The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is in its 45th year of celebration and has solidified itself as one of America’s great music festivals. And don’t get it twisted, that’s 45 years straight- even after Katrina in 2006 Jazz Fest went on for the people of New Orleans. Taking place over two weekends, April 25-27 and May 1-4, Jazz Fest is seven days of music that offers an eclectic mix of performers. It wouldn’t be New Orleans’ festival without brass bands, and there’s a ton of them. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Kermit Ruffins and the Barbeque Swingers, and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band are just some of the hometown acts gracing this years festival. But Jazz Fest is more than that, it’s also the festival that attracts some of the biggest headlining and touring acts in the world- Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Phish, Arcade Fire, Santana, Vampire Weekend, Public Enemy, and yes, Christina Aguilera. No other festival boasts a lineup quite like Jazz Fest.
Tickets are on-sale now for $50 through Ticketmaster for any day of the festival- it can’t be much easier than that. No crazy pre-sales online or broken waiting rooms that never lead to tickets. Things are always easier in New Orleans, and The Big Easy makes it so simple to go to their pride and joy festival. Walk up, buy a ticket for $70 if you want- Jazz Fest doesn’t sell out the way your normal festivals do.
We’ll have a full preview and festival guide next month (you can’t miss Rabbits Black favorites like the Alabama Shakes, Charles Bradley, and John Fogerty) but for now just have fun looking over the lineup and figuring out just how many days you want to be there!