NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - For the first time in the festival’s 50-year history, the 2020 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been canceled.
Coordinators made the announcement online on Thursday.
Organizers said in a statement online, “With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to evolve unpredictably and out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our community including musicians, fans, participants, and staff, Jazz Fest 2020 will not occur this fall.”
Jazz Fest is not only a huge boom to the city’s economy as it draws people from across the country and around the word, but is critical for the music economy and industry as well.
Not only does the fest book many big national names and tours, it also books locals who rely on the festival for income to get them through the slow summers.
Jan Ramsey with Offbeat Magazine said tours have been canceled country-wide, probably leading organizers to cancel the festival.
Jazz Fest said they will honor tickets bought this year for the 2021 Jazz Fest which has already been scheduled for April 22 - May 2.