Robert Plant, Jeff Beck, Arcade Fire top 2011 New Orleans Jazz Fest lineup
The lineup for the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will bring together international rock, pop, jazz, country headliners, including Robert Plant, Jeff Beck, Arcade Fire, Bon Jovi, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Sonny Rollins, it was announced today. Added into that impressive roster will be scores of acts based in and around Louisiana, along with a strong representation of Haitian performers.
Also slated to appear on the 12 stages at this year's Fest, which takes place over a two-weekend run from April 29 to May 8, are Tom Jones, Lauryn Hill, the Avett Brothers, Cyndi Lauper, Mumford & Sons, Jamey Johnson, Jimmy Buffett and Louisiana rock, blues, Cajun, zydeco, gospel and folk musicians such as Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, the Neville Brothers, Trombone Shorty, Irma Thomas, Galactic and dozens of others.
Because of the strong historical and cultural connection between the Crescent City and Haiti, festival organizers have devoted much attention to the Caribbean nation’s performers, including Wyclef Jean, Tabou Combo, Boukman Eksperyans and Emeline Michele. Ticket information is available on the Jazz Fest website.
-- Randy Lewis
Photo: Robert Plant. Credit: Carlo Allegri / Associated Press