Coronavirus forces Willie Nelson to cancel Jazz Fest performance

NEW ORLEANS – The Zac Brown Band will replace country legend Willie Nelson on the closing day of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Nelson canceled his Sunday performance and postponed other shows after a positive case of coronavirus in his band. The 89-year-old musician was due to close the Gentilly stage – the same stage where his son, Lukas Nelson, performed earlier today with his band The Promise of the Real.

The Zac Brown Band is an Atlanta country band best known for hits like “Chicken Fried”, “Highway 20 Ride”, “Knee Deep”, and “Goodbye in Her Eyes”.

Willie Nelson performs at a rally outside the Capitol in Austin, Texas during a rally for voting rights on July 31, 2021.
Coy Bowles, Caroline Jones, Zac Brown, Chris Fryar and Jimmy De Martini of the Zac Brown Band perform onstage during the 2022 iHeartCountry Festival presented by Capital One at Moody Center on May 7, 2022 in Austin, Texas.

Melissa Etheridge also canceled her scheduled performance after members of her crew tested positive for COVID-19. Mavis Staples replaced Etheridge in the Blues Tent on Saturday.

“Oh my heart aches not to be here. Mavis will be amazing I know. Hope I can be asked again. Dave and the team are healing. Thanks for all the well wishes. COVID heartbreak” , Etheridge tweeted after news broke that Staples would appear on Saturday.

The seven-day festival draws tens of thousands of people to the city’s Fair Grounds racecourse, where up to 80 musical acts perform daily on more than a dozen stages, complemented by art and music exhibitions. crafts and an array of stalls offering food from Louisiana and beyond. .

While attracting national and international talent such as Nelson and Etheridge, the festival is also known for showcasing the wide range of musical talent and genres found in Louisiana such as zydeco, gospel, blues and of course jazz. .

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