Second weekend of Jazz Fest kicks off Thursday

May 3, 2012 2:27:48 AM PDT
After missing last year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival because she was roughly eight months pregnant, singer-songwriter Theresa Andersson is thrilled to be back this year -- and just in time to perform songs from her new album "Street Parade."

The Swedish-born multi-instrumentalist has two Jazz Fest appearances this weekend: She'll play songs from her new release Friday and return to the Fair Grounds racetrack Saturday for a duet with her friend and mentor, jazz singer-songwriter and pianist Allen Toussaint.

Andersson is one of roughly 200 acts performing the second weekend of the festival, which concludes Sunday. The lineup also includes Marcia Ball, Irma Thomas, Jimmy Buffett, Better Than Ezra, the Eagles, My Morning Jacket, Ne-Yo, Foo Fighters, Rebirth Brass Band and the Neville Brothers.