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New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2012 Guide

A Jazz Fest guide for oldies music fans

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New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2012 Guide

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The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is an embarrassment of riches for music lovers, touching not just upon jazz music, but also lots of R&B, blues, rock, gospel, world music, hip-hop, and cajun/zydeco. So how can an oldies fan best spend his time at the 2012 "Fest"? Here's a handy day-by-day guide from yours truly, who's been going since he was a child.

Week One

Jazz Fest 2012: Friday, April 27

11:20 am: Henry Gray and the Cats
Blues Tent
Howlin' Wolf's main pianist and a feature on those classic Excello sides of the Sixties.

12:35 pm: The Classic New Orleans Revue feat. Frankie Ford, Al “Carnival Time” Johnson, and Robert “Barefootin” Parker with Blue Eyed Soul
Acura Stage
Mr. "Sea Cruise" leads a crack band through the glory days of Crescent City Soul.

1:50 pm: Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove
Congo Square
One of the Dirty Dozen's original founding members takes on Caribbean-style jazz-funk fusion with his tuba.

3:00 pm: Eric Lindell
Blues Tent
An up-and-coming guitarists who's developed a mix of classic soul, country, and swamp-blues that he calls "Gulf Coast Blues."

4:25 pm: Chuck Leavell & Friends with special guest Bonnie Bramlett
Blues Tent
The former Allman pianist and Stones sideman joins up with a crack handpicked crew and half of Delaney and Bonnie.

5:30 pm: The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Reunion
Acura Stage
The Beach Boys kick off a historic Golden Anniversary with the reunion of Brian Wilson and his band on the Jazz Fest stage!

Jazz Fest 2012: Saturday, April 28

11:20 am: Brother Tyrone & the Mindbenders
Blues Tent
The Crescent City's best-kept old-school soul secret, and plenty funky to boot.

12:20 pm: Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue
Gentilly Stage
The city's finest proponents of true country classicism.

1:40 pm: Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen
Acura Stage
A Bonnie Raitt sideman to most of the world, but a perennial blues-funk favorite for locals. (And beloved of Dr. House himself, Hugh Laurie!)

3:15 pm: Cee-Lo Green
Congo Square
The man who brought real soul back to R&B! Get there at 3 pm and hear the city's best rare groove from DJ Soul Sister!

5:10 pm: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Acura Stage
The most Southern of the '70s and '80s heartland artists like Springsteen and Seger. But you knew that.

Jazz Fest 2012: Sunday, April 29

11:20 am: Ernie Vincent & the Top Notes
Blues Tent
The inventor of "dap funk" and a rare groove legend in a rare performance.

12:45 am: Tribute to Alex Chilton feat. Dave Pirner, Alex McMurray, Susan Cowsill, Doug Garrison and René Coman
Gentilly Stage
Members of Soul Asylum and the Cowsills join with the best local talent to pay homage to the former Box Tops and Big Star legend and New Orleans transplant.

2:30 pm: Dr. John and the Lower 911
Acura Stage
The man behind "Right Place Wrong Time" and "Such A Night" has a long history inextricably tied to New Orleans rock and R&B -- and Dr. John's just released his best album in decades.

4:30 pm: Gary Clark Jr.
Blues Tent
A star on the Austin scene at the tender age of 17, and one of Clapton's favorite new guitarists.

5:40 pm: Al Green
Congo Square
The master of seductive Seventies R&B has returned for good, and though he's still spiritual, Al Green isn't afraid to revisit his classic sound on stage.

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