There may be no better way to open the Newport Jazz Festival than what founding producer George Wein is doing this summer.
New Orleans is widely acknowledged as the birthplace of jazz. The opening night concert at Newport Casino and International Tennis Hall of Fame - the birthplace of the Newport Jazz Festival back in 1954 - is going N'awlins in a big way.
The Newport Festivals Foundation announced today that this year's opener, on Friday night August 3, will feature Dr. John and his Lower 911 band AND The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. There may be lots of Second Lining. Bring your umbrellas and hankies and be prepared to strut.