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The beloved festival, which celebrates the deep-rooted history of Jazz in New Orleans culture, is back after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For their comeback, the festival tapped The Who, Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, and Erykah Badu to headline. However, other big names to attend this year’s festival include Frankie Beverly and Maze, CeeLo Green, Mia X, Dottie Peoples, Puss N Boots, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ziggy Marley, and New York gospel group, The Campbell Brothers.
Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter PJ Morton will be flying solo without the assistance of his pop-rock group, Maroon 5. The talented keyboardist has been enjoying a thriving R&B career, which he will showcase to the massive crowd during the Jazz and Heritage Fest.
Nelly and Ludacris, who went head to head in a Verzuz battle in 2020, will also hit the stage, performing some of the biggest hits of their decades-long hip-hop careers guaranteed to get the crowd jumping. New Orleans staple Big Freedia will also be in attendance, scheduled to perform on May 6th, bringing her signature bounce music and moves that’ll be sure to bring down the house as well.
Suppose you don’t see your favorite jazz band or act listed, not to fear. The festival will include over 500 bands and parades for all ages to enjoy.
In addition to good tunes, attendees will get to discover some of the best foods that New Orleans has to offer, with a wide variety of food vendors providing the flavors for the 10-day celebration. The event also draws eateries from other nearby regions. Those vendors will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
Visitors will also have a chance to experience breathtaking art, jewelry, garments, and other pieces from all parts of the world by taking a stroll through the Congo Square African Marketplace, the Contemporary Crafts Village, and the Louisiana Marketplace.
The first Jazz and Heritage Festival took place in 1970 from April 22nd to April 26th in Congo Square, which remains a sacred ground for jazz musicians to honor enslaved Africans who would congregate there during the 1700s. This year’s event will commemorate the 51st year of the treasured cultural experience.
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival will kick off on April 29th and go through May 8th. Single-day door tickets start at $50, but packages are offered for those wanting to enjoy the festival for multiple days. You can purchase your tickets at: www.nojazzfest.com/tickets.