Keith Urban talks New Orleans Jazz Fest (via Nola)

Full Title: Keith Urban talks New Orleans Jazz Fest, guitar solos and ‘synergistic engagement

Nashville guitar hero Keith Urban is no stranger to the New Orleans Jazz Fest. He performed at the Fair Grounds in 2006 during the first Jazz Fest after Hurricane Katrina, then returned in 2009 with his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, to roam the grounds anonymously as an attendee.

He’ll take a break from judging live broadcasts of “American Idol” to headline the main Acura Stage on the 2015 Jazz Fest’s opening Friday (April 24), starting at 5:20 p.m. Earlier that afternoon, at 1:30, I’ll interview him at the Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage inside the Fair Grounds Grandstand; he may also play a song or two acoustically.

Calling recently from Los Angeles, Urban riffed on his previous visits to Jazz Fest, the benefits of tiny stages, the philosophy of the guitar solo, and “synergistic engagement.”

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