New Orleans, LA (January 12, 2015)—The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell today announced the music lineup for the 2015 Festival scheduled for April 24 – 26 and April 30 – May 3.
The irresistible parade of local, national and international artists scheduled to appear includes:
Elton John, The Who, Jimmy Buffett, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, No Doubt, Keith Urban, Pitbull, John Legend, Ed Sheeran, T.I., Chicago, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Hozier, Widespread Panic, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ryan Adams, Steve Winwood, Wilco, The Meters, Jimmy Cliff, Buddy Guy, Allen Toussaint, The O’Jays, Irma Thomas, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Dr. John, the Radiators, Anthony Hamilton, Kacey Musgraves, Robert Cray, Shovels & Rope, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Third World, Aaron Neville, Delbert McClinton, Angelique Kidjo, Taj Mahal, Estelle, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Tab Benoit, Cassandra Wilson, Shirley Caesar, Charles Lloyd, Juvenile & Mannie Fresh Together, Marcia Ball, Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Big Freedia, Jimmie Vaughan, Gurrumul, Paloma Faith, Galactic with guest Macy Gray, Rebirth Brass Band, Anders Osborne, The Word, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, John P. Kee & New Life, Christian McBride Big Band with Dianne Reeves and Jeffrey Osborne, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Pastor Marvin Sapp, The Terence Blanchard E-Collective, Sturgill Simpson, BWB featuring Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum & Norman Brown, Vintage Trouble, Shooter Jennings, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Davell Crawford presents “To Fats with Love”, Lágbájá of Nigeria, Big Chief Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias, Buckwheat Zydeco, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Jon Cleary, Luke James, Donald Harrison, Glen David Andrews, La Santa Cecilia, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Monty Alexander: Harlem-Kingston Express, Ellis Marsalis, Cowboy Mouth, Kenny Garrett, Vieux Farka Toure, Royal Teeth, Ms. Ruby Wilson’s Tribute to Bessie Smith, Ironing Board Sam, Amanda Shires, Pine Leaf Boys, Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, Snarky Puppy, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Revivalists, Carolyn Wonderland, Creole String Beans, New Orleans Suspects, Eagle & Hawk, Nicholas Payton, Honey Island Swamp Band, The Soul Rebels, Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9, Jewel Brown with Gregg Stafford’s Jazz Hounds, Creole Wild West, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles, Young Guardians of the Flame, and White Cloud Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Young Men Olympia Aid, Divine Ladies, Big Four, and Original Big Seven Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church Mass Choir, The Sensational Chosen Voices, Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys, Ottertrail Native American Dance Troupe, Rising Dragon Lion Dance Team, Calliope Puppets and more.
(The complete day-by-day schedule is available here: lineup.nojazzfest.com.)
Click here for the official 2015 Jazz Fest talent announcement video.
Quint Davis, Producer/Director of the Festival, said, “To the whole world we say ‘Welcome to the 2015 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell.’ With today’s announcement of the daily list of performers, we proclaim once again that New Orleans is the Soul of American culture, and the Festival that carries its name is the Soul of New Orleans. This year’s listing of over 500 bands marks an unprecedented musical gathering, even by Jazz Fest standards. Happiest of Fests to everyone; away we go!”
The mission of the Festival is to annually celebrate the unique culture and heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana alongside nationally and internationally renowned guest artists. Jazz Fest takes place at the Fair Grounds Race Course and will once again feature twelve stages of music in such varied genres as rock, pop, R&B, gospel, blues, traditional and contemporary jazz, Cajun, zydeco and much more. The Festival will present more than 500 bands during the seven-day event with over eighty percent of the performers hailing from the city and region.
Advanced single-day tickets for Jazz Fest are $58. The gate price ticket will be $70. Children’s tickets (ages 2 – 10) are still only $5 and are available at the gate only. Single-day tickets to Jazz Fest are on sale by specific weekend, with each ticket valid for a single day’s attendance. Tickets are available at www.nojazzfest.com and www.ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets 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 hugely popular VIP packages are on sale while very limited supplies last. The Jazz Festival offers three distinct VIP opportunities to experience the event in style: 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 Pass which entitles patrons to special covered seating at the Acura Stage audience area (See attachments for details). The Festival offers a special layaway arrangement for each of the VIP packages. For information on layaway, please visit www.nojazzfest.com.
Jazz Fest also offers full-service travel packages for fans wishing to take the guesswork out of attending the event. Visit www.nojazzfest.com to learn more about the official travel packages that include hotel accommodations, travel to and from the Festival grounds and Festival tickets, including the option for Festival VIP packages.
A listing of hotels offering special Jazz Fest rates is posted at www.nojazzfest.com, where patrons can effortlessly reserve their hotel rooms for the event. Festivalgoers can peruse room availability and book their accommodations early, taking advantage of some of the best prices offered at participating hotels including at the Official Host Hotel, the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.
Shell is the Presenting Sponsor of the Festival. Major Jazz Fest Sponsors are Acura, Peoples Health, 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, Zatarain’s 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 revenues, for year-round activities in the areas of education, economic development and cultural enrichment. Education programs include the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music, the Tom Dent Congo Square Lecture Series and the Class Got Brass competition. Economic Development initiatives include the Community Partnership Grants, the Sync Up entertainment industry conference and new programs such as the Catapult Fund and Brass Tacks. Cultural events include the Jazz Journey concert series and free community festivals: the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, the Congo Square New World 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 December 2014, 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.
The much-beloved Jazz & Heritage Foundation Gala will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2015. The Gala is an evening of music, food and fun that directly supports the Don Jamison Heritage School of Music, a free music instruction program that reaches more than 85 students each week. This year’s Gala will feature George Benson, Irvin Mayfield and the Jazz Playhouse Revue as well as the Heritage School of Music. The Gala always sells out, so please visit www.jazzandheritage.org or call 504-558-6107 to get tickets or inquire about sponsorship opportunities.
Jazz Fest will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the New Orleans Center For Creative Arts (NOCCA) at this year’s event. The Festival will feature the NOCCA Pavilion, a large tent located at the heart of the Fair Grounds, showcasing the next generation of local artists. Presentations from NOCCA students will include multidisciplinary live shows on the NOCCA Stage inside the Pavilion and the painting of a 20’ mural in front of the tent. Photo and multimedia exhibits will complete the presentation.
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 Live).