Jazz Fest 2012 Lineup Released


12642 198580223950 90601348950 3271549 5596127 nThis year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has just announced their lineup, building excitement for the coming festival.

Jazz Fest  is the annual two-weekend celebration of Jazz music and New Orleans culture.

Jazz Fest is held during the day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Fairs Grounds Race Course during the last weekend in April and the first in May.

“This spontaneous, momentous scene—this meeting of jazz and heritage—has stood for decades since as a stirring symbol of the authenticity of the celebration that was destined to become a cultural force,” reads the NoJazzFest.com website.

The festival has been around since 1970 and was reportedly founded by the New Orleans Hotel Motel Association. It has since, become a popular festival and has received many honors, including being named the Festival of the Year four times by Pollstar magazine.

The festival is best known for it’s musical guests. Over the years, the festival has hosted many internationally renowned guests, including Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan and Ella Fitzgerald.

This year is no different with the likes of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the Eagles performing.

Here’s the lineup:

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Foo Fighters

Zac Brown Band


John Mayer

The Neville Brothers Al Green

Herbie Hancock and his Band


My Morning Jacket

Bon Iver Paulina Rubio

Jill Scott

Florence + the Machine

Allen Toussaint

Feist Bunny Wailer

Bonnie Raitt

Irma Thomas

Maze feat. Frankie Beverly Dr. John & the Lower 911

Janelle Monae

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’s 50th Anniversary Jam Little Anthony & 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

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band


The Pedrito Martinez Group Bounce Shake Down feat. Big Freedia, Katey Red, Keedy Black, and DJ Poppa

Israel & New Breed

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80


Amanda Shaw James Cotton “Superharp” Band

Cowboy Mouth

Asleep at the Wheel Papa Grows Funk

David Sanborn and Joey DeFrancesco

Bobby Rush Chuck Leavell & Friends

Ellis Marsalis

Marcia Ball Voice of the Wetlands Allstars

John Boutté

Gary Clark Jr. The Texas Tornados feat. Flaco Jiménez, Augie Myers, and Shawn Sahm Cubano Be, Cubano Bop: Poncho Sanchez & His Latin Band feat. Terence Blanchard

Cheikh Lô

Tab Benoit

Regina Carter’s “Reverse Thread”

Bombino of Niger Glen Hansard

Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Jeremy Davenport

Sarah Jarosz Bonerama

Evelyn Turrentine-Agee

Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Ruby Wilson’s Tribute to Bessie Smith & Ma Rainey

Wycliffe Gordon Donald Harrison

Lindigo of Reunion Islands feat. Fixi

Sonny Landreth Buckwheat Zydeco

Soul Rebels The Stars of Heaven Jewel Brown & the Heritage Hall Jazz 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 avec 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 Mardi Gras Indians 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

George French & the New Orleans Storyville Jazz Band