Willie Nelson, Melissa Etheridge cancel New Orleans Jazz Fest performances due to COVID

Willie Nelson, Melissa Etheridge cancel New Orleans Jazz Fest performances due to COVID

NEW ORLEANS — Willie Nelson is cancelling an upcoming efficiency on the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage competition and suspending different exhibits after a constructive case of the coronavirus in his band.

The 89-year-old musician posted on his band’s web site on Friday that “resulting from a constructive Covid case within the Willie Nelson Household Band” two upcoming exhibits scheduled to occur Could 6 and Could 7 can be postponed and that Nelson’s Sunday efficiency at Jazz Fest can be cancelled.

Nelson was slated to shut the Gentilly Stage — the identical stage the place his son Lukas Nelson is performing earlier within the day along with his band the Promise of the Actual. No substitute for the elder Nelson has but been introduced.

The information comes after Melissa Etheridge introduced Thursday that she wouldn’t be capable to carry out Saturday at Jazz Fest resulting from “COVID hitting my crew.” Mavis Staples will carry out throughout that point interval as a substitute.

Melissa Etheridge additionally cancelled on the competition resulting from her crew being hit with coronavirus. Getty Pictures for LOVE ROCKS NYC/

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Competition has had a number of acts cancel resulting from COVID-19. Amy Harris/Invision/AP

“Oh my coronary heart hurts to not be there. Mavis can be wonderful, I do know. I’m hoping I may be requested again once more. Dave and crew are therapeutic. Thanks for all of the properly needs. COVID heartbreak,” tweeted Etheridge after information that Staples would seem on Saturday was introduced.

Additionally on Friday, legendary New Orleans bass participant George Porter Jr. stated on Instagram that he had the coronavirus and was out for the remainder of the competition. 

The Instances-Picayune / The New Orleans Advocate reported that Porter performed a number of exhibits throughout Jazz Fest’s first weekend and had quite a lot of performances scheduled exterior the competition through the second weekend.

The seven-day competition began on Friday, April 29, and ends Sunday, Could 8.

Willie Nelson was booked to shut the competition on the identical stage that his son Lukas Nelson will play earlier within the day.WireImage for Shock Ink

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Competition attracts tens of hundreds of individuals. AP

The occasion attracts tens of hundreds to the town’s Truthful Grounds Race Course, the place as many as 80 musical acts carry out every day on greater than a dozen levels, complemented by artwork and craft reveals and an array of cubicles that includes meals from Louisiana and past.

Whereas it attracts nationwide and worldwide expertise equivalent to Nelson and Etheridge, the competition can be identified for showcasing the vast gamut of musical expertise and genres present in Louisiana equivalent to zydeco, gospel, blues and naturally, jazz.

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