With morning concerts, brunch, yoga, BreakFest starts the party early | Where NOLA eats

When the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival was rescheduled for a race slated for October, some of the smaller local events orbiting it followed suit. But while the fall version of Jazz Fest has been canceled, some of the smaller events are still on the table. This includes the city’s unique breakfast-themed music festival – BreakFest.

BreakFest was created as a popular prelude to Jazz Fest, featuring live music, food, coffee, revealing cocktails, and even yoga to the sound of a string quartet.

Normally this is a festival that combines a number of morning rituals as the starting point for a great day of Jazz Fest. This time around, it just might be a showpiece – held on two consecutive Sundays, October 10 and 17, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

New Orleans singer-songwriter Andrew Duhon has created the event and holds it every year. This time it’s at Broadside, the open-air venue developed during the pandemic by the Broadside Cinema.

Duhon recruited big names to join him for the opening sets, including Anders Osborne, Louis Michot, of Lost Bayou Ramblers, and Kristen Diable (see full lineup below).

Louis Michot (left) and André Michot are co-founders of Lost Bayou Ramblers.

As usual, you’ll find an array of morning flavors to snack on, supplied by local businesses, including some neighborhood breakfast hot spots.

This includes hot and iced coffee from Hey! Coffee, pastries from Station Coffee Shop & Bakery, cinnamon buns from Monkey Monkey Coffee & Tea, and breakfast burritos from catering company Louisiana Love It. The local Big Easy Bucha kombucha brewery will bring tepache, another refreshing fermented drink.

Food and drinks are included in the ticket price.

Since Hurricane Ida, Duhon decided to turn BreakFest into a community fundraiser. Half of the day’s proceeds were pledged to bayoufund.org, the crowdsourcing campaign run by New Orleans chef Melissa Martin of the Mosquito Supper Club. The fund provides direct support to residents of the hardest hit communities in bayou country.

“Ida has really made it clear that the best thing we can do with BreakFest this year is to try to help each other,” said Duhon.

BreakFest programming

October 10

9 am: yoga class with Radio Bird String Quartet

10am: Cubs the Poet with the collaboration of the string quartet

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10:30 am: Kristin Devil

11:45 am: André Duhon

1:15 p.m .: Louis Michot & Bryan Webre

17 october

9 am: yoga class with Radio Bird String Quartet

10am: Cubs the Poet with the collaboration of the string quartet

10:30 am: jelly sisters

11:45 am: André Duhon

1:15 p.m .: Anders Osborne

BreakFest at the Broadside

600 N. Broad St., New Orleans

October 10, 17, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Entrance $ 25- $ 40

For tickets and information see broadsidenola.com/tickets

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