The Who, Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, and Dead & Company, are among the acts already on board to perform at the 2020 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Jazz Fest runs over two weekends: April 23rd through 26th, and April 30th to May 3rd.

Additional artists set to perform include Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Nile Rogers & Chic, Lionel Richie, the Beach Boys - featuring Mike Love & Bruce Johnston, John Prine, the Black Crowes, and Jimmy Cliff.

Pete Townshend said that despite modern technology separating and isolating people, music festivals still serve a crucial human need: "We do want to be together. I think that's what we want. I think the human race multiplies, music is about congregation, it's about gathering, it's about sharing -- and it's about knowing who you're not like."

We asked Dead drummer Mickey Hart about the vibe on the road these days with the band: "There's really hardly any words to describe it. It's so good now -- we finally know how to do it, I think, after 50-some-odd years. I think we finally figured it out (laughs). And, it's real smooth. John (Mayer's) a great guitar player and, y'know, playing with Bill (Kreutzmann's) a joy -- always has been, always will be -- and Bob (Weir), he's doing really well these days. And so, I'm a happy little puppy."

For the full schedule of performers, log on to: https://www.nojazzfest.com/music/#/

AUDIO: MICKEY HART ON THINGS BEING SMOOTH ON THE ROAD
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