Jazz Fest 2008!

Tim McGraw and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly

Rebirth Brass Band :: Jazz Fest 2007 by Seth Rubin
New Orleans, LA (November 15, 2007) — The 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell will feature an expanded and emotional return to its pre-Katrina self, Festival organizers announced today.

For the first time since 2005, Jazz Fest will occur for seven days, April 25-27 and May 1-4, as the event brings back the opening Thursday of its second weekend with a special advanced ticket price of only $25. And The Neville Brothers, the iconic band of New Orleans, a.k.a. The First Family of Funk, are coming home for their first post-Katrina performance in the city, appearing in their traditional spot as the Festival's closing act on Sunday, May 4.

"Jazz Fest Thursday demonstrates the Festival's commitment to New Orleans and our culture, and it's the local and worldwide support of the event that's making this complete comeback possible," said Quint Davis, producer/director of Jazz Fest. "The return of Aaron, Art, Charles and Cyril Neville to New Orleans and to Jazz Fest is as powerful a statement as possible about the return of our culture to the city. They're back, which means we're back!"

The Neville Brothers, the four siblings whose recordings and live performances have for decades channeled the depths of New Orleans rhythm and blues with unparalleled authority, said, "We have been all over the world during the last two years, sharing the spirit of New Orleans through our music and raising funds for Katrina relief, so now it's time to bring the music home to our beloved New Orleans for the fans and the music community."

The Festival also announced that Tim McGraw, the country music superstar and Louisiana native, will make his Jazz Fest debut on Sunday, April 27. "I'm really looking forward to playing Jazz Fest this year," said McGraw. "The event has such a storied history and New Orleans is one of the greatest cities in the world."

New Orleans favorite Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, the legendary soul group, will appear on Sunday, May 4. The Festival will announce its complete music lineup in late January or early February.

A listing of hotels offering special Jazz Fest rates is posted at Frankie Beverly, where the Festival is launching a new hotel booking initiative to allow patrons to effortlessly reserve their hotel rooms for the event. Festivalgoers can peruse room availabilities and book their accommodations early taking advantage of some of the best prices offered at participating hotels.

Tickets for the Festival, which takes place at the Fair Grounds Race Course, went on sale today. Early advance Jazz Fest Thursday tickets are only $25. After January 22 they will be $30 with the gate price TBD. Early advance tickets to all other Festival days are $35. After January 22 they will be $40 with the gate price TBD. Children's tickets (ages 2 - 11) are only $5 in advance or at the gate. Tickets to Jazz Fest are on sale by specific weekend, with each ticket valid for a single day's attendance.

The Festival's popular Big Chief VIP Experience ticket package and a new premium ticket called the Grand Marshal VIP Pass that allows special golden circle, standing-room viewing at the Festival's three biggest stages are also on sale now while very limited supplies last.

Tickets are available at www.nojazzfest.com and www.ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling (800) 488-5252 (outside Louisiana) and (504) 522-5555 (New Orleans). Tickets can be purchased in person at the Jazz Fest ticket office located at the Louisiana Superdome Box Office (Gate A, Ground Level). All Jazz Fest tickets are subject to additional service fees and handling charges.

Check out JamBase's 2007 Jazz Fest coverage here.


[Published on: 11/15/07]

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Chaloupka starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/15/2007 04:03PM
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New Orleans is one of the greatest cities in the world! And Jazz Fest rocks, especially the night-time shows!

aaronjl1 starstarstar Thu 11/15/2007 04:12PM
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Fi-yo on the Bay-ou!

sfnola Thu 11/15/2007 04:14PM
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Having the Thursday back is just fantastic news. Sweet!

bluenotez Thu 11/15/2007 04:23PM
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so uh... does this mean Tim McGraw is playing a jazz set? hmmmm.....strange things afoot at the Jazz Fest

gregpua Thu 11/15/2007 05:38PM
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nope bluenotez, it just means there will be a few more thousand drunken rednecks to ruin your jazzfest experience

Kayceman starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/15/2007 06:24PM
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Tim McGraw type artists are nothing new at Jazz Fest. Every year they have major mainstream artist mixed in with the hundreds of others. Same model as always, and by the way NOTHING could ruin Jazz Fest. New Orleans is easily one of the greatest cities in the world, and during Jazz Fest it becomes a vibrant beacon of all we could have been. Jazz Fest isn't like your normal festival, in fact, it's not like any experience I've ever encountered, it's got so little to do with what specific artists are on the bill, you won't know the names of many of the greatest artists there. It's an experience folks, not just a festival. Go to NOLA, you will not be sorry. Onward, Upward, Ninth Ward. Yeah you right!

manjotar starstarstar Thu 11/15/2007 09:12PM
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yeah but, tim mcgraw just sucks so much..

aaronjl1 Fri 11/16/2007 12:21AM
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actually it means that there won't be thousands of drunk red necks ruining your festival experience... because while the mainstream guys are hamming it up for the tourists, you'll be able catch some of the best music on the planet. would you rather fight a crowd of 100-125,000 to catch one headliner (insert every other festival here) or would you rather someone like tim mcgraw divide the crowd so you groove comfortably to the meters??? ie... last year while john mayer sang love songs to jessica simpson (and a ridiculous number of teenage girls and their parents), i was relaxing in the shade while chuck leavell jammed with the abb. kayceman is right: you'll never know until you go. and that doesn't even begin to hit on jazzfest at night... imagine a 2 week version of sxsw... every night 10pm-5am

treetops78 starstarstarstarstar Fri 11/16/2007 07:06AM
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Tim McGraw is not a big deal. Do not let this start the Jazzfest is going so Bonnaroo mainstream conversations. Eat some quail gumbo, crawfish enchiladas, and make sure you don't have termites in your room.


jabbajabba122 Fri 11/16/2007 07:49AM
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wh00p wh00p... jazzfest. the greatest festival in the greatest city.

DirtyRice starstarstarstarstar Fri 11/16/2007 08:22AM
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the Neville Brothers played the McDowell Mountain Music Festival in AZ earlier this year and it was an outrageous dance party! they brought the funk and the soul to the valley fo sho. even RatDog (who headlined) emulated their own funk between songs. gota go to NOLA!

canoftunapudding Fri 11/16/2007 08:55AM
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Smittea starstarstarstarstar Fri 11/16/2007 10:45AM
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gregpua - "nope bluenotez, it just means there will be a few more thousand drunken rednecks to ruin your jazzfest experience."

Wanna get rid of those rednecks, just make sure they start drinking heavily AND early. Buy them beers if you have to, they'll be lying in the dirt at around 3:00PM.

nsafay Fri 11/16/2007 12:31PM
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Mmmmmmmmm.........crawfish bread!

jazzfester Fri 11/16/2007 02:04PM
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Of course, I must join the conversation. Jazzfest, like most things in New Orleans, must strike a balance between the acts that draw big crowds for fest patrons who are drawn by those acts and acts that make Jazzfest the center of the universe for two spring weekends.

Yes, there will be hundreds, hopefully thousands, of drunk rednecks to see Tim McGraw. But, walking distance from Mr. McGraw's rodeo will be a gospel act, such as the Johnson Extension, that will make you jump up and reduce you to tears in one song.

Luckily, Mr. McGraw's crowd will not be in the Gospel Tent because one should never bring beer into such a holy sanctuary--especially cheap canned beer. Also, very luckily, Mr. McGraw's crowd will help to fund the Gospel Tent and the acts inside of it that make Jazzfest such a wonderful place.

I welcome Mr. McGraw to our party with hundreds of thousands of my old and new best friends. Please let the ticket price perform the crucial function to filter assholes from our festival and love all.

Thank you to New Orleans' favorite band of brothers for joining us again. We missed you.

Yeah you right.

Flat5 Sat 11/17/2007 03:57PM
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loudnoises starstarstarstarstar Sat 11/17/2007 07:10PM
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johnny vidacovich, george porter, pap gros funk, coogan, lott, dillon and the long list of usual suspects from outta town(skerik?, jfjo). and the guy with the glock comment...what do you know about it????!!! My guess is, ZERO!!!! You must have some lame friends down here. JF always gets a five, no matter what the bill reads.

ScatBeN Sun 11/18/2007 12:23PM
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Who Dat! Lets go Saints!

bigfro Tue 11/20/2007 10:25AM
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Jazz fest rules

nolagiggles starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/8/2008 10:41PM
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Welcome home Nevilles!!

loudnoises starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/20/2008 01:44PM
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5+ jfjo shows, garage a trois, benevento, matt chamberlain, hairy apes, midnight disturbers, dead kenny g's, maelstom trio, dj logic @ maple leaf, Dr.Lonnie Smith, Stanton Moore, Donald Harrison, Will Bernard , greyboy allstars, and all those guys intertwined together playing every night in diverse settings! Not to mention GPJr, Vidacovich, good enough for good times, etc.... 5 Stars! Anything less and you don't know!