Jazz Fest a success despite weather-dampened attendance numbers
NEW ORLEANS - Shell, presenter of this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, is calling the 2016 edition of the event a success after it wrapped up on Sunday.
Shell says more than 425,000 fans “rocked the free world” on the final Sunday of the festival, despite less than cooperative weather conditions on both weekends.
The big names of Steely Dan and Neil Young bookended the seven day event with local favorite Trombone Shorty closing things out in true New Orleans style as festival goers powered through both sunshine and rain to see and hear the quality acts that took to the various stages.
Attendance peaked at 460,000 last year during weather conditions that were much more favorable to drawing the masses.
Next year’s 48th annual Jazz Fest is scheduled for Apr. 28 through May 7, 2017.