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Published: 2008/12/16

Aretha Franklin, Dave Matthews Band, Ben Harper, Wilco and Drive-By Truckers With Booker T. Among Musicians To Join New Orleans Natives At Jazz Fest

The 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival once again will take place over two weekends in the spring. Jazz Fest, which began in 1970, will return to the Fair Grounds Race Course on April 24-26 and again on April 30-May 3. Artists set to perform over the first three days include Wynton Marsalis, Dave Matthews Band, Wilco, Drive-By Truckers featuring Booker T. Jones, James Taylor, Erykah Badu, Robert Cray, Etta James & the Roots Band, Mavis Staples, Johnny Winter, Pete Seeger, Hugh Masekela, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Galactic, and Roy Haynes. Musicians set for April 30-May 3 include: Aretha Franklin, Ben Harper and Relentless7, Tony Bennett, Kings of Leon, Meter Men (featuring three of The Meters four founders: Zigaboo Modeliste, George Porter Jr., and Leo Nocentelli, Bonnie Raitt, The Neville Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Dr. John, Buddy Guy, Allen Toussaint, John Mayall, Solomon Burke, Doc Watson, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, John Scofield & the Piety Street Band, George Wein & the Newport Allstars featuring Randy Brecker and many others. The full line-up and ticket information can be found at

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