The Jazz Fest Switcheroo: 2012 Lineup All Shook Up

The Jazz Fest Switcheroo: 2012 Lineup All Shook Up

It has been a notably rough year for dropouts from the initial schedule but Quint Davis and Co. have managed to do their best to quickly fill in the gaps with similar artists. Losing a legend like Levon Helm from the lineup is tough and obviously someone like Helm is irreplaceable, but the team has scrambled admirably to fill in the gaps as soon as possible to ensure that the initially-impressive lineup doesn’t lose too much luster. Continue for a brief history of some of the big talent switchouts since the initial lineup was unveiled in mid-December.

First, there was being forced to cancel his entire tour and JF stop due to granuloma in his throat after already agreeing to step down from his headliner spot on the Acura Stage to allow The Boss to close down the main stage. Mayer’s departure from the festival lineup may have added some time to Springsteen’s slot and The Boss will now play a monster 2.5 hour set on the Acura Stage to close out weekend 1.

In early-March vacated her spot to pursue a movie role and Cee-Lo Green (judge of The Voice, purveyor of “Fuck You”, founding member of Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley) will fill in for Scott’s Saturday, April 28th performance.

Last week it was cancelling his entire solo ukulele tour and Thursday headlining spot and (who appeared last year at JF with the Coral Reefer Band) and Mac McAnally will fill in for the injured Pearl Jam front man with an acoustic set on Thursday, May 3rd.

Word got out on the boards late last week that Levon Helm had fallen ill and would need to cancel his highly-anticipated collaboration with and it was announced this morning that the would fill in on the evening of the 2nd Saturday. Haynes’ replacement makes a great deal of sense considering Haynes’ recent (and much raved about) Stax soul album Man In Motion and the soul, blues and gospel flavored performance that was to ensue with Helms and Staples.

Warren Haynes – Man In Motion (Live at Bonnaroo 2011)

Finally, there was a quick-and-unexpected departure of Bunny Wailer who will be appropriately replaced by as part of Ziggy’s Wild and Free tour, which also includes a night show at Tipitina’s Uptown on Thursday, May 3rd. Marley and his band will perform at Jazz Fest on Friday, May 4th and close down the Congo Square Stage.

You win some and you lose some, but the show must go on. See you at the Fairgrounds on April 27th!

April 16, 2012 |  by  |  Festivals, Jazz Fest, News
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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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