New Orleans Jazzfest Really Serious About The Whole “Something For Everyone” Concept

Dec 16th, 2008 // 4 Comments

Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis, Erykah Badu, Spoon, Sharon Jones, Mavis Staples, and Etta James are but a few of the artists slated to play the 40th-anniversary edition of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which takes place over the weekends of April 24-26 and April 30-May 3. (This festival’s concession to the tough economic times: Discount packages! But don’t worry, those of you who still want to live large can overspend on indulge in a VIP setup.) Huge list of names—which is only a partial lineup!—after the jump.

Wynton Marsalis, Aretha Franklin, Dave Matthews Band, James Taylor, Sugarland, Joe Cocker, Ben Harper, Tony Bennett, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Kings of Leon, The Neville Brothers, Wilco, Bonnie Raitt, Allen Toussaint, The O’Jays, Erykah Badu, Etta James, Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy, Los Lobos, Robert Cray, Toots and the Maytals, Dr. John, Spoon, Third World, Common, Orishas, Emmylou Harris, Irma Thomas, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Mavis Staples, The Whispers, Hugh Masekela, Doc Watson, Pete Seeger, John Mayall, Solomon Burke, Jakob Dylan, Rance Allen, Chuck Brown, Meter Men; Zig, George, & Leo, Kinky, Drive-By Truckers feat. Booker T. Jones, Better Than Ezra, Avett Brothers, Pete Fountain, Galactic, Marcia Ball, Roy Haynes, Patty Griffin, Kurt Elling, Poncho Sanchez, John Scofield & the Piety Street Band, Marc Broussard, Rebirth Brass Band, Esperanza Spalding, Kind of Blue @ 50 Tribute to Miles Davis, Del McCoury Band, Aaron Neville, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Odadaa of Ghana, The Genius of Sydney Bechet: A Tribute feat. Bob Wilber, Guy Clark, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Roy Rogers, Chris Owens, VaShawn Mitchell, Dew Drop Inn Revisited hosted by Deacon John, George Wein and Friends w/ Randy Brecker, Kermit Ruffins and the Barbeque Swingers, Terence Blanchard, Ivan Neville & Dumpstaphunk, Tab Benoit and the Wetland Allstars, Anointed Jackson Sisters, Ellis Marsalis, Dirty Dozen, Robert Mirabal, Trombone Shorty, The Vettes, Cedric Burnside, Lil’ Ed & the Imperials, Stephanie Jordan, Radiators, Buckwheat Zydeco, Amanda Shaw, The Ebony Hillbillies, Cowboy Mouth, Trout Fishing in America, Harlem Blues & Jazz Band, Tribute to Danny Barker, Amameresso Agofomma of Ghana, Crocodile Gumboot Dancers of South Africa, Ori Danse Club of Benin, Ladysmith Redlions of South Africa, Cheick Hamala Diabate of Mali.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival [Official site]


  1. Ted Striker

    Moreso than any of the other big festivals (that I can think of), Jazz Fest does do a good job of actually representing the regional musical styles of its host city. Even ACL isn’t particularly Texas-heavy anymore.

  2. Lucas Jensen

    Jeez, that’s good. Also, Ivan Neville & Dumstaphunk is just the worst band name.

  3. natepatrin

    Above the cut: “Wow, that’s a hell of a lineup!”
    Below the cut: “Dave Matthews Band, James Taylor”

    I guess they had to find some way to compensate for the hell-yes coup of getting Erykah Badu and Toots & the Maytals on the same bill.

  4. MrStarhead

    With the exception of Kings of Leon, that’s basically the Jazz Fest 1998 lineup. Seriously, I was there.

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