NEW ORLEANS JAZZ FEST KICKS OFF

Billy Joel at New Orleans Jazz Fest 2013.
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By ITM Staff

Here’s a little exercise for you: think of three of the most iconic musical groups that would seemingly have nothing to do with one another. Let’s say Public Enemy, Arcade Fire, and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band are our choices. What do they all have in common? Well right now, they’re all down in the Bayou!

Today kicks off the first day of the 2014 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, running this weekend and next. While jazz may be the centerpiece of the festival, it is by no means the only music being played. The lineup includes huge stars and local Louisiana favorites alike, like Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Robert Plant, Allen Touissant, Alabama Shakes, and a whole lot more.

As the organizers put it, “The Festival celebrates the indigenous music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana, so the music encompasses every style associated with the city and the state: blues, R&B, gospel, Cajun, zydeco, Afro-Caribbean, folk, Latin, rock, rap, country, bluegrass and everything in between”

The festival will also showcase a wide array of local food and crafts including an African marketplace, a Food Heritage stage and, you guessed it, lots of crawfish. If you can find some time in your schedule to make your way down south, you’re bound to have amazing time. Hey, it’s never too late to hop on a JetBlue flight and make the trip!

The ITM Team has covered and experienced the festival for the past 15 years…so we’d like to think we know a thing or two about the who, the what, and the where to stay. From 5-Star to Hole-In-The-Wall, we’ve got you covered- just check out ITM’S Jazzfest Top Picks and you won’t miss a beat! For even more info, check out UrbanDaddy’s extensive guide to Jazz Fest.

Have a blast, ya’ll!

ITM’S JAZZFEST AND TOP NOLA PICKS 2014

WHERE TO STAY:
INTERNATIONAL HOUSE HOTEL (221 Camp St)
W NEW ORLEANS (333 Poydras St)
THE RITZ

JAZZ FEST EATS:
CRAWFISH MONICA

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SHRIMP, OYSTER, AND SOFTSHELL CRAB PO-BOYS

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ROSEMINT ICED TEA

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NOLA EATS:
RUBY SLIPPER – BRUNCH
MOTHERS – BRUNCH
K PAULS – DINNER
CAFE DU MONDE – ANYTIME

NOLA JAZZ & NIGHTLIFE:
ANYWHERE ON BOURBON STREET
ACME OYSTER HOUSE
D.B.A. FRENCHMAN STREET
HOUSE OF BLUES