Don’t think the tickets are expensive
I’ve heard a couple of local people complain about the price of the tickets increasing every year. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. The large influx of tourists flocking to the city for their annual dose of live music drives the demand. Admittedly, at 75 USD per day, the tickets are not cheap. Especially as you will want to come back the next day and the day after that, too. But for that price, you get to listen to some of the biggest names of jazz, blues and soul, plus at least one international star like Sting or Rod Stewart. Compared to 20 USD cover charge at most Frenchmen street bars this feels like snatching a real bargain.