Though touring takes her around the world, New Orleans is her home and she is looking forward to playing for everyone at the inaugural NOLA Mac N Cheese FEST! 

He will have two songs featured in the upcoming Screen Gems film Straw Dogs starring James Marsden, Kate Bosworth and Alexander Skarsgård.

Byrne, Patti LaBelle, Robbie Robertson, Tori Amos, Taj Mahal, among others!  He has assembled some seasoned and talented musicians to join him on this project. Familiar Pardners include - Brint Anderson (guitar), and Michael Lemmler (keyboards), combined

Susan first entered the pop-culture spotlight at the age of eight, as the youngest member of the ’60s musical family the Cowsills, whose hits included Hair and Indian Lake, among others.

​In adulthood, she emerged as a vocalist and songwriter of remarkable depth and insight, being in demand as a backing vocalist and lending her talents to albums by Hootie & the Blowfish, Giant Sand, the Smithereens, Carlene Carter, and Jules Shear,  She again stepped back into the spotlight when she joined the alt-country supergroup the Continental Drifters, which also featured former Bangles guitarist Vicki Peterson and Peter Holsapple of the dB's.  Since the Drifters disbanded, Susan has released two solo Albums, Just Believe It and Lighthouse, which was written over a four year period following hurricane Katrina.

music lineup




LIVE MUSIC - SCHEDULE (Times Approximate)

11:00-11:35 -- Fontainebleau High School Jazz Ensemble One ,12:00-12:45 -- John Boutté
1:00-2:00 -- Susan Cowsill (with special guest Aaron Wilkinson), 2:15-3:15 -- Grayson Capps
3:30-5:00 -- John “Papa” Gros with Big Chief Monk Boudreaux
5:30-7:00  -- George Porter Jr. and Runnin’ Pardners

The band has opened up for The Count Basie Orchestra, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, and the late Maynard Ferguson and His Big Bop Nouveau among numerous others!

You will want to get to the festival early to hear them!

with rising stars on the New Orleans music scene Khris Royal (saxophone) and Terrence Houston (drums).  

George Porter Jr. plans to keep a smile on his face. " I feel like I am working towards something that will be remembered."  This music brings out the best in people, and one can't help but shake a tail-feather to this ultimate fusion of funk, R&B and rock. Once you witness Porter's agile, rippling bass it is easy to see why he is one of the industry's elite bass players of all time. 

"Take the poetry of Texas troubadour Townes Van Zandt, combine with Steve Earle's edgy attitude and stir with a little cup of the bayou-blues (think Howlin' Wolf) and you start to get a taste of Capps' scrumptious gothic gumbo." - AMERICAN SONGWRITER

​Hailing from South Alabama and spending over a decade in New Orleans, revered singer-songwriter Grayson Capps has found listeners the world over enthralled by his stinging tales of the Southern Gothic. In his own words, he explains: "I write songs which have the voice of dead prophets masquerading as town drunks screaming 'look at us we're pretty, too!'"

​​Over the course of four critically acclaimed studio albums and cameo appearance in the Golden Globe Award-nominated film A Love Song For Bobby Long, one will find a stunning depth to his discography, authenticating Grayson Capps as a rare American gem. As Jambase recently declared, "If ever there were a cat primed to pick up where Lowell George and John Prine have left off, it's Capps."

He is currently touring the world in support of his new album, The Lost Cause Minstrels, on the Broolyn record label Royal Potato Family. 


John “Papa” Gros is a bedrock New Orleans artist, a keyboardist, singer and songwriter who draws on funk, rhythm & blues and Americana songcraft; he also knows his way around the Mardi Gras music repertoire about as well as anyone.

For more than a decade, he anchored the deep-grooved Papa Grows Funk. More recently, he’s tickled the ivories for the Radiators-derived Raw Oyster Cult and led his own self-titled band.  As any local will tell you, Gros needs to be on your "must see" list anytime you are in NOLA!

​Joseph Pierre “Big Chief Monk” Boudreaux is the leader of the Golden Eagles, a Mardi Gras Indian tribe of New Orleans, Louisiana. Born in New Orleans on Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, 1941, Boudreaux is a vital figure in the tradition, and has steadfastly distinguished himself as a gifted folk artist and dynamic performing musician through his unwavering dedication to this singular African American culture.

Boudreaux’s musical career has spanned nearly a half-century and has seen him perform in the world’s finest concert halls, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Additionally, he has performed in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Japan.​​

The Fontainbleau High School Jazz Ensemble One will get things started at 11:00 AM!  The band’s director, Lee Hicks, is in his twelfth year as the Director, and under his leadership the school’s band program has become one of the most well-rounded and successful jazz ensemble programs in the country.  Jazz Ensemble One has played at such events as the 2010 Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Jazz Education Network International Conference in 2011, and the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans.


John Boutte lives and breathes the sounds of the city.  His musical stylings can swing from torchlight jazz to vibrant R&B to soulful gospel in the blink of an eye.  Born and raised right here in NOLA, Boutte was steeped in the tradition of second lines and Mardi Gras parades, not to mention the R&B vocals of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye.  All these influences and more are present in his vibrant performances that will soothe your soul, move your feet, and maybe even change your life.

​He is hard to intimidate. Boutte may be the only guy who has ever told Stevie Wonder that his singing was flat.  John’s observation, during a chance encounter with Wonder, changed his life for good.  What’s more, it made our lives better.  For more than 20 years, Boutte has built a career


October 21, 2017
Saturday: 11 am-7 pm

George Porter, Jr. is best known as the bassist of The Meters, along with Art Neville, Leo Nocentelli and Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste. The group was formed in the mid 60's and came to be recognized as one of the progenitors of funk then called R&B.  Porter has not only made a deep impression with his work in the Meters, but he’s notched session work with artists as diverse as Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, David 


Though Boudreaux has traveled the world as an ambassador of the Mardi Gras Indian culture, he remains deeply rooted in the traditions of place and family.

We Look Forward To Seeing You At The Mac N Cheese Fest!

writing and performing his own songs, as well as re-interpreting the signature work of others.

Check him out at the inaugural NOLA Mac N Cheese FEST!