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Essence Fest Attendance Tops Jazz Fest 2017


Updated July 6th, 11AM

 

The annual Essence Fest came to a close on Sunday (7.2), ending four days of music, movies, art, food, and fun. Over 200 artists and speakers took part in the festivities, including Diana Ross, Chance the Rapper, and Mayor Mitch Landrieu. This year, Essence reported pulling in a record-breaking 470,000 festivalgoers to their complete program of events. 


Watch: Trombone Shorty's Parking Lot Jam Session with 'Simpsons' Director


It’s been almost a week since Jazz Fest ended, but every day we keep finding goodies from the Fair Grounds. A clip that is making it’s rounds on the internet today features New Orleans’ favorite son Trombone Shorty jamming with David Silverman, a writer and animator best known for directing episodes of The Simpsons. 


Snoop Dogg's Sign Language Interpreter Stole the Show at Jazz Fest


Snoop Dogg lit up the stage, both figuratively and literally, at Jazz Fest last weekend with a pyrotechnic show at the Fair Grounds on Saturday (5.6). The Grammy-winning artist and Martha Stewart's BFF played the Congo Square Stage to a riotous crowd. The attention however, may not have been exclusively for Snoop. 


Jazz Fest Attracts 425,000 Attendees in 2017


The 48th annual Jazz & Heritage Festival came to a close on Sunday (5.7), ending a week’s worth of music, food, crafts, and — perhaps most notably — only one rainy day. This year, Jazz Fest attracted about 425,000 fans to Fair Grounds, according to a press release from the festival's team. 


Jazz Fest - Sunday 5.7 (Photos)

Photographer Stephen Charles Nicholson Shares Pics From the Fest's Final Day



Jazz Fest Weekend Two on Sunday, ending the 48th annual festival on a high note. New Orleans' favorite son Trombone Shorty closed out the fest's biggest stage, but plenty of other top talents performed in the final festival hours. Scroll on for photos from the kick off weekend by Stephen Charles Nicholson. 


Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (Photos)

Stephen Charles Nicholson Photographs Jazz Fest's Final Performances



New Orleans' favorite son Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews celebrated the end of an exciting week with several hundred of his closest friends on Sunday (5.7), closing out the Acura Stage for the 48th annual Jazz Fest. Scroll on for photos by Stephen Charles Nicholson. 


Entergy Awards $30,000 to American Indian College Fund


American Indian culture is bountiful in Louisiana. The Native American Village at Jazz Fest returned for 2017, offering festivalgoers the chance to explore the heritage of the state's indigenous peoples with daily pow wow performances, educational workshops, and demonstrations on everything from woodcarving to basketweaving. On Friday (5.5), New Orleans-based energy company Entergy made a $30,000 donation to the American Indian College Fund. This is Entergy’s third year awarding the grant, and is part of the company's ongoing dedication to promote empowerment through education. 


Jazz Fest: Saturday Fest Fever (PHOTOS)

Photographer Stephen Charles Nicholson Shares Pics From Saturday (5.6)



Jazz Fest Weekend Two is underway, offering food, drinks, crafts, and of course music. Defying Jazz Fest traditions, Saturday was sunny all day. Scroll on for photos from the kick off weekend by Stephen Charles Nicholson. 


Jazz Fest - Friday 5.5 (Photos)

Photographer Stephen Charles Nicholson Shares Pics



Jazz Fest Weekend Two is underway, offering food, drinks, crafts, and of course music. Friday's bright skies provided the perfect scene at the Fair Grounds for fun in the sun. Scroll on for photos from the kick off weekend by Stephen Charles Nicholson. 


Jazz Fest - Thursday 5.4 (Photos)

Photographer Stephen Charles Nicholson Shares Pics



Jazz Fest Weekend Two kicked off yesterday, offering food, drinks, crafts, and of course music. The overcast skies didn't stop the fun on the Fair Grounds, with kids and adults alike splashing around in the puddles.  Scroll on for photos from the kick off weekend by Stephen Charles Nicholson. 


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