If you love jazz, here’s where you need to be!
It began with an impromptu moment, when gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, accompanied the Eureka Brass Band at a county fair in April, 1970 to croon her way into the hearts of the folks of New Orleans and that marked the beginning of The New Orleans Jazz Fest. Not surprisingly, almost half a century later, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival remains an important part of the New Orleans’ culture.
The New Orleans Jazz Festival, 2017 is back to relive the spirit of jazz from April 28th-May 7th! The festival happens at the Fair Grounds Race Course, between 11am to 7pm. While the venue for the performances doesn’t remain the same for all days, the Jazz Week symbolizes the celebration of music, art, food and culture throughout the city, and hence in between days, gigs are usually scheduled at local pubs or other areas.
The festival encourages blues music, R&B, gospel music, Afro-Caribbean, folk music, Latin, rock, country music, bluegrass and Jazz music which caters to every music aficionado’s tastes. This year’s line-up features some really exciting names both local and international and its sure to turn the festival spirit up a notch. Check out their cracker of a line-up and follow the schedule here!
Fans of the festival flock from all over the world to attend the 10-day long festival. If the words of previous festival-goers is anything to go by, this festival is one experience to be had! What’s more, the festival has something for all with a multitude of kids’ activities, food, crafts, demonstrations and cultural displays.
Among the other artists slated to perform at the festival, here are some you need to keep your eyes out for!
The New Orleans Jazz Festival is known to bring in massive crowds each year to enjoy 10 days of the festive spirit. It created a record of an all time high attendance of 650,000 people in 2001 when they celebrated the centennial of Louis Armstrong.
A tip before you head to the festival, you might want to check up on the weather. The second Saturday of the 2016 edition was cancelled due to unforeseen weather conditions. We know there’s no weather stopping you from attending this festival, but food for thought!
Trust us, this is one festival you do not want to miss!
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