Maroon 5 is headed back to New Orleans in 2018. The pop-rock band is slated to headline the Smoothie King Center on June 14 as part of a tour in support of the forthcoming album “Red Pill Blues.”
Tickets go on sale Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster.
Maroon 5, led by singer and longtime "The Voice" judge Adam Levine, performed on the main Acura Stage at the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
The band also sold out the Smoothie King Center in September 2016. The crowd of 14,500 was the venue’s largest of the year.
That was Maroon 5’s first-ever arena headlining concert in New Orleans. Come next June, they will have performed in the city three times in less than two years.
The frequent visits likely sit well with keyboardist PJ Morton, a New Orleans native. The son of gospel star Bishop Paul S. Morton, leader of Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church, Paul “PJ” Morton Jr. landed his first professional gig at age 15 as the keyboardist for the House of Blues’ weekly gospel brunch. At St. Augustine High School, he was the pianist in the jazz band.
In 2010, Maroon 5 had hired him to play keyboards onstage. In 2012, he was promoted to full-fledged membership. He’s been featured on all Maroon 5 recordings and tours ever since, even as he’s worked to launch his own New Orleans-based record label, Morton Records.
To that end, he moved back to New Orleans in 2015, after 14 years in Atlanta and Los Angeles.