Jazz Fest 2022 gears up after COVID-19 cancellations

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) — For die-hard fans of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the release of this year’s festival’s daily music schedule sent them to the websites to purchase tickets.

Jazz Fest organizers have kicked off day ticket sales and unveiled the daily lineup, including blues, gospel, traditional and contemporary jazz, Cajun, zydeco, Mardi Gras Indians, marching bands and welfare and pleasure clubs.

Following: Jazz Fest 2022: discover the complete daily musical program

“It’s something like 590 acts in this festival; 82 to 87 a day was the last number I saw,” said festival director/producer Quint Davis. “It’s monumental, not just who’s playing, but the whole size and scope of it.”

The festival runs from April 29 to May 1 and May 5 to 8.

Organizers have booked Grammy winners and well-known local talent for the first Jazz Fest since 2019. Organizers say that because it’s been so long since the last, there’s already high demand for tickets.

“I think it’s going to be like a pilgrimage and it’s not just the acts. I think the biggest act this year will be the festival. People want to be back at the festival. I can’t wait to get back to the fairgrounds,” Davis said.

Leaders say COVID-19 has taken away many traditions for locals and visitors alike, so with the virus better controlled, crowds are expected to flood the city.

“We are expecting a banner year for both Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest,” Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser said.

To prepare, Jazz Fest organizers are making sure local performers and vendors are ready to handle the crowds, and state leaders also want surrounding shops, restaurants and businesses to get a slice of the action.

“It’s going to be so important to promote all corners of the state and fill these businesses and stores,” Nungesser said.

Overall, organizers say they are hopeful after COVID-19 caused so much heartache.

“For the first time people realized what the festival meant to them and it was really strong,” Davis said.

For those waiting for Jazz Fest to publish when and where artists will perform at the fairgrounds, organizers say the list will be released on March 29.

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