The April_May issue of Relix is devoted to the upcoming 50th anniversary of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. As the magazine notes, “There’s nothing quite like the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Though the annual, multi-weekend gathering has hosted the biggest names in popular music—Jazz Fest is a celebration of the Crescent City’s rich musical history, as well as its culinary and cultural diversity. In celebration of the iconic event’s 50th anniversary, we culled reflections and perspectives from the musicians and musical ambassadors most associated with Jazz Fest, including founder George Wein, longtime producer Quint Davis, Meters bassist George Porter Jr. and Ben Jaffe of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, among others. We also looked to God Street Wine guitarist Lo Faber and Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart to help provide some historical context and dug into the art, crafts and social clubs that help differentiate Jazz Fest from all other events.”

The issue also features articles and conversations with The Neville Brothers, Trombone Shorty, Irma Thomas, Galactic, Dumpstaphunk, The Revivalists, Branford Marsalis, John Medeski’s Mad Skillet, Jon Cleary, Tank and the Bangas, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, The Radiators, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, New Orleans Suspects, Bonerama, Big Freedia and others. Additional articles focus on the Mardi Gras Indians, Second-Lines & Social Clubs, Fairgrounds Food, The Posters of Jazz Fest and much, much more.

Subscriptions are available here at a 20% discount with the code NOLA50. Anyone who subscribes before April 21 is guaranteed to receive the special Jazz Fest issue.