The Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival announced it cancelled the Friday, May 10 session of the event and relocated the Saturday, May 11 session from the downtown riverbank to Prather Coliseum on the NSU campus due to forecasts of severe weather. The two outer stages scheduled for Saturday are also cancelled.
Festival Chairman Rodney Harrington said the safety and comfort of the patrons, musicians and workers was paramount in making the difficult decision for the cancellations and move.
“Thank God for NSU President Chris Maggio, NSU Director of Athletics Greg Burke and everyone else at Northwestern State University who worked toward making this happen,” Harrington said. “They have simply gone above and beyond the call of duty to work with us to make this happen, and without our relationship and partnership with Northwestern, the Festival would more than likely have to be cancelled altogether.”
Harrington said festival officials have been monitoring the weather forecast closely for days but made the final decision to move after visiting with officials from the National Weather Service. “The guy from the National Weather Service told us in the strongest possible terms that he recommended against holding this festival outdoors this weekend,” said Harrington. “He said that we could be placing our patrons and others in a dangerous and even life-threatening situation. It’s simply not worth that.”
“This is the 3rd time in our 23 year history that we have moved indoors,” he said.
Harrington concluded by saying that unfortunately the Festival has a no refund policybut that anyone who bought tickets for Friday night only would still have their tickets honored Saturday. “It’s still a fantastic value,” he said.
There will still be a tailgating area and VIP area at this family-friendly event.
For more information and a full schedule and ticket prices go to www.natchjazzfest.com