Aretha Franklin To Headline New Orleans Jazz Fest


Aretha Franklin has been announced as one of the major headliners for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival to start on April 27. Other major acts to join Franklin on the bill include Aerosmith, Jimmy Buffett, Jack White, Sting, David Byrne, Bonnie Raitt, the Steve Miller Band and Lionel Richie. The Louisiana contingent is spearheaded by Irma Thomas and Aaron Neville.

The line-up of acts from outside Louisiana also includes: Beck, Anita Baker, Aerosmith, Cage the Elephant, Sturgill Simpson, Common, Khalid, Smokey Robinson, Jack Johnson, Sheryl Crow, Toots & the Maytals, George Benson, Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, Juanes, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, The Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson, Delbert McClinton, Old Crow Medicine Show, Savion Glover, Steel Pulse, Buddy Guy, Blind Boys of Alabama, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Charles Lloyd & the Marvels & Lucinda Williams, John Mayall, Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real, Ron Carter Trio, Ruthie Foster, Dianne Reeves, Charlie Wilson, Telmary y Habana Sana, Calexico, The Last Bandoleros, Leslie Odom Jr., Archie Shepp Quartet, with more to be added.

The line-up of Louisiana acts includes: Irma Thomas, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, Galactic, Anders Osborne, Jon Cleary, The Revivalists, The Radiators @ 40, Sonny Landreth, Better Than Ezra, Tab Benoit,  Aaron Neville, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Jon Batiste with the Dap Kings, Boyfriend, Tank and the Bangas, Sweet Crude, Lena Prima, Kermit Ruffins’ Tribute to Louis Armstrong, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Rebirth Brass Band, The Soul Rebels, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Big Freedia, Chocolate Milk, The Bounce Revue, Darcy Malone & the Tangle, Samantha Fish, Doug Kershaw & Friends, and a Tribute to Fats Domino with Special Guests.

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM ( in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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