New Orleans Jazz Fest announces lineup

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The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has unveiled another fierce lineup, making me already wish I could spend the entire 10-days there rather than choosing between weekends (April 25-27 or May 1-4).

The big news is the return of the Neville Brothers to their traditional closing slot on Sunday, May 4. The biggest "get" for the fest is Stevie Wonder, who finally returned to the road last year but skipped Tampa.

Also scheduled to appear: Billy Joel, Jimmy Buffett, Tim McGraw, Santana, Maze feat. Frankie Beverly, Sheryl Crow, Widespread Panic, Dr. John, Al Green, Diana Krall, Keyshia Cole, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, The Raconteurs, Irma Thomas, Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint, Randy Newman, Betty LaVette, Derek Trucks Band, John Prine, Richard Thompson, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Bad Plus, Galactic, Trombone Shorty, Cassandra Wilson, Keb' Mo', Delbert McClinton, Hot 8 Brass Band, Tower of Power, Kermit Ruffins, Papa Grows Funk, The Lee Boys, Marcia Ball, Bobby McFerrin & Chick Corea, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Bela Fleck, Sonny Landreth, Rebirth Brass Band, The Radiators, Steel Pulse.

Click here for a complete day-by-day schedule.

My column "The Boss makes music event of '06," concerning Bruce Sprinsteen's spectacular post-Katrina performance, is posted here at the Jazz Fest's official website.

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