Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, Dave Matthews To Headline 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Leslie T. Snadowsky
Dave Matthews to perform at Jazz Fest 2017.

NEW ORLEANS –  The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell today announced the music lineup for the 2017 Festival scheduled for April 28 – 30 and May 4 – 7. The festival annually celebrates the unique culture and heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana, alongside unforgettable performances by nationally and internationally renowned guest artists. With 12 stages and more than 500 bands performing virtually every style of music, Jazz Fest presents one of the entertainment world’s most diverse music lineups. Hundreds of thousands of fans annually flock to the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course for Jazz Fest, which has been called America’s best festival.

         Artists scheduled to appear at the 2017 Jazz Fest include:

         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 Avenue, Earth, Wind & Fire, Wilco, Darius Rucker, Patti LaBelle, NAS with guests The Soul Rebels, Buddy Guy, The Meters, George Benson, Aaron Neville, 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, The Lone Bellow, Rebirth Brass Band, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Boney James, Herb Alpert & Lani Hall, Margo Price, JohnnySwim, Lake Street Dive, The Joey Alexander Trio, Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton, Richard Smallwood & Vision, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers, Anders Osborne, Tab Benoit, Sonny Landreth, Boyfriend, Chocolate Milk, Jon Cleary, Erica Campbell of Mary Mary, Kenny Barron Trio, Davell Crawford, William  Bell, Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters, John Boutté, Deacon John, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians, Cuba comes to Jazz Fest: Los Van Van, Chucho Valdés Quintet, Gente de Zona, The Pedrito Martinez Group & The Rumba, Telmary y Habana Sana, Adonis y Osain del Monte, Septeto Santiaguero, Changüí Guantánamo, Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro, Daymé Arocena, Conga Los Hoyos, Grupo Caury, y mucho mas, Lee Konitz Quartet, Nicholas Payton & Afro Caribbean Mixtape, Paul Porter, A Tribute to Pete Fountain, Ellis Marsalis, New Orleans Classic R&B Revue feat. Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Al “Carnival Time” Johnson, and Robert Parker with the Bobby Cure Band, The Jazz Epistles featuring Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya and Hugh Masekela, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, New Orleans R&B Divas featuring The Dixie Cups, Jean Knight, and Wanda Rouzan, Henry Butler’s Jambalaya Band, Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective, Marcia Ball, Mokoomba of Zimbabwe, PJ Morton, Wayne Toups, The Gospel Soul of Irma Thomas, Cowboy Mouth, Hot 8 Brass Band, Tucka, Kathy Taylor and Favor, Lakou Mizik of Haiti, Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars, George Porter, Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, Cyril Neville & SwampFunk, Honey Island Swamp Band, Bonerama, Joe Louis Walker, Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns, Big Chief Donald Harrison, Roddie Romero & the Hub City Allstars, John Mooney & Bluesiana, Tank and The Bangas, Royal Teeth, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, SFJAZZ Collective Plays the Music of Miles Davis, Original Pinettes Brass Band, Judith Owen & Krewe de Jude, Eddie Cotton & the Mississippi Cotton Club, Eric Lindell, James Andrews & the Crescent City Allstars, The Travelin’ McCourys, Sweet Crude, Motel Radio, Mia Borders, Kristin Diable & The City, Magnificent 7, Gregg Martinez & the Delta Kings’ Swamp Pop Revue feat. GG Shinn, T.K. Hulin & Tommy McLain, A Salute to Louis Armstrong featuring Hugh Masekela and Dr. Michael White,  A Tribute to Buckwheat Zydeco featuring Nathan Williams, C.J. Chenier, Corey Ledet, and the Ils Sont Parti Band, A Tribute to Jo “Cool” Davis, The Clark Sisters, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band featuring Thais Clark, Bo Dollis, Jr. & the Wild Magnolias, The New Orleans Hip Hop Experience ft. Sqad Up, Denisia, Roca B and T-Ray The Violinist and Dreams 2 Reality, Jason Marsalis, Pine Leaf Boys, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas, Marc Broussard, Creole String Beans, New Orleans Suspects, Dale Watson and His Lone Stars, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, DJ Shub, Lil’ Buck Sinegal Blues Band with special guest Barbara Lynn, Little Freddie King Blues Band, and hundreds more.

         This year Jazz Fest will shine a spotlight on the culture of Cuba, with performances by Cuban artists across the Fair Grounds and at the 2017 Cultural Exchange Pavilion – a specially curated area dedicated to the music, food, arts and crafts of Cuba.

         Advanced early-bird single-day tickets for Jazz Fest are $65 through Feb. 14. The advanced ticket price will be $70 beginning on Feb. 15. The gate price ticket will be $80. Children’s tickets (ages 2 – 10) are still only $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 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.

         All of the Festival’s hugely popular VIP packages are on sale while very limited supplies last. Jazz Fest offers three distinct VIP opportunities to experience the event in style: the festival’s popular Big Chief VIP Experience ticket package provides special viewing access at most of the festival’s stages; the Grand Marshal VIP Pass allows for up-close access at the three major stages; and the Krewe of Jazz Fest VIP Pass entitles patrons to special covered seating at the Acura Stage audience area (details attached). The festival offers a special layaway arrangement for each of the VIP packages.  For information on layaway

         Jazz Fest is partnering once again with CID Entertainment to provide travel packages for guests looking to bundle festival tickets or VIP passes with local hotel accommodations and roundtrip shuttle service between the festival and their hotel. For more information

         Many area hotels offer special Jazz Fest rates for festival patrons.  A complete listing is posted here where guests can effortlessly reserve their hotel rooms for the event, taking advantage of some of the best prices offered at these participating hotels, including the Official Host Hotel, the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. Certain hotels offer even deeper discounts to patrons who book their room early, especially before Jan. 31.

         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, Zatarain’s and WWOZ are all also Official Jazz Fest Sponsors.  Starwood Preferred Guest is the exclusive Hotel Loyalty Program Partner of the festival.

         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 HSM Beginners program, the Tom Dent Congo Square Lecture Series, the Class Got Brass competition, workshops on New Orleans cultural traditions and more. Economic Development initiatives include Community Partnership Grants, the Catapult Fund accelerator program and the Sync Up entertainment industry conference. Cultural enrichment programs include a free jazz concert series and four free community festivals: the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, the Congo Square 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. In 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.

         For more information about the Foundation

         The much-loved Jazz & Heritage Foundation Gala will be held on Thursday, April 27, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans Hotel. The Gala is an evening of music, food and fun that directly supports the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music, a free music instruction program that reaches more than 100 students each week. This year’s Gala will feature “A Neville Family Funktion” – a multi-generational performance featuring members of the First Family of New Orleans Funk featuring Art, Charles, Cyril, Ian, Ivan and Jason joined by very special guests. Also performing will be the world-renowned Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro of Cuba.

         For more information about the Gala and to buy tickets or inquire about sponsorship opportunities call (504) 558-6107 or go here:

         The Johnny Jackson Jr. Gospel Is Alive Celebration, a free event that is part of the Jazz Fest Educational Workshops and also an outreach to the senior citizen community, takes place Monday, May 1, at the Franklin Ave. Baptist Church and features The Clark Sisters.

         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).

         For the complete day by day schedule

         View the official 2017 Jazz Fest Talent Announcement video here



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