“Holy nuclear time-bomb!”, How could this lineup get any better?!? Just imagine starting your weekend hearing “Surfin’ USA”, by joining the Beach Boys for their 50th anniversary reunion… then you begin to feel the beats of reggae and head over to catch the irie sounds of Steel Pulse,…the next day you will wake and will be thinking to yourself right about now that “Its Good to Be King”, as you hear the familar voice of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers…the last day of the first weekend of events you will be able to see the soul legend himself, Al Green … while many people think of how they are “Waiting for the World to Change”, you will see this transformation before your eyes as John Mayer takes the stage…then remembering you were “Born in the USA”, while the “Boss” of all bosses, Bruce Springsteen and the E Streeet Band rocks out for you… WAIT! Its doesn’t stop their music lovers… during the week, the break from the big headliners gives you a chance to explore New Orleans and all it has to offer, Bourbon St., Creole dining, local jazz talent, and deep American history…
But hold on, because the festival is two weekends long… starting the second weekend, Eddie Veder (a favorite of mine), will take you out of your element with his distinct voice…
…if you’ve lost count of days, it is now Saturday, Cinco de Mayo, and its time drink up and put on My Morning Jacket, and get down to their sweet sounds… but could this week get any better?!? HELL YEAH! You’ve been patient all week, waiting “Everlong” just like me, and now what could be a better birthday present than… seeing the FOO FIGHTERS live!!!
Not sure if you can all tell, but I’m damn excited as all of you should be to…
See below for a complete lineup (many, many more bands than mentioned above) and dates for the 2012 New Orleans Jazz&Heritage Festival:
New Orleans Jazz&Heritage Festival, April 27- May 6:
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Eagles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Foo Fighters, The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Reunion, Zac Brown Band, Eddie Vedder, John Mayer, The Neville Brothers, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Al Green, Herbie Hancock and his Band, Ne-Yo, My Morning Jacket, Bon Iver, Paulina Rubio, Jill Scott, Florence + the Machine, Allen Toussaint, Feist, Bunny Wailer, Bonnie Raitt, Irma Thomas, Maze feat. Frankie Beverly, Dr. John & the Lower 911, Janelle Monae, Yolanda Adams, Iron & Wine, Pete Fountain, Rodrigo y Gabriela and C.U.B.A., Steel Pulse, Rebirth Brass Band Grace Potter, The Nocturnals, Esperanza Spalding: Radio Music Society funky Meters, Levon Helm Band with special guest Mavis Staples, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Aaron Neville’s Gospel Experience, Steve Earle and the Dukes (And Duchesses), Galactic Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s 50th Anniversary Jam, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Ani DiFranco, GIVERS, Kermit Ruffins; the Barbecue Swingers, Dianne Reeves, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Better Than Ezra, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Bruce Hornsby, Dave Koz, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Gomez, The Pedrito Martinez Group, The Bounce Shake Down feat. Big Freedia, Katey Red, Keedy Black and DJ Poppa, Israel Houghton and New Breed, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Zebra, Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys, James Cotton “Superharp” Band, Cowboy Mouth, Asleep at the Wheel, Papa Grows Funk, David Sanborn and Joey DeFrancesco, Bobby Rush, Chuck Leavell & Friends with special guest Bonnie Bramlett, Ellis Marsalis, Marcia Ball, Voice of the Wetlands Allstars, John Boutté, Gary Clark Jr., The Texas Tornados feat. Flaco Jiménez, Augie Myers, and Shawn Sahm Cubano Be, Cubano Bop: Poncho Sanchez & His Latin Band feat. Terence Blanchard, Cheikh Lô of Senegal, Tab Benoit, Regina Carter’s “Reverse Thread” Bombino of Niger, Glen Hansard, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Jeremy Davenport, Sarah Jarosz, Bonerama, Evelyn Turrentine-Agee, Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic, Ruby Wilson’s Tribute to Bessie Smith & Ma Rainey, Wycliffe Gordon Quintet: Hello Pops Tribute to Louis Armstrong, Donald Harrison Lindigo of Reunion Island feat. Fixi of France, Sonny Landreth Buckwheat Zydeco, Soul Rebels, The Stars of Heaven, Heritage Hall Jazz Band feat. Jewel Brown, Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, Anders Osborne, Honey Island Swamp Band, Theresa Andersson, John Mooney & Bluesiana, Eric Lindell, Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Pine Leaf Boys, James Andrews & the Crescent City Allstars, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Big Chief Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians, Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band feat. Thais Clark, Banu Gibson, Hot 8 Brass Band, George French & the New Orleans Storyville Jazz Band, and more are all among the artists scheduled to appear at Jazz Fest.
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