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Fest Focus: Jon Roniger and the Good for Nothin’ Band

FRIDAY, APRIL 27—LAGNIAPPE STAGE, 11:30 A.M.   Persistence looks to finally pay off for Jon Roniger this Jazz Fest. The New Orleans native makes his debut at the Fair Grounds […]

Fest Focus: Jake Shimabukuro

FRIDAY, APRIL 27—FAIS DO-DO STAGE, 2:45 P.M.   In 2005, Jake Shimabukuro’s stunning ukulele rendition of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” made him a YouTube sensation. The video […]

Fest Focus: Terrance Simien

SATURDAY, APRIL 28—FAIS DO-DO STAGE, 2:55 P.M.   Grammy-winning zydeco artist Terrance Simien has played every Jazz Fest since 1986. “I tell people this all the time,” he says in […]

Fest Focus: Kyle Huval

FRIDAY, APRIL 27—FAIS DO-DO STAGE, 11:15 A.M.   The future of Cajun music always looks bright, with the scads of young musicians constantly entering its ranks, but 27-year-old Kyle Huval […]

Fest Focus: Banu Gibson

THURSDAY, MAY 3—ECONOMY HALL TENT, 4:25 P.M.   There aren’t many musicians who can match singer Banu Gibson’s knowledge of and passion for the vocal jazz of the ’20s and […]

Fest Focus: Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band

FRIDAY, MAY 4—ECONOMY HALL TENT, 1:50 P.M.   Molly, Marla, Julie, Haruka, Chloe, and Dizzy had all made their own names in jazz long before they came together to form […]

Fest Focus: Lee Konitz

THURSDAY, MAY 4—WWOZ JAZZ TENT, 2:55 P.M. With its ever-growing audience and notoriety, New Orleans’ beloved Jazz Fest has gone through a great deal of musical expansion, for better or […]

Fest Focus: Lake Street Dive

FRIDAY, MAY 5—GENTILLY STAGE, 2:05 P.M. Lake Street Dive has earned quite the following in recent years with a modern take on the old-school pop sounds of the ’50s and […]

Fest Focus: Gregg Martinez

FRIDAY, MAY 5—FAIS DO-DO STAGE, 1:20 P.M. Gregg Martinez, the powerhouse swamp pop vocalist from Cajun country, inspires audiences through his big, emotional performances of classic soul and rhythm-and-blues. “I’m […]

Fest Focus: Kim Carson

FRIDAY, APRIL 28—LAGNIAPPE STAGE, 4:20 P.M. If you don’t always see Kim Carson in New Orleans, that’s because she spends part of her year out of the country: She’s in […]