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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.

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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.
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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

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Image Credit: Douglas Mason/Getty Images

Tom Petty plays JazzFest

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Image Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

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

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Image Credit: Erika Goldring/FilmMagic

NEXT: CEE LO ON STAGE AND JOHN STAMOS JOINS THE BEACH BOYS

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