Jazz Fest Kicks Off Weekend Two of Performances

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Date:                                                                            April 30, 2015

Subject:                                                                        Jazz Fest Weekend Two

Jazz Fest Weekend Two Kicks Off To Successful Start With A-List Artists Headlining

[New Orleans] –– The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is beginning its second weekend of celebrations at the fairgrounds in New Orleans.

Each year, Jazz Fest is held during two weekends in April or May, and tens of thousands of music lovers flock to New Orleans to hear amazing, groundbreaking music. This year, a large number of famous musicians headlined to festival. Among these were Elton John, The Who, Jimmy Buffett, Lady Gaga, Pitbull, Ed Sheeran, Lenny Kravitz and a ton of other talented names.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival gives anyone over the age of 21 a chance to attend the festival for free in return for volunteering. Those interested can apply for positions at nojazzfest.com. An example for potential volunteers is the Jazz Fest hospitality manager position. Josh Demelo, a graduating communication major at Southeastern Louisiana University, was thrilled when he was chosen for this position.

“My job as hospitality manager was to cater to all of the artists backstage,” said Demelo. “I had to get them their alcohol, food and anything else that they asked for.” The basic objective was to keep the artists happy.

Jazz Fest has cultural benefits as well. The “Louisiana Folklife Village” is an area inside the festival that gives attendees an closer look at the historical culture of Louisiana. Many master artisans show off generations-old techniques in the village. Booths in the village contain ornamental woodworking, Mardi Gras float-making, basket weaving, traditional boatbuilding and many other interesting livelihoods.

Charles Gillam is a New Orleans born and bred woodcarver who lives in Algiers. Gillam ran the ornamental woodworking tent at Jazz Fest during the first weekend. “I love to come to Jazz Fest and see all of the different cultures that attend this event,” Gillam said. “I love to educate everyone passing by my tent on the history and intricacies of cedar woodcarving that is indigenous to the swamps and rivers of New Orleans.”

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is a chance to show the world the old beauty of New Orleans and its heritage. Every native is urged to do his or her part in making this event a magical and wonderful experience for every festival attendee.

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