The Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival which is scheduled to be held on the downtown riverbank on April 13th &14th, in addition to over 20 musical groups performing on four different stages, the Festival is featuring something new and unique to the riverbank: Reserved Seating.
The Jazz/R&B Festival Committee has previously disseminated information giving details of the seating arrangements and costs, but according to Reserved Seating Co-Chairman, Lisa Prudhomme, there is still a lot of confusion out there about how to it’s all going to work.
“Everywhere I go,” said Prudhomme, “people are asking me to explain to them about the reserved seating. We anticipated that it may be confusing simply because it’s new and different.”
Here are a few facts which may better explain the reserved seating:
1. On Friday night, April 13th, there is no reserved seating. All tickets are General Admission.
2. General Admission tickets for adults for Saturday, April 14th, are $30.
3. Reserved seat cushions in the amphitheater for Saturday are $40 (only $10 more than General Admission).
4. Reserved padded chairs in the amphitheater for Saturday only are $50.
5. No personal chairs will be allowed on the bottom portion of the riverbank in front of and adjacent to the main stage.
6. Personal chairs will be allowed in limited areas at street level on top of the hill on a “first come, first served basis.”
7. Personal chairs will be allowed at the three side stages and some chairs will be set up and provided for the public at those stages.
8. Children may sit in their parents’ laps in the reserved section and will not be charged for a reserved seat. However, if they use a seat, then they will have to pay full price. (Of course, this is true for any concert or sporting event you attend.)
“When we decided to put on a musical event of the magnitude for the people of our area to enjoy, we knew two things: that it was going to cost a lot of money, and that we would have to utilize every square inch of space available because of the crowds who would attend,” said Prudhomme.
“We can’t have personal chairs on the lower riverbank because there is simply not enough room,” Prudhomme continued. “One chair takes up the same amount of space as three or four people standing. That means that you can put three to four times the number of people down there standing than you could if you allowed personal chairs. We are going to need that space.”
Prudhomme cautioned that the reserved seats are selling fast and that people should not wait hoping to get one on the day of the show. Oh, we fully expect them all to be sold out prior to the show,” she said. “There were only just over 500 total reserved seats to begin with and nearly half of the chairs have already been sold.” Prudhomme believes that the tickets to the Festival are a great value for the concert-going public.
“Our top reserved seat ticket price is $50 which gets you a fantastic seat to see Starship, Ohio Players, Rick Derringer, Maggie Rose, and many others,” Prudhomme continued. “To put this in prospective, Starship performed by themselves in Bossier City earlier this year and the tickets for that concert were $50.”
For ticket information and full schedule go to http://www.natchjazzfest.com