Inside Congo Square: Portrait Of The Queen By A Young Artist

Posted by on 2/8/2018 to Insights
The Congo Square @ Jazz Fest poster enjoys a purpose and personality distinct from the “Classic” Jazz Fest poster. It celebrates the Afro-Caribbean diaspora at the core of America’s (and the world’s) culture that is figuratively and literally at Jazz Fest’s heart. As a boutique project produced in significantly smaller editions than its older sibling, its art is inherently freer, subtler and rarer. The project has developed a loyal following of curating collectors who prefer whispers to screams. This approach has attracted eminent artists including Elizabeth Catlett (2000) and Benny Andrews (2001), artists most could only dream of collecting otherwise. The poster is a secret bargain; it makes big name artists accessible and presents new talent at the beginning of promising careers that will typically push them out of reach.

Behind The Scenes - How The 2018 Jazz Fest Poster Came About

Posted by on 2/1/2018 to Insights
Fats Domino has been portrayed twice before on the Jazz Fest poster: 1989’s colorful pop-art quad-panel by Richard Thomas - the first time an actual performer was portrayed on the poster - and Michalopoulos' 2006, honoring Fats’ dramatic Katrina rescue. His passing late last year reminded all of us of his status in the world well beyond New Orleans.

Behind the Scenes - Part 3: BayouWear - Art to Wear Out™

Posted by on 2/20/2017 to Insights
BayouWear traces its origins to the desire for a casual natural fiber shirt suitable for Festival-going in a sub-tropical climate that wasn't a t-shirt. No one made it - so we did. The first shirt motif was inspired by the one worn by the figure in the 1981 Jazz Fest poster; dubbed a HowAhYa® Shirt after the fabled mid-century Hawaiian shirts that inspired their look. It was an instant hit - a portable Jazz Fest affiliation visual (i.e. art masquerading as a souvenir).