The festival is known to honor the local culture and music of Louisiana and New Orleans. Hence, you will witness all types of music genres being covered at the event. A few well known genres that you will hear being played live at the show are Afro-Caribbean, blues, rap music, gospel music, Cajun music, R&B, bluegrass, Latin music, country music, folk music, zydeco and rock as well as jazz that is both traditional and modern.
At the moment the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is hosted during the day between 11am and 7pm at the popular Fair Grounds Race Course which is basically a horse racing venue located in the historic Mid-City. It takes place each year on the last weekend of April from Friday till Sunday and also the first weekend of May from Thursday till Sunday. You will see various other music events being hosted in the city when the Jazz Fest kicks off on weekends and also throughout the week. This is because the festival attracts a lot of tourists in the area of New Orleans so other events just sprung up when it is held. The festival effectively earns $300 million yearly. When the festival was initially held, it was promoting the local talent of musicians in the area. However, with time as t expanded, the event incorporated some nationally known artists to perform live also.
The festival features a huge array of sellers selling local cuisine as well as crafts in stalls. There are about seventy food stalls that all offer exclusive food items that comprise of crawfish beignets, alligator sausage sandwich, Mango Freeze, boiled crawfish, fried green tomatoes, red beans and rice, cochon de lait sandwiches, crab po’boy, oyster patties, jalapeno bread, vegetarian food items and so much more. In the past the food that is offered at the festival has received great reviews from The New York Times. Since it is a music festival that also promotes culture, there are various craft stalls at the venue also that exhibit cultural pieces that are local, national and also a few international. There are large areas that have been specifically allocated for dedication to the historical as well as the cultural practices that Louisiana is associated with. These stunning dedications depict various cultures inhabiting the area. Moreover, during the event many parades are held. These parades are by the famed Mardi Gras Indians along with brass bands and marching bands.
Each year the performance line-up of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is announced in December and the finalized schedule if released in the early part of April. Last year in 2012, the line-up comprised of Ne- Yo, Kristin Diable & The City, the Eagles, Steel Pulse, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Foo Fighters, Ellis Marsalis, Dr. John & The Lower 911, The Matthew Davidson Band, Dave Koz and Buckwheat Zydeco. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band were also seen performing last year on the 29th of April at the Festival for the very first time. The festival that took place in 2012 was a roaring success and quite significant as it was the 50th Anniversary of the popular Preservation Hall a place where a lot of music from New Orleans is performed live at. The event features a total of twelve stages along with tents of different sizes.
You can now be a part of this magnificent festival by getting your New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival tickets today as they will vouch for an exciting and memorable experience that you will have there.