Alex McMurray started Chaz Fest as an alternative to New Orleans’ Jazz Fest. In 2006 Alex and other local musicians were left without gigs in Jazz Fest, so Alex decided to create a festival that showcased the talents of real New Orleans called Chaz Fest. Named after local musician, Washboard Chaz, Chaz Fest is an alternative to Jazz Fest in almost every way. Jazz Fest is crowded, expensive, and commercialized. Where as Chaz Fest is held at a small, personal venue, tickets only cost $20, and all of the acts are have cut their teeth living and working in New Orleans. Chaz Fest is the festival for someone who wants to find real New Orleans music in a real New Orleans venue.