Editor’s note: This article was originally published January 14, 2014
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival lineup, though still steeped in Crescent City culture, stopped being about just jazz a long time ago. (The acts seem more like non-sequiturs each year: One fest it’s Bon Iver and Ne-Yo, and another it’s Phoenix and Patti Smith.) With the release of the 2014 lineup, that’s still true. The bulk of the acts are firmly planted in the jazz, blues and gospel world, with big-name wildcards like Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Robin Thicke (?!) and Christina Aguilera (?!?!) to draw in the casual fest-goers.
More important: As Austin’s neighbor-to-the-very-driveable-east, Jazz Fest typically hosts several local favorites, including Willie Nelson, Gary Clark Jr. and more. In the 2014 lineup, musicians with ties to Central Texas include Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant (with current band the Sensational Space Shifters), Robert Earl Keen, and Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive Boys.
See the full lineup at the Jazz Fest website. The festival spans two weekends: April 25-27 and May 1-4. If you have a hankering for beignets and would like to make the drive, advance adult tickets for a single day are $50 through Jan. 31.