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 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 Racetrack, 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 all 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: The Neville Brothers; Wynton Marsalis; Branford Marsalis, and the extended Marsalis family; Dr. John; Tab Benoit; Anders Osborne; Terence Blanchard; Nicholas Payton; Donald Harrison; The Meters; The Radiators; Irma Thomas; The Preservation Hall Jazz Band; Allen Toussaint; Buckwheat Zydeco; Rockin' Dopsie Jr.; The Dirty Dozen Brass Band; Better Than Ezra; The Zion Harmonizers; and Beausoleil.
In addition, the festival features headliners from the top ranks of musical stars worldwide. Recent years, for instance, have brought Bruce Springstein, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, The Dave Matthews Band, Sting, Pearl Jam, Jeff Beck, Simon and Garfunkle and a host of others.
The 2014 festival lineup, to be held April 25 through May 4, will feature Eric Clapton, Phish, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Robert Plant, Charlie Wilson, Alabama Shakes and many more.
Keep an eye on LouisianaTravel.com or visit New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for 2014 details and ticket information.