Leave it to New Orleans Jazz Fest to conjure up the most unique line up since, well, last year’s New Orleans Jazz Fest. This year’s an exception, however, considering the big names attached and the genre spanning acts that headline the damn thing. We’re talking alternative rock groups, folks.
Topping this year’s bill are Pearl Jam, Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison and Lionel Richie. That not enough? Okay, how about the Allman Brothers Band, Anita Baker, B.B. King, My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello & the Sugarcanes, Band of Horses, The Dead Weather, Darius Rucker, Widespread Panic, and some guitarist known as Jeff Beck? Well, if you’re not one for the classics, then maybe some local flavor is your thing, as more than 80 percent of the lineup hails from Louisiana. This includes, The Neville Brothers, Irma Thomas, Pete Fountain, Dr. John, Juvenile, Trombone Shorty, and Buckwheat Zydeco. The rest of next year’s acts can be found here.
For those ready with Sharpies and calendars, the festival goes down April 23-25 and April 29-May 2. Oh, that seems like as good a time as any to hit up New Orleans. Right? If you agree, weekend passes will go on sale later today (Dec. 15th) via Ticketmaster.com.