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|40th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival|
April 24 - April 26 and April 30 - May 3, 2009
- 2009 Jazz Fest Tickets
Advance 2009 Jazz Fest tickets can be purchased from Ticketmaster.com. Advance one day Jazz Fest tickets are $40 (they will be $50 at the gate). There are also premium VIP packages available. You can also buy advance tickets for the "Jazz Fest Express" shuttle service (recommended!) which runs from downtown New Orleans to the Fair Grounds (and back).
- Jazz Fest After Dark
The music doesn't stop when Jazz Fest is over each day - grab a Red Bull and hit the local clubs for more great live music & special events.
- Free In-Store Performances
Stop by the Louisiana Music Factory for free in-store performances during Jazz Fest. See the line-up here.
- Jazz Fest Webcasts
You can tune into Jazz Fest online at New Orleans community radio station WWOZ for selected acts on all seven days of the festival. AT&T Music will be featuring live and taped webcasts on May 2nd and 3rd.
- Jazz Fest Cubes
The 2009 daily schedule with artists, stages and times is now available! Also see the map of Fair Grounds and stages.
- Music Shopping:
Pick up new/recommended music from 2009 Jazz Fest performers - Relive past Jazz & Heritage Festivals with these Jazz Fest recordings, DVDs and books - Check out the latest releases from New Orleans & Louisiana music artists - Visit JazzFestLive.com for more performance CDs & downloads.
- Dr. John plugs Gulf Restoration:
Watch Dr. John speak about the Gulf Restoration Network's "Shell: Hear The Music" campaign. The group will be flying a banner over Jazz Fest drawing attention to coastal wetlands loss due to oil and gas activities.
- Leroy Jones & the Fairview Brass Band
Trumpeter Leroy Jones will bring together alumni of the historic Fairview Brass Band for a tribute to Danny Barker at Jazz Fest on Friday, April 24; the stellar line-up includes Leroy Jones, Gregg Stafford, Gregory Davis, Kevin Harris, Darryl Adams, Joe Torregano, Lucien Barbarin, Harry Sterling, Michael Johnson, "Big Al" Carson, Anthony Bennett and Jerry Anderson; read more.
- Superfly at JazzFest VIP Charity Packages
Bid now to win exclusive VIP Fan Experience packages only on StubHub!. Bands participating in the StubHub! Charity Packages are Garage a Trois, Galactic, Michael Franti Trio, the Funky Meters and Robert Randolph & the Family Band. Each of the VIP packages comes with a variety of unique incentives & gifts that will complete the VIP experience. Complete package details are available at StubHub.com. Proceeds from the VIP package sales will benefit the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic and Common Ground Relief.
- R.I.P. Eddie Bo
New Orleans has lost another legend with the passing of Eddie Bo on March 18, 2009. The late, great piano man was scheduled to play at Jazz Fest on April 26th and 30th, and also at the annual WWOZ Piano Night. For more info, see WWOZ; Times-Picayune, AMG bio. A memorial service for Eddie is planned for April 1st at the Mid-City Lanes Rock 'n' Bowl.
- Free MP3s
For a limited time, you can download free MP3s at Amazon.com from the following Jazz Fest artists: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings; Eric Lindell; Marcia Ball; Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials; Theresa Andersson; Mavis Staples; and Booker T.
- 2009 Jazz Fest Posters Available
The official 2009 Jazz & Heritage Festival poster features NOLA music legend Allan Toussaint. The 2009 Congo Square poster features legend in the making Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews. Both are available for purchase now at art4now.com.
- In the Spirit
View the works of late music and cultural photographer Michael P. Smith while you're in the Big Easy for Jazz Fest. "In the Spirit: The Photography of Michael P. Smith" marks the inaugural public presentation of the Michael P. Smith Archive from the Historic New Orleans Collection. The exhibition includes displays at The Collection and the Contemporary Arts Center. Get the details here.
- Blue Note Records - "New Orleans Volunteer Day"
Join a group of Blue Note staff who will be volunteering at Habitat for Humanity's Musicians' Village on Thursday April 23rd. Click here to learn more!
- Louisiana Rock 'n' Roll Exhibit
The Ponderosa Stomp will be presenting "Unsung Heroes: The Secret History of Louisiana Rock & Roll" beginning April 26th at The Louisiana State Museum at the historic Cabildo in New Orleans Jackson Square. The exhibit continues and expands the Ponderosa Stomp Foundation's mission to shine a light on the
unsung heroes of American music. Read more here.
- Schedule Update
Rock legend Neil Young has been added to the Jazz Fest line-up, replacing previously announced Aretha Franklin; Young and band perform on Sunday, May 3rd. Children's music group Imagination Movers have been added on Saturday, April 25th. See the day by day line-up of performers.
- R.I.P. Snooks Eaglin
NOLA R&B legend Snooks Eaglin passed away on February 18th, at age 72, after suffering a heart attack; the guitar great was scheduled to perform at the '09 Jazz Fest on Sunday, May 3rd; see Times-Picayune; Louisiana Weekly; AMG bio. Also see our ongoing tribute to late Louisiana music artists.
- Schedule Update:
New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi have been added to the '09 Jazz Fest line-up; the group will perform on Saturday, May 2nd. Julian Marley has been added to the line-up for Friday, May 1st. Toots & the Maytals have been dropped from the line-up. See the day by day line-up of performers.
- 2009 Artist Line-Up
Headliners for the 2009 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival include the Dave Matthews Band, Wynton Marsalis, James Taylor, Joe Cocker, Kings of Leon, Sugarland, Ben Harper, Tony Bennett, Earth, Wind & Fire, the Neville Brothers, Wilco, Bonnie Raitt, Allen Toussaint, The O'Jays, The Meter Men (Zigaboo Modeliste, George Porter, Jr. and Leo Nocentelli), Erykah Badu, and Dr. John. Here is a full list of scheduled performers for Jazz Fest '09.
- Ray Brown, Jr. all-star charity tribute "Friends & Family" show to be NOLA Jazz Fest highlight; scheduled guests include Dr. John, Jane Monheit, Freda Payne, Melba Moore, Maria Muldaur, Sophie B. Hawkins, James Moody; read more.
- Check the Concert Line page for upcoming shows, advance tickets and a guide to local music venues.
- See the Calendar of Upcoming Events page for more festivals and music happenings.
- The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation's 11th Annual Gala Fundraiser is scheduled for April 23rd. This year's event will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, spotlighting the famed New Orleans music venue The Dew Drop Inn; "The Dew Drop Inn Revisited All-Stars" will feature Allen Toussaint, Eddie Bo, Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, Robert Parker, and Wanda Rouzan along with The N'Awlins All-Stars; Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and the TBC Brass Band are also scheduled to perform. For Gala info and tickets, call (504) 410-4148.
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