The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival dropped its 2019 line-up on Tuesday, 15 January, including some of music’s biggest names across genres and eras. The Rolling Stones top the event’s 50th anniversary billing, as part of their No Filter U.S. stadium run that starts in April, as well as Katy Perry, Dave Matthews Band, ‘Margaritaville’ rocker Jimmy Buffett, country star Chris Stapleton and Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band.
The two-weekend event runs April 25-28 and May 2-5 at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. The festival is the only tour date currently listed for Perry, who shares the line-up with a number of iconic female musicians including Gladys Knight, Alanis Morissette, Bonnie Raitt and Chaka Khan.
The diverse line-up also includes rapper Logic, reggaeton breakout J Balvin, News Orleans native Trombone Shorty and indie darlings Tank and the Bangas. There’s also a deep bench of classic rockers and music legends including Santana, Van Morrison, Al Green, John Fogerty, Tom Jones, Aaron Neville and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Jazz Fest was first produced by Newport Folk Festival co-founder George Wein in 1970. Wein’s concept of the Louisiana Heritage Fair—a large daytime fair with multiple stages featuring a wide variety of indigenous music styles, food booths of Louisiana cuisine, and arts and crafts booths, along with an evening concert series—formed a construct that would prove vastly appealing and enduring.
In addition to Mahalia Jackson and Duke Ellington, the first Festival lineup included Pete Fountain, Al Hirt, Clifton Chenier, Fats Domino, The Meters, The Preservation Hall Band, parades every day with The Olympia Brass Band and Mardi Gras Indians, and many others.
For the first time, this year the event is expanding to four days each weekend. Tickets go on sale Friday with single-day passes starting at $70 and a discount for local residents. For more information, please visit the festival’s official website.
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