Dave Matthews, Mystikal, Wallflowers Playing Jazz Fest

Brian McKnight, Paul Simon, Van Morrison, Lucinda Williams also on bill for New Orleans concert series.

The Dave Matthews Band, Mystikal, the Wallflowers, Brian McKnight, Paul Simon, Van Morrison and Lucinda Williams are among the artists making up the diverse lineup of this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

The 32nd annual edition of the Big Easy music fest, to be held April 27 to May 6 at the New Orleans Fairgrounds and Race Course, will also feature Richard Thompson, Galactic, Femi Kuti, Chanté Moore, Widespread Panic, moe. and such vintage rhythm and blues artists as B.B. King, Wilson Pickett and Fats Domino.

The night before the festival kicks off, King and singer Nancy Wilson will perform at a special opening-night gala at the Sheraton Hotel to honor Sherman Washington, coordinator of the event's Gospel Tent. King will also headline the festival on April 27.

The Dave Matthews Band will co-headline the May 5 date with hometown rapper Mystikal in what looks likely to be the biggest-drawing concert of the festival.

The event will once again be sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, a Louisiana nonprofit organization designed to promote and preserve the arts and culture of the New Orleans area.

Proceeds will be donated to several local initiatives, including the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic, the Supporting Enfranchising Economic Development program and the Heritage School for Music, which provides classes for youth jazz students at the city's Southern University campus.

For more information on the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, visit nojazzfest.com.