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Festival celebrating women in food, music and beyond rocks the Old U.S. Mint

Rock & Rouge Women's Music & Food Festival debuts June 30

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The inaugural festival celebrates "New Orleans women standing up for a change," and a full day of activities elevates women in New Orleans music, kitchens, politics and culture. There are two stages of music with performances by Irma Thomas (pictured), festival-circuit regulars The Vettes, Lynn Drury, festival founder Lani Ramos (as Big Pearl with her Fugitives of Funk band) and several others, plus panel discussions on Mardi Gras Indian queens and women working in STEM, politics and the music industry. Speakers include author and abolitionist Fox Rich and Big Queen Laurita Dollis of the Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indian tribe.

  Other activities include a beauty and glitter bar, food offerings from local women chefs and a men's "Dugout" area featuring cigars and horseshoes. A tent for girls ages 8-15 has STEM workshops by Electric Girls founder Flor Serna and drumming and music activities. WHIV-FM also will broadcast live from the festival. Free admission, donations accepted. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday June 30. New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., (504) 523-6276; www.therockandrouge.com.

UPDATED: Organizers postponed the event from its original date to its rain date, June 30.

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