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Big names in Big Easy: 2012 Jazz & Heritage fest lineup announced

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Wednesday announced a star-studded lineup for the 2012 event, April 27-29 and May 3-6, including Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Foo Fighters, the Eagles, Zac Brown Band, Florence + the Machine, Feist, John Mayer, Herbie Hancock, Ne-Yo, Al Green, My Morning Jacket, Jill Scott, Bon Iver, Janelle Monae and Paulina Rubio.

Additional names announced Wednesday: Trombone Shorty, Neville Brothers, Allen Toussaint, Bunny Wailer, Bonnie Raitt, Irma Thomas, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Dr. John, Yolanda Adams, Iron & Wine, Pete Fountain, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Steel Pulse, Rebirth Brass Band, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Esperanza Spalding, Funky Meters, Levon Helm Band with special guest Mavis Staples, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Aaron Neville, Steve Earle, Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band 50th Anniversary Jam, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Ani DiFranco, Givers, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Dianne Reeves, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Better Than Ezra, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Bruce Hornsby, Dave Koz, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Gomez, Pedrito Martinez, the Bounce Shake Down featuring Big Freedia, Katey Red, Keedy Black, DJ Poppa, Israel & New Breed, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Zebra, Amanda Shaw, James Cotton “Superharp” Band, Cowboy Mouth, Asleep at the Wheel, Papa Grows Funk, David Sanborn & Joey DeFrancesco, Bobby Rush, Chuck Leavell & Friends.

Also: Ellis Marsalis, Marcia Ball, Voice of the Wetlands All Stars, John Boutté, Gary Clark Jr., Texas Tornados, Poncho Sanchez Latin Band with Terence Blanchard, Cheikh Lô (Senegal), Tab Benoit, Regina Carter’s “Reverse Thread,” Bombino (Niger), Glen Hansard, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Jeremy Davenport, Sara Jarosz, Bonerama, Evelyn Turrentine-Agee, Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic, Ruby Wilson’s tribute to Bessie Smith & Ma Rainey, Wycliffe Gordon, Donald Harrison, Lindigo & Fixi (Reunion Island & France), Sonny Landreth, Buckwheat Zydeco, Soul Rebels, Stars of Heaven, Jewel Brown with the Heritage Hall Band, Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, Anders Osborne, Honey Island Swamp Band, Theresa Andersson, John Mooney & Bluesiana, Eric Lindell, Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters, Beausoleil with Michael Doucet, Pine Leaf Boys, James Andrews & the Crescent City Allstars, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Big Chief Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles, Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band feat. Thais Clark, Banu Gibson, Hot 8 Brass Band, Creole Wild West, George French.

Tickets for the fest at Fair Grounds Race Course are available at www.nojazzfest.com or www.ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000.

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danisha nelson

December 15th, 2011
12:03 pm

Hey Check out the New Orleans Jazz Fest http://www.nojazzfest.com