The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival returns Friday-Sunday, April 26-28, and Thursday-Sunday, May 2-5, for its annual, much-anticipated two weekends at the Fair Grounds Race Course. Festival gates open at 11 a.m.
The 2013 lineup features another Jazz Fest mix of mainstream headliners and Louisiana talent.
First weekend headliners include John Mayer, the singer-guitarist who had to cancel his 2012 festival appearance because of a throat ailment; a rare performance by singer-pianist Billy Joel; the cross-generational duo of Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite; and the multiplatinum Dave Matthews Band.
The second weekend sees a newly risen rhythm-and-blues star from New Orleans, Frank Ocean; the Jazz Fest debut of classic rock act Fleetwood Mac; the pop-rock hit makers of Maroon 5; the return of Willie Nelson; classic reggae artist Jimmy Cliff; pop-soul duo Hall and Oates; and the first Jazz Fest appearance by punk-rock-poet Patti Smith.
Beyond the mainstream, jazz, including Wayne Shorter and the Stanley Clarke-George Duke Project, blues from genre patriarch B.B. King, young star Gary Clark Jr. and many others, and a characteristically deep lineup of gospel and Cajun and zydeco music fill much of the festival’s schedule.
First and second weekend single day tickets are $65 at the gate; $5 for children 2-10 at the gate only.
Tickets may be purchased online through Ticketmaster at http://www/ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000. For more information and to purchase tickets online, see http://www.nojazzfest.com/tickets.
Jazz Fest Express
Shuttle and festival admission tickets will be on sale at shuttle departure locations on the days of the festival beginning at 9:30 a.m. Shuttles begin operating at 10:30 a.m. Shuttles will operate until all patrons have been transported from the Fair Grounds.
Shuttles depart from the Steamboat Natchez dock (Toulouse Street at the Mississippi River) and Sheraton Hotel (500 Canal St.). Roundtrip shuttle service is $18 per day. Festival admission and roundtrip shuttle service is $83 per day.
Shuttles also depart from City Park near Marconi Drive and Harrison Avenue. Roundtrip is $14 per day. Festival admission and roundtrip shuttle service is $79 per day. For more information and to purchase tickets online, see http://www.graylineneworleans.com/jazz-fest-express.html.