Arcade Fire, Robert Plant, Wilco Headed To Jazz Fest

The lineup for this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which runs from April 29 to May 1 and May 5 to May 8, was announced today. Among the multitude of artists set to perform are Arcade Fire, Robert Plant, The Strokes, Wilco, Lauryn Hill, Willie Nelson, and John Mellencamp.

Says festival producer/director Quint Davis: “The 2011 Jazz Fest lineup will deliver an unprecedented balance of the traditional and the contemporary, in all of the many music categories the Festival presents: from Bon Jovi, Sonny Rollins and Arcade Fire to Jimmy Buffett, Kid Rock, John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson to Ms. Lauryn Hill, The Strokes and Robert Plant and on and on, along with the unending list of New Orleans super talents. This lineup reminds us that the artists we grew up with are now the icons of today, and that today’s new heroes are tomorrow’s heritage. We’re honored to be able to once again celebrate the soul of America as only New Orleans and the Jazz Fest can.”

Also on the impressive bill: Jimmy Buffett, Kid Rock, Tom Jones, Jeff Beck, Sonny Rollins, John Legend & The Roots, The Avett Brothers, Cyndi Lauper, Wyclef Jean, Mumford & Sons, Alejandro Sanz, Jason Mraz, Maze feat. Frankie Beverly, Lupe Fiasco, Arlo Guthrie, Jamey Johnson, Fantasia, Kenny G, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Decemberists, Gregg Allman Blues Band, Vickie Winans, Lucinda Williams, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Robert Cray, Bobby Blue Bland, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Edie Brickell, Keb’ Mo’, Rance Allen, Ahmad Jamal, Fourplay, Ricky Skaggs, Amos Lee, Jesse Winchester, Michelle Shocked, Tabou Combo, RAM, and Boukman Eksperyans of Haiti, Punch Brothers, Ron Carter Trio, Fisk Jubilee Singers, Ivan Lins, Charlie Musselwhite, Maceo Parker with guest Pee Wee Ellis.

The 42nd annual Jazz Fest will also feature sets from hundreds of Louisiana artists. In the wake of last year’s devastating earth quake in Haiti, organizers are planning a special focus on Haitian culture.

Tickets went on sale today, with single day tickets going for $45. Head to www.nojazzfest.com for all the latest info.

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