19 March 2013 by Luke McCormick
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival returns for two weekends from 26 April to 05 May and features a star-studded line-up.
Headline acts for the first weekend include Billy Joel, Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, BB King, Earth Wind and Fire, Jill Scott, George Benson, Dr John, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite.
Headlining the second weekend are Fleetwood Mac, Maroon 5, The Black Keys, John Oates, Daryl Hall, Phoenix, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Cliff, Little Big Town, Marc Broussard, Kem and Patti Smith.
There will be 12 stages showcasing various musical genres. Music on offer ranges from the old-time Delta bluesmen to African artists, to Bohemian street folk, top zydeco players and traditional New Orleans jazz musicians such as Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The stages have grown in number alongside the festival's popularity. Last year's attendance reached more than 450,000.
Music isn't the only highlight of the festival. Zones dedicated to exploring culture, cuisine and crafts will be available for enjoyment. The Culture zone will include the Louisiana Folk Life Village, the Native American Village and more. The culinary region will host foodie delights ranging from Cajun Jambalaya to Alligator pie. The Congo Square African Market Place, the Contemporary Crafts in Heritage Square and the Louisiana Marketplace are some of the craft venues to be discovered.
The Wall Street Journal says that Jazz Fest "showcases a wider, deeper line-up of essential American musical styles than any festival in the nation..." and Life magazine has called Jazz Fest "the country's very best music festival''.When it comes to American music, all roads lead to the Deep South. There's no better way to understand the life of Deep South USA than to take a tour through its musical landscape - soulful blues, brassy jazz, country twang, Cajun accordions, riverboat calliopes and gospel choirs.
When it comes to American music, all roads lead to the Deep South. There's no better way to understand the life of Deep South USA than to take a tour through its musical landscape - soulful blues, brassy jazz, country twang, Cajun accordions, riverboat calliopes and gospel choirs.