New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
It’s finally here. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2019. This year is the 50th anniversary of the festival. There have already been some challenges for the May 5 music lineup (speedy recovery to Mick and get well wishes for Stevie). This year’s festival is still jam-packed with talent as was the case with the very first Jazz Fest. The original gathering lasted 5 days and only 350 tickets were sold. Those 350 lucky souls got to see Duke Ellington, Fats Domino, Mahalia Jackson, and New Orleans’s own Preservation Hall Jazz Band. How awesome would that have been?! Then after word got out and interest grew, the event moved to the Fairgrounds where it has remained.
Become a “Cube”ist
Every year, daily cubes are released showing where and when every act is performing on any given day. If you are only able to attend one day of the festival, these cubes are essential to get the most for your money. You can easily find which of the 12 stages you need to go to and what time your favs will be there. This year with acts like the Dave Matthews Band, Katy Perry, Santana there is a lot to choose from. If large crowds aren’t your jam you can sometimes catch the mid-size and smaller acts around town between the main Jazz Fest weekends. If you are in town but not particularly here for Jazz Fest you can still benefit by seeing local bands outside of the Fairgrounds.
We want you to have the best time you can at the Jazz Fest so here are some tips that we have learned from our experience over the years. Wear shorts, tees and tennis shoes if possible. Even if the temperature is only in the 70’s, you will get warm walking around, so be comfortable. Don’t forget a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen or you will likely come home with a sunburn. Stay hydrated! The food booths at the Fest are phenomenal but for shorter wait times try to line up before 11am. There is a kids tent so if you bring the little ones stop by there for some fun activities. If you are thinking about bringing something that you cannot fit into your pocket, DON’T. Pace yourself and enjoy! The festival runs from April 25 to May 5 so you have plenty of time to experience everything.
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