The Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival Board of Directors announced that the 2019 Festival will be held on May 10-11 of next year. This is the latest the Festival has ever been scheduled and the first time it’s been scheduled in May.
According to Festival Chairman Rodney Harrington, the Board feels that holding the Festival on a later date is a “Win-Win” for several different reasons.
“First of all,” said Harrington “it seems like nearly every year when we hold the Festival in early to mid-April, we are constantly dealing with either rain, very cool weather, or both. We feel that by moving it back a month or so, it will remove the danger of it being cold during the Festival and hopefully lessen the chance of it being rainy.”
Harrington continued that the fact that NSU Graduation is also on May 10 offers some unique opportunities both for the Festival and NSU.
“Northwestern has always been a great partner of the Jazz/R&B Festival,” he said. “We talked to Dr. Chris Maggio (NSU President) about holding the Festival the weekend of graduation and he thought it was a great idea, especially since graduation is over by 5 p.m. on Friday and the Festival doesn’t begin until then.”
Harrington said the Board is working on developing some attractive ticket packages for NSU Graduates and their families in an attempt to encourage them to stay in town when graduation is over. “What better way to celebrate graduation than by spending the weekend listening to great music and eating great food on our beautifully renovated riverbank in Natchitoches,” said Harrington. Harrington said that the Board is already working hard on the 2019 Festival and that it promises to be the best ever.