This past weekend, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival closed out its 50th annual edition with another four-day weekend of amazing music, food, and NOLA culture.
Thursday, May 2nd saw performance on the Fairgrounds by Dumpstaphunk, Ziggy Marley, Mavis Staples, Anders Osborne, Samantha Fish, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Nicholas Payton and The Light Beings, Eric Lindell, Marc Broussard, and Widespread Panic, who welcomed George Porter Jr. during their headlining set at the Acura Stage.
On Friday, May 3rd, the Jazz Fest crowds were treated to sets by Chris Stapleton, Gladys Knight, Gary Clark Jr., Los Lobos, Kamasi Washington, Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers, Ani DiFranco (who welcomed Ivan Neville for a tune), Sonny Landreth, North Mississippi Allstars, Leo Nocentelli, Papa Mali & Friends, Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars, and more.
Saturday, May 4th featured performances from Pitbull, Diana Ross, Aaron Neville, Galactic, Tank and the Bangas, Big Freedia, The Soul Rebels, and more in addition to a headlining set from Dave Matthews Band that saw the outfit recruit help from Robert Randolph, Warren Haynes, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Finally, Sunday, May 5th included performances by Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with the Nevilles, John Fogerty, Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, Little Feat, Buddy Guy, The Radiators, Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Cyril Neville’s Swamp Funk, George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, Kermit Ruffins’ Tribute to Louis Armstrong, and much more.
As is the nature of Jazz Fest, it was impossible to catch all the incredible music going on at the Fairgrounds throughout the weekend. However, photographer Adam McCullough captured a broad swath of the performers throughout the festival’s final four days. You can check out a selection of his photos from New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2019 weekend two below.