The board for the Jazz and R&B Festival decided to postpone the event until 2018. Cancelling the festival, which was set for April 2017, wasn’t what they wanted to do. Construction scheduled for the Rue Beauport Riverfront Project from January until October forced them to consider other options, but the board decided that taking the festival away from the riverbank wasn’t an option at all.
“We have heard over and over again that it wouldn’t be the same not being on the riverbank and that it would detract from the festival to move it,” said Rodney Harrington. “We felt we would lose the momentum we have built over the years. We plan to return in 2018 and kick off a new and improved festival the likes of which Natchitoches has never seen.”
The board will conduct events next year, including fundraising for 2018, to keep the festival in the public eye.
“We are excited about the plan for the riverbank,” said Harrington. “It will add to the success of the festival. We have seen the plans and the City sought our input about the seating and stage. It will only add to the festival experience and we feel one year off is a small price to pay for the long-term benefit.”