Jazz Fest’s first weekend festivities will take place from April 27-29, featuring spots by Dr. John, Rod Stewart, Van Morrison, Norah Jones, Brad Paisley, Jill Scott, Irma Thomas, Ludacris, Bonnie Raitt, Jerry Lee Lewis, Pharoah Sanders, Calexico, Soulive, Rebirth Brass Band, Richie Havens, Johnny Rivers, George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Banda el Recodo, Bobby Jones & the Nashville Super Choir, Gillian Welch, The New Orleans Social Club, Percy Sledge, James Carter, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Sonny Landreth, and JJ Grey & MOFRO, among many others. Jazz Fest will also feature performances from the artists appearing on the cover of Zenbu Media’s sister publications: Lucinda Williams (Relix) and Kermit Ruffins (Global Rhythm).
Jazz Fest’s second weekend will take place a few days later, from May 4-6, featuring an equally exciting mix of musicians. Artists scheduled to appear include Harry Connick Jr., Steely Dan, ZZ Top, John Legend, Allen Toussaint, Counting Crows, New Edition, George Benson, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Allman Brothers Band, Better Than Ezra, Joss Stone, Stephen Marley featuring Jr. Gong, Taj Mahal, Cowboy Mouth, Branford Marsalis, Dottie Peoples, Tony Joe White, Roy Hargrove, Galactic, The Holmes Brothers, The Radiators, Chuck Leavell, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Ivan Neville, Ellis Marsalis Big Sam's Funky Nation, and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles, among others. As in past years, countless late night performances will take place throughout the Big Easy following the day’s fairground activities.