Aerosmith, David Byrne, Jack White Top the Jazz Fest Lineup

When the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell returns April 27 to the Fair Grounds, it will be with Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, Sting, Jimmy Buffett and his Acoustic Airmen, Jack White, Beck, Lionel Richie, David Byrne, Anita Baker, Bonnie Raitt, Khalid, Sturgill Simpson, Jack Johnson, Sheryl Crow, Common, and Cage the Elephant atop the lineup. Some of those aren’t news.

Jazz Fest in Photos: Calexico, DMB, Allen and B.B.

Audiences at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival have a love/hate relationship with rain. It makes walking a challenge, and brings the animal smell to the fore, but it also inspires people to do stuff like this. For photographers, it's an extra challenge because all that gear is notoriously water-averse. David Fary kept his camera dry enough to shoot on Sunday, and here are the highlights.

Jazz Fest Day 3: It's Raining Again

[Updated] Sunday, it was officially Jazz Fest. The rain and soggy grounds brought back that once a year challenge of picking your way through an open field trying to find the least muddy route, and the horsey smell that accompanies it. The rain also kept the crowds manageable for much of the day, and it contributed to the joy in the crowd at Congo Square, where seeing a band as established as Earth, Wind & Fire became momentarily defiant.

Jazz Fest a Month Away

"The look-forward-to-it-ness is more than I can ever remember," Quint Davis announced today at the press conference to unveil the poster and schedule for the 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band opened and closed the event in the paddock of the Fair Grounds, where media, fans, and members of the Festival Productions and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation staffs came to find out who would play where when.

Fleetwood Mac, Frank Ocean, Black Keys & Hall and Oates Top Jazz Fest Lineup

The reunited Fleetwood Mac, Maroon 5, and New Orleans-raised R&B star Frank Ocean are among the biggest names signed to play at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, presented by Shell, which takes place this year April 26 to May 5. Hall and Oates, Phoenix, Andrew Bird and Patti Smith are among the first time performers at Jazz Fest, and Bill Joel, Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer and Widespread Panic are just some of the returning out of town artists. 

Here's the daily rundown: