The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival officially announced its talent line-up for the 2019 Jazz Fest at a press conference today (Tuesday, Jan. 15).
Producers of the 50th anniversary Jazz Fest have decided to mark the milestone event with something special: the addition of another day of the signature festival celebrating New Orleans music and culture. Thursday, April 25 will now be the opening day of the 2019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. With an additional day the multi-day, multi-stage music festival, the 2019 Jazz Fest is now eight days long and set for April 25-28 and May 2-5.
The Festival has dubbed the new day will be “Locals Thursday,” which allows anyone with a valid Louisiana ID to purchase up to two discount tickets at the gate on that day. “Locals Thursday” discount tickets will be $50.
Highlights of the 2019 talent line-up include The Rolling Stones. The Rolling Stones are confirmed to perform at Jazz Fest on Thursday, May 2. These will be day-specific ticket with limited capacity. A special presale opportunity will be available to Louisiana residents on Jan. 17.
Tickets & VIP packages will go on sale Jan. 18, with discount early-bird general admission pricing through Feb. 1
Others music greats set to perform include Chaka Khan, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Al Green, Earth Wind & Fire, Gladys Knight, Ciara, the Dave Matthews Band, Katy Perry, Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band, Bonnie Raitt, Alanis Morissette, The O’Jays, The Doobie Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Mavis Staples, Buddy Guy and more.
The internationally renowned music festival will also featuring several New Orleans-based vocalists, musicians and bands including Kermit Ruffin, Rebirth Brass Band, Irma Thomas, Trombone Shorty, Tank and the Bangas, Big Freedia, and the Ellis Marsalis Tribute Band.
Jazz Fest will also honor many of the historic artists who helped shape the musical landscape of the City and the world with special tribute performances dedicated to Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Jellyroll Morton; Professor Longhair, Mahalia Jackson, Clifton Chenier, James Booker, Allen Toussaint, Pete Fountain, Al Hirt, Louis Prima, Danny & Blue Lu Barker and many more, including a unique tribute to The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The Foundation uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest, and other raised funds, for year-round activities in the areas of education, economic development and cultural enrichment.
For the full, day-by-day talent line up , visit www.nojazzfest.com.