New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is known for its two-weekend long tradition of live music, local food and shopping.
The festival began in April 1970 in Congo Square. Around 200 artists performed at the concert event with nearly 350 people in attendance. That year, popular artists Dukes of Dixieland, Pete Fountain and the Olympia Brass Band made appearances.
Although titled after jazz music, the festival features other genres and artists. Over the years, musicians such as Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Buffet, Trey Songz and Maroon 5 took to the stages of Jazz fest to perform their varying styles of music.
New genres are only some of the changes Jazz fest has seen through the years. The price for day-of tickets to the festival started to increase following the 1970 opening festival.
From 350 in attendance in 1970 to nearly 460,000 present at the 2015 festival, the 2016 festival is predicted to see similar trends.
The 2016 festival kicks off April 22nd and concludes May 1st. Headliners include Grammy-winning rock band, Red Hot Chili Peppers, former Jonas Brothers star Nick Jonas and rapper J. Cole.
According to an article in the Advocate, his year’s festival will implement new rules, including stricter regulations on lawn chairs and increased standing room. The festival will also welcome two new dishes to the list of dining options.