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New Orleans Jazz Fest: Bruce Springsteen To Play 2 1/2-hour Set

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The Boss will take an especially long ride on “Thunder Road." Eddie Vedder will go head-to-head with Florence + the Machine. And for the first and likely last time in history, Zebra is sandwiched between the Dixie Cups and the Beach Boys.

These and many more points of discussion emerged from Tuesday's unveiling of the “cubes," the schedule of times and stage assignments for the 2012 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell.

Jazz Fest producer/director Quint Davis is the puzzle-master who assembles the cubes. He thinks of each stage on each day as its own show, building, whenever possible, to a logical and aesthetically consistent conclusion — as when Gomez gives way to Lafayette world-pop band Givers and Bon Iver on the Gentilly Stage on April 27, the opening Friday.

At 2-1/2 hours, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band's set is the longest of the festival. The generous allotment is indicative of Springsteen's indefatigability, as well as the anticipation for his Jazz Fest return following his 2006 show for the ages.

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