Country Strong Too
Tom Petty & The Eagles don't belong at Jazz Fest, but there are reasons to belineup excited
The lineup is out for Jazz Fest 2012 and it's rock 'n' roll heavy with some serious indie cred.
Although headliners for the New Orleans event include Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Eagles (remember that ACL snafu?), the Foo Fighters and, um, John Mayer(?!), it's a certain Florence and her Machine that have us most delighted. And did we mention Al Green?
Although Tom Petty and The Eagles are certainly headlining acts, they seem a touch out of place for the outdoor New Orleans concert, which traditionally focuses on jazz, gospel, R&B and zydeco. When it branches, it tends to be toward the folksy, like last year's performers Amos Lee and Mumford & Sons.
Although Tom Petty and The Eagles are certainly headlining acts, they seem a touch out of place for the outdoor New Orleans concert.
Taking over the indie genre in their stead this year, along with Florence + The Machine, are My Morning Jacket, Janelle Monae, Feist, Bon Iver and others.
There's also a serious draw for the country-loving crowd with the increasingly popular Zac Brown Band, Bonnie Raitt, Steve Earle and Asleep at the Wheel.
To view the full 2012 lineup, click here. Jazz Fest runs over consecutive weekends — April 27-29 and May 3-6.
Tell us: What do you think about the musical selection for Jazz Fest 2012? Will you be attending?