We’re raised not to act like know-it-alls, and nothing reminds you that you really don’t know it all like looking at the Jazz Fest cubes. No matter how much of a music maven you are, there’s an act or 20 that you’ve never heard of—a little-known gospel group from Mississippi, a Latin hip-hop combo, an international dance crew or a new funk band that emerged in the last year. Don’t feel bad; we had to look some up, too.
Here’s our guide to the festival—hardly the last word on any of these bands, but hopefully enough to give you a clue of whether or not it’s for you.
The abbreviations for the stages are as follows: Acura Stage (ACU), Gentilly Stage (GEN), Congo Square “My Louisiana” Stage (CON), WWOZ Jazz Tent (JAZ), Blues Tent (BLU), Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent (ECO), Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage (FDD), Jazz & Heritage Stage (J&H), Gospel Tent (GOS), Lagniappe Stage (LAG), Chouest Family Kids’ Tent (KID), Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage (AM), the Native American Pow Wow (NA) and parades (PAR).
Stage and show times are accurate as of press time. They are subject to change.
19th Street Red Blues Band, 4/24, LAG, 12:35p: Delta-inspired singer/guitarist Randy Cohen, alias 19th Street Red is best-known for setting up on Bourbon or Canal Street with his own bass drum for accompaniment.
101 Runners: 5/1, J&H, 5:50p: Electric Mardi Gras Indian funk with Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Alfred “Uganda” Roberts, Billy Iuso, Chris Jones and many, many more.
Abney, Mario, Quintet, 5/2, JAZ, 11:15a: This Dayton, Ohio jazz trumpeter has made his way to New Orleans by way of Chicago.
Adams, Craig, & Higher Dimensions of Praise, 4/26, GOS, 1:30p.: These Jazz Fest veterans are led by organist and pianist Adams and are supported by a small band.
Addy, Yacub, and Odadaa, 4/24, AM, 11a: Ghanian composer and percussionist Yacub Addy collaborated with Wynton Marsalis on Congo Square, an epic piece that was first performed in Armstrong Park in 2006. They played an excerpt this January as part of the Obama inaugural concerts.
Agid, Gregory: See Clarinet Woodshead.
Allen, Rance, Group, 5/3, GOS, 4:40p: Rance Allen sang gospel with the passion of deep soul for Stax in the early 1970s, and performed at the Wattstax concert. He was often backed by his brothers then and still is today.
Alden, Howard, and Anat Cohen featuring George Wein, 5/1, ECO, 3p: The legendary jazz pianist and founder of Jazz Fest sits in as a guest with his friends guitarist Howard Alden (who coached Sean Penn on guitar for his Django Reinhardt-adoring role in Woody Allen’s Sweet and Lowdown) and saxophone and clarinet player Anat Cohen. (Also see George Wein).
Allen, Shamarr, 5/3, JAZ, 12:30p: One of the most buzzed-about New Orleans trumpeters has had the kind of Crescent City music education that everyone would want. His debut album, Meet Me on Frenchmen Street, pays tribute to the traditions; his new Box Who In? envisions a funkier direction.
Amammereso Agofomma of Ghana, 4/25, CON, 11:20a; J&H, 1:40p; 4/26, BLU, 1:30p, J&H, 3:20p: Folkloric troupe playing “palm-wine music,” a mix of indigenous rhythms and acoustic lead guitar.
Andersson, Theresa, 4/30, GEN, 12:45a: Winner of numerous OffBeat Best of the Beat awards, Andersson created a personal statement as a one-woman band on Hummingbird, Go!.
Andrews, Glen David, 5/1, GOS, 12:55p: Another talented member of the Andrews family, he recorded his recent album, Walking Through Heaven’s Gate, live at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
Andrews, James: See Crescent City Allstars.
Anointed Jackson Sisters, 4/25, GOS, 4:45p: North Carolina family septet in a gospel group founded by their mother, the evangelist Bertha Jackson.
Apache Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, 5/2, PAR, 1p: The local Mardi Gras Indian tribe parades through the Fair Grounds.
Archdiocese of New Orleans Community Choir, 4/25, GOS, 12:05p: The Archdiocese represents the largest religious demographic in the largely Catholic New Orleans. Its choir conflates a tradition of Crescent City Catholicism dating back to 1793.
AsheSon, 4/26, LAG, 12:50p: In the spring of 2006, this group of predominantly Cuban musicians joined forces and create AsheSon (“Ashe” is Cuban for good karma; “Son” is a Cuban rhythm).
Astral Project, 4/24, AM, 3p; 4/25, JAZ, 2:10p: A jazz combo with sterling compositions and interplay, Astral Project has only become more prolific since shrinking from quintet to quartet a few years back. Drummer Johnny Vidacovich will be interviewed by Bruce Raeburn Friday at 3 at the Music Heritage Stage.
Avett Brothers, the, 4/26, FDD, 4:15p: Scott Avett primarily plays the banjo, but he also plays the guitar, piano, harmonica, and drums. Seth Avett mainly plays the guitar, but also does not limit himself playing the piano and drums. The brothers share most of the singing and songwriting duties. Their music in not easily classified, but easily enjoyed.
Baby Boyz Brass Band, 4/25, J&H, 12:25p: This young brass band follows in the footsteps of the Dirty Dozen and Rebirth Brass Band.
Badu, Erykah, 4/25, CON, 5:45p: The neo-soul queen has made her music sound like an extension of a connected social, political and spiritual consciousness. The second half of her politically themed “New Amerykah” series is due any day.
Ball, Marcia, 5/1, ACU, 1:50p: The “long tall” singer/pianist is a perennial Fest favorite, and her latest effort, Love, Peace and BBQ, received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album.
Bamboula 2000, 4/30, ACU, 11:20a: The New Orleans street sound traces its roots back to the “bamboula,” the marriage of rhythm and dance from West Africa. Master drummer Luther Gray leads Bamboula 2000 in honor of the dance-and-drum collaborations in Congo Square during the days of slavery.
Batiste, Jamal, & the Jam-Allstars, 5/2, 11:15a: Jamal is the newest Batiste to make his mark in New Orleans music, in his case, with an ambitious mix of jazz, funk and hip-hop.
Batiste, Jonathan, 5/3, ACU, 11:30a: The Batiste name is well-known to New Orleans music fans, and this astonishingly talented 23-year-old pianist (he also plays drums, sax and is already a masterful arranger) is leading not only his family but jazz into the 21st Century.
Batiste, Russell: See Joe Krown.
Bazzle, Germaine, 4/26, JAZ, 1:25p: This elegant jazz vocalist performs regularly at Donna’s with the George French Band. She’s also active in music education, teaching with the Heritage School of Music and at Xavier Prep.
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, 5/1, ACU, 12:30p: The group won its second Grammy in 2009, this time for a live recording of last year’s Jazz Fest set. Their new Alligator Purse mixes the blues, Julie Miller and Bobby Charles into their already-eclectic Cajun blend.
Bechet, the Genius of Sidney, 5/3, ECO, 5:45p: Bob Wilber, Dr. Michael White and Brian “Breeze” Cayolle pay a musical tribute to the New Orleans clarinet pioneer.
Benjy Davis Project, 4/24, GEN, 12:45p: Something of a regional answer to Dave Matthews, this Baton Rouge songwriter has built a strong grassroots following, writing emotionally charged songs that give his band room to stretch out.
Bennett, Tony, 5/1, GEN, 5:45p: The consummate entertainer takes the stage to perform his range of jazz hits and popular standards.
Benoit, Tab, 4/24, BLU, 5:45p: The Houma-based guitar flash has been seasoning his blues with some country and soul, and time has given his voice more character and depth. That doesn’t mean he won’t hit you with the usual jaw-dropping solos. (Also see Voice of the Wetlands Allstars).
Berard Family Band, 5/2, FDD, 11:25a: Led by Grammy-nominated Al Berard, the band’s repertoire ranges from Cajun, country and gospel, to R&B, soul and rock ’n’ roll.
Bester Singers and the Dynamic Smooth Family Gospel Singers, 5/1, GOS, 11:15a: Founded more than two decades ago by Rose Bester, this Slidell family group continues to sing praises, with a new generation of Besters adding a funkafied rhythm section. They perform with the Jazz Fest veterans, the Dynamic Smooth Family Gospel Singers.
Better Than Ezra, 4/26, ACU, 3:40p: This year’s show will debut songs from the pop rock band’s upcoming album and will feature its new drummer, Michael Jerome, after previous drummer Travis McNabb left to join Sugarland full-time.
Beverly, Frankie: See Maze.
Big Chief Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias, 5/3, J&H, 3:05p: The first Wild Magnolias album is a psychedelic funk masterpiece; since then, they’re simply funky, with the soul rasp of OffBeat’s 2008 Lifetime Achievement in Music honoree Bo Dollis at its core.
Big Chief Peppy & the Golden Arrows Mardi Gras Indians, 5/3, J&H, 12:25p; AM, 4:45p: Big Chief Peppy paid his dues as flagboy with the Wild Magnolias and spyboy with Creole Wild West before starting the Golden Arrows in 1994. They’ll also be interviewed in the Music Heritage Stage.
Big Sam’s Funky Nation, 4/25, GEN, 12:35p: Ex-Dirty Dozen trombonist Sam Williams takes some brass-band roots and adds a healthy shot of Meters and P-Funk influence. (Also see Midnight Disturbers).
Black Eagles and Geronimo Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, 4/30, PAR, 3p: Jerod Lewis followed in his father Percy’s footsteps leading this Indian gang originally from the Calliope Projects.
Black Feathers Mardi Gras Indians, 5/3, PAR, 4p: The tribe led by Big Chief Lionel Delpit parade through the Fair Grounds.
Blanchard, Terence, 4/26, JAZ, 3:50p: Blanchard spent March recording the follow-up to A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina), an album that includes spoken section by Dr. Cornell West in the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
Blodie’s Jazz Jam, 5/3, JAZ, 4:20p: An end-of-fest blowing session, organized by the Rebirth Brass Band’s Gregory “Blodie” Davis.
Bohren, Spencer, 4/24, BLU, 12:20p: Folky bluesman has a Radiators connection (he wrote their live favorite “Straight Eight”) but has since gone in a more acoustic direction. His, “Long Black Line” is one of the grittier post-Katrina anthems.
Bolden, Jr., Donnie, and the Spirit of Elijah, 4/24, GOS, 2:30p: Lafayette’s Donnie Bolden, Jr. released his album, It’s in the Praise, early last year.
Bonerama, 5/2, GEN, 1:40p: Of all the jazz/funk/classic rock/brass band crossovers with a minimum of four trombone players in the lineup, Bonerama has to be the best.
Bon Jovi, 5/2, ACU, 5p: Hopefully, the American hard rock band from New Jersey will pull out all their hits for this performance, from “Livin’ on a Prayer” to “Bad Medicine.”
Bonsoir, Catin, 4/30, LAG, 5:45p: Louisiana’s first grrl-power Cajun super-group is led by Balfa Toujours guitarist Christine Balfa Powell (daughter of the late, great Dewey Balfa) and also features accordion player Kristi Guillory, bass player Yvette Landry and fiddle player Anya Schoenegge Burgess.
Booker T, 4/24 AM 6:05p: See Drive by Truckers.
Boudreaux, Big Chief Monk, & the Golden Eagles, 4/26, J&H, 2:50p: “I am officially the Big Chief of New Orleans” declares his MySpace page. We’re still waiting for the superdelegates to weigh in, but heck, why not? Monk has branched outside the Mardi Gras Indian repertoire with intriguing results. (Also see Voice of the Wetlands Allstars).
Bourg, Sonny, & the Bayou Blues Band, 4/30, FDD, 12:30p: Known as the best roots-dance band in Lafayette, Bourg covers Fats Domino classic hits like “Hello Josephine,” and swamp pop classics like “Lindy Lou.”
Boutté, John, 5/1, JAZ, 2:50p: The popular New Orleans vocalist mixes jazz, soul, blues and gospel with his own Creole traditions. He and Paul Sanchez paired to record a new album, Stew Called New Orleans, on which he sings Paul Simon’s “American Tune.” (Also see John Scofield).
Boutté, Teedy: See Bob French and New Orleans Helsinki Connection.
Brasilliance!, 4/26, LAG, 2:10p: This group is made up of seasoned veterans from the New Orleans music scene led by multi-reed man Ray Moore.
Braud, Mark, and the New Orleans Jazz Giants, 4/30, ECO, 4:25p: New Orleans native, Braud is a jazz trumpeter who is one of the youngest members ever of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Brecker, Randy, 4/30 AM 6p: See George Wein.
Brooks, Juanita: See Gregg Stafford.
Brother Tyrone, 5/3, CON, 12:30p: In 2008, the local blues singer released Mindbender to critical European acclaim. Tyrone Pollard spent his formative years in the Irish Channel, but today is little known outside of Central City and Treme where he performs.
Brown, Chuck, 5/3, CON, 3:05p; AM, 6p: Brown has been dubbed “the Godfather of Go-Go,” a subgenre of funk music developed in Washington, D.C. in the mid- to late 1970s. After the set, he’ll be interviewed at the Music Heritage Stage by DJ Soul Sister.
Brown, Texas Johnny, and the Quality Blues Band, 4/25, BLU, 3p; AM, 5:50p: A behind-the-scenes blues legend, Brown played guitar on landmark sides by Ruth Brown and Amos Milburn, and wrote “Two Steps from the Blues” for Bobby Blue Bland. Not until 1998 did he get around to his own album. At 5:50, he’ll be interviewed at the Music Heritage Stage by OffBeat contributor David Kunian.
Broussard, Marc, 4/24, ACU, 2:05p: A Louisiana native and second-generation singer/guitarist (his dad is the Boogie Kings’ Ted Broussard), Broussard is living proof that you can do solidly old-school rock ’n’ soul, not look like a reality TV star, and still be signed to a major label in 2009.
Brown, Gina, and Anutha Level, 5/2, CON, 12:30p: The vocalist and Mobile native has developed a repertoire that includes blues, jazz, Motown, pop, oldies and funk.
Bryan, Courtney, 5/2, JAZ, 12:20p: The 26-year-old jazz composer and pianist from New Orleans is currently a Faculty Fellow in music composition at Columbia University in New York, where she plays around the city with her trio.
Buchan, Nancy: See Tipsy Chicks.
Buckwheat Zydeco’s 30th Anniversary feat. The Hitchhikers, 5/2, ACU, 1:40p: The funk and zydeco legend is back with a new album, Lay Your Burden Down, and he’ll celebrate 30 years of making music by bringing out his mid-’70s R&B band.
Burke, Solomon, 4/30, CON, 5:45p: Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, Burke is one of the great soul vocalists, best known for “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love.”
Butler, Henry, 4/24, CON, 2:55p: Perhaps the liveliest player who ever recorded for Windham Hill, Butler is a brilliantly eclectic pianist who can do Fess or funk, straight-ahead or way-out there, and do it all different. His PiaNOLA Live is a one-man tour de force.
Carolina Tuscarora Stomp and Smoke Dancers, 4/30, NA, 12:10p, 2:20p, 3:55p; 5/1, NA, 12p, 2:20p, KIDS, 4p; 5/2, NA, 1:20p, 2:35p, 4p; 5/3, NA, 12:10p, 1:25p, 2:50p: This Native American tribe from North Carolina demonstrates its traditional dances.
Carrier, Chubby, & the Bayou Swamp Band, 4/26, FDD, 6p: Third generation bandleader who came up with the long-overdue idea to turn the Who’s “Squeeze Box” into a zydeco anthem.
Carson, Kim: See Tipsy Chicks.
Casa Samba, 4/24, PAR, 2p; 5/2, KIDS, 11:30a: Inspired by his friendship with percussion legend Airto Moriera, local percussionist Curtis Pierre founded this troupe to promote both the sound and experience of a Brazilian carnival. They were officially recognized in 1993 as the first samba school in New Orleans.
Castille, Hadley, & the Sharecropper Band, 4/24, FDD, 2:50p: The Cajun singer/fiddler is most famous for the 1991 song “200 Lines: I Must Not Speak French,” which protested the enforcement of English speaking in Acadia. His music is likewise about staying true to the roots.
Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm, 5/3, BLU, 1:35p: The backwoods duo from Mississippi Hill Country is made up of blues guitarist Steve Malcolm and R.L. Burnside’s drummer grandson.
Celebrating 40 Years of the Gospel according the Sherman Washington, 4/25, GOS, 11:40a: A tribute to the Zion Harmonizers’ lead vocalist and the man behind the scenes at the Gospel Tent.
Chapman, Topsy, & Solid Harmony, 4/24, ECO, 5:50p: Once a singing waitress on Bourbon Street, Topsy Chapman appeared in the musical One Mo’ Time and now appears at home between regular European tours.
Charles, Rockie, & the Stax of Love, 4/26, BLU, 11:30a: This Bourbon Street regular and returning Jazz Fest artist plays funky soul with a blues flair.
Chase, Leah, 4/25, JAZ, 12:45p: A classically trained opera singer who’s turned to sultry jazz, she’s also the daughter of two famous local restaurateurs.
Che’re, Kim, and the Greater Mount Calvary MBC Choir, 4/30, GOS, 5:35p: Kim Che’re, here accompanied by the Greater Mount Calvary MBC Choir, delivers music which blends soul and R&B while remaining true to her gospel roots.
Chenier, C.J., and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, 5/2, FDD, 5:55p: His late daddy Clifton’s is to zydeco what Thelonious Monk is to modern jazz. C.J.’s no slouch himself, lending his cool R&B Hammond B3 and Fender Rhodes chops as well as carrying on his pop’s signature accordion blues.
Chief Iron Horse and the Black Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians, 4/30, J&H, 1:55p: Former Flaming Arrow Cyril “Iron Horse” Green, who grew up in the Mardi Gras Indian tradition, leads this gang that honors the Seminoles, a major Native American tribe credited with helping Africans escape slavery in Louisiana.
Chief KeKe & the Comanche Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, 4/24, J&H, 11:30a: One of the first Indian tribes to return to the streets after Katrina, facing off with the Wild Magnolias during Mardi Gras 2006.
Chilluns, The (Dave Malone, Johnny Malone, Darcy Malone, Spencer Bohren, Andre Bohren, Cranston Clements, Annie Clements), 5/1, ACU, 11:20a: The offspring of some of the most talented New Orleans’ musician families have joined forces to perform an interesting range of their own compositions, Motown and British Invasion classics.
Christopher, Evan: See Clarinet Woodshead.
Clarinet Woodshed featuring Evan Christopher, Gregory Agid, and Tim Laughlin, 5/1, JAZ, 12:20p: Three of New Orleans’ finest young clarinet impresarios show what they can do on the instrument central to the development of local jazz.
Clark, Guy, 5/3, FDD, 4:20p: In 2006 album, Workbench Songs, by this songwriter’s songwriter was nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album.
Clark, Thais: See Dr. Michael White.
Clayton, Arthur & Purposely Anointed, 4/25, GOS, 11:10a: This group of Gospel singers from Marrero, founded by lead vocalist Arthur Clayton IV, lists Kirk Franklin, Chuck Brown, and the Clark Sisters among their influences. Their CD, Another Level of Praise, was produced by Kimoni Music.
Cleary, Jon, and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, 5/3, GEN, 12:35p: Much of the world knows Cleary as Bonnie Raitt’s piano player; here he’s a piano player from the James Booker school, the leader of a very funky band, and one of the voices of John Scofield’s Piety Street. (Also see John Scofield).
Clements, Jan: See Tipsy Chicks.
Clifton, Chris, 4/30, ECO, 11:15a: Trumpeter Chris Clifton met and had an association with Louis Armstrong and played with his second wife, pianist Lil Hardin.
Cobb, Jimmy: See George Wein and Kind of Blue at 50.
Cocker, Joe, 4/24, ACU, 5:30p: It’s probably John Belushi’s fault that Cocker never got his proper due as one of England’s greatest blue-eyed soul men. He doesn’t always get material that suits his still-mighty voice, but at least he’s stopped recording Bryan Adams songs.
Cohen, Anat: See Howard Alden and George Wein.
Collage, 4/25, GOS, 1:45p: From Ridgeland, Mississippi, a music/dance ministry led by teacher and storyteller Douglas Eltzroth and dancer/choreographer Cynthia Newland.
Coolie Family Gospel Singers, 4/30, GOS, 1:40p: It is a 12-member family affair for this gospel group from New Orleans.
Como Now, 4/24, GOS, 12p: The roots-music junkies who run the Daptone label went in search of pure, a cappella gospel music. They found it in Como, Mississippi, where they recorded an album in one Sunday at the Mt Mariah Church.
Cork Singers, the, 4/25, GOS, 3:30p: Greenville, Mississippi gospel quartet recently celebrated its 24th anniversary with a stirring CD, Still Praising God.
Cowboy Mouth, 5/2, GEN, 3p: The lineup for this area rock band that recently toured Iraq has changed over the years, but the energy and passion haven’t. They still love their audience and the audience still loves them.
Cray, Robert, Band, the, 4/26, GEN, 3:40p: Cray made a splashy introduction to the world with Smoking Gun, playing a version of the blues that reached beyond the traditional blues audience.
Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians, 4/24, J&H, 4:50p: Claiming to be the oldest Mardi Gras Indian tribe; the Creole Wild West has been documented marching since the late 19th Century; and they ain’t tired yet.
Creole Zydeco Farmers, 4/30, FDD, 1:40p: The name’s not as odd as it might sound. Zydeco is rooted in the Creole farm life of Southwestern Louisiana, the culture that produced this combo that bills itself as “the hippest old school band around,” pumping out the sounds that reach from Clifton Chenier to present day.
Crescent City Allstars feat. James Andrews, 4/25, J&H, 4:20p: The Allstars could be any number of people who have played with Andrews recently or recorded with him on the excellent, loose and funky People Get Ready Now.
Crocodile Gumboot Dancers of South Africa, 5/1, FDD, 1:35p; 5/2, BLU, 12:20p, LAG, 3p; 5/3, J&H, 11:15a, FDD 3:10p: These performers from Durban, South Africa return to Jazz Fest.
Culu Children’s Traditional African Dance Company, 4/30, CON, 11a: Dancer and teacher N’Kafu leads this local youth ensemble in African-originated dance programs.
Daigrepont, Bruce, Cajun Band, 4/25, FDD, 1:35p: One of the few major Cajun artists based inside New Orleans, the singer/accordionist began his weekly fais do do to Tipitina’s in 1986; the tradition continues to this day.
Danza, 5/1, LAG, 1:45p: Quartet leaders clarinetist Evan Christopher and pianist Tom McDermott take much of their inspiration from early New Orleans jazz and Louis Moreau Gottschalk.
Dash Rip Rock, 5/3, LAG, 4:35p: The New Orleans punk-rockabilly trio released a new album in 2008, Country Girlfriend, that showed the band had lost none of its knack for a good hook and southern humor.
Dave Matthews Band, 4/26, ACU, 5:30p: Formed in Charlottesville, Virginia, in early 1991 when vocalist/guitarist Dave Matthews decided to put some songs he had written on tape. Now the Dave Matthews Band is a household name and is preparing to release Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King, on June 2.
Davenport, Jeremy, 5/3, 1:45p: Each day is Valentine’s Day with NOLA’s answer to Chet Baker, who recently cut his first album for Basin Street Records. Schooled as the featured trumpeter in Harry Connick, Jr.’s band, the charming and talented St. Louis native has carved out nice career with that aching/tender tone to both his playing and singing on romantic standards and originals, these days holding court at the Ritz-Carlton.
Davis, Jo “Cool”, 4/26, GOS, 11:55a: Gospel singer who has been performing at Jazz Fest for the last decade, and losing a leg to diabetes complications in 2006.
Deacon John, 5/2, CON, 1:45p: The affable old-school, down-home throwback guitarist still rippin’ it up and showing the kids how the game is played at age 67. He has played every Jazz Fest since 1970 and touched almost every semi-popular blues-based genre during that time. (See also Dew Drop Inn Revisited).
Delafose, Geno, and French Rockin’ Boogie, 5/1, FDD, 2:45p: The versatile zydeco leader, who leans toward Cajun and country, jams away on accordion while his band follows suit.
Dew Drop Inn Revisited with Deacon John, Wanda Rouzan, Robert Parker, Al “Carnival Time” Johnson and Allen Toussaint, 4/26, BLU, 4p: A revue that celebrates one of the city’s most storied clubs.
Diabate, Cheick Hamala, of Mali, 5/1, BLU, 1:30p, LAG, 4:35p: Recognized as one of the world’s masters of the ngoni, a Malian traditional instrument, Diabaté is a West African historian in the Griot tradition.
Dillard University Jazz Band, 4/30, LAG, 11:20a: Dillard has stepped up its traditionally strong jazz program is an opportunity to see young, talented musicians.
Dirty Dozen Brass Band presents a Glass House Reunion w/ Rebirth Brass Band, 5/1, 2:05p: The New Orleans-grown bands honor their roots in the Ninth Ward at the Glass House bar.
Dixie Cups, the, 4/25, ACU, 12:50p: This female trio earned a permanent place in pop history with “Chapel of Love,” its even-better follow-up “People Say” and the Mardi Gras Indian-derived “Iko Iko.” Founding sisters Barbara Ann and Rosa Lee Hawkins are now joined by Athelgra Neville, whose four brothers have a group you may know.
DJ Captain Charles, 5/2, CON, 4:55p: DJ Captain Charles is the dean of New Orleans DJs, having moved the crowds for more than 20 years.
DJ Hektik, 4/24, CON, 1:35p: Local mixmaster recently put together the Chopper City mixtape It’s an Army, with contributions by the controversial C-Murder and a roomful of Dirty South rappers.
DJ Jubilee with 5th Ward Weebie and Ms. Tee, 4/25, CON, 12:30p: One of the godfathers of bounce, DJ Jubilee originated the “Back That Ass Up” chant popularized by Juvenile. Weebie’s “Bend it Over” is a recent addition to the list of butt-themed anthems.
DJ Soul Sister, 5/3, 2:45p; AM, 6p: The local DJ dynamo is known for her late-night soul, funk and groove parties that have people dancing in all the cool clubs. Her “Soul Power” show on WWOZ is the longest-running rare groove radio show in the U.S., and on this occasion, she spins before one of her favorites, Chuck Brown. After his set, she’ll interview him at the Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage.
Dopsie, Dwayne, & the Zydeco Hellraisers, 4/25, FDD, 6p: The original Rockin’ Dopsie’s accordionist son stays close to his dad’s blues-inflused style.
Dopsie, Jr Rockin’,. & the Zydeco Twisters, 4/24, BLU, 4:15p: Sounding more of a party animal than his accordionist dad, the second Dopsie is the first washboard player to lead a zydeco band. His grooves are suitably relentless and percussive.
Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans, 5/1, 12:25p: Doreen’s Jazz Orleans is not only a concert but an educational experience for all those unfamiliar with popular New Orleans phrases such as “Jazz Funeral” and “Second Line.”
Dr. John, 5/2, ACU 3:10p; 5/3, AM, 12:15p: Last year the Night Tripper was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, but he’s been a legend for decades. This year, he added to his acclaim with a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album for the intense, political City That Care Forgot. On Sunday, he’ll be interviewed at the Music Heritage Stage by Ben Sandmel.
Driskill Mountain Boys, 5/1, LAG, 6p: Acoustic bluegrass quintet whose home base is the highest peak in Louisiana.
Drive-By Truckers & Booker T. Jones, 4/24, ACU, 3:35p; AM, 6:05p: The absence from Jazz Fest of this great Georgia band has been a real head-scratcher for years now. They’re finally here and Booker T’s got ’em, with a collaborative project titled Potato Hole that crosses deep Southern soul with hints of vintage MGs—if they’d had three Steve Croppers instead of one. After the set, American Routes’ Nick Spitzer will interview Booker T. at the Music Heritage Stage.
Drury, Lynn: See Tipsy Chicks.
Dupin, Fred’s, New Bumpers Revival Jazz Band of France, 4/24, ECO, 1:35p: Bordeaux-born trumpeter Dupin fell in love with Dixieland jazz at a young age; many gigs and a conservatory diploma letter, he realized his dream of recording a CD in New Orleans. Here he pays tribute to the French-born, long-time New Orleans native and clarinet player, the late Jacques Gauthe.
Earth, Wind & Fire, 4/26, AM, 1:45p; CON, 5:30p: Founded by Maurice White, this classic ’70s band is still performing and releasing albums—albeit without White on the road—including this year’s release, The Promise. Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson will be interviewed at 1:45 at the Music Heritage Stage.
Ebony Hillbillies, 4/26, BLU, 2:05p; LAG, 4:40p; AM, 6p: The Ebony Hillbillies are one of the few black string bands in the country. Based in New York City, the band delves into pop, country, bluegrass, folk, jazz and beyond. After the set, they’ll be interviewed at the Music Heritage Stage.
Edegran, Lars, and the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, 5/1, ECO, 6p: Even though he’s lived here since 1966, it still seems funny that one of the top traditional jazz figures in town comes from Sweden. But that’s the case, and his chamber-ish takes on Jelly Roll Morton, Scott Joplin and others are always sparkling.
Egan, David, 4/24, ACU, 12:35p: Swamp-blues keyboardist played in two notable bands, File and Lil’ Band o’ Gold, while accumulating a stack of writing credits. Etta James, Solomon Burke, John Mayall, Irma Thomas and Marcia Ball have all done his tunes; and the title track of Marcia Ball’s Grammy-nominated Peace, Love and BBQ was his.
Electrifying Crown Seekers, The, 5/3, GOS, 12:40p: The Marrero-based gospel band got its start in 1965, with James Williams, Sr. as the only remaining original member, and has been a Jazz Fest fixture for more than 20 years.
Elling, Kurt, 5/3, JAZ, 5:50p: The Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist from Chicago croons in the almost-lost style of Sinatra and occasionally revisits the work of giants like Coltrane.
Elysian Fieldz, 5/3, CON, 1:35p: Sisters (and LSU students) Arin and Alexis Jones hitch the sounds and lessons from their church to a Kanye West-influenced, modern R&B/pop sound.
Ensemble Fatien, 5/2, JAZ, 2:40p: The ensemble featuring Seguenon Kone, Dr. Michael White and Jason Marsalis merges Kone’s African drumming background with different American jazz strains.
E.O.E., 4/26, CON, 11:15a: New Orleans natives push the boundaries beyond brass and blues mixing elements of jazz, hip-hop and funk. E.O.E. stands for Equal Opportunity Employment.
Everest, 5/2, LAG, 1:45p: Los Angeles indie rockers, personally picky by Neil Young to open his current tour, have received praise for their current release Ghost Notes. The opening track “Rebels in the Roses,” a highly addictive tune that would fit nicely in Ryan Adams’ song catalog
Feufollet, 5/2, FDD, 1:45p; AM, 4:45p: The youngest veteran Cajun bands, Feufollet has grown up and become one of the most creative, adventurous Cajun bands as its Cow Island Hop makes clear. Members of the group will also be interviewed by Barry Ancelet at the Music Heritage Stage.
Ferbos, Lionel, and the Palm Court Jazz Band, 5/3, ECO, 11:15a: The 97-year-old traditional jazz trumpeter’s 2008 Jazz Fest appearance seemed as much an audience with a great spiritual eminence as a concert—as it should be, with the musical wisdom he possesses. He’ll share some of that wisdom at 4 p.m. at the Music Heritage Stage.
Fields, Thomas “Big Hat”, and his Foot Stompin’ Zydeco Band, 4/25, FDD, 12:20p: This singer/accordionist started his musical career after hitting his forties. Known for the topical songs “Baldheaded Men” and “Baldheaded Woman.”
First Emmanuel BC Choir, 5/3, GOS, 3:30p: The choir just might be singing some praise to ABC after the network’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition rebuilt their church near St. Charles Avenue a year ago.
Fisher, Patrice, & Arpa feat. Chiko & Rogerio of Brazil, 4/25, LAG, 5:45p: Multicultural collaboration led by Fisher, a New Orleans harpist who leads a Celtic harp ensemble when not exploring a mix of Brazilian, Bolivian and Texas music with her group Arpa.
Fitch, Connie and Dwight, with St. Raymond/St. Leo Gospel Choir, 4/25, GOS, 12:55p: 7th Ward couple Dwight and Connie Fitch do romantic R&B as well as gospel; she’s also sung with Dr. John and Ray Charles.
Fi Yi Yi & the Mandingo Warriors, 5/1, J&H, 11:15a; AM, 2:20p: A Mardi Gras Indian tribe led by Victor Harris that has added some new costuming ideas and outspoken new chants to the repertoire after Katrina. Later in the day, members of Fi Yi Yi will be interviewed by Maurice Martinez at the Music Heritage Stage.
Ford, Frankie, 5/1, GEN, 12:55p: The New Orleans dynamo of “Sea Cruise” fame continues to tour casinos and night clubs, and will perform his legendary brand of rock ’n’ roll’ piano.
Ford, Louis, and his Dixieland Flairs, 4/30, 1:40p: From the beloved Big Band songs of the ’30s and ’40s to present and past New Orleans favorites, Ford has a repertoire that is extensive.
Forgotten Souls Brass Band, 5/1, J&H, 12:25p: The brass band pays its respects to the unique musical traditions of New Orleans with a special blend of second line brass, traditional and modern jazz, funk, hip-hop, and Mardi Gras Indian music.
Foster, Tyronne, & the Arc Singers, 4/26, GOS, 3:30p: These Jazz Fest regulars started in 1987 when Foster started working with the St. Joan of Arc Youth and Young Adult Choir. In 1992, they changed their name and opened their ranks to singers from all denominations.
Fountain, Pete, 4/25, ECO, 4:25p: Of all the dozens of versions of “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans” you’ll hear on the Fair Grounds, none should sound more authentic than that offered by this local-treasure clarinetist.
Fran, Carol, 4/30, AM, 12:45p: See Henry Gray.
Frank, Keith, and the Soileau Zydeco Band, 5/1, FDD, 12:20p: Keith Frank has been entertaining dance floors all around southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas for 15 years. He blends zydeco with other popular styles including soul, hip-hop and rock.
Franklin Avenue BC Mass Choir, 5/2, GOS, 5:55p: One of the city’s biggest and most powerful choirs, they won OffBeat’s Best of the Beat for Best Gospel Artist or Group two years ago.
Freedia & Nobi, 4/24, CON, 2:05p: You want something truly underground, you got it: These two rappers are among the best-known exponents of “sissy bounce,” the gay-and-proud division of hometown hip-hop.
Free Agents Brass Band, 5/2, PAR, 4p: Started by drummer Ellis Joseph after Katrina displaced so many New Orleanians to Atlanta, the group became known as “the people’s” brass band.
French, Bob, and the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band feat. Teedy Boutté, 5/3, ECO, 4:15p: The Original Tuxedo Band has been playing traditional jazz since 1910, and this year they’re joined by the popular vocalist for a long time known as Sista Teedy.
French, George, and the New Orleans Storyville Jazz Band, 5/3, ECO, 2:50p: A member of the French musical family, George French has played bass on any number of hits recorded in New Orleans since the 1960s. His live performances showcase his voice, which brings a light, sensual touch to jazz and blues classics.
Galactic, 4/25, GEN, 3:35p: The funky favorites are getting deeper into their hip-hop phase, which doesn’t mean they won’t come out with a few old-school jams onstage. (Also see Midnight Disturbers).
Gardner, June, & the Fellas, 4/24, ECO, 11:15a: After his tenure as Sam Cooke’s drummer came to an abrupt end with Cooke’s death, June Gardner cut the 1965 instrumental “99 Plus One”—one of those essential grooves beloved by samplers and geeky collectors alike.
Gibson, Banu’s, Hot Jazz with special guest Bucky Pizzarelli, 4/30, ECO, 5:50p: This sextet specializes in the music of the 1920’s and ’30s, ranging from Bessie Smith to Billie Holiday. Her most recent album celebrates Johnny Mercer.
God’s House Westbank Cathedral Choir, 5/1, GOS, 5:55p: Pastor Chip and Polly Radke lead the musical praise at this church, Marrero style.
Golden Blade Mardi Gras Indians, 4/25, J&H, 11:15a: Led by the now Houston-based tribal Big Chief Derrick Hulin and Big Queen Patrice Gordon, the Golden Blades, dating back to 1924, promise to give a raucous performance for the city of their origin.
Golden Sioux Mardi Gras Indians, 5/3, PAR, 4p: This Mardi Gras Indian tribe parades through the Fair Grounds.
Golden Star Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, 4/26, J&H, 11:30a: Led by Big Chief Larry Bannock for more than 30 years now, the Golden Star Hunters battle for the preservation of the beaded and feathered traditions of this truly singular and rich subculture.
Gospel Soul Children, 4/24, GOS, 12:50p: This choir formed 22 years ago at the First Emmanuel Baptist Church in New Orleans.
Gospel Stars, Rev. Mark and the, 5/3, GOS, 11:05a: This male gospel septet led by Rev. Mark and Mike Sandifer started in 1985 but found its current form in 2003.
Gray, Henry & the Cats feat. Carol Fran, 4/25, BLU, 11:25a: Born in Kenner, Gray was Howlin’ Wolf’s pianist between 1956-68; and played a stack of other landmark gigs—including Mick Jagger’s 55th birthday party—when not working as a roofer for the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board. He’s joined by Fran, the Lafayette-born blues singer.
Greater Antioch Full Mass Choir, 5/2, GOS, 2:30p: This choir is known locally for packing St. Louis Cathedral during Christmas season.
Green’s, Tony, Gypsy Jazz, 5/2, LAG, 12:30p: Green is not only a popular gypsy jazz guitarist but is renowned for the New Orleans mural that adorns the wall of the Rock ’n’ Bowl.
Griffin, Patty, 5/1, FDD, 4:15p: Known for her down-home crafting of folk, Americana and gospel songs, the singer-songwriter has been covered in various genres by everyone from Bette Midler to Jessica Simpson.
Gringo de Choro, 4/24, LAG, 6p: Bonerama and New Orleans Nightcrawlers trombonist Rick Trolsen went to Rio de Janeiro and fell in love with Brazilian jazz, which he explores in his own band project.
Grunch, Benny, and the Bunch, 5/3, LAG, 6p: A New Orleans institution, Grunch and his madcap Bunch shine a knowing, satiric light on “yat” culture.
Guitar Slim, Jr., 4/24, AM, 4p; 4/26, BLU, 12:25p: The Grammy-nominated son of Eddie “Guitar Slim” Jones does the things his father used to do—mix the blues with soul and play a mean guitar—while giving them a contemporary twist. Slim will be interviewed Friday at the Music Heritage Stage.
Guy, Buddy, 5/3, BLU, 5:45p: Originally from Lettsworth, the five-time Grammy-winning blues and rock guitarist served as inspiration for the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Hall, Joe, & the Cane Cutters, 4/26, FDD, 11:15a: Arnaudville native Joe Hall studied the art of the single-row accordion with the legendary Bois Sec Ardoin, just one indication of his commitment to the more traditional form of zydeco.
Hall, Reggie, and the Twilighters feat. Lady Bee, 5/2, CON, 11:20a: Piano player Reggie Hall is Fats Domino’s brother-in-law, and he presents the classic R&B sounds you’d expect.
Harlem Blues and Jazz Band, 4/26, ECO, 5:45p: An authentic swing band founded in 1973 and is considered by many as a “national treasure”.
Harper, Ben, & Relentless7, 4/30, ACU, 5:30p: Harper will release the first album, White Lies for Dark Times, with his new band, the Relentless7, through Virgin Records in May of 2009.
Harris, Emmylou, 4/30, AM, 3p; GEN, 5:35p: Harris released her latest solo album, All I Intended to Be, in June of 2008 to critical acclaim. Known for her ability to bridge genres like folk, country, bluegrass, pop, and alternative rock, she has also recorded with artists from Neil Young to Johnny Cash and of course, Gram Parsons. Ben Sandmel will interview Harris at 3 p.m. at the Music Heritage Stage.
Harrison, Donald, and the Spirit of Congo Square w/ Dr. Lonnie Smith, 4/24, AM, 1:50p; JAZ, 4p: Locally-born alto saxophonist made his name with Art Blakey’s Jazz messengers and later recorded some essential discs fusing jazz with Mardi Gras Indian chants. He’s joined by Dr. Lonnie Smith, whose new Rise Up he guests on. At 1:50, Harrison will be interviewed at the Music Heritage Stage by Jason Patterson.
Haynes, Roy’s, Fountain of Youth Band, 4/24, JAZ, 5:40p: Octogenarian drummer Haynes has played with virtually everybody—Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk, for starters. His current band flirts with fusion but draws from six decades’ worth of jazz history.
Henderson, Lyle, and Emmanuel, 5/3, GOS, 1:30p: Billed as “New Orleans’ Prince of Gospel”, this smooth-voiced singer has performed with the likes of Shirley Caesar and Edwin Hawkins. He’s lately played weekly gospel shows at Preservation Hall.
Heritage School of Music Band, 4/26, LAG, 11:15a: This group features top young students from the Jazz and Heritage Foundation’s community music education program. Legendary educator and musician Kidd Jordan directs this high school-aged jazz band.
High Ground Drifters Bluegrass Band, 4/24, FDD, 11:15a: Last summer this local quintet began a series of “Shock ’n’ Awe Bluegrass Shows” designed to snag themselves a Jazz Fest slot. Evidently it worked.
Higher Heights, 5/3, GEN, 11:20a: The local reggae/roots band performs.
Highsteppers Brass Band, 5/3, PAR, 5p: Hailing from the Sixth Ward, the Highsteppers were among the first to add rap to the traditional brass band sound.
Hill, J.D., 5/2, BLU, 11:15a: J.D. Harmonica player Hill made his mark with J.D. and the Jammers, who were regulars at Benny’s on Valence Street.
Honey Island Swamp Band, 4/30, GEN, 11:30a: A product of Hurricane Katrina this group of displaced artists joined forces after being displaced to San Francisco.
Hot Club of New Orleans, 5/2, ECO, 1:35p: “Rebuilding New Orleans one song at a time,” the Clubbers say, and in their case it’s a song of swingin’ acoustic gypsy jazz in the very free spirit of Django Reinhardt and beyond.
Huff, George: See Roland Jack.
Hulin, T.K.: See Warren Storm.
Iguanas, the, 5/1, FDD, 6p: Definitely one of New Orleans’ most popular roots-rock outfits, the Iguanas were voted Best Roots Rock Band of 2008 at this year’s Best of the Beat Awards, and their recent album, If You Should Ever Fall on Hard Times won Best Roots Rock Album Band.
Imagination Movers, 4/25, ACU, 11:25a: One of the coolest things to hit Walt Disney in decades, these bubbly popsters got discovered by the mouse during a 2005 show at the Kids’ Tent.
Ilê Ayiê of Brazil, 4/25, PAR, 3:15p; J&H, 5:45p; 4/26, PAR, 2:30p; J&H, 3:45p: Long-running Afro-Brazilian troupe, some of whom worked with David Byrne during his world-music phase. The group’s membership swells to a hundred-plus during Carnival time.
Inspirational Gospel Singers, 4/30, GOS, 12:05p: Kenner natives, these vocalists have been performing throughout the country since 1985.
I’Voire Spectacle feat. Seguenon Kone, 4/30, CON, 1:40p: In 1997 Kone formed the group le ballet I’Voire Spectacle, a West African drum and dance ensemble and produced several original productions. He has established a new version of the project in New Orleans when he moved here.
J. Monque’D Blues Band, 5/1, BLU, 12:15p: This Uptown harp player and long-time bandleader is a blues classicist.
Jack, Roland, and Dillard University’s VisionQuest Chorale feat. George Huff, 5/2, GOS, 1:30p: Jack leads Dillard’s VisionQuest Chorale, a group formed from a program that offers students vocation assistance. Local gospel performer George Huff, of Season Three American Idol fame, joins them.
Jackson, Charles, & the Jackson Travelers, 4/30, GOS, 2:30p: The Travelers’ style is unmistakably gospel, but also layered with a strong R&B sound. This influence is most readily apparent with singer Charles Jackson’s raw R&B-style shout-singing.
Jambalaya Cajun Band, 5/1, FDD, 11:15a: The pride of Breaux Bridge has been making great Cajun dance music since 1977, well before anyone had heard of blackened anything.
James, Etta, & the Roots Band, 4/26, GEN, 5:35p: James is a three-time Grammy winner and currently enjoying the rejuvenation of a career that has spanned decades and continents.
Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, 4/30, ACU, 12:35p: Forget the Big Easy, this is The Big Awesome sez the title of Sketch and the D-Notes’s latest thought-provoking collection of skewed N’awlins’ alt-cabaret swing-rock pop.
Johnson, Al “Carnival Time”: See Dew Drop Inn Revisited.
Johnson Extension, the, 5/2, GOS, 4:50p: Led by Clark Knighten, this Catholic ensemble from Marrero sings hymns with a traditional flair.
Jones, Connie, 4/24, ECO, 12:25p: The cornetist proved on Creole Nocturne, last year’s CD with pianist Tom McDermott that “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans” can still be worth another play.
Jones, Leroy, Presents the Fairview Brass Band Alumni Tribute to Danny Barker, 4/24, AM, 12:45p; ECO, 4:20p: Beloved musical personality Danny Barker established a program at Fairview Baptist Church in 1970, aiming to introduce the kids to traditional jazz. Trumpeter Jones, then 13, was one of the first recruits. At 12:45, Jones will be interviewed at the Music Heritage Stage. (Also see New Orleans Helsinki Connection).
Jones, Sharon, & the Dap-Kings, 4/26, AM, 3p; BLU, 5:30p: This young band embraces everything about retro soul, and they’re fronted by the real deal in the dynamic Sharon Jones. Jones will be interviews at the Music Heritage Stage at 3.
Jonno and Bayou DeVille, 4/25, FDD, 11:15a: Eclectic fiddler and Charivari member, Jonno Frishberg is perhaps the first Cajun musician to record a reggae version of “Jambalaya.”
Jordan, Kidd, Al Fielder and the IAQ, 5/2, JAZ, 1:25p: Jordan is one of the pioneers in New Orleans avant-garde jazz—one who has also performed with the legends of R&B and teaches the Jazz and Heritage Foundation’s Heritage School of Jazz Band. (Also see Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp).
Jordan, Marlon, Quartet, 4/24, JAZ, 12:40p: Beating Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr. by two years each, Jordan was the youngest New Orleans jazz bandleader signed to a major label when he joined Columbia at age 17. After a stay in Brazil, he now records and tours with his vocalist sister Stephanie.
Jordan, Stephanie, 4/25, JAZ, 3:45p: Vocalist daughter of saxophonist Kidd Jordan, she won nationwide raves for her performance of “Here’s to Life” at the Lincoln Center hurricane relief concert.
Joseph, Kirk’s, Backyard Groove, 4/30, J&H, 4:25p: The one-time sousaphone player for the Dirty Dozen changed how the instrument is played in New Orleans. (Also see Midnight Disturbers).
Julio y Cesar, 5/2, LAG, 11:20a: The group helps keep Latin rhythms alive in the Crescent City.
Kent, Luther, and Trickbag, 5/3, BLU, 4:10p: This year, it won’t be a surprise if blues belter Luther Kent celebrates one of the musicians that influenced him—Bobby “Blue” Bland—who he paid tribute to on his recent album, The Bobby Bland Songbook.
Kerr, Clyde: See Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp.
Kid Simmons’ Local International Allstars, 4/26, ECO, 11:20a: This UK-born trumpeter moved to New Orleans in 1970 and joined the Young Tuxedo Brass Band—his introduction to the musical life in the Crescent City.
Kind of Blue at 50 featuring Jimmy Cobb, 5/2, AM, 2:30p; JAZ, 5:40p: With his So What Band, the legendary drummer—the only living member from the original recording—interprets Miles Davis’ groundbreaking album. Cobb will also be interviewed by Ashley Kahn at the Music Heritage Stage.
King, Chris Thomas, 5/2, BLU, 4:15p: The local blues musician and actor is known for his blues songs in the Coen Brothers’ film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, but in real life he conceived the first sample-based blues concept album in the early 1990s by writing and producing the first all-rap/blues album for RCA Records titled 21st Century Blues…From Da Hood.
King, Little Freddie, 4/30, BLU, 12:25p: One of the Jazz Fest originals, King’s blues follow a lineage back to his Mississippi childhood, but the songs are set in modern day New Orleans.
Kings of Leon, 5/2, GEN, 4:55p: This Grammy Award-winning, alternative rock band from Nashville is made up of three brothers, and one cousin, who learned to play drums, guitar and bass as kids while performing gospel songs in church. Their dad, Leon, was a Pentecostal minister.
Kinky, 4/26, ACU, 2:10p: This energetic Latin band from Monterrey, Mexico blends rock, funk and electronic beats.
Kole, Ronnie, 4/30, ECO, 3p: A life-long piano player, Kole has 28 CDs/albums to his name. He has a long list of prestigious honors, both on the piano and in the community. Al Hirt was a major influence.
Kone, Seguenon: See I’Voire Spectacle and Ensemble Fatien.
Kouyate, Morikeba, Kora Konnection of Senegal and Friends, 4/25, JAZ, 11:15a: Morikeba Kouyate is known throughout West Africa for his electrifying performances and virtuosity with the traditional African stringed kora.
Krown, Joe, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Russell Batiste, 4/25, GEN, 11:30a: This incarnation of Joe Krown’s organ trio steps away from Jimmy Smith in a decidedly funkier direction. Their musical home is the Maple Leaf, where they recorded a live album last year.
Kumbuka African Drum & Dance Collective, 4/24, J&H, 12:45p: Founded n 1983 and based in New Orleans, this troupe brings African music and dance to grade schools throughout Louisiana. Members range from ages 9 to 55.
Ladysmith Redlions of South Africa, 4/24, CON, 11:15a; BLU, 1:30p; AM, 5p: This choir from South Africa sings spirituals, and members will be interviewed at the Music Heritage Stage at 5 p.m.
Landreth, Sonny, 4/26, GEN, 2:10p: Lafayette’s Sonny Landreth is one of the finest slide guitarists in the world; even Eric Clapton is fan, calling him “one of the most advanced” guitar players in the world.
Landrum, Pamela: See Tribute to Mahalia Jackson.
Landry, Drew, Band, 5/1, LAG, 11:25a: Now calling themselves Bandry Land, leader Drew Landry believes the best music comes from “the fields, dirt roads, and dancehalls of Texas and Louisiana.” Landry’s evolution as a songwriter and storyteller is the subject of Josh Hyde’s documentary Last Man Standing, currently in post-production.
Laughlin, Tim, 5/1, ECO, 4:35p: Pete Fountain’s protégé makes his clarinet dance like few others. (Also see Clarinet Woodshed).
Lazerus, 5/3, CON, 11:20a: R&B and funk from New Orleans led by Troy Lazerus.
Ledet, Corey, and his Zydeco Band, 4/30, FDD, 11:25a: Zydeco musician originally from Houston, Texas has a talent for any accordion.
Ledet, Rosie & the Zydeco Playboys, 4/30, FDD, 6p: The sultry zydeco accordionist has been called the Tina Turner of the genre. She sings the songs with a big, bluesy tone.
Lee, Bryan, and the Blues Power Band, 5/2, BLU, 2:45p: The blues guitarist held a gig at the Old Absinthe House on Bourbon Street for 15 years. Now he and his band tour the U.S. and abroad.
Lee, John, and the Heralds of Christ, 5/1, GOS, 12:05p: The Jazz Fest perennial once collaborated with Luther Kent on a soulful New Orleans Style Gospel and Holidays Spirituals album.
Leviticus Gospel Choir, 5/1, GOS, 1:45p: These Jazz Fest veterans—three women and one man—are often joined by a young female family member bringing the total to three generations on stage. Some stinging guitar playing adds extra punch.
Lewis, Clancy “Blue Boy”, 4/25, AM 1:20p: OffBeat contributor David Kunian interviews Clancy “Blue Boy” Lewis.
Lil’ Brian and the Travelers, 5/3, FDD, 1:50p: Lil’ Brian and his band aim to revolutionize zydeco music. He followed the Buckwheat Zydeco-produced Funky Nation with Worldwide in 2007, presenting a contemporary take on the sound.
Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials, 4/30, BLU, 4:30p: Ed Williams, aka Lil’ Ed, is continuing a family tradition as he tours and records with his bandmates of 25 years, the Blues Imperials. Williams’ uncle, Chicago blues great J.B. Hutto, is a major influence on his career.
Lil’ Malcolm & the House Rockers, 4/26, FDD, 1:40p: This five-man band centers on guitarist Percy Walker and his sons: drummer Percy Walker, Jr. and accordionist Lil’ Malcolm Walker. Their music is inspired by zydeco legends Buckwheat Zydeco and Rockin’ Dopsie,
Lindell, Eric, 5/3, BLU, 2:50p: The prolific guitarist brought his California guitar to New Orleans in the late ’90s. He evokes shades of adult easy listening electric blues: smooth, earthy and immensely swayable.
Locos por Juana, 4/26, CON, 12:30p; AM, 5p: This Grammy-nominated Latin band from Miami blends a variety of Caribbean musical styles with hip-hop and rock. Members of the group will be interviewed at 5 in the Music Heritage Stage.
Los Lobos, 5/3, AM, 1:20p; GEN, 3:45p: One of America’s most distinctive and original bands of the ’80s had a hit with “La Bamba” in 1987, and since then they’ve explored American roots music from an East L.A. perspective. Before their set, Steve Berlin and Louis Perez will be interviewed by American Routes’ Nick Spitzer at the Music Heritage Stage.
Lost Bayou Ramblers, 4/24, FDD, 12p: This young band is practically the Pogues of Cajun music—not because they punk up the songs, but because they pick up on the lively energy that was already there.
Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp Alumni Band, 4/30, JAZ, 1:35p: The Jazz Camp is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the legacy of its namesake and the jazz art form.
Lounge, Bobby, featuring Sarah Quintana, 5/2, LAG, 4:15p: Lounge’s piano playing is informed by southern gospel, blues and barrelhouse piano players. Local jazz singer Sarah Quintana, who also performs with the Loose Marbles and New Orleans Moonshiners, joins him on stage.
Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble, 4/26, ECO, 12:25p: Formed in 1979, this group faithfully recreates the earliest jazz. Taking their music from printed scores, old recordings and archival manuscripts, they use period instruments and “absolutely authentic formats.”
Loyola University Jazz Band, 4/26, JAZ, 11:15a: Directed by trumpeter John Mahoney, this collegiate group includes many of the city’s finest young players.
Lucia, Ingrid, 4/25, LAG, 1:50p: Perhaps the only singer alive to make “Rhinestone Cowboy” sound seductive, this jazz-blues chanteuse is a lifelong performer learned to sing and perform with her family group, the Flying Neutrinos.
Mahogany Brass Band, 4/25, J&H, 2:55p: This young band prefers to steer clear of funk and hip-hop influences and stick with the traditional New Orleans brass sound.
Marisa y Mariachi Agave, 5/1, LAG, 12:30p: Mariachi Agave released Mexican Mariachi in 2005, and is joined by the talented Marisa Orduño.
Marley, Julian, and Uprising Band, 5/1, CON, 3:50p: The British reggae musician and son of Bob Marley is set to release a new album, Awake, in April.
Marsalis, Delfeayo, presents “Such Sweet Thunder” (Duke & Shak), 4/30, JAZ, 2:50p: The trombone-playing member of the Marsalis family performs a 12-part suite by Duke Ellington inspired by the works of Shakespeare.
Marsalis, Ellis, 5/3, JAZ, 2:55p: The legendary modern jazz pianist and patriarch of the Marsalis family who holds court Fridays at Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro recorded an excellent tribute to Thelonious Monk last year, An Open Letter to Thelonious.
Marsalis, Jason: See Ensemble Fatien.
Marsalis, Wynton, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, 4/24, CON, 4:40p; 4/25, AM, 11:30a; JAZ, 5:30p: No stranger to ambitious concepts, the prolific trumpeter devotes his forthcoming album He & She to the nature of male-female romance, with the meaning of life thrown in on the side. And unlike some of Marsalis’ conceptual projects, it’s got catchy tunes and jokes. At 11:30 a.m., Lolis Eric Elie will interview Marsalis at the Music Heritage Stage.
Martin, Sharon, 4/30, JAZ, 12:20p: A New Orleans native, and self-proclaimed “folk’s singer,” Sharon Martin blends her folksy rhythms with both R&B and jazz.
Masekela, Hugh, 4/26, JAZ, 5:40p: 1968’s “Grazing in the Grass” made this trumpet and flugelhorn player’s biggest mark in America—winning a Grammy—but it barely hints at his music’s South African origins.
Mayall, John, 5/2, BLU, 5:50p: The pioneering English blues singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has been influential in the careers of many instrumentalists, from Eric Clapton to Mick Fleetwood. A side note: Allen Toussaint occasionally produced Mayall’s records.
Mayfield, Irvin, and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, 5/2, JAZ, 4p: Mayfield has established himself as one of the city’s leading trumpeters and a cultural force, whether directing this large ensemble, opening a venue in the Royal Sonesta, or walking the halls of power.
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, 5/3, CON, 5:20p: For nearly 30 years, the R&B/soul group led by Philadelphia-born Beverly has released hits and been an Essence festival regular since its inception.
McCormick, Jim, and the Rarelies, 4/26, FDD, 12:25p: This long-time New Orleanian lives in Nashville and writes on Music Row; last year his songs were on Grammy-nominated albums by Randy Travis and Trisha Yearwood.
McCoury, Del, Band, 4/25, FDD, 4:25p: One of the living masters of bluegrass, McCoury can trace his career from playing alongside Bill Monroe in the ’60s to recording Beatles and Dave Matthews songs last year. He recorded early this year in Preservation Hall with a number of special guests.
McDonogh No. 35 High School Gospel Choir, 4/24, GOS, 3:20p: This was the first New Orleans public high school to form a gospel choir.
McGovern, Betsy, and the Poor Clares, 5/3, LAG, 11:20a: Irish Bayou music, carrying on the spirit of the lamented O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub in the French Quarter, where the band formed. Grab some Guinness and an alligator sauce piquante.
McLain, Tommy: See Warren Storm.
McMain High School Gospel Choir, 4/30, GOS, 11:30a: Gospel group based at the secondary school in Orleans Parish.
McMurray, Alex, 4/30, LAG, 4:10p: One of the busiest and most prolific musicians in town, McMurray’s musical endeavors include the Tin Men and his sea shanties project, the Valparaiso Men’s Chorus. This show could go any number of directions—all of interest.
Melody Clouds, 4/30, GOS, 3:20p: Melody Clouds was organized by Leo Jackson, Sr. in 1965. Originally, the group was made up of family members. Now, the group has four family members and four new additions.
Menard, D.L., and the Louisiana Aces, 5/3, FDD, 12:30p: You don’t have to know Cajun music to love and recognize “The Back Door,” or to understand why this singer’s gotten a few decades worth of Hank Williams comparisons.
Meter Men: Leo, Zig & George, 4/30, ACU, 3:35p: Three of the four members of the funk pioneers the Meters reunite to show all the city and Jam Nation’s funk bands how it’s done.
Midnite Disturbers, 5/2, J&H, 5:55p: Kevin O’Day and Galactic’s Stanton Moore beat the drums for the wildest, most star-studded brass band around, with Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Big Sam Williams, Kirk Joseph, Ben Ellman and Skerik among those doin’ the disturbin’ at whatever hour it happens to be.
Mighty Chariots of Fire, 4/26, AM, 12:45p; GOS, 5:50p: A world-renowned gospel group from New Orleans that has been praising the Lord for over 40 years. Members will be interviewed at 12:45 at the Music Heritage Stage.
Mirabal, Robert, Band, 4/26, CON, 2p: Two-time Grammy winner, Mirabal is a musician, composer, painter, master craftsman, poet, actor, screenwriter, horseman and farmer who travels around the world playing his traditional flute.
Mississippi Mass Choir, 4/30, GOS, 4:20p: Having toured the world for more than 10 years, the Mississippi Mass Choir has garnered numerous accolades and awards for delivering both uplifting music and a positive global message.
Mitchell, VaShawn, and Friends, 5/1, GOS, 4:40p: The gospel singer from Chicago performs everything from old-school church songs to urban inspirationals.
Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, 5/2, PAR, 1p: This Mardi Gras Indian tribe is led by Big Chief Tyrone Cabby.
Mooney, John, & Bluesiana, 4/25, BLU, 4:25p: Local guitar-slinger whose gravelly voice and scorching slide give his hard-living tales the ring of truth.
Morning Star BC Choir, 5/2, GOS, 11:05a: The large local church choir performs with members whose ages range from the teens to the 70s.
Mount Hermon BC Mass Choir, 5/1, GOS, 2:35p: This mass choir is based in Baton Rouge.
Musiq Soulchild, 5/1, CON, 5:40p: Philly soul meets popular contemporary R&B pained-heart crooning. Taalib Johnson sings of heartbreak and missed possibilities and looks absolutely fantastic in dark shades.
MyNameIsJohnMichael, 4/24, LAG, 3:05p: Local songwriter who wrote and recorded one tune a week during 2008 and made them all available for free download. More impressively, a lot of those 52 songs were pretty good, ranging from geek-sensitive to grunge-nasty. They’ve been boiled down to 13 for his new album, The People That Come and Go.
Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, 5/3, FDD, 5:55p: One of the zydeco artists, Nathan Williams is also the author of the two greatest hog songs ever written.
Native Nations Intertribal with Lyndon Alec, the Hoop Dancer, 4/24, NA, 12p, 3:50p; 4/25, NA, 12p, 2:25p, 5:30p; 4/26, NA, 12:05p, 1:25p, 2:50p: This Native American dance demonstration features Alec, a Texan living on the Alabama-Couchatta Reservation.
Neal, Kenny, 5/3, BLU, 12:25p: Last year, this member of the storied Baton Rouge blues family returned to performing and recording with Let Life Flow after dealing with the onset of hepatitis C.
Neville, Aaron, 5/2, GOS, 3:30p: Fans will attest that you haven’t really heard Aaron Neville until you’ve caught one of his soul-stirring sets in the Gospel Tent. Last year’s included a full band.
Neville Brothers, the, 5/3, ACU, 5:40p: Jazz Fest without the Nevilles seemed strange, so last year’s return was something special. They’re once again playing their traditional Fest closing slot.
Neville, Charmaine, Band, 5/1, GEN, 2:25p: Charles Neville’s daughter is an entertainer in the best sense of the word, combining jazz and New Orleans R&B in a spirited, sassy performance.
Neville, Ivan, and Dumpstaphunk, 4/25, GEN, 2:05p: Ivan Neville has been around a few blocks by now, but this old-school funk band sounds like the one he was born to lead.
New Birth Brass Band, 4/30, CON, 2:55p: Having been honored on MTV among various national publications, the young, vibrant ensemble is a recognizable fixture in the New Orleans brass band scene.
New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra, 5/3, ECO, 1:30p: New Orleans’ greatest 1890s cover band, when the shipboard dance music and early jazz they recreate was written. The multi-generational, multi-disciplinary lineup makes New Leviathan an art project as much as an act of musicology and a band.
New Orleans Bingo! Show, the, 5/2, AM, 12:20p; LAG, 5:50p: Combining carnival revelry with a parlor game usually played in church basements, the New Orleans Bingo! Show is madcap vaudeville, set to songs with a heart courtesy of singer Clint Maedgen. Maedgen will also be interviewed at the Music Heritage Stage by Alison Fensterstock.
New Orleans Helsinki Connection, 5/2, ECO, 12:25p: The brainchild of local trumpeter Leroy Jones and his Finnish wife trombonist Katja Toivola, this group of local and Helsinki-based musicians plays traditional New Orleans jazz with a youthful, contemporary style, and has been playing together in various bands for years.
New Orleans Jazz Ramblers, 5/3, ECO, 12:20p: Band formed in 2005 by local players who were “blown” to Memphis after Katrina. Their sound fuses brass band roots with the more uptown touches of electric keyboard and full drum kit.
New Orleans Jazz Vipers, 4/25, ECO, 12:25p: Traditionally-minded septet recently added a post-Katrina anthem, “Hope You’re Comin’ Back to New Orleans,” to its repertoire of more vintage jazz standards.
New Orleans Klezmer Allstars, 5/2, FDD, 4:25p: In New Orleans, musicians borrow styles. In this case, the Allstars reinterpreted the klezmer tradition (Jewish folk music that contains elements of Gypsy, Central European, Turkish and Greek music) and made it even more danceable.
New Orleans Moonshiners, the, 5/1, ECO, 11:15a: This collaboration of several dedicated young musicians are intent on keeping alive traditional New Orleans-style jazz, with a repertoire that includes spirituals, Tin Pan Alley, swing and hot jazz from the ’20s.
New Orleans Nightcrawlers, 4/24, J&H, 3:15p: Local group fusing a funkified brass-band sound with a Gil Evans’-inspired approach to composition. They’ve just wrapped up a CD with guest shots from Brian Stoltz, Stanton Moore and other heavy hitters.
New Orleans Spiritualettes, 4/24, GOS, 1:40p: This female gospel quintet was first heard doing weekly like radio shows on radio station WBOK in the early ’60s. Group founder Ruby Ray remains in the performing lineup.
New Wave Brass Band, 5/1, PAR, 1:30p: Don’t be fooled by the name: This band fronted by snare drummer Oscar Washington is more likely to play “The Saints” and “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” than Cars and Devo covers.
Nineveh BC Mass Choir, 4/25, GOS, 2:35p: The exuberant Ninevah Mass Choir, directed by Minister of Music Hezekiah Brinson, Jr., released a much-anticipated debut CD two years ago titled, Worship.
NOCCA Jazz Ensemble, 4/25, JAZ, 11:25a: Student group from the secondary school whose graduates include Harry Connick Jr., Nicholas Payton and the Marsalis brothers.
O. Perry Walker Charter High School Choir, 4/30, GOS, 12:55p: Local students from the West Bank bring their musical talents to the stage.
O’Jays, the, 5/2, CON, 5:30p: The soul/R&B group had their first hit in 1963 with “Lonely Drifter,” but didn’t break out onto the scene until they released “Back Stabbers” in 1972, when they joined the ranks of Philly soul greats.
Omar, Fredy, con su Banda, 5/1, GEN, 11:25a: Honduran-born salsero Omar has fronted New Orleans’ leading Latin dance band since arriving in the city in the mid-’90s.
Ori Culture Danse Club of Benin, 4/30, AM, 5p; 5/1, CON, 11:25a; J&H, 4:20p; 5/2, J&H, 3:05p; 5/3, BLU, 11:20a; J&H, 4:20p: The dance group comes all the way from West Africa to entertain.
Original Dixieland Jazz Band, 5/2, ECO, 11:15a: The New Orleans jazz tradition lives through the ODJB, which in 2006 was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for the 1917 recording of “Darktown Strutter’s Ball.” The bandleader is trumpeter Jimmy LaRocca, son of founder Nick.
Original Last Straws, 4/30, ECO, 12:25p: This traditional New Orleans jazz band has been playing together for nearly half a century.
Orishas of Cuba, 4/26, CON, 3:35p: This Latin rap group of Cuban expatriates blend Latin rhythms with hip-hop.
Osborne, Anders, 4/30, ACU, 2:05p: Osborne is a phenomenal blues-rock guitarist, particularly when he’s able to rein in his jamming tendencies and stay focused. (Also see Voice of the Wetlands Allstars).
¡Otra!, 5/2, ACU, 11:15a: Bassist Sam Price formed this Afro-Cuban jazz outfit in 2002, adding conguero “Pupi” Menes, Cristobal “El Canon” Cruzado and Gabriel Vasquez sharing timbale, saxophonist Brent Rose, trumpeter Eric Lucero and pianist/guitarist Rob Block.
Owen, Judith, 4/25, LAG, 4:15p: Welsh-born singer first made a mark as part of Richard Thompson’s band, where she sang a gorgeous “Cry Me a River” during his “2000 Years of Popular Music” show. Her own albums merge a jazz vocalist’s sense of melody with a singer/songwriter’s lyricism.
Owens, Chris, 4/25, ECO, 3p; 5/1, AM, 4:45p: Old-school burlesque artist, beloved local character and unofficial queen of Bourbon Street. She will be interviewed by Peggy Scott Laborde at the Music Heritage Stage on the second Friday.
Panorama Jazz Band, 5/3, LAG, 1:45p: Panorama has been working on the follow-up to the aptly named 2005 album, Panoramaland. They merge the globe to produce a Balkan-Klezmer-Latin-tropical-second-line dance music.
Papa Grows Funk, 4/26, GEN, 12:45p: “Papa” John Gros’ B3-fuelled combo has evolved from a Meters-inspired band to a funky force of its own, with powerhouse players like well-traveled guitarist June Yamagishi in tow.
Paquette, David: See Tommy Sancton.
Parker, Robert: See Dew Drop Inn Revisited.
Paris, Eddie “Chops”, 4/30, J&H, 5:50p: A charismatic trombonist and vocalist, Eddie Boh “Chops” Paris plays an energetic version of the traditional brass band sound.
Paulin Brothers Brass Band, 4/30, J&H, 12:30p: Brothers; Philip, Dwayne and Aaron represent the tradition of the brass band. They work to maintain the integrity of their music and honor the musicians that have passed, such as their father, Ernest “Doc” Paulin who organized the band in the early 1920s.
Paulin, Roderick, & the Big Easy Groovers, 4/26, JAZ, 12:20p: This is a new band for saxophone player Roderick from the venerable Paulin family.
Payton, Nicholas, 4/30, JAZ, 5:55p: His latest album, Into the Blue. echoes the cooler end of Miles Davis’ late-’60 sound, answering the question of where he was going to go after his 2001 album Dear Louis.
Payton, Walter, and Filé Gumbo, 5/1, ECO, 1:45p: Bassist and sousaphonist Payton has kept Crescent City jazz going with Preservation Hall bands, his own combos and as a valued teacher handing it off to several generations of kids, including his son, trumpet star Nicholas.
Percussion Inc., 5/2, J&H, 4:25p: Dedicated drummer Luther Gray brings African drums together with modern instruments, taking the sounds of Congo Square from the past to the present.
Pfister Sisters’ 30th Anniversary, 4/26, ECO, 1:45p: Since 1979, the Pfister Sisters have been delighting audiences with their recreations of the close harmony singing of New Orleans’ own Boswell Sisters of the ’20s and ’30s.
Pine Leaf Boys, 4/26, FDD, 2:55p: This Grammy-nominated young Cajun band moves forward by looking to tradition, then playing as if they just invented everything. Led by Wilson Savoy, son of Cajun music’s first couple Marc and Ann Savoy.
Pinettes Brass Band, 5/1, J&H, 2:55p: The world’s only all-female brass band, all of whose members attended the catholic school St. Mary’s Academy.
Pinstripe Brass Band, 5/2, J&H, 12:30p: Since 1978 the Pinstripes have been a regular fixture at the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club’s annual Mardi Gras parade. Their signature yellow and black caps are easy to pick out in second lines as well.
Pizzarelli, Bucky: See Banu Gibson.
Po’ Henry & Tookie, 4/30, LAG, 1:40p: Born, Henry Dorsey, in the small town of Oak Ridge, Louisiana, Po’ Henry is the son of a sharecropper. He joined with and harmonica player Tookie Collom and together they play a style of blues reminiscent of some of the great blues legends.
Porter, Jr., George: See Meter Men, A Tribute to Snooks Eaglin, John Scofield.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band, 5/2, ECO, 4:25p: From St. Peter Street to the world over, for over 48 years the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has personified the joyous spirit of traditional New Orleans music.
Prudhomme, Willis, & Zydeco Express, 4/24, FDD, 1:35p: This Kinder native left a soybean-farming career to begin playing accordion at age 45; he later worked with John Delafose and Beau Jocque. Prudhomme is responsible for one of the greatest song titles in zydeco history, “Makin’ Love in the Chicken Coop.”
Radiators, the, 5/3, GEN, 5:40p: The Radiators jammed well before there even were jam bands, and they remain as musically adventurous as ever after three decades of performance.
Raitt, Bonnie, 5/1, ACU, 3:30p: The nine-time Grammy winner performs her blend of country, folk and blues rock.
Rankin, John, 4/30, LAG, 12:30p: Rankin is a well known solo acoustic guitarist from New Orleans. He is a master of finger style guitar music, applying it to an eclectic array of genres: classical, jazz, folk, blues, and classic New Orleans music.
Real Untouchables Brass Band, 4/24, J&H, 6p: One of the younger neighborhood groups spearheading the city’s brass-band revival.
Rebirth Brass Band with Kermit Ruffins, 4/25, CON, 2p: Local-hero trumpeter returns to the group he co-founded in 1982, one of the first to funkify the traditional brass-band sound. (Also see Dirty Dozen Brass Band).
Red Hawk Mardi Gras Indians, 4/30, J&H, 11:20a: This Mardi Gras Indian tribe from the Lower Ninth Ward performs.
Red Stick Ramblers, 5/3, FDD, 11:20a: Favorites of the Fais Do-Do stage, the Ramblers mix traditional Cajun, western swing, blues and old-school jazz.
Revealers, the, 5/1, J&H, 1:40p: The self-proclaimed “Hottest Reggae Band in New Orleans” is equally influenced by Bob Marley and Louis Armstrong.
Richard, Zachary, 5/2, ACU, 12:25p: This Louisiana-born, Quebec-transplanted, one-time Cajun activist poet weaves delightfully haunting melodies into electric folk-blues. While much of his recent career has involved recording in French, his new Last Kiss is largely sung in English.
Riley, Herlin, Quintet, 4/26, JAZ, 2:35p: Herlin Riley, drummer with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra since 1992, assembles an all-star lineup.
Riley, Steve & the Mamou Playboys, 4/30, AM, 11:45a; FDD, 2:55p: Traditional Cajun music from Southern Louisiana. OffBeat named Riley and the Mamou Playboys among the 20 most influential artists of the last 20 years in 2008. Playboy David Greely and Joel Savoy will perform as a Cajun fiddle duo at 11:45 a.m. at the Music Heritage Stage.
Rivers, James, Movement, 5/1, JAZ, 1:35p: Once a saxophonist in Percy Stovall’s road band, today Rivers’ jumps back and forth between jazz, R&B and funk.
Robertson, Sherman, 5/2, BLU, 1:30p; AM, 3:35p: The Beaux Bridge-born blues guitarist toured for six weeks when he was a teenager in the late ’60s as lead guitarist with blues superstar Bobby “Blue” Bland, which began his musical career. OffBeat contributor Herman Fuselier will interview Robertson at the Music Heritage Stage.
Rocks of Harmony, 5/2, GOS, 11:50a: New Orleans gospel in its purest form, this group has been around for more than 50 years.
Rogers, Roy, & the Delta Rhythm Kings, 4/24, BLU, 2:40p: Never mind that he’s from San Francisco; this veteran slide guitarist has swamp water running through his fingers. He played with John Lee Hooker for a time and was the producer behind Hooker’s ’80s recording comeback.
Romero, Roddie, and the Hub City Allstars, 5/2, FDD, 3p: Eclectic Cajun and zydeco band built around well-traveled accordionist/guitarist Romero and pianist Eric Adcock. Their expansive double album The La Louisianne Sessions made Offbeat’s 2007 Top 10 and was nominated for a Grammy.
Roots of Music Marching Crusaders, the, 4/30, PAR, 5p: The Roots of Music is a music education program for middle-school students in New Orleans, run by program director Derrick Tabb of the Soul Rebels, director Lawrence Rawlins, and instructors Shoan Ruffin, Allen Dejan, and Edward Lee.
Rotary Downs, 5/2, GEN, 12:25p: The local indie rock band led by James Marler always draws a crowd in New Orleans music halls, which speaks to their talent and ever-evolving sound.
Rouzan, Wanda: See Dew Drop Inn Revisited.
Ruffins, Kermit, and the Barbecue Swingers, 5/1, GEN, 3:55p: Kermit’s still barbecuing and playing Vaughan’s regularly on Thursday nights. His new album’s title says it all: he’s Livin’ a Treme Life.
Rumba Buena, 4/30, CON, 12:25p: One of New Orleans’ leading Latin bands, a 12-piece group with four singers, four percussions, horns and rhythm to spare.
Saavedra’s, Paky, Bandido, 5/3, LAG, 3:10p: Paky Saavedra collaborates with some of the top Latin musicians in New Orleans, with music that comes from the Caribbean and Latin America.
Sanchez, Paul, & the Rolling Road Show, 4/25, LAG, 12:35p: Ending a 15-year gig with Cowboy Mouth hasn’t slowed Sanchez down a bit. Now working in a rootsier vein, he recently wrote “Be a Threadhead” for the Jazz Fest chatboard fans who financed his latest disc.
Sanchez, Poncho, Latin Jazz Band, 5/1, JAZ, 5:50p: The leader of one of the most popular Latin jazz groups is a storyteller whose medium is the congas, where Afro-Cuban rhythms merge with bebop.
Sancton, Tommy, Quartet feat. David Paquette, 4/24, ECO, 2:55p: Dixieland band led by a clarinetist who spent 22 years as a foreign correspondent for Time Magazine in France, and now teaches creative writing at Tulane.
Sansone, Jumpin’ Johnny, 4/30, BLU, 11:15a: Sansone is a blues harmonica player who incorporates elements of traditional blues, zydeco and roots-rock in his original compositions.
Savoy Music Center Cajun Jam, 4/25, FDD, 2:50p: A traveling version of the weekly song-swaps that renowned folklorists Marc and Ann Savoy host with friends and family at their Eunice music store.
Schatzy, 4/26, LAG, 3:25p: Well known for his upright bass abilities Greg Schatz is a singer, songwriter, accordionist, guitarist, keyboard player, and band leader that spans genres.
Scofield, John, and the Piety Street Band, 5/1, AM, 3:30p; BLU, 5:45p: The improvisational jazz guitarist’s newly released Piety Street ventures into gospel and blues with a New Orleans-based band that includes Jon Cleary, John Boutte and George Porter, Jr.. OffBeat contributor Steve Hochman will interview Scofield at the Music Heritage Stage.
Scott, Cindy: See Sophisticated Ladies.
Scott, Tonia, & the Anointed Voices, 5/3, GOS, 11:50a: Also known as the Ebenezer Radio Choir, the choir is under the direction of Tonia Monique Scott. Tonia Scott and the choir were featured in several major movies including: “Ray,” “The Last Holiday,” and “The Skeleton Key.”
Second Mt. Carmel Gospel Choir, 4/24, GOS, 11:15a: A large choir bringing together elements of traditional and contemporary gospel.
Seeger, Pete, and Tao Rodriguez Seeger, 4/25, ACU, 2:15p; 4/26, 11:30a: Just your basic American musical treasure. When not being saluted by Bruce Springsteen and President Obama, Seeger sometimes plays anti-war ballads for passersby near his hometown of Beacon, New York. The Seegers and George Wein will be interviewed at the Music Heritage Stage Sunday.
Semolian Warriors Mardi Gras Indians, 4/24, PAR, 1 p.m.; J&H, 2:05p: Mardi Gras Indian troupe has often marched with the Creole Wild West.
Serpas, Christian, & Ghost Town, 4/24, LAG, 1:50p: Describing themselves as “boot-stompin’ American music,” they’re a twangified rock ’n’ roll band in the proud tradition of Creedence Clearwater Revival and Dash Rip Rock.
Shades of Praise, 5/1, AM, 12:15p; GOS, 3:30p: In 2000 jazz vocalist Philip Manuel and Loyola theologian Michael Cowan had an idea: Why not create a gospel choir bringing black and white congregants together? Members of the group will be interviewed in the Music Heritage Stage.
Shannon, Mem, & the Membership, 4/24, ACU, 11:20a: If you didn’t hear the bluesman’s pre-election digital single, ”Goodbye Mr. President,” go grab it: It’s one of the funniest and funkiest kiss-offs that the Bush era is likely to get. As usual with Shannon, the guitar work is red hot.
Shaw, Amanda, & the Cute Guys, 4/24, GEN, 2:15p; 4/26, AM, 4p: Former teenage prodigy is looking more and more like the next big thing; with the recent Pretty Runs Out showing she could handle straight-ahead roots rock as well as Cajun fiddle tunes. She’ll be interviewed with Chubby Carrier Sunday at the Music Heritage Stage by OffBeat contributor Michael Tisserand.
Shorts, Barbara: See Sophisticated Ladies.
Silky Sol, 4/30, CON, 4:10p: Known as the Red Afro Queen, Silky Sol is a new and innovative sound on the southern soul/blues scene.
Simien, Terrance, & the Zydeco Experience, 4/24, FDD, 6p: Though he tends to play a lot of regional standards, the charismatic showman can also take credit for writing one of the best seasonal anthems, “Jam the Jazz Fest.”
Sinegal, Lil’ Buck, Blues Band, 4/25, BLU, 1:40p: One of the Ponderosa Stomp’s patron saints, Sinegal played guitar with both Clifton Chenier and Slim Harpo, and once led a band that included a young Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural on organ.
Smith, Jake, 4/26, ACU, 11:20a: Up and coming rock/pop guitar artist who promises of he and his band, “live shows with more energy, songs with more depth and feeling, and an openness to learn more.” His album, All That We’ll Ever Need, was released in May 2008 and greeted with positive reviews.
Smith, Leslie: See Sophisticated Ladies.
Smith, Lonnie: See Donald Harrison.
Smither, Chris, 4/24, LAG, 4:30p: Though raised in New Orleans, Smither soon moved northeast and became an early running partner of Bonnie Raitt and a key figure in the Boston-area coffeehouse scene. His folk-blues mix remains sharp nearly four decades later.
Smitty Dee’s Brass Band, 4/24, PAR, 3p: Calling their sound “Funk-Ditional,” this group is led by former Olympia Brass Band sousaphone player Dimitri Smith.
Society Brass Band, 4/25, ECO, 11:15a: Led by snare drummer Andrew Hall, this group specializes in marches and dirges from the early 20th Century.
Sophisticated Ladies, 4/24, JAZ, 2:10p: Four women from diverse backgrounds—jazz/pop songwriter Leslie Smith, jazz singer Cindy Scott, and gospel singers Barbara Shorts and Judy Spellman (daughter of “Fortune Teller” man Benny Spellman) join voices on some vintage jazz.
Southeastern Louisiana University Jazz Ensemble II, 5/1, JAZ, 11:15a: Students from Southeastern Louisiana University’s ensemble performs.
Soul Rebels, 5/3, AM, 3:40p; J&H, 5:40p: One of the first and most successful New Orleans groups to realize the connection between brass band music and hip-hop. Members of the band will be interviewed at the Music Heritage Stage.
Spalding, Esperanza, 5/1, JAZ, 4:10p: The 23-year-old prodigy-turned-pro sings and plays upright bass simultaneously, performing a mixture of jazz, funk and hip hop. (Also see George Wein).
Spellman, Judy: See Sophisticated Ladies.
Spoon, 4/24, GEN, 5:30p: Don’t ask how one of the country’s most creative indie rock bands got a Jazz Fest slot; just count your blessings. Leader Britt Daniel has taken the Austin quartet far from its Pixies origins to a quirkier blend of Lennonesque melody and a German-prog inspired sense of rhythm.
St. Joseph the Worker Music Ministry, 4/25, GOS, 6p: Led by Clark Knighten, this Catholic ensemble from Marrero sings hymns with a traditional flair.
St. Louis Slim, 5/3, LAG, 12:25p: The band mixes jazz with blues and throws in a measure of bluegrass.
Stafford’s, Gregg, Jazz Hounds Tribute to Danny Barker feat. Juanita Brooks, 5/2, ECO, 5:50p: An alumnus of the Fairview Baptist Church bands pays tribute to Danny Barker.
Staples, Mavis, 4/26, GOS, 4:35p: Whether as part of the Staple Singers or on her own, Mavis Staples has had one of the most distinctive voices in gospel and R&B. (Also see Tribute to Mahalia Jackson).
Stinson, Kenny Bill, and the ARK-LA Mystics, 4/30, FDD, 4:25p: Stinson is a legendary Louisiana roots-rockin’ party man, and a perennial favorite at Jazz Fest.
Storm, Warren, Willie Tee & the Cypress Band feat. Tommy McLain and T.K. Hulin, 4/24, FDD, 4:20p: This year’s swamp-pop supersession is anchored by Warren Storm and sax player Willie Tee (not to be confused with the late funk keyboardist). Guesting are T.K. Hulin and Tommy McLain, who respectively scored major regional hits with “Graduation Night” and a swampified version of Patsy Cline’s “Sweet Dreams.”
Storyville Stompers Brass Band, 4/26, J&H, 12:40p: A traditional New Orleans Brass band hat was originally formed in 1981.
subdudes, the, 4/30, GEN, 2p: There are qualities in the subdudes’ voices and harmonies that have to be heard live to truly appreciate. They’re one of the few bands whose songs are equally at home in acoustic and electric settings.
SUBR Jazzy Jags, 4/26, GEN, 11:25a: Southern University of Baton Rouge’s strong jazz program developed by the late clarinetist/educator Alvin Batiste has produced many hot players and memorable sets over the years.
Sugarland, 5/1, AM, 1:15p; ACU, 5:30p: Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush make up this fresh country super duo from Atlanta. In 2006, Nettles won a Grammy for best Country Collaboration for “Who Says You Can’t Go Home?” cowritten with Bon Jovi. They’ll be interviewed at the Music Heritage Stage with band members Annie Clements and Travis McNabb from New Orleans by OffBeat editor Alex Rawls.
Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, 4/30, BLU, 3p: He’s done blues, funk and zydeco, not to mention pro football. Accordion and harmonica player, Sunpie Barnes sounds as comfortable with zydeco and blues as he does with Island music.
Tabackin, Lew: See George Wein.
Tarace Boulba of France, 4/26, J&H, 5:35p: This large French brass band is composes of amateur and professional musicians working together.
Taylor, James, 4/25, ACU, 5:25p: Of the two major 70’s troubadours still standing; he’s the one that doesn’t do margaritas.
TBC Brass Band, 5/3, J&H, 1:35p: Formed among Carver High students in 2002, the story of this raucous young brass band, as the name says, To Be Continued.
Tee, Willie: See Warren Storm.
Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Band, 5/3, JAZ, 11:20a: Now based at Loyola University (and under the artistic direction of Terrance Blanchard), the Monk Institute is dedicated to preserving, perpetuating and expanding jazz in New Orleans.
Thibodeaux, Waylon: See Voice of the Wetlands Allstars.
Third World, 4/25, CON, 3:50p: The first reggae band to embrace pop, Third World produced classics in “Sense of Purpose,” “96 in the Shade” and the Stevie Wonder-penned “Try Jah Love.” Guitarist Steven “Cat” Coore is the one link to the original lineup.
Thomas, Irma, 4/25, ACU, 3:35p: “Soul Queen of New Orleans” isn’t just one of those cute names they give to a well-loved performer. In Ms. Thomas’ case, it’s the stone-cold truth. (Also see Tribute to Mahalia Jackson).
Thomas, Rockin’ Tabby, 4/24, BLU, 11:15a: Swamp-blues veteran (and father of bluesman Chris Thomas King), who cut the “Voodoo Party” single for Excello in 1962. By the ’80s, he was running his own club, Tabby’s Blues Box in Baton Rouge.
Thomas, Sharde, & the Rising Star Fife & Drum Band, 4/25, BLU, 12:35p; LAG, 3:10p; AM, 4:45p: From Coldwater, Mississippi, this is one of the few bands keeping alive a style of music usually associated with Civil War movies. 18-year-old Sharde Thomas leads a band founded by her grandfather. At 4:45, she’ll be interviewed at the Music Heritage Stage.
Thompson, Butch: See Clive Wilson.
Tillery, Linda, and the Cultural Heritage Choir, 4/30, BLU, 1:40p: “Survival music” is what Tillery calls her music, which is full of songs and chants. Delivered through such stylistic forms as call-and-response, multi-layered harmonies, and repetitive verse, the CHC repertoire includes intoned sermons, folk tales, polyrhythmic percussion, and dance.
Tipsy Chicks, 4/25, LAG, 11:20a: Brilliantly-named supergroup of local country ladies, including frontwomen Lynn Drury and Kim Carson, pianist Jan Clements and former Evangeline fiddler Nancy Buchan.
Toivola, Katja: See New Orleans Helsinki Connection.
Tobar, Javier & Elegant Gypsy, 4/30, LAG, 2:55p: Guitarist Javier Tobar leads this Flamenco ensemble.
Toups, Wayne, & ZyDeCajun feat. “Back to My Roots”, 4/26, ACU, 12:40p: Rural Louisiana native Toups is known for his rock/Cajun/zydeco blend; the subtitle suggests he’ll nod to the music that inspired him.
Toussaint, Allen, 5/2, AM, 1:25p; 5/3, ACU, 1p: The man behind and/or in front of a huge part of the most important and entertaining music to emerge from New Orleans in the last half century performs. His new album, Bright Mississippi, presents his versions of the music that influenced him. On Saturday, he’ll be interviewed by Ben Sandmel at the Music Heritage Stage. (Also see Dew Drop Inn Revisited, A Tribute to Snooks Eaglin).
Treme Brass Band, 5/2, ECO, 2:55p: Snare drummer Benny Jones, Sr. and the ageless bass drummer Uncle Lionel Batiste lead this venerable brass band, known for its Mardi Gras anthem “Gimme My Money Back.”
Tribute to Mahalia Jackson w/ Irma Thomas, Mavis Staples and Pamela Landrum, 4/24, GOS, 4:30p: One of those one-time teamings that keeps the Jazz Fest from being just another concert. Irma Thomas’ fans will especially appreciate the gospel material that she refrains from doing at secular shows.
Tribute to Snooks Eaglin feat. Allen Toussaint, George Porter, Jr., and Hammond Scott, 4/30, AM, 2p: Snooks Eaglin who died February 18, 2009 from cardiac arrest will be eulogized by those who knew him best.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, 4/24, GEN, 3:45p: At age 23, the Treme-born Troy Andrews has already had quite a career. After building a name in local brass and funk bands, he toured with Lenny Kravitz and wound up joining U2 and Green Day for their 2006 Superdome summit. His current band blends all the jazz, funk, rock and hip-hop influences he’s picked up. (Also see Midnight Disturbers).
Trouble Nation and Ninth Ward Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, 5/2, PAR, 2:45p: Joined by Trouble Nation, the Ninth Ward Hunters are led by Big Chief Romeo Bougere.
Truth Universal and Jimi Clever, 5/1, CON, 12:45p: The Trinidad-born, New Orleans-based emcee joins forces with Uptown-born underground hip-hop artist Jimi Clever.
Tulane University Jazz Combo, 4/30, JAZ, 11:15a: Tulane has a long tradition of jazz and shows off the talents of students with the jazz combo.
Twangorama, 5/1, LAG, 3:10p: From the rock-fusion guitar mind of Jimmy Robinson comes this guitar powerhouse also featuring Cranston Clements and Phil DeGruy.
UNO Jazz Guitar Ensemble, 4/24, LAG, 11:20a: Top-flight student group whose department is chaired by Astral Project guitarist Steve Masakowski.
Val & the Love Alive Fellowship Choir, 4/24, GOS, 5:45p: Few things sound more spirited than 100 school-age kids singing praises. Valentine Bemiss-Williams directs this large choir.
Vappie, Don, & the Creole Jazz Serenaders, 4/25, ECO, 5:55p: Led by banjo virtuoso Vappie, this is a traditional jazz group doing faithful renditions of classic pieces. They played the world premier of some of Jelly Roll Morton’s lost manuscripts.
Vettes, the, 4/24, GEN, 11:30a: With the glamorous Rachel Vette upfront, this new-wavey band manages to be catchy and charming without getting too cute. The smart money is on a national breakthrough.
Vidacovich, Johnny, 4/24, AM, 3p: Also see Astral Project.
Vivaz!, 4/26, LAG, 6p: Whether in Acoustic Swiftness or more recently Vivaz!, guitarist and vocalist Javier Gutierrez has fueled New Orleans’ Latin music tradition in Frenchmen Street clubs.
Voices of St. Peter Claver, 4/26, GOS, 12:40p: This adult choir is based in St. Peter Claver Church.
Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars, 5/3, GEN, 2:05p: Guitarist Tab Benoit leads a group that includes Anders Osborne, Cyril Neville, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Waylon Thibodeaux, and others fights coastal erosion with homegrown music.
Voices of Distinction, 5/2, GOS, 12:40p: Hurricane Katrina forced the five family members that comprise the Voices of Distinction from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, but that hasn’t kept this gospel group from singing in the spirit.
War Chief Juan & Young Fire, 5/2, J&H, 1:55p: A new generation of Mardi Gras Indians.
Ward, Michael, 4/30, J&H, 3:05p: Son of jazz vocalist Carol Ward, Michael Ward plays the electric violin to create very smooth jazz.
Washboard Chaz, 5/1, BLU, 11:10a: Leary cheerfully performs on washboard with numerous New Orleans Bands like the Tin Men and the New Orleans Jazz Vipers. He is so beloved Chaz Fest was created in his honor.
Washington, Sherman, and the Zion Harmonizers, 5/3, GOS, 2:25p: A gospel tent favorite since the first Jazz Fest in 1969, New Orleans’ Zion Harmonizers—featuring leader Sherman Washington’s percussive recitations—have been at the forefront of modern gospel harmony singing.
Washington, Walter “Wolfman,” and the Roadmasters, 5/1, BLU, 4:15p: The Wolfman’s searing guitar style and soulful vocals have become known as a quintessential New Orleans sound, with that musical blend of R&B, funk and the blues. (Also see Joe Krown).
Water Seed, 4/24, CON, 12:30p: If you went wild for the Jazzy Funky New Orleans compilations, you’ll appreciate this young New Orleans/Atlanta band with a strong frontwoman and some of the funkiest flute around.
Watson, Cedric, and Bijou Creole, 5/2, FDD, 12:30p: Watson is a young, Grammy-nominated fiddler, vocalist, accordionist and songwriter of Creole, Cajun and zydeco music from Lafayette.
Watson, Doc, 5/1, BLU, 2:45p: The 86-year-old American folk songwriter and mountain balladeer pioneered the flashy cross-picking bluegrass style.
Watson Memorial Teaching Ministry, 5/3, GOS, 5:55p: This large, energetic choir (founded by Thomas Benjamin Watson more than three decades ago), plays a mostly contemporary gospel repertoire.
Wein, George, & the Newport Allstars feat. Howard Alden, Anat Cohen, Randy Brecker, Lew Tabackin, Jimmy Cobb and Esperanza Spalding, 4/30, JAZ, 4:10p; AM, 6p: The founder of the Newport Jazz Festival and the Jazz Fest, Wein’s also a jazz pianist in fine company for this set. Brecker will be interviewed at the Music Heritage Stage at 6 p.m.
Whispers, the, 5/2, CON, 3:35p: The long-established R&B and dance vocal group from Los Angeles has had continuous hit records dating back to the late 1960s.
White Cloud Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, 5/2, J&H, 11:20a: Big Chief “Little Charles” Taylor has been an Indian all his life, and he started this Sixth Ward gang in 1984.
White, Dr. Michael, & the Original Liberty Jazz Band feat. Thais Clark, 4/26, ECO, 4:15p: This New Orleans clarinetist began his career as part of Doc Paulin’s Brass Band as a teenager. Today he’s one of the city’s leading composers of traditional jazz. (Also see Ensemble Fatien, Sidney Bechet).
Wilco, 4/25, AM, 2:20p; GEN, 5:30p: Expect to hear a lot from the band’s new album, which is getting the usual critical raves three months before its expected release. Continuing their recent turn to dynamic, jam-friendly rock, it has a track called “Wilco, the Song,” which they publicly debuted on The Colbert Report. At 2:20, bassist John Stirratt will be interviewed at the Music Heritage Stage by David Fricke.
Wild Apaches Mardi Gras Indians, 5/3, PAR, 1p: This tribe led by Big Chief “Hatchet” will parade through the Fair Grounds.
Wild Red Flame Mardi Gras Indians, 5/2, PAR, 1p: The Uptown tribe made their premiere on Fat Tuesday 2008. Members learned their craft under the lauded Big Chief Walter Cook of the Creole Wild West. Its members include Big Chief Darin Perry, Sr.
Wild Tchoupitoulas Mardi Gras Indians, 5/3, PAR, 1p: Hailing from Uptown, these Mardi Gras Indians will parade during Jazz Fest.
Wilson, Clive’s, New Orleans Serenaders with guest Butch Thompson, 4/26, ECO, 2:55p: After immigrating to the United States in 1964, Wilson made his home in New Orleans. Shortly thereafter he was playing trumpet with some of the city’s oldest brass bands such as the Young Tuxedo and Olympia.
Winn, Betty, & One A-Chord, 4/26, GOS, 2:20p: A local Gospel group formed by Betty Winn, her husband Thomas and participants from various churches. Their performances range from the traditional to the modern.
Winter, Johnny, 4/25, AM, 3:40p; BLU, 5:55p: Never mind that the Texas blues-guitar flash’s appearance is a little spectral these days; his fingers still do plenty of flying. At 3:40, former OffBeat contributor Scott Jordan will interview Winter at the Music Heritage Stage.
Wright, Marva, & the BMWs, 4/30, BLU, 6p: Known as the “Blues Queen,” Wright has a dynamic, gospel-rooted voice.
Xavier University Jazz Ensemble, 4/24, JAZ, 11:25a: A student group from one of the great training grounds for New Orleans musicians.
Young, Neil, 5/3, ACU, 2:55p: The legendary songwriter, filmmaker and activist known for classics like “Heart of Gold” and “Rockin’ in the Free World” takes the stage.
Young Tuxedo Brass Band, 4/25, ECO, 1:35p: The great-granddaddy of New Orleans brass bands, the Young Tuxedos were founded in 1938 and enjoyed popularity between the wars.
Zion Harmonizers: See Sherman Washington.
Zulu Male Ensemble, 4/26, GOS, 11:10a: A choir formed by members of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, one of the best known Mardi Gras parade krewes.