Organizers for the 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival released the coveted "cubes" schedules with times and stages for each performer at the 45th annual event April 25-May 4.
A few interesting programming notes: The Gentilly Stage is now the Samsung Galaxy stage, and the fest's longest slot goes to Phish, which gets a full three hours Saturday, April 26 on the Acura Stage.
Look for triple-threat headliners: Santana vs. Avett Brothers vs. Public Enemy on the first Friday, April 25 and Eric Clapton vs. Vampire Weekend vs. Charlie Wilson Sunday, April 26, and Christina Aguilera vs. Alabama Shakes vs. Chaka Khan vs. Pharaoh Sanders Friday, May 2.
Bruce Springsteen's under-two-hour set also is up against Foster the People and Trey Songz on Saturday, May 3, and festival closer Trombone Shorty is on the Acura Stage Sunday, May 4.
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Montreal's Arcade Fire picked up Grammy-nominated south Louisiana band Lost Bayou Ramblers for two dates in the art-rock band's Reflektor tour. The Ramblers join Arcade Fire on Wednesday, April 9 in Houston and Thursday, April 10 in Austin.
Arcade Fire will headline the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival's first weekend on Friday, April 4. The Ramblers perform at Jazz Fest on Friday, May 2. The band also performs Friday, April 11 at Tipitina's; Saturday, April 12 at the French Quarter Festival; Friday, May 2 at Gasa Gasa; Saturday, May 3 at d.b.a.; and Saturday, May 24 at One Eyed Jacks.
The Ramblers' most recent album, 2012's Mammoth Waltz — featuring Dr. John, the Violent Femmes' Gordon Gano and actor/singer Scarlett Johansson — is a hot-blooded Cajun rock record. The band was nominated for the Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Grammy in 2008 for its Live: A La Blue Moon.
The 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival poster features the Preservation Hall Jazz Band parading out of its French Quarter music hall.
The image was created by Terrance Osborne, who has painted several of the festival's Congo Square posters, including the 2012 Trombone Shorty poster, 2010 Uncle Lionel Batiste poster and 2007 Rebirth Brass Band poster.
The poster publisher, Art4Now, is now offering numbered prints, artist-signed numbered prints and other premium signed versions.
Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilara, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and many others will headline the 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The lineup also includes John Fogerty, Avett Brothers, Chaka Khan, Arcade Fire, Robin Thicke, Public Enemy, Lyle Lovett, Alabama Shakes and many more. The festival takes place the Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots April 25-27 and May 1-4. Headliners below, full lineup after the jump.
Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band
Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
The String Cheese Incident
Foster The People
The Avett Brothers
Allen Toussaint Charlie Wilson
Rubén Blades & Roberto Delgado Orchestra
Irma Thomas Rebirth Brass Band
The Head And The Heart
North Mississippi Allstars
Maze Feat. Frankie Beverly
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk With Special Guest Art Neville
Chick Corea & The Vigil
Jason Isbell Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Branford Marsalis Quartet
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers
Irvin Mayfield & The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
Solange Pharoah Sanders
The Rance Allen Group
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive Boys
Jon Batiste And Stay Human
Bobby Jones & Nashville Super Choir
Joe Louis Walker
Bernard Allison Group
Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings
The Terence Blanchard Group
René Marie — With Love To Eartha Kitt
The Infamous Stringdusters
Sleepy Man Banjo Boys
Spencer Taylor & The Highway Qc’s
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2014 schedule will be announced Tuesday, Jan. 14. The festival takes place April 25-27 and May 1-4.
Speculation about the lineup has kept some festival watchers and websites busy. They tend to triangulate based on announced tour dates and locations, past appearances at the festival, new album releases and their own wish lists. The site Consequences of Sound is guessing that Eric Clapton, Arcade Fire and Vampire Weekend are on the bill. Jazzcrawl mulls over a bunch of names, including artists who have put Jazz Fest (not necessarily at the festival but in New Orleans) dates on their own tour info, such as Chick Corea, and artists with open dates, Allman Brothers, or forthcoming albums, like Bruce Springsteen, who is releasing High Hopes Tuesday. Tigerdroppings has a message board full of speculation and wish lists. But that's all conjecture. We'll know for sure Tuesday.
With clear skies and cool temperatures, a stellar lineup drew big crowds to Jazz Fest Saturday. Some of the muddy spots on the infield looked like sinkholes, and fans appropriated space on the track at all the large stages.
In the WWOZ Jazz Tent, Terence Blanchard and his stellar band, including drummer Kendrick Scott and Cuban pianist Fabian Almazon and saxophonist Brice Winston, played songs off their most recent Blue Note release Magnetic. The album includes songs composed by various members of the band, and Almazon's "Pet Step Sitter's Theme Song" was one of the more interesting numbers, starting off with a long and discordant piano solo before the band joined into a more swinging tune. Blanchard is turning guest appearances by his children into a feature of his set, and his son Terence Blanchard Jr. sang "When Will You Call" off of the elder Blanchard's album Choices.
The much anticipated Fleetwood Mac set delivered in many ways. Though previous reunion tours have been plagued by drama, just like some of the band's early recording days, the two hour and 20 minute set seemed rather harmonious interpersonally for the band and pretty solid for fans.
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