11am - 7:30pm Saturday & Sunday
From the Congo to Cuba, from Brazil to Basin Street and New Orleans "bounce," the universal drum will return to Armstrong Park on March 23 and 24, when the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation presents the sixth annual Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival.
Saturday Music Lineup:
11:00 am: African Drum Circle
12:00 am: Moyuba
1:00 pm: Tribute to Alfred "Uganda" Roberts
2:00 pm: N'Kafu African Dance
2:15 pm: Alexey Marti
3:15 pm: Mardi Gras Indian Battle
4:00 pm: Africa Brass with OTRA
5:45 pm: N'Fungola Sibo African Dance
6:00 pm: Pedrito Martinez
Sunday Music Lineup:
11:00 am: Latin Drum Circle
1:00 pm: Third Eye Theater Dance
1:15 pm: Bamboula 2000
2:15 pm: Tekrema Dance Theater
2:30 pm: Kumbuka African Dance Collective
3:00 pm: CLASS GOT BRASS battle of the school brass bands
4:30 pm: Stooges Brass Band with special guests
6:00 pm: Red Baraat
The Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival is the premier world-music event in New Orleans. Celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Louisiana, the festival showcases the influences from Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America that combined in the Crescent City to make New Orleans a melting pot of world culture.
This year the second annual Class Got Brass Competion (a chance for Louisiana middle & high school bands to win up to $30,000 worth of spoils in instruments for their classrooms!) will take place during the fest, while the Tom Dent Lecture Symposium will happen on April 4.
With two stages of music and dance, plus a huge arts market, food vendors and beverages and a social services community center, the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival is more than just an event. It's a true community celebration.
-New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation
Interactivo onstage at Congo Square Festival 2012.
Photo by RHRPhoto.com.