The annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival held at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course has announced its lineup for the 2014 festival. The festival is held on two consecutive weekends, with the first weekend running from Apr. 25 through Apr. 27, and the second weekend, May 1 through May 4.
A wide spectrum of musical artists perform at Jazz Fest every year. However, music is not the only important aspect of the festival. Food and other cultural aspects make the festival an interesting and enjoyable experience year after year. General admission tickets for the event are $55 per day in advance, and $70 per day at the gate. VIP accommodations are available for a more expensive price.
Headliners for Friday, Apr. 25 include Santana and the Avett Brothers. New Orleans brass band Brass-A-Holics is also scheduled to perform that Friday. The local band has their own album and covers many famous songs.
On Saturday, Apr. 26, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters lead the event for Saturday. Another interesting performer for that day is New Orleans’ own Big Freedia, an electronic and “bounce” musician that frequently performs at events around the New Orleans Area.
Tickets for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival rarely sell out, so tickets will likely be available at the gate, however buying tickets online in order to save $15 is also a good decision. The extra cash will be great to spend on food or art at the festival. If you’re on a budget and can only go for two of the days at Jazz Fest, Sunday, Apr. 25, and Sunday, May 4 seem promising. Legendary artists Eric Clapton, Irma Thomas, and John Hiatt will perform the first Sunday along with newly famous Vampire Weekend. The second Sunday has great performers as well, including Trombone Shorty, John Fogerty, Aaron Neville, and Deacon John.