The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival reveals full 2015 lineup and schedule

The lineup and schedule for the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is unveiled in a two-step process shrouded in mystery and secrecy. Earlier this year, the bands and performance days for each of the acts were announced. Today, at the annual “press party,” the times and stages were revealed.

The process is painstaking as the organizers seek to please the many and varied constituents as well as create a logical, well thought out continuum for each of the stages on each of the seven days.

This year, as it is every year, there will be some inevitable conflicts. But as Quint Davis, the fest’s producer/director pointed out, there are also some enviable matchups pairing “guest” artists with New Orleans and Louisiana talent.

He said, “Ivan Neville with Dumpstaphunk before The Who and Rebirth (Brass Band) before Pitbull.” Other interesting scheduling choices include Anders Osborne, the Meters, Lenny Kravitz, and Trombone Shorty on the final day; Galactic with Macy Gray preceding No Doubt; and Allen Toussaint before Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s American songbook collaboration.

In other Jazz Fest news, the mayor and the city council announced that the first day of Jazz Fest will be Big Chief Bo Dollis Day in honor of the departed Mardi Gras Indian leader who is also featured on this year’s commemorative poster created by Frenchy.

The full schedules are here.

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