Jazz Fest Turns 40 With Star-Packed Bill

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary this spring with a star-studded lineup featuring Aretha Franklin, Dave Matthews Band, Wilco, James Taylor, Wynton Marsalis, Kings Of Leon, Tony Bennett, the Neville Brothers and Sugarland.

The event will be held the weekends of April 24-26 and April 30-May 3 at Fair Grounds Race Course. For ticket information, visit NOJazzFest.com.

Also confirmed to appear at the evn are Bonnie Raitt, Earth, Wind & Fire, Joe Cocker, Ben Harper, Erykah Badu, Etta James, Pete Seeger, Spoon, Common, Emmylou Harris, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Buddy Guy, Los Lobos, Drive-By Truckers with Booker T. Jones and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings.

On the festival's opening day, New Orleans native Marsalis will perform the composition "Congo Square," featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Yacub Addy and Odadaa!.