First: the schedule for the 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival goes online at midnight (we'll have it here on Blog of New Orleans). The dates of this year's Jazz Fest are Apr. 27-May 6, 2012. So check back here at midnight CST for the scoop.
Second: If you know you want to go to the 2012 Voodoo Experience, now's the time to ask Santa to get your present early. Tickets to the three-day weekend in City Park go onsale tomorrow for what they're calling the "10 Days of Voodoo" — buy now through Dec. 23 and get a 3-day pass for $77. That's a bargain, considering that 3-day passes purchased the week of Voodoo will set you back $175. Plus, if you buy before Dec. 23, you'll be eligible to win prizes:
We’re giving away a Voodoo gear shopping spree, LOA Lounge//VIP upgrades, stage passes, a music shopping spree from Basin Street Records (home of the Grammy-nominated Rebirth Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins, Irvin Mayfield and many more) and dinner certificates to some of New Orleans best restaurants including Dickie Brennans Steakhouse, Ste. Marie, Sylvain and more.
So: the lineup for one festival (with no presale yet) and a presale for the other (with no lineup yet). Obviously it's time to get right with Santa, and pronto.