Jazz in the Park’s New ‘Burger Fest’ Announces Food, Music Lineup

Jazz in the Park organizers cook up something new this year: Burger Fest. Organizers lay out what festival-goers can expect at the new fest when it hits Crescent Park on Sept. 8 and Sept. 9.

So far, a handful of food vendors have revealed the dishes attendees can bite into. Among the confirmed food vendors are Frenchman Street staple The Praline Connection, with plans to serve a hot sausage burger and Lafitte’s Voleo’s Seafood Restaurant who will serve up a crabmeat burger.

A number of food trucks will also be on-site. Ms. Ackie’s Meals on Wheels will bring along shrimp burgers. Chef Scott’s Creole BBQ will dish out a “Ghetto Burger.” Creole Sneaux will be on hand making crawfish stuffed burgers, and Chef Johnson serves up his lobster cheese burger.

Non-meat eaters also won’t get left out. Sweat Soul Food will serve a vegan hamburger.

Organizers are also still looking to beef up their food lineup. A recent call to fill more spots with food vendors may bring more burgers to the table.

Burger Fest will feature two days of music on Friday, Sept. 8 from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m and on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday night is a ticketed event featuring performances from Grammy Award-winning R&B artists Stephanie Mills and Deniece Williams. Local jazz singer Stephanie Jordan rounds out the Friday lineup. Ticket prices for that evening range from $20 to $115.

The free, daylong event on Saturday, Sept. 9 brings festival-goers performances from the Cyril Neville Swamp Band, the Donald Harrison Band, Los Hombres Calientes featuring Bill Summers and Irvin Mayfield, Otra, Caesar Brothers Funkbox featuring Big Chief Juan Pardo and N’Awlins Johnnys.

This isn’t the first time Jazz in the Park hosted a festival outside of the regular scheduled concert series. Last year, organizers kicked off the weekly concert series with the Jazz in the Park Treme Crab Festival, which saw a strong turnout.

Jazz in the Park executive director Emanuel Lain says they’re building for the long run.

“This year we rolled out our Crab Festival and now we are rolling out our Burger Fest, what we are doing is laying the foundation for future years of Jazz in the Park- both festivals will kick off our spring and fall seasons respectively,” Lain said in a release.

Organizers say a portion of the money raised from the two-day festival will go to Covenant House’s Sleep to Support Homeless Youth campaign and to help pay for the regular concert series.

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Photo courtesy: Rob Krieger/FOX 8

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