The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has announced the lineup for its longtime home at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, LA from April 29th–May 8th, 2022.
The lineup for the 2022 edition of the Big Easy cultural institution features a number of performers slated for the festival’s scrapped 2020 and 2021 installments alongside some notable new arrivals.
The first weekend of New Orleans Jazz Fest 2022 will take place from Friday, April 29th through Sunday, May 1st, while the second will begin on Thursday, May 5th through Sunday, May 8th. For ticketing information, head here.
The weekend one lineup is due to feature performances by The Who, Foo Fighters, Lionel Richie, The Avett Brothers, Nelly, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, Death Cab for Cutie, Randy Newman, Third World, José Feliciano, CeeLo Green As…”Soul Brotha #100” (A James Brown Tribute), Galactic featuring Anjelika ‘Jelly’ Joseph, Tank and The Bangas, PJ Morton, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective & Turtle Island Quartet, Anders Osborne, Cyril Neville, Gilberto Santa Rosa, The War And Treaty, George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, and Tab Benoit.
Also included on the lineup for Jazz Fest 2022 weekend one are The New Orleans Classic Recording Revue featuring Clarence “Frogman” Henry, The Dixie Cups, Wanda Rouzan, and Al “Carnival Time” Johnson with Bobby Cure & The Poppa Stoppas, The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra directed by Scotty Barnhart featuring Carmen Bradford, Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Lakou Mizik (of Haiti), Asleep at the Wheel, Mia X, The Soul Rebels, Doug Kershaw, Hot 8 Brass Band, Cowboy Mouth, Voice of the Wetlands Allstars, Deacon John, Leyla McCalla, Cha Wa, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Boyfriend, Sweet Crude, and scores of others.
Topping the lineup for weekend two are Stevie Nicks, Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band, Luke Combs, The Black Crowes, Erykah Badu, Willie Nelson & Family, Norah Jones, Lauren Daigle, Ludacris, Billy Strings, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Ziggy Marley: Songs of Bob Marley, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Revivalists, Lukas Nelson & POTR, Melissa Etheridge, Boz Scaggs, Kool & The Gang, Irma Thomas, Buddy Guy, Tribute to Art and Charles Neville with the funky Meters and Ivan Neville & The Neville Brothers Band featuring Cyril Neville, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Rickie Lee Jones, Shovels & Rope, Chris Isaak, David Sanborn, The Radiators, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Big Freedia, Leo Nocentelli: Another Side, Samantha Fish, Kermit Ruffins and The BBQ Swingers, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & The Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians.
Also included on the lineup for Jazz Fest 2022 weekend two are Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes, Rebirth Brass Band, Walter Wolfman Washington & the Roadmasters, Cimafunk (of Cuba), Bettye LaVette, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Marcia Ball, Nicholas Payton, John Boutté, Davell Crawford and a Tribute to James Booker, Playing For Change Band, The Cowsills, Honey Island Swamp Band, Sonny Landreth, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, Dottie Peoples, Big Chief Bo Dollis Jr. & the Wild Magnolias, Rory Block, a Tribute to Dr. John with special guests Irma Thomas, Cyril Neville, Jon Cleary, Ivan Neville, Davell Crawford, John Boutté, and John “Papa” Gros, and many more.
The beloved festival has faced an uphill battle since its 50th edition in the spring of 2019. Both the 2020 and 2021 installments were planned, announced, postponed by several months, and later canceled due to the ongoing pandemic. Even after Jazz Fest and presenter Shell called off the October 2021 contingency in August 2021 and set their sights on the event’s typical late-April/early-May dates for 2022, the emergence and spread of new COVID-19 variants since then has continued to cast some doubt on large-scale gatherings in the near future.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2022 Lineup Announcement Video