Iconic artists, new names, old favorites set for Jazz Fest
The big names at this year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival include Bruce Springsteen, rhythm-and-blues star Robin Thicke, Canadian music collective Arcade Fire, jam band Phish and British classic rock stars Eric Clapton and Robert Plant.
“The 45th anniversary year is a milestone,” Jazz Fest producer-director Quint Davis said Tuesday. “So there’s an expectation that we have of ourselves. We have a responsibility to do something that’s worthy of the legacy.”
Jazz Fest runs April 25-April 27 and May 1-May 4 at the Fair Grounds Race Course.
Springsteen performed at the first post-Hurricane Katrina Jazz Fest in 2006 with his Pete Seeger-inspired Seeger Sessions Band. He returned in 2012 with his signature E Street Band.
Clapton has played New Orleans venues multiple times through the years — from the House of Blues to the Superdome to the New Orleans Arena — but he makes his Jazz Fest debut this year.
Davis has been a Clapton fan since the guitarist was a member of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers in the mid-1960s. The singer-guitarist has been on Jazz Fest’s wish list for decades.
“For one reason or another, we never could get him before,” Davis said. “But we never stopped trying.”
Former Led Zeppelin front man Plant performed at Jazz Fest in 2008 with bluegrass chanteuse Alison Krauss. He returned in 2011 with his Band of Joy. In 2014 he’s performing with his latest group, the Sensational Space Shifters.
“Robert Plant was one of the two hardest bookings we had,” Davis said. “He’s recording now. He’s not playing. He doesn’t have a road crew. I asked two or three times. They said, ‘We just can’t do it.’
“But then recently they came back and said, ‘Robert really loves the festival. He really loves New Orleans. Can we make this happen?’ He was one of the last bookings we made.”
Thicke arrives at Jazz Fest on the heels of the biggest hit of his career, last year’s “Blurred Lines.” Among 2014s other R&B stars are Essence Festival favorite Charlie Wilson, R&B singer and actor Trey Songz, Chaka Khan, and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. Pioneer rap group Public Enemy is also scheduled.
Echoing recent-year Jazz Fest lineups, boomer attractions such as Springsteen, Clapton, Plant, classic Latin rocker Santana and former Creedence Clearwater Revival front man John Fogerty dominate the 2014 schedule.
Younger audiences have options such as powerhouse vocalist and recent “The Voice” judge Christina Aguilera; Arcade Fire, which appeared at the 2011 Jazz Fest; Los Angeles pop band Foster the People; and New York’s Afro-pop influenced Vampire Weekend.
“We have great, iconic artists and new things like Vampire Weekend and the Alabama Shakes,” Davis said. “I’m looking forward to seeing them, too. We’re doing the kinds of things we do best — jazz and blues and gospel and rhythm-and-blues — and we have things that are new, that keep the festival moving forward after 45 years.”
Deeper into the lineup of national acts, Latin-infused roots-rock band the Mavericks is back for a second consecutive year. The group’s set at the Gentilly Stage last year, a 2013 Jazz Fest highlight, impressed Davis. When the Mavericks returned to New Orleans in October for a two-night stand at Tipitina’s, Davis personally asked the band to play Jazz Fest again this year.
“All of these national acts,” Davis said, “they’re the icing on top of a six-layer cake. The five other layers are music from here. That makes it a unique experience and festival.”
Dozens of homegrown acts fill the daily music schedules, including Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and Orleans Avenue; Aaron Neville; a reunion of New Orleans roots-rock band the Radiators; Allen Toussaint; funk-rock band Dumpstaphunk (featuring Ivan Neville and Ian Neville and guest star Art Neville); the Preservation Hall Jazz Band; “Treme” theme-song vocalist John Boutte; classic New Orleans R&B singer-guitarist Walter “Wolfman” Washington; and Grammy Award winners from Acadiana Wayne Toups, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, and BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet.
Jazz Fest’s official talent announcement video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EnxshehPDE
Advanced single-day tickets for Jazz Fest are $50 through Jan. 31 when the price will be $55. The gate price ticket will be $70. 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 available at www.nojazzfest.com and www.ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets can be purchased in-person at the New Orleans Arena Box Office. All general admission Jazz Fest tickets are subject to additional service fees and handling charges.
Jazz Fest schedule
FRIDAY, APRIL 25
Santana, The Avett Brothers, Public Enemy, Jason Isbell, Rubén Blades & Roberto Delgado Orchestra, Laura Mvula, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Gregory Porter, The Infamous Stringdusters, Eric Lindell & the Sunliners feat. Anson Funderburgh, Joe Louis Walker, Wayne Toups & ZyDeCajun, Afoxé Omô Nilê Ogunjá of Pernambuco-Brazil, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Dee-1, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs, Honey Island Swamp Band, Little Freddie King Blues Band, Brass-A-Holics, Leah Chase, Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, Sasha Masakowski, Lisa Knowles & the Brown Singers, BaianaSystem of Bahia-Brazil, Chris Thomas King, Tim Laughlin, Tricia Boutté & International Friends, Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue, Lil’ Buck Sinegal Blues Band, Shades of Praise, Curtis Pierre & Escola de Samba Casa Samba, Ginga Mundo Capoeira of Bahia-Brazil with special guests, Connie and Dwight Fitch with St. Raymond & St. Leo the Great Gospel Choir, Rotary Downs, Javier Gutierrez & Vivaz!, Bamboula 2000, J. Monque’D Blues Band, Alexey Marti & Urban Minds, Jimmy Breaux & Friends, Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses, Brice Miller & Mahogany Brass Band, Vox and the Hound, Jaryd Lane & The Parish, Julio y Cesar Band, Jamil Sharif, Betty Winn & One A-Chord, Stoney Creek Drum and Dance, Semolian Warriors and Comanche Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Kirk Joseph’s Backyard Groove, Baritone Bliss, Maryland Jazz Band of Cologne-Germany, Chris Clifton & His All-Stars, Sweet Olive String Band, The Real Untouchable Brass Band, Zulu and Big Nine Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, David & Roselyn, The Showers, Tommy Singleton, Young Audiences Brass Band Throwdown, Black Mohawk and Black Foot Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, The RAMS, The Sensational Chosen Voices, Xavier University Jazz Ensemble, Keep N It Real and We Are One Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, City of Love Music & Worship Arts Choir, Wild Apaches and Geronimo Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Lake Forest Charter Jazz Band, GrayHawk presents Native Lore and Tales, Miss Claudia’s Terrific Traveling Troubadours, KCCA Drama Troupe.
SATURDAY, APRIL 26
Phish, Robin Thicke, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Boz Scaggs, Keb’ Mo’, Anders Osborne, The Mavericks, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Branford Marsalis Quartet, Jon Cleary, Davell Crawford, Big Freedia, Sonny Landreth, John Mooney & Bluesiana, Zachary Richard, Afoxé Omô Nilê Ogunjá of Pernambuco-Brazil, Jeremy Davenport, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Bob Wilber and The Crescent City Cats, Treme Brass Band, Bobby Jones & Nashville Super Choir, Creole String Beans, Raw Oyster Cult, Ironing Board Sam, Los Hombres Calientes, The Boutté Family Gospel, James Rivers Movement, René Marie – With Love to Eartha Kitt, Kristin Diable & The City, Forroteria, Kim Carson, Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys, BaianaSystem of Bahia-Brazil, Tin Men, New Orleans Klezmer Allstars, New Wave Brass Band, Fi Yi Yi & the Mandingo Warriors, Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders, Guitar Slim, Jr., DUKES of Dixieland, Ginga Mundo Capoeira of Bahia-Brazil with special guests, Dumaine Gang, Divine Ladies, and Family Ties Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Riccardo Crespo y Sol Brasil, Negras Quilombolas, Smitty Dee’s Brass Band, 101 Runners, Walter Cook & Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians, Tommy Sancton’s New Orleans Legacy Band, The Electrifying Crown Seekers, Sarah Jayde & the Sharecroppers, Shotgun Jazz Band, Geoff Clapp Quintet, M. Roger Holland II, Nine Times, Single Men, and Single Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band, Stoney Creek Drum and Dance, Washitaw Nation and Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras Indians, NOCCA Jazz Ensemble, Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries Choir, Uptown Music Theater, Archdiocese of New Orleans Gospel Choir, Secondline Jammers and Men Buckjumpers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Golden Comanche and Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians, Pastor Jai Reed, Rose Anne St. Romain, The RRAAMS, The Wimberly Family Gospel Singers, Puppet Arts Theatre, NORDC Crescent City Lights Youth Theatee.
SUNDAY, APRIL 27
Eric Clapton, Vampire Weekend, Charlie Wilson, Irma Thomas, North Mississippi Allstars, John Hiatt, Tab Benoit, Rebirth Brass Band, Sixto Rodriguez, Rachelle Ferrell, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Galactic, John Boutté, Bombino, The Rance Allen Group, Bonerama, Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, Chocolate Milk, Ms. Ruby Wilson’s Tribute to Bessie Smith, Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns, Royal Teeth, C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band with Thais Clark, Astral Project, Hot 8 Brass Band, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles, Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, The Jones Sisters, John Michael Rouchell, Afoxé Omô Nilê Ogunjá of Pernambuco-Brazil, Burnell Taylor, Jambalaya Cajun Band with special guest D.L. Menard, Gerald French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, Lois Dejean “Queen of New Orleans Gospel”, Jo “Cool” Davis feat. Lady BJ and Barbara Shorts, Val & Love Alive Mass Choir, Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, Jim McCormick with Beatinpath, Rising Dragon Lion Dance Team, Leo Jackson & the Melody Clouds, Reggie Hall & the Twilighters feat. Lady Bee, Chris Smither, Henry Gray, Khari Allen Lee & the New Creative Collection, Ninth Ward Hunters and Ninth Ward Navajo Mardi Gras Indians, Young Pinstripe Brass Band, Forroteria, Untouchables, Furious Five, and Big Steppers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, New Orleans Swamp Donkeys Traditional Jass Band, Lars Edegran & the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, New Orleans Spiritualettes, Dirty Bourbon River Show, Ginga Mundo Capoeira of Bahia-Brazil with special guests, Stoney Creek Drum and Dance, Golden Star Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, The New Orleans Guitar Quartet feat. Jimmy Robinson, John Rankin, Cranston Clements, and Phil deGruy, LosOtros, Ron Hotstream & the F-Holes, Paulin Brothers Brass Band, UNO Jazz Allstars, Young Guardians of the Flame, DJ Captain Charles, E’Dana & Divinely Destin, Young Men Olympia Aid, New Look, First Division, and Uptown Swingers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Tornado Brass Band, Monogram Hunters, Black Eagles, and Shawee Mardi Gras Indians, Limitless, Craig Adams & Higher Dimensions of Praise, Grey Seal Puppets, Kai Knight’s Silhouette Dance Ensemble.
THURSDAY, MAY 1
The String Cheese Incident, Lyle Lovett, Solange, Marcia Ball, Bernard Allison Group, Buckwheat Zydeco, Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, Donald Harrison, The Soul Rebels, Greensky Bluegrass, Spencer Taylor & the Highway QC’s, New Orleans Suspects, A Tribe Called Red, Luther Kent & Trickbag, Roots of Music Marching Crusaders, Tizumba & Tambor Mineiro of Minas Gerais-Brazil, Nigel Hall Jonathon Boogie Long, New Orleans Bingo! Show, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys, Stanton Moore Trio, Marlon Jordan, Yvette Landry Band, Max Baca & Los TexManiacs, Banu Gibson with special guests The Pfister Sisters, The Ronnie Kole Septet, Philip Manuel swings the Beatles, Johnny Sansone, Lil’ Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers, Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Anaïs St. John, New Orleans Nightcrawlers, Truth Universal + DJ E.F. Cuttin’, Kenny Bill Stinson & the Ark-LA-Mystics, Erica Falls with Larry Sieberth, Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble, Bill Summers & Jazalsa, Josh Kagler and HPC, Mariachi Jalisco, Forgotten Souls Brass Band, Curtis Pierre & Escola de Samba Casa Samba, Kumbuka African Drum & Dance Collective, Colin Lake, Ginga Mundo Capoeira of Bahia-Brazil with special guests, Chegadão, Flow Tribe, La Tran-K Band, Connie Jones & the Crescent City Jazz Band, Smithfield Fair, Scotty Hill’s French Market Jazz Band, Young Seminole Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, VIP Ladies and Men of Class Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Baby Boyz Brass Band, Native Nations Intertribal, McDonogh 35 High School Gospel Choir, Lil Bird Lady & Young Genius, Delgado Community College Jazz Band, Lyle Henderson & Emmanu-EL, Cheyenne and 7th Ward Creole Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Donnie Bolden, Jr. & Spirit of Elijah, Sons of Jazz Brass Band, Revolution and Ladies of Unity Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Loyola University Jazz Band, KID smART Student Showcase, Kalpana the Storyteller, The ISL Circus Arts Kids, Landry Walker Charter High School Gospel Choir, Eleanor McMain Singing Mustangs, Dwione Thomas & the Helen Cox High School Choir, RSD Talented in Theater, St. Michael Special School Bell & Vocal Choir.
FRIDAY, MAY 2
Christina Aguilera, Chaka Khan, Alabama Shakes, Pharoah Sanders, Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters, Charles Bradley & his Extraordinaires, Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys, Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive Boys, Johnnyswim, The Gospel Soul of Irma Thomas, New Orleans Classic R&B Divas feat. The Dixie Cups, Wanda Rouzan, and Jean Knight, Cowboy Mouth, Os Negões of Bahia-Brazil, Theresa Andersson, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Nicholas Payton XXX, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Mia Borders, DJ Soul Sister, The Iguanas, New Birth Brass Band, Charmaine Neville Band, Stephanie Jordan Big Band, Eden Brent Band, Andrew Duhon, Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, Woodshed: Vibes feat. Jason Marsalis and Chase Jordan, Warren Storm - Willie Tee & Cypress Band with special guest T.K. Hulin, The Honorable South, The Wãve, Govenor Reiss, Brother Tyrone & the Mindbenders, John Mahoney Big Band, Cardinal Sons, Pinstripe Brass Band, White Cloud Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Tom McDermott & Friends, Collage 3, The Blues Masters feat. “Big Al” Carson, Buddy Bolden Revisited, George French & the New Orleans Storyville Jazz Band, Patrice Fisher & Arpa with guests from Guatemala, Tizumba & Tambor Mineiro of Minas Gerais-Brazil, The Heavenly Melodies Gospel Singers of New Orleans, Jermaine Hawkins & The Harvey Spirituals, Highsteppers Brass Band, Clive Wilson’s New Orleans Serenaders with guest Butch Thompson, “Kid” Simmons’ Local International Allstars, Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony, Ginga Mundo Capoeira of Bahia-Brazil with special guests, Redhawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Micaela y Fiesta Flamenca, Panorama Jazz Band, Native Nations Intertribal, NOLA Mix Youth DJs, 21st Century Brass Band, Scene Boosters and Lady & Men Rollers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Ivoire Spectacle feat. Seguenon Kone, The Northwestern University Jazz Ensemble, Milton Vanicor, Mark Braud’s New Orleans Jazz Giants, New Orleans Indian Rhythm Section and Young Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians, The Gloryoskis!, Bishop Sean T. Elder & the Mount Hermon Baptist Church Mass Choir, Harriet Tubman Charter School Choir, Israel Martin & G.U.P., Gospel Inspirations of Boutte, Adella Adella the Storyteller, Golden Sioux and Young Cherokee Mardi Gras Indians, Pastor Terry Gullage & the Greater Mt. Calvary Voices of Redemption, Original Four and Original Big Seven Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Young Audiences Performing Arts Showcase.
SATURDAY, MAY 3
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Trey Songz, Foster the People, Al Jarreau, Allen Toussaint, Mary Mary, Johnny Winter, The Head and the Heart, Better Than Ezra, The Revivalists, Imagination Movers, Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings, Ellis Marsalis, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, Marc Broussard, Voice of the Wetlands Allstars, PJ Morton, Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9, Lillian Boutté & New Orleans Gumbozaire, Savoy Family Cajun Band, Pine Leaf Boys: Louisiana Music, Lionel Ferbos & the Palm Court Jazz Band, Os Negões of Bahia-Brazil, Alexis & the Samurai, Tommy Malone, Germaine Bazzle, Midnite Disturbers, Joe Krown Trio feat. Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Russell Batiste, Jr., TBC Brass Band, Fredy Omar con su Banda, Spencer Bohren & the Whippersnappers, Corey Ledet & his Zydeco Band, Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic, Young Tuxedo Brass Band, Orange Kellin’s New Orleans Deluxe Orchestra, Ed Volker’s Trio Mollusc, Paul Sanchez, Micah McKee & Little Maker, The New Orleans Hip Hop Experience feat. Partners-N-Crime, 3D Natee, Keedy Black, DJ Mike Swift, T - Ray the Violinist, and Dobama, Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans, Voices of Peter Claver, Original Pinettes Brass Band, Bari Koral Family Rock Band, Rumba Buena, Wendell Brunious, First Emanuel Baptist Church Mass Choir, Curtis Pierre & Samba Kids, Nick Sanders Trio, Helen Gillet, Cha Wa, Ginga Mundo Capoeira of Bahia-Brazil with special guests, Kinfolk Brass Band, Undefeated Divas and Gents, Original Pigeon Town Steppers, and New Generation Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Tonia Scott & the Anointed Voices, Young Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, SUBR Jazzy Jags, Tyronne Foster & the Arc Singers, Stephen Foster’s Foster Family Program, Jonté Landrum Thomas, Big Chief Thunder & the Cherokee Hunters and Wild Red Flames Mardi Gras Indians, Free Agents Brass Band, Westbank Steppers, Nine Times Ladies, and The Valley of Silent Men Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Native Nations Intertribal, Audrey Ferguson and The Voices of Distinction, Mohawk Hunters and Big Chief Trouble & Trouble Nation Mardi Gras Indians, Sundays in Congo Square, Lady Jetsetters Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Dynamic Smooth Gospel Singers of Slidell, The Bester Singers, Ashé Cultural Arts Center Kuumba Institute, Hobgoblin Hill Puppets.
SUNDAY, MAY 4
Arcade Fire, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, John Fogerty, Bobby Womack, Delbert McClinton, Chick Corea & the Vigil, Aaron Neville, the Radiators, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk with special guest Art Neville, Maze feat. Frankie Beverly, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Terence Blanchard Group, Robert Earl Keen, Pres Hall Brass, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, George Porter, Jr. & the Runnin’ Pardners, Tucka, Glen David Andrews, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Deacon John, James Andrews & the Crescent City Allstars, Luke Winslow-King, Storyville Stompers Brass Band, Zion Harmonizers, Bobby Lounge feat. Athena, Blodie’s Jazz Jam, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, Bobby Cure & the Summertime Blues with special guests Robert Parker, Al “Carnival Time” Johnson, and Jo “Cool” Davis, Los Po-Boy-Citos, Ginga Mundo Capoeira of Bahia-Brazil with special guests, Ernie Vincent & the Top Notes, Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, Feufollet, New Orleans Cottonmouth Kings, Greg Stafford’s Jazz Hounds, Stooges Brass Band, Big Chief Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias, The Deslondes, Roddie Romero & the Hub City All Stars, Jesse McBride presents the Next Generation, The Mulligan Brothers, Joe Hall & the Cane Cutters, Big Chief Juan Pardo & Jockimo’s Groove, Os Negões of Bahia-Brazil, Leroy Jones & New Orleans’ Finest, Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church Mass Choir, New Leviathan Oriental Fox-Trot Orchestra, Calvin Johnson, Johnette Downing and Scott Billington, Wild Tchoupitoulas, Black Feathers, and Carrollton Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Franklin Avenue Music Ministry, The Rocks of Harmony, Harmonouche, Pocket Aces Brass Band, Heritage School of Music Band, The Sammy Rimington International Band, Native Nations Intertribal, Huval-Fuselier Cajun Band, Ninevah Baptist Church Mass Choir, OperaCréole, Young Fellaz Brass Band, Original Lady Buckjumpers and Prince of Wales Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Cynthia Girtley “New Orleans Gospel Diva”, The Blues Project, Culu Children’s Traditional African Dance Company with Stilt Walkers, Kim Che’re, Buffalo Hunters and Apache Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Magical Moonshine Theatre, Ole & Nu Style Fellas and Original C.T.C. Steppers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Versailles Lion Dance Team.