475,000 fans celebrate the return of Jazz Fest


After the cancellation of two festival seasons due to Covid-19, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell made a triumphant return, as 475,000 festival-goers attended the event over seven days and two weekends, Festival organizers announced today.

“Jazz Fest fans bring the Festival to life,” said Quint Davis, event producer/director. “Thank you to everyone who was in that number. It was Jazz Fest at its best.

The Festival once again celebrated Louisiana’s rich culture and the best of American roots and world music on 13 stages at the Fair Grounds Race Course. Equally breathtaking is the remarkable presentation of the New Orleans and Louisiana Amazing Culinary Culture Festival, a major food festival in itself, in addition to three museum-quality arts and crafts exhibits.

With over 500 bands from New Orleans, spanning the gamut of street culture, gospel, blues, jazz, R&B and more, Jazz Fest’s showcase of this incredible musical community continues to set the festival. Highlights included: Tributes to the artists at the heart of New Orleans culture and the Festival’s legacy — Festival founder George Wein; Dr. John, Art and Charles Neville; Ellis Marsalis, Dave Bartholomew and others. The tradition of hosting the highest tier of special guests included The Who’s second appearance at Jazz Fest; the Red Hot Chili Peppers close the first weekend; Ziggy Marley performing Bob Marley songs; Luke Combs to headline the locals on Thursday; a return to the stage after three years by Stevie Nicks, joining Lauren Daigle, Erykah Badu and Mavis Staples, all on the second Saturday. The wide variety of international music is also part of the Festival’s musical family, which this year featured Cimafunk from Cuba, Bombino from Niger, Lakou Mizik from Haiti, Son Rompe Pera from Mexico and DakhaBrakha from Ukraine.

Next year’s event is scheduled for April 28 – May 7, 2023. For the most up-to-date Jazz Fest information, visit www.nojazzfest.com and follow the Festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. is the nonprofit owner of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The Foundation’s proceeds from Jazz Fest are used year-round for activities in the areas of education, economic development and cultural enrichment. Visit http://www.jazzandheritage.org/ for more information about the Foundation.

Shell is the presenting sponsor of the festival. Jazz Fest’s main sponsors are the Louisiana Office of Tourism, Miller Lite and the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots (A Churchill Downs Company). First Horizon Bank, Peoples Health, Coca-Cola, Monster Energy, AARP, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Audible, Ochsner Health, New Orleans Tourism and Cultural Fund (NOTCF), Sheraton New Orleans Hotel and WWOZ are also official sponsors of Jazz Fest.

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. (subsidiary of AEG Presents).


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