News: Drake, Mannie Fresh & Juvenile To Invade New Orleans Jazz Fest 2010

Tuesday, Dec 15, 2009 5:45PM

Written by Biz Jones

Young Money's Drake, Mannie Fresh and Juvenile have reportedly been chosen to take-over next year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in Louisiana.

According to reports, the annual fest will offer music fans a slight hip-hop twist.

This is Pearl Jam's first visit to Jazz Fest. Other acts making their New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival debuts include: My Morning Jacket, Anita Baker, Jeff Beck, Gipsy Kings, The Dead Weather, The Levon Helm Band, Drake and Johnny Lang. More acts scheduled to appear include: Average White Band, Maze feat. Frankie Beverly, Pete Fountain, Kirk Franklin, Steel Pulse, Clarence Carter, Juvenile & DJ Mannie Fresh, Ledisi, Take Six, Sugarfoot's Ohio Players, Marcia Ball. (Relix)

The event will also provide music lovers a few soul legends including Aretha Franklin and Lionel Richie.

Jazz Fest 2010 will also be home to The Neville Brothers, Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, Lionel Richie, Allman Brothers Band, Anita Baker, My Morning Jacket, Widespread Panic, Imagination Movers, B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Elvis Costello & the Sugarcanes, Teena Marie, George Clinton & Parliament / Funkadelic. (Bayou Buzz)

Playing true to its location and theme, the event will feature a majority of Louisiana artists.

Marking its 41st year, the festival is scheduled for the weekends of April 23-25 and April 29-May 2 and features hundreds of acts in genres ranging from pop, rock and gospel to R&B, jazz and zydeco. Though dotted with major national acts, the festival is made up of more than 80 percent Louisiana artists such as The Neville Brothers, Irma Thomas, Pete Fountain, Dr. John, rapper Juvenile, Trombone Shorty and Buckwheat Zydeco. (Associated Press)

Last year's showcase reunited former love interests Common and Erykah Badu.

Jazz Fest's 40th anniversary is amongst the likes of entertainers including Ben Harper, Etta James, Common, Bonnie Raitt, Erykah Badu, Buddy Guy, Earth, Wind & Fire plus more. Known for recognizing contributions and the growth of jazz, this year's event will also feature performances by well-known artists including Aretha Franklin, Dave Matthews Band, Tony Bennett, the Nevile Brothers and others. (Billboard)

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