The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are the latest rock icons scheduled to grace the stages of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. They're among the first weekend's headliners, along with Jimmy Cliff, Wilco, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Jimmy Buffett, Shirley Caesar, Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Cassandra Wilson, Pitbull, Lagbaja, Angelique Kidjo, John Legend, BeauSoleil and many more. The Who visits while on its 50th anniversary tour, but that's not the only generation generating attention. Cajun stalwart BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet is on a 40th anniversary tour, and the festival is honoring the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) as it also marks its 40th anniversary while helping to launch the next generation of artists. Every festival features an array of NOCCA alums on its many stages, but this year, special programming will include exhibitions and performances by students, teachers and alumni in the NOCCA Pavilion and the Grandstand.
On the following pages, Count Basin™ offers daily music recommendations, interviews with artists, local musicians' picks and a pullout section with a map, daily schedules and festival information. Look for daily recaps during the festival on www.bestofneworleans.com.
Gambit’s picks for Week 1 of Jazz Fest:Friday, April 24
Saturday, April 25
Sunday, April 26
FeaturesInterview: Derek Trucks
Interview: Shovels & Rope
Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet turns 40
Jazz Fest honors NOCCA’s 40th anniversary
Performers’ picks: Where you’ll find these musiciansCary Ann Hearst (Shovels & Rope)
Tarriona “Tank” Ball (Tank & the Bangas)
Philip Frazier (Rebirth Brass Band)
InformationThe cubes: Printable schedules to plan your weekend
A map of Jazz Fest on the Fair Grounds
The 411: All you need to know about going to the fest
Musician and Author Signings