Mar 26, 2024 - Music

Jazz Fest 2024 cubes arrive, and crawfish bread is back

A light crowd dances in front of the Fais Do Do Stage at Jazz Fest.

Fans dance to C.J Chenier at the Fais Do Do Stage at the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Photo: Douglas Mason/Getty Images

New Orleans Jazz Fest's 2024 return will be the event's biggest ever, says founder Quint Davis.

Why it matters: The annual festival anchors New Orleans' spring calendar, provides dependable gigs to hundreds of local musicians, puts Louisiana culture at center stage and has an enormous economic impact on the city.

The big picture: Jazz Fest opens at the Fair Grounds for two four-day weekends beginning April 25.

  • Tickets are on sale now, but they're already sold out for May 2, which features The Rolling Stones.
  • Jazz Fest also dropped its hour-by-hour, day-by-day schedule (otherwise known as The Cubes) on Tuesday.

Zoom in: That release offered a first look at how the festival will host The Rolling Stones in a format unique to the event's 53-year history.

  • On that day, all stages except for Jazz Fest's biggest will shut down by 3:45pm.
  • At the Festival Stage, Dumpstaphunk plays 3:10pm to 4:25pm, leaving enough room for a two-hour Rolling Stones set.
Three people, wearing Bayouwear shirts with an illustrated pattern of sunglasses, smile in a posed photo.
Jazz Fest press conference attendees show off the latest print of the festival's Bayouwear shirts. Photo: Chelsea Brasted/Axios

What he's saying: The festival "will be big in every aspect," Davis said Tuesday.

  • "It's the most food vendors, the most food items, the most artists and the most bands" Jazz Fest has ever had, he said.

By the numbers: The Fair Grounds will host 60 food vendors serving 208 foods, Davis said.

  • And Jazz Fest's arts and crafts areas will feature 260 booths, swapping out each weekend.

Meanwhile: The food vendor list includes the return of Panorama Foods' crawfish bread, a longtime festival favorite, and Marie's Sugar Dumplings, which makes sweet potato pies and turnovers.

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