Warren Haynes Band to Replace Levon at Jazz Fest

One of the more intriguing performances planned for this year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival was Mavis Staples joining the Levon Helm Band for their set. The Band drummer has pulled out of the event as rumors swirl about his health. Warren Haynes has stepped up to fill Levon’s slot with the Warren Haynes Band at Jazz Fest on May 5 in the Blues Tent.

Helm’s Jazz Fest cancellation follows word that the status of his planned April 6th concert at the Wellmont Theatre, which was postponed, won’t be rescheduled. Also, Levon’s planned July 17th performance at the Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire has been cancelled. Our thoughts and prayers are with Levon, who was thought to be dealing with a slipped disc in his back. There’s been no official word from Levon or his staff since the April 6th announcement regarding the Wellmont postponement.

In other Jazz Fest news, Ziggy Marley will replace Bunny Wailer at the event.

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