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2011 Jazz Fest To Feature Bon Jovi, The Strokes, Arcade Fire and Jimmy Buffett

Lineup also includes Lauryn Hill, John Mellencamp, Wilco and Jeff Beck

January 20, 2011 1:05 AM ET
2011 Jazz Fest To Feature Bon Jovi, The Strokes, Arcade Fire and Jimmy Buffett
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Arcade Fire, The Strokes, Bon Jovi, Jimmy Buffett, Kid Rock, Wilco and John Mellencamp will perform at this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The annual festival, which will be held April 29th to May 1st and May 5th to May 8th, will also feature performances by Robert Plant, Sonny Rollins, Lauryn Hill, Willie Nelson, John Legend & The Roots, Tom Jones, Jeff Beck, Jason Mraz, Lucinda Williams and Mumford & Sons.

Photos From the 2010 New Orleans Jazz Fest

Spread across 12 stages, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is one of the largest and most musically diverse of all the American festivals. "This lineup reminds us that the artists we grew up with are now the icons of today," Quint Davis, the producer/director of Jazz Fest, said in a statement. "Today’s new heroes are tomorrow’s heritage.  We’re honored to be able to once again celebrate the soul of America as only New Orleans and the Jazz Fest can.”

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Tickets go on sale today. A pass for the first three days is $120, while the second four days is $160. Single day tickets are $45, but children between two and 10 can get in for just $5.

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Other artists on the bill include Wyclef Jean, Tom Jones, The Avett Brothers, Cyndi Lauper, Lupe Fiasco, Arlo Guthrie, Jamey Johnson, Fantasia, Kenny G, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Decemberists, Gregg Allman Blues Band, and Robert Cray.

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