NEW ORLEANS – There is nothing like New Orleans festival season. It’s one of the best times of the year to enjoy all of the art, music and food New Orleans has to offer. With spring festivals delayed this year, JAMNOLA, the cultural funhouse in the Marigny, invites you to come and enjoy one of the best shows in town. April 21 through May 2, JAMNOLA will launch JAMFest featuring new installations, weekend arts & crafts vendors, festival food vendors at Press Street Station and new merchandise, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting local nonprofits.
JAMNOLA is a proud sponsor of WWOZ’s Jazz Festing in Place. JAMFest will be streaming the “Festing in Place” broadcast, with Jazz Fest performances recorded over the past five decades, for guests to groove to while in JAMNOLA and enjoying food and craft vendors outside.
New Art: JAMNOLA continues its support of local artists with the introduction of two new limited-edition exhibits.
The team will welcome new limited-edition installations from current JAMNOLA artists Josh Hailey and Jessica Strahan. Hailey will create three collages that will pay tribute to New Orleans festivals. The large collages will also be auctioned off after JAMFest concludes. Strahan will create large wood cut outs in the likeness of famous New Orleans musicians.
If you’ve been to Jazz Fest, it’s likely you’ve appreciated the artist signage on each stage. The maker of this iconic signage, Nan Parati, will create custom signs in all 12 exhibits at JAMNOLA.
In addition to the “Festing in Place” broadcast, George Porter Jr., best known as the bassist for The Meters, will put together a curated festival playlist of live recordings from some of the best local musicians.
Get Your Fest Food: New Orleans festivals are known for their food as much as they’re known for music. JAMNOLA will host well-known festival food and drink vendors at a take-out style food court at NOCCA Institute’s Press Street Station on Friday and Saturday of both JAMFest weekends. Food available for purchase includes dishes from well-known New Orleans festival staples like Dana and Christina Honn’s Carmo, AJ’s Sno- Balls, as well as tasty beverages like CoolBrew Coffee and Rosemint Ice Tea. Final details and vendors list, including how to order, will be posted on www.jamnola.com on Monday, April 19.
Merch & Fundraising: JAMNOLA is adding to their onsite retail store with art from local artists and new branded apparel. Since opening in August of 2020, JAMNOLA has donated over $15,000 to local charities through merchandise and partnerships, benefitting local nonprofits including: Feed the Second Line, Roots of Music, and New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic.
General admission tickets are $29 for adults and $20 for children. Kids ages 2 & under are free. Tickets can be purchased online at www.jamnola.com. Ticket reservations are required; no walk-ins.
Guests and artists/staff must submit to temperature checks upon arrival and will be required to wear masks throughout the experience. JAMNOLA is currently operating at Phase 2 guidelines as set by the City of New Orleans. Tours are limited to eight guests at a time to ensure proper social distancing. For more information, visit https://jamnola.com/pages/safety-guidelines.
JAMFest will run from Wednesday, April 21 and run through Sunday, May 2.
Festival food will be available for purchase on Friday, April 23, Saturday, April 24, Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1.
JAMNOLA, 2832 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70117
Press Street Station, 5 Homer Plessy Way, New Orleans, LA 70117