Jazz Fest Time Capsules

Jazz Fest Time Capsules: Jazz Fest celebrates its 50th birthday.

S.S. President: Jazz Fest at 50 Time Capsule

Tue, 04/16/19
In 1970, the SS President was the last sidewheel steamboat in America, and it had called New Orleans home for three decades. But on the low-key evening of April 22, 1970, perhaps its most important cruise took place-- the very first event of a new multi-day festival. Read more

Longtime Performers: Jazz Fest at 50 Time Capsule

Mon, 04/15/19
Musicians love to play at Jazz Fest, and Jazz Fest audiences love to see the consistently fantastic performances from their local favorites -- year after year, and decade after decade. Check out a few fan favorites in this WWOZ Jazz Fest at 50 Time Capsule. Read more

WWOZ: Jazz Fest at 50 Time Capsule

Thu, 04/18/19

Louis Armstrong Centennial: Jazz Fest at 50 Time Capsule

Tue, 04/09/19
Louis Armstrong's contributions to New Orleans have been acknowledged many times over the decades at Jazz Fest, but never so profoundly as in 2001, when Jazz Fest celebrated his 100th birthday. Read more

The Heritage Fair: Jazz Fest at 50 Time Capsule

Thu, 04/04/19
No one was sure how the first New Orleans Jazz Festival & Louisiana Heritage Fair would go. But the founders knew the future of it would rely upon the promotion of New Orleans and Louisiana culture. Find out more about the very first Jazz Fest in this WWOZ Time Capsule. Read more

The Cubes: Jazz Fest at 50 Time Capsule

Sun, 03/24/19
The real fun begins when the Cubes come out. The Cubes are day-to-day schedules for which musicians are playing on which stages, and exactly when. Find out more about their history in this Jazz Fest at 50 Time Capsule, as narrated by Harry Shearer. Read more

Stevie Wonder: Jazz Fest at 50 Time Capsule

Thu, 03/21/19
Jazz Fest has been focused on New Orleans music and heritage from its start in 1970. But there are a number of national acts who fit right in at the festival -- and Stevie Wonder is one of them. Read more

The Poster: Jazz Fest at 50 Time Capsule

Wed, 03/06/19
Find out more about the history of the festival's longest-running collector's item on this WWOZ Jazz Fest at 50 Time Capsule. Read more

Jazz Fest Stands By Haiti: Jazz Fest at 50 Time Capsule

Fri, 01/25/19
Jazz Fest’s Cultural Exchange Pavilion was established in 1996 to honor New Orleans' cultural ancestry. In 2011, the Cultural Exchange put a spotlight on our sister country in the Caribbean, Haiti. It was the year after a devastating earthquake struck the country, and Jazz ... Read more

The Closing Slot: Jazz Fest at 50 Time Capsule

Wed, 01/09/19
The closing slot on the final day at Jazz Fest has always been a sacred moment. Days of music, food, and crafts culminate in one high profile set from a quintessential New Orleans artist. Learn more about three of the artists who have held this honored time slot, and how it... Read more

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