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Diana Ross Added to 2019 New Orleans Jazz Festival Bill

The legendary singer joins stars such as The Rolling Stones, Chris Stapleton and Katy Perry on the festival line-up.

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Diana Ross Central Park Concert
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Diana Ross has been added to this year’s line-up for the 50th anniversary of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Festival organizers said Friday that the legendary singer, who’s celebrating her 75th birthday this year, will make her first-ever appearance at the festival on Saturday, 4 May.

As lead singer of the Supremes, the group became one of the most successful groups of all time. Ross returns to New Orleans two years after she dazzled an Essence Music Festival audience with a set list of classics, including ‘Baby Love,’ ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,’ and ‘I’m Coming Out.’

Elsewhere, in another schedule change, the festival organizers say Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band have been forced to cancel their performance due to a scheduling conflict.

As uDiscover Music previously reported, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival dropped its 2019 line-up on Tuesday, 15 January, including some of music’s biggest names across genres and eras. in addition to Diana Ross, The Rolling Stones top the event’s 50th anniversary billing, as part of their No Filter U.S. stadium run that starts in April, as well as Katy Perry, Dave Matthews Band, ‘Margaritaville’ rocker Jimmy Buffett and country star Chris Stapleton.

The two-weekend event runs from 25-28 April and 2-5 May at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. The festival is the only tour date currently listed for Katy Perry, who shares the line-up with a number of iconic female musicians including Gladys Knight, Alanis Morrissette, Bonnie Raitt and Chaka Khan.

The diverse line-up also includes rapper Logic, reggaeton breakout star J Balvin, New Orleans native Trombone Shorty and indie darlings Tank and The Bangas. There’s also a deep bench of classic rockers and music legends including Santana, Van Morrison, Al Green, John Fogerty, Tom Jones, Aaron Neville and Jerry Lee Lewis.

For the first time, this year the event is expanding to four days each weekend. Tickets go on sale Friday with single-day passes starting at $70 and a discount for local residents. For more information, please visit the festival’s official website.

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