NEW ORLEANS, LA (Dec. 4, 2018) – CEG Presents & Nolafunk are proud to make their initial announcement of the 8th Annual Nolafunk Series During Jazz Fest, which will take place during the evenings and weekends of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, from April 25 – May 5, 2019. As always, the series features a diverse collection of special performances from musicians inside and out of the New Orleans cultural sphere who all embrace the spirit and essence of the city. The series has preserved its tradition of unique lineup pairings, combining older and younger musicians, as well as national acts with local legends.
The initial announcement of the series is Freedia Fest, headlined by New Orleans’ treasure and champion of Bounce music, Big Freedia. This is will be the fourth year in a row that Big Freedia has performed at Republic NOLA during the second weekend of Jazz Fest. The first three years were all Sold Out! This year should be no different. Freedia Fest also features performances by Boyfriend and Khris Royal & Dark Matter, with all acts backed up by Dark Matter.
The scope of Big Freedia’s impact is undeniable. Over the past few decades, the New Orleans native has catapulted herself from local favorite to becoming the anointed Queen of Bounce, sharing some of her high energy flavor on massive hit tracks like Beyoncé’s Grammy-winning “Formation” and Drake’s “Nice For What” while shaping contemporary culture by bringing twerking, shaking and wiggling to a national platform. In addition to being a representative of New Orleans, as a member of the LGBTQ community Freedia has consistently used her music to lift listeners of all gender and sexual identities, using music as a bridge to unite. “I’m a voice for different communities,” she says. “Live your life and live the best way you know how. Love whoever you choose to love.”
Under the Nolafunk moniker, Manhattan-based CEG honors the musical heroes and spirit of New Orleans in many cities year ‘round, producing concerts with many of the Big Easy’s finest musicians, such as Rebirth Brass Band, Samantha Fish, Anders Osborne, Marc Broussard, Tab Benoit and many more. In addition, CEG amasses all-star Nola-centric lineups for both the annual Nolafunk Mardi Gras Ball and the annual Nolafunk Summer Jazz Fest. CEG & Nolafunk have been producing shows in New Orleans since 2007.
8th Annual Nolafunk Series During Jazz Fest
Khris Royal & Dark Matter
All acts backed up by Dark Matter
Friday May 3, 2019
Early Bird Pre-Sale $30
Ticket Link: http://bit.ly/FreediaFest
More shows to be announced soon. Show announcements, series information, and tickets can be found at www.nolafunk.com/nola. Sign up for the Nolafunk email list on the website to receive updates on special guest additions, exclusive pre-sale access and discounts.