Steely Dan, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers To Headline New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented By Shell This Weekend

Leslie T. Snadowsky
Buckwheat Zydeco will perform at Jazz Fest today on the Acura Stage.

NEW ORLEANS—The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell takes place today through Sunday April 24, and from Thursday, April 28 through Sunday, May 1, 2016.

         The annual festival celebrates the unique culture and heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana, alongside unforgettable performances by nationally and internationally renowned guest artists. Jazz Fest takes place at the Fair Grounds Race Course and will feature 12 stages of music in such varied genres as R&B, gospel, blues, rock, pop, traditional and contemporary jazz, Cajun, zydeco and much more.

         Last year, more than 460,000 fans attended Jazz Fest and according to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation Inc., the event has an economic impact of more than $300 million.

         This year Jazz Fest will shine a spotlight on the culture of Belize at the 2016 Cultural Exchange Pavilion, featuring performances by artists from the country, as well as a specially curated area with Belizean arts and crafts and additional cultural programming.

         Also this year, international Colombian superstar, Carlos Vives, joins the musical lineup on Sunday, April 24.

         Vives is considered one of Columbia’s most iconic artists and one of the most important figures in Latin music. With more than 30 million records sold worldwide, he has been called a pioneer of Colombian pop music. He was the first Colombian artist to win a Grammy Award and to date has won 2 Grammys.

         Vives first appeared at Jazz Fest in 2003.

         Shell is the Presenting Sponsor of the Festival. Major Jazz Fest Sponsors are Acura, Peoples Health, Miller Lite, and the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots (A Churchill Downs Company). IBERIABANK, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, Coca-Cola, Zatarain’s and WWOZ are all also Official Jazz Fest Sponsors. Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) is the Festival’s Hotel Rewards Program Partner.

         The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell is a co-production of Festival Productions Louisiana, LLC. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Festival Productions, Inc.-New Orleans) and AEG Louisiana Production, LLC. (a subsidiary of AEG Live).

         The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The Foundation uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest, and other raised funds, for year-round activities in the areas of education, economic development and cultural enrichment. Education programs include the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music, the Tom Dent Congo Square Lecture Series and the Class Got Brass competition. Economic Development initiatives include the Community Partnership Grants, the Sync Up entertainment industry conference and new programs such as the Catapult Fund and Brass Tacks. Cultural events include a free jazz concert series and four free community festivals: the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival, the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival and the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival. The Foundation also owns radio station WWOZ 90.7-FM and the Jazz & Heritage Archive. 2015, the Foundation opened a new building, the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center – an education and community facility named for Jazz Fest founder George Wein and his late wife Joyce.


         Admission to Jazz Fest costs $75 at the gate.

         Children’s tickets (ages 2 – 10) are $5 and are available at the gate only. Single-day tickets to Jazz Fest are on sale by specific weekend, with each ticket valid for a single day’s attendance.

         Tickets are also available at and, at all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Smoothie King Center Box Office. All general admission Jazz Fest tickets are subject to additional service fees and handling charges.

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         The musical line-up for this weekend includes:




Steely Dan, Janelle Monáe, Gov’t Mule, Michael McDonald, Grace Potter, The Subdudes, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers, Buckwheat Zydeco, Donald Harrison, Jr., Geri Allen: The Erroll Garner Jazz Project, Cowboy Mouth, Christian Scott, The Black Lillies, Walter Trout, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, New Orleans Classic Recording Divas featuring The Dixie Cups, Wanda Rouzan, and Jean Knight, Hot 8 Brass Band, TR Shine of Belize, Flow Tribe, The Anointed Jackson Sisters, Jason Marsalis, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, Bria Skonberg, Talla Walla Vibrations of Belize, Eric Lindell, Alvin “Youngblood” Hart’s Muscle Theory, Shannon Powell presents a Tribute to Smokey Johnson, Matt Lemmler presents “The Music of Stevie Wonder” featuring Brian Blade, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Shades of Praise, Zulu Gospel Male Ensemble, The Deslondes, Baby Bee, The Topcats, Orange Kellin’s New Orleans DeLuxe Orchestra, Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans, Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys, New Wave Brass Band, Panorama Jazz Band, Betty Winn & One A-Chord, Real Untouchable Brass Band, We Are One, New Generation, and The Perfect Gentlemen Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, The Caesar Brothers Funkbox, La Tran-K Band, Semolian Warriors Mardi Gras Indians, Guitar Masters featuring John Rankin, Jimmy Robinson, and Cranston Clements, Clive Wilson’s New Orleans Serenaders with Butch Thompson, Golden Sioux, Wild Apaches, and Black Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians, Driskill Mountain Boys, Vishtèn of Canada, Native Nations Intertribal, Patrice Fisher & Arpa with guest Javier Cabrera of Mexico, New Orleans Gospel Soul Children, Aya Takazawa of Japan, Keep N It Real, Ladies of Unity, Go Getters, and Big Nine Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Sarah Quintana & the Miss River Band, Andrew Hall’s Society Brass Band, Black Mohawk and Black Foot Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Connie & Dwight Fitch with the St. Raymond & St. Leo the Great Gospel Choir, Lady Tambourine, Alexis Spight, Harold Holloway & Co., Uptown Music Theatre, Chosen Vessels Band & Performing Arts, Chris Clifton & His Allstars, UNO Jazz Allstars, Gray Hawk presents Native American Lore, Rosa Metoyer, Young Audiences Brass Band Throwdown…




Pearl Jam, Van Morrison, Maxwell, Boz Scaggs, Galactic, Alpha Blondy & The Solar System, Brothers Osborne, Mystikal, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Anders Osborne, Tab Benoit, Leo Nocentelli, Naturally 7, John Hammond, DeJohnette·Coltrane·Garrison, The Garifuna Collective of Belize, Joe Krown Trio featuring Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Russell Batiste, Jr., Bobby Cure Band & the New Orleans R&B Revue featuring Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Al “Carnival Time” Johnson, Robert Parker, Sammy Ridgley, and Jo “Cool” Davis, Tribute to Jelly Roll Morton featuring Henry Butler, Butch Thompson, and Dr. Michael White, Anthony Brown & group therAPy, TR Shine of Belize, Jarekus Singleton, James Andrews & the Crescent City Allstars, Victor Goines, Leah Chase, Tim Laughlin, Alexey Marti & Urban Mind, Gregg Stafford & His Young Tuxedo Brass Band, New Orleans Experience ft. S – 8ighty, Partners-N-Crime, DJ Jubilee, Denisia, Kevin Stylez, Dobama, and Govenor Reiss, New Orleans Jazz Vipers, Pocket Aces Brass Band, Talla Walla Vibrations of Belize, Cha Wa featuring Papa Mali, Glen David Andrews & Treme Choir, The Johnson Extension, Blodie’s Jazz Jam, Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys, Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue, Warren Storm, Willie Tee & Cypress with special guest Tommy McLain, Willie Sugarcapps, New Orleans Swamp Donkeys, Jambalaya Cajun Band with D.L. Menard, Johnny Sansone, Rumba Buena, Motel Radio, Darcy Malone & The Tangle, Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church Mass Choir, Dr. Brice Miller & Mahogany Brass Band, Lady Jetsetters, Single Ladies, Single Men, and Nine Times Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, Big Chief Walter Cook & The Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians, Archdiocese of New Orleans Gospel Choir, Connie Jones & the Crescent City Jazz Band, Brian Quezergue, Cameron Dupuy & The Cajun Troubadours, Louis Ford & His New Orleans Flairs, Washitaw Nation Mardi Gras Indians, Capoeira New Orleans, Square Dance with Lost in the Holler, Confetti Park Players, Kim Che’re, Native Nations Intertribal, The Wimberly Family Gospel Singers, DJ RQ Away, Rising Dragon Lion Dance Team, Stephen Foster’s Foster Family Music Program, Smitty Dee’s Brass Band, Divine Ladies, Dumaine St. Gang, and Family Ties Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Xavier University Jazz Ensemble, Sylvia Yancy Davis, Seminoles and Flaming Arrows Mardi Gras Indians, Ashé Cultural Arts Center Kuumba Institute, Arthur and Friends Community Choir…




Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nick Jonas, J. Cole, Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter Duo, Julio Iglesias, Jonny Lang, Better Than Ezra, Elle King, Rhiannon Giddens, CeCe Winans, Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars, Taj Mahal & The Trio, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians, Amanda Shaw, Dédé Saint-Prix of Martinique, Henry Butler & Jambalaya, Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective, Imagination Movers, Glen David Andrews, Royal Teeth, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, The Garifuna Collective of Belize, Leyla McCalla, Ed Volker’s Quintet Narcosis, The New Orleans Suspects, Little Freddie King Blues Band, Herlin Riley Quintet, The Iguanas, Dr. Michael White & The Original Liberty Jazz Band with Thais Clark, The Zion Harmonizers, Talla Walla Vibrations of Belize, Ms. Ruby Wilson’s Tribute to Bessie Smith featuring Brian “Breeze” Cayolle, Preston Shannon, Don Vappie & The Creole Jazz Serenaders, Larry Sieberth presents Estrella Banda, New Breed Brass Band, Mister G, The Revealers, Kevin Gordon, The Kid Carsons, St. Joseph the Worker Music Ministry, Big Chief Keke & The Comanche Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Los Po-Boy-Citos, Young Pinstripe Brass Band, The Furious Five, Big Stepper, and Untouchables Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Leroy Jones & New Orleans’ Finest, Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band, Belton Richard & the Musical Aces, Steve Pistorius and the Southern Syncopators, The Electrifying Crown Seekers, The Rocks of Harmony, Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries Choir, Woodshed: Trombones featuring Stephen Walker and Michael Watson, Ninth Ward Hunters, Monogram Hunters, and Shining Star Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, ManzaNota/Rock en Espanol, Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble, Jonté Landrum, Kid Simmons’ Local International Allstars, Deak Harp, NOCCA Jazz Ensemble, Native Nations Intertribal, Tyronne Foster & The Arc Singers, Young Band Nation, Tornado Brass Band, Young Men Olympia Aid, First Division, and New Look Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Pelican212, The Royal Boys Choir, Robert Jardell & Pure Cajun, Sundays in Congo Square, New Orleans Dance Collective, Young Seminole and Young Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians…




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