The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival announced its lineup Thursday, and true to its long-running standing as a genre-spanning musical destination, its headliners should offer something for music fans of just about every stripe.
Stretched out across seven days from April 26 through May 5, the festival's headliners can read like an ADD-afflicted radio programmer's guide to hits of the last three decades. John Mayer, Gary Clark Jr., Dr. John, Dave Matthews Band, Jill Scott, Billy Joel and Calexico are among the first weekend's performers, and the last four days are rounded out by 2012 critical favorite Frank Ocean along with Fleetwood Mac, Patti Smith, Phoenix, the Black Keys, Hall & Oates, Willie Nelson and the Mavericks.
Naturally, jazz fans also have a fair amount of music to anticipate as well with headliners that include Joshua Redman, Roy Ayers, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, George Benson, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Galactic, Terence Blanchard, Nicholas Payton and jazz legend Wayne Shorter, who is releasing a much-anticipated new album next month.
The lineup also includes a sprawling roster of acts steeped in the city's signature mix of zydeco, funk and R&B, along with an array of musical options sure to be on offer through the night along Frenchmen Street and in landmark venues such as Tipitina's.