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.