New Orleans, Louisiana, is synonymous with music. After all, not only is The Big Easy the birthplace of both Dixieland and jazz music, but legends such as Louis Armstrong and modern artists like Lil Wayne as well.
When travelers book New Orleans vacation rentals this April and May, they will have an opportunity to celebrate the city’s musical culture and see some of today’s hottest acts at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
While jazz fans will not be disappointed with this year’s lineup, which will include the Hot 8 Brass Band and Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band, fans of other genres will find many other reasons to attend this popular festival, which will run from April 27 through May 6.
Among the big-name acts set to converge on The Big Easy this spring are Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, John Mayer, Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder and the recently reunited Beach Boys. The lineup will also include the lesser-known performers, such as Bon Iver and Janelle Monae, who will continue to build their fan base at the festival.
Of course, those who are staying in New Orleans will find more than just music at the festival. Travelers can make their way to the Louisiana Folklife Village and watch as architectural tradesmen forge ironwork and musicians build accordions from scratch. Meanwhile, a visit to the Native American Village provides festival attendees with a chance to learn about Louisiana’s indigenous people.
Travelers can pick up a souvenir or two when they visit one of the festival’s three craft areas. In the Congo Square African Marketplace, shoppers can pick up an African-influenced work of art or swing by the Louisiana Marketplace and buy directly from one of the state’s artisans. The Contemporary Crafts area is where attendees can find items from both local and national vendors.
As New Orleans is famous for its Cajun cuisine, travelers will not want to leave the festival until they have sampled a few dishes from the local restaurants that will participate in the event. After hungry attendees fill up on everything from jambalaya and boiled crawfish to Creole stuffed crab, they will have enough energy to continue exploring all that this event has to offer.
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