Music, food and holiday shopping combine for a fun winter weekend at the second annual Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival.
This free event, presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, takes place Saturday, December 12, and Sunday, December 13, at the Jazz & Heritage Center (1225 N. Rampart St.).
Performers on Dec. 12 include Kermit Ruffins – who is not only one of New Orleans’ favorite trumpeters, but he’s also a featured character on the now-filming HBO drama “Tremé.” His latest album is called “Livin’ a Tremé Life.”
Also appearing on Dec. 12 are Shamarr Allen, the Joe Krown Organ Trio featuring Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Russell Batiste and jazz combo Bleu Orleans.
On Dec. 13, we present a “trifecta” of Tremé horn players – Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and his band, Orleans Avenue, James “Twelve” Andrews and the Crescent City All-Stars and the Glen David Andrews band.
Additional performers include the Imperial Quintet of New Orleans featuring Esquizito’s tribute to Danny Barker, and the students and faculty of both campuses of the Heritage School of Music.
Of course, there will be great gumbo to sample in several varieties: okra, “kitchen sink filé,” Cajun with andouille sausage and a dark roux, and gumbo z’herbes.
Our invited chefs will demonstrate their gumbo cooking techniques in special presentations twice each day, at noon and at 2:45 p.m.
Don’t forget to shop for holiday gifts at the fourth annual Jazz & Heritage Holiday Bazaar. It’s the only place outside of Jazz Fest where you can get official festival t-shirts and other merchandise, plus a large assortment of CDs and locally produced, hand-made clothing, jewelry and home furnishings. Download a list of craft vendors. Download a list of food vendors.
It all happens from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Jazz & Heritage Center (1225 N. Rampart St.). Don’t miss the second annual Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.
The complete performance schedule is:
Saturday, Dec. 12
11:00 a.m. Heritage School of Music - Dillard Campus
12:00 p.m. Gumbo Cooking Demonstration w/ Wayne Baquet, Li'l Dizzy's Café
12:30 p.m. Bleu Orleans
1:45 p.m. Joe Krown Organ Trio featuring Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Russell Batiste
2:45 p.m. Gumbo Cooking Demonstration w/ Linda Green, Miss Linda's Catering
3:15 p.m. Shamarr Allen
4:20 p.m. Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers
Sunday, Dec. 13
11:00 a.m. Heritage School of Music - Lusher Campus
12:00 p.m. Gumbo Cooking Demonstration w/ Cherie Brocato, TCA Brocato
12:30 p.m. The Imperial Quintet of New Orleans' Tribute to Danny Barker
1:45 p.m. James Andrews & the Crescent City All-stars
2:45 p.m. Gumbo Cooking Demonstration w/ Drexel Carter, The Praline Connection
3:15 p.m. Glen David Andrews
4:30 p.m. Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews & Orleans Avenue