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Hope floats: Festival cancellations almost killed Stronghold Studios. Then house floats offered a lifeline.

By Jeanne D’Arcy, Mid-City Messenger The pandemic nearly shut down Stronghold Studios in Mid-City. As the sub-contracted art department of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Stronghold was in mid-production for the 2020 festival when the COVID-19 restrictions hit. The 25-year-old company makes the façades for the Jazz Fest food booths, the stage headers Read More…

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Jazz Fest 2021 is moved to October, media reports state

There will be a New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2021, but it won’t take place until October, according to multiple media reports. Jazz Fest organizers have not yet made an official announcement on the festival’s schedule for this year. Offbeat Magazine first reported the October dates on Friday, followed by NOLA.com and WWL-TV, Read More…

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Rowdy house parties — not brass bands — behind complaints, Jazz Fest neighbors say

Folks in the Jazz Fest neighborhood want the city to know: Nobody is trying to shut down brass bands. On April 26, as the first Friday of the 2019 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival closed out, NOPD officers and other law enforcement agents were investigating longstanding complaints alleging excessive noise levels, an illegal stage Read More…

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A guide to living in a Jazz Fest neighborhood during the festival

After a soggy and delayed start on Thursday, the first weekend of the 50th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival promises to be bright and pleasant. The National Weather Service predicts clear skies with high temperatures in the 70s and lows in the 60s. With the good weather, crowds could be heavy. Throughout Jazz Read More…

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Jazz Fest: May 2 is now $50 for locals; Widespread Panic added to lineup

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival posted the following message on its website: “Widespread Panic has just been added to the Jazz Fest May 2 music lineup, Festival organizers announced today. “Due to the illness of Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac has postponed four upcoming North American tour dates and their performance at Jazz Fest Read More…