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Fest Focus: T’Monde

Friday, May 3, Fais Do Do Stage, 11:15 a.m.   T’Monde continues to expand its universe. In February, the Cajun trio of accordionist Drew Simon, fiddler Kelli Jones, and guitarist […]

Fest Focus: Monk Boudreaux

Sunday April 28, Jazz & Heritage Stage, 3 p.m. Friday May 3, Acura Stage (Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars), 2:05 p.m. Sunday May 5, Cultural Exchange Pavilion (The Boudreaux Family […]

Fest Focus: The Messy Cookers Jazz Band

Saturday April 27, Economy Hall Tent, 11:15 a.m.   Alex Owen, bandleader and trumpet player of The Messy Cookers Jazz Band, first came to music at a very young age […]

Fest Focus: Lulu and the Broadsides

Thursday, April 25, Lagniappe Stage, 3:05 p.m.   Lulu and the Broadsides is one of the best new bands you’ll hear at this year’s Jazz Fest. Lulu is the alter […]

Fest Focus: Ragtime to Jelly Roll featuring Lars Edegran and Kris Tokarski

Thursday, April 25, Economy Hall Tent, 4:20 p.m.   As The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival comes to its 50th anniversary, there are few musicians playing this year who […]

Fest Focus: Keith Burnstein’s Kettle Black

Friday, May 3,  Lagniappe Stage, 11:30 a.m.   Keith Burnstein is a crafter of tunes. Growing up in a Philadelphia suburb, he started playing piano at age five, and by […]

Fest Focus: Boukman Eksperyans

Saturday, May 4, Cultural Exchange Pavilion, 12:40 p.m.   Even if you know nothing about the Haitian Vodou religion, there’s still no denying the hypnotic power of a Boukman Eksperyans […]

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 […]