“Anyone that has been to Jazzfest knows that this is event is about more than just music it is a cultural event. This years festival is even more important because New Orleans needs tourists. So I suggest to everyone that has ever thought about going, go and be part of what might be the most significant Jazzfest ever.” – Who’s Driving the Bus?

Excellent advice that I might just need to consider taking myself…

Purchase tickets here.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2006
April 28-30 & May 5-7, 2006
New Orleans, LA

I’ll add some emphasis here on the bands that I would go see…

: (4/28-4/30/06)

The , , , Yolanda Adams, with special guest , Ani DiFranco, , , , Yerba Buena, , , Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, , Snooks Eaglin, Cowboy , Clarence “Frogman” Henry, , Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters, , & the Barbecue Swingers, the subdudes, Ritmo Caribeño, John Mooney & Bluesiana, Terrance Simien, , BeauSoleil avec , Charmaine Neville, Banu Gibson & New Orleans Hot Jazz, Troy “” Andrews with special guest Steve Turre, St. Joseph the Worker Choir, Dukes of Dixieland, Eddie Bo, John Lee & the Heralds of Christ, C.J. Chenier, The Iguanas, Luther Kent & Trickbag, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, , , Lil’ Rascals Brass Band, Lil’ Band O’ Gold, Greater Antioch Full Church Choir, D.L. Menard & the Louisiana Aces, James Rivers Movement, Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, NewBirth Brass Band, James Andrews, Leigh “Little Queenie” Harris, Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, World Leader Pretend, Gregg Stafford’s Jazz Hounds, of Praise Choir, Leah Chase, Jhelisa’s to Nina Simone, Melody Clouds, , Crown Seekers, Popular Ladies, Nine Times Men, Westbank Steppers, and the Young Men’s Olympians Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, David Egan, Franklin Avenue BC Choir, T-Sale, J. Monque’D Blues Band, Vivaz, Bryan Lee & the Blues Power Band, Panorama Jazz Band, Los Sagitarios, Cynthia Liggins-Thomas, One A-Chord Singers, Andrew Hall’s Society Brass Band, Louisiana Repertory Jazz Band, Jonathan Batiste, Loyola University Jazz Ensemble, Coolbone Brass Band, Hard Head , Mahogany Brass Band, Tim Laughlin, Jo “Cool” Davis, Lighthouse Gospel Singers, Voices of Distinction, Young Tuxedo Brass Band, Kim Prevost, Leroy , San Severino of France, Higher Dimensions of Praise, , Furious Five and Untouchables Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Willis Prudhomme & Zydeco Express, The Revealers, Poor Clares, The Elements, Los Vecinos, SUBR Jazz Ensemble, Jambalaya Cajun Band, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, Paulin Brothers Brass Band, Don Vappie, Connie , The Jackson Travelers, Tony Bazley, Providence BC Mass Choir, Val & Love Alive w/ the Dimensions of Faith, Chops Funky 7 Brass Band, Unstoppable Gospel Singers, Belton Richard, Inspirational Gospel Singers, Pinstripe Brass Band, Local International Allstars, The Bester Singers, Gospel Inspirations of Boutte, and more!

: (5/5-5/7/06)

, , , , , The , Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, Special Ed & Big Daddy Kane, India “The of Salsa”, , & the , Doug Kershaw, , Koko Taylor, , Sr. & the Greater St. Stephen Mass Choir, , , , with special guests Coleman & Eddie Palmieri, Le Grand Ballet “Ngalam” du Senegal, , , Deacon John, , Chris Owens, The Ladies of New Orleans R&B featuring The Dixie Cups, Wanda Rouzan & Jean Knight, Guerin with special guest Marcus Roberts, The , Rockin’ Dopsie, & the Zydeco Twisters, & the Wild Magnolias, with special guest Lew Tabackin, & , Tremé Brass Band, & the Golden , , French, Stephanie Jordan, , Sherman Washington & the Zion Harmonizers, Frankie Ford, , Marva Wright & the BMWs, Lars Edegran & the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, , Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band featuring Thais Clark, & the Cute Guys, New Orleans Klezmer Allstars, , & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, , Grows Funk, Wayne Toups & Zydecajun, Lockport Chapter Choir, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, Tony Green & Gypsy Jazz, Bruce Daigrepont, The Johnson Extension, Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, Rebels Brass Band, John Boutté, Thomas “Big Hat” , Rocks of Harmony, Alvin Batiste & the Jazzstronauts, Germaine Bazzle, Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries, Jeremy Lyons & the Deltabilly Boys, Reggie Hall & the Twilighters, New Orleans Spiritualettes, Storyville Stompers, Tornado and Stooges Brass Bands, Scene Boosters, Rollers, Original Men and Ladies Buckjumpers, and Valley of the Silent Men Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Lil’ Brian & the Zydeco Travelers, Family Cajun Band, , McDonogh #35 Gospel Choir, Susan Cowsill, Mem Shannon & the Membership, Kim Carson, Easter Rockers, Tyronne Foster & the Arc Singers, La Bande “”, Zulu Male Ensemble, Jeff & Vida, Zion Trinity, Fredy Omar con su Banda, Driskill Mountain Boys, Bamboula 2000, Otra, , New Orleans NightCrawlers Brass Band, Chris Clifton, Amina Figarova Band of The Netherlands, Pine Leaf Boys, Michael Ward, Dynamic Smooth Family, Imagination Movers, Lyle Henderson, Leviticus Gospel Singers, NOCCA Jazz Ensemble, Harvey Spirituals, Real Untouchables and Smitty Dee’s Brass Bands, Mandeville High School Jazz Ensemble, Pfister Sisters, Second Nazarine Gospel Choir, June Gardner, Golden , Batiste Brothers, , Highsteppers Brass Band, and more!