They may call it the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, but a lineup of pop and rock performers including Pearl Jam, Drake and My Morning Jacket will be making their debuts at that annual Louisiana music series next year.
On Tuesday, organizers of the 41st edition of Jazz Fest said that Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, Lionel Richie, the Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic, the Black Crowes and B.B. King would be among the festival veterans returning in the spring; newcomers include Anita Baker, Jeff Beck, Gipsy Kings, the Dead Weather and the Levon Helm Band.
The festival will also feature a 100th anniversary celebration in honor of Louis Prima, as well as numerous New Orleans-based musicians including the Neville Brothers and Dr. John. This years Jazz Fest will be held from April 23 to April 25 and April 29 through May 2 at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. More information and a complete schedule can be found online at www.nojazzfest.com.