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. And this year's 50th-anniversary celebration promises to be the best-ever with an additional day to the line-up. The grand event unfolds across two weekends—always the last weekend in April and the first weekend in May. It traditionally encompasses seven full days of performances on a dozen 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 to 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 2019 festival lineup, to be held April 25 through May 5, 2019, will feature an extended schedule with eight days of live music. Check back for the schedule soon or visit the festival page here.
Visit New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for details and ticket information.