You just never know what kind of or when an experience is gonna show up right in front of you and ask “If you want to come along.” New Orleans is a city full of these moments and they occur all throughout the year, day or night, and it could be a 100 year old tradition or something improvised that night. Weekends, weekdays, holidays all are fair game here in the Crescent City. Eight weeks in the spring of each year, (this year it’s March 20th thru May 22) The Young Leadership Council,(YLC) Presents a great mid-week series: Wednesday’s At the Square.
The YLC recruits young professionals to New Orleans and has a positive impact on the quality of life in the region. The oldest independent YPO (young professionals’ organization) in the country, the YLC has raised more than $25 million to support community projects in and around the New Orleans area since 1986. To keep this Council vibrant and alive, the YLC throws their annual 10 week free concert series, Wednesdays at the Square. The series takes place in Lafayette Square, the second oldest public park in New Orleans, and is located between St. Charles and Camp Street in the heart of the CBD( Official street address, S Maestri Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130.) Each Wednesday during the eight week period, folks are treated to a free outdoor performance by some of today’s hippest New Orleans artists. This year features Flow Tribe, Kermit Ruffins, Eric Lindell, Deacon John, Cyril Neville, Mia Borders and Billy Iuso, just to name a few. The event rolls from 5pm until 8pm (weather permitting) and is free and open to the public. A great midweek activity to see some local music in a beautiful historical setting.
The Square is easy to get to by foot, street car, taxi or uber and is fun lower keyed setting. These concerts take place every Wednesday so there is not as much pressure or crowds to make it possibly to big or too much to try out. Along one side of the street there are food vendors, drink vendors are scattered throughout the area (with proceeds going back to YLC,) and even an arts and craft section featuring local artists so you can get some gift shopping done for friends and family. A great activity in the middle of the day to break up whatever may be happening. Catch some of the show before dinner, or if it’s an early meal stop by and finish off dinner with music and drinks before heading out to one of the many music venues for your listening pleasure. So if you are here in town midweek and want to get down, and do it with a little bit of local flair, head on over to Wednesday’s at the Square in Lafayette Park.