"The Last Waltz New Orleans" returns during Jazzfest ft. Warren Haynes, Grace Potter, Jamey Johnson and more

Article Contributed by Big Hassle Media | Published on Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Keith Wortman, Robbie Robertson, Sebastian Robertson, and Blackbird Presents are thrilled to announce The Last Waltz New Orleans: A Celebration of the 45th Anniversary of the Band’s Historic Farewell Concert to be held on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at the historic Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, LA.

This special night of music captures the excitement of The Band’s historic 1976 Thanksgiving concert and features an all-star lineup including: Warren Haynes, Grace Potter, Jamey Johnson, Don Was, Dave Malone, John Medeski, Cyril Neville, Terence Higgins, Bob Margolin, Mark Mullins & The Levee Horns. Featuring Special Guests, George Porter Jr., and Ivan Neville.

Tickets go on sale Monday, March 14, at 10AM CT at http://ticketmaster.com and the Saenger Theatre Box Office. VIP packages, including great seats and exclusive event merchandise, will be available.

Over forty years ago, The Band performed their final concert to a sold-out crowd with a who’s who of Rock 'n’ Roll royalty in attendance. “As far as farewells go, this one was major,” stated Rolling Stone Magazine in a 2016 expose about the famed concert. The evening culminated with “Don’t Do It,” The Band’s cover of Marvin Gaye’s “Baby Don’t You Do It.” After the last note, Robbie Robertson, The Bands’ lead guitarist, songwriter, and founding member said "Goodnight. Goodbye." walking off stage, forever immortalizing this epic event.

“New Orleans has always felt like a second home to me musically and spiritually,” says Robbie Robertson. “I am honored to have this extraordinary lineup of musicians celebrate the tradition of The Last Waltz in one of my favorite cities.”

“We’ve waited two years to get back to presenting the greatest shows in New Orleans during this time of year,” says Keith Wortman (Executive Producer & Chief Creative Officer of Blackbird Presents), “when it came time to decide on the show for this year we knew it had to be extra special, so we knew it had to be the Last Waltz with this lineup of musicians.”  

The Last Waltz New Orleans is an extension of Blackbird Present’s annual The Last Waltz tour, which plays to sold-out audiences around the country every November, including 2019’s The Last Waltz Nashville: An All-Star Celebration and 2016’s highly acclaimed two-night concert event The Last Waltz New Orleans: A Celebration Of The 40th Anniversary of The Last Waltz. "The last 30 minutes of The Last Waltz @SaengerNOLA was the best thing I've heard @jazzfest," said Keith Spera, music critic, The New Orleans Advocate.

This show continues Blackbird Presents’ annual “Second Weekend at The Saenger” concert series in New Orleans. Previous events include Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats, Ryan Adams: Exile On Bourbon St., New Orleans Is Waiting For Columbus, The Last Waltz New Orleans: A Celebration Of The 40th Anniversary of The Last Waltz, Nevilles Forever: A Celebration of The Neville Brothers and Their Music, and The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: Celebrating Mac and His Music.