New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival: April 25-May 4, New Orleans, Louisiana.
This star-studded festival actually hosts its events from April 25-27 and May 1-4, 2014. Dating back to 1970, Mahalia Jackson, often called the greatest gospel singer, returned to her hometown to appear at the first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in April of 1970 and it has grown ever since that time.
The event will have numerous stages and performances featuring both local and world-renowned artists including: Bruce Srpingsteen & The E Street Band, Christina Aguilera, Santana, Arcade Fire, Eric Clapton, Foster the People, Robin Thicke, Trey Songz, Phish, Chaka Khan, Lyle Lovett, Public Enemy, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, among others. This is, of course, in addition to the famed New Orleans cuisine that will be prominent at the event.
Single day tickets are $55 when purchased in advance. Fair Grounds Race Course, 10 minutes from French quarter. Various hotels are offering special room rates. Visit http://www.nojazzfest.com/ for more information.