Jazz Fest

Monday, February 6, 2017

Kamasi Washington to perform six shows in New Orleans in May

Posted By on Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 2:30 PM


To top his last visit to New Orleans, in which he performed four shows over two nights during the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, saxophonist and bandleader Kamasi Washington returns to New Orleans for six shows over three nights in May.

Washington performs at 8 p.m. and midnight Thursday-Saturday, May 4-6 at One Eyed Jacks during the second weekend of Jazz Fest 2017. Tickets are $40.

Washington's masterful, appropriately titled 2015 triple album The Epic earned stellar reviews for its sweeping experiments in jazz and beyond, kicking down a door opened by Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly, on which Washington also performs. 

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest posters announced

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 3:02 PM

Francis X. Pavy created the image for the official 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival poster.
  • Francis X. Pavy created the image for the official 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival poster.

The 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival posters have been announced. The festival poster features New Orleans' funk innovators, The Meters, and was created by Francis X. Pavy. The image depicts Art Neville, George Porter Jr., Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste and Leo Nocentelli in front of a curtain decorated with what look like French Quarter buildings. Pavy also created the image of the Neville Brothers used in the 1997 Jazz Fest poster and the Jerry Lee Lewis poster in 2007.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Louis C.K., 'alternative facts,' a market for Marigny and other stories you may have missed this week

Posted By on Sun, Jan 29, 2017 at 9:00 AM


• FEST, FEST, FEST: The 2017 Jazz Fest lineup was announced. You people on Twitter had a few thoughts. And Aaron Neville is part of the just-announced French Quarter Fest lineup.

• COMING TO TOWN: Louis C.K. is coming to town this week for a couple of just-announced shows. The Pixies are coming later.

• LGBT NEWS: The LGBT Community Center is getting a new home. And a new eldercare group is launching a health care provider network for LGBT seniors.

• KRISPY KRUNCHY KING CAKE: Where you can eat king cake topped with crickets.

Lots more under the jump ...

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Friday, January 27, 2017

What you're saying about the 2017 Jazz Fest lineup

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2017 at 1:36 PM

Wilco performs at 2017's Jazz Fest. - ZORAN HIRES
  • Wilco performs at 2017's Jazz Fest.

It's all about that Jazz Fest, 'bout that Jazz Fest, 'bout that Jazz Fest this morning.

And reaction to the 2017 lineup (which is a very Jazzfestian lineup indeed) is a Rorschach test of one's musical tastes. (This year's "What is he/she doing here?!?!?" slot seems to be filled by poor Meghan Trainor.)

Here's what people are saying on Twitter about the event that's described both as "the GOAT" and "a hot, hairy human car wash."

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2017 Jazz Fest lineup announced: Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, Dave Matthews and others headed to New Orleans

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2017 at 10:02 AM

  • Photo by Scott Saltzman

Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Maroon 5, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Kings of Leon, Harry Connick Jr., Usher and The Roots, Snoop Dogg, Lorde, Pitbull, Alabama Shakes, Earth, Wind and Fire, Nas, Wilco, Patti LaBelle and many others will perform at the 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The festival returns to the Fairgrounds Friday, April 28-Sunday, April 30 and Thursday, May 4-Sunday, May 7.

Connick, Trey Anastasio Band, Nas with The Soul Rebels, Aaron Neville and Leon Bridges join opening day on Friday, April 28. Maroon 5, Usher and The Roots, Alabama Shakes, Jonny Lang and Jon Batiste and Stay Human perform Saturday, April 29. Tom Petty, Lorde, Pitbull, George Benson and Dr. John close out the first weekend on Sunday, April 30.

Thursday's lineup includes Widespread Panic, Darius Rucker, Corinne Bailey Rae, Tower of Power and Herb Alpert & Lani Hall, with a tribute to Louis Armstrong featuring Hugh Masekela and Dr. Michael White.

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Earth, Wind and Fire, Wilco and Rhiannon Giddens are on the bill for Friday, May 5. Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg and Meghan Trainor perform Saturday, May 6. Closing out the festival on Sunday, May 7 are Kings of Leon, Trombone Shorty, Patti LaBelle, The Meters, Buddy Guy and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

2017 Jazz Fest lineup coming Friday, Jan. 27

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2017 at 3:00 PM


The news came in a tweet from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival: This year's Jazz Fest lineup will be announced Friday.

It's time to start speculating: Paul McCartney? Stevie Wonder? Tom Petty? Wilco? An Outkast reunion? A million jam bands?

Whom do you want to see at this year's Jazz Fest?

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Medeski Martin and Wood and Hurray for the Riff Raff headed to the Civic Theatre during Jazz Fest

Posted By on Mon, Dec 12, 2016 at 2:45 PM

Hurray for the Riff Raff performs at the Civic Theatre May 5. - SARRAH DANZIGER
  • Hurray for the Riff Raff performs at the Civic Theatre May 5.

The nighttime lineups following the 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival are starting to pop up. During the festival's second weekend, the Civic Theatre hosts powerhouse trio Medeski, Martin and Wood, with Wilco's Nils Cline, on Thursday, May 4. Hurray for the Riff Raff — in the wake of its anticipated 2017 album The Navigator — performs Friday, May 5.

MMW recently celebrated its 25th anniversary amid a career spanning its Hammond-powered jazz and funk to its work with virtuoso guitarist John Scofield and often-improvised, jam-heavy sets. Wilco's unpredictable noise machine Cline joined the band for The Woodstock Sessions (Vol. 2)  in 2014.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Billy Joel to play Smoothie King Center Feb. 10, 2017

Posted By on Thu, Nov 10, 2016 at 10:21 AM

  • Billy Joel.

Veteran singer/songwriter Billy Joel will appear at Smoothie King Center Feb. 10, 2017, officials with Live Nation announced this morning at a press conference.

Joel appeared at the 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. (He also made an unannounced appearance at the Hotel Monteleone’s Carousel Bar, where he played a surprise set of tunes.)

A presale for American Express card members begins Mon. Nov. 14 at Ticketmaster. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Fri. Nov. 18.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Bayou Country Superfest moves to Superdome for May 26-28, 2017 event

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 11:00 AM


Bayou Country Superfest will move from LSU Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge to the Superdome for its 2017 Memorial Day weekend event, according to a press release from Festival Productions.

LSU's Tiger Stadium will be unavailable due to scheduled renovations.

The 2016 Bayou Country Superfest featured Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan. Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Brothers Osborne, Little Big Town and others. The 2017 music lineup will be announced Dec. 1. The festival runs May 26-28, 2017.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Tony Bennett to play Saenger Theatre Dec. 7

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 10:12 AM

Tony Bennett.
  • Tony Bennett.
Just in time for the holidays (when, maybe, baby, it'll be cold outside), crooner Tony Bennett will come to New Orleans for a Dec. 7 concert at the Saenger Theater

Bennett has visited New Orleans many times before, notably at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the 2015 Jazz Fest, where his set with Lady Gaga at the Gentilly Stage was plagued with sound problems. A painter, Bennett also created the 2010 Jazz Fest poster (a portrait of Louis Prima).

Tickets for the Saenger show go on sale Friday (Sept. 30) at 10 a.m. and range from $59.50-$125. 

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