The star-studded 45th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival rolls into its second and final weekend, May 1-4 at the Fair Grounds Race Course, with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Texas singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett, New Orleans’ own Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, fiery rock ’n’ soul band Alabama Shakes, Canada’s anthem-producing indie-rock band Arcade Fire, pop singer and former “The Voice” judge Christina Aguilera and classic rhythm-and-blues vocalist Chaka Khan. New Orleans and Louisiana acts, always the soul of the festival, include Aaron Neville, Allen Toussaint, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Luther Kent, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, the Lil’ Buck Sinegal Blues Band and the reunited Radiators.

Single-day tickets for Jazz Fest are $55. The gate price ticket is $70. Children’s tickets (ages 2-10) are $5 and available only at the gate. General admission Jazz Fest tickets are subject to service fees and handling charges. Tickets are available at and, at all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling (800) 745-3000.

Gray Line Tours operates continuous Jazz Fest Express shuttles to the Fair Grounds from 10:30 a.m. until festival closing time. Departure points are the Steamboat Natchez Dock at Toulouse Street; Sheraton Hotel at 500 Canal St.; and City Park near Marconi Drive and Harrison Avenue.

Round-trip shuttles are $18 per day from the Steamboat Natchez Dock and Sheraton Hotel, and $15 per day from City Park. Each Jazz Fest Express ticket is valid for one round-trip bus trip daily with no re-entry. Tickets are available from Gray Line Tours at For information, call (504) 569-1401 or (800) 535-7786.

The String Cheese Incident

Thursday, May 1, 5 p.m.

Acura Stage

Colorado bluegrass-jam band the String Cheese Incident released “Song In My Head,” the group’s first studio album in nine years, this week. Jerry Harrison, former drummer with Talking Heads, produced the project. The band’s new album, drummer Michael Travis said, “feels like the most modern expression of our music. It’s everything we’ve learned about making an album.”

The Boulder-based String Cheese Incident formed in the ski towns of Crested Butte and Telluride in 1993. The band has since performed more than 1,500 shows, including its own festivals and happenings throughout the country.

Lyle Lovett

Thursday, May 1, 5:40 p.m.

Samsung Galaxy Stage

That’s right, Lyle Lovett is from Texas. The singer-songwriter welcomes country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues into his big musical tent. He’s also a great songwriter in the vein of such Texas peers as Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt.

Lovett’s 2012 album, “Release Me,” mixes his original material with songs written by some of his favorite songwriters, including Van Zandt, Frank Loesser, Jesse Winchester, Eric Taylor and Chuck Berry.

Lovett’s honors include four Grammy Awards, the Americana Music Association’s inaugural Trailblazer Award and the title of Texas State Musician. He’s also an actor who’s appeared in 13 feature films.


Thursday May 1, 6:10 p.m.

Congo Square Stage

Rhythm-and-blues singer Solange Knowles, Beyoncé’s younger sister, moved to New Orleans in August with 9-year-old son.

“I’ve thought about moving to New Orleans for years but just never had the courage to do it,” Knowles told Britain’s Mail Online recently. “Now my son is at that age where he’s really establishing friends and a community, so I feel like this is a good time to try it out.”

The singer, 27, did a fashion shoot for the March issue of Harper’s Bazarr. She told Harper’s that she’s been recording an album in Louisiana’s Cajun country. After performing at the Essence Festival last year and the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April, Solange is appearing Thursday at Jazz Fest’s Congo Square Stage.

Christina Aguilera

Friday, May 2, 5:45 p.m.

Acura Stage

Christina Aguilera performs at Jazz Fest following her run as a judge for NBC’s “The Voice.” Her many hits include “Moves Like Jagger,” a 2011 duet with fellow “The Voice” judge Adam Levine.

Aguilera’s pop hits began in 1999 with “Genie in a Bottle,” “What a Girl Wants” and “Come on Over.” Her popularity quickly followed the explosive pop success of Louisiana’s Britney Spears, one of Aguilera’s “The New Mickey Mouse Club” co-stars in the early ’90s. Rivals though the two may have been, there was never any doubt that the Pittsburgh-raised Aguilera is a mighty voice.

Aguilera has a New Orleans connection via her remake of LaBelle’s 1975 hit “Lady Marmalade,” which was produced in New Orleans by Allen Toussaint.

Alabama Shakes

Friday, May 2, 5:30 p.m.

Samsung Galaxy Stage

From Athens, Ala., the Alabama Shakes play hard-charging roots-rock, blues and soul. One of the groups that’s putting Alabama back on the national and international music map, Alabama Shakes set its course early in its existence by playing classics by James Brown, Otis Redding and AC/DC.

“We had to find music we could all agree on and figure out how to play together,” singer Brittany Howard said. “And that had a lot of influence on how we play now.”

The band is taking a break from work for the follow-up to its 2012 breakout album, “Boys & Girls,” by playing a short tour that includes Jazz Fest.

Chaka Khan

Friday, May 2, 5:30 p.m.

Congo Square Stage

No less than Stevie Wonder composed Chaka Khan’s first hit, the infectiously funky “Tell Me Something Good.” The song, from the 1974 million-selling album by Rufus, “Rags to Rufus,” earned Khan the first of her 10 Grammy Awards. A member of Rufus and a solo artist, Khan has released 22 albums, 10 songs that reached No. 1 (including the Ashford and Simpson-composed “I’m Every Woman”), seven gold singles and 10 gold and platinum albums.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Saturday, May 3, 4:15 p.m.

Acura Stage

Making their second Jazz Fest appearance, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are scheduled to play one of their characteristically epic shows Saturday.

Springsteen appeared with his Seeger Sessions Band at the first post-Hurricane Katrina Jazz Fest in 2006. He returned in 2012 for a triumphant performance with the E Street Band in 2012. Springsteen and the E Street Band’s 2014 Jazz Fest show follows the April 10 induction of 10 members of the E Street Band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The hall inducted the solo Springsteen in 1999.

Springsteen released his latest album, “High Hopes,” in January. It features members of the E Street Band in various configurations and former Rage Against the Machine member Tom Morello.

Foster the People

Saturday, May 3, 5:30 p.m.

Samsung Galaxy Stage

Mark Foster, a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, formed Foster the People as a solo project in Los Angeles in 2009. His bassist friend Cubbie Fink and drummer Mark Pontius soon joined him. The indie-pop-rock group’s irresistible “Pumped Up Kicks,” originally posted on the band’s website, got radio play at L.A.’s station KROQ-FM. Foster the People later signed a major record label deal, and “Pumped Up Kicks” become an international hit.

Foster the People released its second album, “Supermodel,” in March. The group recorded it in Morocco, Malibu, Los Angeles and London.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Sunday, May 4, 5:45 p.m.

Acura Stage

New Orleans’ Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and his band, Orleans Avenue, closed Jazz Fest last year at the Acura Stage. They’ll do it again this year, filling a special spot on the festival’s schedule previously occupied by the Neville Brothers for decades.

“To have closed out on the biggest stage,” Andrews said last year about his 2013 Jazz Fest set, “with my hometown fans and my fans from around the world cheering me on, it’s still surreal to me today.”

Andrews and his band play their super-rock-funk music at 150-200 shows annually throughout the world.

John Fogerty

Sunday, May 4, 5:30 p.m.

Samsung Galaxy Stage

The Library Congress added “Fortunate Son,” one of the many hits John Fogerty wrote and recorded with classic rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, to its National Recording Registry in April, alongside classics by the Everly Brothers, Jeff Buckley, U2, Bing Crosby, Buck Owens and others.

Although he’s from Berkeley, Calif., Fogerty’s music has an authentic Southern ring, heard in such American rock standards as “Born on the Bayou,” “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising” and “Down on the Corner.”