If all goes according to plan, Aerosmith, Anita Baker, Sting, Jack White, Jimmy Buffett, Charlie Wilson and Beck will plug in at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

And maybe even Aretha Franklin.

They’re slated to join the hundreds of indigenous Louisiana musicians who make up the foundation of the festival at the Fair Grounds Race Course for the 49th edition of what is formally the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell on April 27-29 and May 3-6.

Other "visiting" artists will include Smokey Robinson, Lionel Richie, Lyle Lovett, Common, Bonnie Raitt, Sturgill Simpson, David Byrne, Jack Johnson, Sheryl Crow, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Juanes, Jason Isbell, Toots & the Maytals, Cage the Elephant, the Steve Miller Band, Buddy Guy, Khalid, Delbert McClinton and Dianne Reeves.

Aretha Franklin has bailed on two previous Jazz Fests. She was included in the initial talent roster for the 2009 festival, only to withdraw weeks later. She was booked again in 2010, only to cancel barely 24 hours before her scheduled show. 

This year, Franklin is entrusted with the closing slot on the main Acura Stage on Saturday, April 28, right after Bonnie Raitt. Franklin is, Jazz Fest producer Quint Davis said Tuesday, "the queen who's practically retired."

He's confident that she'll show up in part because she requested four nights of hotel rooms, indicating she plans to spend extra time in New Orleans, a city he said she "loves." Additionally, her stage schematics show she's assembled a large band for Jazz Fest, with horns, backing vocalists and both an organ and a grand piano.

At the front of the stage, Davis said, is space for "one microphone stand and, I would say, a throne. It should be a throne. There's only one queen."

Franklin detests air travel, so will be traveling to New Orleans from Detroit aboard her tour bus. "Every indication is yes, she's coming," Davis said. "She's ready."

This year's advance ticket price of $65 and at-the-gate price of $80 are the same as in 2017. For the first time, the festival will offer discounted, $50 tickets at the gate to Louisiana residents on "Locals Thursday," May 3. 

"Trying to figure out how to do a real 'locals' day' with an enormous discount and still put on a high-value show — that was important to us," Davis said. "We spent a lot of time talking about these things."

Offering a locals' discount for online ticket sales was "too complex," Davis said. "So we hit on the idea of doing it for walk-up" sales at the gate.

"We're offering tickets on the cheap, but didn't do the show on the cheap. We put Lionel Richie on that day — that's the highest level of talent there is."

That wasn't originally the plan. The festival wanted to book Richie — who filled in for an ailing Fats Domino on the final day of the 2006 Jazz Fest — on a different day. But Richie was unavailable due to his TV schedule as a judge on "American Idol."

That Richie was available on Thursday played into a larger discussion at the Jazz Fest office about the nature of that day's Acura Stage roster. In recent years, the Thursday headliner at Acura has been a jam band, often Widespread Panic.

But instead of booking Panic or another jam band, Davis and his team decided to "open it up and see what flows. There were two or three concepts on the table."

Going with Richie, who will follow brassy local funk-rock band Big Sam's Funky Nation, is "a big departure" for Thursday, Davis said. Other acts on "Locals Thursday" — so named because the percentage of out-of-town attendees is smaller on Thursday than on the weekends — include Toots & the Maytals, Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, Old Crow Medicine Show and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

The festival's 2018 commemorative poster features a depiction of Fats Domino by artist Terrance Osborne. Bounce star Big Freedia is on the commemorative Congo Square poster by Kevin Brisco Jr.

Domino, the rock 'n' roll founding father who lived in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward for most of his life, died Oct. 24 at age 89. He will be the subject of a tribute at the Fair Grounds on Saturday, April 28, featuring Jerry Lee Lewis and members of Domino's band.

"It's hard to say that Fats is gone, just like Allen Toussaint," Davis said. "But with Fats gone, and Chuck Berry gone, and Little Richard basically can't leave his home, Jerry Lee Lewis is the last man standing. For him to come here and play Fats Domino music — that's something."

The Radiators, the long-running New Orleans ensemble that ostensibly disbanded in 2012, will stage another of its periodic reunions at the Fair Grounds in commemoration of the band's 40th anniversary.

Jimmy Buffett, a fixture of the festival even when he's not officially on the bill, will perform not with his full Coral Reefer Band, but with a smaller, unplugged ensemble dubbed the Acoustic Airmen. It features longtime collaborator Mac McAnally, southwest Louisiana slide guitarist Sonny Landreth and ukulele star Jake Shimabukuro. Trinidadian steelpan drum maestro Robert Greenidge, a member of Buffett's Coral Reefer Band, is also an Airman.

"Jimmy's real fans really want to be at special things, different things," Davis said. "This will be one of the great musical things that will happen on this festival."

Aerosmith will make its Jazz Fest debut on May 5, the second Saturday. If the weather is good, Aerosmith will likely draw one of the year's biggest crowds. The band has so far announced no other performances for 2018, although guitarist Joe Perry said in a recent interview that a tour is likely to launch late in the year.

Some logistical challenges were overcome to get the band to Jazz Fest, Davis said, "but they were never not willing to do whatever it took.

"People always want the festival to have the Rolling Stones. Well, Aerosmith is the American Rolling Stones — a blues-based band with fantastic guitar players and one of the all-time great rock singers."

Davis was caught off guard when, on Jan. 2, R&B and soul star Anita Baker tweeted that her farewell tour would include a Jazz Fest stop. The festival tries to keep its bookings secret until the official unveiling. "She's really excited about being here, and so are we," Davis said.

Modern rock icon Beck was rained out at the 2016 Jazz Fest but will try again this year. Cuban rapper Telmary also hopes to make up for a rained-out date.

Instead of focusing on a specific country, the festival's Cultural Exchange Pavilion will celebrate New Orleans' tricentennial year. The pavilion will spotlight the contributions of New Orleans' Creole, African, Native American, German, Irish, Italian, Vietnamese and Hispanic communities, among others.

After hosting a vast presentation of Cuban music in 2017, the Pavilion has blossomed into a "full-on stage," Davis said. "But the other stages are pretty much genre-specific. We've never had a stage like this."

Tricentennial-themed programming at the Pavilion includes Haitian voodoo drumming, Mardi Gras Indians, a Sidney Bechet tribute, Irish music, the Silver Stars from Honduras, Lena Prima singing a tribute to her father Louis Prima, and a Vietnamese "lion dance."

"What's a show without a lion dance?" Davis said.

The Jazz Fest is owned by the nonprofit New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. It is produced by Davis’ Festival Productions Inc.-New Orleans and AEG Live, one of the nation’s largest live entertainment companies.

Tickets are on sale now.

Louisiana residents must present valid identification at the gate to buy a "Locals Thursday" ticket on May 3 for $50. Up to two of these discounted tickets can be purchased per Louisiana resident.

Children’s tickets (ages 2-10) are $5, as they have been for years, and are available at the gate only.

Single-day tickets are on sale by specific weekend, with each ticket valid for a single day’s admittance.

Tickets are available at www.nojazzfest.com and www.ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Smoothie King Center box office.

Additional service charges apply to tickets purchased through Ticketmaster; those fees are reduced for those buying tickets with cash at the Smoothie King Center.

A limited number of VIP ticket packages, which include access to reserved viewing areas and other amenities, are available at various price levels.

The complete, day-to-day music roster of the 2018 Jazz Fest is as follows:


Sting, Sturgill Simpson, Steel Pulse, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Ron Carter Trio, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Jon Cleary, Samantha Fish, Davell Crawford, Jake Shimabukuro, Wayne Toups, Luther Kent & Trickbag, Bobby Rush, Leslie Odom Jr., Eric Lindell, Sidi Touré of Mali, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Big Chief Donald Harrison, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin of Canada, Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns, New Orleans Nightcrawlers, Zulu Gospel Ensemble, Semolian Warriors Mardi Gras Indians, The Palm Court Jazz Band with Sammy Rimington, New Wave Brass Band, Rumba Buena, Batiste Fathers & Sons, The Deslondes, Shades of Praise, Yvette Landry, Free Agents Brass Band, Alexey Marti, Micah Stampley, Spencer Bohren & the Whippersnappers, Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band, Golden Sioux and Black Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians, Kod Kreyol and the Creole Dance Ensemble of Haiti, Clive Wilson’s New Orleans Serenaders with Butch Thompson, Sarah Quintana & the Miss River Band, Papo y Son Mandao, Bamboula 2000, Pastor Jai Reed, The New Orleans Guitar Masters feat. Cranston Clements, John Rankin, and Jimmy Robinson, The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music Jazz Ensemble, Tonia Scott & the Anointed Voices, Big Chief Juan & Jockimo’s Groove, Tribute to Billie Holiday with Sharon Martin & Company, Northern Cree of Canada, Kyle Huval & the Dixie Club Ramblers, We Are One, Perfect Gentlemen, and Keep N It Real Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Michael Skinkus and Moyuba, Jon Roniger & The Good for Nothin’ Band, Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band, Jesse McBride presents The Next Generation, The Bester Gospel Singers, The Dynamic Smooth Family Gospel Singers, David & Roselyn, Arrianne Keelen, Mykia Jovan, Dillard University’s VisionQuest Gospel Chorale, Free Spirits Brass Band, Go Getters and Big Nine Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Calvin Johnson’s Native Son – Stories of Sidney Bechet feat. Aurora Nealand and Brian “Breeze” Cayolle, Dancing Grounds Youth Showcase, University of New Orleans Jazz Allstars, Kid Simmons’ Local International Allstars, KID smART Student Showcase, Ladies of Unity LLC, Wild Apaches, Black Mohawk, and Black Foot Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Young Audiences Performing Arts Showcase, Adella Adella the Storyteller…


Aretha Franklin, Khalid, Bonnie Raitt, Jack Johnson, Common, Tribute to Fats Domino with special guest Jerry Lee Lewis, Big Freedia, The Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson, Charles Lloyd & The Marvels with special guest Lucinda Williams, The Last Bandoleros, Sona Jobarteh and Band of Gambia, Hot 8 Brass Band, Los Silver Stars of Honduras, Sonny Landreth, Bonerama, Terrance Simien and The Zydeco Experience, Lena Prima and her Tribute to Louis Prima, Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton, Pine Leaf Boys, Delfeayo Marsalis presents the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, Creole String Beans, Chilluns with Cranston and Annie Clements, Dave, Johnny, and Darcy Malone, Spencer and Andre Bohren, Original Pinettes Brass Band, New Orleans Gospel Soul Children, Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars, Northern Cree of Canada, Gregg Stafford’s Jazz Hounds, Vishtèn of Canada, Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians, Kod Kreyol and the Creole Dance Ensemble of Haiti, Roddie Romero & the Hub City All-Stars, Johnson Extension, Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses, Leah Chase, Eddie Cotton, New Orleans Klezmer Allstars with guest Steven Bernstein, Ed Volker and Los Reyes de Lagardo, Andrew Duhon, Tin Men, New Birth Brass Band, Butler Bernstein & The Hot 9, Nigel Hall Band, Anthony Brown & group therAPy, The Mulligan Brothers, Cha Wa, Leo Jackson & the Melody Clouds, Trumpet Mafia, Grupo Sensacion, Comanche Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Johnette Downing and Scott Billington, New Orleans Tricentennial 100 Voices Youth Choir, Scott D., Sweet Cecilia, Tracksuit Wedding, Rusty Metoyer & The Zydeco Krush, Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble, Paulin Brothers Brass Band, First Emanuel Baptist Church Mass Choir, The Wimberly Family Gospel Singers, Orange Kellin’s New Orleans DeLuxe Orchestra, Versailles Lion Dance Team, Baby Boyz Brass Band, Nine Times, Single Men, and Single Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Archdiocese of New Orleans Gospel Choir, Arthur and Friends Community Choir, Xavier University Jazz Ensemble, Young Guardians of the Flame, Washitaw Nation and Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras Indians, Magical Moonshine Theatre, Loyola University Jazz Band, Crescent City Lights Youth Theater, The RRAAMS, DJ Kelly Green, 21st Century Brass Band, Good Fellas, Dumaine Street Gang, Divine Ladies, and Family Ties Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Creole Osceolas, Seminoles and Ninth Ward Black Hatchet Mardi Gras Indians…


Jimmy Buffett and his Acoustic Airmen, David Byrne, George Benson, Charlie Wilson, Irma Thomas, John Mayall, Jon Batiste with The Dap-Kings, Doug Kershaw & Friends, Tab Benoit, Chocolate Milk, Hezekiah Walker, Amanda Shaw, John Boutté, Sweet Crude, Magnificent 7 with Dave Malone, John Papa Gros, Tommy Malone, Mark Mullins, Robert Mercurio, Raymond Weber, and Michael Skinkus, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & The Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians, Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band with Thais Clark, Nicholas Payton, Meschiya Lake Remembers Sweet Emma Barrett, Treme Brass Band, The Electrifying Crown Seekers, Imagination Movers, Henry Butler & The Jambalaya Band, Socks in the Frying Pan of Ireland, Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show, Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88’s, Royal Teeth, Kenny Neal with guests Henry Gray and Lazy Lester, Tribute to Jelly Roll Morton with special guest Henry Butler, Vishtèn of Canada, Kim Carson & the Real Deal, The Rocks of Harmony, Trout Fishing in America, Johnny Sketch and The Dirty Notes, Erica Falls, Brother Tyrone & the Mindbenders, Lil’ Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers, Savoy Family Cajun Band, Supaman, Jambalaya Cajun Band presents a Tribute to DL Menard with Larry Menard, Kidd Jordan & the Improvisational Art Quintet, Tuba Skinny, John Mahoney Big Band, The Creole Jazz Serenaders with Don Vappie, Cynthia Girtley’s Tribute to Mahalia Jackson, Panorama Jazz Band, Dr. Brice Miller & Mahogany Brass Band, Helen Gillet, Lynn Drury, Jonté Landrum, Val & Love Alive Choir, St. Joseph the Worker Music Ministry, TBC Brass Band, Lacee and Lebrado, Kod Kreyol and the Creole Dance Ensemble of Haiti, Big Chief Kevin Goodman & The Flaming Arrows Mardi Gras Indians, Barbara Shorts and Blue Jazz, Northern Cree of Canada, Da Truth Brass Band, Big Steppers, Untouchables, and Furious Five Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Harris Family Cajun Band, Tyronne Foster & The Arc Singers, Young Seminole Hunters and Black Feathers Mardi Gras Indians, Northside Skull & Bones Gang, The City of Love Music & Worship Arts Choir, Chris Clifton & His Allstars, Rahim Glaspy, NOCCA Jazz Ensemble, Ashé Cultural Arts Center Kuumba Institute, Chakra and Omosede Dance Theatre, Tornado Brass Band, Uptown Swingers, New Look, First Division, and Young Men Olympia Aid Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Theatre on Tap, Monogram Hunters, Ninth Ward Hunters and Shining Star Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Puppetry Arts Theatre…


Lionel Richie, Toots & The Maytals, Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, Blind Boys of Alabama, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Telmary y Habana Sana de Cuba, Archie Shepp Quartet feat. vocalist Marion Rampa, Cyril Neville’s Swamp Funk featuring Omari Neville & The Fuel, Susan Cowsill, Hot Rize, Honey Island Swamp Band, Jeremy Davenport, John Mooney & Bluesiana, Stooges Brass Band, Hot Jazz of France with Avalon Jazz Band, Joe Krown Trio featuring Walter Wolfman Washington, Banu Gibson with guest Vince Giordano, The Roots of Music Marching Crusaders, Lé Kér Créole featuring Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, Real Untouchable Brass Band, Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, Gal Holiday, Jamaican Me Breakfast Club, Patrice Fisher & Arpa with guests from Guatemala, Seguenon Kone & Ivoire Spectacle, Evangelist Jackie Tolbert & the Gospel Ensemble, J. Monque’D Blues Revue, OperaCréole, Santiman and Garifuna Generation, Caesar Brothers FunkBox, Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys, Cheyenne and 7th Ward Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Terrace Martin, Pocket Aces Brass Band, Toronzo Cannon, The Walls Group, The Chosen Ones Brass Band, VIP Ladies, Men of Class, and New Generation Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Raphael Bas and Harmonouche, The Jones Sisters, Wendell Brunious & the New Orleans Allstars, Preservation Brass, Larry Sieberth presents The Art of the Voice with Tonya Boyd-Cannon, Yolanda Robinson, and JarellB, Bantam Foxes, Naughty Professor, New Soul Inc., Higher Heights Reggae, The Revelers, Jamil Sharif, Alex McMurray and His Band, Pat Casey and the New Sound, Shaun Ward Xperience, Bonsoir, Catin, The Rayo Brothers, The Tangiers Combo, Nineveh Baptist Church Mass Choir, Isabel Davis, White Cloud Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, SUBR Jazzy Jags, McDonogh 35 High School Gospel Choir, Eleanor McMain Singing Mustangs, Micaela y Fiesta Flamenca, Native Nations Intertribal, Smoking Time Jazz Club, Katy Hobgood Ray, Clay Parker and Jodi James, Sporty’s Brass Band, Revolution, Sudan, and Men Buckjumpers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Delgado Community College Jazz Ensemble, Landy Walker Charter High School Choir, ISL Circus Arts Kids, Calliope Puppets, Ecole Bilingue of New Orleans…


Beck, Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, Aaron Neville, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Tank & The Bangas, Ruthie Foster, Marcia Ball, Marcus Miller with special guest Rahsaan Patterson Celebrate Al Jarreau, Hiss Golden Messenger, Little Freddie King Blues Band, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas, Darcy Malone & The Tangle, Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, Zachary Richard, The Soul Rebels, C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Lil’ Buck Sinegal’s Blues Band with special guest Barbara Lynn, New Orleans Hip Hop Experience Feat. Fiend, 3D Natee, a New Orleans Cypher, DJ Keith Scott, and Cool Nasty Band, Jupiter & Okwess of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, James Andrews & the Crescent City All Stars, Glen David Andrews and the Treme Gospel Choir, CC Adcock + The Lafayette Marquis, Avalon Jazz Band, Don Vappie’s Tribute to King Oliver, Motel Radio, Germaine Bazzle, Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church Mass Choir, Wess Anderson Quintet, New Breed Brass Band, Mark Braud’s New Orleans Jazz Giants, Stars of Heaven, Big Chief Bird & the Young Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Hot Club of New Orleans, Herbert McCarver & the Pin Stripe Brass Band, Sean Bruce, The Tumbling Wheels, New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, The Nth Power, Players Ella and Louie Tribute Band, Naydja Cojoe & the Lagniappe Section, Plaquemine Brûlèe, Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans, Maggie Bell Band, JIVA-NOLA featuring Mehnaz Hoosein & Andrew McLean, Brian Seeger Organ Trio, Betty Winn & One A-Chord, New Leviathan Oriental Fox-Trot Orchestra, Da Souljas Brass Band, Original Four, and Original Big 7 Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, The Pure’D Blues Group feat. Butch Mudbone, Golden Comanche and Young Cherokee Mardi Gras Indians, Glenn Hartman & The Earthtones present Polka and Cajun Connection, The Swing Setters, Josh Kagler & Harmonistic Praise Crusade, Kumasi, John Lawrence and Ven Pa’ Ca Flamenco with guest Antonio Hildago of Spain, 79rs Gang Mardi Gras Indians, Donald Lewis, Native Nations Intertribal, Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony, The Gospel Inspirations of Boutte, Young Eagles and Algiers Warriors Mardi Gras Indians, Caren Green & Cornbread, Tipitina's Interns under the direction of Donald Harrison, Jr., The New Orleans Baby Doll Ladies, Kumbuka African Dance & Drum Collective, Pastor Terry Gullage & the Greater Mt. Calvary Voices of Redemption, Gray Hawk presents Native American Lore, New Generation Brass Band, Scene Boosters and Lady & Men Rollers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Lake Forest Charter Jazz Ensemble, Pastor Tyrone Jefferson…


Aerosmith, Anita Baker, Cage the Elephant, The Revivalists, Juanes, Delbert McClinton & Self Made Men, Dianne Reeves, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Better Than Ezra, The Bounce feat. Cupid, 5th Ward Weebie, DJ Jubilee, Partners-N-Crime, Ricky B with DJ Raj Smoove, Tamela Mann, Deacon John, Cowboy Mouth, Boyfriend, New Orleans Classic R&B Legends featuring The Dixie Cups, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Wanda Rouzan, and Al “Carnival Time” Johnson with Bobby Cure & the Poppa Stoppas, Kermit Ruffins’ Tribute to Louis Armstrong, Walter Trout, The Lee Boys, GIVERS, The East Pointers of Canada, Jupiter & Okwess of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Big Chief Bo Dollis, Jr. & The Wild Magnolias, Jermaine Landrum & The Abundant Praise Revival Choir, James Rivers Movement, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Lurrie Bell, Gregg Stafford & His Young Tuxedo Brass Band, Feufollet, Charmaine Neville Band, Warren Storm - Willie Tee & Cypress Band with guests T.K. Hulin and Gregg Martinez, Corey Henry & Treme Funktet, Stoop Kids, Astral Project, Tim Laughlin, Kristin Diable & The City, Leyla McCalla, Sean Jones Quartet, EmiSunshine, Marachi Jalisco US, Blodie’s Jazz Jam, Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble, Ingrid Lucia, Fi Yi Yi & the Mandingo Warriors, Storyville Stompers Brass Band, Westbank Steppers, Nine Times Ladies, and Valley of Silent Men Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries Mass Choir, Smitty Dee’s Brass Band, Lars Edegran & the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, Julio y Cesar Band, Vivaz!, Kenny Bill Stinson & the Ark-LA-Mystics, Connie & Dwight Fitch with the St. Raymond & St. Leo the Great Choir, Gerald French & The Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, Voices of Peter Claver, Major Handy & the Louisiana Blues Band, Denisia & Back Row, Jasen Weaver Band, Highsteppers Brass Band, Trouble Nation and Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, E’Dana, Louis Ford & His New Orleans Flairs, Native Nations Intertribal, Yogapalooza with the Bari Koral Family Rock Band, Anya Hollingsworth, Pastor Mitchell J. Stevens, New Hope Baptist Church Mass Choir, Walter Mouton & the Scott Playboys, Stephen Foster’s Foster Family Music Program, Young Fellaz Brass Band, Lady Jetsetters, Undefeated Divas & Gents, and Original Pigeon Town Steppers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Javier’s Dance Company presents Across the Border, Wild Red Flame, Uptown Warriors, and Young Brave Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre…


Jack White, Steve Miller Band, Smokey Robinson, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Radiators @ 40, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Savion Glover, Buddy Guy, Rebirth Brass Band, Galactic, Anders Osborne, Ellis Marsalis, DJ Captain Charles, George Porter, Jr. & the Runnin’ Pardners, Lakou Mizik of Haiti, The Gospel Soul of Irma Thomas, The Iguanas, Walter Wolfman Washington & the Roadmasters, Calexico, Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective, Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, Rising Dragon Lion Dance Team, New Orleans Suspects, The Zion Harmonizers, Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, Glen David Andrews, Flow Tribe, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Hard Head Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Young Pinstripe Brass Band, Mr. Sipp, Mia Borders, Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys, Bobby Lounge, Johnny Sansone, Dr. Michael White’s Tribute to Billie and Dee Dee Pierce featuring Cynthia Girtley, Kinfolk Brass Band, George French & the New Orleans Storyville Jazz Band, Prince of Wales and Original New Orleans Lady Buckjumpers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, The New Orleans Spiritualettes, Sasha Masakowski “Art Market”, Jonathon “Boogie” Long, The Heritage All Star Brass Band featuring Dr. Michael White and Gregg Stafford, Tommy Sancton’s New Orleans Legacy Band, The Pfister Sisters, Leroy Jones & New Orleans’ Finest, Wild Tchoupitoulas, Buffalo Hunters, and Wild Squatoulas Mardi Gras Indians, The War and Treaty, Ty Morris & H.O.W., Javier Olondo and AsheSon, Robin Barnes & The FiyaBirds, Bill Kirchen, Quiana Lynell, Chief Howard with the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Rhythm Section, Joe Dyson, T’Monde, Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music, Square Dance NOLA with the Bayou Clogger String Band, Audrey Ferguson & The Voices of Distinction, Sierra Green & The Soul Machine, Lyle Henderson & Emmanu-EL, Native Nations Intertribal, Sons of Jazz Brass Band, The Mighty Travelers, José Fermín & Merengue4-FOUR, Young Magnolias and Apache Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Joe Lastie’s New Orleans Sounds, Craig Adams & Higher Dimensions of Praise, Culu Children’s Traditional African Dance Company, Da Knockaz Brass Band, Ole & Nu Style Fellas and Original C.T.C. Steppers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Kai Knight’s Sihouette Dance Ensemble, Curtis Pierre with The Samba Kids, Muggivan School of Irish Dance…

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