Students React: Jazz Fest Lineup Drop

Tara Nored, Contributing Reporter

Emma Vaughters | Layout Editor

As second semester kicks off, students are looking forward to the plethora of festivals and parades that imbue springtime in New Orleans. In particular, students expressed excitement over the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival lineup, featuring artists such as The Rolling Stones, Katy Perry and Earth, Wind, & Fire.

“I can’t wait to see Jimmy Buffet on stage at this year’s Jazz Fest,” freshman Laura Tucker said. “My dad and I are big fans, so I’m excited that he’s gonna be playing this year. My dad might even make a special trip down to New Orleans to see me and his favorite artist.”

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, commonly dubbed Jazz Fest, is an annual New Orleans tradition, taking place from April 25 to May 5. In addition to the staple headliners, Jazz Fest is also bringing in big names like The Head and the Heart, Chris Stapleton and Logic. By featuring artists across all genres, Jazz Fest ensures that there is music for everyone to enjoy.

“Oldie but goodie the Bob Seger Band really peaks my interest,” Tulane parent Marybeth McBain said. “I can’t wait to show my daughter this blast from the past!’”

Jazz Fest has been held annually in New Orleans since 1970, when it was founded by the New Orleans Hotel Motel Association. It’s always been a popular festival, but many students are particularly looking forward to this year’s lineup.

“I’m definitely excited about seeing Earth, Wind, & Fire, Alanis Morissette, and the Indigo Girls. Blast from the past sorta thing!” sophomore Emma Brick-Hezeau said.

The festival regularly brings in around 450,000 people, ranging from residents of New Orleans, university students and tourists from all over the world.

“The music in New Orleans was a major reason why I was drawn to Tulane,” sophomore and guitar player Riley Juenemann said. “I love going to Jazz Fest to hear the big band music. It’s an added bonus that they pull in some big name artists to headline!”

Besides featuring over one hundred artists, Jazz Fest includes activities such as contemporary crafts and a variety of foods for sale. In fact, the official food policy of the festival is “no carnival food,” meaning attendees can expect the gourmet eats they’ve come to love around New Orleans. Tickets to Jazz Fest start at $65 in advance or $80 at the gate. Students can purchase advance tickets here. With Jazz Fest falling at the end of the school year, this festival could prove to be the perfect summer kickoff for many students.

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