The moment countless music lovers in the region and beyond have been waiting for has arrived. After months of speculation, the talent lineup for the 2013 edition of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival dropped this morning, and we’ve got your info here. Now.
This year’s headliners include (the much predicted) Fleetwood Mac, Willie Nelson, New Orleans-raised R&B/hip-hop darling Frank Ocean, Billy Joel, Austin axeman Gary Clark Jr., Jazz Fest 2012 cancellation John Mayer, alt folk-rock faves Band of Horses, the Joshua Redman Quartet, jam band mainstays the Dave Matthews Band, poet and punk legend Patti Smith, Ben Harper, Hall & Oates, the Black Keys, Maroon 5, reggae icon Jimmy Cliff, nu soul chanteuse Jill Scott, Widespread Panic and many more.
Tickets, both single day ($45 at present, plus service fees) and in several VIP packages, are available now — single-day prices will increase to $50 in “mid to late January, exact date to be announced,” so buy ’em now.
Check out the day-by-day details on the 44th annual event, running April 26-May 5 at the Fair Grounds Race Course, below, and sound off in comments. What do you think of this year’s Jazz Fest roster?
Friday, April 26
John Mayer, Gary Clark Jr., George Benson, Band of Horses, Joshua Redman Quartet, Dr. John, Campbell Brothers, Sonny Landreth, George Porter, Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, Terrance Simien with special guest Queen Ida, Chris Owens backed by Her Hot Rhythms Band, Jeremy Davenport, The New Orleans R&B Diva Revue feat. the Dixie Cups, Jean Knight, and Wanda Rouzan with the Brian Quezergue Band, Donald Harrison, Wayne Toups & ZyDeCajun , John Mooney & Bluesiana, Tricia Boutté & International Friends, Le Vent du Nord of Canada, Charmaine Neville Band, New Orleans Suspects, Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show, New Orleans Bingo! Show, Doc McKenzie & the Hi-Lites, The Soul Rebels, John Lawrence & Ven Pa’ Ca Flamenco Ensemble with guests Antonio Hildago and Javier Heredia of Spain, The New Orleans Guitar Quartet feat. Jimmy Robinson, John Rankin, Phil DuGruy, and Cranston Clements, Stoney Creek and Yellow Bird Indian Dancers, Jamal Batiste presents JAM-ALL, Flow Tribe, The Breton Sound, Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band, Washboard Chaz Blues Trio, Bryan Lee & the Blues Power Band, James Rivers Movement, Leroy Jones & New Orleans’ Finest, Fredy Omar con su Banda, True Man Posse, Mark McGrain & Plunge, St. Joseph the Worker Music Ministry Choir, Zulu Gospel Male Choir, Brice Miller & Mahogany Brass Band, Semolian Warriors and Comanche Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, T’Monde, Los Po-Boy-Citos, Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Tommy Sancton & the New Orleans Legacy Band, The Mashup feat. Terence Higgins, Ike Stubblefield, and Grant Green, Jr., with special guest Ron Holloway, Chris Clifton & His Allstars, Young Pinstripe Brass Band, Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church Mass Choir, Geronimo Hunters and Creole Osceolas Mardi Gras Indians, Opera Creole, Xavier University Jazz Band, Guitar Slim, Jr., Henry Gray & the Cats, Donnie Bolden, Jr. & Spirit of Elijah, Friendly Travelers, Zulu, Big Nine, Keep N It Real, and We Are One Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Young Audience Brass Band Throwdown, Shamarr Allen presents music clinic students and Upset, McMain High School Talented-in-Theater Performers, Pastor Terry Gullage & the Greater Mt. Calvary Voices of Redemption, The ISL Circus Arts Kids, Soulfruit, Black Mohawk and Black Foot Hunters Mardi Gras Indians
Saturday, April 27
Billy Joel, Jill Scott, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Allen Toussaint, Rebirth Brass Band, Andrew Bird, Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Charles Bradley, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Jon Cleary, Daryl Coley, Anders Osborne, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Deacon John, Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars, A Tribe Called Red, Magary Lord of Bahia-Brazil, Gerald French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band: A Tribute to Bob French, Astral Project, Stoney Creek and Yellow Bird Indian Dancers, Lionel Ferbos & the Palm Court Jazz Band, Big Chief Walter Cook & Creole Wild West, Alex McMurray, Lil Buck Sinegal’s Blues Band, Michael Ward, Tribute to Sidney Bechet feat. Dr. Michael White, Donald Harrison, Brian “Breeze” Cayolle, and Roderick Paulin, Herbert Hardesty Presents, Jason Marsalis, Mississippi Rail Company, Classie Ballou & the Family Band, Jambalaya Cajun Band, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, John Michael Rouchell, The Kid Carsons, Alexis & the Samurai, Tim Laughlin, Wendell Brunious, Lance Ellis, Zena Moses & Rue Fiya, Robin Barnes, Gregg Stafford & his Young Tuxedo Jazz Band, Johnny J & the Hitmen, Sharon Martin, Panorama Jazz Band, Storyville Stompers Brass Band, Tyronne Foster & the Arc Singers, Loyola University Jazz Band, Ted Winn, Tonia Scott & the Anointed Voices, New Wave Brass Band, Voices of Peter Claver, Dumaine Gang, Divine Ladies, and Family Ties Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, 101 Runners, Golden Comanche and Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians, Treater “Le Traiteur de Bayou, ” Stephen Foster’s Foster Family Music Program, Real Untouchables Brass Band, The Jones Sisters, The Bester Singers, Dynamic Smooth Family Gospel Singers, The Voices of Distinction, Nine Times Men, Single Ladies, Single Men, and Lady Jetsetters Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Ashe Cultural Arts Center Kuumba Institute, Red, White & Blue and Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras Indians, First Emanuel Baptist Church Mass Choir, Young Band Nation Blues Project, Algiers Charter Schools Association Torch Bearers
Sunday, April 28
Dave Matthews Band, Earth, Wind & Fire, B.B. King, Gipsy Kings, Juan Luis Guerra y 440, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Dianne Reeves, The Nevilles, Better Than Ezra, Little Joe y La Familia, Calexico, C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Honey Island Swamp Band, Little Freddie King Blues Band, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles, Treme Brass Band’s Tribute to Uncle Lionel Batiste, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Martha Redbone, The Selvy Singers, Brother Tyrone & the Mindbenders, Luther Kent & Trickbag, Magary Lord of Bahia-Brazil, Kristin Diable & The City, Andrew Duhon, Rumba Buena, Gregg Stafford & the Jazz Hounds, Tribute to Kid Ory: Hot Trombones, The Zion Harmonizers, Midnite Disturbers, Raw Oyster Cult, Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, Khris Royal & Dark Matter, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders, Clive Wilson’s New Orleans Serenaders with guest Butch Thompson, Stoney Creek and Yellow Bird Indian Dancers, AsheSon, Jo “Cool” Davis with guests BJ Crosby and Barbara Shorts, Famous Rocks of Harmony, Vivaz!, Smitty Dee’s Brass Bad, Ninth Ward Hunters and Ninth Ward Navajo Mardi Gras Indians, Natalie Mae & Her Unturned Tricks, The Blues Masters feat. Big Al Carson, Jesse McBride presents the Next Generation Big Band, Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Roadrunners, the Shannon Powell Quintet feat. Charlie Gabriel, Bamboula 2000, Kid Simmons’ Local International Allstars, The Session, Tuba Skinny, Tornado Brass Band, Calvin Johnson, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church Mass Choir, Kim Che’re, Dog Hill Stompers, Culu Children’s Traditional African Dance Company & Stiltwalkers, Big Steppers, Furious Five, and Untouchables Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Johnette Downing and Scott Billington, Tulane University Jazz Ensemble, “Sundays in Congo Square” presented by the Congo Square Preservation Society, Rising Dragon Lion Dance Team, Kai Knight’s Silhouette Dance Ensemble, The First Division, Olympia Aid, New Look, and Men of Class Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Golden Star Hunters and Big Chief Kevin Goodman & the Flaming Arrows Mardi Gras Indians, Nineveh Baptist Church Mass Choir, McTeggart Irish Dancers, Rose Anne Ste. Romain, Bishop Sean Elder & The Mt. Herman Baptist Church Mass Choir, Shawee Indians and Black Eagles Mardi Gras Indians
Thursday, May 2
Patti Smith, Widespread Panic, Kem, Roy Ayers, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Henry Butler, Theresa Andersson, Lil’ Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers, Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs, The 35th Anniversary Celebration of One Mo’ Time!, Glen David Andrews, Pura Fé, Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, Hot 8 Brass Band, Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, Banu Gibson & Hot Jazz feat. The Anderson Twins, Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns, Pokey LaFarge, Drink Small, Ingrid Lucia, Blended Voices feat. Germaine Bazzle, Phillip Manuel, and Leslie Smith, The Bolton Brothers, Mia Borders, Dee-1, Kirk Joseph’s Backyard Groove, Balfa Toujours, Maggie Koerner, Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone, Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, The Honeypots, The Mercy Brothers, Orange Kellin’s New Orleans DeLuxe Orchestra, Gravy, Native Nations Intertribal, Salio from the Republic of Georgia, Fi Yi Yi & the Mandingo Warriors, The Roots of Music Marching Crusaders, Mark Brooks & Friends with guest Barbara Shorts, Original Pinettes Brass Band, Kid Merv & All That Jazz, Kidd Jordan and the Improvisational Arts Quintet, J. Monque’D Blues Band, Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, Quinten Corvette, Big Chief Iron Horse & the Black Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians, Kumbuka African Dance & Drum Collective, Grupo Sensacion, Louisiana Repertory Jazz Band, The Last Straws, Woodshed: Hammond B3 feat. Kyle Roussel and Joe Ashlar, UNO Jazz Allstars, Lyle Henderon & Emmanu-EL, Grayhawk presents Native American Lore & Tales, Forgotten Souls Brass Band, Ms. Lala, The Revolution, Ladies of Unity, and VIP Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Jesuit High School Jazz Band, Josh Kagler & Harmonistic Praise Crusade, Delgado Community College Jazz Band, The Chapman Family, Angela the Yarnspinner, Cheyenne and 7th Ward Creole Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Pocket Aces Brass Band, McDonogh #35 High School Gospel Choir, Eleanor McMain “Singing Mustangs” Choir, O. Perry Walker Charter High School Gospel Choir, Young Audiences Performance Arts Showcase, Pastor Tyrone Jefferson, The Adams Middle School Players
Friday, May 3
Willie Nelson, Jimmy Cliff, Marc Broussard, Tab Benoit, Laura Bell Bundy, Maroon 5, Marcia Ball, Ana Popovic, The Mavericks, Jerry Douglas, Irma Thomas’ Tribute to Mahalia Jackson, Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys, Papa Grows Funk, Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, The Iguanas, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet with special guest Jo-El Sonnier, Malê Debalê of Bahia-Brazil, Los Hombres Calientes feat. Bill Summers and Irvin Mayfield, The Cookers feat. Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, David Weiss, Craig Handy, George Cables, Cecil McBee, and Billy Hart, Holly Williams, Nicholas Payton XXX, Brushy One String of Jamaica, Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue, Coco Robicheaux Tribute feat. The Spiritland Band, Spencer Bohren, Bill Miller, Ms. Ruby Wilson, Leah Chase, Fleur Debris Superband feat. Zigaboo Modeliste, George Porter, Jr., Nicholas Payton, and David Torkanowsky, Corey Henry & Treme Funket, Kirk Joseph’s Tuba Tuba, Stooges Brass Band, Shades of Praise, The Branchettes, Patrice Fisher & Arpa with guests from Germany and Mexico, New Leviathan Oriental Fox-Trot Orchestra, Royal Teeth, David Egan and 20 Years of Trouble, Grayson Capps, Horace Trahan & the Ossun Express, Kim Carson, Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses, Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony, A Tribute to Hadley Castille feat. Sarah & the Sharecroppers, Pinstripe Brass Band, Native Nations Intertribal, Oneida Longhouse Singers and Dancers, Christian Winther — Soul House, Murder the Stout, Kora Konnection, Bari Koral, University of Miami Jazz Band, New Orleans Indian Rhythm Section, Jamil Sharif, Betty Winn & One A-Chord, Young Magnolias, Golden Sioux, and Young Cherokee Mardi Gras Indians, Connie & Dwight with The St. Raymond & St. Leo the Great Gospel Choir, Andrew Hall’s Memories of New Orleans, 21st Century Brass Band, Scene Boosters, Lady Rollers, Original Big Seven, and Original Four Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Jonté Landrum Thomas, Calliope Puppet Theater, KID smART Showcase, Young Fellaz Brass Band, Sensational Chosen Voices, New Orleans Hispano America Dance Group, Voices of Fannie C. Williams Charter School Choir / Recorder Ensemble, Red Hawk and White Cloud Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, City of Love Music & Worship Arts
Saturday, May 4
Fleetwood Mac, Phoenix, Little Big Town, Frank Ocean, The Little Willies, Los Lobos, Galactic, Stanley Clarke/George Duke Project, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Mutemath, VaShawn Mitchell, Terence Blanchard, Cowboy Mouth, Bonerama, Davell Crawford, Robert Mirabal, Roddie Romero & the Hub City All Stars, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Jonathon “Boogie” Long & the Blues Revolution, Eric Lindell, Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band feat. Thais Clark, Germaine Bazzle, The Revivalists, The Boutté Family Gospel, Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, Red Stick Ramblers, Joe Krown Trio feat. Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Russell Batiste, Jr., The New Orleans Hip Hop Experience feat. DJ Mike Swift, DJ Poppa, 3D Na’tee, Dobama and N.O.V., Sharde Thomas & the Rising Star Fife & Drum Band, Luke Winslow-King, Kevin Gordon, Kenny Neal, Tonia & the Left Field Band, Reggie Hall & the Twilighters feat. Lady Bee, JD & the Straight Shot, Yvette Landry, Bill Summers & Jazalsa, Malê Debalê of Bahia-Brazil, Paulin Brothers Brass Band, Lars Edegran & the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, Dukes of Dixieland, Native Nations Intertribal, Oneida Longhouse Singers and Dancers, Kinfolk Brass Band, Mariachi Jalisco, Aaron Fletcher, Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys, Cha Wa, Tom Saunders & the Tomcats, Naydja CoJoe, Black Feathers, Mohawk Hunters, and Cherokee Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, The Johnson Extension, Curtis Pierre-the Samba Man & the Samba Kids, Minister Jai Reed, The Mighty Supremes, Free Agents Brass Band, Westbank Steppers, Valley of Silent Men, and Nine Times Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Reverend Jermaine Landrum & the Abundant Praise Revival Choir, The Wimberly Family Gospel Singers, Al Berard Family Band, Young Guardians of the Flame Mardi Gras Indians, Jeannine Pasini Beekman, SUBR Jazzy Jags, Baby Boyz Brass Band, Archdiocese of New Orleans Gospel Choir, Tione Johnson, DJ Raj Smoove, New Generation, Undefeated Divas, Pigeon Town Steppers, and Uptown Swingers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, NORDC Crescent City Lights Youth Theater, The RRAAMS, Versailles Lion Dance Team, Big Chief Trouble & Trouble Nation and Wild Red Flame Mardi Gras Indians
Sunday, May 5
The Black Keys, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Irma Thomas, Aaron Neville, Jeffrey Osborne, Taj Mahal & The Real Thing Tuba Band, The Meter Men with Page McConnell, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Wayne Shorter Quartet feat. Danilo Perez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade, The Del McCoury Band with Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ellis Marsalis, Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters, Pete Fountain, New Orleans Classic R&B Recording Revue feat. Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Frankie Ford, Robert Parker, and Al “Carnival Time” Johnson with Blue Eyed Soul Revue, Bo Dollis & The Wild Magnolias, John Boutté, Tucka, Kathy Taylor, New Birth Brass Band, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, Satan & Adam, Brass-A-Holics “Gogo Brass Funk” Band, Creole String Beans, Pine Leaf Boys, James Andrews & the Crescent City Allstars, Feufollet, Ernie Vincent & the Top Notes, New Orleans Klezmer Allstars, Brushy One String of Jamaica, George French & the New Orleans Storyville Jazz Band, Savoy Family Cajun Band, TBC Brass Band, Bobby Lounge & the Reclinders with Sister Ruth Ann Kerr, D.L. Menard & the Louisiana Aces, Otra, Oneida Longhouse Singers and Dancers, Hot Club of New Orleans, Mark Braud’s New Orleans Jazz Giants, Wild Tchoupitoulas and Wild Apaches Mardi Gras Indians, New Orleans Nightcrawlers, Julio y Cesar Band, The Grayhawk Band, Blodie’s Jazz Jam, Leo Jackson & The Melody Clouds, Quiana Lynell & Lush Life, N’Kafu African Dance Ensemble, Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans, Connie Jones & the Crescent City Jazz Band, New Orleans Spiritualettes, DJ Captain Charles, Jeff Floyd, Native Nations Intertribal, Val & Love Alive Mass Choir, Prince of Wales and Original Lady Buckjumpers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, War Chief Juan & Jockimo’s Groove, N.O.C.C.A. Jazz Band, The Heritage School of Music Band, David & Roselyn, Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries Choir, Cynthia Girtley, Buffalo Hunters and Apache Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Craig Adams & Higher Dimensions of Praise, Uptown Music Theater, Highsteppers Brass Band, Javier’s Dance Company, Original CTC and Ole N Nu Style Fellaz Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Adella Adella the Storyteller, E’Dana & Divinely Destin, Hobgoblin Hill Puppets