The first Saturday of the 2019 New Orleans Jazz Fest is topped by a surprise, though well-known, name: pop superstar and "American Idol" judge Katy Perry.
The 50th anniversary New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicks off Thursday with a fresh lineup of music performances and events.
Perry is not currently on tour. When she does tour, she presides over an elaborate spectacle of costumes and props. For her one-off show at Jazz Fest's main Acura Stage, she'll presumably present a far more stripped-down production, one that is dependent solely on her voice and catalog of hits. She'll follow New Orleans-born Americana band Hurray for the Riff Raff at the Acura Stage.
Leon Bridges is one of the bright lights of contemporary soul music. The Texas-born singer has crafted such ultra-smooth singles as "Beyond" and "If It Feels Good (Then It Must Be)." In an unusual bit of programming, Bridges follows the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Grammy-winning contemporary Christian singer Lauren Daigle at the Gentilly Stage.
Other notable acts on Saturday: Logic, Boz Scaggs, Steve Earle & the Dukes, Gregory Porter, Curren$y.
— Keith Spera
Food @ Jazz Fest
Paletas de Café, Food Area I
Local Cuban caterer Congreso Cubano delivers a double treat with frozen espresso pops that can cool you down and pick you up. They’re refreshing, with just a mellow sweetness, and they also pack a caffeinated kick that can be just the thing to beat a mid-day slump.
When someone asked me what I was excited to see at Jazz Fest this year, he probably meant bands. But I just blurted out what was really on my …
— Ian McNulty