The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2016 lineup. Photo by: New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival / YouTube
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2016 lineup. Photo by: New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival / YouTube

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Written by: Matthew McGuire

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has released their 2016 lineup featuring: Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Herbie Hancock, Neil Young, Dr. John and many more talented artists to perform over two weekends.


Pearl Jam celebrates their 25th anniversary with an appearances at Jazz Fest, Madison Square Garden and Bonnaroo.

The festival reconnects with musical legends Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Van Morrison and Elvis Costello, as well as many more giants in the music industry. Two tribute sets will take place featuring: B.B. King & New Orleans’ Allen Toussaint.

This year the dates for Jazz Fest include: April 22-24 (weekend 1) & April 28 – May 1 (weekend 2).

Snoop Dogg, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Janelle Monåe will be spotlighting lyrically, as well as Flo Rida and Mystikal.

Each genre of traditional music is well represented at the festival. Beck in his early days was electronic, but his more recent material is more acoustic driven. He will be performing live at the festival in New Orleans.

Iconic jam bands will be on hand including: Gov’t Mule, My Morning Jacket, Galactic, and Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Music, food and cultural converges all in the heart of New Orleans each year around the start of Spring.

“The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival represents a new and exciting idea in festival presentation. This festival could only be held in New Orleans because here and here alone is the richest musical heritage in America.” He also noted, with great prescience, “New Orleans, in the long run, should become bigger than Newport in jazz festivals. Newport was manufactured, but New Orleans is the real thing.” – George Wein, Producer of Jazz Fest (quote from

Since 1972, the festival has operated at the Fair Grounds Race Course. The venue helps accommodate the 80,000 fans that gather annually for live performances. Late night performances have not been announced yet, but should be added in the coming weeks.

Preview the lineup and grab tickets to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Jazz Fest 2016 Artist Announcement Video

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Featured Music: Cineramascope
Performed by: Galactic
(featuring Trombone Shorty & Corey Henry)

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Matthew McGuire is the founder and editor of Crescent Vale News. In 2014, he acquired a master's degree in Professional Media and Media Management from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.