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Bruce Springsteen, Vampire Weekend, Christina Aguilera, Arcade Fire, more headline New Orleans Jazz Fest 2014

New Orleans knows how to throw a good party. And the 45th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival looks like it will be no exception.

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Christina Aguilera, Eric Clapton, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Santana, Phish, Public Enemy, and more will join New Orleans jazz and funk acts like Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Kermit Ruffins, the North Mississippi Allstars, and Allen Toussaint at the annual music extravaganza, which runs over two weekends, April 25-27 and May 1-4.

Other highlights include Robin Thicke, Robert Plant, Alabama Shakes, and Chaka Khan.  In a nod to the indie rock turn the annual event has taken in the past few years, Foster the People and The Head and The Heart have also joined the lineup.

Springsteen last played Jazz Fest in 2012 and Arcade Fire paid a visit to the fairgrounds in 2011. Check out the announcement video below and get the full daily lineup on the festival’s site here.


Andrew Bird on playing Jazz Fest, talking writer's block with Randy Newman

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird played an inspired set at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival last weekend, full of both old-time charm and new-age sounds — and, of course, whistling. He played a show packed with songs from 2012’s Hands of Glory, as well as jam-heavy songs like “Imitosis” from 2007’s Armchair Apocrypha and the lighter “Eyeoneye” off Break it Yourself. EW caught up with Bird before his show at the legendary music hall Tipitina’s and talked about New Orleans, his ties to classical music, and how he connects to his growing worldwide fan base.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You’ve spent a lot of time in New Orleans. What’s special about this city and playing here?
ANDREW BIRD: This is my first time at Jazz Fest. I never really lived here but I almost did. I spent a lot of time here in the late ’90s working at Kingsway [Studios]. It always felt like I got out just in time. It is just such a heavy place. Just touring in the south, you always have more stories to come back with.

I used to run around and play with a lot of street musicians. [New Orleans] attracts a lot of people from all over that have an ear for that old country blues, traditional music, and these guys just run around and play on street corners and at bars for tips, and I kind of fell into that scene a bit. That was when I was deeply into it; the guys here really knew the field.

John Mayer, Billy Joel kick off first weekend of New Orleans Jazz Fest -- PHOTOS

New Orleans natives and Grammy winners Rebirth Brass Band covered TLC’s “Waterfalls.” John Mayer covered the Muddy Waters tune “I Got My Mojo Working.” Billy Joel trotted out the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to jam during the midsection of “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant.” And Ben Harper continued his roots exploration in a set with collaborator and blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite. At its best, the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fesitval combines traditional New Orleans musicians (playing to the crowd and acknowledging their part in popular music), and mainstream acts paying homage to a region of the country that so greatly influences them.

The first weekend of Jazz Fest showed off the diversity of acts both from New Orleans and around the world. Big crowds turned out not only for headliners such as Joel and Mayer but for local heroes Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Rebirth Brass Band, and Jason Marsalis, who performed an inspired classical jazz set. Mayer was back at the fairgrounds on Friday after cancelling his performance at the fest in 2012 (and most of the rest of his tour), due to a throat ailment. He strayed from his pop side and kept the set focused on blues and roots, including a Grateful Dead cover (“Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad”).


New Orleans JazzFest week two: watch it now

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has kicked off its second weekend with acts like Florence and the Machine, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, the Zac Brown Band and more. Can’t be in NOLA to see the performances? Well don’t worry, the festival is streaming the bands on YouTube!

Catch highlights from week one and live acts from week two, right here!

Springsteen, Tom Petty, The Beach Boys, Cee Lo, more jam at first weekend of New Orleans JazzFest — PHOTOS

Springsteen, Tom Petty, The Beach Boys, Cee Lo, more jam at first weekend of New Orleans JazzFest -- PHOTOS

The annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival always inspires unique pairings — Sunday, Dr. John hopped on stage with Bruce Springsteen; John Stamos jammed with the Beach Boys on Friday. In previous years, the surprises have included Trombone Shorty joining Kid Rock, and The Edge playing guitar with The Dave Matthews Band. But the festival is more than the big-name acts — it’s also about food, dance, costumes, and Louisiana culture. The annual event spans two weekends; next week the festival will be webcast live on YouTube, so you can catch the Foo Fighters, Florence + the Machine, Zac Brown Band, and more live from the comfort of your couch. As the first weekend comes to a close, photos will have to do so we’ve put together a bunch for you to enjoy. Happy JazzFest!

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band rock the Acura Stage


Image Credit: Douglas Mason/Getty Images

Tom Petty plays JazzFest


Image Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Big Chief Ke Ke of the Comanche Hunters Mardi Gras leads a JazzFest parade at the fairgrounds


Image Credit: Erika Goldring/FilmMagic


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