The 22nd Annual Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival, which returns to the downtown riverbank after a one-year hiatus, will for the first time ever, feature a limited amount of reserved seating. According to Lisa Prudhomme, who along with her husband Mike, are the Co-Chairmen of the Reserved Seating Committee, the reserved seats in the new amphitheater in front of the stage should greatly enhance the concert-going experience.
“We knew that with the lineup we have for the festival this year, we needed to make the best use of the limited space we have on the riverbank and maximize the number of people who can comfortably view the main stage,” said Lisa.
This year’s festival is headlined by multiplatinum-selling groups Starship and the Ohio Players, and also features Rick Derringer, Maggie Rose, Wayne Toups, Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs, and many others.
Reserved seating will consist of several rows of cushioned chairs which will cost $50 for Saturday along with stadium cushions which will be affixed to the concrete ledges on the amphitheater. The cost of the cushions are $40 for Saturday. All seating Friday night is General Admission.
According to Mike Prudhomme, the limited number of reserved seats and the quality of this year’s festival, will likely result in a high demand for the new reserved seating.
“Oh, they are going to sell like hot cakes,” he said. “There are less than 600 reserved seats available and we have had folks from all over the state and region calling and inquiring how they can get reserved seats. We fully expect them to sell out within a few days.”
Both Prudhommes are asking the public to be patient and understanding as their committee works its way through the process of selling reserved seating.
“As far as we can tell, this is the first time that anyone has attempted to sell reserved seating on the downtown riverbank in the over 300 years that Natchitoches has been here,” Lisa laughed. “There may be a glitch here and there but we are going to do our best to make sure that everyone has a great experience. I know it’s a cliche, but there is truly not a bad seat in the house.”
RSERVED SEAT PRICES (Saturday Only)
Chairs – $50
Stadium Cushions – $40
Note: None of the Student or Veteran discounts applying to General Admission apply to Reserved Seating. If children 12 and under use a Reserved Seat, they must pay for it. Small children can sit in their parents’ laps in the Reserved Seating area but, again, if a seat is used, it must be paid for.
REGULAR ADULT GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS AND VIP TICKETS MAY BE UPGRADED TO RESERVED
SEATING BY ADDING $20 PER TICKET FOR A CHAIR OR $10 PER TICKET FOR A STADIUM CUSHION.
Weekend Pass: Adults $45, Students $20, Under 12 – free. (Weekend Pass armbands must be worn Friday and Saturday.
Friday Night General Admission: All seats Friday night will be General Admission. Adults $20, Students with ID’s $10, Children under 12 – free
Saturday: Adults $30, Students $15, Children under 12 – free, Active Military – free with ID
RESERVED SEAT TICKETS must be ordered online, only, at www.natchjazzfest.com
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS may also be ordered online or may be purchased at The Harrington Law Firm in Natchitoches, the main branch of the Bank of Montgomery and the Royal Street Branch of Midsouth Bank.
The festival will be held on the riverbank rain or shine. There are no alternate location contingency plans. All tickets and passes are non-refundable.
For more information go to www.natchjazzfest.com and the Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival Facebook page.
3 thoughts on “Jazz/R&B Festival to Feature Reserved Seating”
I’m very disappointed about the decision to have reserved seating on the riverbank. The purpose of the new riverbank was for all of us to enjoy the many events that Natchitoches has during the year. I for one cannot aford the extra fee to get a nice place to sit. I had to pay a admission to get in and then eat. I bet for this years Christmas Festival someone is going to want to sell the seats. It reminds me of the have and have nots.
Somebody has to pay for all those chairs and seat cushions. There’s also labor in setting them up and taking them down. They will, of course, have to be stored for future use. I wonder what inventory controls will be in place? How many of these items will still be around when they’re needed again? Looks like a bad idea that will turn out to be another money drain.
So, am I correct reading this article , that there is a general admission charge this year?
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