Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin and Sting lead 2018 New Orleans JazzFest lineup

Nostalgia is a very bankable commodity in music and entertainment these days, and the producers of this year’s New Orleans JazzFest are certainly banking on classic rock to help them sell plenty of tickets come spring. The annual music festival will return to New Orleans on April 27 through May 6 this year, and will feature performances from Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, Sting, Jimmy Buffett, Lionel Richie, David Byrne, Bonnie Raitt, Steve Miller Band and many more. What decade is it again?

Don’t let the headline fool you, this year’s NoLa JazzFest won’t entirely be one of Eddie Trunk’s classic rock marathons. Beck, Jack White, Khalid, Sturgill Simpson, Common and Cage the Elephant are just a few of the many current mainstream artists who will also be performing throughout the week-long music event. Notable New Orleans natives Tank and the Bangas, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and The Revivalists are also all scheduled to perform in their hometown throughout the festival.

A few notable performances also found on the 2018 lineup that fans should definitely have on their schedules include "The Late Show" bandleader Jon Batiste teaming up with The Dap-Kings (the backing band of the late Sharon Jones), blues legend Buddy Guy and a tribute to the late Fats Domino by none other than Jerry Lee Lewis.

The inclusion of Aerosmith on the bill is somewhat of a surprise, as the classic rock band from Boston typically don’t make appearances at U.S. festivals. The same could be said for Aretha Franklin and Sting, who at their respective older age don’t hit the mainstream festival circuit at this point in their careers.

For a full lineup and ticketing information on the annual music marathon in The Big Easy this spring, fans can visit the event’s official website.