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Mar 30, 2011 8:36 AM by Nichole Larkey & AP

Jazz Fest officials gear up for 2011 celebration

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The countdown to the 2011 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival has started.
Festival officials, joined by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, will hold a kickoff press conference Wednesday to discuss this year's plans for the festival, which draws hundreds of thousands of people to the city each spring.
This event will be held over two weekends - April 29-May 1 and May 5-8 - at the Fair Grounds Race Course.
Headliners this year include John Legend and The Roots, Wyclef Jean, Kid Rock, Willie Nelson, Lauryn Hill, Wilco, The Avett Brothers, Cyndi Lauper, Fantasia, Lupe Fiasco and Jimmy Buffett. And as is tradition, the Neville Brothers are scheduled to close out the festival on Sunday, May 8.

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