The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, Katy Perry Top 50th NOLA Jazz Fest Lineup
AP Photo / Michael Euler – The Rolling Stones
Mick Jagger struts his stuff when The Rolling Stones play U Arena in Nanterre, France, Oct. 22.
The 50th Anniversary of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is sure to be a major event, with a lineup including The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, Katy Perry, Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band, Chris Stapleton, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Pitbull, Santana, Van Morrison, Al Green, Logic, Earth Wind & Fire and many, many more.
The festival’s multitude of performances will take place on April 25-28 and May 2-5 on 13 stages at the Big Easy’s Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Tickets go on sale to the public Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. local time, with most days costing $70. Children’s tickets are $5 at the gate.
The Rolling Stones will perform May 2, and those tickets will cost $185. Louisiana residents will get special access to May 2 tickets Jan. 17.
There was speculation that the Stones would play the 50th anniversary of the iconic event after the band scheduled 13 stadium dates in the U.S.
Additional performers include Ellis Marsalis Family Tribute, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Nevilles, J Balvin, Gladys Knight, The Revivalists, Leon Bridges, John Fogerty, Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, Tank and The Bangas, Tom Jones, Bonnie Raitt, Alanis Morissette, Ciara, Irma Thomas, Gary Clark Jr., The O’Jays, Ziggy Marley, The Head and The Heart, and many, many more.
The program will include special tributes to Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Jellyroll Morton, Professor Longhair, Mahalia Jackson, Clifton Chenier, James Booker, Allen Toussaint, Pete Fountain, Al Hirt, Louis Prima, Danny & Blue Lu Barker, and Aretha Franklin.
Of note, Aretha was scheduled to perform at last year’s Jazz and Heritage Festival, but had to cancel on doctor’s orders. Fats Domino’s legacy was the subject of an interview with Jazz Fest’s Festival Productions CEO Quint Davis in 2017.
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