NEW ORLEANS (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) â€“ 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 yearâ€™s celebration, set for April 25 â€“ 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 weâ€™ve added the Thursday back to the Festivalâ€”and in the same year weâ€™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 othersâ€”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 yearâ€™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 recoveryâ€”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 Festivalâ€™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
Maze feat. Frankie Beverly
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint
Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Ozomatli with Chali 2na
Rebirth Brass Band
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Tower of Power
The Count Basie Orchestra feat. Patti Austin
The Derek Trucks Band
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
The John Butler Trio
Vernel Bagneris: Jelly Roll & Me
Terence Blanchard with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
John P. Kee & the New Life Community Choir
Byron Cage with Kim Burrell
Bishop Paul S. Morton
Sr. and the Greater St. Stephen Choir
Voices of the Wetlands Allstars
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
The Bad Plus
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave.
Gene "Duke of Earl" Chandler
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Davell Crawfordâ€™s N.O. R & B Orchestra
Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet
Leo Nocentelliâ€™s "Rare Gathering
" Lee Boys
Harlem Blues and Jazz Band
MOOV of Martinique
Big Jay McNeely
Paul Porter of the Legendary Christianaires
Nicholas Payton and thousands more!
– CelebrityAccess Staff