In order for a genre specific festival to survive, they need to expand their audience with big name headliners in order to pay for the top talent within the genre. Bluesfest has been doing this for years and more recently, Jazz Festival and Folk Festival have started doing it as well. In the last few years I’ve become a huge fan of Jazz Festival, not only because I like traditional Jazz and Swing, but also because they bring in some great headliners. My picks to see this year include Les Mosquitoes, Colin James, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Delbert and the Commotions, Daniel Lanois, Earth Wind & Fire, Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, The Hornettes, The Brain Cloud, Aretha Franklin, Sweet Alibi and Current Swell. Other big acts this year include Richa Sharma, Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers, Dianne Reeves, Bobby McFerrin and last, but not least Natalie MacMaster with special guest Donnell Leahy. I am really excited to see some fantastic shows this year (especially Colin James, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Aretha Franklin)!