With Jazz Fest postponed until this fall, WWOZ sets the stage for another “Jazz Festing in Place.”
It’s their second act, after last year’s record success.
“Millions of people from around the world fested in place from 195 countries and territories,” WWOZ general manager Beth Utterback said.
The local radio station released the cubes for a replay of their greatest hits.
“We call it the ‘best of heaven and earth’ because not only do we have people that have passed, but we have the great people from right now, including like Tank and the Bangas and Amanda Shaw,” Utterback said.
Once again, fans can recreate their favorite parts about the fest right in their own backyards. This time around, music lovers can expect some new surprises.
“The Jazz and Heritage Foundation archives has unearthed recordings that people didn’t even know existed from the very first Jazz Fest,” Utterback said. “So we have actual recordings of Mahalia Jackson, of Duke Ellington with a very young Ellis Marsalis also on the piano. We have Al Hirt and Pete Fountain from the very first Jazz Fest.”
But you can’t really have a virtual Jazz Fest without its famous food or amazing art. That’s why JAMNOLA, the cultural funhouse in the Marigny, wants to offer a taste of the fest.
“So we said let’s create JAMFest. Let’s create some more exhibits to support our artists,” JAMNOLA co-founder Jonny Liss said. “And let’s create a way for food vendors in New Orleans to make some money and make some people happy with some great food.”
Liss says more than 20 food vendors and local artists will set up shop outside the venue on each Friday and Saturday during “Festing in Place.”
“We just want to start celebrating and give everyone a great feeling, and with JAMNOLA, we can do that,” Liss said.
For now, there’s still music, food and art, even without a trip to the Fair Grounds.
The 2021 edition of “Jazz Festing in Place” airs on April 22-25 and April 29-May 2, on what would have been the traditional spring New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival dates. Fans can tune in at WWOZ 90.7 FM or online at WWOZ.org.
JAMNOLA’s JAMFest launches from April 21 through May 2, coinciding with WWOZ’s “Festing in Place.” JAMFest will feature new installations, weekend street art vendors, festival food vendors at Press Street Station and new merchandise, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting local nonprofits.
Festival food will be available for purchase on Friday, April 23, Saturday, April 24, Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1. Final details and vendors list, including how to order, will be posted on JAMNOLA’s website, Jamnola.com on April 19.
JAMNOLA is located at 2832 Royal Street in New Orleans.
The 2021 Jazz Fest is currently scheduled for Oct. 8-17.
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