Well, the suspense is over. At around one o'clock on Tuesday afternoon, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival released the 2014 festival lineup - and it is pretty damn good! The headliners, scoffed at by Fest purists like the late cynic Johnny Gumbo, are outstanding (even given that Christina Aguilera is one of them). But it is the depth that is impressive. Forget the first weekend and Thursday of 2nd, 'cause we are not arriving until Thursday night.
On Friday, psyched about Alabama Shakes, but hoping everyone gets a chance to see locals-by-way-of-Bronx Hurray For the Riff Raff (great show at Cafe Nine last year), the legendary Alejandro Escovedo, Mia Borders, the Iguanas (hoping on a smaller stage), Lost Bayou Ramblers. And that's not mentioning Chaka Khan, Amanda Shaw and Pharoah Sanders!
Saturday will be insane with Bruce and the boys - could break records (not necessarily a good thing, viewing-wise). But beforehand we get Allen Toussaint, Johnny Winter, The Head & the Heart.
Sunday, we have Shorty closing (with our best bud Sneaky Pete on guitar). Really looking to see Delbert McClinton, Chick Corea and John Fogerty (there's a bathroom on the right). The Radiators are back! Aaron Neville, Terrence Blanchard.
Flights are booked. Bring it!
Friday, April 25 -
Saturday, April 26 -
Sunday, April 27 -
Thursday, May 1 - (a bit light)
Friday, May 2 - (loaded)
Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive Boys
Hurray for the Riff Raff
Lost Bayou Ramblers
Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys
Saturday, May 3 -
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Sunday, May 4 - (loaded)
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Chick Corea & the Vigil
The Terence Blanchard Group