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Grammy Winner – Buddy Guy @ The New Orleans Jazz festival

If you ever have the chance to check out the New Orleans Jazz Festival, I highly reccomend it! This is a picture of Buddy Guy that I took during the 2005 jazzfest. Despite the fact that is was time for him to go up on stage and perform, he actually walked around the front of the stage and shook people’s hands thanking them for attending his performance.  Not only is he a rebel blues guitarist, but he’s also a very genuine soul and he deserves all the respect he gets! It was an incredible show! This year, Buddy Guy will be at the 2019 New Orleans Jazzfest which is celebrating their 50th Anniversary. So, if you’re going, you need to check out this blues legend!

This year’s festival runs from April 26th – May 5th. It’s also the festival’s 50th Anniversary so expect it to be over the top with live shows! Some suggestions: Get there early, stay hydrated and don’t be frustrated if you didn’t get to see an artist!  Because even at this festival, you’re not going to see every major performance. But instead, see who you can and take in some of the local acts because you never know who might join in and jam out. One year that I went, Dave Matthews was there performing, and he actually stopped his show so that everyone could also hear Celia Cruz performing because it was important for him to celebrate her. Once she finished the song she was doing he continued playing. You just never know!  Now that Uber and Lyft is around along with the local city transportation – this is the best way to go so you can save on parking and another suggestion would be to take in the local cuisine and local artists inside the festival and outside along the way. It’s about celebrating cultures and life itself.  It’s one of the best places to visit at least once in your travels…

New Orleans Jazz Festival 2019 – Below is a partial list of artists performing: 

The Rolling Stones • Dave Matthews Band • Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band • Chris Stapleton • Santana • Diana Ross • Van Morrison • Al Green • Earth, Wind & Fire • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Nevilles • Gladys Knight • The Revivalists • Leon Bridges • John Fogerty • Chaka Khan • Herbie Hancock • Tom Jones • Bonnie Raitt • Alanis Morissette • Irma Thomas • Gary Clark Jr.• The O’Jays • The Doobie Brothers • Ziggy Marley • Aaron Neville • Boz Scaggs • Galactic • Jerry Lee Lewis • Indigo Girls • Rebirth Brass Band • Mavis Staples • Los Lobos • Ellis Marsalis Family Tribute featuring Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo, and Jason with Ellis Marsalis • Big Freedia • Rita Coolidge • Buddy Guy •Preservation Hall Jazz Band • Better Than Ezra •Taj Mahal & the Phantom Blues Band • Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk • Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly • Ani DiFranco • the Radiators • Jonathan Butler and Gerald Albright • Shirley Caesar • Little Feat • Anders Osborne • North Mississippi Allstars • Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe • The Mavericks •The Robert Cray Band •The Subdudes • Samantha Fish • The Dirty Dozen Brass Band •The Rance Allen Group • Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective • Maria Muldaur’s Tribute to Blu Lu Barker • John Hammond • Marcia Ball • Sonny Landreth • Cyril Neville’s Swamp Funk • Steve Earle & the Dukes • Hot 8 Brass Band • BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet • Boukman Eksperyans of Haiti • Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience •The New Orleans Klezmer All Stars•Marc Broussard • Toronzo Cannon 

Here is the link for the full line-up: www.nojazzfest.com