The Who, Pitbull and Kacey Musgraves to play Jazz Fest 2015

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From the indie-folk and Americana at Colorado Springs' MeadowGrass Festival to the brass bands and gypsy music at Spain's Fiesta of Near-Death Experiences, there's always an excuse to party in public somewhere in the world.

And no one does it better than the city of New Orleans, whose 2015 Jazz & Heritage Festival lineup was announced this week.

Spread out over seven days in late April and early May, this year's event will feature hundreds of acts in an ever-increasing variety of genres, including hip-hop (Pitbull, Big Freedia), country (Kacey Musgrave, Keith Urban), and classic-rock/pop (The Who, Elton John, Chicago). 

There'll also be some interesting collaborations (Galactic with Macy Gray, Christian McBride with Diane Reeves, Tony Bennet with Lady Gaga), as well as the kind of New Orleans R&B legends (The Meters, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Dr. John) and accordion-wielding favorites (Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys, Buckwheat Zydeco) who got this whole thing started back in 1970.

Of course, if huge crowds and frat boys on spring break aren't your idea of a dream vacation, you could always fly to New Orleans a week earlier and make the two-hour drive to Lafayette for the Festival International de Louisiane. The five-date event is free and features stages all around town with internationally known artists hailing from French-speaking regions around the world. Acts the year I attended ranged from Soul Queen of New Orleans Irma Thomas to Haitian vodou-rock band Boukman Eksperyans. This year's lineup should be announced by early next month.

Meanwhile, here's the official video announcement for Jazz Fest 2015.


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