The year is not even a month old, but it’s already time to make your Spring and Summer festival plans. Coachella’s lineup should be announced shortly, but in the meantime, we can take a look at the always-eclectic batch of artists who will make their way to the Big Easy at the end of April.
The 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival runs from April 26-28 and May 2-5 and features a wide-reaching list of headline-worthy names: the reconstituted Fleetwood Mac, Frank Ocean, Billy Joel, Maroon 5, Dave Matthews Band, Phoenix, the Black Keys, John Mayer (who just returned to the stage for the first time in nearly two years last night), B.B. King, and Hall & Oates. Jazz Fest is one of those everything-all-the-time festivals, so if you want to have an all-blues experience, that’s possible, but if you’re also just into jazz or zydeco or blue-eyed soul, you can have that experience too. And if you’re only into indie rock, Band of Horses is there to soothe what ails you.
Of course, there’s also the “Heritage” part of the festival, so essentially everybody in New Orleans who owns a drum will also be appearing on a stage somewhere. Those Treme extras will be rounded out by legends like Dr. John, Trombone Shorty, Allen Toussaint, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and dozens of others. Check out the entirety of the list here.
Tickets are on sale now. Who in this lineup are you most excited about?
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