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Satisfaction: Rolling Stones to headline 50th Jazz Fest

Lionel Richie performs on the Acura Stage during Jazz Fest at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, La. Thursday, May 3, 2018. Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON
Lionel Richie performs on the Acura Stage during Jazz Fest at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, La. Thursday, May 3, 2018.
Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON

 

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has got satisfaction: The Rolling Stones are among the headliners for the 50th anniversary festival.

Organizers on Tuesday confirmed reports that Mick Jagger and his band will play. Also headlining the 8-day event, which runs April 25-28 and May 2-5, are Katy Perry, the Dave Matthews Band, Al Green, Pitbull, Santana, Jerry Lee Lewis, Aaron Neville and gospel great Shirley Caesar.

“Fifty years is very rare and to be here, still, just as strong, just as relevant is amazing,” festival producer Quint Davis said.

“For the Rolling Stones and Katy Perry – two of the most highly produced artists – to want to come play our festival, held in a tent, during the day with the scent of BBQ and oyster po-boys wafting over the field, that’s just incredible.”

Perry is scheduled to perform April 27, the first Saturday, while the Stones will take over the festival’s largest stage Thursday, May 2.

Seeing the Stones’ performance will require a special ticket good only for that day. Cost? $185.

Tickets go on a pre-sale Thursday for Louisiana residents only, to buy tickets for the Rolling Stones’ date. Up to two tickets can be purchased on the Plaza level of the Superdome from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Friday for the entire festival at 10 a.m. in New Orleans or at www.nojazzfest.com or www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

For the first time, the festival’s 11 other stages will go dark when Jagger and company hit the stage.

“Even though it’s going to be a full fest day, with performances on all 12 stages, we don’t want the stages where the Stones aren’t performing to compete for an audience,” Davis said. “We don’t want the other stages to not have any people there, so we’re gonna shut them down about an hour before the Stones perform, encourage them to get something to eat, to get a good spot and enjoy the show.”

Before the lineup was announced at the news conference, Davis showcased musicians who performed at the first jazz festival – Ellis Marsalis on piano, vocalist Germaine Bazzle, bass player George French, James Rivers on saxophone and Johnny Vidacovich on drums. Blues great Little Freddie King on guitar, Ronnie Kole on piano, clarinetist Orange Kellin and Lars Edegran on banjo also performed.

Bazzle said she can’t believe 50 years have passed since she first took to a festival stage.

“It’s just mind-boggling,” she said. “It’s also overwhelming and very humbling to have an opportunity to do what I love doing and work with such quality musicians. I just can’t believe it. I’ll believe when I’m on that stage this spring!”

Davis said this year’s festival, presented by title sponsor Shell, also will include at least 20 tributes honoring artists who helped shape New Orleans’ musical landscape. These include performances dedicated to Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Mahalia Jackson, Allen Toussaint, Pete Fountain, Al Hirt and Marsalis – whose famous musical sons – Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason – will pay homage to him.

For more on tickets and special ticket prices, visit nojazzfest.com.

The List of performances for Jazz Fest 2019:

The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, Katy Perry, Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band, Chris Stapleton, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Pitbull, Santana, Van Morrison, Al Green, Logic, Earth, Wind & Fire, Ellis Marsalis Family Tribute, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Nevilles, J Balvin, Gladys Knight, The Revivalists, Leon Bridges, John Fogerty, Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, Tank and The Bangas, Tom Jones, Bonnie Raitt, Alanis Morissette, Ciara, Irma Thomas, Gary Clark Jr., The O’Jays, Ziggy Marley, The Head and The Heart, The Doobie Brothers, Jimmy Cliff, Aaron Neville, Boz ScaggsGalacticJerry Lee Lewis, Indigo Girls, Rebirth Brass Band, Mavis Staples, Los Lobos, Big Freedia, Kamasi Washington, Rita Coolidge, Buddy Guy, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Better Than Ezra, Taj Mahal and the Phantom Blues Band, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Ani DiFranco, The Radiators, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Jonathan Butler and Gerald Albright, Shirley Caesar, Little Feat, Gregory Porter, Anders Osborne, North Mississippi Allstars, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, The MavericksThe Robert Cray Band, The Subdudes, Lauren Daigle, Samantha Fish, Jupiter & Okwess of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue SwingersBig Sam’s Funky Nation, Sweet Crude, Naturally 7, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Rance Allen Group, Boyfriend, Davell Crawford, Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort, Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective, The Bahamas Revue Band, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Maria Muldaur’s  Tribute to Blue Lu Barker, Walter Wolfman Washington & the Roadmasters, Ricky Dillard & New G, John Hammond, Amanda Shaw, Marcia Ball, Sonny Landreth, Pine Leaf Boys, Nicholas Payton, Deacon John, Cyril Neville’s Swamp Funk, Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, GIVERS, Septeto Santiaguero of Cuba, Original Pinettes Brass Band, Bonerama, Foundation of Funk, 3L Ifèdé of Benin, George Porter & Runnin’ Pardners, Bobby Jones & the Super Nashville Choir, Banu Gibson, The War and Treaty, Mdou Moctar of Niger, Big Chief Donald Harrison Jr., Steve Earle & The Dukes, The Soul Rebels, Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra,  Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles,Dobet Gnahoré of Ivory Coast, The Earls of Leicester, A Tribe Called Red, New Breed Brass Band, Kathy Taylor and Favor, Crocodile Gumboots Dancers of South Africa, James Andrews & the Crescent City All-Stars, The Django Festival Allstars, Lean on Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers, Honey Island Swamp Band, Hot 8 Brass Band, Diassing Kunda of Senegal, Matthew Whitaker Trio, Jarekus Singleton, Ilê Aiyê of Brazil, Little Freddie King, Amy Helm, John Mooney & Bluesiana, Eric Lindell, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Boukman Eksperyans of Haiti, Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Charmaine Neville Band, Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns, C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Darcy Malone & the Tangle, Terrance Simien & Zydeco Experience, New Orleans Klezmer All Stars, Curley Taylor and hundreds more!!!

Melissa Canone

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