Zac Brown Band replaces Willie Nelson at Jazz Fest

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The Zac Brown Band will replace country legend Willie Nelson on the closing day of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Nelson canceled his Sunday performance and postponed other shows after a positive case of coronavirus in his band. The 89-year-old musician was due to close the Gentilly stage – the same stage where his son, Lukas Nelson, performed earlier today with his band The Promise of the Real.

The Zac Brown Band is an Atlanta country band best known for hits like “Chicken Fried”, “Highway 20 Ride”, “Knee Deep” and “Goodbye in Her Eyes”.

Melissa Etheridge also canceled her scheduled performance after members of her crew tested positive for COVID-19. Mavis Staples has been tapped to replace Etheridge in the Blues Tent on Saturday.

“Oh my heart hurts for not being here. Mavis will be amazing, I know that. I hope you can ask me again. Dave and his team recover. Thanks for all the good wishes. COVID Heartbreak,” Etheridge tweeted after news broke that Staples would appear on Saturday.

The seven-day festival draws tens of thousands of people to the city’s Fair Grounds racecourse, where up to 80 musical acts perform daily on more than a dozen stages, complemented by art and music exhibitions. crafts and an array of stalls offering food from Louisiana and beyond. . While attracting national and international talent such as Nelson and Etheridge, the festival is also known for showcasing the wide range of musical talent and genres found in Louisiana such as zydeco, gospel, blues and of course jazz. .

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