The 41st annual event, set for April 23-25 and April 29-May 2 at the Fair Grounds Race Course, also welcomes the return of a few festival vets, including The Allman Brothers Band, B.B. King, Widespread Panic and The Black Crowes.
“It’s just a way cool thing that Jazz Fest is so broad that it can embrace all these different things, all these different artists,” festival producer Quint Davis said. “We have jazz in the name, but it’s not just jazz music.”
The festival will also host a tribute to Louis Prima, the New Orleans-born trumpet player whose jazz and swing performances helped spread the music of the Big Easy throughout the world.
“He’s so New Orleans,” Davis said. “He was one of the first major voices in getting jazz and New Orleans to be dominant world powers in music. We have some very special things in the works to honor him.”
As with past Jazz & Heritage Festivals, the first lineup announcement only nails down the dates and artists but not individual day-to-day schedules.
But you can buy tickets today, including first and second weekend discount packages,single day tickets and various VIP packages. Just click here for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Web site.