Jazz Fest 2012 Adds Bruce Springsteen, Releases Daily Lineups

Jazz Fest 2012 Adds Bruce Springsteen, Releases Daily Lineups

Bruce Springsteen @ Jazz Fest 2006 || Photo by Michael Weintrob / JamBase

Bruce Springsteen @ Jazz Fest 2006 || Photo by Michael Weintrob / JamBase

More colossal news coming in today for Jazz Fest 2012 as organizers announced the addition of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band to close out the first weekend of the Festival on Sunday, April 29. This news comes the day after it was announced that Pearl Jam’s will play a solo show on Thursday, May 3. Bruce’s return had been speculated for months after he revealed that the band would be returning to the road after the loss of saxophonist Clarence Clemons in summer 2011 to tour in support of their new album Wrecking Ball which will be out in early-March. Additionally, now that the talent lineups (subject to change of course) are locked up, NOJHF announced the daily schedules for this year’s festival, enabling out-of-towner fans and to start making some concrete plans and Jazz Fest loyalists amongst the local crowd to decide how many days off will be necessary this year.

Springsteen’s only other Jazz Fest appearance was in 2006 with his Seeger Sessions project on the heels of Hurricane Katrina, in what is widely regarded as one of the most powerful performances in the Festival’s more
than four-decade history. Read JamBase’s recollection of the show in their “Most Important Shows of the Decade” feature.

Quint Davis, producer/director of Jazz Fest, said, “For anyone who was there that April day in 2006, for Bruce’s ministering to the people at the Festival, that performance will forever remain a life-catharsis, when moved by the sheer force of his spirit and artistry, we experienced a rare moment in time when the healing power in music was taken to an ultimate level.”

Davis added, “On Sunday, April 29, he returns with the full-fledged Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, again with new music that speaks profoundly to the New Orleans and American stories. The stage is now set for another legendary Jazz Fest moment.”

Eddie Vedder joined his bandmates, Pearl Jam, at the 2010 Jazz Fest in a performance that was broadcast directly to the United States military in Iraq and featured a poignant discussion between Vedder and his friend serving the country thousands of miles away. Vedder will appear as a solo artist at this year’s Festival.

Springsteen and Vedder join a huge list of previously announced artists appearing at Jazz Fest including the Eagles, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Foo Fighters, Beach Boys Reunion, Zac Brown Band, Trombone Shorty, John Mayer, The Neville Brothers, Al Green, Herbie Hancock, Ne-Yo, My Morning Jacket, Bon Iver, Paulina Rubio, Jill Scott, Florence + the Machine, Allen Toussaint, Feist, Bunny Wailer, Bonnie Raitt, Irma Thomas, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Dr. John, Janelle Monae, Yolanda Adams, Iron & Wine, Pete Fountain, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Steel Pulse, Rebirth Brass Band, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Esperanza Spalding, funky Meters, Levon Helm Band with special guest Mavis Staples, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Aaron Neville, Steve Earle, Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band 50th Anniversary Jam and many more. (See the attached day-by-day schedule for the complete lineup.)

Other artists added to the Jazz Fest lineup since the initial release include: Mystikal, Debo Band: Ethiopian Groove Collective, Alto Saxophone Woodshed feat. Wes Anderson and Aaron Fletcher, Los Hombres Calientes feat. Bill Summers and Irvin Mayfield, Chico Trujillo of Chile, Bill Miller, Evan Christopher, Slavic Soul Party!, Living Tribute to Harold Batiste feat. Jesse McBride, Ellis Marsalis, and Germaine Bazzle, Kim Carson & the Enablers, The Gospel According to Jazz feat. BJ Crosby, Judy Davis, Danon Smith, and Yolanda Windsay, Courtney Bryan, Bryan Lee & the Blues Power Band, Higher Heights, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church Mass Choir, Dayna Kurtz, Ninevah Baptist Church Mass Choir, Kourtney Heart, Grupo Sensacion, Javier Tobar & Elegant Gypsy, Craig Adams & Higher Dimensions of Praise, 7th Ward Creole Hunters, Creole Osceolas, and Shawee Mardi Gras Indians, Gospel Inspirations of Boutte, Native Nations Intertribal, The Boyz Singers and Dancers, SUBR Jazz Jags, Loyola University Jazz Band, Delgado Community College Jazz Band, NOCCA Jazz Ensemble, and Xavier University Jazz Ensemble.

The Jazz Festival offers three distinct VIP opportunities to experience the event in style: the Festival’s popular Big Chief VIP Experience ticket package provides special viewing access at most of the Festival’s stages; the Grand Marshal VIP Pass allows for up-close access at the three major stages; and the Krewe of Jazz Fest VIP Pass which entitles patrons to special covered seating at the Acura Stage audience area. All of the hugely popular VIP packages are on sale now while very limited supplies last. (See attachments for details.) The Festival offers a special layaway arrangement for any of the VIP packages. For information on layaway, please visit www.nojazzfest.com.

Jazz Fest also offers full-service travel packages for fans wishing to take the guesswork out of attending the event. Visit www.nojazzfest.com to learn more about the official travel packages that include hotel accommodations, travel to and from the Festival grounds and Festival tickets, including the option for Festival VIP packages.

Tickets for the Festival, which takes place at the Fair Grounds Race Course, are on sale now. Advance single-day Jazz Fest tickets are only $45 through February 29. Starting March 1, advance single-day tickets will be $50, while the gate price ticket is $65. Children’s tickets (ages 2 – 10) are still only $5 and are available at the gate only. Single day tickets to Jazz Fest are on sale by specific weekend, with each ticket valid for a single day’s attendance.

Tickets are available at www.nojazzfest.com and www.ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Jazz Fest ticket office located at the New Orleans Arena Box Office. All general admission Jazz Fest tickets are subject to additional service fees and handling charges.

A listing of hotels offering special Jazz Fest rates is posted at www.nojazzfest.com, where patrons can effortlessly reserve their hotel rooms for the event. Festival-goers can peruse room availability and book their accommodations early taking advantage of some of the best prices offered at participating hotels.

Shell is the Presenting Sponsor of the Festival. Major Jazz Fest Sponsors are Acura, Dell, Peoples Health, Miller Lite, and the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots (A Churchill Downs Company). Coca-Cola, Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, WWOZ, Zatarain’s, and St. Charles Vision are all also Official Jazz Fest Sponsors.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The Foundation uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest, and other revenues, for year-round activities in the areas of education, economic development and cultural events. Education programs include the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music and the Tom Dent Congo Square Lecture Series. Economic Development initiatives include the Community Partnership Grants, the Sync Up entertainment industry conference and the Jazz & Heritage Talent Exchange web site. Cultural events include the Jazz Journey concert series and free community festivals: the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival, the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival and the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival. The Foundation also owns radio station WWOZ 90.7-FM, the Jazz & Heritage Archive, the Jazz & Heritage Gallery and the Jazz & Heritage Center.

January 24, 2012 |  by  |  Festivals, Jazz Fest, News
About the author

Wesley grew up in coastal Georgia and is a former resident of The Music City and The Big Easy where he helped get LMB NOLA off-the-ground after launching in January 2011. Over the past few years, he has also contributed steadily to JamBase and Relix Magazine. Recently, Hodges moved on to L.A. where Abita Beer is hard to find, costs about $6 if located and impromptu parading in the streets will most likely get you arrested on the spot.

 
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