George Strait. Photo: Vanessa Gavalya

Bayou Country Superfest Announces Music Lineup, George Strait To Headline

The country-music icon George Strait will make his only festival appearance of 2018 right here, in New Orleans, when he takes to the Superdome stage for Bayou Country Superfest. Taking place over Memorial Day Weekend, the two-day festival will also feature performances from Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves, and Midland. George Strait has accumulated 60 number one singles, the most of any country artist in history.

“It’s a rare opportunity to see ‘The King of Country’ perform, and we know that bringing him, together with Chris Stapleton, plus Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves and more, to New Orleans and the Superdome, will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Quint Davis, producer/director of the Bayou Country Superfest, in a press statement.

The Memorial Day Weekend of music begins with Louisiana Seafood presents Bayou Saturday Night, a free concert outside the Superdome at Champions Square featuring Randy Houser, Michael Ray and Runaway June on Saturday, May 26. A new feature of this year’s Bayou Country Superfest will be “A Salute to America,” a huge fireworks display over the Mississippi River on Friday night, May 25, sponsored by the New Orleans Tourism & Marketing Corporation.

Tickets for Sunday, May 27 at the Superdome go on sale Thursday, November 2 at 10:00 a.m. CST on,, all Ticketmaster outlets, the Smoothie King Center Box Office or by calling (800) 745-3000. Reserved-seat tickets for May 27 start at $50. Exclusive travel packages are available at many price levels. Four levels of VIP Packages will be available including a premium reserved ticket to the Sunday night concert, plus perks ranging from access to a Hospitality Suite with a private bar and comfortable furniture to complimentary beverage service delivered directly to your seat throughout the show.  For fans coming from out of town or looking for a place to stay overnight, travel packages bundle hotel accommodations and tickets to the festival. Visit for details.



  • Feeling it for the East Coast

    Jan, you had a fine editorial with the first part of it. You are referring to the same Stuart Smith that was literally fire-bombed by someone from the Market Cafe back years ago…traced to an owner if I remember correctly. I am against the VCPORA and friends on many issues, but the music has gotten to be too loud, too late. Even going back to how it was pre-Katrina would be a big improvement. Remember, when also tourists weren’t allowed to walk around with glass bottles? Now, it’s anything goes for tourism, and interesting that you’re on board with the same ilk.

  • cacksacker

    If music has gotten too loud and too late for you, you need to move. It’s not about tourists. It’s about the music loving majority here who wants and loves live music. There are plenty of places both in New Orleans and in the United States where you can good quality of life without music. I suggest you investigate where these places are and call a moving company, or be the quiet you want around you.

  • Jan Ramsey

    I’m sorry, but I just have to come down on the side of music. The recent brouhaha at Mimi’s in the Marigny was the result of a couple of residents who were upset about the jukebox and party buses in the area (Mimi cannot control party buses). These people are actively working with Stuart Smith to squelch music in the Marigny. Two residents, out of how many who live there? Don’t you see something wrong with this picture? Why should Peterson Yokum be able to shut down Pat O’Brien’s? Because he has a rich lawyer friend (who he probably pays in portraits) who’ll file all his lawsuits for him? Yokum’s family has owned the house for a long time. Are you telling me that there was never noise coming from Pat O’Brien’s in the whole time his family lived there? Or when Yokum was younger?
    The noise lawsuits emanate from a very few people who have enough money to live in historic districts, who don’t like the “noise” of music, or the noise of tourists (even though tourism keeps the French Quarter alive). Maybe they could put up with it when they were younger, and out partying, but now that they’re older, they want it to stop. Lawyer Smith does not need money to keep up this battle for the VCPORA, Friends of the Vieux Carre, the FMIA, and whoever else wants to use his clout and legal expertise. My perception is that it’s more about power and control on his part than money. That’s what I mean by the “one percent.”

    The people who want music need to make their voices heard, in a big way in order to keep the musical culture alive. Or else, Smith and “his ilk” will destroy it.

  • No, I live here.

    Dunno how long you’ve lived here, but yes, even Bourbon St. wasn’t so loud, and yes, post-Katrina there was an anything goes for tourism mindset that still exists to this day. Quality of life can easily co-exist with music, but those who think “anything goes” as far as music are no better than those who say “nothing goes.” Both extremist sides that need to be moderated.

  • Feeling it for the East Coast

    Jan, in your opinion, how late should loud music be allowed in neighborhoods? What about working people who need to sleep? Generally, I find that the non-club music that is too loud (party at someone’s house, basically) and runs all night comes from those trust funders who don’t have to work for a living. Do you think they should be coddled? I love Mimi’s, by the way.