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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Announces Lineup

10:01 AM Thursday 1/20/11 | |

Presenting 12 stages filled with every kind of music imaginable, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival unveils its lineup, announcing performances by Robert Plant, Bon Jovi, Kid Rock, Arcade Fire, Jimmy Buffett, John Mellencamp, Wilco and Jeff Beck among the multitudes.

  • Trombone Shorty

    John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Va.
    November 19, 2010

    (John Darwin Kurc)


The festival's complete lineup is always an almost never-ending list of artists. But then, there are lots of hours to fill when it comes to staging a music event on multiple weekends.

Presented by Shell, this year’s festival is set for April 29-May 1 and May 5-8. Taking place at the New Orleans Fairgrounds’ race track, Robert Plant’s Band Of Joy tour, Jeff Beck, Wyclef Jean, The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk and Keb’ Mo’ are just some of the artists scheduled for opening day, April 29.

Saturday, April 30 performances include Bon Jovi, Jason Mraz, Fantasia, Irma Thomas, Robert Cray, Amos Lee, Ahmad Jamal, Rance Allen and Ricky Skaggs while John Mellencamp, Tom Jones, John Legend performing with The Roots, Dr. John, Alejandro Sanz, Arlo Guthrie, Kenny G, The Decemberists and Vickie Winans are on the Sunday, May 1 schedule.

Weekend No. 2 launches Thursday, May 5 with Wilco, Cyndi Lauper, Lucinda Williams, Galactic, Maceo Parker with special guest Pee Wee Ellis, Ivan Lins, Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste, Michelle Shocked and Charlie Musselwhite plus many, many more.

  • Bon Jovi

    38th Annual American Music Awards, Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles, Calif.
    November 21, 2010

    (AP Photo)


Arcade Fire tops the Friday, May 6 lineup along with Willie Nelson, Lupe Fiasco, Better Than Ezra, Jamey Johnson, Gregg Allman Blues Band, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Buckwheat Zydeco and Big Sam’s Funky Nation.

On Saturday, May 7 Jazz & Heritage welcomes Jimmy Buffett, The Strokes, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Allen Toussaint, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Mystikal and Bobby Blue Bland.

Kid Rock‘s on the lineup for the festival’s last day – Sunday, May 8 – along with The Neville Brothers, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Sonny Rollins, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Maze feat. Frankie Beverly, The Radiators and Cowboy Mouth.

Of course, the acts mentioned above are just a very small inkling of what Jazz & Heritage is all about. Other artists appearing include Tom Jones, Sonny Landreth, Ellis Marsalis, Henry Butler, BeauSoleil Avec Michael Doucet, Jesse Winchester and Nicholas Payton, but we’re still only brushing the surface and you really need to examine the schedule to appreciate the depth and scope of this year’s event.

  • Kid Rock

    Ford Field, Detroit, Mich.
    November 25, 2010

    (AP Photo)


The 2011 Jazz & Heritage Festival is also hosting the largest celebration of Haitian culture in the U.S. since last year’s earthquake. Along with Wyclef Jean, other Haitian musicians appearing include Tabou Combo, RAM, Boukman Eksperyans, Emeline Michel, Djakout #1, DJA-Rara and TiCoca & Wanga Neges.

Tickets, including discount ticket packages and Big Chief VIP passes went on sale today. For more information, click here for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival website.


  1. livenationsux wrote:

    05:27 PM, Jan 24, 2011

    @ DeltaSig

    'On a regularly scheduled basis you have made a complete ass of yourself here on these very comment spaces'

    Lol you TOOL!!

  2. LASCENE wrote:

    02:12 PM, Jan 21, 2011

    LOL!!  AF 29 times and counting???  Many on here would argue that you have More Dollars than $en$e!

    C'mon everyone!  Chime in on this unofficial Poll.

  3. DeltaSigChi4 wrote:

    02:02 PM, Jan 21, 2011

    You are an ineffective unoriginal troll.


  4. LASCENE wrote:

    01:54 PM, Jan 21, 2011

    We all know you are NOT going to Chicago because they will steal your Schwinn & roll you around a little.

  5. DeltaSigChi4 wrote:

    01:24 PM, Jan 21, 2011

    @LASCENE You neglected to mention Chicago. There are already two dates for Chicago in between these two U.S. confirmed festivals appearances. That would make it twenty-nine [29] AF shows I have seen live without taking into account the additional dates that will be a part of this leg. Cheers, clown.


  6. LASCENE wrote:

    10:46 AM, Jan 20, 2011

    Arcade Fire in Indio in April and then New Orleans in May?   That's one hell of a distance for Delta to pedal his Schwinn.