The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has announced the 2014 festival lineup, and it’s a big one. Fans from around the world will descend on New Orleans to see big-name acts like Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Santana, Arcade Fire, Phish, and Christina Aguilera perform alongside an enormous slate of Louisiana’s finest musicians and artists, as well as lesser-known folk, rock, and roots acts from around the world.
From the very beginning, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival was envisioned as an important event that would have great cultural significance and popular appeal. The Festival was the culmination of years of discussions and efforts by city leaders who wanted to create an event worthy of the city’s legacy as the birthplace of jazz.
A couple of other festivals were held in the years leading up to the first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, but those events, different in format, did not take hold as the Jazz & Heritage Festival would. According to the official Jazz Fest website, “The Festival celebrates the indigenous music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana, so the music encompasses every style associated with the city and the state: blues, R&B, gospel music, Cajun music, zydeco, Afro-Caribbean, folk music, Latin, rock, rap music, country music, bluegrass and everything in between.
And of course there is lots of jazz, both contemporary and traditional.” The Festival also features a wide variety of vendors selling local foods and crafts. The official food policy of the Festival is “no carnival food” and there are more than seventy food booths, all with unique food items including: Mango Freeze, crawfish beignets, cochon de lait sandwiches, alligator sausage po’ boy (sandwich), boiled crawfish, softshell crab po’boy, Cajun jambalaya, jalapeno bread, fried green tomatoes, Oyster patties, muffulettas, red beans and rice, and crawfish Monica. Vegan and vegetarian options are also available. All food vendors go through a strict screening process to ensure quality and sanitary food handling practices.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival set for April 25 – May 4, 2014.