Top Five International Music Artists to See at Jazz Fest in 2023


New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival welcomes over 400,000 music lovers to its sunny fairgrounds yearly. Attendees experience local and international musicians, crafters, and dancers throughout the festival’s two weekends in April and May.

Ed Sheeran

Lovers of mood-boosting ballads won’t want to miss international superstar Ed Sheeran at Jazz Fest 2023. Sheeran draws in listeners of all music tastes by creating synchronicity between folk, hip-hop, and pop. Sheeran’s artistry transcends geographical boundaries — topping charts worldwide within months of his debut album release.

Anyone can enjoy singing along to Sheeran’s popular hits “Shape of You” and “Shivers” among the eclectic Jazz Fest crowd. Sheeran will close out Jazz Fest’s main stage on Saturday, April 29, 2023.


Jazz Fest is celebrating Puerto Rico at its Cultural Exchange Pavilion this year. Not coincidentally, the lineup reflects the festival’s commitment. Grammy Award-winning Puerto Rican singer and songwriter Farruko exemplifies a fusion of dance and hip-hop. His sound is reminiscent of the sunny beaches of his home country.

Top hits “Pepas” and “Calma” set the stage for an alluring dance party amidst Farruko’s performance. Don’t miss his Jazz Fest debut on Saturday, May 6, 2023.

Angélique Kidjo

World music icon Angélique Kidjo gained international attention after the release of her chart-topping album Logozo. Kidjo combines her roots in Benin and life experiences in France to create deep multicultural music. By layering entrancing lyrics atop Afrobeat, jazz, and reggae sounds, she generated a unique style that quickly took her to new heights.

Kidjo’s single “We Are One” appeared in Disney’s The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride. Additionally, her success has garnered collaborations with renowned artists like Sampa the Great, Ziggy Marley, Josh Groban, and Daniela Mercury. Kidjo’s performance on Saturday, April 29, 2023, will open new worlds of possibilities for those willing to listen.

Mdou Moctar

Infamous Tuareg guitarist and songwriter Mdou Moctar has created an unexpected blending of what some call “Saharan music” and psychedelic rock music. Mdou Moctar brings the essence of his home village in Niger to the west. Curious ears can listen to his hypnotizing riffs on Sunday, April 30, 2023.

Allison Russell

Allison Russell has a gift for writing authentically. Listeners will find themselves slipping away into relaxation when indulging in her folky hymns. Self-taught in writing and singing, Russell approaches music gently yet powerfully. Hailing from Montreal, Canada, Russell makes her long-awaited Jazz Fest debut on Friday, April 28, 2023.

Stay at Maison Dupuy

One of the best ways to experience the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is by staying at a hotel in the middle of it all. Maison Dupuy resides right in the heart of the French Quarter. Make a reservation at Maison Dupuy today.