Apr 26, 2012 10:10 AM by AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Jazz horns, Cajun fiddles, zydeco washboards and rock guitars - they'll all be heard at the same place when the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicks off Friday.
Performances by soul singer Irma Thomas, the Beach Boys, the rock band Zebra, jazz clarinetist Tim Laughlin, Buckwheat Zydeco and others open this year's event.
The festival known simply as Jazz Fest spans two weekends - Friday through Sunday and again May 3-6. The lineup includes mostly Louisiana acts accented with national headliners such as Bon Iver, the Eagles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Cee Lo Green, Ne-Yo and Bruce Springsteen.
Though Jazz Fest has boomed in diversity and popularity in its 40-plus year history, Cajun fiddler and singer Michael Doucet says it's still the best festival for homegrown Louisiana music.