New Orleans, LA (February 12, 2009) Here’s the good news: Rock superstar Neil Young has been added to the overflowing music lineup of the 40th anniversary New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented by Shell, organizers announced today. On the heels of last week’s announcement of Bon Jovi (not so good news) appearing at the upcoming Festival, Neil Young has now been confirmed for his first-ever Jazz Fest appearance, performing on Sunday, May 3. The 2009 Jazz Fest is scheduled for April 24-26 & April 30-May 3 at the Fair Grounds Race Course.
Here’s the bad news: In other talent news, the Festival announced that Aretha Franklin, previously scheduled for May 3, will not appear.
Neil Young and his band join Wynton Marsalis, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, James Taylor, Sugarland, Joe Cocker, Ben Harper, Tony Bennett, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kings of Leon, Neville Brothers, Wilco, Bonnie Raitt, Allen Toussaint, The O’Jays, Erykah Badu, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Dr. John plus hundreds of others previously announced to appear at the historic edition of the Festival.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation presents the 2009 Gala on Thursday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. Annually selling out, this year’s gala event will take place in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel and spotlight the famed New Orleans music venue The Dew Drop Inn. Performing as part of the “The Dew Drop Inn Revisited All-Stars” will be Allen Toussaint, Eddie Bo, Al “Carnival Time” Johnson, Robert Parker, and Wanda Rouzan along with The N’Awlins All-Stars. Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue and the TBC Brass Band are also scheduled to perform at the event.