The Who, Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, and Erykah Badu will perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2022.
The lineup for the festival’s long-awaited return to the New Orleans Fair Grounds, planned for Friday, April 29, through Sunday, May 8, was released today. It will be three years since the last Jazz Fest in April, after the postponement of the 2020 and 2021 festivals — as well as a Rolling Stones event — because of the COVID-19 epidemic.
Jimmy Buffett, Luke Combs, Lionel Richie, The Black Crowes, Willie Nelson, and The Avett Brothers will all perform at the event in 2022.
This year’s event was planned to include certain musicians. The Foo Fighters were scheduled to perform at the ill-fated 2020 Jazz Fest, and they have a late April slot at the Beale Street Music Festival in neighboring Memphis. Stevie Nicks seems to be set on performing at Jazz Fest in 2019 — with Fleetwood Mac, who had to cancel — as well as in 2020 and 2021. The Who were also on the bill for 2020. The website for the Jazz Fest is nojazzfest.com.
This year’s Jazz Fest lineup is as follows:
First Weekend: April 29–May 1
The That, Foo Fighters, Lionel Richie, The Avett Brothers, Nelly, Jason Isbell, and The 400 Unit are among the artists who have performed at the festival. Death Cab for Cutie’s first album, CeeLo Green, Randy Newman, Third World, José Feliciano “#100 Soul Brotha” (A James Brown Tribute), Anjelika ‘Jelly’ Joseph, Tank and The Bangas, PJ Morton, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, and more perform in Galactic. Terence Blanchard, with The E-Collective and the Turtle Island Quartet, performs. Gilberto Santa Rosa, Anders Osborne, Cyril Neville George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, The War and Treaty Benoit, Tab Clarence “Frogman” Henry, The Dixie Cups, Wanda Rouzan, and Al “Carnival Time” Johnson with Bobby Cure & The Poppa Stoppas form the New Orleans Classic Recording Revue. Scotty Barnhart conducts the legendary Count Basie Orchestra, which includes Carmen Bradford, Jon Cleary, and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen. Mizik Lakou (of Haiti), Mia X, The Soul Rebels, Doug Kershaw, Hot 8 Brass Band, Cowboy Mouth, Voice of the Wetlands Allstars, Asleep at the Wheel, Deacon John, Leyla McCalla, Cha Wa, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Boyfriend, Sweet Crude, Arturo Sandoval, The Cookers (Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, Donald Harrison Jr., David Weiss, George Cables, Cecil McBee, and Billy Hart), The Cookers (Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, Donald Harrison Jr., David Weiss, George Young Fellaz Brass Band performs a jazz funeral for Dr. John. Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton, Martha Redbone Roots Project, The Gospel Soul of Irma Thomas, James Andrews & the Crescent City All-Stars Cajun band Savoy Family, Bombino (of Niger), Kathy Taylor, Las Cafeteras, David Shaw Big Chief Donald Harrison Jr., Pine Leaf Boys, Lil’ Nathan & The Zydeco Big Timers, Son Rompe Pera (of Mexico), The Ramblers of the Lost Bayou, Bonerama, The Natural Mystics, Eric Lindell Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, Dawn Richard, Partners-N-Crime Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & The Zydeco Twisters, Little Freddie King Blues Band George Wein’s Jazz Funeral with the New Wave Brass Band, Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, Kizaba, Zachary Richard, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Germaine Bazzle, Ronnie Lamarque, Royal Teeth, Trumpet Mafia, Rumba Bonita, Big 6 Brass Band performs a jazz funeral for Ellis Marsalis. The City, Kristin Diable Gros, John “Papa” Astral Project, Charmaine Neville Band, Virginia Aires Trickbag and Luther Kent, Washington Trio, Walter Wolfman Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show, Rosie Ledet, Johnny Sansone Band 79rs Gang Music Group (79rs Gang) Maggie Koerner, Gregg Martinez & the Delta Kings, plus TK Hulin and Johnnie Allan as special guests, The Revelers pay tribute to George Lewis with Tommy Sancton, Sammy Rimington, and Dr. Michael White. Higher Heights Reggae, Alexey Marti The Broadsides, Lulu, CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Quiana Lynell The Dirty Notes, Johnny Sketch Pinettes Brass Band, the Original Harmonistic Praise Crusade, Josh Kagler Brass Band High Steppers, The Membership and Mem Shannon Treme Brass Band, Marlon Jordan, Water Seed Intertribal Pow Wows with Native Nations The Creole Jazz Serenaders, Don Vappie, Tommy Sancton’s New Orleans Legacy Band, Billy Iuso Mid-City Aces, Paulin Brothers Brass Band Naughty Professor, Sweet Cecilia, The Music & Worship Arts Choir of the City of Love, Renard Poché performs NOLA reggae. Brass Band SOUL, New Orleans’ Doreen’s Jazz, The Creole Cowboys, Jeffery Broussard The Causeways, J Jazz Hounds, Gregg Stafford The Creole Wild West & Big Chief Walter Cook Indians of Mardi Gras, Hardhead Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Lilli Lewis, Baby Boyz Brass Band, Caesar Brothers FunkBox, Mass Choir of Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, Tyrone Jefferson, pastor The Monocle is presented by Aurora Nealand. Mardi Gras Indians, Golden Sioux,
and Ninth Ward Hunters Meschiya Lake, Jolynda “Kiki” Chapman, and Barbara Shorts pay tribute to Bessie Smith with Lars Edegran. Michael Skinkus and Moyuba, the Jelly Sisters ‘In Memory of Ellis Marsalis’ by the Ellis Marsalis Band including David Torkanowsky, Oscar Rossignoli, Shea Pierre, Jesse McBride, and special guest Jason Marsalis, Jamie Lynn Vessels, David L. Harris, The Legendary Rocks Of Harmony, Nola Sensacion Group, Bohren, Spencer Dave Malone, André Bohren, Paul Sanchez, Alex McMurray, Jim McCormick, David Pomerleau, Aurora Nealand, and John Magnie are among those remembered. The FunkySoul Band of Jason Neville, Brian Blade, Geno Delafose, and French Rockin’ Boogie lead the John Mahoney Big Band. The Real Deal with Kim Carson The Palm Court Jazz Band (Palm Court Jazz Band), Young Men Olympian Jr. Benevolent Association, Tim Laughlin New Orleans Storyville Jazz Band, George French Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs Leroy Jones & New Orleans’ Finest, Furious Five, Big Steppers, and Untouchables Drumline of Black Magic, Rick Trolsen’s Neslorchestra, Eden Brent Jazz Band Shake ‘Em Up, Betty Shirley’s Band Nunez, Michael Juan Jamil Sharif, Kid Simmons’ Local International Allstars, and others pay
tribute to Jabbo Smith. We Are One Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Go-Getters, Keep It Real, and We Are One Ladies of Harmony, One A-Chord, Betty Winn Queens of the Indian Nation is presented by Big Chief Walter Cook. Clive Wilson’s New Orleans Serenaders, Free Spirit Brass Band Fi Yi Yi & the Mandingo Warriors, Lynn Drury, Marc Stone, Rich Collins The Indian Rhythm Section of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras, John Rankin, Jimmy Robinson, and Cranston Clements are the New Orleans Guitar Masters. New Orleans Gospel Soul Children, Leo Jackson & The Melody Clouds, Otis Wimberly Sr. & the Wimberly Family Gospel Singers, Debbie Davis with Josh Paxton Gerald French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, Dr. Brice Miller & Mahogany Brass Band, Young Pinstripe Brass Band Gina Forsyth & Friends, Esther Rose, Vivaz!, Neo-Tokyo 2020, Dayna Kurtz and Robert Maché, Merengue4FOUR + Fermn Ceballos You Should Enjoy Your Own Noise, Hunters of Black Flames, Wild Apaches, Red Flame Apaches, and Mohicans Indians of Mardi Gras, Spiritualettes of New Orleans, Donald Harrison Jr.’s New Orleans Music Interns, Nineveh Baptist Church Mass Choir The Arc Singers, Tyronne G. Foster The Difference and Jessica Harvey Kingdom Sound & Pastor Terry Gullage Tambourine, Lady Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs for Single Ladies, Single Men, Sisters of Change, and Sisters of Unity Jacye and her cohorts, Franklin Avenue Music Ministry, Donald Lewis, Jr. UNO Jazz Allstars, Pocket Aces Brass Band With the Samba Kids, Mestre Curtis Pierre “The Samba Man” The Jones Sisters, Akia Nevills Semolian Warriors, Washitaw Nation, and Young Cherokee Indians of Mardi Gras, The Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble is a jazz ensemble from Louisiana. BAM Ensemble at Tulane, Youth Showcase at Dancing Grounds Versailles Lion Dance Team, RRAAMS Westbank Steppers, Devastation, Nine Times, and Original Nine Times Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, among others. Val, Kim Che’re, Love Alive Shining Star Hunters, Uptown Warriors, and Young Brave Hunters are all part of the ISL Circus Arts Kids program. Indians of Mardi Gras, Burke Riley Cajun Quintet, The Showers, Peter Claver’s Voices, Young Guardians of the Flame, and Congo Kids are among the artists that have performed at the festival. The Knockaz Brass Band, Brazos Huval’s Student Showcase, All for One Brass Band, Divine Ladies, Dumaine Street Gang, Family Ties, First Division Rollers, New Look Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Black Foot Hunters, Black Hawk Hunters, and Apache Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre, Muggivan School of Irish Dance, and more!
Daigrepont, Bruce Fais Do Do, a Cajun band Stage time: 1:45 – 2:45 p.m.
Bruce Daigrepont, a cajun zydeco superstar, has been performing around the Crescent City for decades (including hosting a popular weekly cajun dance party) at the Maple Leaf Bar before becoming Tipitina’s all-time performance king. The famed accordionist blazed through the noon performance under the Louisiana heat, singing songs like the Tickfaw River’s famous Prop Stop pub, which can only be accessed by boat, crawfish, and life on the bayou, you know, cajun things, while accompanied by his wife on washboard and spoons. Many of his passionate pupils were positioned in front of her stage left, one of those homely small moments you’d only see at the Fairgrounds. His wife is a longstanding teacher at an all-girls private school. Daigrepont, an older statesman of the south Louisiana music scene, is a must-see for zydeco fans, and he’s put in his 10,000 hours (and then some) on stage, probably more than once.
Gospel, Dottie Peoples 3:55 p.m. – 4:55 p.m. Tent:
Dottie Peoples, who, with her “Peoples Choice Choir,” famously appeared with Widespread Panic at the first Bonnaroo nearly 20 years ago and put on such a blazing sit-in on “Tall Boy” and “Testify” that it made it on the festival’s DVD of festival standouts, is probably the gospel artist JamBase readers are most familiar with. Peoples was certainly one of the greatest gospel shows I saw throughout the weekend, and it served as the ideal lead-in to watching one of my all-time gospel-rooted soul singers closing off Saturday at the Blues Tent.
Blues Mavis Staples 5:55 p.m. – 6:55 p.m. Tent:
While the cancellation of Melissa Etheridge due to COVID-19 was disappointing, the replacement of the iconic blues singer and guitarist with the matchless and irreplaceable Chicago great Mavis Staples was about as good a surprise as anybody could wish for. The 82-year-old singer’s performance was heavy on covers, and the enthusiastic audience returned the enthusiasm he brought to the Blues Tent. After a set that included her heartwarming original “Friendship,” a cover of Talking Heads gospel-tinged freakout “Slippery People” – a setlist staple of hers and The Staples Singers since shortly after the song’s release – Funkadelic’s “Can You Get To That,” Buffalo Springfield’s iconic “For What It’s Worth,” and The Staples Singers iconic hit single “I’ll Take You There” closed out the set We are fortunate to share space with Mavis, and I consider each chance to marvel at her brilliance, enthusiasm, and generally upbeat personality a wonderful privilege.
Bites, Sights, and Lagniappe on Saturday
Reports from the Fairgrounds were equally pleased about Erykah Badu’s Congo Square Stage headlining performance and Stevie Nicks on the main stage, demonstrating the Fest’s overflowing wealth and the reality that harsh choices must be made when conflicts emerge. I’ve never been one to turn down a Mavis set, so things might be worse.
R. Scully’s Rough Seven returned to the stage after a three-year sabbatical with a bruising rock show at BJ’s in the Bywater, which vocalist Ryan Scully now controls. Morning 40 Federation and RSR7, the group’s second band, would both perform at the Maple Leaf later in the weekend. They’ve long been one of the world’s most underappreciated bands, and despite the dust, they put up one of the greatest and most enjoyable shows of the weekend.
The quail and pheasant gumbo at Jazz Fest is a must-try culinary delicacy that remains a top-of-the-line food item even on a scorching hot and humid day.