Monday, February 19, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 99



New Orleans music festival offers todayis best

Cougar Entertainment Services

If youive never been to the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, this yearis event at the New Orleans Fair Grounds is a great opportunity to experience it for the first time.

A wide array of musical acts are planned for the Festival, which spans two weekends: April 27-29 and May 3-6. 

Everything from rock to blues to reggae and jazz will be displayed during the six-day event.

This yearis Festival will focus on Louis Armstrong (who would have turned 100 this year) and the contributions he made to American culture. The salute to Armstrong will include a musical tribute and films documenting his fabulous career.

R&b singer Al Jarreau will join the cast of all-stars at the New Orleans Heritage and Jazz Festival in April.

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records

On April 27, the Festival will begin with performances by Richard Thompson, reggae sensation Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers and blues legend B.B. King.

On April 28, the Funky Meters, the Wallflowers, Chante Moore, Max Roach, Koko Taylor and Louisiana favorite Buckwheat Zydeco will grace the stage. 

The evening will conclude with a tribute to Armstrong by the Carnegie Hall Big Band with Jon Faddis.

Dr. John, rock legend Van Morrison, Irma Thomas, Femi Anikulapo-Kuti & The Positive Force of Nigeria, Marica Ball, R&B crooner Brian McKnight, the Rebirth Brass Band, Terence Blanchard, Wayne Toups and the Iguanas round up the first weekend of the Festival on April 29.

The second weekend of the Festival will begin on Thursday, May 3, with performances by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Widespread Panic, Lucinda Williams, Sonny Landreth and Tab Benoit with Tabby Thomas.

May 4is lineup includes Wilson Pickett, this yearis Grammy MusiCares honoree Paul Simon, Glactic, Kebi Moi, Ramsey Lewis, Peter Holsapple and local favorite Cyril Neville & the Authentic New Orleans R&B Revue.

Saturday, May 5, will start off with rapper Mystikal, followed by Celia Cruz with the Johnny Pacheco Orchestra, legends-in-the-making Dave Matthews Band, Cowboy Mouth, Elvin Jones, Trin-i-tee 5:7, North Mississippi All-stars, Sonia Dada and legendary pianist Ellis Marsalis.

The final day will feature many Festival fixtures. Fats Domino opens May 6, followed by the Neville Brothers, Al Jarreau, Pete Fountain, Allen Toussaint, the Radiators, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band.

The Festival will also include several other events, including the Harrahis Evening Concert Series, the annual charity gala, the Louis Armstrong Film Festival and daily workshops held at local schools and theaters.

Acts booked for evening concerts at the Morris F.X. Jeff Municipal Auditorium in Louis Armstrong Park are McKnight and Moore (April 27), Morrison with Linda Gail Lewis and King (April 28), Widespread Panic and the Wild Magnolias (May 4) and folk-rocker Simon and Kebi Moi (May 5).

King and Nancy Wilson will headline the Jazz & Heritage Festival Gala on April 26 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. Proceeds from the Gala (tickets for which are $500 each) will benefit the charitable and educational programs of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

Tickets for the Festival are $15 in advance, $20 on the day of the show and are available at TicketMaster. For more information, visit the Festivalis Web site at

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