Jazz Fest: DMB, Wilco, KOL, Badu

Wynton Marsalis, Aretha Franklin, Dave Matthews Band, James Taylor, Sugarland
Joe Cocker, Ben Harper, Tony Bennett, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kings of Leon
Neville Brothers, Wilco, Bonnie Raitt, Allen Toussaint, The O'Jays, Erykah Badu
Dr. John Among hundreds scheduled to appear at historic edition of Festival

Glen David Andrews
Jazz Fest 2008 by McCullough
The 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented by Shell (April 24-26 & April 30-May 3) will celebrate 40 years of musical and cultural history at next year's star-studded event. Started in 1970, the Jazz & Heritage Festival continues to showcase the most important names in music history alongside many of Louisiana's favorite entertainers. A true heritage festival, Jazz Fest stands alone in presenting the highest caliber artists in such varied genres as gospel, blues, traditional and contemporary jazz, rock, pop, R&B, Cajun, zydeco and much more.

Wynton Marsalis, Aretha Franklin, Dave Matthews Band, James Taylor, Sugarland, Joe Cocker, Ben Harper, Tony Bennett, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Kings of Leon, The Neville Brothers, Wilco, Bonnie Raitt, Allen Toussaint, The O'Jays, Erykah Badu, Etta James, Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy, Los Lobos, Robert Cray, Toots and the Maytals, Dr. John, Spoon, Third World, Common, Orishas, Emmylou Harris, Irma Thomas, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Mavis Staples, The Whispers, Hugh Masekela, Doc Watson, Pete Seeger, John Mayall, Solomon Burke, Jakob Dylan, Rance Allen, Chuck Brown, Meter Men; Zig, George, & Leo, Kinky, Drive-By Truckers feat. Booker T. Jones, Better Than Ezra, Avett Brothers, Pete Fountain, Galactic, Marcia Ball, Roy Haynes, Patty Griffin, Kurt Elling, Poncho Sanchez, John Scofield & the Piety Street Band, Marc Broussard, Rebirth Brass Band, Esperanza Spalding, Kind of Blue @ 50 Tribute to Miles Davis, Del McCoury Band, Aaron Neville, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Odadaa of Ghana, The Genius of Sydney Bechet: A Tribute feat. Bob Wilber, Guy Clark, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Roy Rogers, Chris Owens, VaShawn Mitchell, Dew Drop Inn Revisited hosted by Deacon John, George Wein and Friends w/ Randy Brecker, Kermit Ruffins and the Barbeque Swingers, Terence Blanchard, Ivan Neville & Dumpstaphunk, Tab Benoit and the Wetland Allstars, Anointed Jackson Sisters, Ellis Marsalis, Dirty Dozen, Robert Mirabal, Trombone Shorty, The Vettes, Cedric Burnside, Lil' Ed & the Imperials, Stephanie Jordan, Radiators, Buckwheat Zydeco, Amanda Shaw, The Ebony Hillbillies, Cowboy Mouth, Trout Fishing in America, Harlem Blues & Jazz Band, Tribute to Danny Barker, Amameresso Agofomma of Ghana, Crocodile Gumboot Dancers of South Africa, Ori Danse Club of Benin, Ladysmith Redlions of South Africa, Cheick Hamala Diabate of Mali and hundreds more are scheduled to appear at the 40th anniversary celebration. (The complete weekend by weekend schedule is available at nojazzfest.com.)

Wynton Marsalis, the preeminent jazz artist and ambassador of his generation and one of New Orleans' favorite sons, will headline the first day of the Festival, Friday, April 24, performing the epic composition Congo Square, featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Yacub Addy and Odadaa!

Tickets for the Festival, which takes place at the Fair Grounds Race Course, went on sale today. For the first time ever, a limited number of discount ticket packages including tickets to each day of a particular weekend of the Festival will be offered. Ticket packages purchased for all three days of the first weekend (April 24, 25 & 26) will be $105, while second weekend packages purchased for all four festival days (April 30, May 1, 2 & 3) will be $140. (Tickets included in each package are day-specific.) Advance single day Jazz Fest tickets are still only $40 with the gate price of $50. Children's tickets (ages 2 - 11) are only $5 in advance or at the gate. Single day tickets to Jazz Fest are on sale by specific weekend, with each ticket valid for a single day's attendance.

The Festival's popular Big Chief VIP Experience ticket package and the Grand Marshal VIP Pass return for the 40th anniversary celebration, as well as the newly unveiled Krewe of Jazz Fest VIP Pass that allows for special covered seating at the Acura Stage audience area plus other amenities. All the hugely popular VIP packages are on sale now while very limited supplies last. (See nojazzfest.com for details.)

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 Jazz Fest ticket office located at the Louisiana Superdome Box Office (Gate A, Ground Level) or the New Orleans Arena Box Office. All Jazz Fest tickets are subject to additional service fees and handling charges.

A listing of hotels offering special Jazz Fest rates is posted at www.nojazzfest.com, where patrons can effortlessly reserve their hotel rooms for the event. Festivalgoers can peruse room availability and book their accommodations early taking advantage of some of the best prices offered at participating hotels.

Check out our 2008 coverage of Jazz Fest here.


[Published on: 12/16/08]

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jacoyle1 Tue 12/16/2008 08:33AM
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wow what a line up

best one I've seen in the last couple years

C00lmike Tue 12/16/2008 08:39AM
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Yea, this lineup does look good, and every year I hear nothing but good things about this fest.

Also, for those of you who haven't seen this, it looks like Phish will be headlining two nights at Bonnaroo this year:


biscok1d starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/16/2008 08:41AM
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god i wish i could go to this

snausages starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/16/2008 08:41AM
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curtbraski starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/16/2008 08:48AM
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awesome lineup... coolmike that's dope as well

ClaysTribe starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/16/2008 09:36AM
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thats a fatty lineup

iwantstogetfunkedup Tue 12/16/2008 09:40AM
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Went to Jazzfest in '98 and was one of the greatest times ever! So much good music in one spot its ridiculous. And then all the night shows in town...oh don't get me started.

MyFavBandIsTheBestYoursSucks starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/16/2008 09:40AM
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Best festival & late nights in one of the greatest cities on earth. Support NOLA

sfnola Tue 12/16/2008 09:56AM
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Best daytime....best night shows...best city....best food...best drinking....best funk....nothing else compares.

Dcknyc starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/16/2008 10:32AM
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best two weekends of the year

gmoo Tue 12/16/2008 10:33AM
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This shall be my first year at Jazz Fest as well as my first time in NOLA. I can't wait.

Marcsmall Tue 12/16/2008 11:06AM
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Jazzfest always has the best lineup of any festy, year in and year out

DAMONCORY starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/16/2008 11:35AM
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gmoo - Go to Tipitina's Uptown for at least one latenight show.

Burboun street is totally overrated, unless you like Daquari Bars, but the rest of the French Quarter bar hopping is great.

If you want a great but very expensive meal go to Antione's.

jazzfester starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/16/2008 11:40AM
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I will be there.

Dankstar starstarstar Tue 12/16/2008 12:02PM
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Better than Ezra??

NICU1985 Tue 12/16/2008 01:08PM
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by golly i miss NOLA...fantastic music, all the Abita and Hurricanes you can drink, crawldads and po boys...not to mention all the pretty ladies...im packing my bags now...anyone living in a shotgun house on Charles Street need a roomate?

laxd1314 Tue 12/16/2008 01:38PM
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21mmer Tue 12/16/2008 01:59PM
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jazz fest is ALWAYS the place to be. nothing but good music, good food, and good people in a great city. i'll be back this year after a brief hiatus.

colonel forbinn Tue 12/16/2008 02:12PM
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laxd1314 ^^ dmb has always had a jazzy feel to them with roi moore (RIP) rocking on the sax

and with the addition of jeff coffin they're sure to still be bringing the jazzy heat!

hnkscrpio Tue 12/16/2008 02:42PM
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laxd1314, there are always lots and lots of non jazz acts at Jazz Fest. Keep reading the names and you will see there are bluegrass, country, R&B, funk, and plenty of rock at this fest. NO has some of the best jazz in the country year round, with out the other genres, it's just a normal weekend in new orleans.

Chaloupka starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/16/2008 03:13PM
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Wild Turkey starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/16/2008 05:13PM
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Wild Turkey

agreed, best fest. however, the fairgrounds are more crowded year after year but nola is the bomb, late night is sick. the new howlin wolf sux, hob always sucked. the sugar mill was very cool last year i hope they do it again. leaf and tips are a must, spend you money on those venues and stay away from the fairgrounds sat/sun. laissez les bon temps roullez!

StealUrPhace123 Tue 12/16/2008 05:58PM
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I made it to last years jazz fest and it blew me away. Everything about it was amazing. The vibe, the people, and the best music you're gonna see around. I noticed that on the schedule on this site there is one headliner spot for the second weekend with a TBA. I wonder...

jiudice starstarstarstar Tue 12/16/2008 10:04PM
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James Taylor!! Ya gotta love it. I saw him there about 10 years ago in the pouring rain...he's sooo good live. One of my favorite entertainers. Third World and Jacob Dylan will be fun to catch as well. No Kimock though...damn. Jonesin' for another late night Kimock show at Tips uptown!! "...but why do I need to bring sunglasses??" :)

msudtg Wed 12/17/2008 10:22AM
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this looks amazing... but no widespread panic this year, huh? This still is one of the best fests all year though

jerZ Wed 12/17/2008 12:27PM
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I was there back in 2000 when Oysterhead made their debut. I know a lot of people didn't dig them, but I thought that it was awesome. String Cheese and Bela Fleck late night shows that year. This is the best line up since then. Tipatina's late night is a blast

Smittea starstarstarstarstar Thu 12/18/2008 07:33AM
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laxd1314 -- I though this was a JAZZ festival. DMB? Wilco? Coltrane must be spinning in his grave.


Actually that is the great part of it. People think it is only Jazz and due to a lack of interest in that music tend to avoid it. Frankly, there is quite a diversity of music played - rock, country, hip hop, blues, zydeco, gospel, to name a few. One other great part about the NOJAZZFEST is the food. Either way, if you have been avoiding it because you thought it was just Jazz or are avoiding it because it just isn't you are making a HUGE mistake. With what goes on at the fairgrounds and then around the rest of the city during the evening and early morning shows, this is easily the best and most diverse music festival our country has to offer - bar none!

laxd1314 Thu 12/18/2008 01:47PM
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it's not so much the addition of other artists that gets me going, it's the lack of really great jazz musicians. Yeah there wynton and ellis, dr. john is there and so is randy brecker and tony bennet. but where's james carter? or even marco benevento. plus i have my own personal feeling towards DMB that i won't get into.

happydestiny Fri 12/19/2008 12:55AM
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Kermit ruffins---- funk yeah. looks to be an epic couple of weeks.

jamlee Sat 12/20/2008 10:33AM
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DMB is not jazz!!!

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Sat 12/20/2008 06:12PM
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one day ill go to this festival.....one day......any my life will be complete

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Sat 12/20/2008 06:13PM
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DMB has alot of jazz in there sound...why dont you put on the headphones and do some more research before you spit stupid shit all over jambase

Souljive starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/1/2009 10:22AM
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NOLA Jazzfest for life HOLMES.