The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival starts tomorrow, and our Mahaffey crew has been hard at work since April 1st setting up more than 30 tents for this year’s event, which runs April 27-29 and May 3-6.
Here’s a great before and after photo of a Mahaffey structure, showing the beginning stages of set up and the completion.
We’ve been providing the structures for the festival for the past 30 years, and it’s always an honor to be part of this historic music event. The first jazz and heritage festival was held in 1970 and from the very beginning it was “envisioned as an important event that would have great cultural significance and popular appeal.” New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, so city leaders wanted to create an event worthy of its heritage and legacy. A few other festivals were held in the years leading up 1970, but none were quite like the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
George Wein, producer of the Festival, once said, “The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival represents a new and exciting idea in festival presentation. This festival could only be held in New Orleans because here and here alone is the richest musical heritage in America.”
*Source: Some content courtesy of the article History: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.