Voice of the Wetlands All Stars at Jazz Fest 2016. Photo by Willow Haley.

Jazz Fest releases music schedule ‘cubes,’ celebrates Cuban programming

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival revealed the music schedule—colloquially known as the “cubes”—for this year’s event during a press conference at the Fair Grounds Race Course this morning. You can now download the full schedule or check it out below.

Jazz Fest also announced details for its “Cuba Comes to Jazz Fest” programming, which it has billed as the largest celebration of Cuban culture in the United States since the 1950s. The festival has invited over 150 Cuban artists to perform at the Fair Grounds, with many of them of them coming to America for the first time for the event. This year’s Cultural Exchange Tent will include a special Cuba Stage that will host a variety of Cuban performers from 11:30 to 5:30 each day. In addition, the pavilion will showcase numerous Cuban craftsmen, including cigar rollers and builders of three-string guitars. You can check out the schedule for Cuba Stage here.

As previously reported, Jazz Fest will return to the Fair Ground Race Course from April 28-30 and May 4-7. This year’s gathering will feature performances by Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Maroon 5, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Kings of Leon, Usher & The Roots, Harry Connick, Jr., Meghan Trainor, Lorde, Snoop Dogg, Alabama Shakes, Pitbull, Widespread Panic, Trey Anastasio Band, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave., Earth, Wind & Fire, Wilco, Darius Rucker, Patti LaBelle, NAS with The Soul Rebels, Buddy Guy, The Meters, George Benson, Aaron Neville and many more will also appear at the festival when it returns to the Fair Grounds Race Course from April 28-30 and May 4-7.

Other acts on the bill include Corinne Bailey Rae, Irma Thomas, Elle King, Dr. John, Jonny Lang, Tower of Power, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Amos Lee, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Big Freedia, Maze feat. Frankie Beverly, The Revivalists, Leon Bridges, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Dawes, Galactic, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Blues Traveler, The Mavericks, Rhiannon Giddens and The Lone Bellow. The full list of performers can be found via the festival’s website.