New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Guide
April 26 - May 5, 2017

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2016 PERFORMERS LIST (BY DAY)


Here's the day-by-day schedule, as posted on the festival's website. Note that artists are subject to change:

Friday, April 22

Steely Dan, Janelle Monae, Gov't Mule, Michael McDonald, Grace Potter, The Subdudes, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers, Buckwheat Zydeco, Donald Harrison Jr., Geri Allen: The Erroll Garner Jazz Project, Cowboy Mouth, Christian Scott, The Black Lilies, Walter Trout, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, New Orleans Classic Recording Divas featuring The Dixie Cups, Wanda Rouzan and Jean Knight, Hot 8 Brass Band, Flow Tribe, The Anointed Jackson Sisters, Jason Marsalis, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, Bria Skonberg, Talla Walla Vibrations of Belize, Eric Lindell, Alvin "Youngblood" Hart's Muscle Theory, Shannon Powell presents a Tribute to Smokey Johnson, Matt Lemmler presents "The Music of Stevie Wonder" featuring Brian Blade, Cubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Shades of Praise, Zulu Gospel Male Ensemble, The Deslondes, Baby Bee, The Topcats, Orange Kellin's New Orleans Deluxe Orchestra, Doreen's Jazz New Orleans, Goldman Thibodeaux and the Lawtell Playboys, New Wave Brass Band, Panorama Jazz Band, Betty Winn & One A-Chord, Real Untouchable Brass Band, We Are One Social Air and Pleasure Club, The Caesar Brothers Funkbox, La Tran-K Band, Semolian Warriors Mardi Gras Indians, Guitar Masters featuring John Rankin, Jimmy Robinson and Cranston Clements, Clive Wilson's New Orleans Serenaders with Butch Thompson, Golden Sioux Mardi Gras Indians, Wild Apaches Mardi Gras Indians, Black Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians, Deskill Mountain Boys, Vishten of Canada, Native Nations Intertribal, Patrice Fisher and Arpa with guest Javier Cabrera of Mexio, New Orleans Gospel Soul Children, Aya Takazawa of Japan, Keep N It Real Social Aid and Pleasure Club, Ladies of Unity Social Aid and Pleasure Club, Go Getters Social Aid and Pleasure Club, Big Nine Social Aid and Pleasure Club, Sara Quintana and the Miss River Band, Andrew Hall's Society Brass Band, Black Mohawk Mardi Gras Indians, Black Foot unters Mardi Gras Indians, Connie and Dwight Fitch with the St. Raymond and St. Leo the Great Gospel Choir, Lady Tambourine, Alexis Spight, Harold Holloway and Co., Uptown Music Theatre, Chosen Vessels Band and Performing Arts, Chris Clifton and his Allstars, UNO Jazz Allstars, Gray Hawk presents Native American Lore, Rosa Metoyer, Young Audiences Brass Band Throwdown

Saturday, April 23

Pearl Jam, Van Morrison, Maxwell, Boz Scaggs, Galactic, Alpha Blondy & The Solar System, Brothers Osborne, Mystikal, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Anders Osborne, Tab Benoit, Leo Nocentelli,Naturally 7, John Hammond, DeJohnette•Coltrane•Garrison, The Garifuna Collective of Belize, Joe Krown Trio featuring Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste, Jr., Bobby Cure Band & the New Orleans R&B Revue featuring Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, Robert Parker, Sammy Ridgley, and Jo "Cool" Davis, Tribute to Jelly Roll Morton featuring Henry Butler, Butch Thompson and Dr. Michael White, Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Jarekus Singleton, James Andrews & the Crescent City Allstars, Victor Goines, Leah Chase, Tim Laughlin, Alexey Marti & Urban Mind, Gregg Stafford & His Young Tuxedo Brass Band, New Orleans Experience ft. S-8ighty, Partners-N-Crime, DJ Jubilee, Denisia, Kevin Stylez, Dobama, and Governor Reiss, New Orleans Jazz Vipers, Pocket Aces Brass Band, Talla Walla Vibrations of Belize, Cha Wa featuring Papa Mali, Glen David Andrews & Treme Choir, The Johnson Extension, Blodie's Jazz Jam, Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue, Warren Storm Willie Tee & Cypress with special guest Tommy McLain, Willie Sugarcapps, New Orleans Swamp Donkeys, Jambalaya Cajun Band with special guest D.L. Menard, Johnny Sansone, Rumba Buena, Motel Radio, Darcy Malone and the Tangle, Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church Mass Choir, Dr. Brice Miller & Mahogany Brass Band, Lady Jetsetters Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Single Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Single Men Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Nine Times Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, Big Chief Walter Cook & the Creole Wild West Mardi Gras lndians, Archdiocese of New Orleans Gospel Choir, Connie Jones & the Crescent City Jazz Band, Brian Quezergue, Cameron Dupuy & The Cajun Troubadours, Louis Ford & his New Orleans Flairs, Washitaw Nation Mardi Gras Indians, Capoeira New Orleans, Square Dance with Lost in the Holler, Confetti Park Players Kim Che're, Native Nations Intertribal, The Wimberly Family Gospel Singers, DJ Rq Away, Rising Dragon Lion Dance Team, Stephen Foster's Foster Family Music Program, Smitty Dee's Brass Band Divine Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Dumaine St. Gang Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Family Ties Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Xavier University Jazz Ensemble, Sylvia Yancy Davis, Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians, Flaming Arrows Mardi Gras Indians, Ashe Cultural Arts Center Kuumba Institute, Arthur and Friends Community Choir

Sunday, April 24

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nick Jonas, J.Cole, Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter Duo, Julio Iglesias, Jonny Lang, Better Than Ezra, Elle King, Rhiannon Giddens, CeCe Winans, Voice Of the Wetlands All Stars, Taj Mahal & The Trio, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras lndians, Amanda Shaw, Dédé Saint Prix Band of Martinique, Henry Butler & Jambalaya, Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective, Imagination Movers, Glen David Andrews, Royal Teeth, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, The Garifuna Collective of Belize, Leyla McCalla, Ed Wolker's Quintet Narcosis, The New Orleans Suspects, Little Freddie King Blues Band, Herlin Riley Quintet, The Iguanas, Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band with Thais Clark, The Zion Harmonizers, Talla Walla Vibrations of Belize, Ms. Ruby Wilson's Tribute to Bessie Smith featuring Brian "Breeze" Cayolle, Preston Shannon, Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders, Larry Sieberth presents Estrella Banda, New Breed Brass Band, Mister G, The Revealers, Kevin Gordon, The Kid Carsons, St. Joseph the Worker Music Ministry, Big Chief Keke & The Comanche Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Los Po-Boy Citos, Young Pinstripe Brass Band, The Furious Five Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Big Stepper Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Untouchables Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Leroy Jones & New Orleans' Finest, Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band, Belton Richard & the Musical Aces, Steve Pistorius and the Southern Syncopators, The Electrifying Crown Seekers, The Rocks of Harmony Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries Choir, Woodshed: Trombones featuring Stephen Walker and Michael Watson, Ninth Ward Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Monogram Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Shining Star Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Manza Nota/Rock en Espanol, Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble, Jonté Landrum Kid Simmons' Local International Allstars, Deak Harp, NOCCA Jazz Ensemble, Native Nations Intertribal, Tyronne Foster & the Arc Singers, Young Band Nation, Tornado Brass Band, Young Men Olympia Aid Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, First Division Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, New Look Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Pelican212, The Royal Boys Choir, Robert Jardell & Pure Cajun Sundays in Congo Square, New Orleans Dance Collective, Young Seminole Mardi Gras Indians, Young Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians

Thursday, April 28

Tedeschi Trucks Band & Friends, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Gary Clark Jr., Flo Rida, Brandi Carlile, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Cyril Neville & Swampfunk, Snarky Puppy, Sonny Landreth, Bernard Allison Group, Corey Harris Band Lost Bayou Ramblers with special guest Spider Stacy, Pine LeafBoys, George Porter Jr. & Runnin' Pardners, Meschiya Lake and The Little Big Horns, Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, Jonathan McReynolds, Wageirale Drummers of Belize, The Suffers, Helen Gillet, New Birth Brass Band, Stephanie Jordan, Big Band, The Whitfield Family Band, Savoy Family Cajun Band, Lil' Nathan & the Zydeco, BigTimers, Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie, Gerald French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, New Orleans Nightcrawlers Brass Band, The Roots of Music Marching Crusaders, Fiyi Yi & the Manding Warriors, The Breton Sound, Mia Borders, Marlon Jordan plays the music of Miles, Trane, Bird, Javier Gutierrez & Wiwaz, Spencer Bohren & the Whippersnappers, Mark Braud's New Orleans Jazz Giants, The Nayo Jones Experience, Banu Gibson, Tuba Skinny, Lars Edegran & the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, Colin Lake Lynn Drury, Free Agents Brass Band, Big Chief Bird and the Young Hunters, Mardi Gras Indians Red Boys, Production Native American Dance Troupe, Dave Jordan & the NIA North Penn High School Navy Jazz Band, The Doghill Stompers, The GRID featuring Nesby Phips, Bill Summers & Jazalsa-Da Knockaz Brass Band, WIPLadies Social Aid & Pleasure Club, The Sudan Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Men Of Class Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Micaelay Fiesta Flamenca, Dillard University's Visions Quest Gospel Chorale, Spirit of the Orisha, 7th Ward Creole Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, The Jones Sisters McDonogh No. 35 High School Gospel Choir, T'Monde, Original Dixieland Jazz Band Sons of Jazz Brass Band, Revolution Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Men Buckjumpers Social Aid & Pleasure Club, The Robert Pate Project Eleanor McMain "Singing Mustangs," KIDsmART Student Showcase Southern University Jazzy Jags, Delgado Community College Jazz Ensemble Owl Glass Puppets Southwest, KatWalker Band: Scat with Miss Kat, The Hawkins Family, Landry Walker Charter High School Choir,The lycée Français de la Nouvelle0rléans Music Project and SLCircusArts Kids

Friday, April 29

Paul Simon, My Morning Jacket, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Irma Thomas, Elvin Bishop Los Lobos perform La Pistola Y El Corazon, Jazmine Sullivan, Honey Island Swamp Band, Bonerama, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Revivalists, John Boutté, Wayne Toups, John Mooney & Bluesiana, Cash Box Kings, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Sweet Pain featuring Chico Ramos and Supa Gof Belize, Irwin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Creole String Beans with special guest T.K. Hulin, Joe Lovano, Us Five, C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Mississippi Mass Choir, Nicholas Payton & Afro Caribbean Mixtape with Vicente Archer, Joe Dyson, and Daniel Sadownick, Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs, Raw Oyster Cult, Astral Project, Jonathon "Boogie" Long, Lillian Boutté and Gumbo Z'herbes, The Preshall Brass, Wendell Brunious & the New Orleans Gentlemen of Jazz present Louie Louie, Feufollet Wageirale Drummers of Belize, Tom McDermott & Friends, Paulin Brothers Brass Band Secondline Jammers, Original Four Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Scene Boosters Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Leo Jackson & the Melody Clouds, Kenny Bill Stinson & the ARKLA-Mystics, High Steppers Brass Band, Lady & Men Rollers Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Original Big Seven Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Mount Hermon Baptist Church Praise Delegation Choir, Mississippi Rail Company, Herbert McCarver & The Pin Stripe Brass Band, The Bester Gospel Singers, The Dynamic Smooth Family Gospel Singers of Slidell, White Cloud Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, 101Runners, Jesse McBride Big Band, The Pfister Sisters, Mariachi.Jalisco US, Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses, Cary Hudson & the Piney Wood Players, Tony Hall's New Orleans Soul Stars, Derek Douget, Pastor Tyrone Jefferson, Quiana Lynelland the Lush Life Band, T-Ray The Violinist featuring Dreams2Reality, Sean Bruce, Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, Josh Kagler & Praise Delegation Chorale, Red Boys Production Native American Dance Troupe, J. Monque'D Blues Band with Lil' Creole Wild West, AsheSon, Cole Williams Band, The Gospel Inspirations of Boutte, The Swing Setters, LeBlanc Family Cajun Band David & Roselyn, 21st Century Brass Band, Golden Comanche Mardi Gras Indians, Algiers Warriors Mardi Gras Indians, Pastor Jai Reed, Lake Forest Charter Jazz Band, Lady Tambourine, Loyola University Jazz Ensemble, Adella Adella the Storyteller, Young Audiences Performing Arts Showcase, Young Cherokee Mardi Gras Indians

Saturday, April 30

Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg, Beck, Buddy Guy, Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Lone Bellow, Gregory Porter, Rebirth Brass Band, Big Freedia, Arturo Sandoval, Kermit Ruffins' Tribute to Louis Armstrong, The Soul Rebels, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Cha, Ricky Dillard & New G, Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings, Deacon John's Jumpers, Cyril Neville's Royal Southern Brotherhood, Sweet Crude, Kristin Diable, Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show, New Orleans Klezmer Allstars, Bredda David & Tribal Wibes of Belize, Jeremy Davenport, Lil' Buck Sinegal Blues Band, Henry Gray, Midnite Disturbers, Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots with guest Pascal Danae, Big Chief Bo Dollis Jr. & The Wild Magnolias, Treme Brass Band, Andrew Duhon, Luke Winslow King, Tonya Boyd-Cannon, Wageirale Drummers of Belize, Germaine Bazzle, James Rivers Movement, Original Pinettes Brass Band, Kim Carson Band, Yvette Landry, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, The Palm Court Jazz Band featuring Sammy Rimington, Sweet Pain featuring Chico Ramos and Supa G of Belize, Kinfolk Brass Band, Tonia Scott & the Anointed Voices, Bamboula 2000, King James & The Special Men, First Emanuel Baptist Church Mass Choir, Voices of Peter Claver, The Speakerbox Experiment, Jermaine Bossier & Romeo Bougere & 19ns Gang Mardi Gras Indians, F'dana & Divinely Destin, Andrew Baham and 4am Red Boys Production Native American Dances Troupe, Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony, Jamil Sharif, Dalruth Brass Band, Nine Times Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Westbank Steppers Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Walley of Silent Men Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble, Jermaine Landrum & the Abundant Praise Revival Choir, Julio y Cesar Band Wild Red Flame Mardi Gras Indians,First Baptist Church of Wacherie Mass Choir, OperaCreole, Curtis Pierre & the Samba Kids, Versailles Lion Dance Team, The Showers, Teatro Los Claveles Puppets, Undefeated Divas & Gents Original Pigeon Town Steppers Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Uptown Swingers Social Aid & Pleasure Club, KaiKnight's Silhouette Dance Ensemble, The RRAAMS, Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians

Sunday, May 1

Neil Young and Promise of the Real, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Bonnie Raitt, Arlo Guthrie for Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary, Mavis Staples, The Isley Brothers featuring Ronald and Ernie lsley, Aaron Neville, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Chris Botti, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk with special guest Art Neville, Punch Brothers Tribute to B.B.King hosted by the B.B.King Blues Band with special guests, Tribute to Allen Toussaint hosted by the Allen Toussaint Band with special guests, Ellis Marsalis, Dawell Crawford, The Gospel Soul of Irma Thomas, Walter "Wolfman" Washington & the Roadmasters, Zigaboo Modeliste's Funk Revue, Marcia Ball, Heads of State featuring Gary Bartz, Larry Willis, Al Foster, and George Mraz, Rockin' Dopsie & the Zydeco Twisters, The Band Courtbouillon featuring Wayne Toups, Steve Riley, and Wilson Savoy, Swamp Pop Revue featuring Gregg Martinez & The Delta Kings with special guests GG Shinn and Parker James, Roddie Romero & the Hub City AllStars, Charmaine Neville Band, George French & the New Orleans Storyville Jazz Band, Stooges Brass Band, Luther Kent & Trickbag, New Orleans Spiritualettes, Lena Prima and The Lena Prima Band, Tin Men, The Revelers, Bredda David & Tribal Vibes of Belize, Brother Tyrone & the Mindbenders, The Mashup featuring Ike Stubblefield, Terence Higgins, and Grant Green, Jr. Storyville Stompers Brass Band, Wild Tchoupitoulas Mardi Gras Indians, Original New Orleans Lady Buckjumpers Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Prince of Wales Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Bobby Lounge, Trumpet Mafia Hardhead Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Tommy Sancton's New Orleans Legacy Band, Gregg Stafford's Jazz Hounds, TBC Brass Band, Tom Saunders & the TOMCATS, Chris Sewerin, The City of Love Music & Worship Arts Choir, DJ Captain, Charles Wageirale Drummers of Belize, Big Chief Juan & Jockimo's Groove, The Rayo Brothers, Kerry Grombacher, Cynthia Girtley "New Orleans Gospel Diva," Lyle Henderson & Emmanu-EL, New Leviathan Oriental FOX-Trot Orchestra, Young Fellaz Brass Band, Buffalo Hunters Mardi Gras Indians Apache Hunter Mardi Gras lndians, Val and Love Alive Mass Choir, Johnette Downing and Scott Billington, Audrey Ferguson and The Voices of Distinction Kumbuka African Dance & Drum Collective, Hot Club Of New Orleans, Red Boys Production Native American Dance Troupe, Don "Moose" Jamison Heritage School of Music, Baby Boyz Brass Band, Ole & Nu Style Fellas Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Original C.T.C.Steppers Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Craig Adams & Higher Dimensions of Praise, Young Guardians of the Flame Mardi Gras Indians, Erik McAllister and the NOCCA Mime Troupe, Hobgoblin Hill Puppets, Crescent City Lights Youth Theater, Culu Children's Traditional African Dance Company with Stilt Walkers

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Whatever you’re wondering about the Jazz Festival, you can find the answer here. Lots of people have the same questions. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions), in the hopes that we can provide you with answers.

What is Jazz Fest?
When and where is it held?
Is jazz the only music featured at the Jazz Festival?
When is the performance schedule released?
When do tickets go on sale?
How can I purchase tickets?
How much do tickets cost?
How do I get to the Fair Grounds?
What can you bring to the Fest?
Festival policies & important information.
Do you help Festival-goers in booking hotel rooms?
Do you advise making a hotel reservation in advance?
Is the Festival accessible to people with disabilities?
Any tips on preparation for a day at Jazz Fest?
Are there ATMs available if I run low on cash?
What will be available in the food areas?
What about vegetarian items?
I can only attend one weekend. Which do you recommend?
Are old Jazz Fest posters worth anything?
Who do I contact about working / volunteering at Jazz Fest?
How can I apply to perform at Jazz Fest?
How can I apply for a crafts booth?
How can I apply for a food booth?
How can I apply for press credentials?
How can my company become a Sponsor?

What is Jazz Fest?

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, a/k/a Jazz Fest, is a 10-day cultural feast in which thousands of musicians, cooks and craftspeople welcome 400,000 visitors each year. The Louisiana Heritage Fair showcases unforgettable music on multiple stages, delicious Louisiana cuisine in two large food areas, and crafts artisans from the region and around the world demonstrating and selling their work. The Louisiana Heritage Fair is held at the Fair Grounds Race Course over the course of 2 weekends. They are April 22 - May 1, 2016.

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When and where is it held?

They are April 22 - May 1, 2016. The Heritage Fair takes place at the Fair Grounds Race Course, centrally located at 1751 Gentilly Boulevard, 10 minutes from the French Quarter. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Is Jazz the only music featured at the Jazz Festival?

The Festival celebrates the indigenous music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana, so the music encompasses every style associated with the city and the state: blues, R&B, gospel, Cajun, zydeco, Afro-Caribbean, folk, Latin, rock, rap, country, bluegrass and everything in between. And of course there is lots of jazz, both contemporary and traditional.

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When is the performance schedule released?

The complete list of musicians performing at the Jazz & Heritage Festival will be announced around December. A more complete schedule in grid form, known as “the cubes,” is available closer to the Festival, usually around the first week of April. This website will be one of the first places to view the entire schedule.

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When do tickets go on sale?

Tickets go on sale after the talent has been announced. Visit our Tickets Page for more information.

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How can I purchase tickets?

Tickets will be available at www.nojazzfest.com and www.ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Jazz Fest ticket office located at the New Orleans Arena Box Office.  All Jazz Fest tickets are subject to additional service fees and handling charges.

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How much do tickets cost?

Advance, single-day tickets are $60 plus service charges, through Feb. 2. Advance tickets will be $65 from Feb. 3 through April 21. Tickets at the gate are $75.

 

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How do I get to the Fair Grounds?

The Fair Grounds Race Course is located in a residential part of the city; parking in the surrounding neighborhoods is not recommended.

Gray Line Tours will operate continuous round-trip transportation – the Jazz Fest Express – from the Sheraton Hotel, the Gray Line Lighthouse at the Steamboat Natchez Dock (Toulouse St. at the River – next to Jax Brewery), and City Park (next to Marconi Meadows) daily from 10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

A special entrance will be used only by Jazz Fest Express vehicles to avoid traffic and bring Festival-goers inside the gates of the Festival. Add $18 ($15 City Park) to the price of a Festival admission ticket for this round-trip transportation service. Admission and Jazz Fest Express tickets are available for sale on the days of the Festival from these locations or in advance through TicketMaster. A one way ticket from the Festival to downtown will be available for $10.

For more information, call 504-569-1401 or 1-800-535-7786.

http://www.graylineneworleans.com/jazzfest.html

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What can you bring to the Fest?

Click here for a pdf of the list of prohibitions

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Do you help Festivalgoers in booking hotel rooms?

• The Festival’s official host hotel is the Sheraton New Orleans. For reservations call 504-595-5500 or 800-253-6156.

• A useful travel resource is the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Contact the NOMCVB at 800-672-6124 or 504-566-5003. Website: www.neworleanscvb.com.

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Do you advise making a hotel reservation in advance?

The Festival is very popular and there is a high demand for hotel rooms, so we advise making reservations as soon as possible. Some hotels take reservations as early as a year in advance, and many Fest-goers book their rooms in the fall preceding the Festival. Please be aware, however, that it is never too late to make a hotel reservation. Rooms become available off and on as reservations are released leading up to the event. A hotel may have no rooms available on March 30, but may have 10 rooms available April 15. Just keep checking. For a list of hotels visit our hotel page here

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Is the Festival accessible to people with disabilities?

For information about Festival attendance by people with disabilities. please either call (504) 410-6104, e-mail access@nojazzfest.com, or fax (504) 558-6121 For more information, please visit our ADA page.

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Any tips on preparation for a day at Jazz Fest – what to wear, things like that?

The springtime weather in New Orleans can range from pleasantly warm to uncomfortably hot, so you’ll want to dress in cool, unrestrictive clothing. Lightweight cotton is never a bad idea. There are a few shady trees scattered here and there throughout the Fair Grounds, but the infield is, for the most part, wide open to the sun. Therefore, most people consider sunglasses to be essential, not to mention sunscreen or sunblock. A hat with a wide brim or visor is also a good idea. Wear comfortable shoes, as you may be doing a lot of walking. You’ll want to keep hydrated, too: there are beverages available throughout the Heritage Fair, and cold drinking water can be found in the Grandstand, which is also a good source of shade and air conditioning, not to mention many of the Festival’s hidden treasures. Also, several stages on the infield and in Heritage Square are under tents that offer relief from the sun.

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Are there ATMs available if I run low on cash?

Yes, there are ATMs onsite. For exact locations, please refer to the map.

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I hear they eat only crawfish and alligator in Louisiana. Is that all that will be available in the food areas?

While those delicacies are available in various forms (and they’re delicious), the food areas offer a wide range of items, from the familiar to the exotic: truly something for everyone. You won’t go hungry. To get a better sense of what the Festival has to offer to satisfy your appetite, please see our food pages.

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What about vegetarian items?

There are always a number of tasty vegan/vegetarian-friendly items on the menu as well.

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I can only attend for one weekend. Which do you recommend?

You really can’t go wrong with either. Great care is taken to distribute the music evenly over both weekends.

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I have an old Jazz Fest poster and I hear it may be worth something. How can I find out?

The Festival’s limited-edition posters are produced by Art4Now. Their website, http://www.art4now.com, includes information about the values of vintage posters.

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I’d like to work and/or volunteer for Jazz Fest. Who do I contact?

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Attn: Human Resources/Volunteers

336 Camp Street ste 250

New Orleans, LA 70130

504-410-4100

Jazz Fest Job Line: 504-410-6136

Click here for more information about becoming a volunteer for Jazz Fest.

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How can I apply to perform at the Jazz & Heritage Festival?

The deadline for submitting press kits to perform at the 2015 Festival is October 1, 2014.

The Festival respectfully limits applicants to bands living and working in

Louisiana. The mission of the Festival is to preserve, perpetuate, and promote

the music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana.

To apply Online, CLICK HERE

To apply by mail:

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell

Attn: Music Production

336 Camp Street, Suite 250

New Orleans, LA 70130

Be sure to include a recording, bio, photo, press clippings and contact

information. All bands that are chosen for the 2014 Jazz Fest will be contacted after the October 1st deadline.

Once all bands are selected and booked, the festival will send email notification to all groups that were not selected for 2015.  If you would like to receive this status notification, you must include a valid email address with this application.

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How can I apply for a crafts booth?

The application deadline for the 2014 Jazz Fest was December 3, 2013.

To contact the crafts department:

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Attn: Crafts Dept.

336 Camp Street ste 250

New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 410-4100

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How can I apply for a food booth?

Jazz Fest Food Vendor Inquiry Information

For the past four decades the Food Fair at Jazz Fest has famously served some of the most delicious, restaurant quality, authentically prepared food to be found anywhere, let alone at a multi-day outdoor festival. Jazz Fest’s carefully developed menu encompasses traditional Creole and Cajun recipes, contemporary Creole innovations, New Orleans standards, and foods that reflect the rich influx of international influence in Louisiana.

What started out with a small handful of food items has now grown into an [irresistible] menu

featuring over 200 offerings, including many beloved dishes that have become a part of the Festival’s culture and, indeed, a part of the culinary culture of New Orleans.

The food items are prepared by vendors who have, for the most part, been participating in the Food Fair for many years.  Festival food vendors have learned over the years to adapt to the challenges inherent to serving hundreds of thousands of Festival-goers over the course of seven days in an outdoor environment. It is a rigorous task given the fact that the food is prepared mostly by hand, with fresh local ingredients.

In any given Festival season there are very few openings for new vendors.  In most years, there are none.  On the rare occasion when there is an opening is it usually for a specific food item.  There is no formal application process, but the Festival is always interested in learning about experienced food vendors who are creating exciting new Louisiana food items or superior quality versions of classic regional dishes.

If you feel your business model is compatible with the Festival criteria, you are welcome to fill out our Food Vendor Inquiry Contact Sheet (click here).

Please keep in mind the following:

  • All potential vendors must be full-time Louisiana residents.

  • No self-contained vending structures or vehicles are permitted.

  • No “carnival” food items or beverages will be considered.

  • There is minimal, if any, duplication of food items.

  • Food items must be prepared and served by the vendor and vendor is required to operate all Festival days.

  • General liability, vehicle liability and worker’s compensation insurance are required.

The information on the Food Vendor Inquiry Contact Sheet will be added to the Festival’s Food Fair database.  This database is used for informational purposes only and does not obligate the Festival in any way.

Thank you for your interest.

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I’m a journalist interested in covering the Festival. How can I apply for press credentials?

The online application to cover the 2014 Jazz Fest can be found HERE

Please apply before March 31, 2014 to ensure your application is reviewed.

You will need the following to complete this application:

1.)    Letter of assignment from your editor;

2.)    A copy of the publication or details about the assigning outlet

3.)    The days you’re planning to cover the Festival and your contact information

4.)    If you’ve covered Jazz Fest before, copies of your previous coverage

If you need to speak with the Press Office you can e-mail us
at presscoord (at) nojazzfest.com.

 

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My company is interested in becoming a Sponsor.

If you are interested in discussing Sponsorship opportunities for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival you can contact us at 504-410-4100, send an email to sponsorship@nojazzfest.com. or write to us:

Sponsorship Department

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

336 Camp Street, Suite 250

New Orleans, LA 70130

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