The 2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival lineup has been announced.  Here are the Cajun, Louisiana Creole and zydeco artists, by weekend only.  The final schedule will be out in February.  Lineup subject to change by addition or deletion.

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL
APRIL 23 – 25 (1st WEEKEND)

Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Wayne Toups & Zydecajun, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, Roddie Romero & the Hub City Allstars, Savoy Center of Eunice Saturday Cajun Jam, Wayne Toups & Zydecajun, Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble, Red Stick Ramblers, David Egan, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers’ Tribute to Rockin’ Dopsie, Sr., Lost Bayou Ramblers, Lil’ Buck Sinegal Blues Band, Jambalaya Cajun Band, Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, D.L. Menard & the Louisiana Aces, Willis Prudhomme & Zydeco Express, Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys.

APRIL 29 – May 2 (2nd WEEKEND)

Buckwheat Zydeco, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys, Pine Leaf Boys, C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, Feufollet, Creole Zydeco Farmers, The Hadley J. Castille Family & the Sharecroppers Band, Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, Thomas “Big Hat” Fields, Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Lafayette Rhythm Devils, Joe Hall & the Cane Cutters, Ray Abshire, Bonsoir, Catin.

And as they always say:  Artists Subject to Change.

I’m throwing the net widely.  For example, Lil’ Buck Senegal played guitar with Clifton Chenier, but he does a strictly blues set at Jazz Fest.   The Savoy {Music] Center jam was great fun last year; the stage was filled with people, musicians and onlookers, so you feel you’re at the Savoy Music Center on a Saturday morning for the regular jam.  David Egan was the keyboardist and vocalist for the late, great Filé Cajun Band [pronounced fee-lay].  The tribute to Rockin’ Dopsie Sr should be especially interesting.  Amanda Shaw has veered away from Cajun music lately, but she’s sure to throw in one or two numbers.  Cedric Watson is bringing back the old-time pre-zydeco Creole sound in a big way.  Hadley J. Castille Family Band is bound to include his granddaughter Sara Jayde, a fine fiddler and singer herself.  And we’ll see if Bonsoir Catin [new spelling] is thrown off the stage early this year.

You all take plenty of photos the first weekend; I’ll be in Lafayette for the Festival International.

My Jazz Fest countdown clock.

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