By The Times-Picayune
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Eric Clapton, Phish, John Fogerty, Lyle Lovett, Christina Aguilera, Santana, the Avett Brothers, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend and Charlie Wilson are bound for the 2014 New Orleans Jazz Fest. The roster also includes Robert Plant, Robin Thicke, Trey Songz, the Alabama Shakes, the String Cheese Incident, Public Enemy and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. The 45th edition of what is officially the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell is April 25-27 and May 1-4 at the Fair Grounds.
The vast majority of the hundreds of acts on the schedule are native to, or based in, south Louisiana. But it is the "visiting" acts, the marquee names that inevitably headline the festival's main Acura, Congo Square and Gentilly stages that generate the most discussion.
In keeping with the blueprint of recent Jazz Fests, the 2014 headliners are a mix of contemporary and veteran rock, pop and R&B stars.
Springsteen has presided over two of the most memorable Jazz Fest shows in recent years. His 2006 performance with the Seeger Sessions Band at the first Jazz Fest after Hurricane Katrina was widely regarded as a watershed event. He returned with the E Street Band in 2012.
Clapton has long topped many Jazz Fest fans' wish list. He has visited the festival as a guest, but will make his performance debut this year.
Jam band Phish has not performed at Jazz Fest since the 1990s.
Christina Aguilera, the diva and judge on "The Voice," makes her Jazz Fest debut this year.
Arcade Fire will spent much of 2014 on the road promoting the current "Reflektor" album. The band made its Jazz Fest debut on the Acura Stage in 2011.
The buoyant world-beat pop of Vampire Weekend's 2010 album "Contra" was clearly influenced by "Graceland"-era Paul Simon. The band's third studio album, "Modern Vampires of the City," was named the best album of 2013 by Rolling Stone magazine.
Creedence Clearwater Revival mastermind John Fogerty toured in 2013 in support of his well-received "Wrote a Song for Everyone" CD. He falls squarely in Jazz Fest's wheelhouse. Additionally, his fondness for the music and iconography of south Louisiana is well-documented. Allen Toussaint, the Rebirth Brass Band, Rockin' Dopsie and other locals helped out on his remake of "Proud Mary" for "Wrote a Song for Everyone." It's not difficult to imagine a slew of special guests joining him at the Fair Grounds
Santana is no stranger to the Fair Grounds. He's made a half-dozen stops at Jazz Fest, most recently in 2008.
Uncle" Charlie Wilson scored a string of hits with the Gap Band before launching a solo career as an especially soul contemporary R&B singer. He has presided over crisp, energetic sets on the main stage of the Essence Music Festival in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the past several summers, and returns to Essence this July. But he'll be at the Fair Grounds first.
The New Orleans Jazz Fest is owned by the non-profit New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation. It is produced by Quint Davis and his Festival Productions Inc.-New Orleans, in conjunction with AEG Live.
Louisiana artists on the roster include Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Aaron Neville, the Radiators, Rebirth Brass Band, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk w/ special guest Art Neville, Better Than Ezra, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Galactic, Big Freedia, Chocolate Milk, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Anders Osborne, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Tab Benoit, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, The Terence Blanchard Group, Cowboy Mouth, Sonny Landreth, Buckwheat Zydeco, Nicholas Payton XXX, Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9, Ellis Marsalis, Jeremy Davenport, Walter "Wolfman" Washington & the Roadmasters, Imagination Movers, Wayne Toups & ZyDeCajun, Marc Broussard, Voice of the Wetlands Allstars, PJ Morton, Davell Crawford, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Jon Cleary, John BouttÃƒÂ©, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Lost Bayou Ramblers, The Revivalists, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Alexis & the Samurai, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Lillian BouttÃƒÂ© & New Orleans Gumbozaire, Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band, Treme Brass Band and Los Hombres Calientes.
Advanced single-day tickets are $50 through January 31, when the price will be $55. The gate price ticket will be $70. Children's tickets (ages 2 - 10) are $5 and are available at the gate only.