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New Orleans Jazz Fest Heats Up with Latin Sounds and World Music

The annual musical gathering offers a gumbo of spicy Latin Sounds and World Music on April 27-29 and May 3-6, 2012.

By Ricky Ricardo
Published on LatinoLA: February 7, 2012


New Orleans Jazz Fest Heats Up with Latin Sounds and World Music


The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival,presented by Shell is one of the most anticipated music festivals in the country.Jazz Fest takes place each year at the Fairgrounds Race Course. The dates for 2012 is April 27-29, and May 3-6, 2012.

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival will add some tasty sounds to the musical gumbo of Jazz Fest with some spicy Latin sounds and world music.This is a partial line-up of artists scheduled to add their unique musical ingredients to the 2012 New Orleans Jazz Festival presented by Shell: Steel Pulse, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, The Texas Tornados featuring Flaco Jimenez, Augie Myers and Shawn Sahm, Cubano Be, Cubano Bop: Poncho Sanchez & His Latin Band featuring Terence Blanchard, Fredy Omar con su Banda, Ivoire Spectacle featuring Seguenon Kone,Traditional Dance by Asociacion de Peruanos en Louisiana, Cheikh Lo of Senegal, Bamboula 2000, Ashe Cultural Arts Center Kuumba, Debo Band:Ethiopian Groove Collective, Los Po'Boys-Citos, N'Fungola Sibo West African Dance Company, Esperanza Spalding, Chico Trujillo of Chile, Cheick Hamala Diabate of Mali, Otra, Julio and Cesar, Culu Children's Traditional African Dance Company & Stilt Walkers, Rodrigo y Gabriela and C.U.B.A, Bunny Wailer, The Pedrito Martinez Group, Vivaz!, Kumbuka African Dance and Drum Collective,J ohn Lawrence & Ven Pa' Ca Flamenco Dancers, New Orleans Hispano American Dance Group, Paulina Rubio, Rumba Buena, Mas Mamones, Mariachi Jalisco, Patrice Fisher & Arpa & The Garifuna Connection, Grupo Sensacion, Riccardo Crespo & Sol Brasil, Kora Connection featuring Morikeba Kouyate of Senegal & Thierno Dioubate of Guinea, Curtis Pierre with Samba Kids, Los Hombres Calientes featuring Bill Summers and Irvin Mayfield, AsheSon, N'Kafu Traditional African Dance Company.

Visit http://lineup.nojazzfest.com to view the day to day complete line-up schedule.

The Jazz Festival offers three distinct VIP opportunities to experience the event in style:the Festival's popular Big Chief VIP Experience ticket package provides special viewing access at most of the Festival's stages,the Grand Marshal VIP Pass allows for up-close access at the three major stages: and the Krew of Jazz Fest VIP Pass entitles patrons to special covering seating at the Acura Stage audience area.All of the hugely popular VIP packages are on sale now while supplies last.The Festival offeres a special layaway arrangement for any of the VIP packages.For more information on layaway,please visit www.nojazzfest.com.

Jazz Fest also offers full service travel packages for fans wishing to take the guesswork out of attending the event.Visit www.nojazzfest.com to learn more about the official travel packages that include hotel accommodations, travel to and from the Festival grounds and festival tickets,including the option for Festival VIP packages.

Tickets for the Festival, which takes place at the Fair Grounds Race Course, are on sale now. Advance single-day Jazz Fest tickets are only $45 through February 29. Starting March 1,advance single-day tickets will be $50, while the gate price ticket is $65. Children's tickets(age 2-10) are still only $5 and are available at the gate only. Single day tickets to Jazz Fest are on sale by specific weekend, with each ticket valid for a single's day's attendance.

Tickets are available at www.nojazzfest.com and www.ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling (800) 745-3000.Tickets can be purchased in person at the Jazz Fest ticket office located at the New Orleans Arena Box Office. All general admission Jazz Fest tickets are subject to additional service fees and handling charges.

A listing of hotels offering special Jazz Fest rates is posted at www.nojazzfest.com, where patrons can effortlessly reserve their hotel rooms for the event. Festival-goers can peruse room availability and book their accommodations early taking advantage of some of the best prices offered at participating hotels.

Shell is the Presenting Sponsor of the Festival. Major Jazz Fest Sponsors are Acura, Dell, Peoples Health, Miller Lite, and the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots (A Churchill Downs company). Coca-Cola, Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, WWOZ, Zatarain's and St.Charles Vision are also Official Jazz Fest Sponsors.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation,Inc. is the nonprofit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell.The Foundation used the proceeds from Jazz Fest,and other revenues,for year-round activities in the areas of education, economic development and cultural events. Education programs include the Don "Moose"Jamison Heritage School of Music and the Tom Dent Congo Square Lecture Series. Economic Development initiates include the Community Partnership Grants, the Synch Up entertainment industry conference and the Jazz & Heritage Talent Exchange web site. Cultural events include the Jazz Journey concert series and free community festivals: the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival, the Louisiana CAjun-Zydeco Festival and the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival. The Foundation also owns the radio station WWOZ 90.7, the Jazz & Heritage Archive, the Jazz & Heritage Gallery and the Jazz & Heritage Center.

The 14th Annual Jazz & Heritage Foundation Gala will be held on April 26 at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel. The Gala is an evening of music, food,and fun that directly supports the Don Jamison Heritage School of Music, a free music instruction program that reaches more than 85 students each week. This year's Gala will feature tow of the Heritage School's most outstanding alumni Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and his exciting group, Orleans Avenue; and Sam Williams with his Big Sam's Funky Nation; plus very special guests James Andrews and Glen David Andrews.Tickets are $500.00 and include access passes to all seven days of Jazz Fest.The Gala always sells out, so please visit www.jazzandheritage.org or call 504-558-6100 to get tickets or inquire about sponsorship opportunities.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell is a co-production of Festival Productions Louisiana, LLC.(a wholly owned subsidiary of Festival Productions, Inc.-New Orleans) and AEG Louisiana Production, LLC.(a subsidiary of AEG Live).

About Ricky Ricardo:
Ricky Ricardo is a Southern California based writer,music reviewer and photographer.
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