2023 Birdfoot Festival


Birdfoot 2023 invites you to join the musicians of the festival on a listening pilgrimage that asks how we can understand our entwined relationship with the natural world through our ears. Winding through the entire 2023 Festival, this series of outdoor pop-up concerts reaches beyond the concert hall to celebrate the simple beauty and the mythic dimensions of nature, bear witness to environmental degradation, and meditate on our place in the world.

Come with us on an adventure that invites you to bask in music, listen deeply and stretch your senses—and might even change how you listen to the word we inhabit.

Listening Pilgrimage concerts will be approximately 30-40 minutes in length, and musical selections will not be announced in advance.

“A pilgrimage is a journey, often into an unknown or foreign place, where a person goes in search of new or expanded meaning about themself, others, nature, or a higher good, through the experience. It can lead to a personal transformation, after which the pilgrim returns to their daily life.” — definition courtesy of Wikipedia

Listening Pilgrimage I: Awakening

Friday, March 10, 2023
6:30 PM

Contemporary Arts Center
900 Camp Street

Listening Pilgrimage II: Tributaries

Saturday, March 11, 2023
10:00 AM

Cabrini Bridge

Magnolia Bridge at Bayou St John
Harding Dr, New Orleans, LA 70119

Family Concert: Listen! Did you hear that?

Saturday, March 11, 2023
11:30 AM

Louisiana Children’s Museum
15 Henry Thomas Drive

Listening Pilgrimage III: In a Landscape

Saturday, March 11, 2023
3:00 PM

Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden
One Collins Diboll Circle
City Park

Listening Pilgrimage IV: Born by the River – A Musical Pilgrimage Toward Restoration and Healing

Sunday, March 12, 2023
3:00 PM

Whitney Plantation
5099 Highway 18, Wallace, LA

The Descendants Project
5593 Highway 18, Wallace, LA
St. John The Baptist Parish

Listening Pilgrimage V: Rooted

Monday, March 13, 2023
5:30 PM

Tree of Life
Audubon Park
East Drive, New Orleans 70118

Listening Pilgrimage VI: Materiality

Tuesday, March 14, 2023
5:30 PM

Material Institue 
2120 Port Street
St Roch

Concert: Born by the River

Wednesday, March 15, 2023
8:00 PM 

Marigny Opera House
725 St Ferdinand Street
Faubourg Marigny

2023 Open Rehearsals: Birdfoot @ The CAC

Tuesday, March 14, 2023
1:00-4:00 PM
Thursday, March 16, 2023
10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans
900 Camp Street

Birdfoot Backstage: Lost Songs

Thursday, March 16, 2023
6:30 PM 

Contemporary Arts Center
900 Camp Street

Late Night: Sonic Geography

Thursday, March 16, 2023 
9:30 PM

Bar Marilou
544 Carondelet Street

Listening Pilgrimage VII: Anthrophony

Friday, March 17, 2023
6:30 PM

Music Box Village
4557 N. Rampart Street
New Orleans, LA 70119

Final Concert: Child of Tree

Saturday, March 18, 2023
8:00 PM

George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center
1225 N. Rampart Street
Faubourg Tremé