Every year, when they begin to feel the magnetic pull, music lovers know that—if they haven’t already done so—it’s time to plan their trip to New Orleans.
The annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell is a rite of spring for hundreds of thousands of people in Louisiana, throughout the United States and in many other countries. It is, arguably, the biggest and best-attended multi-style music festival in the world. The grand event unfolds across two weekends—always the last weekend in April and the first weekend in May. It encompasses seven full days of performances on 10 stages strategically arranged around the Fair Grounds Race Course, along with dozens of nightly performances in New Orleans’ fabulous music clubs.
While the festival is named for New Orleans’ indigenous music, and top modern jazz performers abound here, it’s hard think of a musical style that is not well represented at Jazz Fest. You can count on finding many of Louisiana’s best-known performers, representing the best in Cajun, zydeco, blues and Delta blues, rock, rockabilly, gospel, hip hop, salsa, swamp pop and more. It’s the place to hear and see the great names of Louisiana music, often including, among many others: Harry Connick, Jr.; Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue; Buddy Guy; The Meters; Aaron Neville; Dr. John; and Big Freedia.
In addition, the festival features headliners from the top ranks of musical stars worldwide. Recent years, for instance, have brought Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, The Dave Matthews Band, Sting, Pearl Jam, Jeff Beck, Simon & Garfunkel and a host of others.
The 2017 festival lineup, to be held April 28 through May 7, 2017, will feature Stevie Wonder—making his triumphant return to the Jazz Fest stage after rain canceled last year's performance—plus Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Snoop Dogg, Alabama Shakes, Usher & the Roots, Darius Rucker and many more.
Visit New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for details and ticket information.