Jazz Fest 2008 Lineup

39 years in and New Orleans’s big music festival continues booking acts with blatantly disregard the genre for which it’s named. But Jazz Fest’s all-inclusive approach to artist lineups is as needed as ever, ’cause they could use as many of you down in New Orleans as are willing to go. The Jazz & Heritage Fest’s celebration of “rhythm & blues, rock, jazz, country, blues, gospel, world beat, and more” runs from April 25-27, takes a few days to get drunk and nap, then wakes up for the afterhours party from May 1-4. This year they’re calling down something for everyone (Stevie Wonder), something for the kids (see: the Raconteurs, the Roots), and something for the boomers (see: Billy Joel, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Diana Krall, Santana, Jimmy Buffett, Tim McGraw, Randy Newman, and pretty much everything else). A small selection of notables listed after the jump.

The Neville Brothers
Stevie Wonder
Billy Joel
Jimmy Buffett
Tim McGraw
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
Steel Pulse
John Prine
Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint
Randy Newman
Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea
The Roots
Dianne Reeves
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Burning Spear
Ozomatli with Chali 2na
Rebirth Brass Band
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Tower of Power
Delbert McClinton
John Hammond
Cassandra Wilson
Keb’ Mo’
The Count Basie Orchestra feat. Patti Austin
Pete Fountain
The Derek Trucks Band
Richard Thompson
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
The Radiators
James Cotton
The John Butler Trio
Del McCoury
Vernel Bagneris: Jelly Roll & Me
Terence Blanchard with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Buckwheat Zydeco
John P. Kee & the New Life Community Choir
Cowboy Mouth
Byron Cage with Kim Burrell
Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr. and the Greater St. Stephen Choir
Trinitee 5:7
Lizz Wright
Voices of the Wetlands Allstars
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
The Bad Plus
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Bettye LaVette
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave.
Gene “Duke of Earl” Chandler
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Davell Crawford’s N.O. R & B Orchestra
Henry Butler
Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet
Leo Nocentelli’s “Rare Gathering”
Lee Boys, Harlem Blues and Jazz Band, MOOV of Martinique, Jackson Southernaires, Big Jay McNeely
Paul Porter of the Legendary Christianaires
Nicholas Payto
and thousands more

Hear that? Thousands more. Verify that assertion with the official day-by-day breakdown. Tix and special hotel rates are available at nojazzfest.com. So get down there and pump that post-Katrina economy full of your beignet money.