As the Marketing Director of the Historic Mardi Gras Inn, nestled just a heartbeat away from the vibrant hues and tunes of the French Quarter, I’m thrilled to extend an invitation to a seasonal spectacle that epitomizes the spirit of our city—the Wednesday at the Square Concert Series. This enchanting series of free open-air concerts is set to illuminate Lafayette Square from March 6 to May 8, 2024, offering a weekly escape into the heart of New Orleans’ musical heritage.

Every Wednesday evening, from 5 to 8 pm, the air in Lafayette Square, located at S Maestri St, New Orleans, LA 70130, comes alive with the melodic strains and rhythmic beats of the city’s finest musicians. This event is not just a concert; it’s a community gathering, a celebration of the artistry that runs as deep in our city’s veins as the Mississippi itself.

Imagine the scene: as the sun begins its descent, casting a golden hue over the square, music lovers from all walks of life converge on this historic spot. Some come bearing lawn chairs, ready to settle in for an evening of auditory delight, while others can’t help but simply stand in place, moving instinctively to the rhythms of jazz, blues, funk, and beyond. It’s a sight to behold and an experience that embodies the very essence of New Orleans’ vibrant culture.

But the allure of Wednesday at the Square extends beyond the music. The series also features an array of local food and beverage vendors, offering mouthwatering cuisine that’s as diverse and flavorful as the city itself. From classic Creole dishes to contemporary culinary creations, there’s something to satisfy every palate, making the experience a feast for the senses.

For those of us at the Historic Mardi Gras Inn, this event holds a special place in our hearts. Located just a short, leisurely walk from the French Quarter, our hotel offers the perfect base for guests looking to immerse themselves in the festivities. While we may not promise the extravagance of luxury accommodations, we take pride in offering clean, affordable lodgings, complemented by a staff renowned for their warmth and welcoming spirit.

This time of year, the weather in New Orleans is nothing short of magical, with beautiful  evenings that beckon locals and travelers alike to venture outdoors and bask in the city’s vibrant energy. For visitors, stumbling upon Wednesday at the Square can feel like uncovering one of New Orleans’ best-kept secrets—a chance to experience the city’s rich musical legacy up close, in the company of those who call it home.

So, whether you’re a lifelong resident or a wanderer passing through, we invite you to join us in Lafayette Square for an evening—or several—of unparalleled musical joy. Bring your friends, your family, or simply your love of music, and let the rhythms of New Orleans carry you away.

As we look forward to the start of this year’s Wednesday at the Square Concert Series, we’re reminded of the threads that bind us together: a shared love of music, community, and the enduring spirit of New Orleans. It’s more than just a concert series; it’s a weekly celebration of the soul of our city. And for those of us at the Historic Mardi Gras Inn, it’s a joy to welcome you, to share in this experience, and to offer a cozy retreat just steps from the heart of the action.

Join us, and let the music of New Orleans fill your heart and lift your spirits. Here, in the embrace of Lafayette Square, under the canopy of the evening sky, we come together to celebrate the soundtrack of our city. Welcome to Wednesday at the Square—where every note tells a story, and every evening is an invitation to dance, to dream, and to revel in the rhythm of New Orleans.

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Concerts at Lafayette Square

Get ready to groove back in time, Motown aficionados, because the sensational Broadway production “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations” is shimmying its way into the Seanger Theatre from February 27 to March 3, 2024! I’m Karen Brem, the proud marketing director of the Historic Mardi Gras Inn, and I’m here to invite you to join us for a weekend that promises to be an unforgettable blast from the past, filled with music, fun, and food right in the heart of New Orleans.

Picture this: bell bottoms swaying, crop tops twirling, and platforms clicking to the beat as you immerse yourself in the electrifying atmosphere of the 70s. The French Quarter, with all its vibrant energy, is just a stone’s throw away from our doorstep, making the Historic Mardi Gras Inn the perfect base for your musical getaway. While we might not promise the glitz of disco balls, we do offer clean, affordable accommodations and a team that’s as warm and welcoming as the New Orleans sun.

Now, let’s talk about the stars of the show – The Temptations. From the gritty streets of Detroit to the glittering stages of the world, their journey is nothing short of a fairy tale sprinkled with soul and rhythm. With 42 Top Ten Hits, 14 of which soared to number one, their music became the soundtrack of a generation. “Ain’t Too Proud” isn’t just a trip down memory lane; it’s a deep dive into the heart and soul of brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal, all set to a backdrop of toe-tapping, hip-swinging hits that will have you dancing in the aisles.

The Temptations’ story is a testament to the power of music and perseverance. From harmonizing on the corners of Detroit to being crowned princes of the Motown empire, their rise to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a tale of triumph, tragedy, and the unbreakable bonds of brotherhood. This production brings their story to life with such vibrancy and soul that you’ll feel every high and every low right along with them.

For the music lovers and especially the 70s enthusiasts among us, this is your call to the dance floor. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of the smooth harmonies of Motown or you just can’t resist the lure of a good disco beat, “Ain’t Too Proud” offers something for everyone. And what better place to experience this musical extravaganza than in the city that dances to the beat of its own drum, New Orleans?

After you’ve danced your heart out at the Seanger Theatre, come back and kick off your platforms at the Historic Mardi Gras Inn. We might not have the flash of a disco ball, but we promise you a cozy retreat where you can recharge and get ready for more adventures in the French Quarter. Our location is unbeatable, our rooms are comfortable, and our staff is ready to welcome you with open arms and that famous Southern hospitality.

So, dust off your best 70s attire, grab your dancing shoes, and get ready to experience the magic of “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations”. It’s more than just a musical; it’s a celebration of an era, a tribute to legends, and an invitation to dance the night away. We at the Historic Mardi Gras Inn can’t wait to welcome you to New Orleans for a weekend of unforgettable memories. Let the music play, and let the good times roll!

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