The final piece of this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival puzzle has finally been put in place: Simon & Garfunkel’s names have been added to the lineup. Not only will this be their first joint gig on American soil since last fall, it’s also the only time they’re scheduled to appear in tandem all year.
The legendary musicians last toured together in 2003 and have only appeared occasionally since. (Last year they shared the U.S. stage only twice—once in February at the Beacon Theatre and again in October at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary concerts in New York.)
Although Paul Simon is a Jazz Fest veteran, this will be Art Garfunkel’s premiere performance at the Big Easy annual event. “Over the years I’ve always enjoyed performing at Jazz Fest,” Simon said in a statement. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to perform with my old friend Art Garfunkel at this year’s Festival.”
The duo takes the stage on Saturday, April 24, the festival’s second day (it runs through May 2). Other 2010 performers include Lionel Richie, Pearl Jam, The Allman Brothers Band, Better Than Ezra and the Black Crowes.