Thinking about music beyond the next few days of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival’s second weekend may not be easy. But tickets go on sale Friday for two major upcoming concerts in New Orleans.
Superstar Canadian rapper Drake will bring his highly anticipated “Summer Sixteen” tour to the Smoothie King Center on Sept. 2. The bill also features the rapper Future.
The tour is in support of Drake’s new album, “View,” which is officially released on Friday. Four singles from the album — “Hotline Bling,” “Summer Sixteen,” “Pop Style” and “One Dance” — already have spent considerable time on the Billboard Top 20.
Live Nation Entertainment is producing and promoting the tour, which kicks off July 20 in Austin, Texas. It will visit more than 30 cities across North America before concluding in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Sept. 17.
Reserved seats for the New Orleans date are $46.50, $96.50 or, for the floor and most of the arena’s lower bowl, $126.50 plus service charges. Following various presales, tickets go on sale to the general public Friday at 10 a.m. at the arena box office and via Ticketmaster outlets.
This week’s other big concert announcement revealed that the Alabama Shakes, still touring in support of their 2015 album “Sound & Color,” will headline Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square on Sept. 22. Corinne Bailey Rae opens that show.
Both reserved seat and general admission, standing room-only tickets are available, priced at either $42 or $61 plus service charges. Following presales, tickets for the Alabama Shakes show go on sale to the public Friday at noon, two hours after the Drake tickets go up for grabs.
Which leaves plenty of time to make a purchase and then make your way over to the Fair Grounds for Jazz Fest.