King Sunny Ade, Airto To Lead Houston International Festival

Nigerian bandleader, Brazilian percussionist, more than 1,500 others slated to perform April 8–16.

Juju star King Sunny Ade and veteran Brazilian jazz duo Flora Purim and Airto are among the more than 1,500 artists scheduled to perform at this year's Houston International Festival, which runs April 8–16.

The festival — now in its 29th year — will offer performances on 10 stages in themed zones: African, American, Texan, International, Latin, Zona do Brasil and H-E-B Kids.

With this arrangement, it shouldn't be hard to find Brazilian jazz pianist/vocalist Eliane Elias, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Buckwheat Zydeco or any of the other headliners when showtime arrives.

This event is so eclectic that even the "world music" label isn't big enough to contain it. The artist roster includes Boukman Eksperyans from Haiti; country and blues songwriters Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock; guitar virtuoso Eric Johnson; "Queen of Blues" Koko Taylor; Texas songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker; and Tejano act David Lee Garza y Los Musicales.

Visitors who tire of listening to music can escape to the festival's DeMontrond Sports City to watch athletes from around the world compete, and on April 16 they can check out an exhibition of Frisbee-catching dogs.

Festival and event tickets can be purchased at (800) 541-2099 or by visiting the festival Web site (