Wednesday, February 15, 2006

New Orleans Releases Jazz Fest Line Up 2006

After concerns over the integrity of the Fairgrounds as a location and concerns over the ability of the city to handle accomidations for the large influx of patrons, New Orleans has released the line up of the most important NOLA Jazz Fest ever. The proceeds of Jazz Fest go directly into the city to ReNew Orleans.
There were strong rumors that several high profile megabands actually volunteered a performance for the city. I half-expected to see the first announcements for Jazz Fest to include names like Stevie Wonder, Rolling Stones, U2, Kanye West and all of the artists that played the tsunami and katrina relief efforts. Though some of those artists are represented, the majority are New Orleans musicians and keeps with the history of fest. I believe its the organizers idea to keep make this most important Jazz Fest "classic." This year the Fest will honor Fats Domino who is both a premier musician in the scene, a citizen of New Orleans and a victim of the levee disaster.

Headliners for weekend one include:
The Meters, Dave Matthews Band, Bob Dylan, Yolanda Adams, Allen Toussaint with special guest Elvis Costello, Ani DiFranco, Dr. John, Hugh Masekela, Keb’ Mo’, Yerba Buena, Rebirth Brass Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Galactic, Snooks Eaglin, Cowboy Mouth, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Terence Blanchard, Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters, the subdudes, Ritmo Caribeño, John Mooney & Bluesiana, Terrance Simien, Anders Osborne, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Charmaine Neville, Big Sam’s Funky Nation etc...
Headlining artists for weekend two include:
Fats Domino, Jimmy Buffett, Lionel Richie, Paul Simon, Keith Urban, The Ohio Players, Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, Special Ed & Big Daddy Kane, India “The Princess of Salsa”, Irma Thomas, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Doug Kershaw, Little Feat, Koko Taylor, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr. & the Greater St. Stephen Mass Choir, The Radiators, Angelique Kidjo, Pete Fountain, Donald Harrison with special guests George Coleman & Eddie Palmieri, Le Grand Ballet “Ngalam” du Senegal, Yonder Mountain String Band, Buckwheat Zydeco, Deacon John, Nicholas Payton, Chris Owens, The Ladies of New Orleans R&B featuring The Dixie Cups, Wanda Rouzan & Jean Knight, Roland Guerin with special guest Marcus Roberts, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ivan Neville & Dumpstaphunk, Astral Project, New Orleans Klezmer Allstars, Papa Grows Funk, Soul Rebels Brass Band,etc...