Jazz Fest Board awaits new venue for 2018 Festival


It’s the middle of April, right about the time when music from the Natchitoches Jazz and R&B Festival is known to fill the streets in the Historic District. While the festival is postponed this year, the Jazz Fest Board is planning for a bigger and better 2018 festival, according to Rodney Harrington.

The board announced its decision to postpone the event In August of last year. 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.

“Naturally we’re disappointed,” said Harrington. “At the same time we’re excited about the renovations that are underway, which I watch everyday from my office. We promise to be back next year with the biggest and best festival ever April 20-21, 2018.”

Also, stay tuned for mini music events until 2018, geared toward keeping the festival in the public eye and keeping music at the heart of Natchitoches.

Photo By Wiley Butler

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