36th Annual New Orleans Jazz Fest Lineup Rich In Diversity

The 36th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has announced the musical line-up for the April 22 – May 1 cultural extravaganza.

Billed as “the ultimate celebration of Louisiana culture and heritage,” this year’s Jazz Fest will offer an eclectic variety of bands and artists including Dave Matthews Band, James Taylor, Nelly, B.B. King, Juanes, Trey Anastasio, Elvis Costello, The Roots, Randy Newman, Ozomatli, Los Lonely Boys, and dozens more.

“Think of New Orleans as the center of the music universe,” Quit Davis, Jazz Fest producer/director, said in a statement. “Gospel, jazz, blues, funk, rock, Cajun, zydeco, Latin, R&B, jam, Mardi Gras, hip-hop, African, and a whole lotta music you can’t put into any category will be presented in the powerful way that only Jazz Fest can serve up.”

Jazz Fest will be held at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course, and will feature 12 performance stages all going simultaneously, along with more than 100 varieties of Louisiana and international foods. The event will also feature several crafts fairs.

This year’s Jazz Fest will also present El Dia Latino (Latin Day), April 24, featureing a stage with non-stop all-Latin entertainment.

In addition, a new festival stage will be devoted to bastions of traditional and contemporary New Orleans culture: brass band music, second line dance clubs, Mardi Gras Indians, and other indelible features of the coty

This year, however, Jazz Fest has scrapped its evening concert series, according to the city’s Times-Picayune.

Tickets for the seven-day festival went on sale January 31. Daily tickets for the Heritage Fair are $20 through February 22. On February 23, advance daily tickets will be $25. Tickets at the gate will cost $35, while daily ducats for children under 12 are $5 in advance and at the gate.

Source pollstar.com.

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