Jazz Fest

May 2, 2018   |   0 Comments |  

The Jazz and Heritage Festival, known simply as “Jazz Fest” has been a New Orleans staple since 1970.   Founded by the New Orleans Hotel Motel Association and produced by George Wein, Jazz Fest started as a small local festival and  has grown to be world renowned. It has been called one of the world’s greatest cultural celebrations!

The first Jazz Fest was held in the historic Congo Square. It had a gospel tent and four open stages.  300 people attended the festival, and only local acts were there to perform.

By the end of the seventies Jazz Fest was on its way to becoming one of New Orleans’ greatest tourist destinations, rivaled only by a Mardi Gras. Between 1976 – 1978 the festival expanded to two full weekends.   By the end of the eighties attendance grew to 300,000 people.  The nineties brought to life the Jazz Fest we see today. The addition of the International Pavilion brought Jazz Fest to the world’s stage by celebrating cultures from all over the world.  This unique combination of local talent and international talent puts Jazz Fest in a league of its own.

The music is not the only thing that has locals and tourist lining up to enter the festival grounds. The food is second to none.  The New York Times has raved about the local cuisine on many occasions. As locals, we would have to agree that the food is outstanding- which if you know anything about the locals in this town you know good food reviews do not come easy.

The Combination of music, food and local crafts has earned Jazz Fest four Festival of the Year awards from Pollstar Magazine.  So, if you happen to be in town this weekend there will be 12 music stages and tents for you to enjoy. Thousands of other festival goers will be paying homage to the festival gods rain or shine,  this weekend.   You may just want to stop on by and experience one of NOLA’s most treasured traditions.

Click the link below for Jazz Fest lineup.


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