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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2014

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2014

The world famous New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2014 is scheduled for Friday 25 April to Sunday 4th May at the Fair Grounds Race Course which is located in the heart of the historic city. This 10-day music mash-up promises to see more people than ever before and strives to beat it’s audience of over 425,000 people it seen in 2013, hopefully this year round it will be without the thunderstorms and mad weather the festival experienced last year.

Officially the festival is held between the hours of 11am and 7pm, after which the numerous bars and nightclubs in New Orleans handles the crowds and continues the party atmosphere between closed doors. According to the festival’s website, you’ll be able to experience an eclectic mix of music genres, some of which include: blues, R&B, gospel music, Cajun music, zydeco, Afro-Caribbean, folk music, Latin, rock, rap music, country music, bluegrass.

Whilst the festival is most known for it’s music, you will also find many cooks and craftspeople that come to showcase and sell a little of their work. In many areas of the festival you will be able to get stuck in and get lessons in various skills and crafts, some paid for, many for free.

During previous years the festival has hosted some great performers, some of which include Dave Matthews Band, Fleetwood Mac, The Black Keys, Norah Jones, and Rod Stewart.

food-stall-at-new-orleans-jazz-festivalIf you’re not that into your music but would still like to check it out there are many other things you can do to keep entertained. For the foodies out there you’ll not be disappointed with what’s on offer at the festival. Eating at any number of the 70+ different food stalls will keep anyone happy no matter what your tastes are, the official food policy is “no carnival food” so you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for. There are eight different food areas: Food Area I, Food Area II, Congo Square, Heritage Square, Around the Grounds, the Folk Area, the Grandstand, and a Kids’ Food section which are spotted all around the festival grounds. You could always check out the Top Picks for Food at the New Orleans Jazz Festival if you wanted to get some idea on what is on offer.

Each year on average New Orleans Jazz Festival earns the local economy some $300 million.

Whilst the lineup has not yet been announced you can be confident it will host some good acts. Tickets are expected to be in the $50-$60 price range if you pay in advance or $65-$70 if you pay at the door.

For more information please visit the official Wikipedia page at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Orleans_Jazz_Festival or visit the festivals offical website at http://www.nojazzfest.com/

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