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  • Art Neville and George Porter Jr., original members of The Meters.

    Original members of The Meters funk band come together for two Jazz Fest shows to celebrate 50 years

    New Orleans is home to many musical styles, but it was The Meters that put the Crescent City on the map as a funk mecca. They practically put funk on the map, period. 2017 marks the band’s 50th anniversary and even though the original members have since branched off to focus on other projects...
  • The New Orleans Jazz Fest takes place April 28-May 7

    New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival announces amazing 2017 lineup

    The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has announced their 2017 lineup, and it’s a doozy. Some of the bigger names on the bill include Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Maroon 5, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Kings of Leon, Usher and The Roots, Harry Connick Jr., Meghan Trainor...
  • NOLA Jazz Fest recap

    NOLA Jazz Fest recap

    Now that the mud has dried and the tents and bleachers are down we can reflect on the finality of the 2016 Jazz and Heritage Festival. The first weekend jumped off with glorious weather and all star performances which filled all stage areas and tents to capacity. It had to be the most attended first...
  • Daniel DeSlover

    In Photos: Neil Young + Promise of the Real bring the jams to Jazz Fest 2016

    Despite heavy rains and waterlogged fairgrounds, a large crowd gathered at the Acura stage to see what Neil Young + Promise of the Real had up their sleeves. Although a light rain trickled down, punctuated by flashing lightning and thunderclaps, the Neil faithful weren’t going to let a little rain...
  • Erika Goldring/AXS

    Photos: Jon Batiste and Stay Human rejuvenate the Jazz Fest 2016 crowd

    Although most of the festivities on Saturday, May 1 at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival were canceled due to a torrential downpour and subsequent flooding, a few acts were able to squeeze in short but important sets. One said act, was Louisiana native, Jon Batiste and his band, Stay...
  • Erika Goldring/AXS

    Photos: Big Freedia twerked her way into our hearts at Jazz Fest 2016

    She may be a bit of a NOLA legend, for both her musical prowess and leadership of the bounce movement, and on Saturday at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Big Freedia won over everyone in attendance. On Saturday, Jazz Fest was marred by torrential rain and flooding causing several...
  • Erika Goldring

    In Photos: Raw Oyster Cult's set at Jazz Fest turned into a Radiators reunion

    While Jazz Fest may bring in big name acts and people from all over the country, it is really a time for the locals to shine. With so many rad musicians in the Crescent City it’s a safe bet that they invented the sit-in as well as the supergroup. NOLA’s latest and dare we say greatest supergroup...
  • Amy Harris

    In Photos: My Morning Jacket closes down Jazz Fest Day 5 with Prince tribute

    The experimental southern tinged rock of My Morning Jacket was a perfect way to close down Day 5 of Jazz Fest as the sun set over the Crescent City. The band opened with “Victory Dance” which went down the rabbit hole into a psychedelic melee that would have made their fellow Louisville native son...
  • Amy Harris

    Photos: The Revivalists bring energy and enthusiasm to Jazz Fest

    Although New Orleans is understandably associated primarily with jazz and funk music, the city is teeming with bands of all stripes and styles. The Revivalists have more of a soul-infused southern rock sound but they proudly rep their Crescent City roots and yesterday on day five of Jazz Fest 201...
  • Daniel DeSolver

    Photos: Paul Simon brings the hits to Jazz Fest

    With a unique musical voice and a huge collection of hits in his own catalog and alongside former partner Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon is one of the most beloved and respected artists in the classic rock cannon. And yesterday on day 5 of Jazz Fest in New Orleans, Simon delivered a veritable greatest...
  • Erika Goldring

    The best photos from Day 4 of Jazz Fest 2016

    The second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz Fest 2016 got started off with a bang on Thursday. Although “locals day” was overcast the rain for the most part stayed away and let the artists do their thing Big Easy style. Some of the highlights were Tedeschi Trucks Band bringing out Jimmie Vaughan...
  • Daniel DeSlover

    In Photos: Tedeschi Trucks Band bring the blues to Jazz Fest 2016

    Tedeschi Trucks Band helped to kick off weekend two of the New Orleans Jazz Fest and the darlings of the blues did not disappoint. The 12-piece came out firing with the title track from their previous album Made Up Mind before launching into a couple of tunes off of their latest record Let Me Get...
  • Erika Goldring

    Photos: Maxwell simmers at Jazz Fest

    Legendary R&B performer Maxwell took the stage at Jazz Fest this past weekend to unfettered cheers and applause. Hitting up the Congo Stage in New Orleans, the singer, who assisted in redefining pop culture beginning in the second half of the '90s, not only sizzled with his biggest hits, but he...
  • The Boss pays tribute to a Prince: Watch The E Street Band play 'Purple Rain'

    The Boss pays tribute to a Prince: Watch The E Street Band play 'Purple Rain'

    While there were certainly some epic Prince tributes this past weekend with both Coachella and Jazz Fest going on, especially from LCD Soundsystem and Sufjan Stevens with Gallant, The Boss got in on the action Saturday night with the first of two shows at Barclays Center in Brooklyn to close out the...
  • Erika Goldring

    Photos: Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter have a musical conversation at Jazz Fest

    Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter have been involved in some of the greatest moments in jazz history. Both musicians played with Miles Davis when the legend began his great fusion experiment. But both Hancock and Shorter were burgeoning legends themselves and as bandleaders they produced some of...
  • Erika Goldring

    Photos: Brothers Osborne groove hard at Jazz Fest

    Brothers Osborne are like a slice of American pie. Their music is flaky on the surface, but once you dig in, you are treated to a bite of zest and flavor. Their debut studio album Pawn Shop details the struggles of the working man, as he balances home life with the 9-to-5 workplace, heartache, love...
  • Amy Harris/AXS

    Photos: J. Cole's ever classy and approachable set at Jazz Fest 2016

    J.Cole's playful smile, perfectly unruly hair and indelible presence added a down-to-earth vibe to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. He packed in the crowd, all eager to engage and sing with the MC as he weaved through his hit album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive. His performance on the Congo...
  • Erika Goldring/AXS

    Photos: Mystikal is grown and sexy at Jazz Fest 2016

    Mystikal is no stranger to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, in fact, the Big Easy native has become a mainstay of the beloved NOLA institution. For his 2016 performance, the former No Limit rapper brought out a band and producer KLC for support. As he strut his stuff on the Congo Square...
  • Amy Harris

    Photos: Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats conquer Jazz Fest 2016 day two

    After surprising the NOLA music fanatics with a secret performance during the mysterious Midnight Preserves at Preservation Hall nestled in the heart of the French Quarter, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats hit New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. On Saturday, April 23 Denver's folk-pop...
  • Jazz Fest kicked off today, spirits were high and the music was flowing.

    Jazz Fest day one in social

    The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, more affectionately known as Jazz Fest, kicked off today in NOLA's Fair Grounds Race Course. Although the two weekend festival has a jazz focus, there are acts of all genres on the massive bill. The day one lineup boasted huge performances by Janelle...
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