Ground crews poured sand around the festival lawns and walkways this morning.
The Fair Grounds were already muddy even before the rain started around noon.
Thursday is known as locals' day, and veteran festival goers had ponchos, umbrellas and rain boots ready to go.
WWNO’s Poppy Tooker, host of Louisiana Eats!, was at the Food and Heritage stage, cooking gumbo for one of the day’s demonstrations. The kitchen is at the far end of the Grandstands, the inside portion of the festival.
When the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival first began in 1969, it was radical. Here in the South, still reeling from the Civil Rights movement and race integration, the festivals’ founders — Quint Davis, George Wein, and Allison Miner — created a safe space for New Orleanians to come together, to hear each others’ music and to party — together. Eve Abrams brings us this profile of Allison Miner, a titan in New Orleans music, and the only person with a Jazz Fest stage named for her.
Martha Redbone and her Roots Project Band return to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival this year to perform songs from her internationally acclaimed new CD, The Garden of Love — Songs of William Blake.
The CD is a switch for Redbone, as the indie-soul diva returns to the music of her childhood, growing up in the hills of Kentucky.
Martha Redbone performs Sunday, April 28 at the Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do Do stage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival at 1:30 p.m.
This week the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation kicks off its sixth annual free conference. The Sync Up event brings entertainment industry experts to New Orleans as a way to help local artists get a grip on business trends. This Friday and Saturday morning - April 26 and 27 - and next Friday and Saturday morning - May 3 and 4 - Sync Up has free panel discussions at the New Orleans Museum of Art, from 9am to 12:30 pm. Registration is recommended, at www.syncupconference.com.
The Vieux Carré will become ground zero this week as the French Quarter Festival — the largest free music festival in the southeast — kicks off its 30th anniversary celebration with four days of music.
We sat down with Marci Schramm, the festival’s executive director, to learn more about what’s on tap for this year’s festivities.