The world-famous Jazz Fest will return to the Fair Grounds Race Course to celebrate their 50th anniversary from Thursday, April 25th through Sunday, the 28th, and Thursday, May 2nd to Sunday, May 5th. That’s right, both weekends will start on a Thursday and end on a Sunday, alleviating some of the crowded atmospheres that the first weekend is traditionally known for.On Friday, the legendary festival revealed another huge artist, Diana Ross–one the most iconic performers in American music history–to the already-stacked lineup. Having celebrated her Diamond Diana 75th Birthday earlier this year, the “I’m Coming Out”, “Upside Down”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” vocalist will make her first-ever appearance at Jazz Fest on Saturday, May 4th.Related: Oteil & Friends Announce NOLA Show During Jazz FestEarlier in the week, event organizers rolled out the 2019 lineup, which features The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, Katy Perry, Jimmy Buffet & The Coral Reefer Band, Chris Stapleton, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Santana, Pitbull, Van Morrison, Al Green, Logic, Earth, Wind & Fire, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Nevilles, Gladys Knight, John Fogerty, The Revivalists, Leon Bridges, Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, Tank and the Bangas, Tom Jones, Bonnie Raitt, Alanis Morissette, Gary Clark Jr., Irma Thomas, Doobie Brothers, The O’Jays, Ziggy Marley, Mavis Staples, The Head and The Heart, Jimmy Cliff, Ellis Marsalis Family Tribute, Boz Scaggs, Aaron Neville, Galactic, Jerry Lee Lewis, Rebirth Brass Band, Indigo Girls, Los Lobos, Big Freedia, Kamasi Washington, Rita Coolidge, Buddy Guy, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Better Than Ezra, Lauren Daigle, Dumpstaphunk, Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues BAnd, Ani DiFranco, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Gregory Porter, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Shirley Caesar, The Radiators, The Robert Cray BAnd, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Jonathan Butler and Gerald Albright, North Mississippi Allstars, The subdudes, The Mavericks, Anders Osborne, Little Feat, Samantha Fish, Naturally 7, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Kermir Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers, Sweet Crude, Boyfriend, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rance Allen Group, Sonny Landreth, Cyril Nevill’s Swamp Funk, Bonerama, Foundation of Funk, George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, Bobby Jones & The Nashville Super Choir, Little Freddie King, The Soul Rebels, Steve Earle & The Dukes, and hundreds more.All ticketing information, as well as daily lineups, for the 2019 Jazz Fest can be found via the festival’s website.
Steelhead LNG, the Vancouver-based LNG export project developer, named Randy Jespersen to its leadership team and the company’s board of directors. Jespersen has been appointed the executive chairman, pipeline, bringing over 35 years of energy industry experience, including delivering major natural gas pipeline and LNG projects in British Columbia, Steelhead LNG’s statement reads.Jespersen’s career began with Dome Petroleum followed by Amoco in Calgary and Houston, Texas. In 1996, he joined Terasen (now FortisBC), where he held various senior roles including vice president, gas supply.He assumed the role of president and CEO of Terasen Gas in 2002 until his retirement in 2010. During this period, the British Columbia-based gas distribution company achieved growth through corporate acquisitions and major project developments, including construction of the Southern Crossing pipeline, Whistler natural gas extension and the Mt. Hayes liquefied natural gas storage project on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.Steelhead LNG aims to source Canadian natural gas feedstock for the Kwispaa LNG facility from various producers in northeastern British Columbia and northwestern Alberta.The company is currently assessing a proposed pipeline corridor that would extend from the Chetwynd area to Williams Lake area, southwest to Powell River, across the Strait of Georgia, terminating at the Kwispaa LNG site. Steelhead LNG anticipates making a route decision in mid-2018, following early discussions with potentially affected Indigenous communities to integrate feedback into the design.