14 Feb 2022 YLC Wednesday at the Square Lineup
On February 9 during a special press conference at Gallier Hall, the Young Leadership Council (YLC) of New Orleans announced the return of “Wednesday at the Square,” with the first event kicking off the Spring 2022 series set for Wednesday, March 16.
As the Title Sponsor for the 2022 Wednesday at the Square season, we’re excited to present the official lineup!
2022 YLC Wednesday at the Square Lineup
March 16: Anders Osborne with Dave Jordan and the NIA
March 23: Marc Broussard with Little Freddie King
March 30: Mia Borders with The Quickening
April 6: Lost Bayou Ramblers with Daria & the Hipdrops
April 13: Partners-N-Crime with Robin Barnes
April 20: Flow Tribe with N.O.B.A.B.E.
April 27: Tab Benoit with The New Orleans Johnnys
May 4: Shamarr Allen with Margie Perez
May 11: Andrew Duhon
May 18: Big Sam’s Funky Nation with Erica Falls
*Headliner performs from 6:30 – 8 p.m.. Opening act from 5-6 p.m.
**Wednesday, May 25 and June 1 are reserved as rain dates.
The 10-week, free concert series is returning for its 15th year in Lafayette Square after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. The event draws crowds from downtown New Orleans and beyond every Wednesday evening between March and May. Caroline Hayes, AOS’ VP Marketing, is co-chairing the series this year with Graham Williams and Brittany Whitsell.
“Thank you to the City of New Orleans, our sponsors and our community partners for allowing us to bring back this great event,” said Graham Williams, Wednesday at the Square Co-Chair and YLC Board Member. “The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected all of us, but especially our local artists, restaurants and entrepreneurs. This event would not be possible without their participation, and I am greatly looking forward to seeing Lafayette Square vibrant and full of life once again.”
Wednesday at the Square’s diverse local music acts, food and beverage offerings and variety of vendors show residents and tourists alike what it means to love New Orleans. All food and beverage sales benefit YLC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan civic organization that develops leadership through community projects.
“As the title sponsor of Wednesday at the Square for the fourth year in a row, I am so thankful we’re able to gather again to support the musicians, artists, vendors and gig economy workers that fuel our vibrant culture,” said Shelby Russ, President/CEO of AOS Interior Environments. “Thank you to the YLC team for not only fostering young leadership but also improving the economic vitality of our Downtown Development District through this unique event.”
Wednesday’s announcement included speakers Lisa Alexis, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy, Andy Kopplin, President and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, and Cody Bertone, General Manager of Virgin Hotels New Orleans, which will host the official after-party for Wednesday at the Square. Brooke Laizer, WGNO Meteorologist, was also introduced as this year’s WATS Emcee. In addition, Big Sam of Big Sam’s Funky Nation also gave a special musical performance and will wrap up the 2022 series on Wednesday, May 18.
For more information on Wednesday at the Square, visit ylcwats.com, and follow along on social media on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates.
About Young Leadership Council
YLC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan civic organization that develops leadership through community projects. The oldest independent YPO (young professionals’ organization) in the country, YLC has raised more than $25 million to support community projects in and around the New Orleans area since 1986. YLC has more than 500 members and is led by a 24-member board of directors and two staff members. Each community initiative is led by one or more volunteer project leaders.