The lineup for next year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festival emphasizes artists that are decidedly not jazzy. Dave Matthews, Wilco, Kings Of Leon, Aretha Franklin and many more will take part in the event, to be held the weekends of April 24-26th and April 30-May 3rd at the city's Fair Grounds Race Course. Not exactly Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Sun Ra, but the lineup is still pretty awesome for a jazz fest.
Spoon, the Drive-by Truckers with Booker T. Jones, Erykah Badu, Bonnie Raitt, Ben Harper and many more help fill out the lineup. Things make a lot more sense on the Heritage side of things, with Wynton Marsalis, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint and the Neville Brothers all representing their home city. If the lineup seems more star-studded than in years past, it's because the festival is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2009.
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