New Orleans Jazz Fest 50th Anniversary Music Lineup Announced

The 50th Anniversary Festival scheduled for April 25 - 28 and May 2 – 5, 2019

New Orleans Jazz Fest 50th Anniversary Music Lineup Announced

The 50th Anniversary Festival scheduled for April 25 - 28 and May 2 – 5, 2019

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell today announced the music lineup for the historic 50th Anniversary Festival scheduled for April 25 – 28 and May 2 – 5, 2019.

The landmark 2019 event will feature a Who’s Who of Louisiana and Jazz Fest legends, along with first-time performers destined to create unforgettable Festival moments at this once-in-a-lifetime celebration:

The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, Katy Perry, Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band, Chris Stapleton, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Pitbull, Santana, Van Morrison, Al Green, Logic, Earth, Wind & Fire, Ellis Marsalis Family Tribute, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Nevilles, J Balvin, Gladys Knight, The Revivalists, Leon Bridges, John Fogerty, Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, Tank and The Bangas, Tom Jones, Bonnie Raitt, Alanis Morissette, Ciara, Irma Thomas, Gary Clark Jr., The O’Jays, Ziggy Marley, The Head and The Heart, The Doobie Brothers, Jimmy Cliff, Aaron Neville, Boz Scaggs, Galactic, Jerry Lee Lewis, Indigo Girls, Rebirth Brass Band, Mavis Staples, Los Lobos, Big Freedia, Kamasi Washington, Rita Coolidge, Buddy Guy, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Better Than Ezra, Taj Mahal and the Phantom Blues Band, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Ani DiFranco, The Radiators, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Jonathan Butler and Gerald Albright, Shirley Caesar,Little Feat, Gregory Porter, Anders Osborne, North Mississippi Allstars, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, The Mavericks, The Robert Cray Band, The Subdudes, Lauren Daigle, Samantha Fish, Jupiter & Okwess of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Sweet Crude, Naturally 7, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Rance Allen Group, Boyfriend, Davell Crawford, Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort, Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective, The Bahamas Revue Band, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Maria Muldaur’s Tribute to Blue Lu Barker, Walter Wolfman Washington & the Roadmasters, Ricky Dillard & New G, John Hammond, Amanda Shaw, Marcia Ball, Sonny Landreth, Pine Leaf Boys, Nicholas Payton, Deacon John, Cyril Neville’s Swamp Funk, Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, GIVERS, Septeto Santiaguero of Cuba, Original Pinettes Brass Band, Bonerama, Foundation of Funk, 3L Ifèdé of Benin, George Porter & Runnin’ Pardners, Bobby Jones & the Super Nashville Choir, Banu Gibson, The War and Treaty, Mdou Moctar of Niger, Big Chief Donald Harrison Jr., Steve Earle & The Dukes, The Soul Rebels, Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles,Dobet Gnahoré of Ivory Coast, The Earls of Leicester, A Tribe Called Red, New Breed Brass Band, Kathy Taylor and Favor, Crocodile Gumboots Dancers of South Africa, James Andrews & the Crescent City All-Stars, The Django Festival Allstars, Lean on Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers, Honey Island Swamp Band, Hot 8 Brass Band, Diassing Kunda of Senegal, Matthew Whitaker Trio, Jarekus Singleton, Ilê Aiyê of Brazil, Little Freddie King, Amy Helm, John Mooney & Bluesiana, Eric Lindell, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Boukman Eksperyans of Haiti, Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Charmaine Neville Band, Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns, C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Darcy Malone & the Tangle, Terrance Simien & Zydeco Experience, New Orleans Klezmer All Stars, Curley Taylor and hundreds more!!!

Click Here for the Complete Music Lineup.

Jazz Fest will also honor many of the historic artists who helped shape the musical landscape of the City and the world with special tribute performances dedicated to Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Jellyroll Morton; Professor Longhair, Mahalia Jackson, Clifton Chenier, James Booker, Allen Toussaint, Pete Fountain, Al Hirt, Louis Prima, Danny & Blue Lu Barker and many more, including a unique tribute to The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

The Cultural Exchange Pavilion will celebrate many of the Festival favorites that have been highlighted in the Pavilion since its inception in 1996 including Chouval Bwa Traditionnel of Martinique, Crocodile Gumboot Dancers of South Africa, Ilê Aiyê of Brazil, Boukman Eksperyans of Haiti, and Septeto Santiaguero of Cuba; along with groups from throughout Africa and the Caribbean connecting to New Orleans’ unique cultural fabric.

Since 1970, Jazz Fest has annually celebrated the unique culture and heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana, alongside unforgettable special guest performances by the musical icons of our era and performances by nationally and internationally renowned artists. Jazz Fest features one of the world’s most diverse music festival lineups with over 600 bands on thirteen stages performing virtually every style of music.

Click HERE for the official 2019 Jazz Fest announcement video

Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, January 18 at 10am. Advanced tickets for Jazz Fest are $70 through February 1, when the price will become $75. Tickets purchased at the gate will be $85. Regularly priced, single-day tickets to Jazz Fest are on sale by specific weekend, with each ticket valid for a single day’s attendance. (For May 2, different pricing applies.)

Day-specific Thursday, May 2 tickets are required for entry that day. General admission tickets for May 2 are $185. May 2 will be a limited-capacity Jazz Fest day, and tickets are expected to sell out quickly. VIP Packages for the full second weekend (including May 2) will be available while supplies last.

A limited number of May 2 general admission tickets will be available for purchase by Louisiana Residents on Thursday, January 17 on the Plaza level of the Superdome from 10am – 6pm. Tickets will be $185 (plus applicable fees). Show a valid Louisiana ID at the box office and purchase up to two tickets to May 2. First come, first served. Buyers can start lining up at 12:01am on Thursday, January 17. Free parking will be offered in Garage 5. Tickets go on sale to the general public the following day (January 18) and are expected to sell out quickly. See for more information.

Children’s tickets (ages 2 – 10) are still only $5 and are available at the gate only. Children’s tickets are available for all days except May 2. “Locals Thursday,” April 25, will cost only $50 at the gate for Louisiana residents who present valid identification, up to two admissions per resident. Additional details are available at the Festival website.

Tickets are available at and, or by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Smoothie King Center Box Office. All general admission Jazz Fest tickets are subject to additional service fees and handling charges.

All of the Festival’s popular VIP packages are on sale January 18 while very limited supplies last. VIP packages are weekend-specific and will be valid for all four days of the weekend purchased. Jazz Fest offers three distinct VIP opportunities to experience the event in a very special way: the Festival’s popular Big Chief VIP Experience ticket package provides special viewing access at most of the Festival’s stages; the Grand Marshal VIP Pass allows for up-close access at the three major stages; and the Krewe of Jazz Fest VIP Passentitles patrons to special covered seating at the Acura Stage audience area. The Festival offers a special layaway arrangement for each of the VIP packages.

Jazz Fest is partnering once again with CID Entertainment to provide Travel Packages for guests looking to bundle Festival tickets or VIP passes with local hotel accommodations and roundtrip shuttle service between the Festival and their hotel. For package details please visit the Jazz Fest web site.

Many area hotels offer special discount Jazz Fest rates for Festival patrons. A complete listing is posted at where guests can effortlessly reserve their rooms directly, taking advantage of some of the lowest rates offered at these participating hotels, including the Official Host Hotel, the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

Shell is the Presenting Sponsor of the Festival. Major Jazz Fest Sponsors are Acura, Miller Lite, and the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots (A Churchill Downs Company). IBERIABANK, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, Coca-Cola and WWOZ are all also Official Jazz Fest Sponsors.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc., is the nonprofit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The Foundation uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest, and other raised funds, for year-round activities in education, economic development and cultural enrichment. Education programs include the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music, the HSM Beginners program, the Tom Dent Congo Square Lecture Series, the Class Got Brass competition for school brass bands, workshops in music production, vocal classes at recreation centers around the city and more. Economic Development initiatives include Community Partnership Grants, the Catapult Fund accelerator program and the Sync Up entertainment industry workshops. Cultural enrichment programs include a free jazz concert series and four free community festivals: the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, the Congo Square Rhythms Festival, the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival and the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival. The Foundation also owns radio station WWOZ 90.7-FM and the Jazz & Heritage Archive. In 2015, the Foundation opened a new building, the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center – an education and community facility named for Jazz Fest founder George Wein and his late wife Joyce. For more about the Foundation, please visit

The Jazz & Heritage Foundation Gala kicks off the Jazz Fest season with an elegant soirée of fine dining, dancing and fun. The Gala, which supports the Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s signature education program, the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music, will take place Wednesday, April 24, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans Hotel. This year’s Gala will celebrate 50 years of Jazz Fest with exclusive performances by some of New Orleans favorite artists and a special tribute to Louis Prima. Purchasing a Gala ticket also gets you a Gala Pass to Jazz Fest, which is a ticket to seven days of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell (April 25-28 and May 3-5), with unlimited re-entry. The Gala always sells out, so please visit or call 504-558-6107 to inquire about tickets and sponsorship opportunities. Plus, don’t miss the Johnny Jackson Jr. Gospel Is Alive Celebration, a free event that is part of the Jazz Fest Educational Workshops series as well as an outreach to the senior citizen community. The 2019 Gospel Is Alive Celebration takes place Monday, April 29, at the Franklin Ave. Baptist Church and features a performance by gospel star Rance Allen.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell is a co-production of Festival Productions Louisiana, LLC. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Festival Productions, Inc.-New Orleans) and AEG Louisiana Production, LLC. (a subsidiary of AEG Presents).

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