There’s still no word on the lineup for Coachella 2013, but the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, next in line on the national festival circuit, released its lineup today with Fleetwood Mac, the Black Keys, Frank Ocean, Hall & Oates and Phoenix on the bill.
The festival returns for its 44th year starting April 26 with its usual eclectic mix of hundreds of performers, including NOLA favorites, classic rock acts and new bands.
Highlights this year include Phoenix, who are back on the road supporting a new album, new R&B standout and NOLA native Frank Ocean, blues youngblood Gary Clark Jr., hipster fashion icons Hall & Oates and Fleetwood Mac, The Black Keys, Trombone Shorty, John Mayer (no joke, his blues band is tops), Ben Harper, Jimmy Cliff, Willie Nelson and many more.
NOLA Jazz Fest is also the only festival that rivals the food pairings at Outside Lands with local favorites like fried chicken (some of the best I’ve ever had), seafood au gratin, boudin balls, cracklins and just about every other dish from the Cajun cookbook.
Jazz Fest Headliners
Friday, April 26
Band of Horses
Gary Clark Jr.
Joshua Redman Quartet
Saturday, April 27
Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite
Rebirth Brass Band
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk
Sunday, April 28
Dave Matthews Band
Earth, Wind & Fire
Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers
Better Than Ezra
Thursday, May 2
The 35th Anniversary Celebration of “One Mo’ Time!”
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Friday, May 3
Willie Nelson & Family
Papa Grows Funk
Saturday, May 4
Little Big Town
The Little Willies
Stanley Clarke / George Duke Project
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Sunday, May 5
The Black Keys
Daryl Hall and John Oates
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Taj Mahal & The Real Thing Tuba Band
The Meter Men with Page McConnell
There’s more info on the complete lineup, tickets, etc., on the official festival website.