NEW ORLEANS - Rock superstar Neil Young has been added to the overflowing music lineup of the 40th anniversary New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival organizers have announced.
On the heels of last week's announcement of Bon Jovi appearing at the upcoming Festival, Young has now been confirmed for his first-ever Jazz Fest appearance, performing on Sunday, May 3.
The 2009 Jazz Fest is scheduled for April 24-26 & April 30-May 3 at the Fair Grounds Race Course. In other talent news, the Festival announced that Aretha Franklin, previously scheduled for May 3, will not appear.
Neil Young and his band join Wynton Marsalis, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, James Taylor, Sugarland, Joe Cocker, Ben Harper, Tony Bennett, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kings of Leon, Neville Brothers, Wilco, Bonnie Raitt, Allen Toussaint, The O'Jays, Erykah Badu, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Dr. John plus hundreds of others previously announced to appear at the historic edition of the Festival.
Jazz Fest organizers also noted that New Orleans' own Imagination Movers have been added to the Festival on Saturday, April 25.