Jefferson Parish officials announced the revival of two major music festivals this summer: the Jean Lafitte Seafood Festival and Uncle Sam Jam.
As live music and festivals begin to return, Jefferson Parish officials released the music lineups for these big outdoor events taking place in Jefferson Parish.
President and CEO of the Jefferson Convention and Visitors Bureau issued this statement:
“We are eager to reveal the music lineups of two major music festivals returning to Jefferson Parish in the next 30 days. These outdoor events will lead the revival of festivals across the region. Our festival organizers have assembled impressive lineups complete with national chart-toppers and local musicians, some of whom will be playing to a live audience for the first time since the pandemic shut down music events. With over 1.5 million Louisianans fully vaccinated and the Center for Disease Control’s opinion that people have a lower risk of contracting a virus outdoors, we are hopeful that these planned events will lead to the hospitality-related resurgence that is necessary to rev tourism economic engines.”
The Jean Lafitte Seafood Festival will take place at the Lafitte Grounds and Auditorium from June 25 to June 27. The Lafitte Seafood Fest features three days of Grammy Award-winning music, Louisiana food and other activities.
The music lineup includes Marshall Tucker Band, Gin Blossoms, Revisiting Creedence, Tab Benoit, Chapel Hart, Allie Colleen, Marc Broussard, Cowboy Mouth, Amanda Show and Rockin’ Dopsie & the Zydeco Twisters, Nashville South, Perfect Love, Junior Lacrosse, Them Ol’ Ghosts, Aaron Foret and Ryan Foret.
While the festival will center around South Louisiana’s seafood and cuisine, organizers say the festival will also include swamp tours, kayak and pirogue rentals, carnival rides, a wine walk and a Louisiana art walk.
Gates open at 5 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Admission to the three-day festival is $10 on Friday, $15 on Saturday and Sunday. There is a three-day pass for $35 per person and a special $45 rate that includes three-day admission to the festival including entry into the Lafitte’s Barataria Museum and Wetland Trace and a swamp tour excursion.
One of the area’s biggest Independence Day celebrations, the Uncle Sam Jam, will also return to Al Copeland Concert Meadows in Lafreniere Park on July 3.
This year, the event celebrates its 25th anniversary, marking the return of the popular Metairie music and fireworks celebration. In 2020, Jefferson Parish officials were forced to cancel the event for the first time in two decades amid the coronavirus response.
Uncle Sam Jam will kickoff the Independence Day weekend with a free, open-air concert and fireworks display.
Wilson Phillips and The Guess Who headline the event. Other acts set to perform are the Creole String Beans, The Phunky Monkeys and The Topcats.
For the first time, a Lucky Dog National Hot Dog Eating Contest will also take place at the event, officials announced.
Uncle Sam Jam is a free event, but there will be a VIP Parking and Upgrade Pass on sale available to the first 300 people who purchase the package from the Uncle Sam Jam website. Those passes will go on sale beginning Friday, June 18.
Jefferson Parish officials also announced some other major events gearing up to return including the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo and the Gretna Heritage Festival. Councilwoman Jennifer Van Vrancken also announced that plans are underway for Family Gras and other Metairie Carnival celebrations for 2022.
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