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2016 Jazz Fest - 30 Days Away

Kichea S. Burt | 3/21/2016, 5:23 p.m. | Updated on 3/21/2016, 5:23 p.m.
The 2016 Jazz & Heritage Festival is poised to open Friday, April 22nd in NOLA, with a stellar line-up and ...
The 2016 Jazz & Heritage Festival official poster by Paul Rogers.

The 2016 Jazz & Heritage Festival is poised to open Friday, April 22nd in NOLA, with a stellar line-up and some new guidelines for traffic flow and audience viewing. At the 30 day out press conference it was announced that the planners focused strongly this year on improving traffic flow inside the festival. Chairs, blankets or tarps will not be permitted on the outer dirt track that surrounds the field. New bleacher seating has been added for the Congo Square and Acura stages. Traffic flow is encouraged to move around the outer dirt track to get from one end of the festival grounds to the other. This years’ J&H Fest Poster honors The Musical Marsalis Family titled “House of Swing – Portrait of The First Family of Jazz” by Paul Rogers. The Congo Square Festival Poster honors B. B. King titled “The Thrill’s Not Gone” by George Hunt. The cubes (indicating who is playing when and where) were released and are online by the time you read this. For some time now the festival has celebrated the culture of different countries with a pavilion showcasing that country’s culture. This year Belize is the country being celebrated. Press conference attendees were entertained by Walter “Wolfman” Washington and The Roadmasters, and were fed by The Praline Connection.

Press conference attendees were entertained by Walter “Wolfman” Washington and The Roadmasters pictured above with Mayor Mitch Landrieu (right).