Not even the diehards know everybody. You can have a deep passion for New Orleans and Louisiana music, and there’s still somebody performing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell that you’ve never heard of. That’s where we come in. Here’s our guide to this year’s performers and, to be fair, we had to look some of them up, too. As usual, we’ve coded the stages as follows: ACU (Acura Stage), GEN (Gentilly Stage), CON (Congo Square “My Louisiana” Stage), JAZ (WWOZ Jazz Tent), BLU (Blues Tent), ECO (Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent), FDD (Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do Do Stage), J&H (Jazz and Heritage Stage), GOS (Gospel Tent), LAG (Lagniappe Stage) and HER (Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage).
101 Runners, 4/29, J&H, 4:25p: Indian-funk supergroup with Lionel Batiste, Jr., Golden Eagles Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and Golden Comanches War Chief Juan. A new CD, Funk 101, comes out at Fest time.
Abney, Mario, Quintet, 4/29, JAZ, 12:30p: Local trumpeter Abney formed this progressive jazz/funk band after stints with Erykah Badu and Wynton Marsalis.
Abshire, Ray, 4/30, FDD, 11:15a: Hailing from a prominent Cajun musical family, accordionist Abshire left the Balfa Brothers Band to go solo in 1975.
Adams, Craig, and Higher Dimensions of Praise, 5/1, GOS, 5:05p: Piano-pounding, soul-shouting gospel group led by Houstonian/New Orleans native Adams.
Allen, Shamarr, and the Underdawgs, 5/1, CON, 12:40p: Young trumpeter whose Box Who In? bears out his diverse interests, from brass to funk, hip-hop, jazz and guitar-driven rock.
Allison, Bernard, 4/29, BLU, 4:10p: Son of blues great Luther Allison, Bernard met the likes of Muddy Waters and Albert King while playing guitar in his dad’s band. He plays tough electric blues in the classic Chicago mold.
Allman Brothers Band, the, 4/25, ACU, 5p: Formed in 1969, the group is well into a satisfying second (or third or fourth) act, revitalized by guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks.
Andersson, Theresa, 4/25, FDD, 1:40p: Last year’s Hummingbird, Go! was a career breakthrough. She works an array of instruments and pedals to make music centered on her voice.
Andrews, Glen David, 4/23, CON, 12:30p: This singer/trombonist is a brass traditionalist and a testifying R&B vocalist who honed his entertaining chops in Jackson Square. His Gospel Tent performance last year was singled out by The New York Times as one of the fest’s most electrifying moments.
Andrews, James, and the Crescent City Allstars, 4/25, BLU, 2:20p: Andrews has gone in a funky, expansive direction with his Allstars. At recent shows, a neighborhood’s worth of players has joined the core band onstage.
Archdiocese of New Orleans Mass Gospel Choir, 4/24, GOS, 11:55a: The Archdiocese represents the largest religious demographic in New Orleans. Its choir conflates a tradition of Crescent City Catholicism dating back to 1793.
AsheSon, 5/1, LAG, 12:35p: The name of this New Orleans Cuban band translates roughly as “good karma through rhythm.” Its members bring diverse backgrounds in classical, jazz and Latin music.
Astral Project, 4/30, JAZ, 1:30p: Four local heavyweights—guitarist Steve Masakowski, saxophonist Tony Dagradi, bassist James Singleton and drummer Johnny Vidacovich—comprise this modern jazz quartet, which has refined its interplay over three decades.
Average White Band, 4/29, CON, 5:25p: Glasgow’s contribution to vintage ’70s funk, better remembered for its snappy instrumentals than its equally fine ballads. Two-fifths of the classic lineup remains.
Baaba Maal, 4/23, CON, 1:55p: This Senegalese singing star with wide-ranging musical interests draws from African traditional forms and American R&B, and recently collaborated with electronic-oriented artists including Brian Eno and the Brazilian Girls.
Baker, Anita, 4/25, CON, 5:25p: Her breakthrough hit, 1986’s “Sweet Love,” remains high on the list of R&B’s most seductive ballads. Baker’s releases are further apart these days, but the trademark elegance remains.
Ball, Marcia, 4/25, GEN, 4p: Her voice, piano and personality all make her a longtime Fest favorite; she’s also a fine songwriter in the Bobbie Gentry tradition of Southern storytelling.
Ballou, Classie, 4/29, HER, 3p: He played lead guitar on Boozoo Chavis’ monumental “Paper in My Shoe,” cut a bunch of collectible R&B singles for the Excello label, and regularly knocks them dead at the Ponderosa Stomp.
Bamboula 2000, 4/30, J&H, 4:25p: “Bamboula” was originally a form of drum and dance ceremony held on Congo Square. Bamboula 2000 leader Luther Gray brings that spirit into the present with a troupe of players and dancers.
Band of Horses, 5/1, GEN, 2:35p: The Seattle band’s two Sub Pop albums are spooky and twangy, but onstage you can expect more volume and more guitars.
Batiste, Jon, Band, 4/30, CON, 1:20p: One of the younger performers of the mighty Batiste family, Jon is a 24-year-old keyboardist who graduated from Juilliard and has toured with Harry Connick, Jr. and Abbey Lincoln.
Batiste, Russell, and Friends feat. Jason Neville, 5/1, ACU, 11:15a: The funky drummer from the funky Meters takes center stage with Aaron Neville’s son Jason, a fine singer in his own right.
Batiste, Russell, Jr.: See Joe Krown Trio feat. Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Russell Batiste, Jr.
Bazzle, Germaine, 5/1, JAZ, 12:40p: Locally prized jazz singer can caress a ballad or scat-sing an uptempo number with the best. Her history includes a stint playing bass on Bourbon Street with Alvin “Red” Tyler.
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, 5/1, FDD, 2:50p: Doucet was championing Cajun culture back when few in the mainstream were. His band is still adding new flavors, including the swamp-rock slant of last year’s Alligator Purse.
Beck, Jeff, 5/1, GEN, 5:40p: Of the ex-Yardbirds guitarists Clapton, Beck and Page, Beck is arguably the one who never lost his mojo. He went orchestral on his latest disc Emotion and Commotion.
Bell, Angela H.: See Jazz Ladies Sing the Blues feat. Gina Brown, Angela H. Bell, Tereasa B., and Heather Rothstein
Bell, Gloria, and the Revelation Gospel Singers, 4/30, GOS, 11:10a: Group is known to gospel collectors for an album they recorded during the ‘70s on Nashville’s Champ label.
Benoit, Tab, 4/24, BLU, 5:45p: Bayou guitar slinger equally adept at swamp grooves and sizzling blues. He has also been one of the most outspoken advocates for wetlands preservation.
Bester Singers, the, with the Dynamic Smooth Family Gospel Singers, 4/23, GOS, 12p: Two Slidell groups who specialize in a cappella gospel.
Better Than Ezra, 4/24, GEN, 3:35p: New Orleans’ contribution to the emotive side of alternative rock is still going strong despite losing drummer Travis McNabb to Sugarland. With his replacement, Michael Jerome, the band cut Paper Empire.
Beverly, Frankie, and Maze, 5/2, CON, 5:25p: Though this smooth soul group is San Francisco-based, they’re a longtime favorite in New Orleans, where they made a live album and DVD at the Saenger Theatre.
Big Sam’s Funky Nation, 4/24, CON, 1p: The charisma of former Dirty Dozen trombonist Sam Williams has made him an able focal point for a musical party that blends brass and Meters-inspired funk into something contemporary.
Bishop, Elvin, 4/23, BLU, 5:45p: Bishop’s career stretches back to co-founding the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in the early ‘60s. His latest album, The Blues Rolls On, has guest shots by Warren Haynes and B.B. King.
Black Crowes, the, 4/23, GEN, 5:30p: Brothers Rich and Chris Robinson revived Southern rock just when the world needed to hear it. After some lean years, the band reunited to play Jazz Fest in 2005. Last year saw the release of Before the Frost…Until the Freeze, a strong double-live album of all-new material.
Black Eagles Mardi Gras Indians, 5/2, J&H, 11:20a: Jerod Lewis followed in his father Percy’s footsteps leading this Indian gang originally from the Calliope Projects.
Black Feathers Mardi Gras Indians, 4/24, J&H, 11:30a: This Mardi Gras Indian tribe is led by Big Chief Lionel Delpit.
Blade, Brian, and the Fellowship Band, 5/1, JAZ, 2p:: Shreveport native plays drums in Wayne Shorter’s quartet and does sophisticated, spiritual pop in his own band.
Blanchard, Terence, 4/23, HER, 3p; 4/24, JAZ, 3:45p: Following the Katrina-inspired A Tale of God’s Will, the Grammy award-winning trumpeter/composer turned philosophical with his latest conceptual work, Choices, recorded at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. He’ll be interviewed Friday at 3 p.m.
Blessed, 4/24, GOS, 6p: This female gospel quartet shows a contemporary R&B influence. Blessed formed in New Orleans and regrouped in Atlanta after Katrina.
Blind Boys of Alabama, 4/25, GOS, 4:45p: Originally formed seven decades ago, the venerable gospel group did its first all-N.O. album Down in New Orleans two years ago, with a repertoire stretching from Mahalia Jackson to Earl King.
Bleu Orleans, 4/24, JAZ, 12:20p: Trumpeter Edward Anderson, pianist Darrell Lavigne and saxophonist Aaron Fletcher have worked to create a contemporary version of modern jazz.
Blodie’s Jazz Jam feat. Ed Perkins and Richwell Ison, 5/2, JAZ, 4:10p: “Blodie” is better known as Dirty Dozen trumpeter Gregory Davis, whose jamming partners can include other members of Dirty Dozen, Trombone Shorty’s Orleans Avenue, and other horn men on the grounds that day.
Blues Traveler, 4/29, BLU, 5:50p: Still led by their original frontman, harmonica player John Popper, their last release, North Hollywood Shootout was among their most melodic efforts.
Bohren, Spencer, 4/23, LAG, 3:15p: Bohren’s a singer, guitarist and musicologist with a flair for traditional blues and gospel. This year, he was also recognized with the Keeping the Blues Alive in Education Award by the Blues Foundation.
Bolden, Jr., Donnie, and the Spirit of Elijah, 5/1, GOS, 11:10a: Former leader of the gospel group Sons of Thunder, Donnie Bolden, Jr. was named Best Contemporary Male Singer at last year’s Rhythm of Gospel Awards.
Bonerama, 4/24, GEN, 12:40p: What started as a novelty—a trombone-led band that plays jazz, funk, blues and classic rock—has become a national go-to group for recording sessions by everyone from R.E.M. to Roswell Rudd to the Air Traffic Control activist retreats.
Bonsoir Catin, 4/29, LAG, 5:55p: Singer and guitarist Christine Balfa Powell (also of Balfa Toujours and daughter of Cajun great Dewey Balfa) leads this female quartet with a no-nonsense, take-charge take of Cajun womanhood.
Borders, Mia, 5/2, GEN, 11:25a: Singer/songwriter who’s often played at Tipitina’s and the Maple Leaf; her CD title Southern Fried Soul accurately describes her vocal style.
Boudreaux, Big Chief Monk, and the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians, 4/25, J&H, 4:35p: Boudreaux is one of the most prominent Indian performers, and his performances on the New Orleans Social Club CD and his own Rising Sun from last year evince his all-round soulfulness.
Bougere, Romeo, of Ninth Ward Hunters, 5/1, HER, 12:30p: Maurice Martinez interviews Bougere about Mardi Gras Indian traditions.
Bounce Extravaganza feat. Big Freedia, Sissy Nobby, Katey Red and Magnolia Shorty with DJ Papa, 4/24, CON, 11:30a; HER 3p: More than a decade after it was pioneered, bounce is once again one of the hottest sounds in New Orleans clubs. This time, Big Freedia, Sissy Nobby and Katey Red are crossing over like DJ Jubilee did the first time around. Big Freedia and Sissy Nobby will be interviewed at 3 p.m.
Bourg, Sonny, and the Bayou Blues Band, 4/25, FDD, 11:15a: This veteran Lafayette dance band does R&B, swamp pop and Fats Domino tunes with a Cajun twist.
Boutte, John, 4/30, JAZ, 2:50p: A local favorite with a high and haunting voice, Boutte is an inspired, passionate interpreter of songs, and he has started to make more of a mark with his original material.
Braud, Mark’s, New Orleans Jazz Giants, 4/24, HER, 1p; 4/25, ECO, 2:50p: The grandson of trumpeter John Brunious now leads the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and this side project. On Saturday, he’ll be interviewed.
Bridgewater, Dee Dee: A Celebration of “Lady Day”, 4/29, HER, 2p; JAZ, 5:45p: Jazz singer Bridgewater started referencing Billie Holiday soon after her mid-’70s debut, and has returned to her music over the years. Her recent tribute album was done with the expected loving care. She’ll be interviewed at 2 p.m.
Brother Tyrone, 4/30, ACU, 11:20a; HER, 3:30p: Soulful New Orleans vocalist whose Mindbender CD struck a chord with lovers of lowdown, old-school R&B. He’ll be interviewed at 3:30.
Broussard, Jeffery, and the Creole Cowboys, 4/23, FDD, 12:25p; HER, 4p: This old-school zydeco band is led by accordionist and fiddle player Broussard, who was once the frontman of the nouveau zydeco band Zydeco Force. Broussard will be interviewed at 4 p.m. by OffBeat contributor Herman Fuselier.
Brown, Gina: See Jazz Ladies Sing the Blues feat. Gina Brown, Angela H. Bell, Tereasa B., and Heather Rothstein
Brown, Jewel, with the Heritage Hall Band, 4/24, ECO, 6p: Performing in the ’50s under the name Little Miss Julie Teasin’, Brown was then given offers to sing with either Duke Ellington or Louis Armstrong. She chose Armstrong and remained in his band for most of the ‘60s.
Brown, Maurice, Effect, 4/23, JAZ, 2:50p: Combining bebop with hip-hop, the former New Orleans/now-Brooklyn-based bandleader was declared “the young trumpeter to watch for sure” by jazz legend Clark Terry.
Buckwheat Zydeco, 4/30, ACU, 12:35p: Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural was a funky B3 organ player before he was a zydeco accordionist. His latest CD, Lay Your Burden Down, returned to his R&B keyboard roots; onstage he’ll likely wail on both instruments.
Bush, Sam, 4/24, HER, 2p; FDD, 4:30p: Mandolin whiz carrying on his former band New Grass Revival’s mission of fusing bluegrass with jazz, world music, acoustic rock and just about anything else that comes along. At 2 p.m., he’s interviewed.
Butler, Henry, and the Game Band, 5/1, GEN, 12:55p: This brilliantly eclectic pianist can do it all—Fess and funk, straight-ahead or way out-there—and do it all differently.
Campbell Brothers, 4/24, BLU, 4:15p: Formed at the House of God Church in Rush, NY, this family group carried the sacred steel tradition into the jam-band world.
Capps, Grayson, 4/25, LAG, 3p: The roots-rock singer/guitarist has found his voice since he moved to the country outside Nashville after Katrina. His music since is looser, rowdier, and less theatrical.
Carrier, Chubby, and the Bayou Swamp Band, 5/1, FDD, 1:30p: Third-generation bandleader who came up with the long overdue idea to turn the Who’s “Squeeze Box” into a zydeco anthem.
Carson, Big Al, 4/30, BLU, 12:30p: With a voice to match his 400-pound frame, Big Al holds court most nights at the Funky Pirate on Bourbon. His roots, though, are in the brass tradition.
Carson, Kim, Band, 4/25, LAG, 12:50p: Kim Carson’s commitment to honky-tonk music has taken her around the world, and it has made her a Jazz Fest regular, whether on her own or as part of the Tipsy Chicks, the group she played with last year.
Carter, Clarence, 5/2, HER, 1:30p; CON, 3:45p: Soul collectors will know his ‘60s hits “Slip Away” and “Patches,” but it was 1985’s suggestive “Strokin’” that started line dances from coast to coast. He’ll be interviewed at 1:30.
Castille, Hadley J., Family and the Sharecroppers Cajun Band, 4/30, FDD, 1:35p: Cajun fiddler is known for the song “200 Lines: I Must Not Speak French,” part of his drive to preserve Cajun culture in public schools. His guitarist son Blake and fiddler granddaughter Sarah Jayde are both in his band.
Chapman, Topsy, and Solid Harmony, 4/29, ECO, 4:20p: Once a singing waitress on Bourbon Street, Topsy Chapman appeared in the musical “One Mo’ Time” and now appears at home between European tours.
Chase, Leah, 4/23, JAZ, 4:15p: A classically trained opera singer who’s turned to sultry jazz, she’s also the daughter of two of New Orleans’ most famous restaurateurs.
Cheeky Blakk: See Mia X, Cheeky Blakk and Ms. Tee
Chenier, C.J., and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, 4/29, BLU, 2:45p: Clifton Chenier’s accordionist son has long been a master of party-ready zydeco, but he threw a few left curves on his latest album, The Desperate Kingdom of Love, whose deep-soul title track was written by P.J. Harvey.
Chief Iron Horse and the Black Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians, 4/29, J&H, 11:30a: Former Flaming Arrow Cyril “Iron Horse” Green leads this gang that honors the Seminoles, the Native American tribe they credit with helping Africans escape slavery in Louisiana.
Chocolate Milk, 4/23, HER, 1p; ACU, 3:35p: Debuting with the funky Allen Toussaint-produced Action Speaks Louder Than Words in 1975, this band logged eleven R&B chart hits through the early ‘80s, and still performs with six original members. Members will be interviewed at 1 p.m.
Chouval Bwa of Martinique, 5/2, J&H, 1:40p: This carousel-and-band combo from Martinique was one of the hits of the 2003 Jazz Fest. They’re back and on the grounds again; the band plays this set.
Christopher, Evan: See McDermott, Tom, and Evan Christopher
Clark, Thais: See White, Dr. Michael, and the Original Liberty Jazz Band feat. Thais Clark
Cleary, Jon: Piano, Bass and Drums, 4/23, GEN, 1:55p: UK-born keyboardist and local funk mainstay has had a busy year, putting his Absolute Monster Gentlemen aside to tour with John Scofield’s Piety Street band and to launch a new R&B trio with drummer Doug Belote and Astral Project bassist James Singleton.
Clarke, Stanley, Band featuring Hiromi, 4/30, JAZ, 5:45p: Fast-fingered bassist Clarke seems to thrive around keyboard players. Following a reunion with Chick Corea in Return to Forever, he’s teamed up with former Corea student Hiromi in a more acoustic setting.
Clayton, Arthur, and Purposely Anointed feat. Nikki Ross, 5/1, GOS, 6p: This Marrero group has shared stages with Stevie Wonder and Marvin Sapp, and does gospel with a contemporary R&B feel.
Clifton, Chris, 4/24, ECO, 11:15a: Trumpeter Chris Clifton met and had an association with Louis Armstrong, playing with the great trumpeter’s second wife Lil Hardin. He still honors the traditional sounds of Satchmo.
Clinton, George, and Parliament Funkadelic, 4/23, HER, 2p; CON, 3:45p: The barely-controlled mayhem of a P-Funk set will be condensed for the Fest into a tidy 75 minutes, which is usually the time it takes to play “Maggot Brain.” Clinton will be interviewed at 2 p.m. by DJ Soul Sister.
Colvin, Shawn, 4/25, DD, 4:15p: Singer/songwriter who debuted to much critical acclaim in the late ‘80s and scored her breakthrough hit “Sunny Came Home” a decade later. Recent albums have gone back to her acoustic roots.
Comanche Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, 4/23, J&H, 11:30a: This is one of the first Mardi Gras Indian gangs to return to the streets after Katrina.
Connie and Dwight with the St. Raymond/St. Leo the Great Choir, 4/30, GOS, 3:25p: Seventh Ward couple Connie and Dwight Fitch have done romantic R&B as well as gospel; she has sung in the past with Ray Charles and Dr. John.
Costello, Elvis, and the Sugarcanes, 4/29, GEN, 5:30p: Costello introduced this acoustic string band on Secret, Profane and Sugarcane, which proved one of his more esoteric albums. But the odds are good that he’ll redefine a few catalog gems onstage.
Cowboy Mouth, 4/24, ACU, 1:50p: Regardless of the band’s lineup, Cowboy Mouth’s shows are part party and part revival meeting. There are some subtle songs hiding on their albums, but when singer/drummer Fred LeBlanc tells you to jump up and shout, you’d better do it.
Cowsill, Susan, Band, 4/25, LAG, 4:25p: Cowsill and drummer/husband Russ Broussard recently wrapped-up Lighthouse, which includes some of her strongest work to date. She also still tours with the family group that made her a late-’60s child star.
Crawford, Davell, and One Foot in the Blues with Dr. John and Jon Cleary, 4/24, BLU, 2:35p: Keyboard virtuoso Crawford never does anything modestly; expect fireworks when he calls in Dr. John and Jon Cleary for a summit.
Crawford, Davell, Singers, the, 5/2, GOS, 3:30p: Crawford returns to his church-music roots with this group, which he describes as “some of the absolute best hand-picked voices and singers around.”
Creole String Beans, 4/30, LAG, 3:15p: Self-described “Yat cover band” plays overlooked Louisiana rock ’n’ roll and swamp pop nuggets. Photographer Rick Olivier is the frontman, and the lineup includes ex- Cowboy Mouth bassist Rob Savoy and ex-Iguanas saxman Derek Huston.
Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians 4/24, J&H, 1:40p: Claiming to be the oldest Mardi Gras Indian tribe, the Creole Wild West has been documented marching since the late 19th Century.
Creole Zydeco Farmers, 5/2, FDD, 11:15a: 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 sounds that reach from Clifton Chenier to present day.
Daigrepont, Bruce, Cajun Band, 4/23, FDD, 3:05p: One of the few major Cajun artists based in New Orleans. The singer/accordionist has been playing a weekly fais do do in New Orleans since 1980.
Dala, 4/29, GEN, 12:40p: Sweet harmonies from the Canadian duo of Sheila Carabine and Amanda Walther, whose acoustic pop should attract those who miss the heyday of the Lilith Fair.
Danialou, Sagbohan, of Benin, 5/1, J&H, 4:25p; 5/2, J&H, 3:05p: A major figure in African pop, Danialou’s early-’70s work was informed by psychedelic soul and traditional voodoo. This will be his first US appearance.
Davenport, Jeremy, 4/25, JAZ, 12:55p: Schooled as the featured trumpeter in Harry Connick, Jr.’s band, the charming and talented St. Louis native has carved out a nice career with that aching/tender tone to both his playing and singing on romantic standards and originals.
Davis, Jo “Cool”, 5/1, HER, 2:30p; 5/2, GOS, 11:55a: Popular New Orleans gospel singer who’s presented a Christmas concert at Trinity Episcopal Church for the past 28 years. He’s maintained an active schedule despite having a leg amputated below the knee in 2006. He’ll be interviewed Saturday at 2:30.
Deacon John, 4/23, ACU, 2:05p: This singer/guitarist was a key figure in the glory days of New Orleans R&B, playing on classic singles, at the Dew Drop Inn, and everything from high school dances to deb balls. He has been a part of the coming of age of a few generations of New Orleanians, which is why OffBeat honored him for a Lifetime Achievement in Music Award earlier this year.
Dead Weather, the, 5/2, GEN, 3:45p: Jack White brings his second new band to the Fest, following the Raconteurs in 2007. This one’s more up the White Stripes dirty blues alley and features the vocals and stage presence of the Kills’ frontwoman Alison Mosshart.
Dee-1, 4/30, CON, 11:05a: New Orleans native David Augustine, better known as Dee-1, is a rapper and former middle-school teacher who believes in keeping his message positive. He and trumpeter Shamarr Allen recently hit with a Saints anthem, “Bring ’em to the Dome.”
Delafose, Geno, and French Rockin’ Boogie, 4/29, FDD, 3:10p: The versatile zydeco leader, who leans toward Cajun and country, jams away on accordion while his band follows suit.
Delgado Community College Jazz Ensemble, 4/23, LAG, 11:20a: This student ensemble hails from the emerging music program at the city’s largest community college.
Diable, Kristin, 4/30, LAG, 1:55p: Baton Rouge-born roots rocker recently returned to the area after a spell in New York, where she landed songs in a few movies and worked with Jeff Buckley’s former manager.
Dillard University Jazz Ensemble, 4/29, LAG, 11:20a: When local jazz mover and shaker Irvin Mayfield joined the Dillard faculty a decade ago, he made sure that that the local university got a world-class jazz program.
Dioubate, Thierno: See Kora Konnection feat. Morikeba Kouyate of Senegal and Thierno Dioubate of Guinea
Dirty Dozen Brass Band, 5/1, ACU, 12:30p: Expect an old-school set from this venerable outfit, now supporting a 25th anniversary reissue of its 1984 debut My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now.
Dixie Cups, the, 4/30, ACU, 2:05p: New Orleans’ contribution to the ’60s girl-group sound, they scored nationally 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 remain two-thirds of the group.
DJ Captain Charles, 5/2, CON, 5p: The self-proclaimed “most renowned DJ in New Orleans,” Captain Charles has been spinning for more than 20 years. He’ll be joined by K. Gates of “Black and Gold” fame.
DJ Mannie Fresh: See Juvenile and DJ Mannie Fresh
DJ Soul Sister, 5/1, CON, 5:05p: Her rare groove expertise and years of crate digging have given this WWOZ and nightclub personality one of the most desirable soul/funk vinyl collections in town.
Dollis, Big Chief Bo, and the Wild Magnolias, 5/2, J&H, 6p: One of the first and greatest tribes to funkify the chants of the Mardi Gras Indians. Mighty chief Dollis occasionally performs after a bout with illness, co-leading the group with son Bo, Jr.
Dopsie, Dwayne, and the Zydeco Hellraisers’ Tribute to Rockin’ Dopsie, Sr., 4/23, BLU, 4:15p: This second-generation accordionist has always stuck close to Rockin’ Dopsie, Sr.’s blues-infused style of zydeco.
Dopsie, Jr., Rockin’, and the Zydeco Twisters, 4/24, FDD, 6p: More a party animal than his accordionist dad, he recently recorded “Mustang Sally” with a suitably relentless groove.
Dr. John and the Lower 911, 4/23, GEN, 3:30p: You name it and he’s done it, from laying down formative New Orleans R&B, to finding the connection between voodoo and psychedelia, to turning the Duke Ellington and Johnny Mercer catalogues into funk. He went post-Katrina topical on The City That Care Forgot.
Dr. Klaw, 4/29, J&H, 3p: This jam underground supergroup includes Eric Krasno, Ian Neville, Adam Deitch, Nick Daniels and Nigel Hall.
Drake, 4/24, CON, 6p: TV actor turned rap superstar, thanks in part to an early hookup with Lil Wayne. But it didn’t take any big-name help to make “Best I Ever Had” one of last summer’s megahits.
Driskill Mountain Boys, 5/1, LAG, 3:05p: Clinton, Louisiana quintet whose classic bluegrass tunes, matching blazers and proudly corny jokes all hark back to a simpler time.
Drury, Lynn, 5/1, FDD, 11:15a: Carriere-born singer whose twang and groove was honed in a three-year residency at Margaritaville and two albums with her band Bad Mayo. She performed last year as part of the Tipsy Chicks with Kim Carson.
Duhon, Andrew, and the Lonesome Crows, 4/24, LAG, 1:40p: Young singer, guitarist and harmonica player whose debut CD, Songs I Wrote Before I Knew You, shows a flair for soul-baring lyrics. His live shows and association with Ernie Vincent reveal a fascination with the blues.
Dukes of Dixieland, 5/2, ECO, 12:20p: This incarnation of the venerable jazz band was formed in 1974. For a few years afterward, they ran their own club atop the Hotel Monteleone, taking that space over from Louis Prima.
The Dynamic Smooth Family Gospel Singers: See Bester Singers, the, with the Dynamic Smooth Family Gospel Singers.
Egan, David, 4/23, ACU, 11:20a: This Lafayette singer/keyboardist wrote the oft-recorded “First You Cry,” which he’s performed with Lil Band o’ Gold. Irma Thomas, Tab Benoit, Marcia Ball, John Mayall and Solomon Burke have all dipped into his song catalogue.
Electrifying Crown Seekers, 4/25, GOS, 2:40p: This Marrero-based gospel group has been together since 1965, with James Williams, Sr. as the one remaining original member.
Elysian Fieldz, 4/29, CON, 12:35p: Sisters Ann and Alexis Jones are Elysian Fieldz, a gospel-rooted R&B duo who’ve lately toured with T.I. and other big names.
Feliciano, Jose, 4/30, GEN, 3:40p: Though best-known for a handful of late-’60s hits, the Puerto Rican-born singer/guitarist still tours regularly and in 2007 released a new CD, The Soundtrack of My Life.
Ferbos, Lionel, and the Palm Court Jazz Band, 4/25, ECO, 12:20p: The most seasoned performer in New Orleans jazz, Creole singer/trumpeter Ferbos plays the Palm Court every Saturday. He’ll turn 99 this July.
Feufollet, 5/2, FDD, 1:35p: Originally one of the youngest Cajun bands to make an impact, they’ve matured into a band that can honor the tradition while messing with it.
Fi Yi Yi and the Mandingo Warriors, 4/30, J&H, 1:45p: The Fi Yi Yi tribe of Mardi Gras Indians uses African instead of the traditional American Indian themes. Big Chief Victor Harris marched for 25 years with legendary Indian Tootie Montana.
Fields, Thomas “Big Hat,” and His Zydeco Foot Stompin’ Band, 4/30, FDD, 12:25p: A big man in his hometown of Rayne, Louisiana, where he produces an annual music festival. He worked as a bronco buster and bull rider before going full-time into zydeco.
First Emmanuel Baptist Church Choir, 5/1, GOS, 12p: This choir just might be singing some praises to ABC after the network’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition rebuilt their church near St. Charles Avenue.
Fisher, Patrice, and Arpa and the Honduran Connection, 4/24, LAG, 3p: Multicultural summit led by harpist Fisher, whose work in Latin jazz, Celtic music and classical make her one of the more eclectic players in town.
Fleur de Lis Ladies Brass Band, 4/30, J&H, 12:35p: Little is known about this female entry into the male-dominated brass band field.
Fohl, John: See Osborne, Anders, with John Fohl and Johnny Sansone.
Fontenot, Merlin: See Jambalaya Cajun Band with special guest Merlin Fontenot
Ford, Frankie 4/23, ACU, 12:45p: The between-song repartee from this larger-than-life character is as priceless as his catalogue. Before playing “Sea Cruise” he’ll remind you that “It doesn’t go something like this; it goes exactly like this.”
Forgotten Souls Brass Band, 4/30, J&H, 2:55p: Together since 2000, this brass band uses a traditional lineup of bass drum, snare drum and horns but takes in hip-hop and funk influences. The busy Kirk Joseph is on sousaphone.
Foster, Ruthie, 5/2, GEN, 12:35p: This Austin Texas gospel-influenced blueswoman is so phenomenal that she made an album called Phenomenal and lived up to it.
Foster, Tyronne, and the Arc Singers, 5/1, GOS, 1:45p: These Jazz Fest regulars started in 1987 when Foster started working with St. Joan of Arc Youth and Young Adult Choir. In 1992, they opened their ranks to singers from all denominations.
Fountain, Pete, 5/1, ECO, 4:30p: Once upon a time, he brought New Orleans jazz to watchers of The Lawrence Welk Show. Now, the clarinetist is enshrined as living music history.
Four Freshmen, 4/29, JAZ, 4:20p: Famously loved by Brian Wilson, this group brought the sounds of pre-rock vocal pop into the rock ’n’ roll era. One catch: The current lineup has nobody from the hit-making days.
Fran, Carol: See Gray, Henry, and the Cats with Carol Fran
Frank, Keith, and the Soileau Zydeco Band, 5/2, FDD, 4:15p: Hard-driving zydeco band has a new CD, Loved, Feared, Respected, that bears out its “tougher than the rest” image.
Franklin Avenue Baptist Church Mass Choir, 4/23, GOS, 5:55p: One of the city’s biggest and most powerful choirs, and a former winner for Best Gospel Group in OffBeat’s Best of the Beat Awards.
Franklin, Aretha, 4/30, ACU, 5:35p: You may get divine inspiration, or you may get a 20-minute sing-along of “Freeway of Love.” No doubt you’ll get some glimpses of the true majesty of the Queen of Soul.
Franklin IV, 5/2, CON, 11:20a: Gospel-soul man who began singing at his father’s church and later recorded with Los Hombres Calientes. His musical My Name Means Free will be produced at Dillard University this year.
Franklin, Kirk, 4/30, CON, 5:45p: A gospel superstar who has stayed true to his faith while finding unheard-of crossover success, drawing from hip-hop and writing from experience.
Free Agents Brass Band, 4/25, J&H, 3:10p: Drummer Ellis Joseph formed this band in September 2005 with other players who returned to town after Katrina before their regular bands did.
French, Bob, and the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, 4/23, ECO, 5:55p: French once led a high-school band that included James Booker and Art Neville, and has drummed with all the greats. He has inherited the mantle of leadership of the band that was started by Oscar “Papa” Celestin 100 years ago.
French, George, and the Original Storyville Jazz Band, 4/24, ECO, 3:05p: As a bassist, French played on some landmark ‘60s sessions with Earl King, Red Tyler and Robert Parker. As a vocalist, he brings a silky touch to jazz and blues standards.
Funky Meters, the, 4/24, ACU, 3:30p: Long-time musical partners Art Neville and George Porter, Jr. carry on the funky flame with drummer Russell Batiste and guitarist Ian Neville.
Galactic, 5/1, ACU, 3:15p: Originally a funky combo in the Meters mold, Galactic’s musical skills have grown along with their ambitions, resulting in the inclusive vision of New Orleans music heard on the recent Ya-Ka-May.
Gardner, June, & the Fellas, 4/23, ECO, 11:30a: Gardner is known to history as Sam Cooke’s drummer and known to vinyl junkies for the classic single “99 Plus One”—lately sampled on Theresa Andersson’s “Birds Fly Away.”
Gibson, Banu, with Swing Out and Tap!, 5/1, ECO, 5:50p: A singer/dancer who would have been at home as a 1940’s siren, Gibson first danced at Jackie Gleason’s Miami Beach club as a teen. More recently, she has appeared on radio’s Prairie Home Companion.
Gibson, Robert “1-String,” 4/25, BLU, 12:15p; LAG, 2:10p: Don’t expect power chords from this proudly primitive Louisiana bluesman, who does indeed play a single-stringed guitar.
Gipsy Kings, 4/30, GEN, 5:35p: A group whose music probably kept Starbucks in business for a couple of years, the Gipsy Kings are the most commercially successful act to fuse flamenco and pop.
Gospel Inspirations of Boutte, 4/30, GOS, 5:45p: This five-member group sing contemporary gospel backed by a band.
Golden Star Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, 4/25, J&H, 11:20a: 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 singular subculture.
Golden Voices Community Choir, 4/24, GOS, 11:15a: World-renowned choir based at Tuskegee University in Alabama, founded more than a century ago.
Gospel Soul Children, 4/25, GOS, 1:50p: This choir formed 23 years ago at the First Emmanuel Baptist Church in New Orleans.
Gov’t Mule, 4/29, ACU, 2:50p: The unofficial leader of Jam Nation, Mule guitarist Warren Haynes has guided this band between stints with the Dead and the Allman Brothers Band.
Grandpa Elliott, 4/24, BLU, 11:15a: This New Orleans blues singer is a street performer usually found on Royal Street. Last year, he was featured on the Playing for Change album and tour; he recently released his own CD, Sugar Sweet.
Gray, Henry, and the Cats with Carol Fran, 4/25, BLU, 11:15a: Born in Kenner, Gray was Howlin’ Wolf’s pianist from 1956-’68, and played a stack of other landmark gigs 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 Baptist Church Mass Choir, 4/24, GOS, 1:45p: This Jackson, Mississippi church choir has performed at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s legislative conference in Washington.
GROUPA: Nordic Folk Fusion, 4/29, FDD, 1:45p: Formed in 1980, this group does a progressive take on Swedish folk music, comparable to what groups like Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span did in the UK.
Grunch, Benny, and the Bunch, 5/2, LAG, 6p: You don’t have to get all the local in-jokes to enjoy this band’s send-ups of local music and “Yat” culture.
Grupo Sensacion, 4/29, LAG, 1:40p: Yenima Rojas leads this Metairie-based salsa band that plays Wednesdays at Carreta’s.
Guerra, Juan Luis, y 440, 4/25, CON, 3:25p: This Latin music superstar incorporates meringue and bachata rhythms into his multicultural mix. He’s crossed paths over the years with Sting, Paul Simon and the Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo.
Guitar Slim, Jr., 4/25, BLU, 1:05p: Son of the New Orleans blues legend who recorded “The Things That I Used to Do,” Slim Jr. plays some of his dad’s tunes along with similarly hard-driving originals.
Guitar Woodshed feat. Steve Masakowski, Todd Duke and Jake Eckert, 4/24, JAZ, 2:30p: This six-string supersession brings together Astral Project guitarist Masakowski, Dirty Dozen guitarist Eckert and freelance guitarist Duke, who performs regularly with John Boutte.
Hall, Joe, and the Cane Cutters, 4/29, FDD, 12:25p: Lafayette band led by a Creole accordionist who studied with the late Bois Sec Ardoin. Joe Hall is also a musicologist who picked up songs for his band from the Archives of Cajun and Creole Culture at the University of Louisiana.
Hall, Reggie, and the Twilighters feat. Lady Bee, 5/2, ACU, 11:30a: Fats Domino’s cousin is a similarly-styled R&B pianist. He was also a songwriter and co-wrote Joe Jones’ “You Talk Too Much.”
Harrison, Donald, 4/25, CON, 12:20p: This locally-born alto saxophonist has blossomed in all directions as he has embraced a cultural vision that folds together jazz, Mardi Gras Indian music, hip-hop and funk. He also received OffBeat’s Lifetime Achievement recognition in 2009 for his efforts in music education.
Havens, Richie, 5/1, HER, 4:30p; 5/2, FDD, 5:50p: The deep-voiced folksinger is probably best known for the 20 minutes he spent onstage to open Woodstock. His version of “Trouble in Mind” is one of the highlights of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s Preservation. He’ll be interviewed Saturday at 4:30.
HBO’s Treme with David Simon, Eric Overmyer, Wendell Pierce and Tom Piazza, 4/24, HER, 4p: Members of the crew and cast of the HBO television series shot in New Orleans will be interviewed by Harry Shearer.
Heavenly Melodies Gospel Singers, 4/29, GOS, 1:55p: The five Penn Sisters formed this New Orleans gospel quintet during the mid-1950s. Currently the lineup includes two sisters and a niece.
Helm, Levon, Band, 4/25, ACU, 3:10p: The ex-Band singer/drummer’s association with New Orleans includes his running a French Quarter music club in the ‘90s. After a battle with throat cancer, he’s again singing and doing some of the most-praised work of his career.
Henderson, Lyle, and Emmanuel, 4/29, GOS, 2:45p: A former DJ at R&B station FM98 and gospel station WYLD, Lyle Henderson also coordinates the gospel brunches at the House of Blues.
Henry, Clarence “Frogman”, 5/2, ACU, 12:35p: The man who “Ain’t Got No Home” decided to retire after playing the Fest in 2007; lovers of vintage R&B will be glad to know he’s had a change of heart.
Heritage School of Music Band, 4/30, LAG, 11:20a: “Big Chief” and “Hey Pocky Way” are part of the curriculum for this high-school aged band, sponsored by the Jazz and Heritage Foundation’s community music education program.
Holiday, Gal, and the Honky Tonk Revue, 5/2, FDD, 12:25p: Big-voiced Maryland native Vanessa Niemann fronts one of the city’s leading Western swing bands.
Honey Island Swamp Band, 5/1, FDD, 4:15p: This New Orleans roots rock band grew out of a post-Katrina exile in San Francisco. This year, their Wishing Well won a Best of the Beat award as Best Blues Album, and the new Good to You was just released.
Hot 8 Brass Band, 4/25, J&H, 6p: Few bands in New Orleans more obviously manifest the risks of growing up in New Orleans, losing three members in shooting deaths. That hasn’t stopped the band, though, which has further embraced its brass band heritage to keep important traditions alive.
Hot Club of New Orleans, 4/29, ECO, 11:20a: Inspired by the swing of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli, this band reaches beyond the traditional hot jazz repertoire.
Iguanas, the, 4/30, FDD, 5:45p: Part Latin, part roots-rock, part Tex-Mex and all New Orleans, the Iguanas are easier to dance to than they are to define.
Imagination Movers, 4/25, GEN, 1:25p: Spearheading the trend toward hipper children’s music, these bubbly popsters got signed by Disney when a rep caught their Jazz Fest performance in 2005. Last year, they were nominated for a Daytime Emmy for their television show, which is shot here in New Orleans.
Iuso, Billy: See Jockimo’s Groove feat. War Chief Juan and Billy Iuso
Inspirational Souls of Chicago, 4/29, GOS, 4:35p: Gospel quartet originally formed in 1962, whose early singles are prized by collectors.
J. Monque’D Blues Band, 4/30, BLU, 11:20a: The song title “Chitlin Eatin’ Music” best describes this Uptown harmonica wailer.
Jackson, Leo, and the Melody Clouds, 4/24, GOS, 2:40p: This family group formed in 1965 and is now led by founder Leo Jackson’s son; it’s known for its rousing vocals and synchronized steps.
Jambalaya Cajun Band with special guest Merlin Fontenot, 4/23, FDD, 11:15a: Group founded in 1977 by fiddler Terry Huval, who’s also the director of the Lafayette Utilities System. They’ll be joined by Cajun fiddler Merlin Fontenot, born in 1923.
Jazz Ladies Sing the Blues feat. Gina Brown, Angela H. Bell, Tereasa B., and Heather Rothstein, 4/29, JAZ, 1:45p: Summit meeting of strong female voices that don’t get enough attention.
Jockimo’s Groove feat. War Chief Juan and Billy Iuso, 5/1, J&H, 11:30a: Funky rock ’n’ roll meets Mardi Gras Indian chants in this collaboration between Restless Natives leader Iuso and War Chief Juan of the Golden Comanches.
Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, 4/24, GEN, 11:20a: This funky rock band with a jazzy horn section hasn’t lost its adventurous streak. Rolling Stone called their ‘06 Fest performance a “revelation.”
Johnson Extension, the, 5/1, GOS, 2:40p: The Rev. Lois Dejean leads this popular Marrero choir, whose name refers to the Johnson family and all the branches of its family tree.
Johnson, Jimmy, feat. the Dave Specter Band, 5/2, BLU, 2:45p: This Chicago bluesman cut his 1979 debut at age 50. According to one of his songs, he has the St. Louis blues “because I sent Louis to the liquor store and he ain’t come back yet.”
Johnson, Sean, and the Wild Lotus Band, 4/29, LAG, 12:25p: Sanskrit mantras hit the Fair Grounds by way of this divinely inspired group, combining Indian chants with jazz overtones. Leader Johnson studies bhakti yoga, known as the path of the heart.
Jones, Connie, and the Crescent City Jazz Band, 5/1, ECO, 11:15a: As a teenager Connie Jones played trumpet in the Basin Street 6, with a young Pete Fountain. He later toured with Jack Teagarden’s last band before rejoining Fountain’s group in the late ’60s.
Jones, Leroy, & New Orleans Finest, 4/23, ECO, 2:05p: Trumpeter who once led Danny Barker’s Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band at age 13. Now he’s leading his own group between stints with Harry Connick, Jr.’s band.
Jonno and Bayou Deville, 5/2, LAG, 3:10p: Ex-Mamou fiddler Jonno Frishberg leads a band that throws a modern country/rock slant on Cajun music; perhaps the only band in town that lists both Louis Armstrong and Emerson, Lake and Palmer as influences.
Jordan, Kent, 4/30, JAZ, 12:20p: Part of a New Orleans musical family, flautist Jordan had some major-label crossover success in the ’80s and has since toured with Elvin Jones and Wynton Marsalis. Out of This World is his latest release.
Joseph, Kirk, and Tuba Tuba, 4/24, J&H, 6p: Joseph organized a multi-tuba brass band in a tribute to Anthony “Tuba Fats” Lacen. He’ll lead a parade in honor of Tuba Fats at 3:20 as well.
Joseph, Kirk’s, Backyard Groove, 4/29, ACU, 12:10p: “Sousafunk” band led by the venerable Dirty Dozen sousaphone master, heavy on classic soul and New Orleans R&B influences.
Julio y Cesar, 4/25, LAG, 11:30a: New Orleans duo doing Latin-American music on twin acoustic guitars.
Juilliard Jazz Ensemble, 4/30, JAZ, 11:15a: The famed music school’s jazz group includes New Orleans bassist Jason Stewart, who played locally with Ellis Marsalis and Nicholas Payton.
Juvenile and DJ Mannie Fresh, 5/2, CON, 2:05p: Few performers did more to associate New Orleans with the Dirty South school of rap than Juvenile. Last year’s Cocky and Confident shows he hasn’t lost his swagger.
K. Gates, 4/24, CON, 5:30p; 5/2, CON, 5p (with DJ Captain Charles): Rapper K. Gates’ “Black and Gold” sampled the song of the Saints’ season, “Halftime (Stand Up and Get Crunk),” to create one of the hits to emerge from the spate of Saints songs.
Kellin, Orange’s, New Orleans Deluxe Orchestra, 4/29, ECO, 2:55p: Clarinetist Kellin moved from Sweden to New Orleans in 1966; four years later he played at Louis Armstrong’s 70th birthday show. He’s best known for his long association with the stage musical One Mo’ Time.
Kent, Luther, 5/2, BLU, 4:15p: Southern-fried soul man with an affection for Bobby “Blue” Bland has been a popular local attraction for decades. In addition to the numerous local bands he’s fronted, he also sang for a mid-’70s lineup of Blood, Sweat and Tears.
King, B.B., 5/2, BLU, 6p: The blues master is now 85, but his only real concession to advanced age is that he now prefers to sit down onstage. He recently teamed with T-Bone Burnett for One Kind Favor, his strongest album in decades.
King, Chris Thomas, 5/1, BLU, 2:35p: This local bluesman tends to favor serious themes, whether it’s fusing blues with Dirty South rap or making a post-Katrina statement on his album Rise.
King, Little Freddie, Blues Band, 4/23, BLU, 12:30p: Born in the Mississippi Delta and long based in New Orleans, King plays pure and lowdown juke-joint blues. This will be his 34th consecutive year at the Fest.
King Sunny Ade & His African Beats, 4/25, CON, 1:40p: The juju music master tours the US with a relatively stripped-down band, which means only about a half-dozen drummers. Expect the usual polyrhythmic spree.
Kole, Ronnie, Trio, 5/2, JAZ, 12:25p: 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.
Kora Konnection feat. Morikeba Kouyate of Senegal and Thierno Dioubate of Guinea, 4/30, LAG, 4:45p: African traditional music meets New Orleans jazz in this multicultural band, which includes African kora master Kouyate and percussionist Dioubate, with local saxophonist Tim Green, drummer Jeff Klein and Astral Project bassist James Singleton.
Kouyate, Morikeba: See Kora Konnection feat. Morikeba Kouyate of Senegal and Thierno Dioubate of Guinea
Krown, Joe, Trio feat. Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Russell Batiste, Jr., 4/23, GEN, 12:30p: Krown’s Hammond B3 leads this combo that came together and found its groove with regular Sunday night gigs at the Maple Leaf, where it also cut its debut album live.
Kumbuka African Drum and Dance Collective, 5/2, J&H, 12:25p: Founded in 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.
Lafayette Rhythm Devils, 4/29, FDD, 11:10a: A mainstay at Randol’s in Lafayette, this group aims to play Cajun music the way it sounded at the start of the 20th Century, “music that plays as you press your cheek against someone while passing across a dance floor.”
Landreth, Sonny, 5/1, GEN, 4p: This monster slide guitarist counts among his fans some of the biggest names around, whether they’ve had him in his band (Jimmy Buffett, John Hiatt, John Mayall) or guested on his recent From the Reach (Eric Clapton, Vince Gill, Mark Knopfler).
Landrum, Rev. Jermaine, and Ebenezer Baptist Church Choir, 4/30, GOS, 12:40p: This New Orleans church founded the International Gospel Festival in Armstrong Park. The choir has played the Kennedy Center and toured Japan.
Lang, Jonny, 4/25, BLU, 5:40p: Originally a teenage blues guitar prodigy, Lang took a more gospel-rock turn on his latest studio album, Turn Around. Lately he’s been touring with Joe Satriani and Kenny Wayne Shepherd on the Experience Hendrix tour.
Laughlin, Tim, 5/2, ECO, 1:35p: A protégé of Pete Fountain, this jazz clarinetist claims that “if you close your eyes, I sound just like Tim Laughlin.”
Ledisi, 4/24, CON, 4p: The New Orleans-born/Oakland-raised R&B singer has earned hits and Grammy nominations; her latest disc, Turn Me Loose, earned another Grammy nomination with its gospel-influenced sound.
Lee, John, and the Heralds of Christ, 4/23, GOS, 11:15a: This Jazz Fest perennial once collaborated with Luther Kent on the soulful Gospel and Holiday Spirituals album.
Lee, Miss Sophie, 4/25, ECO, 11:15a: Crossing New Orleans jazz and gypsy swing, this Frenchmen Street regular sounds and looks as if she stepped out of an elegant corner of the 1940s.
Lindell, Eric, 4/30, BLU, 1:40p: Once a California skate-punk, Lindell had more success as a blue-eyed soul and bluesman after moving to New Orleans.
L’Ivoire Spectacle feat. Seguenon Kone, 4/25, J&H, 1:55p: Kone performs the music and dance of his native Ivory Coast. He plays drum, string and wind instruments that he makes himself.
Lonero, Bobby’s, Tribute to Louis Prima with Johnny Pennino and the New Orleans Express, 4/29, ECO, 5:45p: Guitarist Lonero has played over the years with a handful of greats, including Fats Domino and Little Richard, and did a Prima tribute for 13 years at the Royal Sonesta on Bourbon Street.
Loose Marbles, 4/29, ECO, 12:25p: The mighty-voiced Meschiya Lake fronts this group that can be heard swinging on the streets of the French Quarter, or outside the clubs on Frenchmen Street.
Lost Bayou Ramblers, 4/23, FDD, 4:30p: This young Cajun band is traditionally minded, but its notions of “tradition” are broader than those of many.
Louisiana’s LeRoux featuring Tab Benoit, 4/25, ACU, 12:25p: Known for the local standard “New Orleans Ladies,” the band has been backing Tab Benoit in recent years; here Benoit returns the favor.
Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble, 4/24, ECO, 1:45p: 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.”
Lounge, Bobby, 5/1, LAG, 5:55p: A one-of-a-kind mix of barrelhouse piano, Tom Waitsian poetics, Southern-gothic storytelling and just plain out-there-ness. His set last year won a feature-length rave in USA Today.
Lovano, Joe’s, Us Five, 4/23, JAZ, 5:35p: The bop-inspired saxman is eclectic enough to draw from funk, African and modern classical, and to interpret repertoire from Sinatra to Caruso. This project includes one of the stars of last year’s Jazz Fest— bassist Esperanza Spalding—with drummers Otis Brown III and Francisco Mela, and pianist James Weldman.
Loyola University Jazz Band, 4/24, LAG, 11:20a: This collegiate group includes many of the city’s most promising young players.
Lucky 7, 4/29, CON, 11:30a: Frenchmen Street regulars, bassist Matthew Goloombisky and drummer Quin Kirchner, formed this band after a Katrina relocation to Chicago. Teaming up with players from the Chicago jazz scene, they added second-line rhythms to a free jazz foundation inspired by the Sun Ra Arkestra.
Mahogany Brass Band with Brice Miller, 4/24, J&H, 12:30p: The most traditionally-minded of New Orleans’ young brass bands, steering clear of funk and hip-hop influences in favor of a more vintage sound and repertoire.
Manuel, Philip, 5/2, JAZ, 11:15a: Like his musical hero Nat “King” Cole, Manuel is a jazz swinger who found his voice in smooth, romantic R&B.
Marceaux, Alexis, Band, 4/23, LAG, 12:35p: This indie-oriented singer/songwriter is also part of the indie rock band Glasgow.
Mardi Gras Indian Orchestra, 4/30, J&H, 5:45p: A full-throttle celebration of the Indian tradition with a roll-call of local musicians, including guitarist Papa Mali, harmonica player Johnny Sansone, two Radiators and a string section.
Marie, Teena, 5/1, CON, 5:40p: Once a Motown protégé of Rick James, she produced the hits “I Need Your Lovin’” and “Square Biz” on her own. Most recently she came to Stax and made the New Orleans-inspired album Congo Square.
Marisa y Mariachi Agave, 4/30, LAG, 12:40p: Charismatic singer Marisa Rodriguez fronts a group of Mexican-born musicians now based in New Orleans.
Marsalis, Ellis, 5/2, JAZ, 2:55p: The legendary modern jazz pianist and patriarch of the Marsalis family still holds court weekly at Snug Harbor.
Marsalis, Delfeayo, and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, 5/2, JAZ, 1:35p: The trombonist and jazz educator suffers from no lack of ambition; his Sweet Thunder is a 12-part work bringing together Duke Ellington and William Shakespeare.
Martin, Steve, with the Steep Canyon Rangers, 4/29, GEN, 3:35p: It’s not often that a banjo player gets a main-stage slot after his first full album. But it’s worth noting that the actor/writer/comedian has been picking for decades, doing a half-bluegrass, half-comedy album back in 1980.
Mas Mamones, 4/23, LAG, 1:50p: This Latin band made big noise on Frenchmen Street in the ’90s; it recently regrouped after a decade-long hiatus and returns to Jazz Fest.
Mayfield, Irvin, and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, 4/25, JAZ, 3:55p: At 31, Mayfield is both a performer and a crusader for New Orleans jazz, having brought a jazz room to the Royal Sonesta on Bourbon Street. The NOJO paid tribute to Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and last year’s Book One—and won a Grammy for it.
New Orleans Klezmer Allstars, 4/25, LAG, 5:50p: Normally known for its rollicking fusion of Jewish dance music and funk, the Allstars recently worked in a more somber vein when they collaborated with Andrei Codrescu to set his Katrina-inspired poems to music.
Mayfield, Jacqueline: See Thomas, Irma’s Tribute to Mahalia Jackson feat. Jacqueline Mayfield
McBride, Jesse, presents the Next Generation, 4/23, JAZ, 12:30p: UNO-trained pianist McBride has taken over the band formed by Harold Battiste, honoring the second 50 years of New Orleans jazz.
McDermott, Tom, and Evan Christopher, 5/1, LAG, 1:50p: Two bright soloists and composers with a foot in New Orleans musical history. Pianist McDermott’s latest CD, New Orleans Duets, found him playing with everyone from Louis Armstrong to Harry Shearer, while clarinetist Christopher’s Django a La Creole imagined the Hot Club in modern New Orleans.
McDonogh No. 35 High School Gospel Choir, 4/29, GOS, 3:35p: The gospel choir of the Treme high school performs.
McMain High School Gospel Choir, 4/29, GOS, 11:20a: The gospel choir of the Uptown high school performs.
Menard, D.L., and the Louisiana Aces, 4/24, FDD, 12:25p: You don’t have to know much Cajun music to love and recognize “The Back Door,” or to understand why this singer has gotten a few decades’ worth of Hank Williams comparisons.
Mia X, Cheeky Blakk and Ms. Tee, 4/23, CON, 11:10a: Summit of three rappers who’ve all claimed (with some justification) to be the queen of New Orleans rap. Mia X and Ms. Tee were respectively the first female artists on the No Limit and Cash Money labels.
Midnite Disturbers, 4/24, J&H, 4:25p: It took drummers Kevin O’Day and Stanton Moore to corral a dozen of New Orleans’ busiest players into one wild brass band. Skerik, Kirk Joseph, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, “Big Sam” Williams, Matt Perrine, Ben Ellman and Mark Mullins should all be familiar names to Fest watchers.
Miller, Derek, 4/29, BLU, 1:30p: Born on Canadian Mohawk territory, Miller was described by director Jim Jarmusch as “Hank Williams and Link Wray on peyote.” His recent single “Damned If You Do” was a duet with Willie Nelson.
Miller, Marcus, presents Tutu Revisited: The Music of Miles Davis feat. Christian Scott, 5/1, HER, 1:30p; JAZ, 5:35p: As a session bassist, he got to play on Miles Davis’ last and probably weakest albums, but for the occasion he’ll look back at one of the more provocative of those efforts with trumpeter Christian Scott. Miller will be interviewed at 1:30 by Jason Patterson.
Miller, Mark Adam, 4/29, LAG, 3:05p: Now making twangier music in Nashville, Miller was the frontman of New Orleans alt-rock band Deadeye Dick and writer of their hit “New Age Girl.”
Mount Hermon Baptist Church Mass Choir, 4/23, GOS, 2:40p: Gospel choir based in Baton Rouge.
Ms. Tee: See Mia X, Cheeky Blakk and Ms. Tee
Mooney, John, and Bluesiana, 4/30, BLU, 2:55p: A scorching slide guitarist and singer who learned the blues at an early age, befriending the blues legend Son House as a teen.
Morning Star Mass Choir, 5/2, GOS, 12:35p: The members of this large local church choir range in age from 13 to 77.
Morrison, Van, 5/2, ACU, 3:35p: One of his first shows since last year’s 40th anniversary performances of Astral Weeks. No word on what he’ll play, but it’s a safe bet that it’ll be the music that moves him. Moondance just turned 40, though, so you can always hope.
Morton, PJ, 4/30, CON, 12:05p: Raised in New Orleans and lately based in Atlanta, singer/keyboardist Morton did songwriting and studio work for India.Arie and Jermaine Dupri; his own band does a mix of R&B and piano-driven pop.
My Morning Jacket, 4/24, GEN, 5:30p: Formed in 1998, Louisville’s My Morning Jacket is one of the youngest bands ever to get a headline Fest slot. They’re steeped in the classic country/rock tradition but not afraid to mess with it. This spring, they took the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on tour with them.
MyNameIsJohnMichael, 5/1, GEN, 11:30a: During 2008, John Michael Rouchell took a bet and wrote/released one new song every week. Those songs not only won him a following, they led to the formation of MyNameIsJohnMichael as a band.
Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas, 4/23, FDD, 5:55p: Nathan Williams not only leads one of the hardest-working bands in zydeco, he also wrote its two greatest hog songs: “Zydeco Hog” and “Everything on the Hog is Good.”
Neal, Kenny, 4/23, BLU, 1:45p: Bayou-born bluesman who played with his late father Raful Neal before going on his own. As a youngster in his dad’s company, he crossed paths with Slim Harpo and Buddy Guy.
Neville, Aaron, 5/1, GOS, 3:50p: Fans will attest that you haven’t really heard Aaron Neville until you’ve caught one of his soul-stirring Gospel Tent sets. In recent years, he’s brought a full band to these sets, including brother Charles.
Neville Brothers, the, 5/2, ACU, 5:40p: It was a reassuring sign when the Nevilles took back their closing slot two fests ago. The traditional finale of “Amazing Grace/One Love” is guaranteed to ease you back into the real world.
Neville, Charmaine, Band, 5/1, CON, 11:30a: Charles Neville’s daughter sings jazz with an upbeat, local slant, and her flexible voice is matched by her exuberant personality.
Neville, Cyril, and Tribe 13, 5/1, BLU, 4:05p: The youngest Neville brother formed this group during a post-Katrina relocation to Austin, Texas, describing them as “the band that put the chili in the gumbo.”
Neville, Ivan’s, Dumpstaphunk, 4/29, ACU, 1:20p: In Dumpstaphunk, Ivan Neville leads one of the heaviest, most single-minded bands in town. If an element doesn’t make a song funkier, it’s cut. He recently worked on the soundtrack for the upcoming Kate Hudson movie, Earthbound.
Neville, Jason: See Batiste, Russell, and Friends feat. Jason Neville
New Birth Brass Band, 5/1, J&H, 6p: Formed in the mid-’80s and led by bass drummer Cayetano “Tanio” Hingle, this band has made CDs with both Allen Toussaint and George Porter, Jr. Horn men Glen David Andrews and Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews are both alumni.
New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra, 5/1, ECO, 12:25p: This multi-generational band plays strictly ’90s music. That would be the 1890s, when the shipboard dance music and early jazz they favor was first created.
New Orleans Bingo! Show, the, 4/24, LAG, 5:50p: One of the definitive “Only in New Orleans” acts, combining rock, R&B, cabaret, burlesque, original videos, leader Clint Maedgen’s eclectic songs and yes, the game of Bingo.
New Orleans Nightcrawlers, 4/23, J&H, 4:35p: This funky brass band represents the genre’s adventurous edge. Their latest album, Slither Slice, combined funk, hip-hop, Indian chants and a general spirit of rejuvenation.
New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, 4/30, ECO, 2p: Formed in 1967 by Swedish-born pianist Lars Edegran, this band plays rags, cakewalks and other classic pieces from the original ragtime era.
New Orleans Social Club, 4/30, BLU, 4:15p: This funk supergroup emerged from Sing Me Back Home, a post- Katrina project. Since then, the band has extended its repertoire into the New Orleans canon.
New Orleans Spiritualettes, 4/30, GOS, 1:35p: Founded a half-century ago by still-current leader Ruby Ray, the Spiritualettes are the longest-active female gospel group in New Orleans.
Next Generation, the: See McBride, Jesse, presents the Next Generation
N’Fungola Sibo West African Dance Company, 4/30, J&H, 11:30a: Teacher and choreographer Mikeall Hawkins leads this troupe whose name translates into “This is my dream.”
Nineveh Mass Choir, 4/25, GOS, 6p: This church choir from the Nineveh Baptist Church in Metairie released the acclaimed CD Worship three years ago.
NOCCA Jazz Ensemble, 4/24, JAZ, 11:15a: Student group from the secondary school whose graduates include Harry Connick, Jr., Nicholas Payton and the Marsalis brothers.
Norful, Smokie, 4/24, GOS, 4:45p: Winner of two Gospel Grammys, Norful takes some hints from R&B stars like Stevie Wonder and Lionel Richie, who themselves took hints from gospel.
Nova NOLA featuring Sasha Masakowski, 5/2, LAG, 12:35p: Vocalist Masakowski fronts a band that fuses the sounds of Brazilian bossa nova and New Orleans, and includes her brother Martin on bass and her father Steve Masakowski of Astral Project on guitar.
O. Perry Walker Charter High School Gospel Choir, 4/29, GOS, 1:05: The gospel choir from this West Bank high school performs.
Old Crow Medicine Show, 5/1, FDD, 5:45p: A rocking band with bluegrass instrumentation, Old Crow are the heirs to a roots tradition stretching from Buffalo Springfield to Uncle Tupelo.
Omar, Fredy, con su Banda, 4/30, GEN, 11:30a: Once proclaimed the “Latin King of Frenchmen Street” by OffBeat, Omar is a Honduras-born singer with a sizzling band.
Onward Brass Band, 4/30, ECO, 12:35p: This group was founded in the late 19th Century and recorded the original “Bourbon Street Parade” in 1955. Currently led by drummer Kurt Nicewander, they recently released their first new CD in decades, The Tradition Continues.
Original Dixieland Jazz Band, 4/25, ECO, 1:30p: This group was established in 1916 and its “Darktown Strutter’s Ball” from the following year is recognized as the first jazz recording. The band is now led by singer/trumpeter Jimmy LaRocca, son of original leader Nick LaRocca.
Osborne, Anders, 5/1, ACU, 1:55p: The thinking person’s guitar hero with a flair for deep blue confessional songs. Since last year, he’s made an impressive, insightful new album, American Patchwork, and grown an impressive beard.
Osborne, Anders, with John Fohl and Johnny Sansone, 4/23, FDD, 1:35p: The three musicians have turned their weekly Tuesday night gigs at Chickie Wah Wah into a blues workshop where they’ve developed songs of their own and collaborated with each other, swapping sideman and bandleader hats from song to song.
Otra, 4/23, J&H, 6p: Led by bassist Sam Price, this local Afro-Cuban band stands out from the crowd with its strong original compositions; they also do a heavily rearranged “Nature Boy.”
Panorama Jazz Band, 4/24, LAG, 12:30p: This young and hip brass band seasons a trad sound with klezmer, Latin and Balkan touches using only acoustic instruments. Come Out Swingin’ made OffBeat’s Top 20 CDs for 2009.
Papa Blue Viking Jazz Band of Sweden, 4/30, ECO, 3:20p: The words “Schlafe Mein Prinzchen” may not ring a bell, but that’s the title of the hit song that established this Armstrong-inspired band in Europe in 1959.
Papa Grows Funk, 4/24, GEN, 2p: “Papa” John Gros’ B3-fueled combo has evolved from a Meters-inspired band to a funky force of its own, with powerhouse players guitarist June Yamagishi and Jellybean Alexander on drums.
Paris, Eddie “ChopChops,” 4/29, J&H, 5:55p: Funky trombone man now based in Phoenix, but doing a characteristically-New Orleans blend of brass band and R&B sounds.
Patterson, Beth, 4/23, LAG, 6:05p: The songs by this silver-voiced songwriter are informed by Celtic traditional and progressive rock. She sent up Randy Newman with one of the season’s cleverest Saints songs, “Drewbreesiana 2010.”
Paula and the Pontiacs, 5/1, BLU, 11:15a: Dynamic singer, saxophonist and harmonica player Paula Rangell has led different incarnations of this hard-driving R&B band since 1978. Her Louisiana Bride CD from 2007 showed off her songwriting.
Paulin Brothers Brass Band, 4/29, J&H, 12:35p: Ernest “Doc” Paulin founded this band in the 1920s, and his sons now play strictly traditional brass band music, complete with the longstanding black-and-white uniforms and spiffy white caps.
Paulin, Roderick, and the Big Easy Groovers feat. Nicole Slack-Jones: A Tribute to Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, 5/1, JAZ, 11:30a: Rebirth Brass Band cofounder Paulin plays “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” and other classics with his current jazz-funk band.
Payton, Nicholas, Sextet, 4/30, JAZ, 4:15p: The trumpeter/bandleader spent some of his last few years collaborating on the Blue Note 7 project and Allen Toussaint’s The Bright Mississippi. His muse has led him to reexamine his jazz history, and he has another album due out sometime this year.
Payton, Walter, with Snapbeans and Gumbo File, 4/29, ECO, 1:40p: The Preservation Hall bassist and father of trumpeter Nicholas Payton, Walter Payton leads this “jazzy blues band playing music for all occasions.” Payton suffered a stroke late last year, so there may be changes for this set.
Pearl Jam, 5/1, ACU, 5p: The Seattle grunge movement finally hits Jazz Fest on the heels of PJ’s garage-punk fuelled Backspacer. After the grunge moment passed, the band found its place as a model for independence and integrity.
Pennino, Johnny: See Lonero, Bobby’s, Tribute to Louis Prima with Johnny Pennino and the New Orleans Express
Perez, Margie, 5/2, BLU, 1:30p; HER, 3:30p: A D.C. transplant doing funky New Orleans blues, Perez has sung with Marva Wright, James Andrews, Charmaine Neville and Allen Toussaint. Her own Singing for My Supper has a naughty streak you wouldn’t expect from her voice and demeanor. She’ll be interviewed at 3:30.
Perkins, Elvis, in Dearland, 4/30, HER, 1:30p; FDD, 4:20p: Perkins is a New York songwriter with a twisted take on Americana. His band takes in traditional folk, parade music, Broadway orchestration and anything else within reach. He’ll be interviewed by Alex Rawls at 1:30.
Pfister Sisters, 4/30, ECO, 4:40p: Inspired by the close harmonies and lively personalities of New Orleans’ Boswell Sisters, the Pfisters celebrated 30 years together at last year’s fest.
Pine Leaf Boys, 5/1, FDD, 12:20p: This young band has spearheaded the latest revival of Cajun music, bridging new and traditional music and snagging three Grammy nominations. Leader Wilson Savoy is the son of Cajun music’s first couple, Marc and Ann Savoy.
Pinstripe Brass Band, 5/1, J&H, 1:50p: A fixture since 1978 at the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club’s Mardi Gras parade, the Pinstripes are easy to pick out for their bright yellow performing outfits; even if they’re not actually pinstriped.
Powell, Shannon’s, Organ Combo feat. Charlie Gabriel, David Torkanowsky, and Peter Bernstein, 4/29, JAZ, 3:05p; 5/2, HER, 2:30p: Drummer Powell explores leaner sounds in this group with Preservation Hall clarinetist Gabriel, Blue Note-associated guitarist Bernstein, and local mainstay keyboardist Torkanowsky. He’ll be interviewed on Sunday.
Preservation Hall with Jim James & Terence Blanchard, 4/25, GEN, 12:10p: Plenty of big names have visited Preservation Hall in recent years. My Morning Jacket’s James and Blanchard are two of the special guests who appear, alongside the likes of Tom Waits and Merle Haggard, on the band’s new benefit/tribute album, Preservation.
Preservation Hallstar Revue, the, 5/2, ECO, 4:20p: Preservation Hall is once again the home of traditional jazz in New Orleans, so any number of A-list players could be a part of this show.
Prima, Lena, 4/23, ECO, 4:30p: Born in New Orleans and based in Vegas, the daughter of Louis Prima and Gia Maione tours with a tribute show, “Louis Prima: That’s My Dad” and maintains a second career as an artist and jewelry maker.
Prima, Jr., Louis, 4/30, HER 2:30p; ECO, 5:55p: Born 44 years ago in Las Vegas, Prima Jr. joined his dad onstage a few times as a kid. He still lives in Vegas and does a tribute show, sometimes playing his dad’s old trumpet. He’ll be part of an interview tribute to his father at 2:30.
Prudhomme, Willis, and Zydeco Express, 4/25, FDD, 3p: This Kinder native left a soybean-farming career to begin playing accordion at age 45; he later worked with John Delafose and Beau Jocque.
Radiators, the, 5/2, GEN, 5:40p: There’s good reason a nation of Fishheads (as their fans are known) swears by this band, which throws blues, funk, swamp rock and guitar heroics into the mix, seasons it with crafty songwriting and never plays it the same way twice.
Radiators, the, Pre War Blues, 4/25, BLU, 3:50p: Their blues covers have been a dependable part of Rads sets from the get-go. They played their first all-blues weekend at Tipitina’s last fall and bring the earlier half of that repertoire to the Blues Tent.
Radke, Chip and Polly, with the God’s House Choir, 4/23, GOS, 12:50p: Church choir based in Marrero.
Rankin, John, 5/2, LAG, 1:45p: New Orleans acoustic guitarist inspired by Chet Atkins and Leo Kottke. He teaches at Loyola and performs weekly at the Columns Hotel.
Real Untouchables Brass Band 4/23, J&H, 12:35p: One of the city’s younger brass bands, formed in 1999 by students of Southern University-Baton Rouge’s marching band.
Rebirth Brass Band, 5/1, CON, 1:55p: Formed 27 years ago, Rebirth was one of the first bands to modernize and funkify the New Orleans brass band sound.
Red Hawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, 4/29, J&H, 1:45p: This Mardi Gras Indian tribe from the Lower Ninth Ward performs.
Red Stick Ramblers, 4/24, LAG, 4:25p: The “red stick” is Baton Rouge, home of these Fais Do-Do stage favorites who mix traditional Cajun, Western swing, blues and old-school jazz. Last year’s My Suitcase is Always Packed found the band in a honky-tonk mood.
Reed, Minister Jai, 4/25, GOS, 12:10p: New Orleans Baptist minister is a soulful singer in the Stevie Wonder tradition, doing gospel with a contemporary R&B influence.
Resurrection Baptist Church Mass Choir of Schertz, Texas, 4/24, GOS, 3:35p: This 100-plus-strong choir led by Minister of Music Ernest Porter recorded the live album Let’s Celebrate in 2009.
Revealers, the, 4/23, J&H, 2p: Reggae band with a funkified New Orleans feel; known for the local hit “I Like the Sound of That.”
Revivalists, the, 4/23, GEN, 11:20a: This young band made an impact on the local jam-band scene after only two years together. Known for catchy and organic tunes as well as playing chops, they just released their debut album, Vital Signs.
Richie, Lionel, 4/23, ACU, 5:30p: Richie started out playing funky sax with the Commodores, but that changed when he found his flair for silky-smooth ballads. You couldn’t grow up in the ‘80s without slow dancing to “Hello” or “Three Times a Lady.”
Riley, Steve, and the Mamou Playboys, 4/30, FDD, 2:55p: Named by OffBeat as one of the most influential acts of the past 20 years, Riley has had equal success with progressive Cajun and straight-up traditional; his current Playboys lineup has elements of both.
Rimington, Sammy’s, Jubilee Band, 4/25, ECO, 4:10p: This clarinetist led the New Orleans-inspired trad jazz movement in early-’60s England. He has since appeared on nearly 150 albums, and the Jubilee Band celebrates his 50th year in music.
Rivers, James, Movement, 4/23, JAZ, 1:35p: Rivers played saxophone on some New Orleans’ great R&B tracks, but many know him primarily for his long-time gig playing popular jazz at the Hilton’s Sunday Brunch (sadly, discontinued).
Robicheaux, Coco, and the Swamp Monsters, 4/29, BLU, 11:15a: Robicheaux’s voodoo blues is as deep-swamp Louisiana as it gets; he’s also a visual artist who created the bust of Professor Longhair at Tipitina’s. His last CD, Like I Said, Yeah U Rite catches him in both spooky and celebratory moods.
Robinson, Jimmy, 4/30, LAG, 6p: One of New Orleans’ more creative guitarists and one of the few with a foot in progressive rock. He co-founded the band Woodenhead and currently plays in the multi-guitar band Twangorama and in Susan Cowsill’s group.
Rocks of Harmony, 4/30, GOS, 11:55a: New Orleans gospel in its purest form, this group has been singing praises for half a century.
Romero, Roddy, and the Hub City Allstars, 4/24, FDD, 3:05p: This eclectic Cajun, zydeco, swamp pop and rock ‘n’ roll band is built around well-traveled accordionist/guitarist Romero and pianist Eric Adcock. Their expansive double album The La Louisiane Sessions made OffBeat’s 2007 Top Ten and was nominated for a Grammy.
Rotary Downs, 4/23, LAG, 4:40p: This local indie rock band gets national attention for its well crafted tunes and multi-textured arrangements. Shortly before the festival season, it released a new album, Cracked Maps and Blue Reports.
Rothstein, Heather: See Jazz Ladies Sing the Blues feat. Gina Brown, Angela H. Bell, Tereasa B., and Heather Rothstein
Rouzan, Wanda, presents “Remembrance: A New Orleans R&B Musical Journey,” 4/23, BLU, 3p: This singer, entertainer, educator and life-long New Orleanian presents a look back at the city’s proud R&B tradition.
Rucker, Darius, 4/25, GEN, 5:35p: The artist formerly misnamed as Hootie has pulled off a second career in country music without changing his sound too drastically. 2008’s Learn to Live spawned three number one hits on the country charts and another top five hit.
Ruffins, Kermit, and the Barbeque Swingers, 4/30, CON, 2:35p: A proud son of the Treme, Ruffins is still the main attraction Thursday nights at Vaughan’s. Last winter he released a track that requested a Saints victory for Christmas; apparently it worked.
Rumba Buena, 4/25, CON, 11:15a; 5/1, HER, 3:30p: This popular New Orleans Latin band is a 12-piece group with four singers, four percussionists, horns and rhythm to spare. Members will be interviewed on the second weekend by Donna Santiago.
Sanchez, Paul, and the Rolling Road Show, 4/24, HER, 12p; 4/29, LAG, 4:20p: Once a mainstay of Cowboy Mouth, Sanchez has since flourished as a songwriter and collaborator. The Road Show could include any number of his many musical friends. He’ll be interviewed on the first Friday by OffBeat contributor Steve Hochman.
Sancton, Tommy, New Orleans Sextet, 4/23, ECO, 3:15p; 5/2, HER, 12:30p: This clarinetist hails from a family of writers and served as Time Magazine’s Paris bureau chief for 22 years, but as a child he took music lessons from Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s George Lewis. He’ll be interviewed by Jason Berry on the second weekend.
Sansone, Johnny: See Osborne, Anders, with John Fohl and Johnny Sansone
Sansone, Jumpin’ Johnny, and the XL Band, 5/1, BLU, 1:25p: The harmonica player and songwriter celebrates an upcoming Threadhead Records release by playing the Fest three times—on the first weekend in an acoustic trio with John Fohl and Anders Osborne, then with the Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars; on the second weekend, he’s in electric blues-rock mode with his XL Band.
Savoy Center of Eunice Saturday Cajun Jam, 4/24, FDD, 1:40p: Folklorist musicians Marc and Ann Savoy bring all their jamming friends, of which there’s plenty. Last year they had a half-dozen fiddles and at least as many accordions onstage.
Sax For Stax feat. Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum and Jeff Lorber, 4/24, JAZ, 5:35p: Three saxophonists who made their name in smooth ‘80s R&B go back to their roots and pay homage to the Stax Records catalogue.
Scott, Christian: See Miller, Marcus, presents Tutu Revisited: The Music of Miles Davis feat. Christian Scott
Scott, Tonia, and the Anointed Voices, 4/24, GOS, 12:50p: Choir formed at Ebenezer Baptist Church in New Orleans. They appeared as Ray Charles’ hometown choir in the biopic Ray and were also seen in the films The Skeleton Key and Last Holiday.
Scully, R.’s, Rough 7, 4/29, ACU, 11:10a: Singer/guitarist Scully was part of the late, lamented Morning 40 Federation. His aptly-named new band plays some of the grittiest garage rock to be heard at this year’s fest, but with a spiritual twist.
Selvys, the, 4/30, GOS, 4:30p: A family gospel group from Earle, Arkansas, the Selvys have a message: “Get up and live, you ain’t dead no more!”
Semolian Warriors Mardi Gras Indians, 4/23, J&H, 3:25p: This long-established Mardi Gras Indian gang has marched in the past with the Creole Wild West.
Sexton, Martin, 4/29, FDD, 4:35p: A favorite on the acoustic circuit, Sexton has a changeable voice, high ambitions and diverse tastes, daring to do back-to-back Prince and Beatles covers on a recent live album.
Shades of Praise, 4/23, GOS, 3:35p: This choir is integrated across race, gender and denomination, and had its first scheduled performance on September 12, 2001; they’ve since been dedicated to spreading a message of hope.
Shakoor, Nadirah, 4/30, GEN, 12:45p: Originally with Arrested Development, she’s now a friend of Jimmy Buffett and a featured singer with the Coral Reefer Band, so make your own guesses about what may or may not happen during her set.
Shannon, Mem, and the Membership, 5/1, BLU, 12:20p: This funky bluesman and Jazz Fest veteran revealed a political side in 2008 when he wrote “Goodbye Mr. President (Time for You to Go).”
Sharif, Jamil, 5/1, ECO, 1:45p: Local trumpeter studied with Ellis Marsalis at NOCCA and went on to do a number of soundtracks, including the Ray Charles biography Ray, for which he was music coordinator.
Shaw, Amanda, and the Cute Guys, 4/29, GEN, 1:55p: Once a bubbly teen who did Cajunized versions of Clash and Ramones songs, singer/violinist Shaw has done plenty of growing up in public. Her fourth album, Good Southern Girl, is due shortly on Irvin Mayfield’s newly established label.
Shepherd, Kenny Wayne, 5/1, BLU, 5:45p: This Shreveport native came onto the scene as a teenage blues-rock guitar slinger opening for the Rolling Stones and other arena heavyweights. He paid some overdue dues by jamming with blues elders on 2008’s CD/DVD 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads.
Shorter, Wayne, Quartet with Danilo Perez, Brian Blade and John Patitucci, 5/2, JAZ, 5:40p: A saxophonist who made jazz history with Miles Davis and Weather Report, Shorter now leads his first all-acoustic group since his early ’60s years on Blue Note.
Shorts, Barbara: See Tribute to Juanita Brooks feat. Wanda Rouzan, Barbara Shorts, and Topsy Chapman
Sierra Leone’s Refugee Allstars, 5/2, CON, 12:40p: Drawing from African music and reggae, these musicians came together at a refugee camp during Sierra Leone’s civil war. Los Lobos member Steve Berlin oversaw their recent studio work, partly recorded in New Orleans’ Piety Street Recording.
Simien, Terrance, and the Zydeco Experience, 4/25, FDD, 5:55p: One of zydeco’s ambassadors, Simien recently contributed to the soundtrack for the Disney film The Princess & the Frog. Though he plays a lot of regional standards, Simien wrote one of the first Fest anthems with “Jam the Jazzfest.”
Simmons, Kid’s, Local International Allstars, 4/30, ECO, 11:15a: Trumpeter Simmons is a Fest veteran who’s been active in traditional jazz since he first came to came to New Orleans in 1966. He’s also a musicologist and WWOZ DJ who’s unearthed some overlooked classics of the ragtime era.
Simon & Garfunkel, 4/24, ACU, 5:15p: The catalogue is timeless, and the reunions don’t happen often. Onstage, Simon tends to freshen the material with full-band arrangements drawing on his world-music explorations.
Sinegal, Li’l Buck, Blues Band, 4/24, BLU, 1:20p: One of Ponderosa Stomp’s patron saints, Sinegal played guitar with Clifton Chenier and Slim Harpo, and once led a band that included a young Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural on organ.
Slack-Jones, Nicole: See Paulin, Roderick, and the Big Easy Groovers feat. Nicole Slack-Jones: A Tribute to Julian “Cannonball” Adderley
Smith, Keely, 4/25, JAZ, 5:40p: Though best-known as Louis Prima’s straightwoman/duet partner, she had big-band hits before Prima and jazz success afterward. Her career lately survived a duet with Kid Rock at the 2008 Grammys.
Some Like It Hot, 5/2, ECO, 11:15a: Traditional Dixieland band playing early New Orleans, Chicago and Kansas City standards.
Soul Rebels, 4/29, CON, 3:35p: Of all the bands who’ve brought modern funk and hip-hop to a brass band format, few have gone quite as far as the Soul Rebels. The recent live album No Place Like Home shows a few new faces in the lineup.
Southern University Baton Rouge Jazzy Jags, 5/2, BLU, 11:15a: 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.
Spellman, Judy, 4/24, JAZ, 1:25p: Daughter of Benny “Fortune Teller” Spellman, Judy made her singing debut in her local church choir. She does both jazz and gospel gigs and has also exhibited her watercolors in various galleries.
St. Joseph the Worker Choir, 5/2, GOS, 1:30p: Led by Clark Knighten, this Catholic ensemble from Marrero sings hymns with a traditional flair.
Stafford, Gregg, and the Young Tuxedo Brass Band, 5/1, ECO, 3:05p: The great-granddaddy of New Orleans brass bands, the Young Tuxedos formed in 1938 and were popular between the two World Wars. Trumpeter Stafford has led the group a mere 27 years.
Steel Pulse, 4/23, CON, 5:45p: Originally aligned with the punk movement, the UK reggae band later scored a surprise US hit with “Steppin’ Out.” Singer/guitarist David Hinds, of the mile-high dreadlocks, and keyboardist Selwyn “Bumbo” Brown remain from the original lineup.
Stinson, Kenny Bill, and the ARK-LAMystics, 5/1, LAG, 4:30p: Perennial fest favorite from the Shreveport area doing swamp pop and rockabilly with piano-pounding fervor, and usually bringing a first-rate band.
Stone, Marc, 4/25, ACU, 11:10a: Blues guitarist Marc Stone has been as active behind the scenes as he has been onstage. The former WWOZ DJ and OffBeat contributor has helped organize the blues scene on Algiers Point and produced shows with Betty Harris, as well as a show and live album with the Campbell Brothers. He’s on the new Ensemble Fatien album and his own new Trickeration and Rascality, both on Threadhead Records.
Storyville Stompers Brass Band, 4/25, J&H, 12:35p: This traditional New Orleans brass band formed in 1981, and it performs a number of rarely-played vintage jazz tunes. Its membership includes some of the top players in town, and it’s always in demand for parades.
Stroughmatt, Dennis, and L’Esprit Creole, 4/29, HER, 1p: Kevin Fontenot interviews the Creole fiddler.
subdudes, the, 4/30, GEN, 2:10p: One of the few New Orleans rock bands who turn laid-back into a virtue, scaling down the volume to let the songs and harmonies shine through. Their 2004 reunion proved to be for keeps; the recent Flower Petals is their fourth studio album since then.
Sugarfoot’s Ohio Players, 5/1, CON, 3:45p: Classic-era guitarist Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner leads this incarnation of the band that gave the world “Love Rollercoaster,” “Funky Worm” and many equally classic (in their own way) album covers.
Summers, Bill, and Jazzalsa, 4/24, J&H, 2:55p: Percussionist Bill Summers has been active throughout his career in efforts to foster cross-cultural musical fusions; this is the latest effort from the percussionist from Los Hombres Calientes, Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters and soundtrack sessions with Quincy Jones.
Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots, 4/29, CON, 2:05p: He’s done blues, funk and zydeco, not to mention playing pro football and being a park ranger. Sunpie Barnes sounds as comfortable with zydeco and blues as he does with island and world music.
Take 6, 4/30, CON, 4:05p: The Alabama sextet is a soulful a cappella group in the tradition of the Persuasions. They’ve done jazz, pop and gospel, and Aaron Neville joined for their last album’s take on “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans.”
Taylor, Curley, and Zydeco Trouble, 4/24, FDD, 11:15a: After playing drums in various bands, including his father Jude Taylor’s Burning Flames, Curley learned to play accordion in just six months. His group carries on the Beau Jocque tradition of heavily funkified zydeco.
TBC Brass Band, 5/2, J&H, 4:35p: Formed at Carver Senior High School in 2002, this band toured and performed onstage with the Roots a few years later.
Tee, Willie, Warren Storm and Cypress, 5/2, FDD, 2:50p: Swamp-pop veteran and Lil’ Band o’ Gold mainstay Storm teams with saxophonist Tee to revive a band they originally put together in 1980.
Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Ensemble, 4/23, JAZ, 11:15a: Three years ago, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz relocated to Loyola University. This ensemble is made up of the Institute’s graduate student class.
Thibodeaux, Goldman, and the Lawtell Playboys, 4/25, FDD, 12:25p: Accordionist Thibodeaux, who began performing at age 52, now leads the traditional Creole band that was established in 1946.
Thomas, Irma, 5/2, ACU, 1:50p: Her title “Soul Queen of New Orleans” just about sums it up. She was last heard singing the best track on Galactic’s Ya-Ka-May, “Heart of Steel.”
Thomas, Irma’s, Tribute to Mahalia Jackson feat. Jacqueline Mayfield, 4/23, GOS, 4:40p: The soul queen recorded a stirring gospel album, Walk Around Heaven, in 1993 but has since refused to perform any gospel songs at secular shows. This tribute will be a rare chance to hear her in sacred mode.
Thompson, Butch: See Wilson, Clive’s, New Orleans Serenaders feat. Butch Thompson
Thompson, Kevin, and the Sensational Six, 4/23, GOS, 1:45p: This Louisiana gospel group was founded two decades ago at Lake Providence Senior High School.
Tin Men, 4/24, ACU, 11:25a: Three of the busiest players in New Orleans return to Jazz Fest when the Tin Men (Alex McMurray, Matt Perrine and Washboard Chaz) play their skewed version of jazz, blues and rock on Saturday.
Toups, Wayne, and Zydecajun, 4/25, GEN, 2:50p: The Crowley, Louisiana singer/accordionist was one of the first zydeco artists to sign with a major label in the ‘80s. His recent live album finds him as hopped-up as ever, with a fine cover of Van Morrison’s “Tupelo Honey,” but he has also embraced his roots.
Toussaint, Allen, 4/30, ACU, 3:40p: A man whose songs virtually define New Orleans R&B, Toussaint is enjoying a career renaissance through his Elvis Costello collaboration and last year’s jazz album The Bright Mississippi. His fest sets draw from his vast catalogue and frequently include some unrecorded nuggets.
Toussaint, Allen, Jazzity Project, 5/1, JAZ, 3:40p: Another facet of Toussaint’s talents, this group focuses on funky, small-combo jazz rather than the more traditional jazz of his The Bright Mississippi album.
Treme Brass Band, 4/24, ECO, 12:25p: One of the longest-running traditional brass bands in town, the Treme made their own contribution to the Carnival repertoire with Gimme My Money Back. Their Fest sets usually end with the audience in a second line.
Tribbett, Tye, 5/2, GOS, 4:50p: One of the biggest names in modern gospel, he’s collaborated with everyone from Faith Hill to Justin Timberlake to Sting.
Tribute to Juanita Brooks feat. Betty Shirley, Germaine Bazzle and Leah Chase, 4/25, JAZ, 2:20p: An all-star group of friends and vocal contemporaries pay tribute to the beloved jazz/gospel singer/actress, who passed away last fall at age 55.
Tribute to Juanita Brooks feat. Wanda Rouzan, Barbara Shorts, and Topsy Chapman, 5/2, ECO, 5:45p: A second tribute to the beloved singer with three of the city’s strongest jazz/gospel voices.
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, 5/2, GEN, 2p: Treme-born Troy Andrews is already a music veteran at 24, playing in local funk and brass bands before touring in Lenny Kravitz’s band and joining U2 and Green Day onstage when they reopened the Superdome. His new album Backatown brings together all the sounds he’s picked up, and has him poised for national breakthrough.
Trucks, Derek, and Susan Tedeschi Band, 4/30, BLU, 5:45p: The sweethearts of the jam-band world, Trucks and Tedeschi began working together after she was established as a soloist and he’d joined the Allman Brothers Band. Boston native Tedeschi tends to be the gritty blues counterpart to Trucks’ jazzier leanings.
Tulane University Jazz Ensemble, 4/29, JAZ, 11:15a: Student group from the local college with a long tradition of jazz education.
Unfinished Blues, with Harold Battiste, Ellis Marsalis and Karen Celestan, 4/30, HER, 4:30: Kalamu Ya Salaam interviews Harold Battiste about his memoir (written with Celestan), his era, and his relationship with Ellis Marsalis.
University of New Orleans Jazz Ensemble, 4/25, GEN, 11:10a: Student group whose instructors include Delfeayo Marsalis, Irvin Mayfield and department chair, Astral Project guitarist Steve Masakowski.
Val and the Love Alive Fellowship Choir, 5/2, GOS, 6:05p: Few things sound more spirited than 100 school-age kids singing praises. Valentine Bemiss-Williams directs this large choir.
Vappie, Don, and the Creole Jazz Serenaders, 5/2, ECO, 2:55p: This traditional jazz band provides Vappie the platform to explore his Creole roots in music, whether from Louisiana or in the Caribbean.
Ven Pa’ Ca, 5/2, LAG, 11:30a: Local guitarist John Lawrence leads this flamenco group that includes saxophonist Rob Wagner, percussionist Jerry Fields and three singer/dancers.
Vincent, Ernie, and the Top Notes, 5/2, BLU, 12:20p; HER, 4:30p: Vincent was the wah-wah guitar man behind “Dap Walk,” a collector’s classic of ’70s funk. He later played a few memorable gigs backing Ernie K-Doe at his Mother-in-Law Lounge. He’ll be interviewed by Rick Coleman at 4:30.
Vivaz!, 4/29, GEN, 11:25a: Bolivian-born guitarist Javier Gutierrez leads an 11-piece band covering a sweep of Latin music from Tito Puente to Gipsy Kings to New Orleans-flavored originals.
Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars, 4/25, ACU, 1:40p: Guitarist and activist Tab Benoit leads a supersession of environmentally-minded musical heavyweights, with Cyril Neville, Anders Osborne, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Cajun fiddler Waylon Thibodeaux and more.
Voices of Distinction, 4/25, GOS, 1p: This Baton Rouge family quintet do “traditional foot-stomping, hands-clapping gospel.”
Voices of Peter Claver, 4/30, GOS, 2:30p: Adult choir based at St. Peter Claver Church on St. Philip Street.
Ward, Michael, 4/25, JAZ, 11:30a: Son of jazz vocalist Carol Ward, Michael is an electric violinist whose repertoire includes a smooth-jazz version of “Hotel California.”
Washington, Sherman, and the Zion Harmonizers, 5/2, GOS, 2:25p: This venerable group has been a Jazz Fest favorite since the beginning, when Washington coordinated the first Gospel Tent in 1969. The group’s history goes back to 1939 when the first lineup was formed in the Zion City neighborhood.
Washington, Walter “Wolfman” with the Joe Krown Trio, 4/23, GEN, 12:30p; with the Roadmasters 4/24, CON, 2:25p: Funky blues favorite who played with Lee Dorsey in the ‘50s before striking out on his own. Washington’s trademarks are his gritty vocals and guitar solos, not to mention those sideburns.
Watson, Cedric, and Bijou Creole, 4/29, FDD, 6p: Young fiddler and accordionist Watson won a Grammy nomination for L’Esprit Creole, which shows him digging into his Creole roots via traditional Cajun and zydeco music and beyond.
Watson Memorial Music Ministries, 4/25, GOS, 3:35p: This large, energetic choir founded by Thomas Benjamin Watson more than three decades ago sings a mostly contemporary gospel repertoire.
White Cloud Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, 5/1, J&H, 3:10p: This tribe appears on the Smithsonian Folkways CD Blues Routes, doing a definitive reading of the Mardi Gras chant “Sew, Sew, Sew.”
White, Dr. Michael, and the Original Liberty Jazz Band feat. Thais Clark, 4/24, ECO, 4:30p: Clarinetist White joined Doc Paulin’s Brass Band as a teen; today he’s a jazz educator at Xavier University as well as a performer/composer. Vocalist Clark created the role of Ma Reed in One Mo’ Time and has been a Friday-night fixture at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe.
Widespread Panic, 4/29, ACU, 4:30p: Once again the Athens, Georgia jam band gets the unheard-of honor of a double-length set. But they put that time to good use, especially when guitarist Jimmy Herring gets to cut loose.
Wilson, Clive’s, New Orleans Serenaders feat. Butch Thompson, 4/23, ECO, 12:40p: Jazz players steeped in the tradition; trumpeter Wilson and pianist Thompson (more recently known for his Prairie Home Companion appearances) first met in the ’60s as spectators at Preservation Hall.
Winn, Betty and One A-Chord, 5/1, GOS, 12:55p: Formed in 1995 by Betty Winn and her husband Thomas, this choir traces the history of gospel from slave spirituals to new compositions. They perform with as many as 40 singers.
Wiseguys, the, 4/24, ACU, 12:30p: Party-ready rock/R&B band of well-traveled players doing covers and originals.
Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong feat. Wycliffe Gordon, Victor Goines and James Andrews, 4/25, ECO, 5:40p: Armstrong’s rich catalogue celebrated by a trumpeter, a woodwinds man (Goines) and a trombonist (Gordon) who’ve proudly acknowledged his influence. Expect to hear far more than Armstrong’s greatest pop hit.
Woods, Kipori, 4/23, BLU, 11:20a: Woods started his career as “Baby Wolf,” but he’s been around long enough to lose the “baby” part by now. He has had a low profile in New Orleans for much of the decade, but the blues, funk and gospel artist returns to Jazz Fest this year.
Wright Brothers, 4/29, GOS, 12:10p: This family gospel group shares its name with a pioneering aviation family.
Wright, Marva, Tribute to, feat. Benny Turner, the BMW’s, Davell Crawford, Tara Alexander and Papa Grows Funk, 4/24, BLU, 12:20p: An all-star lineup honors the beloved blues singer who passed away last month.
Xavier University Jazz Ensemble, 5/1, LAG, 11:25a: Student group from one of New Orleans’ great training grounds. Director John DeFoor is a jazz vet who once played with Billy May and Harry James.
Zion Trinity, 5/1, J&H, 12:40p: Female trio sending a positive message with reggae rhythms, gospel influence and soaring harmonies.
Zulu Male Ensemble, 5/2, GOS, 11:15a: Gospel choir formed by members of the well known Mardi Gras krewe, the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club.