While we’re pretty bummed that the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been cancelled, we refuse to let the music stop. That’s right, this year’s Jazz Fest may look a little different, but we’re recreating the best of the fest at home. Tune into virtual concerts via livestream, or relive iconic performances from festivals passed with WWOZ. Put on your festival gear, slather on that sunscreen, and get ready to celebrate the best of New Orleans music during Jazz Fest at home.
In honor of Jazz Fest, WWOZ presents Festing in Place, a broadcast featuring some of the best performances in the history of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The broadcast will span the eight days of Jazz Fest for eight hours each day, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the same days and hours as the originally-scheduled festival. Tune in April 23-26 and April 30-May 3 and hear iconic recordings of Fats Domino, The Neville Brothers, Irma Thomas, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Trombone Shorty, and more. Stay tuned for cube and schedule information, as well as information on how to support festival vendors.
On Saturday, April 25, over 20 New Orleans musicians united for a virtual benefit concert. You'll have a chance to see the livestream again on Saturday, May 2 beginning at noon. Donations collected will be distributed to Orleans and Jefferson Parish musicians in grants of $500 each. This will help fill the gap for musicians with smaller fan bases. Artists who were slated to play Jazz Fest, such as PJ Morton, Tank and the Bangas, Jon Cleary, Ivan Neville, and Stanton Moore of Galactic are just a few of the participants. Stream the concert here. Over $43,000 has been raised so far - help them reach their goal of $50,000 this weekend.
Live Stream Artists on Social Media
Check out your favorites from the Jazz Fest lineup on their social channels to tune into live streams in lieu of the festival. Many artists, both local and national, have taken to their phones to create virtual concerts and other fun events, like Big Freedia’s Friday Night Shakedown. Imagining the festival has never been easier when you get Instagram and Facebook Live involved.
Now more than ever, local musicians are in need of emergency funding as music venues are closed and festivals have been cancelled. Consider supporting your favorite artists directly through Venmo or PayPal, or consider making a donation to one of these funds created to support local and regional musicians.
Editor’s Note: Want to have the full festival experience? Browse the official Jazz Fest food and drink vendors with takeout and delivery options here.