The first New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival was in 1970, 46 years later it is stronger than ever. It brings music and culture of all backgrounds, not to mention the incredible food.
The lineup this year includes Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, Snoop Dogg, Beck, Van Morrison, Nick Jonas, J. Cole, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, and many many more. Last year’s Jazz Fest had reportedly 460,000 fans attend over the two weekends.
Not only should everyone be aware that Grace Potter will be performing, but how many chances does one get to see Snoop Dogg perform? There will also be a Tribute to B.B. King hosted by B.B. King Blues Band with special guests as well as a Tribute to Allen Toussaint hosted by the Allen Troussaint Band with special guests. Blues and Jazz music has lost some of the greatest performers to ever live in recent years. I have no doubt that Jazz Fest 2016 will tribute them unbelievably.
There will also be performers you will see nowhere else such as Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles, Mardi Gras Indians, Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters, Sweet Pain featuring Chico Ramos and Supa G of Belize, and countless others. Jazz Fest has offered diversity like no other since the beginning and strives to honor the city of New Orleans as the birthplace of jazz music.
Not only does the festival offer incredible jazz music and cultural heritage, but this year it will have the Congo Square African Marketplace, Contemporary Crafts, and the Louisiana Marketplace. Jazz Fest is the trifecta, music, cultural art, and of course food. From alligator pie to pecan catfish to cajun duck po-boy, there’s many new experiences to be had. Jazz Fest in New Orleans is an experience everyone should have at least once, hope to see you there!
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