GREENWICH – The Greenwich Town Party is changing format this year, hosting a Preservation Hall Super Jam featuring music from New Orleans.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Wyclef Jean, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Ivan Neville, Irma Thomas, Cyril Neville, George Porter, Jr., Eric Krasno, Raymond Weber, Tony Hall, Celisse and Tarriona “Tank” Ball will perform at the main stage in what the organizers call New Orleans a “unique collaboration”.
The Revivalists, Mavis Staples and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will also perform on the main stage before the big jam. Ben Jaffe of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and multiple Grammy Award winner Eric Krasno will curate the music for the event. More information about the artists can be found on the GTP website.
The GTP has had a major headliner before, most recently with Billy Joel last year. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is an integral part of the GTP and performed in 2017, 2018, 2021 and 2022.
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The ticket draw runs from March 22nd to April 7th ahead of the May 27th party at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park.
People who live or work in Greenwich can now submit a lottery waitlist application form on the GTP website. This form is used to enter the lottery.
Individuals completing the form are asked to provide contact information, the number of tickets requested, and credit card information, which is securely stored by Front Gate Tickets.
General admission “community” tickets are $85, senior tickets are $25 and children under 12 are free, but they still need to be counted when filling out the lottery form.
Lottery winners will be notified the week of April 10th. Winners will be drawn at random and no preference will be given based on date or time of form submission as long as this occurs during the lottery window.
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This year’s winners will be notified, their credit cards will be billed for the exact number of tickets requested, and they will receive a confirmation of purchase, organizers said. If a winner declines or opts out, tickets will be available to the next person on the waitlist.
The GTP will also feature dining from nine local restaurants, including dishes inspired by New Orleans culinary styles.
“Music from New Orleans is my favorite music. It is the result of a rich cultural history that came through Congo Square with black music and spawned the evolution of blues, gospel, rock ‘n’ roll and hip-hop,” GTP founder and hedge fund billionaire Ray Dalio said in a statement .
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“[GTP Board Co-Presidents] Ray Rivers, Carl Kuehner, and I, along with our friends, have attended nearly every Jazz Fest in New Orleans over the last two decades. We loved this music and tradition and look forward to bringing the best of it to Greenwich this year. We know it’s going to knock everyone’s socks off.”
The organizers are also promising some “lagniappe” during the event, an old word meaning “a little unexpected extra” and often used in the Big Easy. According to the organizers, visitors to the GTP can expect a number of “cultural figures and prominent artists” from New Orleans.
“Neighbor” tickets are also available today. For $500, partygoers can enjoy unlimited day and night access to the Houlihan Lawrence Neighborhood Area with wine, beer and catered food from Best in Gourmet Catering and designated parking.
Sponsor Passes valued at $1,500 provide unlimited access to the Sponsors Tent with Marcia Selden Catering dining and a full bar throughout the day and evening, as well as prime parking on the Island Beach Lot, directly across from Roger Sherman Baldwin Park.
Both the Neighbor and Sponsor level tickets are not subject to the lottery system.
All submitted Lottery entries will be verified for Greenwich residency or employment. If the billing zip code is not within the city of Greenwich, the GTP will verify the applicant with proof of residency and/or employment.
This year, GTP is also holding its first-ever parade ahead of Saturday’s event. The parade will be free and open to the public on May 23, although organizers are still awaiting final approval at this time.