Jazz Fest 2011 Daily Lineup Released

Jump to:

Friday, April 29 Saturday, April 30 Sunday, May 1

Thursday, May 5 Friday, May 6 Saturday, May 7 Sunday, May 8

The long wait and spirited Jazz Fest speculation is over:

Arcade Fire, Bon Jovi, Robert Plant, Jimmy Buffett, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Wilco, The Strokes and Kid Rock are the big headliners in the lineup for the 2011 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2011 Lineup Released

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2011 Lineup Released. Photo by Kim Welsh.

Amongst other out-of-town performers in the lineup at Jazz Fest this year, they’ll be joining Mumford & Sons, Lauryn Hill, Tom Jones, Jeff Beck, Sonny Rollins, John Legend & The Roots, The Avett Brothers, Cyndi Lauper, Wyclef Jean, Alejandro Sanz, Jason Mraz, Maze feat. Frankie Beverly, Lupe Fiasco, Arlo Guthrie, Jamey Johnson, Fantasia, 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, Fourplay, Ricky Skaggs, Amos Lee, Jesse Winchester, Michelle Shocked, Punch Brothers, Ron Carter Trio, Fisk Jubilee Singers, Ivan Lins, Charlie Musselwhite, and Maceo Parker with guest Pee Wee Ellis.

Also of note is the emphasis placed this year on Haitian artists, from Haitian aid organizer (and attempted Presidential nominee) Wyclef Jean to classic groups Tabou Combo, RAM and Boukman Eksperyans.

The usual wide spectrum of New Orleans and Louisiana bands, Mardi Gras indians and social aid & pleasure clubs will of course be at Jazz Fest this year as well. Notably, the final Sunday, May 8, will host a farewell to the Radiators, who have closed the Gentilly Stage at Jazz Fest for years.

Here’s the full daily lineup:



Robert Plant & the Band of Joy
Jeff Beck
Wyclef Jean
The Avett Brothers
Mumford & Sons
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk
Keb’ Mo’
Mighty Clouds of Joy
Justin Townes Earle
Ron Carter Trio w/Mulgrew Miller and Russell Malone
Donald Harrison
Tab Benoit
Jon Cleary
George Porter, Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners
John Mooney & Bluesiana
the subdudes
Mia Borders
Anat Cohen Quartet
Los Hombres Calientes feat. Bill Summers & Irvin Mayfield
The Bahamas Experience
Ti-Coca & Wanga Négès of Haiti
Germaine Bazzle
The Joe Krown Trio featuring Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Russell Batiste, Jr.
Haitian–New Orleans Connection featuring Emeline Michel, Dr. Jean Montes, and Dr. Michael White
Warren Storm – Willie Tee & Cypress
Shades of Praise
Henry Gray & the Cats
Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone
Red Stick Ramblers
Coco Robicheaux
Danny Barnes
New Orleans Nightcrawlers
New Orleans Spiritualettes
Corey Ledet
Derek Douget
Lil Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers
Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans
Dave Lemon & the Flow
MASHUP feat. Terence Higgins, Ike Stubblefield and Grant Green, Jr.
Clive Wilson’s New Orleans Serenaders with guest Butch Thompson
Happy Talk Band
Meschiya Lake & Dem Lil’ Big Horns
Connie Jones & the Crescent City Jazz Band
Hadley J. Castille Family & the Sharecroppers Cajun Band
Comanche Hunters and Semolian Warriors Mardi Gras Indians
Real Untouchables Brass Band
Rocks of Harmony
Morning Star Mass Choir
Chris Clifton
Louis Ford & his New Orleans Flairs
Voices of Peter Claver
Los Astros de America
Tulane Jazz Ensemble
Jonno & Cajun Experience
Mount Zion Pilgrim Baptist Church Choir
Sister Naomi Washington and Group
Smitty Dee’s Brass Band
Dillard University Jazz Ensemble
Black Mohawk and Black Foot Hunters Mardi Gras Indians
Keep N it Real, We R One, Zulu, and Big Nine Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs
Louisiana Sketches with Carl LeBlanc presented by Young Audiences
Gray Hawk, Young Cheyenne and Geronimo Hunters Mardi Gras Indians

Back to Top



Bon Jovi
Jason Mraz
Irma Thomas
Robert Cray
Amos Lee
Ahmad Jamal
Rance Allen
Ricky Skaggs
John Boutté
The Dixie Cups
Jeremy Davenport
Emeline Michel and DJA-Rara of Haiti
Hot 8 Brass Band
Big Freedia and Sissy Nobby
The Low Anthem
Anat Cohen Quartet
The Bahamas Experience
Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory
Ti-Coca & Wanga Négès of Haiti
Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience
Pine Leaf Boys
Rotary Downs
Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots
Shannon McNally & Hot Sauce
Wayne Toups & Zydecajun
The Savoy Center of Eunice Saturday Cajun Jam
Panorama Jazz Band
Renard Poche
Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders
Andrew Duhon & the Lonesome Crows
Hurray for the Riff Raff
Orange Kellin’s New Orleans Deluxe Orchestra
The Johnson Extension
Ted Winn
Lars Edegran & the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra
Kidd Jordan
Midnite Disturbers
Gospel Soul Children
Jockimo’s Groove feat. War Chief Juan
Brice Miller & Mahogany Brass Band
Erica Falls
J. Monque’D Blues Band
Willis Prudhomme & Zydeco Express
Young Tuxedo Brass Band
The Tenor Sax Woodshed feat. Christian Winther and Clarence Slaughter
Tyronne Foster & the Arc Singers
Grupo Sensacion
First Emanuel Gospel Choir
Po’ Henry & Tookie
Kid Simmons’ Local International Allstars
DJ Bomshell Boogie
UNO Jazz Allstars
Big Chief Walter Cook & the Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians
Xavier University Jazz Ensemble
Nine Times Men, Single Men, and Single Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs
Les Getrex & Quick Change
Craig Adams & Higher Dimensions of Praise
Pastor Tyrone Jefferson
Lady Jetsetters, Dumaine Gang, Divine Ladies, and Family Ties Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs
Red, White & Blue and Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras Indians
Highsteppers Brass Band
Miss Claudia & her Biergartners
Curtis Pierre with Samba Kids
River Road African American Museum Drum & Dance
Golden Comanche and Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians

Back to Top



John Mellencamp
Tom Jones
John Legend & The Roots
Dr. John
Alejandro Sanz
Arlo Guthrie
Kenny G
The Decemberists
Vickie Winans
Pete Fountain
Terence Blanchard
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Boukman Eksperyans of Haiti
Deacon John
Zachary Richard
Classic New Orleans Revue featuring Frankie Ford, Jean Knight, and the Blue Eyed Soul Band
Glen David Andrews
Partners-N-Crime with 5th Ward Weebie
Honey Island Swamp Band
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians
The Wiseguys
The Boogie Men
Astral Project
Red Baraat
DJA-Rara of Haiti
Anders Osborne
John Fohl & Johnny Sansone
Jake Smith
Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88’s
Sherman Washington & the Zion Harmonizers
Lil’ Buck Sinegal Blues Band
Washboard Chaz Blues Trio
Storyville Stompers Brass Band
Fredy Omar con su Banda
Golden Star Hunters Mardi Gras Indians
Mark Braud
Lil’ Malcolm & the House Rockers
Los Po-Boy-Citos
The Tommy Sancton New Orleans Quintet
Jo “Cool” Davis with guest James “Sugarboy” Crawford
Kristin Diable
Free Agents Brass Band
Driskill Mountain Boys
Tom McDermott
Michael Ward
Keith Frank
New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra
Traditional Jazz Tribute to Mahalia Jackson
Furious Five, Untouchables, Big Steppers, New Look, The First Division, and Olympia Aid Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs
Reggie Hall & the Twilighters feat. Lady Bee
Jesse Lege
Joel Savoy & the Cajun Country Revival
St. Joseph the Worker Choir
Jazz & Blues feat. Luther Kent, Phillip Manuel, and Big Al Carson
Ninth Ward Navajo, Golden Blade, and Carrollton Hunters Mardi Gras Indians
Jeremy Lyons Delta-Silly Music
Val & the Love Alive Fellowship Choir
Voices of Distinction
The Last Straws
Big Chief Kevin Goodman & the Flaming Arrows
LeRoy Thomas
Donnie Bolden, Jr. & the Spirit of Elijah
Delgado Community College Jazz Ensemble
Young Pinstripe Brass Band
Uptown Music Theatre
New Orleans Young Traditional Brass Band with the Heel to Toe Steppers
Ayla Miller Band
Young Guardians of the Flame

Back to Top



Cyndi Lauper
Lucinda Williams
Maceo Parker with special guest Pee Wee Ellis
Ivan Lins
Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste
Ruthie Foster
Michelle Shocked
Charlie Musselwhite
Djakout #1 of Haiti
Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes
Amanda Shaw
The New Orleans Bingo! Show
The Iguanas
Lisa Knowles & the Brown Sisters
Charmaine Neville
Banu Gibson & the Allstars feat. Bob Havens and Randy Reinhart
Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
Christian Scott
Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers
Leroy Jones
Kirk Joseph’s Backyard Groove
James Booker Piano Tribute feat. David Reis, Joe Krown, Josh Paxton, Tom Worrell, and Tom McDermott
Delfeayo Marsalis’ Uptown Orchestra
Gov’t Majik Dirty South Afro-Beat Arkestra
Sasha Masakowski
Brice Winston
Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole
Little Freddie King Blues Band
Lino Patruno of Italy
Linnzi Zaorski
Spencer Bohren
Original Royal Players Brass Band
Belton Richard & the Musical Aces
Roots of Music Marching Crusaders Band
Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue
Paul Eason
John Rankin
Flatbed Honeymoon
Robert “Bilbo” Walker
Ovi-G & the Froggies
Dukes of Dixieland
Paulin Brothers Brass Band
Kumbuka African Dance & Drum Collective
Fi Yi Yi & the Mandingo Warriors
7th Ward Creole Hunters and Cheyenne Mardi Gras Indians
Young Fellaz Brass Band
Lyle Henderson & Emmanu-EL
Black Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians
The Help
McDonogh #35, O. Perry Walker Charter, McMain, and Joseph S. Clark High School Gospel Choirs
Stooges Brass Band
Heavenly Melodies Gospel Singers
Pastor Terry Gullage and the Greater Mt. Calvary Voices of Redemption Choir
Tornado Brass Band
Bon Temp Roulez
VIP Ladies, Men of Class, and Ladies of Unity Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs
Loyola University Jazz Ensemble
Clearwood Jr. High School Chorale
Adams Middle School Players

Back to Top



Arcade Fire
Willie Nelson
Lupe Fiasco
Better Than Ezra
Jamey Johnson
Gregg Allman Blues Band
Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers
Buckwheat Zydeco
Big Sam’s Funky Nation
100th Birthday Celebration for Mahalia Jackson featuring Irma Thomas with guest John Boutté
Edie Brickell
Eric Lindell
Soul Rebels Brass Band
Mingus Big Band
Luther Kent
Bob Wilber & the Crescent City Cats
Bobby Cure & the Summertime Blues with guest Al “Carnival Time” Johnson
James Rivers Movement
Roddie Romero & the Hub City Allstars
Tim Laughlin
The SteelDrivers
Leah Chase
Djakout #1 of Haiti
The New Orleans Klezmer Allstars’ 20th Anniversary
Alex McMurray
Kourtney Heart
Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas
A Centennial Celebration for Lionel Ferbos with the Palm Court Jazz Band
Yvette Landry
We Landed on the Moon!
Sharon Martin
Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band
Jamil Sharif
Jambalaya Cajun Band
Ingrid Lucia
Big Al Carson Blues Band
Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony
Joseph Torregano
Guitar Slim, Jr.
Gina Brown & Anutha Level
Andy J. Forest NOtown Band
Blodie’s Jazz Jam
Ivoire Spectacle feat. Seguenon Kone
Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Ensemble
Michael Skinkus & Moyuba
Joe Hall & the Louisiana Cane Cutters
Connie & Dwight with the St. Raymond/St. Leo the Great Choir
Kevin Thompson & the Sensational Six
Archdiocese of New Orleans Gospel Choir
Fleur de Ladies Brass Band
Young Magnolias, White Cloud Hunters, and Red Hawk Mardi Gras Indians
Forgotten Souls
The Wimberly Family Gospel Singers
New Wave Brass Band
Original Big Seven, Original Four, Scene Boosters, and Ole N Nu Style Fellas Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs
Young Cherokee and Ninth Ward Hunters Mardi Gras Indians
Rev. Jermaine Landrum & Abundant Praise Revival Choir
Rose Anne St. Romain
Nineveh Baptist Church Mass Choir
New Orleans Indian Rhythm Section
N.O.C.C.A. Jazz Ensemble
Metropelican Opera
Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue presented by Young Audiences
Bester Singers and Dynamic Smooth Family Gospel Singers

Back to Top



Jimmy Buffett
The Strokes
Ms. Lauryn Hill
Allen Toussaint
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Bobby Blue Bland
Marcia Ball
Aaron Neville’s Gospel Experience
RAM of Haiti
Nicholas Payton
James Andrews & the Crescent City Allstars
Jesse Winchester
Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
Voice of the Wetlands All Stars
Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs
Khris Royal & Dark Matter
Ruby Wilson
New Birth Brass Band
Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band feat. Thais Clark
C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band
Jeff & Vida
Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show
The Jon Batiste Band
Wanda Rouzan’s New Orleans R&B Revue
Bill Kirchen
R. Scully’s Rough 7
Ernie Vincent & Top Notes
Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie
The Sammy Rimington International Band
D.L. Menard & the Louisiana Aces
Pfister Sisters
David Torkanowsky’s Fleur Debris feat. George Porter, Jr.
101 Runners
The Revealers
Kora Konnection feat. Morikeba Kouyate of Senegal and Thierno Dioubate of Guinea
New Orleans Cottonmouth Kings
Tribute to Walter Payton and June Gardner
DJ Soul Sister
Watson Memorial Teaching Ministry
Brother Tyrone
Baritone Bliss feat. Roger Lewis and Tony Dagradi
Smithfield Fair
Troy Turner
Kirk Joseph’s Tuba Tuba
The Electrifying Crown Seekers
Greater Antioch Full Gospel BC Mass Choir
Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys
Black Feathers Mardi Gras Indians
Golden Voices Community Choir
Tonia Scott & Anointed Voices
Julliard Jazz Ensemble
N’Fungola Sibo West African Dance Company
Minister Jai Reed
Kinfolk Brass Band
Ashe Cultural Arts Center Kuumba Institute
Stephen Foster’s Foster Family Program
Baby Boyz Brass Band
Franklin Avenue Baptist Church Choir
Cherokee Hunters, Wild Red Flame, Trouble Nation, and Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians
Westbank Steppers, New Generation, Undefeated Divas, Pigeon Town Steppers, and Valley of Silent Men Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs

Back to Top



Kid Rock
The Neville Brothers
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Sonny Rollins
Robert Randolph & the Family Band
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
The Radiators’ farewell
Cowboy Mouth
Tabou Combo of Haiti
Papa Grows Funk
Rebirth Brass Band
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Sonny Landreth
Ellis Marsalis
Henry Butler
Playing for Change
Anders Osborne
Glen David Andrews
Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
Punch Brothers feat. Chris Thile
Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters
RAM of Haiti
Fisk Jubilee Singers
Arthur Clayton & Purposely Anointed feat. special guest VaShawn Mitchell
Big Chief Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias
Treme Brass Band
George French & the New Orleans Storyville Jazz Band
The Bluerunners Reunion
Rumba Buena
Lost Bayou Ramblers
Mem Shannon & the Membership
Tommy Malone & Blvd Jr.
Bobby Lounge, Feufollet
TBC Brass Band
Leo Jackson & the Melody Clouds
The Generationals
DJ Captain Charles
Bob French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band
Gregg Stafford’s Jazz Hounds
Jesse McBride presents The Next Generation
Russell Batiste, Jr. & Friends feat. Jason Neville
Tribute to Clyde Kerr
Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys
Betsy McGovern & the Poor Clares
Julio y Cesar
Robin & the Bluebirds
Da Souljas Brass Band
Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble
Wild Tchoupitoulas and Wild Apaches Mardi Gras Indians
Bamboula 2000
Pinstripe Brass Band
Veal Brothers
Zulu Male Ensemble
Heritage School of Music Band
Jonté Landrum Thomas
Original New Orleans Lady Buckjumpers, Prince of Wales, Nine Times Ladies, Original C.T.C., Lady Rollers, and Secondline Jammers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs
SUBR Jazzy Jags
Johnette Downing
Mt. Hermon BC Mass Choir
Golden Sioux and Apache Hunters Mardi Gras Indians
N’Kafu Traditional African Dance Company
Dragon Master Showcase presented by Young Audiences
Erik McAllister & the N.O.C.C.A. Mime Theater Troupe
Black Eagles Mardi Gras Indians
KIDsmART Student Showcase
Sunpie Barnes with Louisiana Creole Music

Back to Top

  • Floydpruitt

    Rosie Ledet-am I missing her in the lineup?

  • Floydpruitt

    Am I overlooking Dwayne Doopsie in the lineup?

  • Dwayne Dopsie is playing the second Thursday, May 5. Rosie Ledet isn’t in the lineup though.

  • Andrew Cudmore

    this lineup is EPIC. do they release an hourly schedule w/ stages and other details? loved bonnaroo for that the last couple years.

  • Andrew:
    the hourly schedule with specific performance time and stage info for every day (the schedule “cubes”) won’t be released until late March

  • Roussever

    Where is Little ROSIE Ladet ?????

  • JFDiehard

    Positively the worst JF lineup I’ve seen in my decades of attending the fest. Clearly it’s now about ticket sales over quality. Bon Jovi was an absolute disaster when they played several years ago. Their fans were horrible. So, naturally, back they come. Bon Jovi, Kid Rock, Cyndi Lauper, Kenny G. Thanks, Quint.

  • Francesnopp

    i wish i could come and see and listen to the music. god bless you all

  • Francesnopp

    give the artists BON JOVI,KID ROCK KENNY G some slack. do u have a band? OR are u just bashing them. Dont go.

  • Revjimk

    I’m with JF Diehard. Very disappointing for me. OF COURSE JF is a great thing, but it keeps trending toward being another big commercial rock concert.
    Festivale Internationale in Lafayette, anyone?

  • Anonymous

    For me, 2004 was the low point. So many retreads. I don’t have great love for any of those – I’ve seen Cyndi recently & she’s pretty Vegas – but the new bookings make sense inside the broad rubric of heritage music in that you can trace their music back to a heritage music form (which is how I interpret the relevance of the “Jazz and Heritage” portion of the fest’s title. I’ve heard Quint construct it as “the heritage of jazz” which isn’t grammatically accurate or an accurate descriptor of much of the music on the grounds) and much of it’s fresh, but there are enough returning big names to be the festival we recognize.

  • Vgcrooster

    Why isn’t Louie Prima Jr. scheduled…OMG his performance last yr. was fabulous & so were his reviews…I have been going to Jazz Fest for over 20 yrs. have seen them all…Don’t remember seeing a better show…interesting, that ALL age groups enjoyed his show.COME ON JAZZ FEST FOLKS… what’s the story ??????????
    Lady V.

  • wow this is quite a list!

  • Ekap

    WHat about Kenny B Stimon? He’s unbelievable, straight out of the swamp.

  • Ekap

    Oops, Kenny B Stimson…

  • Anonymous

    Kenny Bill Stinson, and I’ll miss him this year too. He was one of the most enjoyable interviews I’ve done in the Music Heritage Stage.