The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival unveils its schedule "cubes" (downloadable pdf here) and previews event details 30 days before the opening Friday. Poster images were officially unveiled today. Terrance Osborne's image of the Preservation Hall Brass Band parading out of its space is the festival poster. Osborne's mentor, Richard Thomas, created the Congo Square poster, which features four images of Ernie K-Doe. Thomas created the 25th festival's poster featuring Fats Domino.
The 45th annual festival (April 25-27, May 1-4) features a full parading schedule at the Fair Grounds Race Course, with 27 brass bands, 45 Mardi Gras Indian tribes and 40 social aid and pleasure clubs, as well as parading groups from Brazil, said festival producer/director Quint Davis. Brazil is the featured nation in the 2014 cultural pavilion, and Davis described it as the largest visiting contingent in the history of the festival. There will be a tent and stage featuring Brazilian music, art, culture and food in the infield between the Congo Square Stage and food area, as well as other programming.
Davis also announced continued programming with AXS, a broadcasting arm of AEG. Last year, AXS featured 30 hours of programming from the festival during three days of the second weekend. This year, it will broadcast live coverage and edited segments on high definition TV.