Pearl Jam, Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, Lionel Richie, The Neville Brothers, Allman Brothers Band, Anita Baker, My Morning Jacket, Darius Rucker and Widespread Panic are among the hundreds of acts scheduled to appear at the 41st New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The veteran music event will take place the weekends of April 23-25 and April 29-May 2.
In addition, the festival will boast marquee sets from B.B. King, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band, Jeff Beck, Irma Thomas, Galactic, Gipsy Kings, The Dead Weather, Elvis Costello & the Sugarcanes, The Black Crowes, Drake, Teena Marie, Keely Smith, Johnny Lang, Allen Toussaint, Band of Horses, Jose Feliciano, The Levon Helm Band and Baaba Maal. Other bands of interest include: George Clinton & Parliament / Funkadelic, Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers, Dr. John, Wayne Shorter Quartet, Gov’t Mule, Aaron Neville, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Martin Sexton, Richie Havens, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Elvin Bishop, The Radiators, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Rebirth Brass Band, King Sunny Ade & His African Beats, funky Meters, Anders Osborne, Blues Traveler, Preservation Hall Jazz Band with special guests, Dala, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Sam Bush, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Old Crow Medicine Show, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Sonny Landreth.
This is Pearl Jam’s first visit to Jazz Fest. Other acts making their New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival debuts include: My Morning Jacket, Anita Baker, Jeff Beck, Gipsy Kings, The Dead Weather, The Levon Helm Band, Drake and Johnny Lang. Jazz Fest is the also the first confirmed date for the new Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band.
“Jazz Fest continues to expand its cultural horizons and its embrace of our diverse musical family,” Quint Davis, producer/director of Jazz Fest, said in a statement. “This year’s Festival is as deep and broad as any we have ever presented. Musically, it is one of our very favorites.”
Other acts scheduled to appear include: Average White Band, Maze feat. Frankie Beverly, Pete Fountain, Kirk Franklin, Steel Pulse, Clarence Carter, Juvenile & DJ Mannie Fresh, Ledisi, Take Six, Sugarfoot’s Ohio Players, Marcia Ball, Sax for Stax feat. Gerald Albright, Jeff Lorber, and Kirk Whalum, Gil Scott Heron, Shawn Colvin, , Pastor Smokie Norful, Chocolate Milk, Cowboy Mouth, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Bernard Allison, Tye Tribbett, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke Band feat. Hiromi, Campbell Brothers, Better Than Ezra, Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, Voice of the Wetlands Allstars, Joe Lovano Us Five, Ruthie Foster, Jimmy Johnson, Donald Harrison, Terence Blanchard, Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band, Dee Dee Bridgewater – A Celebration of Lady Day, Davell Crawford & One Foot in the Blues w/ special guests Jon Cleary and Dr. John, Tributes To Louis Prima feat. Louis Prima, Jr, Lena Prima, and Bobby Lonero, Jewel Brown and the Heritage Hall Band, Selvy Singers of Arkansas and The Inspirational Souls of Chicago.