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Re: OT: 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest lineup released
Posted by: SwayStones ()
Date: December 15, 2011 15:34

lol,EG .I find escargots disgusting as well .I wonder how I could eat them when I was a kid .....

Re: OT: 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest lineup released
Posted by: Koen ()
Date: December 15, 2011 15:52

Tom Petty == Jazz? confused smiley

Re: OT: 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest lineup released
Posted by: SecondSet ()
Date: December 15, 2011 16:13

It's not a jazz festival, but nominally a "Jazz & Heritage" festival of music with roots in New Orleans and surroundings that has long booked national and sometimes international rock/pop headliners with at least a tenuous connection to jazz and American roots music. But since booking Pearl Jam in 2010, the headliners have strayed further and further from the brand, and this year (the Foo Fighters are further afield than Tom Petty) seems particularly weak in both the top billings and the jazz offerings below, though the mid-tier New Orleans and roots offerings aren't bad.

Re: OT: 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest lineup released
Posted by: StonesTod ()
Date: December 15, 2011 16:51

the days of jazz fests and blooze fests featuring exclusively jazz or blooze acts are long gone....

Re: OT: 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest lineup released
Posted by: Edith Grove ()
Date: December 16, 2011 21:37

SecondSet's got it going !

The reunited Beach Boys to kick off 50th anniversary tour at 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest
Published: Friday, December 16, 2011, 10:11 AM
By Keith Spera, The Times-Picayune

The Beach Boys plan to reunite for a 50th anniversary album and tour next year that kicks off with an April 27 appearance at the 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest. This morning's announcement eliminates one of the two "TBAs" on Jazz Fest's schedule.

Surviving members of the Beach Boys, seen here in the 1960s, are reuniting for a 50th anniversary tour in 2012 that kicks off at the New Orleans Jazz Fest.
The Beach Boys were considered the American Beatles in their late-'60s heyday; such hits as "California Girls," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Surfin' USA," "I Get Around," "Good Vibrations," "Barbara Ann" and "Help Me Rhonda" cast California as a surf-and-sand playground in the popular imagination.

Founded in Hawthorne, California in 1961, the Beach Boys originally consisted of three teenaged Wilson brothers: Brian, Carl and Dennis, their cousin Mike Love, and school friend Al Jardine. In 1962, neighbor David Marks joined the group for their first wave of hits on Capitol Records; he left in late 1963. In 1965, Bruce Johnston joined the band when Brian, the band's keyboardist and principal singer, retired from touring to focus on writing and producing. Beset by various issues, Brian eventually became estranged from the group. His brothers Carl and Dennis are now deceased.

Love and Jardine have sustained the Beach Boys for several decades, albeit with far fewer hits and a revolving cast of musicians. The 50th anniversary reunites Brian Wilson with Love, Jardine, Johnston and Marks. They have reportedly started recording songs for a new album; several reissues projects are also planned.

The tour kicks off next spring on what everyone undoubtedly hopes is a California-like sunny day at the Fair Grounds.

"It's an honor to present the original Beach Boys reunion at Jazz Fest 2012," said Quint Davis, Jazz Fest's producer/director. "Hosting the greatest artists of our era has always been the primary mission of Jazz Fest, and certainly The Beach Boys are unsurpassed as an iconic American musical and cultural institution. Every spring Jazz Fest is the number-one destination for good vibrations and fun, fun, fun. On April 27th, when The Beach Boys reunite on our biggest stage, it's going to feel like a thrilling homecoming.... We're all looking forward to experiencing the magic and the joy."


Re: OT: 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest lineup released
Posted by: StonesTod ()
Date: December 16, 2011 21:44

you gots to be jazzed by this....

Re: OT: 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest lineup released
Posted by: uhbuhgullayew ()
Date: December 16, 2011 21:48

Any Zydeco music featured?

Dikki Du & the Zydeco Krewe are tremendous!

Re: OT: 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest lineup released
Posted by: Edith Grove ()
Date: December 16, 2011 21:53

Any Zydeco music featured?

Re: OT: 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest lineup released
Posted by: Justin ()
Date: December 16, 2011 22:50

I honestly flirted with the idea of going just to see the Beach Boys debut a the Jazz Fest but I'm seriously thinking about doing a trip to London if Taylor and Wyman do in fact reunite with the Stones there... Can't do both...

Re: OT: 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest lineup released
Posted by: Edith Grove ()
Date: January 24, 2012 17:52

Bruce Springsteen joins New Orleans Jazz Fest
By Edna Gundersen, USA TODAY

In an 11th-hour surprise, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform April 29 at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. It's a first for E Street but an encore for Springsteen, whose emotionally wrenching debut was the festival's standout in 2006.

Springsteen's 17th studio album, the 11-track Wrecking Ball, arrives March 6, and the Jazz Fest date is a stop along what's expected to be a world tour kicking off this spring.

The 2012 Jazz Fest, already a rock-heavy affair with a Beach Boys reunion, Tom Petty, the Foo Fighters, the Eagles and Eddie Vedder, was completely booked with all time slots inked when producer Quint Davis received word in early January that Springsteen wanted in.

"That stood the whole thing on its axis," Davis says. "But doing the impossible is something we never shy away from."

Springsteen's camp told Davis that waiting for confirmation of Wrecking's release date delayed the request. With talent funds depleted, Davis went to the Jazz Fest board for a hefty budget increase.

Next came the jigsaw challenge.

"This festival is already booked and programmed hour by hour, and here's someone who plays closer to three hours than two," he says. "And everything has to fit just right."

John Mayer agreed to play earlier in the day and relinquish Sunday's closing slot, other adjustments were made, and Springsteen landed in the same spot he held six years ago.

"It seemed poetically and historically correct," Davis says. "What he did that day was transformative, one of the transcendent moments in Jazz Fest history. He put away his Boss hat and was Right Reverend Springsteen, ministering to the crowd."

Performing with the folk-leaning Seeger Sessions Band, a rootsy ensemble with horns, banjo and fiddle, Springsteen captured the grief and tenacious optimism in post-Katrina New Orleans with How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live, My City of Ruins and a prayerful When the Saints Go Marching In, which brought fans to tears.

"It was an absolutely cathartic human experience that speaks to the depth of his spirit and artistry," Davis says.

Jazz Fest takes place April 27-29 and May 3-6. For details, go to


Re: OT: 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest lineup released
Posted by: The Sicilian ()
Date: January 24, 2012 18:17

I honestly flirted with the idea of going just to see the Beach Boys debut a the Jazz Fest but I'm seriously thinking about doing a trip to London if Taylor and Wyman do in fact reunite with the Stones there... Can't do both...

Then you need to think about which ticket will be easier to get your hands on.

Re: OT: 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest lineup released
Posted by: Naturalust ()
Date: January 24, 2012 18:26

the question is will Chuck have any Stones in his band? Will he play any Stones tunes? And who the hell is Cowboy Mouth, great name for a band , imho.
Funny all those acts and still can't sell out a venue like our boys.

yeah Mardi Gras and NOJF rocks but Carnival in Brazil eclipses 'em both. peace

Re: OT: 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest lineup released
Posted by: Edith Grove ()
Date: January 24, 2012 19:39

2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest releases daily schedule
Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2012
By Keith Spera, The Times-Picayune

Producers of the 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest released the festival's daily schedule today. In addition to revealing who is performing on what day, the schedule includes several dozen names not contained on the original talent release. Those names include Mystikal and, most prominently, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band.

The day-to-day roster is as follows:


The Beach Boys reunion feat. Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks, Bon Iver, Steel Pulse, Buckwheat Zydeco, Givers, Zebra, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Gomez, The Texas Tornados feat. Flaco Jimenez, Augie Myers, and Shawn Sahm, The Dixie Cups, Cubano Be, Cubano Bop: Poncho Sanchez & His Latin Band feat. Terence Blanchard, Chuck Leavell & Friends with special guest Bonnie Bramblett, Irma Thomas' Tribute to Mahalia Jackson, Eric Lindell, New Orleans Classic R&B Revue feat. Frankie Ford, Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, Robert "Barefootin" Parker, and Blue Eyed Soul, James Andrews & the Crescent City Allstars, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Butch Thompson, Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Leyla McCalla, Sasha Masakowski, Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, Slavic Soul Party!, Jamil Sharif, Stephanie Jordan Big Band, Leah Chase, The Revivalists, Lil' Buck Sinegal Blues Band, Shades of Praise: New Orleans Interracial Gospel Choir, Tim Laughlin, Dukes of Dixieland, Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie, Betty Winn & One A-Chord, Young Pinstripe Brass Band, Dee-1, Fredy Omar con su Banda, Kim Carson & the Enablers, Sammy Rimington International Band, The Electrifying Crown Seekers, Guitar Lightnin' Lee & the Thunder Band, Ivoire Spectacle feat. Seguenon Kone, Wimberly Family Gospel Singers, Henry Gray & the Cats, Real Untouchables Brass Band, James Rivers Movement, Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys, Louis Ford & His Dixie Flairs, Comanche Hunters and Semolian Warriors Mardi Gras Indians, Cindy Scott, Golden Voices Community Choir, Zulu and Big Nine Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, The Boyz Singers and Dancers, Traditional Dance by Asociacion de Peruanos en Louisana, Northwestern University Jazz Ensemble, Black Foot Hunters and Black Mohawk Mardi Gras Indians, Beth Patterson & Potent Bathers, Miss Claudia & her Biergartners, Alana Villavaso, Reverend Jermaine Landrum & the Abundant Praise Revival Choir, Brass Band Throwdown with Martin Behrman, W.J. Fischer, and Kate Middleton Elementary Schools, The Bester Singers, Dynamic Smooth Family Gospel Singers, GrayHawk presents Native American Lore and Tales, New Orleans School of Circus Arts & I.S.L., Geronimo Hunters and Creole Osceolas Mardi Gras Indians, Keep N It Real and We Are One Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs...


Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Jill Scott, Feist, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Bobby Rush, Dave Koz, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Soul Rebels, Israel Houghton and New Breed, Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys, Walter "Wolfman" Washington & the Roadmasters, Cheikh Lô of Senegal, Voice of the Wetlands Allstars feat. Tab Benoit, Dr. John, Cyril Neville, Anders Osborne, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Johnny Vidocovich, Waylon Thibodeaux, and Johnny Sansone, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, The New Orleans Bingo! Show, Tribute to Wardell Quezergue feat. Jean Knight, The Dixie Cups, Robert "Barefootin" Parker, and Tony Owens, Pine Leaf Boys, Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns, Khris Royal & Dark Matter, Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band feat. Thais Clark, Luther Kent, Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs, Roddie Romero & the Hub City All Stars, Evan Christopher, Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue, Midnite Disturbers, Savoy Center of Eunice Saturday Cajun Jam, Heritage Hall Jazz Band feat. Jewel Brown, Storyville Stompers Brass Band, Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries, The Gospel According to Jazz feat. BJ Crosby, Judy Davis, Danon Smith, and Yolanda Windsay, Jeremy Lyons with members of Morphine, Peter Martin, Empress Hotel, Lars Edegran & the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, Paulin Brothers Brass Band, Kristin Diable & the City, D.L. Menard & the Louisiana Aces, The Courtyard Kings, Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians, City of Love Music & Worship Arts, Brother Tyrone & the Mindbenders, High Ground Drifters Bluegrass Band, Tom McDermott, Kevin Bryan, DJ Soul Sister, Bamboula 2000, Pastor Jai Reed, Marc Stone, Golden Comanche and Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians, Tonia Powell & the Left Field Band, SUBR Jazzy Jags, Cameron Dupuy & the Cajun Troubadours, 101 Runners, Tonia Scott & the Anointed Voices, Loyola University Jazz Band, Javier Tobar & Elegant Gypsy, The Jones Sisters, Young Band Nation Blues Project, RRAAMS Drum and Dance, Archdiocese of New Orleans Gospel Choir, Josh Kagler & Harmonistic Praise Crusade, New Wave Brass Band, Nine Times Men, Single Ladies, and Single Men Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Ashe Cultural Arts Center Kuumba Institute, Delgado Community College Jazz Band, The Heavenly Melodies Gospel Singers, Wild Mohicans and Red, White & Blue Mardi Gras Indians, The Boyz Singers and Dancers, Muggivan School of Irish Dance, Dumaine Gang, Divine Ladies, Family Ties, and Men of Class Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Puppet Arts Theater...


Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Al Green, John Mayer, Dr. John & the Lower 911, Janelle Monae, Pete Fountain, Yolanda Adams, Iron & Wine, Cowboy Mouth, Dianne Reeves, Tab Benoit, Sonny Landreth, Gary Clark, Jr., Papa Grows Funk, C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Nicholas Payton SeXXXtet, Ellis Marsalis, Lindigo of Reunion Island feat. Fixi of France, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles, Ironin' Board Sam, Evelyn Turrentine Agee, Debo Band: Ethiopian Groove Collective, Corey Harris & Phil Wiggins, Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots' International Accordian Summit, New Orleans Klezmer Allstars, Treme Brass Band, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Tribute to Alex Chilton feat. Dave Pirner, Alex McMurray, Susan Cowsill, and Rene Coman, Los Po-Boy-Citos, Batiste Brothers, Victor Goines, Washboard Rodeo, Leo Jackson & the Melody Clouds, Bill Summers & Jazalsa, Brice Miller & Mahogany Brass Band, Jumpin' Johnny Sansone, Ernie Vincent & the Top Notes, Golden Star Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders, Lionel Ferbos & the Palm Court Jazz Band, Kirk Joseph's Tuba Tuba, Gospel Soul Children, Panorama Jazz Band, Hadley J. Castille Family & the Sharecroppers Family Band, Pat Casey & the New Sound, Erika Flowers, Clive Wilson's New Orleans Serenaders with guest Butch Thompson, Morning Star Baptist Church Mass Choir, Spencer Bohren, Chris Clifton, Gospel Diva Lois Dejean, Carrollton Hunters, Big Chief Goodman & the Flaming Arrows, and Ninth Ward Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Johnette Downing, Tornado Brass Band, Big Steppers, Untouchables, and Furious Five Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, E'Dana & Company, N'Fungola Sibo West African Dance Company, Ayla Miller Band, Adella Adella the Storyteller, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church Mass Choir, Heritage School of Music Band, Kai Knight's Silhouette Dance Ensemble, Olympia Aid, New Look, First Division, and Secondline Jammers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, NOCCA Jazz Ensemble, Sunpie Barnes presents Louisiana Creole Music, Ninth Ward Navajo, Black Eagles and Shawee Mardi Gras Indians, The Boyz Singers and Dancers, Bishop Sean Elder & the Mount Hermon Baptist Church Mass Choir...


Eddie Vedder, Florence + the Machine, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Ani DiFranco, Esperanza Spalding: Radio Music Society, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, James Cotton "Superharp" Band, Regina Carter's "Reverse Thread", George Porter, Jr. & Runnin' Pardners, Henry Butler, Honey Island Swamp Band, Glen Hansard, Little Freddie King, Astral Project, Mia Borders, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Banu Gibson, Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys, Chico Trujillo of Chile, Bill Miller, Marlon Jordan Quartet, Iguanas, Free Agents Brass Band, Cheick Hamala Diabate of Mali, Raymond A. Myles Singers 30th Anniversary Reunion, Joint's Jumpin', Alto Saxophone Woodshed feat. Aaron Fletcher, Kid Chocolate, The Roots of Music Marching Crusaders, Native Nations Intertribal, Yvette Landry, Palmetto Bug Stompers, Magnolia Jazz Band of Norway feat. Topsy Chapman, The Stooges Brass Band, Silky Sol, Michael Ward, Flow Tribe, Otra, J. Monque'D Blues Band, Kipori "Baby Wolf" Woods, Amina Figarova, Hot Club of New Orleans, Dayna Kurtz, Kristi Guillory & the Midtown Project, Robert Jardell & Pure Cajun, Original Pinettes Brass Band, Forever Jones, Lyle Henderson & Emanu-El, Fi Yi Yi & the Mandingo Warriors, Black Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians, Kourtney Heart, The Mighty Supremes, Seva Venet & the Storyville String Band, Kelcy Mae, Julio y Cesar, Culu Children's Traditional African Dance Company & Stilt Walkers, Judy Stock, Young Fellaz Brass Band, VIP Ladies, Revolution, and Ladies of Unity Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, 7th Ward Creole Hunters and Cheyenne Mardi Gras Indians, McDonogh #35 High School Gospel Choir, Gospel Inspirations of Boutte, Eleanor McMain Singing Mustangs, O. Perry Walker Charter High School Gospel Choir, Tulane University Jazz Ensemble, Jazztories Puppets, Opera a la Carte, Recovery School District Talented in Theater Performers, Young Audiences Performing Arts Showcase feat Ballet, Tap and West African Dance...


Zac Brown Band, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Rodrigo y Gabriela and C.U.B.A., Bunny Wailer, Mystikal, Mavis Staples, Marcia Ball, Bonerama, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Bruce Hornsby, Donald Harrison, The Pedrito Martinez Group, Theresa Andersson, Sarah Jarosz, Deacon John, Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic, Wayne Toups & ZyDeCajun, Wycliffe Gordon Quintet: Hello Pops Tribute to Louis Armstrong, Germaine Bazzle, Wanda Rouzan, Delfeayo Marsalis' Uptown Orchestra, Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, Lil' Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers, Mark Braud's New Orleans Jazz Giants, Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony, Hot 8 Brass Band, Ingrid Lucia, Jim McCormick Band, The Revealers, Yvette Landry Band, Baritone Bliss, The Bucktown Allstars, Phillip Manuel, Reggie Hall & the Twilighters feat. Lady Bee, Vivaz!, Nayo Jones, Big Al Carson & the Blues Masters, Courtney Bryan, Feufollet, Joe Hall & the Cane Cutters, Doreen Ketchen's Jazz New Orleans, Connie Jones & the Crescent City Jazz Band, Bryan Lee & the Blues Power Band, Kumbuka African Dance & Drum Collective, Ted Winn, St. Joseph the Worker Choir, Forgotten Souls, Brass Bed, Zazou City, Kid Simmons' Local International Allstars, Smitty Dee's Brass Band, John Lawrence & Ven Pa' Ca Flamenco Dancers, Lesa Cormier & the Sundown Playboys, Zulu Male Ensemble, Connie & Dwight with the St. Raymond / St. Leo the Great Gospel Choir, Erica Falls, Gal Holiday presented by Young Audiences, Native Nations Intertribal, Young Magnolias, Golden Sioux and Young Cherokee Mardi Gras Indians, New Orleans Hispano America Dance Group, Kenneth Terry Brass Band, Scene Boosters and Old N Nu Fellaz Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Red Hawk and Golden Blade Mardi Gras Indians, Pastor Tyrone Jefferson, Donnie Bolden & the Spirit of Elijah, Original Big Seven and Original Four Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Lake Forest Charter Jazz Ensemble, New Orleans Indian Rhythm Section, Eulenspiegel Puppets, Pastor Terry Gullage & the Greater Mount Calvary Voices of Redemption Choir, Fannie C. Williams Charter Choir, KIDsmART Showcase feat. Arise Academy, Martin Behrman Charter School, Langston Hughes Academy, and McDonogh City Park Academy...


Eagles, My Morning Jacket, Ne-Yo, Irma Thomas, Herbie Hancock, Paulina Rubio, Allen Toussaint, The Levon Helm Band with special guest Mavis Staples, Better Than Ezra, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Steve Earle and the Dukes (and Duchesses), Aaron Neville's Gospel Experience, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Jon Cleary, Bombino of Niger, Anders Osborne, John Boutté, The Pedrito Martinez Group, Jeremy Davenport, John Mooney & Bluesiana, MyNameIsJohnMichael, Lost Bayou Ramblers, The Malone Brothers, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, New Birth Brass Band, Mariachi Jalisco, Leroy Jones & New Orleans' Finest, Red Stick Ramblers, Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show, Mac Arnold & Plate Full o' Blues, Young Tuxedo Jazz Band, The Johnson Extension, Guitar Masters feat. Jimmy Robinson, John Rankin, Phil DeGruy, and Cranston Clements, Val & the Love Alive Fellowship Choir, Rumba Buena, Mas Mamones, Roland Guerin, New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra, Tyronne Foster & the Arc Singers, Pinstripe Brass Band, Black Feathers Mardi Gras Indians, Sam Doores & the Tumbleweeds, Patrice Fisher & Arpa & the Garifuna Connection, Jeffery Broussard & Creole Cowboys, Guitar Slim, Jr., Cha Wa, Tarriona "Tank" Ball & the BlackStar Bangas, Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble, Belton Richard & the Musical Aces, New Orleans Spiritualettes, Tommy Sancton's New Orleans Legacy Band, Stephen Foster's Foster Family Program, Big Chief Trouble & Trouble Nation and Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Grupo Sensacion, Baby Boyz Brass Band, Riccardo Crespo & Sol Brasil, Kora Konnection feat. Morikeba Kouyate of Senegal & Thierno Dioubate of Guinea, Westbank Steppers, Valley of Silent Men, and Pigeon Town Steppers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Curtis Pierre with Samba Kids, Xavier University Jazz Ensemble, Voices of Peter Claver, Cynthia Girtley, Wild Red Flame and Cherokee Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Native Nations Intertribal, Matthew Davidson Band, Versailles Lion Dance Team, Kinfolk Brass Band, Young Guardians of the Flame, Double Dutch Jumpers, New Generation, Undefeated Divas, and Lady Jetsetters Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, First Emanuel Baptist Church Mass Choir...


Foo Fighters, The Neville Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Maze feat. Frankie Beverly, Galactic, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Jam, David Sanborn and Joey DeFrancesco, funky Meters, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Asleep at the Wheel, Rebirth Brass Band, The Bounce Shake Down feat. Big Freedia, Katey Red, Keedy Black, and DJ Poppa, Rockin' Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, Big Chief Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias, Los Hombres Calientes feat. Bill Summers and Irvin Mayfield, Charmaine Neville Band, Glen David Andrews, Supagroup, Boutté Family Sunday Praise feat. John, Lillian, Tricia, Lorna, Tanya, and Arséne, Ruby Wilson's Tribute to Bessie Smith & Ma Rainey, DJ Captain Charles, The Joe Krown Trio with Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste, Jr., Zion Harmonizers, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Mem Shannon & the Membership, Creole String Beans, Bobby Lounge, Living Tribute to Harold Batiste feat. Jesse McBride, Ellis Marsalis, and Germaine Bazzle, ELS, TBC Brass Band, Higher Heights, Rocks of Harmony, Jo "Cool" Davis with special guest Sugarboy Crawford, George French & the New Orleans Storyville Jazz Band, Blodie's Jazz Jam, Gregg Stafford's Jazz Hounds, Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, Rotary Downs, Jambalaya Cajun Band, The Stars of Heaven, Andrew Duhon, New Orleans Nightcrawlers, Wendell Brunious & the Music Masters, Pfister Sisters, Lynn Drury, Tanya & Dorise, AsheSon, Kim Che'ré, Caesar Elloie, Brother Dege, Gregory Agid, Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble, Orange Kellin & the New Orleans Deluxe Orchestra, Jockimo's Groove feat. War Chief Juan, Craig Adams & Higher Dimensions of Praise, High Steppers Brass Band, Lady Rollers, Original C.T.C. Steppers, and Nine Times Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Native Nations Intertribal, David & Roselyn, UNO Jazz Allstars, N'Kafu Traditional African Dance Company, New Orleans Young Traditional Brass Band with the Heel to Toe Steppers, Wild Tchoupitoulas and Wild Apaches Mardi Gras Indians, Ninevah Baptist Church Mass Choir, 14 and Under Cajun Band, NORD/Crescent City Lights Youth Theater, Buffalo Hunters and Apache Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Hobgoblin Hill Puppets, Original Prince of Wales and Original Lady Buckjumpers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs


Re: OT: 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest lineup released
Posted by: Edith Grove ()
Date: January 25, 2012 13:01

New Orleans Jazz Fest's Bruce Springsteen coup required extra money, a schedule swap and working email

Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 9:00 PM
By Keith Spera, The Times-Picayune

The late addition of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band to the 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest took many fans by surprise. None more so than Quint Davis, the festival's longtime producer and director.

David Grunfeld, Times-Picayune archive
Bruce Springsteen at work on the Acura Stage during the 2006 New Orleans Jazz Fest. That trip apparently made an indelible impression on him. He returns to Jazz Fest, this time with the E Street Band, for Jazz Fest 2012.

At noon on Jan. 2, Davis opened a brief email message at home from Springsteen's booking agent, Barry Bell. Even though the 2012 festival's roster was already finalized, Bell asked, might there still be room for the E Street Band?

In 2006, during the first Jazz Fest after Hurricane Katrina, Springsteen delivered what was arguably one of the most powerful and emotional performances in the festival's four-decade history. His return would automatically rank among the most hotly anticipated bookings of a festival already top-heavy with the Eagles, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, the Foo Fighters and a Beach Boys reunion.

"It wasn't possible, but how do you not?" Davis said of adding Springsteen. "It's not the sort of thing where you say, 'We'll do it next year.'"

Davis crafted a response to Bell: Yes, the festival's schedule was already set. But maybe, just maybe, he could work something out. He forwarded his reply to Bell.

Or thought he did.

At that most inopportune of moments, his new laptop, with its unfamiliar operating system, chose not to deliver outgoing email messages. Bell never received Davis' response.

When Davis hadn't heard back several hours later, he assumed the Springsteen camp was still mulling his offer. Instead, from the other side, it looked like he was snubbing Springsteen.

"There was an 18-hour period," Davis said this week, recounting the chain of events, "when it was a bad time for my email not to talk to people."

On Jan. 3, he opened another message from Bell, essentially repeating the previous day's query. Realizing his initial email had not gone through, Davis quickly got on the phone with Bell, assuring him that the festival was indeed interested in bringing back the Boss.

"A lot of things had to happen," Davis said. "We were booked. We were programmed. To have something like this fit properly and programmatically, where you don't displace other stuff, and not to mention the additional cost ... a lot of things had to happen fast on our end."

Real fast. Believing he had finalized the Jazz Fest schedule in December, Davis had planned a two-week trip in January to the West African nations of Benin and Cameroon. He was slated to depart on Jan. 7 -- which gave him three days to figure out if, and how, Jazz Fest could accommodate another major headliner.

That Bell felt comfortable approaching Davis at the last minute is testament to Springsteen's brief but remarkable relationship with the festival.

New Orleans has factored into Springsteen itineraries since at least 1975, when he rocked the Municipal Auditorium. He's also made numerous unannounced visits, as when he sat in with the Iguanas at the Maple Leaf Bar in 1992.

Times-Picayune archive
Bruce Springsteen during a 1975 performance at the Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans. He has returned to the city numerous times over the years for work and fun.

Team Springsteen acquainted itself with Jazz Fest in 2006. As part of a thorough vetting before Springsteen's appearance, his representatives visited the New Orleans Fair Grounds to, among other details, ascertain exactly what the Boss would see from the stage.

That 2006 trip, with much of the city still digging out from Katrina, apparently left an indelible impact.

Springsteen visited the site of the Industrial Canal levee breach and met with representatives of various volunteer organizations. He donated a small fortune to several local nonprofitgroups, including an $80,000 gift to the New Orleans Musicians Clinic.

At the Fair Grounds with his new, untested Seeger Sessions Band, he dedicated "My City of Ruins," with its message of defiance in the face of disaster, to New Orleans. He mocked President George W. Bush's slow storm response in an adaptation of Blind Alfred Reed's "How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live." He restored two obscure verses to an acoustic, prayer-like "When the Saints Go Marching In."
"I thought it was one of the most extraordinary things I've ever seen, and I've seen thousands of shows," Davis would later say. "Reverend Springsteen held church, and ministered to a flock."

Davis subsequently spent time on the road with the Seeger Sessions Band in Spain, building relationships with members of the Springsteen inner circle. In conversations, it became clear that Springsteen's watershed Jazz Fest moment was as memorable for the performer as the audience.

Columbia Records will release Springsteen's 17th studio album, "Wrecking Ball," on March 6. The album's first single, "We Take Care of Our Own," references post-Katrina New Orleans:

"From Chicago to New Orleans/from the muscle to the bone/from the shotgun shack to the Superdome/We yelled 'help' but the cavalry stayed home/There ain't no one hearing the bugle blown. ... Wherever this flag's flown, we take care of our own."
Given the topical tie-in of the forthcoming album, and the lingering goodwill from 2006, Springsteen's return to Jazz Fest was perhaps inevitable.

David Grunfeld, Times-Picayune archive
At Jazz Fest 2006, thousands of fans gathered around the Acura Stage to hear Bruce Springsteen with the Seeger Sessions Band.

Immediately after his initial exchange with Bell three weeks ago, Davis called his partners at AEG Live, the international entertainment conglomerate that co-produces Jazz Fest and provides the festival's financial backing. Yet another six-figure addition to the talent budget would increase the fest's financial exposure: What if rain washed out attendance that day?

"To a lot of people, risk is an ephemeral thing," Davis said. "But risk is risk. This was a big cost to pile on top of the festival."

AEG's conclusion? Go for it.

The additional expenditure also required the approval of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit board that owns the festival. The board approved, even though only a few committee heads were informed who the new, mystery act was.

Secrecy was paramount. Promotional campaigns for major artists' albums and tours are carefully calibrated and coordinated. Representatives of Pearl Jam vocalist Eddie Vedder committed him to Jazz Fest in December, but requested that the festival not announce his participation until other dates on his tour were confirmed. That announcement was finally made Jan. 23.

The potential Springsteen coup was even more top secret. Nothing could leak before the official unveiling of his spring American tour on Jan. 24. Thus, Davis and his team were even more tight-lipped than usual.

The producer envisioned Springsteen as the final Acura Stage act on April 29, the first Sunday, the same slot he occupied in 2006. But guitarist John Mayer was already confirmed for that spot. A clause in Mayer's contract guaranteed he would headline the main stage.

A delicate bit of music industry diplomacy ensued. Mayer's booking agent, Scott Clayton, also represents two other acts on the 2012 Jazz Fest schedule, My Morning Jacket and Rodrigo y Gabriela. Davis reassured Clayton that even if Mayer performed earlier in the day, he could still play his full show. Perhaps more importantly, he would not be moved to another stage and forced into the unenviable position of playing opposite Springsteen.

Instead, Mayer would appear on Acura between Dr. John and the E Street Band, presumably playing to a much larger crowd than he would have as headliner.
Mayer agreed to the new arrangement.

"If the E Street Band isn't big enough, we have Dr. John, John Mayer and the E Street Band, which we never would have had," Davis said. "We have a headliner as the opener."

Davis was on vacation in Benin, eating stewed chicken and rice in the city of Cotonou, when he received email confirmation that the deal was finalized.
"Fortunately, my email worked better in Benin than in my bedroom," Davis said.
Given Springsteen's history with Jazz Fest, he is "part of our festival DNA," Davis said. "We're thrilled that he still has New Orleans in his heart and that he's coming back to play Jazz Fest with the E Street Band."

Music writer Keith Spera can be reached at kspera@timespicayune or 504.826.3470. Comment and read more at Follow him on Twitter @KeithSperaTP.


Re: OT: 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest lineup released
Posted by: Edith Grove ()
Date: March 28, 2012 19:47

Cubes are out....... []

4:15pm @ The Blues Tent. Chuck and Friends on the 27th

Thanks to Bingo "in exile." thumbs up

Re: OT: 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest lineup released
Posted by: Edith Grove ()
Date: March 28, 2012 19:49

New Orleans Jazz Fest's cubes, as usual, make for tough decisions

By Keith Spera, The Times-Picayune

The Boss will take an especially long ride on "Thunder Road." Eddie Vedder will go head-to-head with Florence + the Machine. And for the first and likely last time in history, Zebra is sandwiched between the Dixie Cups and the Beach Boys.

The Times-Picayune Bruce Springsteen performs with the E Street Band during his "Wrecking Ball" concert tour premiere Sunday, March 18, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

These and many more points of discussion emerged from Tuesday's unveiling of the "cubes," the schedule of times and stage assignments for the 2012 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell.

Jazz Fest producer/director Quint Davis is the puzzle-master who assembles the cubes. He thinks of each stage on each day as its own show, building, whenever possible, to a logical and aesthetically consistent conclusion -- as when Gomez gives way to Lafayette world-pop band Givers and Bon Iver on the Gentilly Stage on April 27, the opening Friday.

"With 10 stages on seven days," Davis said Tuesday, "it's like (programming) 70 shows."

Some observations from a first perusal of those shows:

At 2-1/2 hours, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band's set is the longest of the festival. The generous allotment is indicative of Springsteen's indefatigability, as well as the anticipation for his Jazz Fest return following his 2006 show for the ages.

Before he canceled his Jazz Fest appearance because of a recurring throat ailment, John Mayer requested that he not be scheduled opposite the E Street Band. Unfortunately, somebody has to be.

Thus, Al Green is on at Congo Square, following gospel siren Yolanda Adams. Across the field on the Gentilly Stage, Cowboy Mouth's set will overlap the first 35 minutes of the E Street Band's. R&B dynamo Janelle Monae, whose audience is presumably much different than Springsteen's, closes Gentilly.

Tab Benoit will likely hear bits of "Born to Run" during his simultaneous set in the Blues Tent. Benoit can at least take comfort in his far more favorable slot on the first Saturday: His Voice of the Wetlands Allstars precedes Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers on the Acura Stage.

Jill Scott asked to be released from her Jazz Fest contract so she could appear in a remake of "Steel Magnolias." Wanting to maintain good relations, the fest's producers granted her request. Her replacement, Cee Lo Green, follows Cheikh Lo of Senegal on the Congo Square Stage. Theme for the day, according to Davis? "How Lo can you go?"

Cee Lo Green -- no relation to Al -- is not the Congo Square's closer that day. That honor falls to the homegrown Soul Rebels.

The Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage, formerly the province of Cajun and zydeco bands, continues to, in Davis' words, "blossom" with such high-profile artists as Steve Earle, Ani DiFranco, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Iron & Wine, the Texas Tornadoes and, for the first time at the fest, Asleep at the Wheel.

Pearl Jam pulled a huge crowd to Acura in 2010. Frontman Eddie Vedder returns with his ukulele to close Acura on Thursday, May 3. Meanwhile, Florence + the Machine, which draws from a similar demographic, is on at Gentilly. Some folks will find that a tough choice.

Homegrown hard rock band Zebra, which notched a minor MTV hit in the 1980s with "Who's Behind the Door," makes its Jazz Fest debut on the Acura Stage on opening day, preceding the Beach Boys. What Beach Boys fans -- or the Beach Boys themselves -- will make of Randy Jackson's falsetto remains to be seen.

The Radiators are no more, but at least three former members will represent at Jazz Fest. Bassist Reggie Scanlan and his New Orleans Suspects open the Acura Stage on the first Friday. Guitarist/vocalist Dave Malone fronts the Malone Brothers, his new collaboration with his Subdude brother Tommy, on the second Saturday.

Keyboardist Ed Volker has kept a low profile since his desire to retire from the road set in motion the Rads' farewell. But Volker is booked for a solo set on the Lagniappe Stage on the final Sunday.

The Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Celebration, which fills the Radiators' former Gentilly Stage slot, boasts an array of special guests. My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, Bonnie Raitt, Steve Earle, Ani DiFranco, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Allen Toussaint, the Rebirth Brass Band rhythm section, 100-year-old trumpeter Lionel Ferbos, Wendell Eugene and pianist George Wein, the founder of Jazz Fest, are all slated to sit in.

That day's Gentilly roster also includes the Creole String Beans, Kermit Ruffins, the Funky Meters and Raitt, who, decades ago, was one of Jazz Fest's first "visiting" artists. Whatever replaced the Radiators "had to be New Orleans, and deep New Orleans," Davis said. The day's Gentilly roster "is deep-tissue."

That the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will also play a set in the Economy Hall Tent was important to sousaphonist and creative director Ben Jaffe. "That's a commitment to our core audience, the people who have been with us, sitting in those chairs in Economy Hall, for years," Jaffe said. "And then we get to bring New Orleans jazz to a bigger, wider audience" at Gentilly.

The Foo Fighters are to the 2012 Jazz Fest what Kid Rock was in 2011: A heavy-hitting prelude to the Neville Brothers. The Foos follow local alternative rock favorites Rotary Downs, hard rock quartet Supagroup and funk-from-the-future ensemble Galactic.

All in all, it's a jam-packed festival. No one is more aware of this than Davis.

"Each year is supposed to be the best ever," he said. "And then next year is supposed to be even better."

2012, at least, is likely to live up to the hype.

Keith Spera can be reached at or 504.826.3470. Read more music news at Follow him at


Re: OT: 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest lineup released
Posted by: andrewt ()
Date: March 28, 2012 21:20

Edith Grove
New Orleans Jazz Fest's cubes, as usual, make for tough decisions

Those cubes are killin' me. Wish I was going. Fais Do-Do stage on the first Friday is incredible. Blues stage on Saturday--sick! Bunny Wailer closing out Congo square. Leavell with Bonnie Bramlett. Then of course all the big names. Then the nights - Original Meters with Papa Grows Funk and Rebirth at the howlin wolf, never mind Instruments A Comin'. Good gawd! I could go on and on. I need to win the lottery.

Re: OT: 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest lineup released
Posted by: Edith Grove ()
Date: April 29, 2012 03:40

From under mama's skirts to playing with the Rolling Stones -- Chuck Leavell chats at New Orleans Jazz Fest

Chuck Leavell spent his 60th birthday Saturday doing what he does most other days of the year: making music. But on this particular Saturday - interviewed by Nick Spitzer at New Orleans Jazz Fest - he also chatted about his storied career as a keyboardist with such groups as the Allman Brothers Band and the Rolling Stones.

CHRIS GRANGER / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE Pianist Chuck Leavell wipes sweat off his face after playing a blues song in the Blues Tent at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell on Friday, April 27, 2012.

Leavell recalled that, as the youngest child in his family, he routinely begged his mother to play a tune on the household piano. "I was just fascinated watching her hands move up and down that keyboard," he told his audience gathered at the Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage. Not long afterward, son informed mother that "I wanted to be a musician when I grew up."

Her response? "She said, 'Son, you can't do both.'"

Yup, Leavell knows how to deliver a keen quip or two. Telling listeners that he has been married to the same woman for 38 years, he allowed that "marriage is like photographic film - it has to be developed in the dark."

Before the wedding, however, came stints playing tuba in an elementary school band, and organizing his first band (The Misfits), which played every Friday night at the Tuscaloosa, Ala. YMCA.

Soon afterward, Leavell found himself packing up his '65 Olds Cutlass station wagon and migrating to Macon, Ga. It was there that he began his association with the Allman Brothers, taking advantage of what he called "freestyle, freethinking jam sessions."

At least two generations of Allman Brothers fans know him from his extended keyboard work in "Jessica," excerpts of which he shared with Saturday's Jazz Fest listeners. It was an electric piano here, not an acoustic instrument, but the shivers were still apparent.

Later in Leavell's career came his band Sea Level (notice the play on his last name), plus an abiding affection for preserving his native landscape, a love that continues to define his life in the American south.

Of course there was mention of a fateful 1982 phone call that led to his gig as a keyboard player for the Stones. By 1989 he was largely responsible for determining set lists for the band, arguing on behalf of great, early songs he felt were unjustly neglected.

"I had a fan's sense of what people would like to hear," Leavell explained. Those songs constituted the Stones' history, "and I kind of threw it back at them."


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