In Other Jazz Fest News...

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Neville family members were out in force as Quint Davis and various Jazz & Heritage Foundation and Festival officials and Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu made a host of announcements about the 2008 Jazz Fest. Ivan and Ian Neville both played as a crowd gathered at the Foundation's offices on North Rampart Street. Art Neville was also in attendance as Davis announced the return of the Neville Brothers to their closing slot on Sunday.

Besides restoring Thursday to the second weekend's music schedule, ticket prices were announced. Thursday tickets are available now for $25 — until Jan. 22. After that they are $30 in advance. Advance tickets for all other days are $35 until Jan. 22. They'll be $40 after that. Gate prices have yet to be announced. Premium festival packages include the Big Chief Experience and new Grand Marshal passes.

Headlining acts that have been confirmed include Tim McGraw (Sun. April 27) and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly (Sun. May 4).

While Jazz Fest is still five months away, the Foundation is always busy. In the past year, it has sponsored six free music festivals, including the recent Crescent City Blues Festival in Lafayette Square, Fiesta Latina at the CAC and the Congo Square Rhythms Festival.

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