Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Jazzfest line up announced

The line up for next year's New Orleans Jazzfest was announced today, so as usual I have to decide whether to make the trip or not. Given the fact that many New Orleans R and B artists have passed away, there is inevitably a shortage in that department, although regulars such as the Neville Brothers, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Dr John, Walter Wolfman Washington and Aaron Neville (solo) are on the list. There's also a New Orleans Revue with Frankie Ford (hopefully), Robert Parker and Al 'Carnival Time' Johnson, and a tribute to Wardell Querzerque with Jean Knight and the Dixie Cups.
It's a huge line up though, as ever, and also of interest are Al Green, Bonnie Raitt, Levon Helm with Mavis Staples, Sharon Jones and the Dapkings and Little Anthony and the Imperials. There is also Steve Earle, James Cotton, Bobby Rush, Marcia Ball. the Texas Tornados (featuring Flaco Jimenez, Augie Meyers and Shawn Sahm) and Ruby Wilson, plus quite a few Cajun and zydeco acts such as Beausoleil, Rockin' Dopsie Jr, Buckwheat Zydeco and Steve Riley. Other big names include the Eagles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Herbie Hancock and Bunny Wailer.
I am not sure whether the first or second weekend looks the more attractive - probably the second - but I will have to think about it over the next few weeks, work out my finances and see who else might be interested in going. Something to consider anyway. Here are the line ups for the first and second weekends:


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