New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Goes On

Published: 2006-02-01
In spite of the devastating effects of hurricane Katrina, the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is still a go.

The annual festival has been occurring since 1970 and celebrates the music and culture of New Orleans. It is one of the largest tourist attractions in the area, second only to Mardi Gras. About 500,000 people attend the event every year. Though billed as a jazz festival, the event attracts artists from many genres. Last year the festival boasted performances by BB King, Buddy Guy, James Taylor, the Roots, Elvis Costello, and the Dave Matthews Band.

This year's line up has yet to be firmed up but will definitely include New Orleans native Fats Domino. A rock 'n' roll pioneer, Domino lived in New Orleans up until Katrina struck.

The festival takes place during the last weekend of April and the first weekend of May.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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