Tom Petty, The Eagles, Foo Fighters and John Mayor will be headlining the 2012 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest-- one of the most anticipated music events of the year.

The annual Jazz Fest is heralded for bringing top caliber artists to perform in a vast range of music genres, including jazz, rock, pop and R&B.

Hundreds of bands and musicians will come together in an event that drew an audience of 400,000 this year. Al Green, Florence & the Machine, Ne-yo and Jill Scott will be among the performers in next year's event that is scheduled between April.27 and May.6 at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans.

Around 85 percent of the line -up is comprised of artists who are originally from Louisiana, and next year will include New Orleans soul singer Irma Thomas and jazz clarinetist, Pete Fountain, the Huffington Post reported.

Serving all communities, all ages, and families too, only at Jazz Fest 2012 will you find a roster like this! At its heart, the New Orleans Festival celebrates with our own, from our dynamic nationally emerging homegrown talent, said Quint Davis, the producer of festival.

Davis said he was excited about landing the Eagles and Tom Petty in the lineup this year, as they have never performed in the show before.

They've been on our most in demand list for years, Davis told the Huffington Post. They are both legendary groups that you hope someday you can get. To have both in the same year and on top of that have the Foo Fighters, it's amazing that they've all come together in one year.

The first New Orleans Jazz& Heritage Festival took place in April 1970. Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson returned to her hometown of New Orleans just to be able to play in it. From the very beginning, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival was envisioned as an important event that would have great cultural significance and popular appeal. The Festival was the culmination of years of discussions and efforts by city leaders who wanted to create an event worthy of the city's legacy as the birthplace of jazz.

Ticket Information:

1st Weekend Discount Ticket Package (April 27, 28 & 29)
Adult ticket package: $40 per day x 3 tickets ($120) 
(a very limited number of ticket packages are available)
Includes three date-specific tickets, 
one for Friday, Saturday and Sunday

 

 

2nd Weekend Discount Ticket Package (May 3, 4, 5 & 6)
Adult ticket package: $40 per day x 4 tickets ($160) 
(a very limited number of ticket packages are available)
Includes four date-specific tickets,
one for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

2nd Weekend Single Day Tickets (May 3, 4, 5 & 6)
Advance adult ticket through February 29: $45 
Advance adult ticket starting March 1: $50 
Gate Price: $65 
(each ticket valid for any single day of the weekend)

Child's ticket: $5 (available at the gate only, ages 2 - 10, adult must be present with child)

Performers:

 Trombone Shorty, Eagles, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band, TBA, John Mayer, The Neville Brothers, Al Green, Herbie Hancock, Ne-Yo, My Morning Jacket, Bon Iver, Paulina Rubio, Jill Scott, Florence + the Machine, Allen Toussaint, Feist, Bunny Wailer, Bonnie Raitt, Irma Thomas, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Dr. John, Janelle Monae, Yolanda Adams, Iron and Wine, Pete Fountain, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Steel Pulse, Rebirth Brass Band, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Esperanza Spalding, funky Meters, Levon Helm Band with special guest Mavis Staples, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Aaron Neville, Steve Earle, Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band 50th Anniversary Jam, Little Anthony and The Imperials, Ani DiFranco, Givers, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Dianne Reeves, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Better Than Ezra, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Bruce Hornsby, Dave Koz, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Gomez, Pedrito Martinez, The Bounce Shake Down feat. Big Freedia, Katey Red, Keedy Black, and DJ Poppa, Israel & New Breed, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Zebra, Amanda Shaw, James Cotton Superharp Band, Cowboy Mouth, Asleep at the Wheel, Papa Grows Funk, David Sanborn & Joey DeFrancesco, Bobby Rush, Chuck Leavell & Friends, Ellis Marsalis, Marcia Ball, Voice of the Wetlands All Stars, John Boutté, Gary Clark Jr., Texas Tornados, Poncho Sanchez Latin Band with Terence Blanchard, Cheikh Lô (Senegal), Tab Benoit, Regina Carter's Reverse Thread, Bombino (Niger), Glen Hansard, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Jeremy Davenport, Sara Jarosz, Bonerama, Evelyn Turrentine-Agee, Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic, Ruby Wilson's Tribute to Bessie Smith & Ma Rainey, Wycliffe Gordon, Donald Harrison, Lindigo & Fixi (Reunion Island & France), Sonny Landreth, Buckwheat Zydeco, Soul Rebels, The Stars of Heaven, Jewel Brown with the Heritage Hall Band, Rockin' Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, Anders Osborne, Honey Island Swamp Band, Theresa Andersson, John Mooney & Bluesiana, Eric Lindell, Walter Wolfman Washington & the Roadmasters, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Pine Leaf Boys, James Andrews & the Crescent City Allstars, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Big Chief Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles, Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band feat. Thais Clark, Banu Gibson, Hot 8 Brass Band, Creole Wild West, George French