André 3000

André 3000 Closes Out Atlanta Jazz Festival Performing ‘New Blue Sun’

The former OutKast member performed at the free annual celebration which took place at Piedmont Park

Former OutKast member André “3000” Benjamin, who released an instrumental flute album last year, was the featured and closing act at this year’s 47th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival. Fans were gifted with the sounds of his flute as he performed songs off his solo offering, “New Blue Sun.”

According to Atlanta News First, André 3000 closed the festival, and fans gave their opinion of his set.

“I really liked it,” said Kimoni Jiggetts. “It’s good music to just kind of focus to, and so given this is my first time seeing him live, I’m excited to see him in any capacity.”

The festival was not only open to the public, there was no admission price, which wasn’t lost on this fan.

“Anytime you get a free André 3000 concert, you really just have to take advantage of that,” said Kenny Okafor, who regularly visits the Atlanta Jazz Festival.

The festival reportedly brought out approximately 150,000 attendees over the three-day event.

The free annual celebration of culture, community, and jazz took place at Piedmont Park from Saturday, May 25, through Monday, May 27. The festivities were open to the public daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Hip-hop fans were anxious upon hearing that Andre was finally releasing a solo album, something people have been yearning for since the duo (his rhyming partner, Big Boi, who has released several projects as a solo artist) stopped recording as a group. So, when fans got the news that he was releasing an album, the music world was happy, but he said he would not be rapping on the album.

In an interview with NPR, he expressed that he doesn’t have it in him to rap, but he still wants to record music.