The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2016 was an electrifying mix of sounds and colors, two weekends of beautiful cacophony punctuated by bursts of rain showers, thunderstorms, and lightning. Yet even despite the weather, this exuberant crowd of nearly half a million people celebrated music and culture on the fairgrounds of NOLA. Audix once again supported the festival by sending over 400 microphones which were widely used on a number of stages. Here are some of the highlights from the festival-for more, visit the Jazz & Heritage Festival on Facebook at

Photos via New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 

All-Star Performances, Featuring the OM Series

 Members of Pearl JamRed Hot Chili Peppers, and Kings Of Leon joined forces at Jazz Fest, covering Neil Young’s classic “Rockin’ in the Free World” with #Audix OM7 mics on lead vocals.

Jazz Fest headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers tore up the stage, with Anthony Kiedis on his Audix OM7. – in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Audix artists at the festival included Bonnie RaittRed Hot Chili PeppersPearl Jam, Stephanie Jordan, and more.

The crew at the Fais Do-Do Stage. “This stage is always a favorite as it features the best Cajon, Zydeco, and Americana you have heard,” says Audix VP of Sales Cliff Castle. Acts include Los Lobos, Buffy Saint-Marie, Savoy Family Cajun Band, Kristin Diable, and hometown favorite Rockin’ Dopsie. This high-energy stage keeps the monitor engineers on their toes as there are usually lots of musicians on stage all wanting plenty of gain in the monitors. Monitor engineer Chris Brown gives them that-and more! “With the OM6, getting enough gain in the monitors is never a problem. I can simply keep turning it up until they say OK or ask me to turn it down. We never have any feedback issues.” That stage also features i5 on instruments, FireBall on accordion, D6 on the kick, D2 on toms, i5 on the snare, and ADX51 on overheads.

Photo: Brent Moreland (monitors), Chopper Brady (FOH), Cliff Castle, Chris Brown (monitors) of soundcheck.