideshow of some of the arts and crafts that will be on offer, check this out:


No, we’re not serving only vegan gumbo. If you love dark roux chicken and sausage gumbo, Creole filé gumbo, seafood gumbo and all sorts of other great stuff – from po-boys to shrimp ‘n’ grits – then come hungry. See the complete list of food vendors and menus here. And if you're eager to try making vegan gumbo at home, we have some of our food vendors' recipes listed in the Downloads section below.

On Saturday, Nov. 14, free parking is available in the parking lots of the Mahalia Jackson Theatre. Enter via Basin Street.

On Sunday, Nov. 15, parking is available for $15 per vehicle (cash only) at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre, and for $10 per vehicle (credit cards accepted) at Basin Street Station (501 Basin Street).

Admission to the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival is free. But we will have donation boxes set up at most of the park entrances. If you want to help us keep our events free, please support us with the donation of your choice. Thank you.

Like all of our events, the Tremé  Creole Gumbo Festival is completely free and open to the public - part of the community investment made by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. 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 (except for service animals, of course). Thank you.

Please: No audio or video recording of our performers.

This year we are ramping up our Kids Area with lots of new activities, games and entertainment for the young ones.

And new this year, we'll have private areas for baby changing and nursing.

Artist Led Kids’ Craft Tent

Saturday November 14th

Swamp Snakes with Annie Hendrix
Paint hand sculpted clay snakes
Ages 2+

Fais Jo Jo with Jo and Charlie Brown
Wooden Bead necklace or bracelet with personality
Ages 3-15

Felting: paint with wool with Artist Susan Magliato
Ages 2+

Leaf Mobile with Margie Tillman-Ayres
Ages 3+

Printing using the holy trinity with Heather MacFarlane

Block printing on paper bags using the trinity of cooking: celery, onion and bell peppers
Ages 3-13

Wrist Malas with Tammy Wilkins and Tiffiny Wallace
Learn to make wrist bracelets
Ages 5+

Kids’ Craft Tent Closes at 7:00 pm


Sunday November 15th

Printmaking using everyday objects with Margie Tillman-Ayres
Ages 3+

Clay ornaments or pinch pots with Kiki Huston
New Orleans themed clay ornaments, or small pinch pots
Ages 2+

Creole Cleaning Scrub with Shae Thomas
Learn how to make a citrus scented salt/sugar scrub to use for whenever your hands need a reset!
Ages 8+

Pot Holders with Annie Odell
Making pot holders the classic way with looms and loops.
Ages 5+

Jewelry making workshop with Jacquelyn T. Richards
Learn different knot techniques for making great necklaces. Learn about the African Beads used and their countries of origin.
Ages 8+

Kids' Craft Tent Closes at 6:30 p.m.


Click the links below to download documents.

2015 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival Arts Market Vendors

2015 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival Food Vendors and Menus

Kids' Craft Tent Schedule of Activities

Brocato's Vegan Gumbo Recipe

Vegan Gumbo Carmo Recipe

Tremé Gumbo Festival Archive:

2014's Line-up and Festival Details
2013's Line-up and Festival Details
2012's Line-up and Festival Details
2011's Line-up and Festival Details
2010's Line-up and Festival Details
2009's Line-up and Festival Details

Check out what else we do.

2015 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:

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