The lineup for the 49th New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has just been announced. The historic festival, which has run since 1970, aims to feature a wide variety, mainly focused on classic American genres like jazz, soul, rock, blues and rap.
Headliners for the festival include classic rockers Aerosmith, the Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin, easy rocker Jimmy Buffett and the fashion idol of all metrosexual fathers, Sting. The festival will also feature more recent artists like Khalid, still coasting on the success of his stunning premier album American Teen, indie rock classic Cage the Elephant, or the new face of Americana, Grammy winners Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (and also snagged Album of the Year in 2017 amongst Festival Pulse’s staff writers). As a showcase of New Orleans’ culture and arts, Louisiana artists such as funk group Big Sam’s Funky Nation, blues guitarist Sonny Landreth and New Orleans local gospel group Rev. Jermaine Landrum and the Abundant Praise Revival Choir.
Additionally, the festival will feature a collective memorial to the late Fats Domino, a local legend in New Orleans and an undeniable pioneer in fashioning the genre of rock and roll, as well as a musical inspiration to countless artists both new and old. Fats Domino stayed loyal to New Orleans for his whole life, and the tribute is likely to be an emotional tribute on behalf of his lifelong hometown. The memorial is to be spearheaded by early rock heartthrob Jerry Lee Lewis, as well as other classic artists.
If this video of New Orleanians shuffling to Fats Domino doesn’t get you rearing for the festival we don’t know what will.
The festival will take place over the course of two weekends, April 27 to 29, as well as May 3 to 6th. Single day tickets are reasonably priced at $65, and various VIP tickets are also available. Tickets include access to local arts and crafts vendors as well as stands representing the vibrant New Orleans culinary and brewery scene. For more information visit http://www.nojazzfest.com/, and also check out our 2018 calendar for other major American music festivals.