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The Big Easy Touts Jazz Fest

NEW ORLEANS (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented has announced the music lineup for the 2011 Festival scheduled for April 29 – May 1 and May 5 – 8.

With twelve stages of various styles of roots music, Jazz Fest will present a diverse music lineup, including a showcase of Louisiana’s culture.  Hundreds of thousands of fans annually flock  to the seven-day event.

The following are among the national and international artists to appear at the Jazz Fest's 42nd edition:
Arcade Fire
Bon Jovi
Jimmy Buffett
Kid Rock
John Mellencamp
Willie Nelson
The Strokes
Robert Plant
Ms. Lauryn Hill
Tom Jones
Jeff Beck
Sonny Rollins
John Legend & The Roots
The Avett Brothers
Cyndi Lauper
Wyclef Jean
Mumford Sons
Alejandro Sanz
Jason Mraz
Maze feat. Frankie Beverly
Lupe Fiasco
Arlo Guthrie
Jamey Johnson
Kenny G
Michael Franti & Spearhead
The Decemberists
Gregg Allman Blues Band
Vickie Winans
Lucinda Williams
Robert Randolph & the Family Band
Robert Cray
Bobby Blue Bland
Mighty Clouds of Joy
Edie Brickell
Keb’ Mo’
Rance Allen
Ahmad Jamal
Ricky Skaggs
Amos Lee
Jesse Winchester
Michelle Shocked
Tabou Combo
Boukman Eksperyans of Haiti
Punch Brothers
Ron Carter Trio
Fisk Jubilee Singers
Ivan Lins
Charlie Musselwhite
Maceo Parker with guest Pee Wee Ellis

The following are among the Louisiana artists featured at the Fest:
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
The Neville Brothers
Dr. John
Allen Toussaint
Irma Thomas
Pete Fountain
Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers
Better Than Ezra
Rebirth Brass Band
Tab Benoit
The Radiators
Cowboy Mouth
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk
Marcia Ball
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Ellis Marsalis
Walter “Wolfman” Washington
Sonny Landreth
Henry Butler
Papa Grows Funk
Big Sam’s Funky Nation
John Boutté
Terence Blanchard
Amanda Shaw
The New Orleans Bingo! Show
Jon Cleary
Partners N Crime with 5th Ward Weebie
Soul Rebels Brass Band
Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste
Glen David Andrews
Anders Osborne
Buckwheat Zydeco
George Porter
Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners
Big Freedia & Sissy Nobby
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes
Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters
Zachary Richard
Warren Storm – Willie Tee & Cypress
Honey Island Swamp Band
John Mooney & Bluesiana
Nicholas Payton
Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
Jeremy Davenport
Deacon John
Donald Harrison
Astral Project
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles
Banu Gibson
Shamarr Allen
Pine Leaf Boys
Mia Borders
Hot 8
New Birth & Pinstripe Brass Bands
Roots of Music Marching Crusaders Band
The Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians

Quint Davis, producer/director of Jazz Fest said in a press release, “…This lineup reminds us that the artists we grew up with are now the icons of today, and that today’s new heroes are tomorrow’s heritage.  We’re honored to be able to once again celebrate the soul of America as only New Orleans and the Jazz Fest can.”

Randy Phillips, president & CEO, AEG Live, which co-produces the Festival said, "Once again, Quint Davis and the Jazz Fest Team have been able to amass one of the largest and deepest musical lineups of any festival in the world today.  AEG Live is proud to play a major role in the production of this beloved event."
The 2011 Festival will also host the largest celebration of Haitian culture in the U.S. since the devastating earthquake one year ago.

The Jazz Fest will host icons of Haitian music and culture including Wyclef Jean, Tabou Combo, RAM, Boukman Eksperyans, Emeline Michel, Djakout #1, DJA-Rara and Ti-Coca & Wanga Négès.

— Crystal Lynn Huntoon