Pitbull bailed, but Tom Petty and Lorde starred in a partially salvaged Sunday at the New Orleans Jazz Fest | Advocate


The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival engaged Mother Nature in a high-stakes game of brinksmanship on Sunday, and won. Pitbull, however, lost.
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Jazz Fest opening delayed until Sunday afternoon due to bad weather | Advocate


Bad weather will delay the opening of Jazz Fest on Sunday.
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Maroon 5, Usher and the Roots topped off the 2017 New Orleans Jazz Fest's first Saturday | Advocate


At suppertime Saturday, the lines at the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival’s food booths were short. Just about everybody, it seemed, was stationed at one of the three main stages for a strong trifecta of closing acts: Alabama…
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Fans, family remember Pete Fountain in 'Ancestors' procession at Jazz Fest 2017 | Advocate


Beverly Fountain, Pete Fountain’s widow, leaned over and planted a kiss on the portrait of her husband unveiled Saturday in the “Ancestors” area of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival grounds.
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2017 New Orleans Jazz Fest brings Cuban flair, flag to Fair Grounds, | Advocate


It took hours and hours of work to make sure that people attending the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival this year could dance to Cuban music in the center of the Fair Grounds.
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From smooth soul to something Phish-y, a laid-back day at the Gentilly stage at Jazz Fest 2017 | Advocate


Overcast and breezy weather made for a relaxed and pleasant kickoff to the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, on its first weekday.
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Harry Connick Jr. was both a New Orleanian and an entertainer on the 2017 Jazz Fest's opening day | Advocate


Late in his closing set on the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival's opening day, Harry Connick Jr. once again reiterated his hometown bonafides. He recalled being tutored as a boy by eccentric, troubled New Orleans piano genius James…
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Help for Jazz Fest Withdrawals #jazzfest

How to deal with Jazz Fest Withdrawals. Besides 'go to Jazz Fest'...

Once you accept that you are going to miss Jazz Fest, you are going to have to deal with Fest withdrawals. These can range from headaches in the form of "why aren't you going to Jazz Fest" questions to intense cravings for crawfish bread and spontaneous dancing at awkward times.

Here are some top tips to deal with Fest withdrawals – you can do it! First time missing Fest? Remember you have a lot of people who care about you and are here to help.


Immerse yourself in WWOZ and good food then taper off slowly.

If your body has been so used to the abuse you give it at the end of April and beginning of May, don't go cold turkey. Around the beginning of April start catching a lot of music. Eat obscene amounts of food. Taper down gradually until First Friday.  Going cold turkey may be too much of a shock to your system for you to be able to control your inner Festivalist.

Start by cutting down the variety of music. This may seem extreme but starting with that will make your other changes easier to make. Cut down portion sizes and spices. Remember, gradually is the key.

Do Something Else. Read an Ikea assembly guide. Roll newspapers into logs. Hang out at a pet shelter.

Occupy yourself at times when you would normally be dancing and craving Cissy Strut. Go out at night, without sunglasses. Go to sleep—before sunrise. Refocus your energy into something productive. Refinish your floors. Clean out the refrigerator.

Drink Water. Okay, too drastic, you can skip this step for now.

Sometimes you might think you have a craving, but it turns out to be gas. Allowing ourselves long periods of silence could lead to cravings. Make sure you keep music playing, and carry music with you at all times, even if it's a best of The Beatles mix.

Keep a range of healthy snacks available to you. Just in case. Don't cook up jambalaya or think a boil will get you through this. Find something that is healthy, and make small portions. Don't start a hot sauce or poboy debate online.

Deep fried is not the answer.

A top trick to help with Jazz Fest cravings is to pick a Neil Diamond song and play it on repeat. It may sound awful, but it is a great way to purge and reduce symptoms, also helps those on a juice diet.
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Find Support. There's a "Not Going to Jazz Fest" group online https://www.facebook.com/events/183023418884209/

If you are really feeling the pressure, find a few people you are comfortable with and see if they'd help you and do the Alligator and chant the Watermellon song.

Make sure your friends and loved ones are aware of what is going on as you face this mountain. It can be very hard and you may be moody and also feeling abandoned, so the support of someone can be crucial.

Remember that the First Friday is the hardest.  The dread will subside by Second Sunday.


What's new for Jazz Fest food? Cuban dishes working their mojo and a beignet brunch | Advocate


If you’ve been to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival a few times, you probably already have your favorite dishes. Plenty of people know exactly what they’ll get when they walk into the Fair Grounds and beeline to those…
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Die-hard fans ready for week of music, food as Jazz Fest kicks off, 'you just can't beat it' | Advocate


It was 1977 when Nancy Davis went to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for the first time.
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As 2017 New Orleans Jazz Fest opens, staffers plan for rainy weekend weather | Advocate


The forecast for the first day of the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is cloudy but rain-free. The rest of the weekend, not so much.
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Jazz Fest artwork -- and kitties -- have a cozy home in Bywater | Advocate


It wasn’t long after they were married that Nurhan Gokturk and Bridget Cameron started looking for a place to buy. Both thought they wanted to live Uptown — until the price point scared them off.
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Playing with Jazz Fest food: the best of the DIY fest food mash ups | Advocate


Last year at Jazz Fest I tried a little experiment. What would happen if I combined different dishes, or even different parts of dishes, from various food vendors for new creations?
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New Orleans Jazz Fest 2017: Check out the scene at the Fairgrounds | Advocate


The 2017 New Orleans Jazz Fest is sure to provide good food and great music for hundreds of thousands of visitors over its two-week span.
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Jazz Fest book tent lists author signings at the Fair Grounds this weekend | Advocate


The Book Tent is staffed by the New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association. All proceeds go to local literacy programs.
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Meatless meals at New Orleans Jazz Fest, best vegetarian dishes | Advocate


Food is a big part of the heritage in the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and it’s a major fixation for many fest fans.
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Light, cool Jazz Fest food picks | Advocate


Food is a big part of the heritage in the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and it’s a major fixation for many fest fans.
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Digging in to Jazz Fest food: our critic's picks, best bargains, big bites, vegetarian options and more | Advocate


If you’re the type of Jazz Fest fan who walks through the gates with specific dishes in mind, this year is for you.
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New Orleans Jazz Fest poster artist Francis X. Pavy captured the Meters in their funky, early '70s glory | Advocate


As a Lafayette teenager in the early 1970s, visual artist Francis X. Pavy fell under the spell of pioneering New Orleans funk band the Meters. While still in high school, he saw multiple performances, and Meters records were around the…
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From congas to costumes to cigars, Jazz Fest 2017 celebrates the real Cuba | Advocate


Cuba has become more accessible in recent years, yet the country remains a mystery to most Americans. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival offers guests the chance to explore Cuba’s art, music and food at the Cultural Exchange Pavilion…
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Harry Connick Jr. on his 10-year absence from the New Orleans Jazz Fest: 'It feels like yesterday to me' | Advocate


Harry Connick Jr. was surprised to learn 10 years have passed since he last performed at his hometown New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Granted, he's been busy.
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New Orleans food, music events keep the party rolling between, before and after Jazz Fest | Advocate


The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival goes on for seven days. But “Jazz Fest" has become more like its own season in New Orleans, one that's full of events that stretch the party beyond the Fair Grounds and across…
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2017 New Orleans Jazz Fest: Here's a look at top music, food picks for first weekend | Advocate


The 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival opens Friday.
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All-Star Country Fest adds a 'honkabilly' sound to Jazz Fest weekends in New Orleans | Advocate


Thanks goodness for second chances.
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With roots in punk rock, Molly McGuire waves flag for New Orleans with canvases at Jazz Fest 2017 | Advocate


2017 marks Molly McGuire’s fifth year doing the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. A bass guitarist, she has recorded with Frank Black, opened for The Eagles of Death Metal and performed with Queens of the Stone Age. But the…
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How the 2017 New Orleans Jazz Fest honors deceased 'Ancestors' | Advocate


The 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival opens Friday as a music and food extravaganza for the living. But it’s also an elaborate celebration of the dead.
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Fill 'er up: best food at New Orleans Jazz Fest for big portions, full meals | Advocate


Food is a big part of the heritage in the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and it’s a major fixation for many fest fans.
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Keith Spera's Sound Check: Music after dark during the 2017 New Orleans Jazz Fest's first week | Advocate


If you think the schedule of the 2017 New Orleans Jazz Fest is jam-packed, consider this: That's only the start. Once the Fair Grounds clears out at 7 p.m., the music is just getting started around town. And this week,…
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Welcome to the 2017 New Orleans Jazz Fest, a cross-generational celebration of New Orleans and more | Advocate


The 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell opens Friday at the Fair Grounds with a main stage roster consisting entirely of musicians either based or born in New Orleans. That says a lot about the city,…
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Musical highlights of the 2017 New Orleans Jazz Fest's first weekend | Advocate


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Jazz Fest 2017: Tickets, getting there, what to bring | Advocate


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Best New Orleans Jazz Fest food, our critic's picks | Advocate


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Bargain bites at New Orleans Jazz Fest, food picks for a frugal feast | Advocate


The food options can seem limitless at Jazz Fest. Your wallet probably does not. Here are some dishes that can stretch your festival dining dollar.
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Your guide to New Orleans Jazz Fest 2017: Whom to see, what to eat, more | Advocate


The countdown is on: New Orleans Jazz Festival 2017 begins Friday.
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NOLA Crawfish Fest moves to Central City with 3 days of boils and bands between Jazz Fest weekends | Advocate


When Chris “Shaggy” Davis is boiling, there’s often a band nearby jamming. This combination will be in full swing at NOLA Crawfish Festival, a three-day food and music event between Jazz Fest weekends at a unique venue in Central City.
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Riot Fest 2017 First Round Lineup! Dinosaur Jr., Built to Spill, Fishbone to Play Full Albums

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Riot Fest in Chicago (September 15-17, 2017) always puts one of the most interesting lineups of the year. For 2017, we’re seeing a newly...

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'BreakFest' adds early start for Jazz Fest Sundays with brunch, music, maybe a shave | Advocate


Staying out late is one way to do Jazz Fest, as revelers stretch the celebration into the wee hours. BreakFest, by contrast, is proposing an early start, and a different way to ease into a big day.
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Maroon 5's PJ Morton ready to serve up his new 'Gumbo' CD and return to the New Orleans Jazz Fest | Advocate


Maroon 5 keyboardist PJ Morton badly wants his bandmates to bask in some hometown sunshine during the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Maroon 5’s previous Jazz Fest appearance, in 2013, fell on one of the coldest days in…
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New Festival Alert! Drink Bourbon With Eddie Vedder and Stevie Nicks

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What pairs nicely with a smooth, Kentucky bourbon? Stevie Nicks, Edder Vedder, and Band of Horses, according to a new Louisville festival scheduled to...

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Summerfest Announces Massive 50th Anniversary 2017 Lineup

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Summerfest announced more than 100 artists for this year’s festival including Flume, Steve Miller Band, Shins, Steve Akoi, Third Eye Blind, Ziggy Marley, Girl...

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Vaucresson sausage, a festival favorite with long roots, joins the pack at Dat Dog | Advocate


Vaucresson sausage has been a staple since the first year of Jazz Fest in 1970, and when French Quarter Fest debuted in 1984, these distinctive, Creole-style links were part of the food line up, too. In fact, in the years…
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Outside Lands Goes Big for Tenth Anniversary: The Who, Metallica, Gorillaz, Lorde, Alt-J, Fleet Foxes

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Outside Lands in San Francisco announced a huge lineup for their tenth year celebration, bringing in headliners like Gorillaz, The Who, Metallica, A Tribe...

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