Granted, the Semolian Warriors Mardi Gras Indian gang had kicked things off with the necessary invocation: the Big Chief, Spyboy, Flagboy, Wildman, and their retinue in feathered, beaded suits of green, blue, orange, red, and white, and a ferocious backlines of percussion — hand drums, bass drums, trap set, tambourines, and clanking cowbells. Inspiring as they are, the Indians are but a prelude to each day of this two-weekend event, now celebrating its 49th anniversary, an appetizer, not the whole meal. The festival, presented by Shell, continues May Yes the sun was shining over the Fair Grounds Race Course, with its 13 separate stages and copious options for excellent food. Famed Cajun-music revivalist and fiddle virtuoso Michael Doucet and his band Beausoleil made some interesting forays into Arabic-tinged scales over the traditional country two-steps and then brought on a so-so female vocalist as a guest for a couple of tunes. At the open-air Gentilly Stage, the overamplified boom did no favors for the British-born NOLA adopted son Jon Cleary, who is otherwise a charismatic pianist and singer.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2018 Lineup
The main festival takes place at the New Orleans Fair Grounds and there are also many shows at unaffiliated New Orleans nightclubs scheduled during the festival weekends. A complete and exhaustive dissection of the antiheroes and creeps from The Horror Master. A savvy multi-instrumentalist channeled the spirit of the late Lemmy Kilmister for the perfect cover. The year-old singer-songwriter is expected to drop her debut album in November. Share this: Facebook Twitter Reddit. Other years Select year
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Spanning two weekends, Jazz Fest consistently boasts an impressive lineup of artists ranging from seasoned rock legends to gospel groups, pop stars, and indie favorites. Add a Festival. Your comprehensive live music resource for show listings, artist tracking, music news, photos, reviews and more. Were you there? Share Tweet Email. Schedule Apr 27, Sting. Sturgill Simpson.
The 49th annual festival usually releases the music lineup and ticket prices in January. Visit the festival site, NOJazzFest. In the meantime, here are details about the festival -- based on the festival's history and website -- for your planning purposes.