There is literally no end to the music in New Orleans. Not only are there dozens and dozens of shows on any given night in the city, but there are always different events taking place around town, showcasing all of the local musicians. One such event is the Wednesday at the Square, a 12-week long concert series. It takes place in the Central Business District, right in Lafayette Square, and it is free to attend.
The series is a project of the Youth Leadership Council, a nonprofit, nonpartisan civic organization created to develop leadership through community projects. The YLC, with the support of many sponsors, is able to keep this concert series free and open to the public. But this is a fundraiser and all of the food and drink purchases throughout the evening keep the concerts free. All food and beverages can be purchased with tickets that can be found at of the ticket booths, which accept both cash and credit cards.
This year, for the first time, Wednesday at the Square has VIP Backstage Passes, complete with an up-close viewing area and a backstage pass to meet and talk to the performers. There are only a certain number available, so if interested in purchasing one, make sure you reserve them soon.
The performers at Wednesday at the Square are a diverse bunch. The season starts off with Royal Teeth and Naughty Professor on March 2nd. From there, big names include Bonerama, Cyril Neville and Amanda Shaw. The last few weeks of the season are packed with the talented Honey Island Swamp Band, Kermit Ruffins and the Soul Rebels, some of the best local acts to be found in the city.
Along with all of these great musicians, there will be vendors selling food from some of the best restaurants in town, like Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, Mahony’s Po Boys and Seed. You can find everything from jambalaya to crepes to a vegan pad thai. And, of course, Abita is one of the biggest sponsors of Wednesday at the Square, so you’ll be able to find your favorite Abita brews, plus some seasonal specials.
There are two rain dates scheduled for the 2016 season, so the festival could potentially be cancelled if there’s any serious weather activity, which wouldn’t be surprising for a our springtime. For the most up to date information, make sure to check out the Facebook page YLC Wednesday at the Square.