Can’t stop the music
The star-studded 45th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival rolls into its second and final weekend Friday-Sunday at the Fair Grounds Race Course, with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, New Orleans’ own Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, fiery rock ’n’ soul band Alabama Shakes, Canada’s anthem-producing indie-rock band Arcade Fire, pop singer and “The Voice” judge Christina Aguilera and classic rhythm-and-blues vocalist Chaka Khan.
New Orleans and Louisiana acts, always the soul of the festival, include Aaron Neville, Allen Toussaint, the Lil’ Buck Sinegal Blues Band and the reunited Radiators.
Single-day tickets for Jazz Fest are $55. The gate price ticket is $70. Children’s tickets (ages 2-10) are $5 and available only at the gate. General admission Jazz Fest tickets are subject to service fees and handling charges. Tickets are available at nojazzfest.com and ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling (800) 745-3000.
Gray Line Tours operates continuous Jazz Fest Express shuttles to the Fair Grounds from 10:30 a.m. until festival closing time. Departure points are the Steamboat Natchez Dock at Toulouse Street; Sheraton Hotel at 500 Canal St.; and City Park near Marconi Drive and Harrison Avenue.
Round-trip shuttles are $18 per day from the Steamboat Natchez Dock and Sheraton Hotel, and $15 per day from City Park. Each Jazz Fest Express ticket is valid for one round-trip bus trip daily with no re-entry. Tickets are available from Gray Line Tours at graylineneworleans.com. For information, call (504) 569-1401 or (800) 535-7786.
2ND WEEKEND HEADLINERS
5:45 p.m. Friday
Christina Aguilera performs at Jazz Fest after taking a break as a judge on NBC’s “The Voice.” Her many hits include “Moves Like Jagger,” a 2011 duet with fellow “The Voice” judge Adam Levine.
Aguilera’s pop hits began in 1999 with “Genie in a Bottle,” “What a Girl Wants” and “Come on Over.” Her popularity quickly followed the explosive pop success of Louisiana’s Britney Spears, one of Aguilera’s “The New Mickey Mouse Club” co-stars in the early ’90s. Rivals though the two may have been, there was never any doubt that the Pittsburgh-raised Aguilera is a mighty voice.
Aguilera has a New Orleans connection via her remake of LaBelle’s 1975 hit “Lady Marmalade,” which was produced in New Orleans by Allen Toussaint.
5:30 p.m. Friday
Samsung Galaxy Stage
From Athens, Ala., the Alabama Shakes play hard-charging roots-rock, blues and soul. One of the groups that’s putting Alabama back on the national and international music map, Alabama Shakes set its course early in its existence by playing classics by James Brown, Otis Redding and AC/DC.
“We had to find music we could all agree on and figure out how to play together,” singer Brittany Howard said. “And that had a lot of influence on how we play now.”
The band is taking a break from work for the follow-up to its 2012 breakout album, “Boys & Girls,” by playing a short tour that includes Jazz Fest.
5:30 p.m. Friday
Congo Square Stage
No less than Stevie Wonder composed Chaka Khan’s first hit, the infectiously funky “Tell Me Something Good.” The song, from the 1974 million-selling album by Rufus, “Rags to Rufus,” earned Khan the first of her 10 Grammy Awards. A member of Rufus and a solo artist, Khan has released 22 albums, 10 songs that reached No. 1 (including the Ashford and Simpson-composed “I’m Every Woman”), seven gold singles and 10 gold and platinum albums.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
4:15 p.m. Saturday
Making their second Jazz Fest appearance, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are scheduled to play one of their characteristically epic shows Saturday.
Springsteen appeared with his Seeger Sessions Band at the first post-Hurricane Katrina Jazz Fest in 2006. He returned in 2012 for a triumphant performance with the E Street Band. The band’s 2014 Jazz Fest show follows the April 10 induction of 10 members of the E Street Band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The hall inducted the solo Springsteen in 1999.
Springsteen released his latest album, “High Hopes,” in January. It features members of the E Street Band in various configurations and former Rage Against the Machine member Tom Morello.
Foster the People
5:30 p.m. Saturday
Samsung Galaxy Stage
Mark Foster, a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, formed Foster the People as a solo project in Los Angeles in 2009. His bassist friend Cubbie Fink and drummer Mark Pontius soon joined him. The indie-pop-rock group’s irresistible “Pumped Up Kicks,” originally posted on the band’s website, got radio play at L.A.’s station KROQ-FM. Foster the People later signed a major record label deal, and “Pumped Up Kicks” became an international hit.
Foster the People released its second album, “Supermodel,” in March. The group recorded it in Morocco, Malibu, Los Angeles and London.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
5:45 p.m. Sunday
New Orleans’ Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and his band, Orleans Avenue, closed Jazz Fest last year at the Acura Stage. They’ll do it again this year, filling a special spot on the festival’s schedule previously occupied by the Neville Brothers for decades. “To have closed out on the biggest stage,” Andrews said last year about his 2013 Jazz Fest set, “with my hometown fans and my fans from around the world cheering me on, it’s still surreal to me today.”
Andrews and his band play their super-rock-funk music at 150-200 shows annually throughout the world.
5:30 p.m. Sunday
Samsung Galaxy Stage
The Library of Congress added “Fortunate Son,” one of the many hits John Fogerty wrote and recorded with classic rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, to its National Recording Registry in April, alongside classics by the Everly Brothers, Jeff Buckley, U2, Bing Crosby, Buck Owens and others.
Although he’s from Berkeley, Calif., Fogerty’s music has an authentic Southern ring, heard in such American rock standards as “Born on the Bayou,” “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising” and “Down on the Corner.”