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NOLA Jazz Fest Announces 2008 Music Lineup

NEW ORLEANS (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) – The return of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival to its first full seven days of programming since 2005 has inspired Festival organizers to assemble the deepest overall mix of rhythm & blues, rock, jazz, country, blues, gospel, world beat, and more in the 39-year history of the event.

A full list of bands and Performers is in list form below and thousands more are also scheduled to appear at this year’s celebration, set for April 25 – 27 and May 1 – 4.

Quint Davis, producer/director of the Festival, said, "Welcoming Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Tim McGraw, Sheryl Crow, and Keyshia Cole for the first time, in the same year that we’ve added the Thursday back to the Festival—and in the same year we’re bringing back all-time Fest favorites The Neville Brothers, Jimmy Buffett, Santana, Widespread Panic, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, and Diana Krall, among so many others—speaks to our serious effort to grow the Festival at a time when New Orleans needs it the most."

Davis added that he hopes this year’s fully rejuvenated Festival, which will have an estimated economic impact on Louisiana of approximately $300 million, will have special meaning for the city it represents. "In New Orleans, culture is a beacon for the rest of the community. When a trumpeter blows the right notes, we come together and dance. When a grand marshal steps, we step with him. Jazz Fest is trying to help lead the way in guiding New Orleans to complete recovery—culturally, economically and spiritually."

Annually drawing tens of thousands of fans each day, the Festival will again be held at the Fair Grounds Race Course and run from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Eleven stages of simultaneous music programming are complemented by an important, unparalleled Food Fair offering more than 100 varieties of authentic Louisiana cuisine and a stunning array of one-of-a-kind crafts available around the grounds in the Festival’s juried crafts areas.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, Inc. will hold its 10th Annual Gala fundraiser on Thursday, April 24 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Little Richard, the original wild man of rock 'n roll, will give his only Jazz Fest performance at the Gala. Also featured will be R&B legend Deacon John and the Ivories, bringing a contemporary high energy mix of Motown, Memphis and Louisiana R&B.

The List Of Artists For NOLA:

The Neville Brothers
Stevie Wonder
Billy Joel
Jimmy Buffett
Tim McGraw
Maze feat. Frankie Beverly
Sheryl Crow
Widespread Panic
Dr. John
Al Green
Diana Krall
Keyshia Cole
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
The Raconteurs
Irma Thomas
Steel Pulse
John Prine
Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint
Randy Newman
Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea
The Roots
Dianne Reeves
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Burning Spear
Ozomatli with Chali 2na
Rebirth Brass Band
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Tower of Power
Delbert McClinton
John Hammond
Cassandra Wilson
Keb’ Mo’
The Count Basie Orchestra feat. Patti Austin
Pete Fountain
The Derek Trucks Band
Richard Thompson
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
The Radiators
James Cotton
The John Butler Trio
Del McCoury
Vernel Bagneris: Jelly Roll & Me
Terence Blanchard with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Buckwheat Zydeco
John P. Kee & the New Life Community Choir
Cowboy Mouth
Byron Cage with Kim Burrell
Bishop Paul S. Morton
Sr. and the Greater St. Stephen Choir
Trinitee 5:7
Lizz Wright
Voices of the Wetlands Allstars
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
The Bad Plus
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Bettye LaVette
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave.
Gene "Duke of Earl" Chandler
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Davell Crawford’s N.O. R & B Orchestra
Henry Butler
Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet
Leo Nocentelli’s "Rare Gathering
" Lee Boys
Harlem Blues and Jazz Band
MOOV of Martinique
Jackson Southernaires
Big Jay McNeely
Paul Porter of the Legendary Christianaires
Nicholas Payton and thousands more!

– CelebrityAccess Staff