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  • Jazz Fest fans to enjoy a tasty ‘Peace’ of Anders Osborne

    Jazz Fest fans to enjoy a tasty ‘Peace’ of Anders Osborne

    Contrary to popular cinema, literature and song, not everything about New Orleans is “big” or “easy.” But with the 45th annual installment of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival running from April 24-May 4, it will be easy for visitors to the Crescent City to find some big sounds. Related...
  • Mahalia Jackson and the history behind the NOJF

    Mahalia Jackson and the history behind the NOJF

    While the event has affectionately been known as Jazz Fest for decades, its official name is actually the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. You can certainly enjoy great jazz music at the event, but that’s not the only genre you can expect. Today, Jazz Fest includes just about every type of...
  • Alabama Shakes will thrill New Orleans Jazz Fest with their soulful style

    Alabama Shakes will thrill New Orleans Jazz Fest with their soulful style

    New Orleans Jazz Fest is a place to discover unique artists with diverse influences and experiences. Alabama Shakes are a relatively new band, but their genre-bending aesthetic and powerful vocals have garnered them both critical and commercial acclaim. If you are unfamiliar with Alabama Shakes...
  • See crooner Trey Songz do what he does best at Jazz Fest

    See crooner Trey Songz do what he does best at Jazz Fest

    Over the week of April 24-May 4, music lovers will be treated to a barrage of musical talent ranging from huge names to underground sensations. R&B phenom Trey Songz will be gracing the stage at the New Orleans Jazz Fest on Saturday, May 3. Related: Read more on the all-AXS Jazz Fest Guide Trey...
  • Eight fancy sips at New Orleans' craft cocktail bars

    Eight fancy sips at New Orleans' craft cocktail bars

    If you are headed to the New Orleans Jazz Festival, take time to savor the fancy sips at New Orleans’ craft cocktail bars. Yes, you're going to have the opportunity for great drinks at the fest, but there are so many more to be had around the city. Related: Read more on the all-AXS Jazz Fest Guide...
  • Al Jarreau brings his worldwide allure to the 2014 New Orleans Jazz Fest

    Al Jarreau brings his worldwide allure to the 2014 New Orleans Jazz Fest

    Al Jarreau is bringing his svelte sounds to the 2014 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on Saturday, May 3. He'll be sure to bring with him his show-stopping, signature sound that has endeared him to fans of all ages. Get ready to dance, get funky and have an all out great time with this...
  • Stay up late and eat great at these four New Orleans spots

    Stay up late and eat great at these four New Orleans spots

    If you plan to stay at Jazz Fest through the last performers of the evening – and maybe even enjoy some of the great after-hours entertainment options that New Orleans is so well known for – chances are you’ll find yourself looking for a place to eat long after the time most restaurants have shut...
  • Catch slide guitarist Luke Winslow-King at the New Orleans Jazz Fest

    Catch slide guitarist Luke Winslow-King at the New Orleans Jazz Fest

    More than a decade ago, Michigan native, songwriter and slide guitarist Luke Winslow-King fell in love with New Orleans—the place responsible for his fusion of Gospel revival, old-school Delta blues and modern day songwriting. So it's only fitting he'll be playing at this year's New Orleans Jazz...
  • New Orleans' best spots for late-night munchies

    New Orleans' best spots for late-night munchies

    The savage arises at night when we just have to have something wonderful to eat, but most of us poor miscreants are relegated to zips through fast food drive throughs. This is not the case if you're in New Orleans for the Jazz and Heritage Festival, however, which will ruin you forever when the late...
  • A guide to NOLA's best guided tours

    A guide to NOLA's best guided tours

    Think tours are for members of AARP? Not in New Orleans. A city tour can help you get your bearings while visiting for the Jazz & Heritage Festival and supply a quick history of this great American treasure. More focused tours are just plain fun, creepy, delicious and fascinating whether you're...
  • Prepare to be dazzled by Anaïs St. John at Jazz Fest

    Prepare to be dazzled by Anaïs St. John at Jazz Fest

    The New Orleans Jazz Fest features many stellar bands and performers representative of different genres from all over the world—it's what makes this event so special. But for an enchanting performance by a classic jazz songbird, look no further than Anaïs St. John. Related: Read more on the all-AXS...
  • Robert Earl Keen brings masterful, toe-tapping storytelling to Jazz Fest

    Robert Earl Keen brings masterful, toe-tapping storytelling to Jazz Fest

    Robert Earl Keen’s show May 4 at the New Orleans Jazz Fest is sure to draw an energetic crowd and is a guaranteed good time. Related: Read more on the all-AXS Jazz Fest Guide A REK performance always seems to turn into an unpredictable house party, with all fans—from the young teens on their first...
  • Chaka Khan brings her angelic voice to the 2014 New Orleans Jazz Festival

    Chaka Khan brings her angelic voice to the 2014 New Orleans Jazz Festival

    When you think of the song "Tell Me Something Good," you immediately think of Chaka Khan, not the group Rufus. Chaka Khan was the lead singer of the group, but stood out much more than anyone could have ever guessed. She's won all types of awards the world over, she's one of the most influential...
  • A guide to NOLA's native drinks

    A guide to NOLA's native drinks

    When someone mentions hurricanes and New Orleans, it should not immediately conjure up the terrible storms that sometimes hit this Southern city. The term "hurricane" should stir up memories of one of the best known and delicious drinks that has originated in this city of jazz. With the New Orleans...
  • NOLA's conjuring of the three best crawfish etouffees

    NOLA's conjuring of the three best crawfish etouffees

    March through June is crawfish season in New Orleans, so if you're attending the New Orleans Jazz Festival, you're in luck. Related: Read more on the all-AXS Jazz Fest Guide In addition to sampling all of that great music, you can treat yourself to some exquisite crawfish etouffee – a New Orleans...
  • An ultimate kids' guide to three fun attractions in The Big Easy

    An ultimate kids' guide to three fun attractions in The Big Easy

    Adults flock to New Orleans to enjoy the nightlife, Bourbon Street, jazz music, the historical landmarks and fishing, but The Big Easy is not just a venue for adults; it holds wondrous attractions for children also. With the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival coming up April 25 through May...
  • Guitar Slim, Jr. to rock Blues Tent at New Orleans Jazz Fest

    Guitar Slim, Jr. to rock Blues Tent at New Orleans Jazz Fest

    Known for his funky blues sound, musical lineage (as the son of Blues icon Eddie “Guitar Slim” Jones) and influence on the legendary Stevie Ray Vaughn, New Orleans native Rodney Armstrong—better known as Guitar Slim, Jr.—will once again grace the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival this year...
  • Music Festival darling and Beyonce sibling Solange to perform at Jazz Fest

    Music Festival darling and Beyonce sibling Solange to perform at Jazz Fest

    Step aside Beyoncé! Solange is set to perform at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival armed with the indie cred she has amassed over recent years. Related: Read more on the all-AXS Jazz Fest Guide Twenty-seven-year-old Solange Knowles may be the younger and slightly less famous sister of pop...
  • Eric Clapton brings 50 years of music excellence to New Orleans Jazz Fest

    Eric Clapton brings 50 years of music excellence to New Orleans Jazz Fest

    The 2014 New Orleans Jazz Fest boasts an impossibly impressive array of headlining acts this year, and Eric Clapton is perhaps the most culturally significant of the bunch. Related: Read more on the all-AXS Jazz Fest Guide "Slowhand," as he has been known for most of his career, will take the stage...
  • The indomitable Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble performing at Jazz Fest

    The indomitable Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble performing at Jazz Fest

    Since 1979, the Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble have been performing jazz legends in a number of performances and festivals. This group plays to the authenticity of the jazz and most of the New Orleans jazz standards. The ensemble consists of nine members, all original since the inception of the...
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