Stewart, Connick Jr., Morrison Set For Jazz Fest
Organizers of the 38th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival have announced the lineup for this year's two-weekend event. Rod Stewart, Van Morrison, Norah Jones, Brad Paisley and Dr. John leOrganizers of the 38th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival have announced the lineup for this year's two-weekend event. Rod Stewart, Van Morrison, Norah Jones, Brad Paisley and Dr. John lead the April 27-29 bill, while Harry Connick Jr., Steely Dan, ZZ Top, John Legend and Allen Toussaint will headline May 4-6.
The festival will be hosted in its usual location at the Fair Grounds Race Course, which boasts 10 stages for live music events. Tickets are on sale beginning today (Jan. 25). Proceeds will benefit the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports various community development activities.
Jill Scott, Irma Thomas, Ludacris, Bonnie Raitt, Jerry Lee Lewis, Pharoah Sanders, Lucinda Williams, Calexico, Counting Crows, New Edition, George Benson, Gilberto Santa Rosa, the Allman Brothers Band, Better Than Ezra, Joss Stone, Stephen Marley and Taj Mahal are among the hundreds of other artists also featured on the bill.
"Jazz Fest is an invitation to move your body and your soul," said event producer/director Quint Davis. "New Orleans is the best place in the world to listen to music and to sing and dance in an open and loving atmosphere, and this year we're presenting more music than ever."
Last year, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Dave Matthews Band, Jimmy Buffet, Toussaint, Elvis Costello and Fats Domino headlined the festival, the first since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city.