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NEW ORLEANS RAGTIME FESTIVAL
Aimed at reviving the late 19thcentury music genre, this fledgling fest marks its second year—and the centennial of Scott “King of Ragtime” Joplin’s death—with daylong performances at the Old U.S. Mint April 2. 400 Esplanade Ave., 3rd fl.; theneworleansragtimefestival.com
WEDNESDAYS AT THE SQUARE
These free, weekly concerts begin at 5 pm, with headliners performing at 6:30 pm. April 5: George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners; April 12: Jon Cleary; April 19: Big Sam’s Funky Nation; April 26: Flow Tribe. Lafayette Square, St. Charles Ave. and Lafayette St.; ylcnola.org
JAZZ IN THE PARK
Free performances also take place at Armstrong Park each Thursday, with music beginning at 4 pm and headliners taking the stage at 6 pm. April 13: Preservation Hall All Stars; April 20: Bag of Donuts; April 27: Kermit Ruffins. N. Rampart and St. Ann streets; pufap.org
ABITA SPRINGS BUSKER FESTIVAL
The city goes silent April 23 when New Orleans’ street musicians head to Abita Springs. Spotlighting the best of the best, this free afternoon affair provides a perfect warm-up to Jazzfest, which cosponsors the event. trailheadmuseum.org/ busker-festival
FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE LOUISIANE
Think Jazzfest but with a decidedly French accent and more room to dance. Celebrating 31 years of celebrating Francophone music, this free April 26-30 fest is spread throughout downtown Lafayette in the heart of Cajun country. festivalinternational.org