Fans attending this year’s “New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival” can start figuring out their schedules as promoters release the daily lineups.
The annual festival is always a tough one to plan for. Sure, you want go every day and see all the performances, but when you look at the almost endless list of artists and bands, it’s tough to sift through all that info.
Fortunately the promoters have made it easier for you by releasing the day-to-day schedules for the two-weekend event. While lacking specifics such as which stage and show times, the list of acts per day does take some of the stress out of planning your Jazz & Heritage routine.
Andre Aggasi's Grand Slam for Children, Las Vegas, Nev.
September 26, 2009
The lineup for day one on Friday, April 23, includes Lionel Richie, The Black Crowes, Dr. John, Steel Pulse, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Baaba Maal andElvin Bishop. Other acts scheduled to perform on the festival’s first day include Jon Cleary, Anders Osborne, Kenny Neal and Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas.
Saturday, April 24, features Simon & Garfunkel in their only U.S. appearance this year. Also appearing will be My Morning Jacket, Drake, Better Than Ezra, Ledisi, Sam Bush and Funky Meters. Others appearing on the festival’s first Saturday include Papa Grows Funk, Tab Benoit, Cowboy Mouth and Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters.
The Allman Brothers Band tops the Sunday, April 25 lineup that also includes Anita Baker, Darius Rucker, Jonny Lang and the Levon Helm Band. Shawn Colvin, Blind Boys Of Alabama and Marcia Ball are also among the artists and groups scheduled.
Red Rock Station, Las Vegas, Nev.
May 24, 2009
But that’s just the first weekend. Moving on to Thursday, April 29, you’ll find Widespread Panic, Elvis Costello (appearing with The Sugarcanes), Gov’t Mule, Average White Band, Blues Traveler and Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers heading up a list that also includes Dee Dee Bridgewater, Bernard Allison and Martin Sexton.
On Friday, April 30 Jazz & Heritage welcomes Aretha Franklin, Allen Toussaint, Gipsy Kings, Kirk Franklin, Jose Feliciano and Take 6. Stanley Clarke Band, John Mooney & Bluesiana and the husband and wife blues team of Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi. Other performers listed for the festival’s second Friday include The Dixie Cups, The subdudes, Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys and Buckwheat Zydeco.
Motown 50th Anniversary gala, Detroit, Mich.
November 21, 2009
If it’s Saturday, May 1, then the band must be Pearl Jam. Also appearing is Jeff Beck, Teena Marie, Pete Fountain, Band of Horses, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Galactic and Sonny Landreth.
Sunday, May 2, is the last day of Jazz & Heritage when you’ll find The Neville Brothers, Van Morrison, B.B. King, Irma Thomas, The Dead Weather, Maze feat. Frankie Beverly, Richie Havens and more.
The Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pa.
October 31, 2009
But the above is only a brief listing of all the day-to-day action at this year’s Jazz & Heritage Festival, and there are many more bands and artists scheduled to appear each day. For complete information, please click here for the festival’s Web site.