When the NBA’s new light show is over in New Orleans next season, the league will have an unusual spectacle to mark the occasion: the annual New Orleans Jazz Festival.
“JazzFest is the culmination of our yearlong commitment to celebrate the city of New Orleans and our fans,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement on Thursday.
Silver has said the event will be “the ultimate celebration of the Jazz.”
The Jazz Festival will include entertainment from the Jazz, Pelicans, Jazz Ballerina and the Jazz Drummers, along with performances by the Jazz Singers, Jazz Trio, Jazz Festival Jazz Band and Jazz Band Dance.
The Jazz Festival, which is expected to last for three days, is slated to open with a jazz concert on Thursday at the Garden.
The Jazz Fest is expected not to include the usual fireworks displays and a parade, but instead, will be filled with entertainment and games from around the league.
The NBA is set to hold its next light show in 2019 in the Rose Garden, and this year, the New Orleans Pelicans will be the marquee team.
NBA stars are expected to attend.
Jazz Ballers are also expected to be among the featured performers, along the lines of the Pelicans’ performance in last year’s New Orleans Holiday Ball.
The Pelicans are the team that has had the most success during the Jazz Festival event, winning five straight and earning their first playoff appearance in six years.
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