Bob Dylan and Blues legend FATS DOMINO have signed to perform at the first New Orleans Jazz Festival since Hurricane Katrina demolished the city last summer (05).

The line-up for the April/May event also boasts rock veteran Elvis Costello and Lionel Richie.

The event's organiser QUINT DAVIS hopes the festival will boost the spirits of residents by reminding them of their cultural roots.

He says, "The true heart and soul of the New Orleans Jazz + Heritage Festival, as with New Orleans itself, is music. It's the force that drives and defines us. It's not just for entertainment, but it feeds our soul."

Domino, a New Orleans native, was among those impacted by Hurricane Katrina's aftermath. The 77-year-old BLUEBERRY HILL hitmaker was feared dead, but later rescued from the floodwaters that submerged the city.