Detroit visits French Quarter Festival 2023


Once Again our team travels to New Orleans for the 2023 French Quarter Festival. It’s a great time to kick off Festival Season in the Big Easy and as guests of the FQF we spend the week taking in all the sights and sounds.

Amidst the vibrant streets of the French Quarter, where history whispers through every cobblestone and jazz notes dance in the air, the 2023 French Quarter Festival unfolded, immersing locals and tourists alike in a celebration of New Orleans’ rich culture. From the tantalizing aroma of Creole cuisine to the mesmerizing rhythms of live performances, the festival offered a sensory feast like no other.

One of the most anticipated aspects of the festival was undoubtedly the music lineup, which showcased a diverse array of talent spanning various genres deeply rooted in the city’s musical heritage. Irma Thomas was one of the anticipated festival openers on Thursday. She came prepared with a burst of energy, whose soulful tunes reverberated through the streets, setting the tone for the days ahead.

Throughout the festival, attendees were treated to an eclectic mix of musical styles, from the funky grooves of Soul Rebels to the high tones of Tank and the Bangas. The sultry vocals of Ani DiFranco captivated audiences, while the high-energy performance by Rebirth Brass Band had everyone dancing. Each artist brought their unique flair to the stage, reflecting the kaleidoscopic tapestry of sounds that defines the musical landscape of New Orleans, Jazz, and Lousiana’s music culture.

Beyond the music, the festival also showcased the city’s culinary delights, with local eateries and food vendors offering an enticing array of dishes to tantalize the taste buds. From classic Creole staples like gumbo and jambalaya to decadent treats like beignets and pralines, there was no shortage of mouthwatering options.

Attendees embarked on a culinary journey through the streets of the French Quarter, sampling delicacies from renowned establishments and discovering hidden gems tucked away in the city’s bustling alleys. With each bite, festival-goers were transported deeper into the heart and soul of New Orleans’ culinary traditions.

In addition to the music and food, the festival also provided a platform for local artisans and craftsmen to showcase their talents, with a vibrant arts market featuring everything from handcrafted jewelry to folk art. Attendees had the opportunity to peruse the stalls, discovering one-of-a-kind treasures to commemorate their experience at the festival.

As the final notes of the closing performances faded into the night, the 2023 French Quarter Festival drew to a bittersweet conclusion, leaving behind memories that would linger in the hearts and minds of all who attended. For those fortunate enough to partake in the festivities, it was not simply a music festival or a culinary extravaganza; but a celebration of the enduring spirit of New Orleans, where music, food, and culture converge to create an experience like no other.

2023 Lineup

I can’t wait till next year.

By Chelsea Marie Simmonds
Photographs by Devin Mudd & Tucker Schmidt