Over 500 performers to appear at NOLA Jazz Fest

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The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell today announced the music lineup for the 2016 Festival scheduled for April 22 – 24 and April 28 – May 1. The Festival annually celebrates the unique culture and heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana, alongside unforgettable performances by nationally and internationally renowned guest artists. Jazz Fest takes place at the Fair Grounds Race Course and will once again feature 12 stages of music in such varied genres as R&B, gospel, blues, rock, pop, traditional and contemporary jazz, Cajun, zydeco and much more.

The artists scheduled to appear at the 2016 Jazz Fest include:

Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Snoop Dogg, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Beck, Van Morrison, Nick Jonas, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Julio Iglesias, J. Cole, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Flo Rida, My Morning Jacket, Gary Clark Jr., Bonnie Raitt, Maxwell, Irma Thomas, Janelle Monáe, Jonny Lang, Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter, Gov’t Mule, Dr. John & the Nite Trippers, Tedeschi Trucks Band & Friends, Arlo Guthrie, Mavis Staples, Boz Scaggs, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Michael McDonald, Buddy Guy, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Isley Brothers, Aaron Neville, Chris Botti, Grace Potter, Alpha Blondy, Elle King, Galactic, Brandi Carlile, Brothers Osborne, Rhiannon Giddens, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk with Art Neville, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Better Than Ezra, Los Lobos perform La Pistola Y El Corazon, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Punch Brothers, Taj Mahal, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Anders Osborne, The Lone Bellow, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers, Tribute to B.B. King, Tribute to Allen Toussaint, John Hammond, Elvin Bishop, Mystikal, Jazmine Sullivan, CeCe Winans, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Tab Benoit, Terence Blanchard, Davell Crawford, Gregory Porter, Snarky Puppy, Rebirth Brass Band, Big Freedia, Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Ellis Marsalis, Arturo Sandoval, Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings, Donald Harrison, Jr., The Dirty Dozen, The Black Lillies, Dédé Saint-Prix of Martinique, The Garifuna Collective of Belize, DeJohnette·Coltrane·Garrison, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, The Soul Rebels, The Revivalists, John Boutté, The Mississippi Mass Choir, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas, Ricky Dillard & New G, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, Glen David Andrews, Buckwheat Zydeco, Naturally 7, Cyril Neville & SwampFunk, George Porter, Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, Leo Nocentelli, Zigaboo Modeliste’s Funk Revue, Henry Butler & Jambalaya, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians, Imagination Movers, Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Christian Scott, Walter Trout, Joe Lovano US Five, Pine Leaf Boys, Rockin’ Dopsie & the Zydeco Twisters, Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars, Royal Teeth, Lost Bayou Ramblers with special guest Spider Stacy, Herlin Riley Quintet, Sweet Pain featuring Chico Ramos and Supa G of Belize, Hot 8 Brass Band, Creole String Beans with guest TK Hulin, Sweet Crude, Eric Lindell, Nicholas Payton & Afro Caribbean Mixtape, Geri Allen: The Erroll Garner Jazz Project, Corey Harris Band, Heads of State with Gary Bartz, Larry Willis, Al Foster, and George Mraz, Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Tribute to Jelly Roll Morton featuring Henry Butler, Butch Thompson, and Dr. Michael White, Big Chief Bo Dollis, Jr. & The Wild Magnolias, Creole Wild West, Semolian Warriors, Ninth Ward Hunters, Wild Tchoupitoulas, and Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Young Men Olympia Aid, Untouchables, The Furious Five, Uptown Swingers, Men of Class, and Lady Jetsetters Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs and hundreds more!!!

(The complete day-by-day schedule is available here: http://lineup.nojazzfest.com.)

This year Jazz Fest will shine a spotlight on the culture of Belize at the 2016 Cultural Exchange Pavilion, featuring performances by artists from the country, as well as a specially curated area with Belizean arts and crafts and additional cultural programming.

Click here for the official 2016 Jazz Fest talent announcement video.

Advanced early-bird single-day tickets for Jazz Fest are $60 through February 2. The advanced ticket price will be $65 beginning on February 3. The gate price ticket will be $75. Children’s tickets (ages 2 – 10) are still only $5 and are available at the gate only. Single-day tickets to Jazz Fest are on sale by specific weekend, with each ticket valid for a single day’s attendance. Tickets are available at www.nojazzfest.com and www.ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Smoothie King Center Box Office. All general admission Jazz Fest tickets are subject to additional service fees and handling charges.

All of the Festival’s hugely popular VIP packages are on sale while very limited supplies last. The Jazz Festival offers three distinct VIP opportunities to experience the event in style: the Festival’s popular Big Chief VIP Experience ticket package provides special viewing access at most of the Festival’s stages; the Grand Marshal VIP Pass allows for up-close access at the three major stages; and the Krewe of Jazz Fest VIP Pass which entitles patrons to special covered seating at the Acura Stage audience area (details attached). The Festival offers a special layaway arrangement for each of the VIP packages. For information on layaway, please visit www.nojazzfest.com.

Jazz Fest also offers full-service travel packages for fans wishing to take the guesswork out of attending the event. Visit www.nojazzfest.com to learn more about the official travel packages that include hotel accommodations, travel to and from the Festival grounds and Festival tickets, including the option for Festival VIP packages.

A listing of hotels offering special Jazz Fest rates is posted at www.nojazzfest.com, where patrons can effortlessly reserve their hotel rooms for the event. Festivalgoers can peruse room availability and book their accommodations early, taking advantage of some of the best prices offered at participating hotels including at the Official Host Hotel, the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

Shell is the Presenting Sponsor of the Festival. Major Jazz Fest Sponsors are Acura, Peoples Health, Miller Lite, and the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots (A Churchill Downs Company). IBERIABANK, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, Coca-Cola, Zatarain’s and WWOZ are all also Official Jazz Fest Sponsors. Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) is the Festival’s Hotel Rewards Program Partner.

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. Education programs include the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music, the Tom Dent Congo Square Lecture Series and the Class Got Brass competition. Economic Development initiatives include the Community Partnership Grants, the Sync Up entertainment industry conference and new programs such as the Catapult Fund and Brass Tacks. Cultural events include a free jazz concert series and four free community festivals: the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival, the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival and the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival. The Foundation also owns radio station WWOZ 90.7-FM and the Jazz & Heritage Archive. 2015, the Foundation opened a new building, the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center – an education and community facility named for Jazz Fest founder George Wein and his late wife Joyce.

The much-beloved Jazz & Heritage Foundation Gala will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2016. The Gala is an evening of music, food and fun that directly supports the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music, a free music instruction program that reaches more than 85 students each week. This year’s Gala will feature the legendary band, The O’Jays. The Gala always sells out, so please visit www.jazzandheritage.org or call 504-558-6107 to get tickets or inquire about sponsorship opportunities. Plus, don’t miss the Johnny Jackson Jr. Gospel Is Alive Celebration with Ce Ce Winans as part of the Jazz Fest Educational Workshops on Monday, April 25, 2016 at the Franklin Ave. Baptist Church.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell is a co-production of Festival Productions Louisiana, LLC. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Festival Productions, Inc.-New Orleans) and AEG Louisiana Production, LLC. (a subsidiary of AEG Live).

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