The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is ramping up headliner talent to celebrate its 45th year with Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend and Santana among the many acts scheduled to perform.

Confirmed headliners:
Eric Clapton
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Christina Aguilera
Arcade Fire
Robin Thicke
The String Cheese Incident
Trey Songz
Vampire Weekend
Robert Plant
Foster the People
Public Enemy
The Avett Brothers 
Charlie Wilson
Alabama Shakes
John Fogerty
Rubén Blades
Trombone Shorty 
Chaka Khan
Lyle Lovett
Boz Scaggs
Al Jarreau
Aaron Neville, 
The Head and the Heart
Allen Toussaint

One of the first events of the summer festival season, Jazz Fest is often a good indicator for other festival lineups later in the season. Last year, Hall and Oates, Phoenix and Willie Nelson performed in New Orleans and also Outside Lands.

We wouldn’t be surprised to find a few of the names on the above list in Golden Gate Park fore the festival this August. Best Bets: Santana (local and legendary), Foster the People (new album coming soon) and Public Enemy (a safe choice for hip-hop).

Scenes from Jazz Fest last year: