(New Orleans, LA) – In April of 1970, Mahalia Jackson, often called the greatest gospel singer, returned to her hometown to appear at the first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. While attending the Louisiana Heritage Fair in Congo Square (then known as Beauregard Square), she and Duke Ellington, who also appeared at the event, came upon the Eureka Brass Band leading a crowd of second-line revelers through the Festival grounds. The producer of the Festival handed Ms. Jackson a microphone, she sang along with the band and joined the parade… and the spirit of Jazz Fest was born.
From the beginning, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival was envisioned as an important event that would have great cultural significance and popular appeal. Now, celebrating their 50th anniversary, Jazz Fest producers have marked this milestone by adding 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. Both of the event’s weekends will run Thursday-Sunday, April 25-28 and May 2-5. The lineup for the 50th anniversary Festival is impressive to say the least.
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 again be only $50.
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.