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All you need to know is in our Jazz Fest Guide.
OffBeat’s Jazz Fest “A to Z” contains everything you want to know about Jazz Fest music. It’s arranged alphabetically by band name so you can find out when your favorite is playing by stage and time, with handy reference bio information. This guide is also available on any mobile device where you can look up info by band name, day, time or stage. Just go to OffBeat.com!
Happy Jazz Fest! Remember that performance times may change.
ACU = Acura Stage
AM = Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage
BLU = Blues Tent
CEP = Cultural Exchange Pavilion NOLA 300
CON = Congo Square Stage
ECO = Economy Hall Tent
FDD = Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage
GEN = Gentilly Stage
GOS = Gospel Tent
J&H = Jazz & Heritage Stage
JAZ = WWOZ Jazz Tent
KID = Kids Tent
LAG = Lagniappe Stage
PAR = Parades
21st Century Brass Band, 5/4, PAR, 4p: This young, Treme-based group finds room in its repertoire for New Orleans jazz standards as well as modern R&B hits.
79rs Gang Mardi Gras Indians, 5/4, J&H, 3p: Big Chief Jermaine and Big Chief Romeo from the 7th and 9th Wards come together to form the 79rs Gang. Jermaine’s baritone voice combines with Romeo’s alto voice as they since about the Mardi Gras Indians’ unique culture. They released their first CD, Fire on the Bayou, in 2015.
7th Ward Creole Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, 5/3, PAR, 3:45p: Big Chief Jermaine Bossier leads this 7th Ward-based Mardi Gras Indian gang.
9th Ward Black Hatchet Mardi Gras Indians, 4/28, PAR, 3:20p: Mardi Gras Indian parade led by Big Chief Alphonse “Dowee” Robair.
Aaron Neville, 5/4, GEN, 4:15p: The golden-voiced Neville brother, whose classic “Tell It Like It Is” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame collection for 2015, brings originals from his latest effort, Apache (Best R&B/Funk Album winner at the 2016 Best of the Beat Awards), mixed in with some hits from his prolific career.
The Accordion in Louisiana: Marc Savoy, Glenn Hartman and Corey Ledet interviewed by Barry Ancelet, 4/28, AM, 12:15p: Cajun folklorist and expert in Cajun music and Cajun French Barry Ancelet interviews accordion maker and performer Marc Savoy, along with accordion players Glenn Hartman and Cory Ledet about the accordion in Louisiana.
Adella, Adella the Storyteller, 4/27, KID, 1:50p: This kids’ performer aims to bring animals to life, make history real, turn ancestors into wise friends and open the imaginations and hearts of her listeners.
Aerosmith, 5/5, ACU, 5:30p: “If you grew up in the ‘70s you liked Aerosmith.” So wrote R.E.M’s Peter Buck about their cover of “Toys in the Attic,” and the odds are good that you still liked Aerosmith if you grew up in the ’80s or ’90s. They powered through their first decade on blustery blues-rock, then set the bar for commercial makeovers in the ’80s. Their first Jazz Fest appearance will also be their last, kicking off their “Aero-viderci” farewell tour.
Alex McMurray & His Band, 5/3, GEN, 11:15a: This songwriter’s sharp eye, gravelly voice and wicked sense of humor have been well displayed in the Tin Men, Royal Fingerbowl and his current solo career. His song “You’ve Got to Be Crazy to Live In This Town” was a fitting choice to close the third season of HBO’s Treme.
Alexey Marti, 4/27, JAZ, 1:35p: After relocating to New Orleans, Cuban-born conga player and percussionist Marti has become a key fixture on the local Latin scene, performing a mix of jazz, funk, salsa, son, rumba and more.
Alexis & the Samurai, 4/27, LAG, 3:10p: Led by two of the brighter talents on the local rock scene, singer/songwriter Alexis Marceaux and multi-instrumentalist Sam Craft, this act’s Monday night shows developed an almost cult-like following in recent years.
Algiers Warriors Mardi Gras Indians, 5/4, PAR, 2:15p: Big Chief Alphonse ‘Dowee’ Robair leads this West Bank-based Mardi Gras Indian tribe.
Amanda Shaw, 4/29, ACU, 12:40p: This Cajun fiddle prodigy has been in the spotlight since age 10. Her sets can jump from teen-friendly pop to straight-up Cajun, with a classic rock cover or two thrown in.
Anders Osborne, 5/6, ACU, 12:25p: New Orleans’ Swedish-rooted guitar hero and songwriting titan recently followed up Freedom & Dreams, an exercise in folk-inspired, up-tempo Southern blues, with Spacedust and Ocean Views, a collection of introspective musings on places dear to his heart. His latest effort, Flower Box, came out in 2016.
Andrew Duhon, 4/28, LAG, 12:35p: With his achingly tender voice and penchant for lyrical depth, folk-pop singer songwriter Duhon taps into personal experience to tug at listeners’ heart strings while strumming his way through original music that echoes the blues.
Anita Baker, 5/5, CON, 5:30p: The early ’80s hits “Angel” and “Sweet Love” introduced the silky elegance that’s been Anita Baker’s trademark ever since. She scored more hits and won multiple Grammies over the next two decades, yet she’s been largely scarce since her last full tour in 2007. Her hit cover of Tyrese’s “Later” in 2012 set the stage for an album that never appeared, and after a few quiet years she announced her retirement in 2017. Her Fest show will be one of her first since reconsidering.
Anthony Brown & group therAPy, 4/28, GOS, 3p: This Maryland-based gospel artist is known for his intricate vocal arrangements and creative approach to songwriting.
Anya Hollingsworth, 5/5, KID, 1:50p: Violinist Anya Hollingsworth is an eighth grade honor student at Wilson Middle School. She believes music tells personal and historic stories that connect humanity. ARTS consist of three singers and songwriters Kir’ Ondria Woods, Jamilla Johnson, and Harper Jones. They are accompanied by pianist Carolyn Donnell and drummer Larry Donnell II.
Apache Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, 5/6, PAR, 1:10p: Big Chief Preston Whitfield leads this Uptown-based Mardi Gras Indian tribe, headquartered at 3rd and LaSalle Streets.
Archdiocese of New Orleans Gospel Choir, 4/28, GOS, 12:05p: The Archdiocese represents the largest religious demographic in New Orleans. Its choir represents a tradition of Crescent City Catholicism dating back to 1793.
Archie Shepp Quartet featuring vocalist Marion Rampa, 5/3, JAZ, 5:45p; AM, 4p: Saxophonist Archie Shepp long venture in avant-garde jazz includes working with Coltrane on A Love Supreme is joined by jazz vocalist Marion Rampa.
Arrianne Keelen, 4/27, GOS, 11:15a: Vocalist, songwriter and Hurricane Katrina survivor. Her song “I Still Love You” landed her a spot as an amateur night contestant on “It’s Showtime at the Apollo.” Keelen won the grand prize in the “Dream New Orleans Talent Search.”
Arthur and Friends Community Choir, 4/28, GOS, 1p: This New Roads, Louisiana-based gospel choir, founded by Arthur Gremillion, focuses on fostering a spirit of togetherness through music.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center Kuumba Institute, 4/29, KID, 5:15p: This Central City community group brings storytelling, poetry, music, dance, photography and visual art to schools and neighborhoods throughout New Orleans.
Astral Project, 5/5, JAZ, 2:50p: The members of this modern jazz quartet—saxophonist Tony Dagradi, guitarist Steve Masakowski, bassist James Singleton and drummer Johnny Vidacovich—have active musical lives outside of the group, but as Astral Project they evince a rare chemistry that results from playing together for nearly four decades.
Audrey Ferguson and The Voices of Distinction, 5/6, GOS, 11:15a: The “traditional foot-stomping, hands-clapping gospel” of this Baton Rouge-based quartet has been a Jazz Fest regular since before the storm.
Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses, 4/28, ECO, 3:05p: Inspired by Sidney Bechet and Django Reinhardt, singer/saxophonist Nealand is a bright young player whose non-Roses work spans performance art-inspired improvisation and the rockabilly of Rory Danger and the Danger Dangers.
Baby Boyz Brass Band, 4/28, PAR, 4:15p: The next generation of players from the Treme neighborhood. Leader and trumpeter Glenn Hall, III is often joined by Glen David Andrews.
Bamboula 2000, 4/27, J&H, 1:40p; CEP, 11:30a: “Bamboula” was originally a form of drum and dance ceremony held in Congo Square. Bamboula 2000 leader Luther Gray brings that spirit into the present with a troupe of players and dancers.
Bantam Foxes, 5/3, LAG, 5:40p: Twin brothers, Collin and Sam McCabe, from Saint Louis, now based in New Orleans, write romantic pop songs with giant arena hooks, from Raspberries to Weezer. There latest EP Pinball cut live in the studio contains thoughtful, moody pieces amplified by a post–White Stripes attack.
Banu Gibson with guest Vince Giordano, 5/3, ECO, 4:25p: Singer/dancer Gibson, a longtime staple of the New Orleans music scene, specializes in swing, hot jazz and the Great American Songbook.
Barbara Shorts and Blue Jazz, 4/29, LAG, 11:30a: After years singing with the Gospel Soul Children, Shorts left to play Big Bertha Williams in “One Mo’ Time.” Shorts’ voice is powerful and deep and she often ends her shows with the spiritual “Down by the Riverside.”
Batiste Fathers & Sons featuring Russell, Jamal, Ryan, Damon and David Batiste, 4/27, CON, 12:45p: The Batistes of New Orleans have had music in their blood for many generations. The family band includes David on the keyboard, Jamal, Ryan and Russell on drums and percussion, with Damon on vocals.
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, 4/27, FDD, 1:45p: Fiddler Doucet’s venerable Cajun band was the first of its genre to win a Grammy in 1998; their latest effort From Bamako to Carencro explores eclectic influences from West African music to James Brown and beyond.
Beck, 5/4, ACU, 5:25p: You name it and Beck’s done it, from the teen-angst sendup “Loser” to the heartfelt country-rock on Sea Change to the sparling California pop of his latest, Colors. One of the few artists that indie-rock hipsters, old-school roots rockers and the dance-club crowd have in common.
The Bester Gospel Singers with The Dynamic Smooth Family Gospel Singers, 4/27, GOS, 12:10p: A cappella gospel harmonies are the specialty of The Bester Singers, a Slidell, Louisiana-based group. Evangelist Rosa Lee Smooth founded the Dynamic Smooth Family group three decades ago, and her daughter Cynthia Smooth Plummer now leads the group.
Better Than Ezra, 5/5, GEN, 2:05p: New Orleans’ long-lived alternative rockers hit in the ’90s with “Desperately Wanting” and remain a strong presence, whether doing philanthropic work in the Bethune Elementary School or celebrating Mardi Gras with their Krewe of Rockus.
Betty Winn & One A-Chord, 5/4, GOS, 1:55p; AM, 3:30p: Formed in 1995 by Betty Winn and her husband Thomas, this sprawling choir traces the history of gospel from slave spirituals to new compositions. They perform with as many as 40 singers.
Big Chief Bird and the Young Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, 5/4, J&H, 12:30p: Coming out of the Carrollton neighborhood each year since 1995, this tribe is led by Big Chief “Bird.”
Big Chief Bo Dollis Jr. & The Wild Magnolias, 5/5, J&H, 4:55p: Big Chief Bo Dollis, Jr. carries on the legacy of his father, leading the Wild Magnolias’ impassioned, funk-inspired Mardi Gras Indian music.
Big Chief Donald Harrison, 4/27, CON, 2:10p: Saxophonist Harrison is a New Orleans Renaissance man who has explored reggae, funk and Mardi Gras Indian music through the filter of jazz. His 2011 album This is Jazz featured Billy Cobham and Ron Carter.
Big Chief Juan & Jockimo’s Groove, 4/27, J&H, 4:20p: Skillful Golden Comanche Chief Juan Pardo, who grew up with the sounds of elder statesmen Indians like Monk Boudreaux and Bo Dollis, updates classic and original Mardi Gras Indian songs with a mix of funk and R&B.
Big Chief Kevin Goodman & the Flaming Arrows, 4/29, J&H, 11:20a: Singer and Big Chief Kevin Goodman, who’s called Austin home since evacuating during Hurricane Katrina, leads this tribe and stage band
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & The Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians, 4/29, J&H, 3:05p: Boudreaux, who performed for many years alongside Big Chief Bo Dollis in the Wild Magnolias, is one of the most prominent Indian performers and a soulful vocalist. The Golden Eagles’ reggae-heavy performances often get into heady, near-psychedelic territory.
Big Chief Trouble & Trouble Nation Mardi Gras Indians, 5/5, PAR, 12:55p: This tribe’s Big Chief Markeith Tero also rolls with the Revolution SA&PC.
Big Freedia, 4/28, CON, 2:10p: The self-professed Queen Diva put bounce music on the map nationally with her quick-fire rhymes, sweat-inducing rhythms and booty-shaking grooves. Come see her preview new music as she gears up for her first-ever label release on June 1.
Big Nine SA & PC, 4/27, : Listen for cries of “way downtown” on the parade from this social aid and pleasure club.
Big Sam’s Funky Nation, 5/3, ACU, 3:35p: The charisma of former Dirty Dozen trombonist Sam Williams makes him an able focal point for a musical party that blends brass, Meters-style funk, hip-hop and rock. The band has toured hard and earned a following in the jam band world.
Big Steppers SA & PC, 4/29, PAR, 1:30p: Steppers hold one of the season’s most popular Sunday parades.
Bill Kirchen, 5/6, AM, 1:55p; LAG, 3:15p: Rockabilly guitarist singer songwriter was as member of Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen for many years. A pioneer of the format Americana he is the founding father of the “twangcore movement” which includes Dave Alvin, Wilco and Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys.
Bill Summers & Jazalsa, 4/8, GE, 7:15p: Known for his membership in Los Hombres Calientes and Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, legendary percussionist Summers explores Latin and world music with his Jazalsa band.
Black Feathers Mardi Gras Indians, 4/29, PAR, 11:50a: This 7th Ward-based tribe has been masking Indian for more than 20 years.
Black Fool Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, 4/27, PAR, 12:30p: One of the newer Mardi Gras Indian tribes.
Black Mohawk Mardi Gras Indians, 4/27, PAR, 12:30p: Big Chief Byron Thomas leads this Mardi Gras Indian parade.
Black Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians, 4/27, PAR, 2:45p: This popular tribe was led by Cyril “Big Chief Ironhorse” Green until his unexpected passing in 2013.
Blind Boys of Alabama, 5/3, BLU, 5:45p: One of the greatest and most renowned gospel groups, the group was initially formed in 1939 at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in Talladega, Alabama. They’ve been a Jazz Fest favorite since the early days, and recent decades have brought collaborations with mainstream stars (Peter Gabriel, Prince) plus a locally-themed and recorded album, Down in New Orleans. The two surviving founders, Jimmy Carter and Clarence Fountain, are still in the lineup.
Blodie’s Jazz Jam, 5/5, JAZ, 12:25p: Blodie is better known as Dirty Dozen trumpeter Gregory Davis, whose jamming partners include other members of Dirty Dozen, Trombone Shorty’s Orleans Avenue and other horn men who will be on the Fair Grounds that day.
Bobby Lounge, 5/6, LAG, 5:40p: A one-of-a-kind mix of barrelhouse piano, Tom Waitsian poetics, Southern-gothic storytelling and just plain out-there-ness.
Bobby Rush, 4/27, BLU, 5:50p; AM, 3:45p: The wild Louisiana bluesman’s rediscovery has been a great thing to see. Two years ago he got a long-overdue boxed set and cut his first above-ground album, Porcupine Meat for Rounder, at age 82. His catalogue includes 1971’s classic “Chicken Heads,” easily the greatest song on that topic, plus some loopy disco-funk sides from later that decade. At OffBeat’s Best of the Beat Awards in 2017, he showed up to do two songs and left the stage an hour later.
Bonerama, 4/28, GEN, 2:40p: What began as a novelty—a multi-trombone band playing jazz, funk and classic rock—has turned into a local and national favorite. Their renditions of rock classics like Led Zeppelin’s “The Ocean” and the Grateful Dead-associated “Turn On Your Love Light” are full-tilt affairs.
Bonnie Raitt, 4/28, ACU, 3:30p: Touring in support of her 19th album, Dig In Deep, Raitt’s evocative slide guitar playing, soulful, country-laced vocals and songwriting prowess continue to make her live shows as moving as they are fun, a fact to which her longtime pal and frequent collaborator Jon Cleary can attest.
Bonsoir, Catin, 5/3, FDD, 1:35p: This Cajun music supergroup features rhythm guitarist Christine Balfa (a founder of the Louisiana Folk Roots organization), accordionist Kristi Guillory, fiddle expert Anya Burgess, Feufollet vocalist Ashley Hayes, electric guitarist Meagan Berard, and drummer Danny Devillier.
The Bounce featuring New Cupid, 5th Ward Weebie, DJ Jubilee, Partners-N-Crime, and Ricky B with DJ Raj Smoove, 5/5, CON, 1:45p: Bounce progenitors Partners-N-Crime will be joined by fellow icons DJ Jubilee, 5th Ward Webbie and Ricky B, who together will put on a historic New Orleans rap show. Joining them are Lafayette’s New Cupid and veteran hip-hop DJ, Raj Smoove.
Boyfriend, 5/5, GEN, 12:45p: Part rapper and part performance artist, Boyfriend’s “rap cabaret” shows are entertaining and intellectually-engaging experiences that make destroying gender norms fun for everyone.
Brian Seeger’s Organic Trio, 5/4, JAZ, 12:20p: A jazz guitarist with a lyrical touch, Seeger has played with Aaron Neville, Stanton Moore and Davell Crawford and currently teaches at UNO. The Organic Trio includes Paul Witigen on drums and Jean-Yves Jung on the Hammond B3.
Brother Tyrone & the Mindbenders, 4/29, BLU, 11:15a: Tyrone Pollard, a.k.a. Brother Tyrone, is a deep-soul vocalist whose original songs could pass for long-lost vinyl tracks.
Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, 5/4, AM, 11:30a; FDD, 1:45p: A New Orleans-reared Cajun, this self-taught accordion player has hosted the Sunday Cajun session at Tipitina’s for decades and the Maple Leaf before that.
Buddy Guy, 5/6, BLU, 5:40p: Equal parts fire and soul fuel of this Louisiana-born guitar icon, whose sound influenced key generations of both rock and the blues. His latest album, the Chicago-meets Southern blues styled Born To Play Guitar added another Grammy to his extensive collection.
Buffalo Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, 5/6, PAR, 2:35p: The Buffalo Hunters tribe is led by Big Chief Spoon.
Butler Bernstein & The Hot 9, 4/28, JAZ, 2:40p: New Orleans singer and pianist Henry Butler is joined by New York trumpeter and arranger Steven Bernstein. Bernstein’s charts are, like Henry’s playing, often joyfully raucous. Think of Ray Charles’ Big Band with more unhinged piano.
C.C. Adcock + The Lafayette Marquis, 5/4, GEN, 11:20a; 5/6 AM, 3:55p: A bona fide South Louisiana icon, the multi-talented, free-wheeling CC Adcock has earned Grammy nods as a composer for film and is considered one of the finest present-day players of the swamp-rock sound, melding the electric blues, zydeco and Cajun styles.
C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, 5/4, BLU, 4:15p: Zydeco king Clifton Chenier’s son has long emerged as a bandleader in his own right. His 2011 album, Can’t Sit Down has a killer version of Tom Waits’ “Clap Hands.”
Caesar Brothers FunkBox, 5/3, J&H, 5:45p: Drummer Rickey and keyboardist Norman Caesar were born and raised in New Orleans’ uptown funk neighborhood. Related to the Nevilles by marriage—Cyril’s wife, Gaynielle Neville, is their aunt. There musical roots—the funk and Mardi Gras Indian rhythms—run deep in their sound.
Cage The Elephant, 5/5, GEN, 5:40p: A modern-day alternative band whose roots are solidly in the ’90s, harking back to the Pixies’ guitar outbursts and the Manchester bands’ rhythms and harmonies. They have something in common with Dr. John (and the Pretenders), in that they’ve both been produced in recent years by Black Keys wunderkind Dan Auerbach.
Calexico, 5/6, FDD, 5:45p: Good on Jazz Fest for having this creative Americana cult band back for a second time (they debuted in 2013). Formed by ex-Giant Sand multi-instrumentalists Joey Burns and John Convertino, Calexico blends jazz, Latin and country into a cinematic sound that’s been dubbed “desert noir,” the new album The Thread That Keeps Us draws its lyrical themes from immigration politics and its human effects. They can also rock out, as the YouTube video of the 2013 Fest’s “See You Later Alligator” amply proves.
Calliope Puppets, 5/3, KID, 11:30a: Humor and satire are priorities in performances by this Louisiana-based puppetry group, which features hand-carved and sculpted puppets.
Calvin Johnson’s Native Son – Stories of Sidney Bechet featuring Aurora Nealand and Brian “Breeze” Cayolle, 4/27, ECO, 4:20p; CEP, 2:10p: Saxophonists Calvin Johnson, Aurora Nealand and Brian “Breeze” Cayolle pay tribute to New Orleans saxophonist and clarinetist Sidney Bechet.
Caren Green & Cornbread, 5/4, CON, 11:20a: Caren Green is a native New Orleanian who began singing in church at the age of four. Her influences include Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder and Ella Fitzgerald. She’s an inspired singer of jazz, soul, classical and hip-hop.
Cha Wa, 4/28, J&H, 6p: Veteran Mardi Gras Indians (J’Wan Boudreaux) and local musicians (Joe Gelini, Thaddeus “Peanut” Ramsey, Clifton “Spug” Smith, Ari Teitel, Haruka Kikuchi, Eric Gordon) perform a mix of groove-soaked funk and soul.
Chakra and Omosede Children’s Dance Theatre, 4/29, KID, 11:30a: The children’s segment of Chakra Dance Theatre is called Omosede an African term that means “a child is worth more than a king.” Their shows include West African and Haitian Dance folkloric and Vodoun performances.
Charles Lloyd & the Marvels with special guest Lucinda Williams, 4/28, JAZ, 4:15p: Lyrical tenor saxophonist and flutist Charles Lloyd is joined with Louisiana’s Lucinda Williams. The two have recently performed together Bob Dylan’s song “Master of War.” See feature in this issue.
Charlie Wilson, 4/29, CON, 5:20p: Long a fixture at Jazz Fest and the Essence Festival, Wilson was the voice on the Gap Band’s funk classics “Early in the Morning” and “You Dropped a Bomb on Me.” His live show includes plenty of hits and some testifying about the personal trials he’s overcome.
Charmaine Neville Band, 5/5, BLU, 12:15p: An exuberant jazz singer whose influences run the gamut of New Orleans music styles, Neville has long been a staple of the city’s scene, particularly at Snug Harbor.
Cheyenne Mardi Gras Indians, 5/3, PAR, 3:45p: This Mardi Gras Indian tribe takes its name after one of the most famous tribes of the Great Plains.
Chief Howard Miller with the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Rhythm Section, 5/6, J&H, 11:20a: Big Chief Howard Miller is a member of the Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians. He has been celebrated with OffBeat’s Best of the Beat Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.
Chilluns with Cranston and Annie Clements, Dave, Johnny, and Darcy Malone, Spencer and Andre Bohren, 4/28, GEN, 1:30p: The “Chilluns” showcase is being picked up from Tipitina’s which presented the program last December. This two-generation show will feature the Malones (siblings Johnny and Darcy of Darcy Malone and the Tangle and father Dave Malone of the Radiators), the Clements (daughter Annie Clements of Sugarland and father Cranston), and the Bohrens (father Spencer and son Andre).
Chocolate Milk, 4/29, CON, 3:25p: Inspired by the music of Kool & the Gang, saxophonist Amadee Castenell formed this funk, soul and disco outfit in the late ‘70s in New Orleans. They went on to replace the Meters as Allen Toussaint’s house band before breaking up in 1983. Their occasional reunion shows are a treat for old school soul-loving Fest-goers.
The Chosen Ones Brass Band, 5/3, PAR, 12:30p: The rock-steady members of the nine-piece Chosen Ones bring a hip hop-infused, high-energy style to traditional New Orleans back beats and horn sections.
Chris Clifton & His All-Stars, 4/29, ECO, 11:15a: Trumpeter 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.
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, 4/27, JAZ, 2:50p: After establishing his career in New York, this talented trumpet and flugelhorn player returned to his hometown of New Orleans, where he’s continued to wow audiences with inventive compositions, dizzying chops and an eye for great sidemen and women.
Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, 4/27, FDD, 3:10p: This third-generation bandleader won the last Best Zydeco or Cajun Album Grammy for Zydeco Junkie in 2010. He teamed up with Chris Ardoin for his latest album, Back To My Roots.
The City of Love Music & Worship Arts Choir, 4/29, GOS, 6:05p: Singers from New Orleans’ City of Love ministry perform as part of the group’s arts focus.
Clay Parker & Jodi James, 5/3, LAG, 11:30a: Clay Parker and Jodi James are an acoustic duo from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The pair’s use of dense harmony-singing and subtle musical arrangements indelibly binds them to the tradition of singer-songwriters and positions them well in the folk roots and Americana strains of country music.
Clive Wilson’s New Orleans Serenaders Butch Thompson, 4/27, ECO, 5:45p: Known for their lively interpretations of old New Orleans classics by Armstrong, Kid Ory, and others, the members of the Serenaders have played together in various musical contexts since the ’60s.
Comanche Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, 4/28, J&H, 11:15a: Big Chief Keith Keke Gibson leads this Ninth Ward gang, performing traditionals like “Indian Red” and Monk Boudreaux’s “Lighting and Thunder.”
Common, 4/28, CON, 3:45p: The Oscar-winning rapper and Chicago native has been releasing classic rap music since the early 1990s and is now a global hip-hop ambassador in philanthropy, film and more.
Connie & Dwight Fitch with the St. Raymond & St. Leo the Great Choir, 5/5, GOS, 12:05p: 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
Corey Henry & Treme Funktet, 5/5, CON, 12:30p: Galactic trombonist Henry’s highly energetic funk band has quickly become one of the must-see groups around town in the last few years.
Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band, 4/27, FDD, 6:05p: Ledet was already two years into his music career when he switched from drums to accordion at age 12. He released his latest work, Standing on Faith, last March.
Cowboy Mouth, 5/5, ACU, 3:50p: They’ve been on the road for 26 years and counting, and still tend to pull out the stops for Fest shows. Go ahead and knock them for working so hard to be inspiring: If Fred LeBlanc, John Thomas Griffith and the newer guys get it right, by the end of the set you’ll be jumping in the air waving your fists to “Jenny Says” along with everybody else. Are you with me?
Craig Adams & Higher Dimensions of Praise, 5/6, GOS, 5:10p: Hammond player and Houston/New Orleans native Adams leads this dynamic, 16-piece gospel group
The Creole Jazz Serenaders with Don Vappie, 4/29, ECO, 12:30p: Vappie is both a fine player and a scholar of the jazz banjo tradition, steeped in the music of King Oliver and Jelly Roll Morton and performing it with the original Creole inflections. He’s lately been playing the Sunday brunches and Friday happy hours at Brennan’s in the French Quarter.
Creole Osceolas Mardi Gras Indians, 4/28, PAR, 3:20p: Big Chief Clarence Dalcour, who counts Bo Dollis as an early Indian mentor, leads this downtown tribe.
Creole String Beans, 4/28, FDD, 1:40p: Fronted by photographer Rick Olivier and featuring former Iguanas and Cowboy Mouth members, the Creole String Beans began as a “Y’at cover band” doing vintage local gems, and moved on to write similarly-styled originals.
Crescent City Lights Youth Theater, 4/28, KID, 5:15p: With performers aged 9 to 16, this group performs each summer at Gallier Hall in downtown New Orleans. In 2012, they won Most Outstanding Achievement in Acting at the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta.
Culu Children’s Traditional African Dance Company, 5/6, KID, 5:15p: Founded in 1988, this New Orleans-based company has toured the US and performed for Winnie Mandela.
Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble, 5/5, AM, 2:15p; FDD, 4:20p: After getting his start as a drummer with Cajun country music stars like Steve Riley and CJ Chenier, Taylor switched to accordion and launched a successful career as a bandleader. His blues-infused sound is a staple on the Lafayette and Opelousas zydeco scenes.
Curtis Pierre with The Samba Kids, 5/6, KID, 11:30a: The self-professed “samba king of New Orleans” leads the Afro-Brazilian troupe he founded in 1987 on a series of parades and performances.
Cynthia Girtley’s Tribute to Mahalia Jackson, 4/29, CEP, 11:30a; AM, 2:30p: This jazz-inspired singer/keyboardist is influenced by Mahalia Jackson, for whom she’s performed tributes.
Cyril Neville’s Swamp Funk featuring Omari Neville & The Fuel, 5/3, CON, 2:30p: In addition to stints playing with the Meters and the Neville Brothers, reggae-loving percussionist and singer Cyril has helmed funk outfit the Uptown Allstars and conducted a successful solo career.
Da Knockaz Brass Band, 5/6, PAR, 4:20p: Formed in 2014, this eight-piece act plays contemporary brass band music, traditional New Orleans jazz and go-go funk.
Da Souljas Brass Band, 4/29, PAR, 2:25p: This next-generation brass band plays in the hot, modern style that makes a second line roll.
Da Truth Brass Band, 4/29, PAR, 1:30p: Da Truth’s high-energy, tight renditions of New Orleans second line classics and originals have made them one of the best new brass bands in the streets on Sundays.
Dancing Grounds Youth Showcase, 4/27, KID, 5:15p: The showcase will include a hip hop and modern dance performances. Dancing Grounds is a nonprofit community arts organization that provides dance education in New Orleans.
Darcy Malone & The Tangle, 5/4, ACU, 12:35p: Led by the daughter of the Radiators’ Dave Malone, husband-and-wife team Darcy Malone and Christopher Boye blend their tastes for soul and indie rock on their new release, Still Life, which landed in March.
Davell Crawford, 4/27, ACU, 2:15p: Grandson of the late New Orleans R&B great James “Sugarboy” Crawford, Davell is an energetic singer/keyboardist drawing from R&B, jazz and gospel. Expect richly soulful renditions of tunes from his 2016 release, Piano in the Vaults, Vol. 1, mixed with a few of his favorite standards.
David & Roselyn, 4/27, KID, 4:10p: Local duo David Leonard and Roselyn Lionheart’s blues and jazz sounds have been a French Quarter staple for years. They’ve also performed on the Smithsonian Institute’s PBS “River of Song” documentary.
David Byrne, 4/29, GEN, 5:30p: The former Talking Heads leader has long topped many peoples’ lists of artists who needed to play the Fest. He’s proved an ace musicologist with his long string of collaborations, including a ’90s touring band that included George Porter Jr. on bass. His latest album American Utopia is one of his periodic returns to the Talking Heads style.
Deacon John, 5/5, BLU, 4:15p: The singer/guitarist’s long history in New Orleans music includes leading the band at debutante balls, performing at the Dew Drop Inn and playing on some of the city’s classic records like Aaron Neville’s “Tell It Like It Is” and Ernie K-Doe’s “Mother-In-Law.”
Delbert McClinton & Self Made Men, 5/5, BLU, 5:45p: Texas singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist McClinton joined forces with his ‘70s-era sometime-sidekick Glen Clark for 2013’s Blind, Crippled and Crazy, a hardscrabble rocker of an album full of blues, honky-tonk piano and heart.
Delfeayo Marsalis presents the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, 4/28, JAZ, 6:05p: The trombonist, composer and producer recently intrigued with his release Make America Great Again!, his energetic UJO sets balance humor and fun with tight ensemble interplay and memorable solos.
Delgado Community College Jazz Ensemble, 5/3, JAZ, 11:15a: This modern jazz and big band-focused student ensemble hails from the emerging music program at the city’s largest community college.
Denisia & Back Row, 5/5, CON, 11:20a: New Orleans singer songwriter Denisia’s music will bring you through an eclectic collaboration of R&B, dance, pop, and inspirational sounds that crossover all genres.
The Deslondes, 4/27, GEN, 11:20a: Formerly the Tumbleweeds, this earthy songwriters ensemble describes itself as “country-soul swamp boogie.” The band’s leader is Sam Doores, a former traveler and companion of Hurray for the Riff Raff’s Alynda Lee Segarra. Three players share composing duties; fiddle and pedal steel player John James is also a standout.
Dianne Reeves, 5/5, JAZ, 4:15p: A superior jazz singer who’s largely avoided pop crossovers, Reeves is known for her elegant scat singing along with her affinity for a good lyric. Initially a session singer, she worked with Sergio Mendes and Harry Belafonte before starting her solo career in the early ’80s. She’s now working on a follow up to 2014’s ambitious Beautiful Life, made with a diverse cast including producer Toni Lynn Carrington.
Dillard University’s VisionQuest Gospel Chorale, 4/27, GOS, 6:10p: This choir’s homebase is the religious life department at Dillard, a local historically black liberal arts college that dates back to 1869.
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, 4/27, CON, 3:35p: This band was formed in 1977 by Benny Jones and introduced bebop and funk into the brass band sound They’ve continued to evolve by adding drum kit and electric guitar.
Divine Ladies SA & PC, 4/28, PAR, 11:50a: This Uptown social aid and pleasure club’s annual parades generally kick off in serious style at St. Charles and Jackson Avenues.
DJ Captain Charles, 5/6, CON, 3:05p; CON, 4:45p: The self-proclaimed “most renowned DJ in New Orleans,” Captain Charles has been fortifying his music collection for more than 20 years.
DJ Kelly Green, 4/28, CON, 3:20p; CON, 5:05p: Baton Rouge DJ started playing music when she was 6 years old. In addition to DJing, Green produces music and hosts a radio show at Baton Rouge’s MAX 94.1.
Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music, 5/6, LAG, 11:30a: Students from this Kidd Jordan-directed, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation-sponsored free music program.
Don Vappie, 5/4, AM, 12p: An eclectic banjo player and singer, Vappie has made a career of exploring his Creole heritage through music, whether it’s traditional jazz, island music, or with Otis Taylor, Keb’ Mo’, Alvin Youngblood Hart and Corey Harris as part of the Black Banjo Project.
Don Vappie’s Tribute to King Oliver, 5/4, CEP, 1:40p; ECO, 4:20p: Don Vappie’s tribute to Joe “King” Oliver, cornetist and famed pioneer of early New Orleans music. See feature in this issue.
Donald Lewis, 5/4, KID, 4:10p: Local actor and educator Lewis teaches drama and storytelling and performs regularly with the group Young Audiences of Louisiana.
Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans, 5/4, ECO, 12:35p: Clarinetist Doreen Ketchens and her band perform traditional New Orleans jazz all over the world, and have played for Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr. and Clinton.
Doug Kershaw & Friends, 4/29, FDD, 4:30p; AM, 1:30p: It’s surprising that this venerable artist, now a spry 82, hasn’t made more Fest appearances. He was one of the first Cajun musicians to cross over, recording the classic “Louisiana Man” in 1961 (Bet you didn’t know that the Hollies, Dave Edmunds and Jan & Dean all covered it). The hippies discovered Kershaw when he played the Fillmore, even opening for Derek & the Dominos there.
Dr. Brice Miller & Mahogany Brass Band, 4/29, J&H, 5:45p: Trumpeter and ethnomusicologist Miller leads this long-running traditional New Orleans jazz ensemble, his go-to band when he’s not delving into other pursuits like avant-garde jazz and electronic music.
Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band featuring Thais Clark, 4/29, ECO, 3p: Clarinetist and jazz scholar White frequently fuses traditional and modern styles in his Liberty Jazz Band. He recently produced an album’s worth of new recordings tracing the history of modern New Orleans brass band music for Smithsonian Folkways. Clark, his regular Jazz Fest guest, adds a vocal component to the set.
Dr. Michael White Tribute to Billie & Dee Dee Pierce featuring Cynthia Girtley, 5/6, ECO, 4:20p: Clarinetist and jazz scholar White frequently fuses traditional and modern styles in his Liberty Jazz band. He recently produced an album’s worth of new recordings tracing the history of modern New Orleans brass band music for Smithsonian Folkways. Clark, his regular Jazz Fest guest, adds a vocal component to the set.
Dumaine St. Gang SA & PC, 4/28, PAR, 11:50a: The Treme-based Dumaine Street Gang Social Aid and Pleasure Club hits the Sixth Ward’s hottest spots during its annual parade.
Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, 4/29, FDD, 6:05p: This second-generation accordion slinger carries on the blues-infused style of his dad Dopsie Sr., often with a whole lot of added speed and volume.
The East Pointers of Canada, 5/5, AM, 12:15p; FDD, 2:55p; CEP, 4:45p: The East Pointers are a folk music group from Prince Edward Island. The group has won several awards including Ensemble of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.
Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle Orleans, 5/3, KID, 12:40p: Founded in 1998, Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle Orleans provides multilingual education accredited by the French government and the State of Louisiana.
Ed Volker and Los Reyes de Lagardo, 4/28, LAG, 5:35p: The former Radiators keyboardist remains a fine and prolific songwriter. These days he usually performs acoustically with sax and percussion, still doing many of the trademark Rads tunes.
E’Dana, 5/5, GOS, 1p: Gospel singer and stage actress E’Dana has been touring and recording since she was 15. She hits the Fairgrounds with her Louisiana-based group, Divinely Destin.
Eddie Cotton, 4/28, BLU, 12:15p: Eddie Cotton is an electric blues guitarist from Clinton, Mississippi. He grew up singing and playing gospel music at church and playing the music of blues legends, especially B.B. King.
Eleanor McMain Singing Mustangs, 5/3, GOS, 11:15a: The McMain Secondary School Gospel Choir, a.k.a. the McMain Singing Mustangs, return for their seventh Jazz Fest performance under the guidance of Clyde Lawrence.
The Electrifying Crown Seekers, 4/29, GOS, 12:05p: Keep an ear peeled for this Marrero, Louisiana-based group’s rendition of “Walk Around Heaven,” featuring a soloist whose falsetto voice won’t preclude him from topping out on the tune’s highest-register notes.
Ellis Marsalis Center for Music Jazz Ensemble, 4/27, KID, 3p: Located in the Musicians’ Village, the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music offers opportunities for underserved children, youth, and musicians. The Center provides afterschool and Saturday music lessons for children ages 7-18. The students in the Ensemble practice once a week for 90 minutes and perform a varied repertoire that explores all genres of jazz, from traditional New Orleans music to the music of the Swing Era and the Blues.
Ellis Marsalis, 5/6, JAZ, 1:30p: The premier pianist, educator and patriarch of one of the city’s top musical families is still an active performer who you can hear every Friday at Snug Harbor and at other venues around the city.
EmiSunshine, 5/5, LAG, 12:40p; KID, 4:10p: The 13-year-old East Tennessee Appalachian music prodigy has captured the nation’s attention as a phenomenon with her exceptional talents. A singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is influenced by Loretta Lynn, Tanya Tucker and the Louvin Brothers. Her CD Ragged Dreams was released last August.
Eric Lindell, 4/27, GEN, 12:30p: Once a California skate-punk, Lindell had more success as a blue-eyed soul and bluesman after moving to New Orleans. His tight backing band explores the slightly country-influenced edges of Louisiana roots rock.
Erica Falls, 4/29, CON, 12:30p: This soulful New Orleans R&B vocalist has sung with Allen Toussaint and Irma Thomas but her chops—and songwriting skills—warrant recognition on their own merit.
Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre, 5/5, KID, 3p: The long-running Eulenspiegel features marionettes, shadow puppets and huge parade puppets in its live music-centric performances.
Evangelist Jackie Tolbert, 5/3, GOS, 5:10p: Baton Rouge native who relocated to New Orleans and now lives in Oakland, California spreads the message of the Gospel through song.
The Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson, 4/28, BLU, 5:45p; AM, 3:30p: Still more than tuff enuff, singer and harmonica man Kim Wilson has been this Texas blues-rock institution afloat through a couple dozen lineups: Star guitarist Jimmie Vaughan is long gone, but the spirit of the original band continues with Austin guitar slinger Johnny Moeller in his slot.
Family Ties SA & PC, 4/28, PAR, 11:50a: This popular Social Aid and Pleasure Club is based downtown, generally strutting down Basin Street on its annual Sunday parade.
Fess Up: A Professor Longhair Centennial Celebration with Pat Byrd, Jon Cleary, Reggie Scanlan, Uganda Roberts and Polly Waring interviewed by Ben Sandmel, 4/29, AM, 12:30a: New Orleans blues singer and pianist Professor Longhair is discussed.
Feufollet, 5/5, FDD, 1:35p: This Grammy-nominated crew of young Cajun musicians helmed by Chris Stafford recently expanded their sound by adding violinist, singer songwriter, Kelli Jones-Savoy, who co-wrote much of their 2015 release, Two Universes, and keyboardist Andrew Toups.
Fi Yi Yi & the Mandingo Warriors, 5/5, J&H, 11:15a; AM, 3:15p: 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.
First Division SA & PC, 4/29, PAR, 2:25p: An esteemed branch of the historic Young Men Olympian, Jr. Benevolent Association.
First Emanuel Baptist Church Mass Choir, 4/28, GOS, 5:10p: This choir is based in the Central City Church on Carondelet Street and is one of New Orleans’ most celebrated church singing groups.
Flow Tribe, 5/6, GEN, 11:15a: “Backbone cracking music” is the chosen genre of this party-friendly funk/rock band, which adds Red Hot Chili Peppers and hip-hop to the Meters on its list of funk influences.
Free Agents Brass Band, 4/27, J&H, 5:45p: Bass drummer Ellis Joseph formed this band in September 2005 with other musicians who’d returned to New Orleans after Katrina before their regular bands did; don’t miss their moving hit, “Made It Through the Water,” a modern riff on the spiritual “Wade In the Water.”
Free Spirit Brass Band, 4/27, PAR, 4p: A local festival favorite, the young and heavy-hitting Free Spirits are known for a bringing a rock edge to the typical brass-band sound that proves a dance-friendly fan favorite.
The Furious Five SA & PC, 4/29, PAR, 1:30p: This acclaimed division of the Young Men Olympian, Jr. Benevolent Association is largely credited with changing the dance style of the SA&PC community’s annual parades, although its members look to Rebirth for providing the music that inspired them to innovate.
Gal Holiday, 5/3, GEN, 12:20p: Big-voiced Maryland native Vanessa Niemann fronts one of the city’s leading Western swing bands, which plays originals, honky-tonk favorites, and less obvious choices like Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright.”
Galactic, 5/6, ACU, 1:45p: Brass band elements, old-school soul and hard rock figure as prominently as the funk these long-running jamband scene stalwarts are known for; their high-energy Fest sets often feature a little percussion lagniappe in the form of Mike Dillon.
Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, 5/6, FDD, 12:20p: Originally the drummer in his late father John Delafose’s band, Geno took to accordion and became a popular bandleader specializing in country-styled zydeco, when not raising horses and cattle at his Double D Ranch outside Eunice, la.
George Benson, 4/29, JAZ, 5:40p: The singer/guitarist practically invented crossover jazz with his smash 1976 album Breezin’. His music remains a mix of jazz and smooth R&B. Benson invited New Orleans’ Wynton Marsalis to play on his 2 album, Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole.
George French & the New Orleans Storyville Jazz Band, 5/6, ECO, 3p: 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.
George Porter, Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, 5/6, GEN, 1:40p: As a founding Meter and a jamming partner to just about everybody, bassist Porter is one of the cornerstones of New Orleans funk. The band’s latest disc Can’t Beat the Funk applies fresh spins lesser-known nuggets from the Meters catalogue.
Gerald French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, 5/5, ECO, 5:45p: The late drummer and colorful WWOZ personality Bob French led this band for 34 years, schooling young talents like Shamarr Allen and Kid Chocolate. When he retired from the band French passed the torch to his nephew Gerald, also a drummer.
Germaine Bazzle, 5/4, JAZ, 2:50p: This locally prized jazz singer can caress a ballad or scat-sing an up-tempo number with the best. Her history includes a stint playing bass on Bourbon Street with Alvin “Red” Tyler; both OffBeat and the Jazz Journalism Association recently honored her 50-plus-years of work in music education with awards.
GIVERS, 4/27, ACU, 12:50p: This Lafayette-based indie-pop five-piece creates shimmering melodies that have a way of splintering off into unusual rhythms. The long-awaited follow-up to In Light is due out later this year.
Glen David Andrews and the Treme Choir, 5/4, GOS, 2:50p: This singer/trombonist, cousin of Troy and James Andrews, is a brass traditionalist and a testifying R&B vocalist who honed his entertaining chops in Jackson Square. His album Redemption was named the number one album of 2014 by OffBeat Magazine. Here, he explores his gospel roots with a full choir.
Glen David Andrews, 5/6, BLU, 1:30p: Andrews performs material from his go-to repertoire.
Glenn Hartman & The Earthtones present Polka & Cajun Connection, 5/4, KID, 5:15p: Accordion player Glenn Hartman is a native of California who moved to New Orleans at the age of 18 to study and play music.
Go Getters SA & PC, 4/27, 4p: A downtown-based Social Aid & Pleasure Club.
Golden Comanche Mardi Gras Indians, 5/4, PAR, 12:20p: One of the most in-demand young Indian vocalists, Big Chief Juan Pardo, leads this uptown Indian tribe.
Golden Sioux Mardi Gras Indians, 4/27, PAR, 2:45p: Mardi Gras Indian parade.
Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys, 5/3, FDD, 11:15a: This accordion and fiddle-centric band, formed in 1946, plays a form of music called Creole La La, an early American roots style that became one of the components of zydeco.
Good Fellas SA & PC, 4/28, PAR, 12:25p: Social Aid and Pleasure Club parade.
The Gospel Inspirations of Boutte, 5/4, GOS, 11:15a: These Gospel Tent regulars, formed in 1979 by David Diggs Jr. and Kevin Drake, perform music of the spirit. Not related to the local Boutte singing family, the ensemble’s name derives from their hometown of Boutte, Louisiana.
The Gospel Soul of Irma Thomas, 5/6, GOS, 3:55p: If you heard 1993’s Walk Around Heaven, you know how stirring Thomas can be as a gospel singer. She has a personal rule against singing gospel during a secular set, but her sacred side feeds into everything the Soul Queen of New Orleans sings.
Grayhawk presents Native American Lore, 5/4, KID, 12:40p: This Houma, Louisiana resident shares stories from his Choctaw heritage.
Gregg Stafford & His Young Tuxedo Brass Band, 5/5, ECO, 3:05p: Trumpeter Stafford made his Bourbon Street performing debut in 1970; he has led the Young Tuxedo Brass Band for over three decades.
Gregg Stafford’s Jazz Hounds, 4/28, ECO, 4:25p: Stafford’s other traditional New Orleans jazz ensemble, the Jazz Hounds, have been under his direction since the death of Danny Barker in 1984.
Grupo Sensacion, 4/28, J&H, 12:15p: Jaime Perez and Yenima Rojas founded this energetic, pan-Latin ensemble in 2006 after working together in Ritmo Caribeno; both their members and their influences span a variety of Latin American countries.
Hard Head Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, 5/6, J&H, 5:50p: This Mardi Gras Indian tribe hails from the 7th Ward.
Harmonouche with Raphael Bas, 5/3, CEP, 11:30a; AM, 2p: Guitarist and harmonica player Raphael Bas grew up in Bourges, France. His major musical influences are Django Reinhardt, Manitas De Plata and Paco De Lucia. Since immigrating to the United States he has played many genres including blues, flamenco, funk, reggae, and various types of jazz.
Harris Family Cajun Band, 4/29, KID, 4:10p: From Breaux Bridge, Louisiana the Harris family are Georgie Mae on accordion, Mary on fiddle and vocals and Peter on guitar.
Helen Gillet, 4/29, LAG, 1:50p: This Belgium-born cellist and singer perform avant-garde jazz and French chansons with gusto. She’s become a cornerstone of the city’s music scene in recent years, lending her skills to multiple improvisational projects.
Henry Butler & The Jambalaya Band, 4/29, BLU, 3p: Butler brings a mix of James Booker’s Chopin-esque classical virtuosity, Jelly Roll Morton’s theatricality and Professor Longhair’s sense of humor to bear to his deeply funky and jazz-influenced sense of blues piano. Though he was diagnosed with cancer earlier last year, the staple pianist continues to perform.
Herbert McCarver & The Pin Stripe Brass Band, 5/4, J&H, 1:30p: One of the best young bands playing traditional brass band music in town, the YPS represents a new generation of the Original Pin Stripes, founded by McCarver’s father.
Heritage Allstar Brass Band feat. Dr. Michael White and Gregg Stafford, 5/6, CEP, 2:10p: This allstar brass band features clarinetist Dr. Michael White and trumpeter Gregg Stafford.
Hezekiah Walker, 4/29, GOS, 3:55p: Grammy nominated Brooklyn New York born gospel singer Hezekiah Walker has recorded with the Love Fellowship Crusade Choir. Walker is sometimes referred to as “the Hip-Hop Pastor” due to the number of high-profile secular hip-hop recording artists who attend his church, such as Lil’ Kim and Sean “Diddy” Combs.
High Steppers Brass Band, 5/5, J&H, 6:05p: This young local brass band mixes traditional New Orleans brass sounds with plenty of hip-hop influences.
Higher Heights Reggae, 5/3, CON, 12:15p: Performing an array of Studio One classics and other hits, this New Orleans-based reggae act is a staple of Frenchmen Street’s small but growing reggae scene.
Hiss Golden Messenger, 5/4, FDD, 4:30p: From Durham, North Carolina MC Taylor leads this alternative country band. The band’s main influences include the Beatles, the Byrds, and Buffalo Springfield. The band has been compared to Will Oldham and Bill Callahan.
Honey Island Swamp Band, 5/3, GEN, 2:35p: Formed in San Francisco by Katrina exiles who’ve since returned to town, the HISB is a hard-driving rock band with roots in R&B, country and funk.
Hot 8 Brass Band, 4/28, ACU, 12:30p: The storied Hot 8 is a study in survival, having lost three members in shooting deaths. But the band has endured, and they carry on traditional brass-band sounds and add elements of hip-hop and jazz, touring worldwide. Their last album, On The Spot, was released last year.
Hot Club of New Orleans, 5/4, LAG, 5:35p: Sexy, swinging and full of energy, these long-running practitioners of Stephane Grapelli era swing have been luring Frenchmen Street fans onto their feet for years.
Hot Rize, 5/3, FDD, 4:25p: Hot Rize is a bluegrass band that was established in 1978. The band issued six studio albums before they disbanded in 1990. That year they received the first Entertainer of the Year Award issued by the International Bluegrass Music Association. They reunited and are back touring. The band often incorporates a performance as a Western swing band called Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers.
The Iguanas, 5/6, FDD, 2:55p: With Tex-Mex rock ’n’ roll as their base, the Iguanas can swing freely into jazz, country, garage and Caribbean music. Their rock-heavy 2014 release was Juarez.
Imagination Movers, 4/29, GEN, 11:20a: These Emmy-winning local TV alums and musicians advocate positive messages for kids through music that parents dig, too. Their motto, “Reach high, think big, work hard, have fun,” is solid advice for kids and grown-ups alike.
Ingrid Lucia, 5/5, LAG, 11:30a: Born into a family of street musicians, Ingrid Lucia sang with the family band, the Flying Neutrinos, from age 8. Her voice is sometimes compared to Billie Holiday, but Lucia’s delivery is upbeat and naughty. Her CD, Living the Life is one of her best.
Irish Day St. Patrick’s Day Marching Club, 4/29, PAR, 4:10p: Marching club.
Irma Thomas, 4/29, ACU, 3:40p: With a career that spans more than 50 years, Thomas earned her royal nickname through innumerable contributions to the development of soul and R&B. While she still plays early hits like “It’s Raining” and “Time is on My Side,” she continues to introduce new material.
Isabel Davis, 5/3, GOS, 12:05p: From San Antonio, Texas gospel vocalist Isabel Davis currently resides in New Orleans. Her album The Call reached number three on Billboard’s Top Gospel Album Chart.
ISL Circus Arts Kids, 5/3, KID, 5:15p: Students from the International School of Louisiana in New Orleans make up this young group of acrobats, stilt walkers and clowns.
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, 5/5, ACU, 2:25p: The well-travelled keyboardist makes some of the deepest funk of his career with this band, which features two bass guitars, giving it a seriously fat bottom.
Monque’D Blues Revue, 5/3, BLU, 12:20p: The song and album title “Chitlin Eatin’ Music” best describes the output of this longtime harmonica wailer and Uptown character.
Jack Johnson, 4/28, GEN, 5:40p: A surfer dude who made good, Jack Johnson is the king of laid-back acoustic rock. He found his perfect outlet with his soundtrack to the Curious George movie, which not only captured the charm of those kids’ books but put him on top of the charts. An environmental activist in recent years, he’s worked with other concerned types like Eddie Vedder and Jackson Browne on benefit projects.
Jack White, 5/6, ACU, 3:35p: The former White Stripes mastermind is on a roll these days. His third solo album Boarding House Reach, which dropped last month with little warning, jumps all over the map—along with his usual manic rockers there are nods to psychedelia, Prince and arena rock, plus a spoken word track (which appears in three different versions, depending on where you bought the album). If he can pull it all off live, his could be one of this year’s most creative big-name sets. And like the movie that he appeared in said, it might get loud.
Jake Shimabukuro, 4/27, FDD, 4:40p; AM, 2:45p: Virtuoso ukulele player inspired by flamenco guitar master Carlos Montoya. See feature in this issue.
Jamaican Me Breakfast Club, 5/3, LAG, 1:50p: A band that plays new wave radio hits from the ’80s in reggae style. The band includes members from Tank and the Bangas, Trumpet Mafia, the Revealers and the Ellis Marsalis Quartet.
Jambalaya Cajun Band presents a Tribute to DL Menard with Larry Menard, 4/29, FDD, 11:15a: This group was founded in 1977 by fiddler Terry Huval. They’re joined by Menard, who’s often called the “Cajun Hank Williams.”
James Andrews & the Crescent City Allstars, 5/4, BLU, 2:50p; AM, 4:30p: Nicknamed “Satchmo of the Ghetto,” trumpeter Andrews (the grandson of Jessie Hill and brother of Trombone Shorty) has gone in a funky, expansive direction with his Allstars, although Louis Armstrong remains a key influence.
James Rivers Movement, 5/5, JAZ, 1:40p: Perhaps the city’s only jazz/funk saxophonist who doubles as a bagpipe player, Rivers was also known for a longtime (now discontinued) Sunday brunch at the Hilton, and for scoring Clint Eastwood’s The Bridges of Madison County.
Jamil Sharif, 5/3, ECO, 1:45p: This local trumpeter studied with Ellis Marsalis at NOCCA and went on to do a number of soundtracks, including the Ray Charles biopic Ray, for which he was music coordinator.
Jasen Weaver Band, 5/5, JAZ, 11:15a: Bassist Jasen Weaver attended New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. The music on his recently released debut CD The Voscoville was nearly all written and arranged by Weaver.
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, 5/4, AM, 1:15p; ACU, 3:25p: Isbell used to be the X factor in the Drive-By Truckers, the third songwriter/guitarist and the youngest member. He’s covered much personal and musical ground since leaving that band, writing socially conscious country-rock that can take on the weightiest of topics. Which isn’t to say that he might not pull out “Whippin’ Post” (or a few DBT’s tunes) at the end of the set.
Javier Olondo and AsheSon, 5/6, CEP, 11:30a; J&H, 3p: Local guitarist Javier Olondo leads this ensemble primarily through the songs of his native Cuba while drawing on the traditions of other Latin American countries, including Guatemala and Puerto Rico.
Javier’s Dance Company presents Across the Border, 5/5, KID, 5:15p: Dancers from Javier’s Dance Studio in Slidell perform under the tutelage of Javier Juarez, Melissa Juarez and Muriel Santana.
Jazz Funeral for Fats Domino: 4/28, PAR, 11:50a: Fats Domino, arguably the greatest ambassador of New Orleans music, one of the founders of rhythm and blues, as well as rock ’n’ roll passed away last October.
Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys, 5/6, CEP, 12:50p; FDD, 4:15p: Once a member of the funky Zydeco Force, singer/accordionist Broussard turns to old-school Creole and zydeco with this group.
Jeremy Davenport, 5/3, JAZ, 1:35p: Schooled as the featured trumpeter in Harry Connick, Jr.’s band, this St. Louis native has carved out a solo career with a tender tone to both his playing and singing on romantic standards and originals
Jermaine Landrum & the Abundant Praise Revival Choir, 5/5, GOS, 2:50p: Landrum, the director of this New Orleans-based choir, has been leading gospel groups since the age of 9.
Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, 4/28, BLU, 1:25p: From Los Angeles Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton is a vocalist and a multi-instrumentalist. Paxton’s style draws from blues and jazz and is influenced by Fats Waller and Blind Lemon Jefferson.
Jesse McBride presents the Next Generation, 4/27, JAZ, 12:20p: Pianist Jesse McBride has led The Next Generation for more than ten years, taking over for his mentor Harold Battiste who passed away in 2015. The Next Generation begun by Harold Battiste has been compared to Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in New Orleans. McBride remains focused on contemporary jazz performing compositions by Harold Battiste, James Black, Clyde Kerr Jr., Ellis Marsalis, Alvin “Red” Tyler and others.
Jimmy Buffett and his Acoustic Airmen, 4/29, ACU, 5:30p: By now Buffett’s probably logged more Jazz Fest appearances than any other main-stage headliner. His fans have always maintained there’s a thoughtful songwriter behind the Parrothead aura, and the proof is usually there in his acoustic sets. Expect this one to be more about “A Pirate Looks at 40” than “Too Drunk to Karaoke.”
JIVA-NOLA featuring Mehnaz Hoosein and Andrew McLean, 5/4, LAG, 12:40p: JIVA-NOLA is Mehnaz Hoosein on vocals and Andrew McLean on guitar. The group performs new and old compositions from popular Indian music.
Joe Dyson, 5/6, JAZ, 12:20p: One of the most respected young drummers in New Orleans, Joe Dyson has played with some of the city’s best like Nicholas Payton, Donald Harrison or Christian Scott.
Joe Krown Trio featuring Walter Wolfman Washington, 5/3, BLU, 3:55p: Three instrumental powerhouses join forces in this organ/guitar/drums trio that has become a full-time band, cutting three CDs, and writing some fine originals including their anthem “You Can Stay But That Noise Gotta Go.”
Joe Lastie’s New Orleans Sound, 5/6, ECO, 11:15a: Preservation Hall Jazz Band drummer for 27 years, Joe Lastie’s New Orleans Sounds fuses traditional and contemporary jazz.
John Boutté, 5/6, JAZ, 2:40p: A local favorite with a high and haunting voice, Boutté is an inspired, passionate interpreter of songs. His acclaim spread widely after his tune “Treme Song” became the theme of the hit HBO series, “Treme.”
John Lawrence and Ven Pa’ Ca Flamenco with guest Antonio Hildago of Spain, 5/4, CEP, 12:35p: This long-running flamenco ensemble led by guitarist Lawrence usually features saxophonist Rob Wagner with Dave Sobel on percussion, along with dancers.
John Mahoney Big Band, 4/29, JAZ, 12:15p: Trombonist, pianist and Loyola music professor Mahoney leads this large modern jazz ensemble, featuring a slew of the city’s top horn players.
John Mayall, 4/29, BLU, 5:45p: The British bluesman’s celebrated years with Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor and the future Fleetwood Mac are only the tip of the iceberg; he’s played the blues with every kind of band from acoustic trios to horn-driven orchestras. Still remarkably spry at 84, he hits the Fest in one of his first gigs since adding Texas guitar slinger Carolyn Wonderland. See feature in this issue.
John Mooney & Bluesiana, 5/3, BLU, 2:40p: Once a protégé of the late blues great Son House, this blazing blues guitarist has been a local fixture since the mid- 70s, when he arrived from the Mississippi Delta and began sitting in with Professor Longhair and Earl King.
Johnette Downing and Scott Billington, 4/28, KID, 3:05p: This local duo, comprised of children’s author and guitarist Downing and Grammy-winning producer Billington, present a medley of Louisiana roots music dubbed “Swamp Romp.”
Johnny Sansone, 5/6, BLU, 11:15a: A multi-instrumentalist who draws from swamp-rock, blues and zydeco, Sansone has two aces in the hole: his songwriting and his gut-shaking harmonica solos.
Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, 4/29, ACU, 11:20a: Fronted by a cellist turned guitarist, they’re a funky rock band with a few gonzoid touches.
The Johnson Extension, 4/28, GOS, 4:15p: New Orleans spiritual leader and matriarch Rev. Lois Dejean leads four generations of family members in sacred song.
Jon Batiste with The Dap-Kings, 4/29, GEN, 3:30p: Long before he scored his prime gig as Stephen Colbert’s bandleader, Batiste was known here as a dazzling funk and jazz keyboardist who was open to modern pop and hip-hop influences. For this gig he teams with the crack Brooklyn funk band that formerly backed Sharon Jones and Amy Winehouse.
Jon Cleary, 4/27, GEN, 1:55p: Since moving over from the UK in the ‘80s, Cleary’s earned a place in the frontline of New Orleans singer/keyboardists. He won a Grammy Award for his 2015 CD GoGo Juice.
Jon Roniger and The Good For Nothin’ Band, 4/27, LAG, 11:30a: Making his debut at Jazz Fest, singer songwriter Jon Roniger plays with his quintet The Good for Nothin’ Band. A Nashville songwriter veteran Roniger can be found frequently performing on Frenchmen Street. See Fest Focus feature in this issue.
Jonathon “Boogie” Long, 5/6, BLU, 12:20p: This soulful Baton Rouge-based blues guitar slinger has opened for B.B. King and performed with Dr. John, Kenny Neal and many others.
The Jones Sisters, 5/3, GOS, 1:55p: Grade school-aged sisters Kayla, Kiera, Dalia and Dejon Jones comprise this gospel quartet, which first performed when the youngest sister was only two.
Jonté Landrum, 4/29, GOS, 1:55p: This powerful young voice comes from a long line of gospel singers; Landrum’s grandmother Rev. Lois DeJean sang lead for the popular Johnson Extension.
José Fermín & Merengue4-FOUR, 5/6, LAG, 12:45p: A native of the Dominican Republic, Fermin Ceballos leads his Latin group Merengue4-FOUR. The band performs merengue tipico, perico ripiao, bachata and son.
Josh Kagler & Harmonistic Praise Crusade, 5/4, GOS, 1p: The members of this New Orleans gospel group range from age 17-30 and claim they are “radical for Christ.”
Juanes, 5/5, CON, 3:30p: Singer songwriter and guitarist Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vásquez known as Juanes is a Colombian musician who was a member of the rock band Ekhymosis. His solo debut album won three Latin Grammy Awards.
Julio y Cesar Band, 5/5, CEP, 11:30a; LAG, 1:50p: These local brothers do Latin-American music on twin classical guitars, and have lately expanded from duo to band.
Jupiter & Okwess of The Democratic Republic of Congo, 5/4, CON, 2:55p; CEP, 4:45p; 5/5, J&H, 1:20p; CEP, 3:20p: Jupiter Bokondji from the Democratic Republic of Congo and his band Okwess perform traditional music from this country. His mission was to delve into traditional music and give it an international dimension. As Jupiter Bokondji says “I have to revolutionize Congolese music.”
Kai Knight’s Silhouette Dance Ensemble, 5/6, KID, 1:10p: New Orleans troupe that aims to teach young African-American woman about positive image and self-expression through dance.
Katy Hobgood Ray, 5/3, KID, 3p: Katy Hobgood Ray is a musician, writer, and the host and producer of Confetti Park, a kid-friendly radio show and podcast featuring music and children’s stories from Louisiana. Born in Bogalusa Ray plays violin, guitar, and bass.
Keep-N-It-Real SA & PC, 4/27, PAR, 1:30p: This young Bayou St. John-based parade club features solid dancers and parades with some of the best brass bands in town.
Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeo Band, 5/3, FDD, 6p: Frank leads his hard-driving zydeco band, which formed in 1990.
Kenny Bill Stinson & the ARK-LA-Mystics, 5/5, LAG, 5:40p: Guitarist and singer Stinson performs a range of Western Louisiana-rooted rock, country and rockabilly.
Kenny Neal with special guests Henry Gray and Lazy Lester, 4/29, BLU, 1:30p: Local guitar-slinger and multi-instrumentalist Neal’s brand of laid-back swamp blues landed him an induction into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers, 5/3, CON, 4p: One of New Orleans’ most beloved trumpeters and personalities, Ruffins digs swingin’, smokin’ and partyin’ traditional style.
Kermit Ruffins’ Tribute to Louis Armstrong, 5/5, CEP, 1:50p; ECO, 4:20p: Ruffins shows off his more serious side in this set devoted to his hero, Satchmo.
Khalid, 4/28, CON, 5:45p: Recently nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards, Khalid is a 20-year-old alternative R&B phenom from El Paso, Texas. His debut single, “Location,” went quadruple platinum.
Kid Simmons’ Local International Allstars, 4/27, ECO, 11:20a: An early devotee of George “Kid Sheik” Cola, trumpeter Simmons has been active in traditional jazz since his arrival in New Orleans in 1966 and cut his teeth in Harold Dejean’s Olympia Brass Band and the Young Tuxedo Brass Band.
KID smART Student Showcase, 4/27, KID, 12:40p: This organization brings arts initiatives to a range of public schools in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes, and its student groups have been a fixture at the kids’ tent.
Kidd Jordan & the Improvisational Arts Quintet, 4/29, JAZ, 1:25p: Saxophonist Edward “Kidd” Jordan is among the most influential and enduring in the history of improvised music. An integral part of the musical tapestry of New Orleans, he is the patriarch of one of New Orleans’ musical families. Jordan founded the Improvisational Arts Quintet in the ’70s.
Kim Carson & the Real Deal, 4/29, LAG, 12:35p: A longtime New Orleans local who now resides in Houston, Carson is a classic-model honky-tonk angel, able to charm with bawdy humor and then break hearts with a ballad.
Kinfolk Brass Band, 5/6, J&H, 4:25p: Formed in 2006, the Kinfolk are true to the traditional brass-band sound, performing classics like “Bourbon Street Parade” and “I’ll Fly Away” along with their originals.
Kod Kreyol and the Creole Dance Ensemble of Haiti, 4/27, CEP, 3:25p; 4/28, J&H, 3:35p; 4/28, CEP, 11:30a; 4/29, CEP, 2:05p; 5/3, AM, 3p: Dance ensemble from Haiti dancing to Hip Hop, Kanaval, & Konpa.
Kristin Diable & The City, 5/5, LAG, 4:25p: This deep-voiced Baton Rouge native made a name for herself in New York City’s singer songwriter community before returning to New Orleans. NPR likened her singing on 2015’s Create Your Own Mythology to that of a lighter hearted Amy Winehouse.
Kumasi, 5/4, J&H, 11:20a: This Afrobeat orchestra was founded in 2014. Members Stefan Poole, alto sax, Logan Schutts, drums and Mike Jacobson, congas are joined by many others. If you like Fela Kuti, Tony Allen, Antibalas, then this is for you.
Kumbuka African Dance & Drum Collective, 5/4, J&H, 5:45p: Founded in 1983 and based in New Orleans, this troupe brings African music and dance to grade schools throughout Louisiana; members range from ages 10 to 55.
Kyle Huval & The Dixie Club Ramblers, 4/27, FDD, 11:15a: Eunice native Kyle Huval has been playing Cajun music since age 11. The Dixie Club Ramblers sound is influenced by Joe Bonsall and the Orange Playboys. See feature in this issue.
La Banda Blanca of Honduras, 4/28, CON, 12:40p; CEP, 4:45p: From Honduras Blanda Blanca formed in 1971. They are a rock band with elements of merengue and Punta rock. The band’s song “Sopa de Caracol” became an international success in early 1990.
Lacee and Lebrado, 4.29, CON, 1:55p: Lacy Yvonne Reed known as Lacee is an American R&B, soul and blues singer songwriter. She is joined with soul singer Lebrando.
Ladies of Unity LLC, 4/27, PAR, 4p: These lady steppers hail from Uptown and call the famous Sportsman’s Lounge on 2nd and Dryades their HQ.
Lady & Men Rollers SA & PC, 5/4, PAR, 1:20p: Uptown-based social aid and pleasure club.
Lady Jetsetters SA & PC, 5/5, PAR, 3:05p: Uptown’s Lady Jetsetters Social Aid and Pleasure Club recently celebrated their 25th anniversary.
Lake Forest Charter Jazz Ensemble, 5/4, KID, 11:30a: Students in this young jazz band hail from the 2013 National Blue Ribbon Lake Forest Charter Elementary School in New Orleans.
Lakou Mizik of Haiti, 5/6, J&H, 1:35p; CEP, 3:40p: Lakou Mizik is a multigenerational collective of Haitian musicians formed in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. The group includes elder legends and rising young talents, united in a mission to honor the healing spirit of their collective culture and communicate a message of pride, strength and hope to their countrymen and the world.
Landry Walker Charter High School Choir, 5/3, GOS, 1p: A 40-plus member gospel choir from the West Bank school whose brass band recently won $10,000 in the Class Got Brass competition.
Larry Sieberth presents The Art of the Voice featuring Tonya Boyd-Cannon, Yolanda Robinson, and JarellB, 5/3, JAZ, 2:50p: New Orleans-based pianist and composer Sieberth has a knack for blending classical and world music with modern jazz. When he’s not leading his own projects, he performs regularly with Germaine Bazzle, Lena Prima and Gerald French.
Lars Edegran & the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, 5/5, ECO, 12:35p: Formed in 1967 by Swedish-born pianist Lars Edegran, this band plays rags, cakewalks and other classic pieces from the original ragtime era.
The Last Bandoleros, 4/28, FDD, 5:50p: Fusing Tex-Mex and rock ’n’ roll the Last Bandoleros are a trio featuring Jerry Fuentes on guitar and vocals, Diego Navaira on bass and vocals, and Derek James on guitar and vocals. They record for Warner Bros. Nashville.
Lé Kér Créole featuring Sunpie & the LA Sunspots, 5/3, CEP, 3:10p: An all-star band performing Creole jazz from New Orleans.
Leah Chase, 4/28, JAZ, 1:25p: A classically trained opera singer who turned to jazz, Chase is also the daughter of two of New Orleans’ most famous restaurateurs.
Lee Boys, The, 5/5, FDD, 5:45p: This African-American sacred steel ensemble consists of three brothers: Alvin Lee on guitar, Derrick Lee and Keith Lee on vocals along with nephews Roosevelt Collier on pedal steel guitar, Alvin Cordy on bass and Earl Walker on drums.
Lena Prima, 4/28, ECO, 5:45p, CEP, 3:20p: The youngest daughter of Louis Prima performs her dad’s classics along with her own jazz-pop material.
Leo Jackson & the Melody Clouds, 4/28, GOS, 1:55p: This family group was formed in 1965 and is now led by founder Leo Jackson’s son. It’s known for its rousing vocals and synchronized steps.
Leroy Jones & New Orleans’ Finest, 5/6, ECO, 12:25p: Jones draws on his experience with the Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band to play traditional New Orleans brass band music in a variety of popular bands around town, most of which perform regularly at Preservation Hall.
Leslie Odom Jr., 4/27, JAZ, 5:40p: Jazz singer Leslie Odom Jr. has performed on Broadway and in television and film. He won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actor. He has performed rolls in Jersey Boys and Hamilton and many others.
Leyla McCalla, 5/5, CEP, 12:30p; LAG, 3:05p: This talented multi-instrumentalist and singer draws on the traditions of Haitian, Creole, Cajun and French music on her latest album, A Day For the Hunter, A Day for the Prey. It’s a socially aware and politically minded follow-up to her widely praised 2013 debut.
Lil’ Buck Sinegal’s Blues Band with special guest Barbara Lynn, 5/4, BLU, 1:30p: Sinegal once led an R&B band that included a young Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural on organ. The blues guitarist seems to slip effortlessly into soulful grooves.
Lil’ Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers, 4/29, FDD, 3:05p: This young accordion player from Lafayette scored a regional hit with “That L’Argent,” a hip-hop flavored zydeco tune about the power of money. His dad is Nathan Williams of the Zydeco Cha Chas.
Lionel Richie, 5/3, ACU, 5:30p: Though he cut his teeth with the funky Commodores, Lionel Richie had his moment in the mid-’80s when hits like “Say You, Say Me,” “Hello” and “All Night Long” were the epitome of easy-listening soul. Nowadays he’s an American Idol regular, but he promises to stick to his hits for this tour. Fest-goers will remember the moment in 2006 where he covered for what would have been Fats Domino’s last Fest appearance.
Little Freddie King Blues Band, 5/4, BLU, 12:20p; AM, 2:20p: The Mississippi Delta-born King is a rocking juke-joint bluesman, a cousin of Lightnin’ Hopkins, one of the snappiest dressers you’ll see onstage, and a true Fest perennial.
LL Cool J featuring DJ Z-Trip, 5/4, CON, 6p: LL Cool J is one of hip-hop’s most decorated MCs, considered a founding father dating back to the 1980s. He recently bridged worlds by becoming the Kennedy Center’s first ever honoree from the world of rap. DJ Z-Trip is an award-winning turntablistas who has worked as a producer with artists including LL Cool J.
Lost Bayou Ramblers, 5/5, ACU, 11:50a: As their acclaimed Mammoth Waltz demonstrated, this young Cajun band celebrates its genre’s tradition while staying open to new technology and rock influences. The band’s 2017 album Kalenda won a Grammy for Best Regional Roots Music Album.
Louis Ford & His New Orleans Flairs, 5/5, ECO, 11:20a: Clarinetist and saxophonist Ford’s father was Clarence Ford, who played with Fats Domino. He leads his old-time New Orleans jazz band through a set of traditional music
Louisiana Irish – Italian Parade, 5/6, PAR, 3p: Irish and Italian parading group.
Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble, 4/28, ECO, 11:15a: Fred Starr leads this local traditional jazz septet with a focus on tight arrangements of tunes by Sam Morgan and other music from the turn of the century.
Loyola University Jazz Band, 4/28, JAZ, 11:10a: Students from Loyola’s jazz program—the oldest in the city—make up this group.
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, 4/27, GEN, 3:30p: Lukus Nelson is Willie Nelson’s son. At 12, he wrote a song for the first time. Willie Nelson recorded his son’s composition, “You Were It,” for his 2004 album It Always Will Be. In addition to his father, Nelson’s major influences include Neil Young. See feature in this issue.
Lurrie Bell, 5/5, BLU, 1:25p: Lurrie Bell is a blues guitarist and singer. His father was blues harmonica player Carey Bell. Bell’s 2016 album, Can’t Shake This Feeling, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album.
Luther Kent & Trickbag, 4/27, BLU, 2:55p; AM, 4:45p: Southern-fried soul man has had a few musical incarnations including a Bobby Bland tribute show and a short ’70s stint fronting Blood, Sweat & Tears, though he’s best known for leading the funky Trickbag which returned in 2013 after a few years’ hiatus.
Lyle Henderson & Emmanu-EL, 5/6, GOS, 6:05p: A former radio DJ at R&B station FM98 and gospel station WYLD, Lyle Henderson also coordinates the gospel brunches at the House of Blues.
Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, 5/3, GEN, 5:40p: With his unmistakable sound and look, Lyle Lovett has infused old-fashioned Texas swing with a profound eccentricity. Along the way he’s acted in a few handfuls of movies, raised champion racehorses, and made a couple well-received Fest appearances. Though never a prolific songwriter—his last album, Release Me was in 2012—he’s bound to have a few new things up his sleeve this year.
Lynn Drury, 4/29, LAG, 3:05p: A singer/songwriter steeped in both her Mississippi heritage and her adopted home of New Orleans. Drury teamed up with veteran British producer John Porter for her CD Come to My House.
Maggie Belle Band, 5/4, LAG, 1:50p: San Diego native Maggie Belle originally came to New Orleans to pursue a nursing career, but her music—steeped in vintage soul, gospel and even a bit of jazz poetry—evinces a different kind of healing.
Magical Moonshine Theater, 4/28, KID, 1:40p: Founded in 1979 by Michael and Valerie Nelson, the Magical Moonshine Theatre takes its puppets to schools and events around the country .
Magnificent 7, 4/29, ACU, 2:05p: Members of The Radiators, Galactic, Bonerama and Papa Grows Funk make this supergroup a funky force to reckoned with.
Major Handy & the Louisiana Blues Band, 5/5, BLU, 11:15a: Blues and zydeco expert Handy hails from Lafayette, where he developed his accordion, bass, piano and singing chops.
Marcia Ball, 5/4, GEN, 1:35p: A Jazz Fest perennial, the singer/pianist from Texas was recently nominated for the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year award at the 2014 Blues Music Awards.
Marcus Miller with special guest Rahsaan Patterson Celebrate Al Jarreau, 5/4, JAZ, 5:45p: Bassist Marcus Miller teams up with singer and actor Rahsaan Patterson to pay tribute to Al Jarreau who passed away February 2017.
Mariachi Jalisco US, 5/5, J&H, 2:40p: Baton Rouge-based alumni of Cuba’s Mariachi Real Jalisco reunite to perform music from their hometown of Havana.
Mark Braud’s New Orleans Jazz Giants, 4/27, ECO, 1:50p: The musical director of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, this trumpeter and vocalist leads a different cast of traditional jazz players for a change of pace.
Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly, 5/6, CON, 5:25p: Regular last-set headliner at Congo Square, this classic Philadelphia soul group’s connection with New Orleans goes back to at least 1981, when their live album was made at the Saenger Theater.
McDonogh 35 High School Gospel Choir, 5/3, GOS, 2:50p: Thursdays at Jazz Fest traditionally feature high-school choirs in the Gospel Tent, and this Treme school has been a regular. Directed by Veronica Downs-Dorsey, the choir has been the recipient of OffBeat’s Best of the Beat Award for Best Gospel for the last four years.
Men Buckjumpers SA & PC, 5/3, PAR, 1:30p: The Original New Orleans Lady Buckjumpers and Men Buckjumpers have been rolling for more than 30 years.
Men Of Class SA & PC, 5/3, PAR, 12:30p: This Uptown-based social aid and pleasure club has been parading for 13 years and counting.
Meschiya Lake and The Little Big Horns, 4/27, BLU, 12:30p: Once a Royal Street performer, now a marquee name in the local traditional jazz scene, Lake and friends are getting more attention worldwide thanks to her vintage sass, great storytelling and gorgeously raw New Orleans feel.
Meschiya Lake Remembers Sweet Emma Barrett, 4/29, ECO, 4:25p: Once a Royal Street performer, now an essential figure in the local traditional jazz scene, Lake pays homage to one of the most vibrant characters in New Orleans music history.
Mia Borders, 5/6, GEN, 12:25p: Singer, songwriter and guitarist Mia Borders has been named Best Female Vocalist and nominated as Best Songwriter in our Best of the Beat Awards.
Micaela y Fiesta Flamenca, 5/3, KID, 1:50p: This award-wining Flamenco dance troupe has been performing for the New Orleans community for more than 15 years.
Micah Stampley, 4/27, GOS, 4p: American gospel singer-songwriter who grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Micah Stampley has a multi-octave range spanning from bass-to-first soprano. His voice has often been compared with Donnie McClurkin.
Michael Skinkus & Moyuba, 4/27, J&H, 11:20a: Percussionist Michael Skinkus explains that “Moyuba means to give thanks or praise.” The band will play music inspired by the Santeria ceremonies of Cuba.
The Mighty Travelers, 5/6, GOS, 12:05p: The gospel quartet the Mighty Travelers have been singing for 30 years following in the footsteps of their uncles The Sensational Travelers of Dallas, Texas. The members are Kenneth Stokes, Patrick Stokes, James Jennings, and Christopher Bollin.
Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88’s, 4/29, BLU, 12:20p: A red-hot “rock-a-boogie” pianist and singer, Woods has spent the past four decades perfecting his blend of 40’s-inspired blues and swing with a modern feel. His latest album Friends Along the Way includes a roll-call of notable collaborators including Van Morrison, Taj Mahal, Cyril Neville and Charlie Musselwhite.
Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, 5/5, PAR, 12:55p: When he’s not sewing or masking, this tribe’s Big Chief, Tyrone Casby, serves as the Principal of the Youth Study Center at Orleans Parish Prison.
Monogram Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, 4/29, PAR, 3:30p: Big Chief Tyrone “Pie” Stevenson recently returned to the Indian nation after a 15-year break
Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church Mass Choir, 5/4, GOS, 6:05p: The members of this large local church choir range in age from teenagers to septuagenarians.
Motel Radio, 5/4, ACU, 11:20a: This young local quintet performs Americana with an indie rock streak.
Mr. Sipp, 5/6, BLU, 2:45p: Singer songwriter and guitarist Castro Coleman, a.k.a. Mr. Sipp, is from McComb, Mississsippi. He started playing the guitar at age six. He has won several awards for his Malaco recordings and was featured in the James Brown movie Get On Up.
Muggivan School of Irish Dance, 5/6, KID, 4:05p: The Muggivan School of Irish Dance is under the direction of Joni Muggivan. The dancers at the Muggivan School are trained in competitive style Irish dancing, which allows them to compete on local, national, and international stages.
The Mulligan Brothers, 4/28, LAG, 3:05p: This Americana-meets-country trio emphasizes strong melodies and original narratives. Their eponymous 2013 album earned high marks from critics in their hometown of Mobile, Alabama.
Mykia Jovan, 4/27, CON, 11:25a: Formerly of the soul band Smoke N’ Bones and a graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Jovan released her debut record, Elliyahu last September. Nina Simone would likely approve of her single “16 Shots” which she describes as “social commentary from a marginalized token point of view.”
Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas, 5/4, FDD, 6p: Nathan Williams sprung from his brother’s club, El Sid O’s in Lafayette, to become one of zydeco’s biggest names—and to write its two greatest hog songs, “Zydeco Hog” and “Everything on the Hog is Good.”
Naughty Professor, 5/3, ACU, 11:25a: This New Orleans-based six-piece plays a blend of funk, soul and rock that’s earned them a solid following on the jam band scene.
Naydja CoJoe & the Lagniappe Section, 5/4, LAG, 3:05p: A New Orleans vocalist inspired by Billie Holiday and Patsy Cline, Naydja CoJoe performs jazz, country and R&B material. She’s also made a few TV appearances, includingone in the made-for-TV movie Christmas Angel where she portrayed Della Reese’s daughter.
New Birth Brass Band, 4/28, J&H, 4:40p: 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 Trombone Shorty are alumni
New Breed Brass Band, 5/4, J&H, 4:15p: These young marching band alums fold hip-hop, funk, and soul into the brass tradition at clubs and second lines around the city.
New Generation Brass Band, 5/4, PAR, 2:15p: New Generation Brass Band will be parading with Lady & Men Rollers and Scene Boosters Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs
New Generation SA & PC, 5/3, PAR, 3p: The New Generation Social Aid and Pleasure Club’s annual Sunday parades roll through Uptown.
New Hope Baptist Church Mass Choir, 5/5, GOS, 11:15a: This 100 plus choir is from Birmingham, Alabama. Gospel greats Mrs. Ruby Boyd and Dr. John David Brown previously led the choir. Currently, the choir led by Reverend Prince E. Yelder.
New Leviathan Oriental Fox-Trot Orchestra, 5/4, ECO, 11:20a: A multi-generational, always-entertaining large ensemble that plays only ’90s music—as in the 1890s, when the shipboard dance music and early jazz they favor was first created.
New Look SA & PC, 4.29, PAR, 2:25p: Kids aged 3-16 make up this branch of the Young Men Olympian, Jr. Benevolent Association.
The New Orleans Baby Doll Ladies, 5/4, KID, 1:50p: New Baby Doll Ladies are a culturally centered dance-company.
New Orleans Classic R&B Legends feat. The Dixie Cups, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Wanda Rouzan, and Al “Carnival Time” Johnson with Bobby Cure & the Poppa Stoppas, 5/5, BLU, 2:35p: A few years ago OffBeat’s Best of the Beat Awards featured an R&B revue with Al “Carnival Time” Johnson, Robert Parker and many others. Although Robert Parker looked frail, he was amazing when he got on stage and sang his hit “Barefootin’.”
New Orleans Gospel Soul Children, 4/28, GOS, 6:05p: Led by Craig Adams, this long-standing local gospel group delivers energetic and choreographed renditions of gospel standards.
The New Orleans Guitar Masters featuring Cranston Clements, John Rankin, and Jimmy Robinson, 4/27, LAG, 12:40p: Started seven years ago, this group plays original music and unique versions of New Orleans rock hits. The band consists of guitarists Cranston Clements currently performing with Cyril Neville’s Swamp Band, music teacher at Loyola University John Rankin, and Jimmy Robinson of Woodenhead.
New Orleans Hip Hop Experience feat. Fiend, 3D Natee, a New Orleans Cypher, DJ Keith Scott, and Cool Nasty Band, 5/4, CON, 12:25p: Rapper Fiend has been in the game since No Limit era of the 1990s, while 3D Na’Tee is arguably the most elite female MC to ever come from New Orleans. They will be backed by emergent nu jazz and hip-hop band CoolNasty and Power 102.9’s DJ Keith Scott.
New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, 5/4, JAZ, 4:10p: Former leader Irvin Mayfield has lately made some headlines for the wrong reasons, but let it be said that the NOJO, which played regularly at the Bourbon Street club he no longer runs either, was a fine all-star ensemble. Drummer Adonis Rose now leads the band which includes returning members pianist Victor Atkins, saxophonist Ed Petersen, and trumpeter Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown.
New Orleans Klezmer Allstars with guest Steven Bernstein, 4/28, LAG, 4:20p: Innovators of a funked-up localized take on traditional Jewish music, this band’s past and present members include scions of the city’s jazz and funk scenes. They’ll celebrate their anniversary with prestigious guests.
New Orleans Nightcrawlers, 4/27, J&H, 2:55p: This funky brass band represents the genre’s adventurous edge and includes familiar faces from Bonerama and Galactic. Their last album, Slither Slice, combined funk, hip-hop, Indian chants and a general spirit of rejuvenation.
New Orleans Spiritualettes, 5/6, GOS, 1p: Founded a half-century ago by still-current leader Ruby Ray, the Spiritualettes are the longest-active female gospel group in New Orleans.
New Orleans Suspects, 5/6, ACU, 11:15a: Radiators bassist Reggie Scanlan and Neville Brothers drummer “Mean” Willie Green are the backbone of a funky all-star band that also includes Dirty Dozen guitarist Jake Eckert, keyboardist CR Gruver and saxophonist Jeff Watkins, who was James Brown’s late-career bandleader.
New Orleans Tricentennial 100 Voices Youth Choir, 4/28, KID, 12:35p: Youth choir celebrating New Orleans 300 year birthday.
New Soul, Inc., 5/3, CON, 1:20p: New Orleans’ old school funk and R&B band. They cover Earth, Wind & Fire, the Commodores, The Gap Band, Hall & Oats and others.
New Wave Brass Band, 4/27, PAR, 1:30p: Snare drummer Oscar Washington is at the helm of this updated traditional New Orleans brass band
Nicholas Payton: Too Black, 4/29, JAZ, 3:55p: In recent years, the #BAM proponent has shifted from trumpet to the keyboard chair, from which he often plays both instruments together. A savvy producer, he’s been delving into electronic music with an R&B sensitivity lately.
Nigel Hall Band, 4/28, ACU, 11:20a: Soulful funk keyboardist and singer Hall moved to New Orleans from Maine in 2013 and was quickly welcomed as an ideal match for the sounds of the city. He’s worked with a slew of contemporary jam and funk acts including Soulive, Lettuce and the Warren Haynes Band.
Nine Times Ladies SA & PC, 5/5, PAR, 2:55p: The women’s section of the Upper Ninth Ward parade club, the Nine Times.
Nine Times SA & PC, 4/28, PAR, 4:15p: Formed in the 1980s, this downtown-based parade club is comprised of the 9 Times Men, 9 Times Ladies and Original 9 Times Ladies divisions.
Nineveh Baptist Church Mass Choir, 5/3, GOS, 6:05p: Led by Reverend Sam Baker, this choir out of Metairie, Louisiana sings a unique blend of traditional gospel with contemporary songs set to a Caribbean beat.
Ninth Ward Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, 4/29, PAR, 3:30p: Big Chief Robbe, who has led four Indian tribes, created this Lower Ninth Ward-based group in the 1940s.
NOCCA Jazz Ensemble, 4/29, JAZ, 11:10a: Student group from the secondary school whose graduates include Harry Connick, Jr., Nicholas Payton, Trombone Shorty and the Marsalis brothers.
Northern Cree of Canada Pow Wow, 4/27, CEP, 1:45p: The group originates from the Saddle Lake Cree Nation but is made up of members from the Treaty 6 area. Northern Cree have recorded 37 albums of which Temptations has been nominated for a Grammy Award.
Northside Skull & Bones Gang, 5/6, PAR, 1:10p: On the morning of Mardi Gras dozens of skeletons flood the streets of the 6th Ward neighborhood of Tremé in New Orleans. Northside Skull and Bone Gang is comprised of descendants of Native Americans and slaves.
The Nth Power, 5/4, CPM. 1:35p: In case you’re wondering what happened to that killer drummer who used to be in Dumpstaphunk (and in Beyonce’s band beforehand), Nikki Glaspie now gets more of the spotlight with this trio, which includes bassist Nate Edgar (late of the reggae band John Brown’s Body) and singer/guitarist Nick Cassarino. Their single “Truth” adds a political slant to the mighty grooves.
Old Crow Medicine Show, 5/3, ACU, 3:50p; AM, 1p: Nashville based Americana string band. They have been recording since 1998 and have release Grammy winning albums. The group received the 2013 Trailblazer Award from the Americana Music Association.
Ole & Nu Style Fellas SA & PC, 5/6, PAR, 4:20p: The Ole & Nu Style Fellas roll through the Sixth Ward each April, coming out at the Ooh Poo Pa Doo Bar.
OperaCreole, 5/3, KID, 4:10p: This vocal ensemble focuses on lost or rarely performed operatic and classical music, often spotlighting the contributions of African-American and Creole artists throughout New Orleans’ history.
Orange Kellin’s New Orleans Deluxe Orchestra, 4/28, ECO, 1:45p: The clarinetist moved from Sweden to New Orleans in 1966; four years later he played at Louis Armstrong’s 70th birthday show. His group plays classic early jazz by King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton and others.
Original Big 7 SA & PC, 5/4, PAR, 4p: The Original Big 7s formed in 1995 in the St. Bernard housing development. Today, the Big 7 Cultural Heritage Division provides a creative and social center for the community’s youth.
Original C.T.C Steppers SA & PC, 5/6, PAR, 4:20p: Named for their tradition of parading over the Industrial Canal, the CTC (Cross The Canal) Steppers hold one of the season’s most popular Sunday parades.
Original Four SA & PC, 5/4, PAR, 4p: Founded in 1986, this social aid and pleasure club takes a unique and long route on its annual parade, marching from downtown all the way uptown through Central City.
Original New Orleans Lady Buckjumpers, 5/6, PAR, 12p: The Original New Orleans Lady Buckjumpers and Men Buckjumpers have been rolling for more than 30 years.
Original Pigeon Town Steppers SA & PC, 5/5, PAR, 3:30p: Based way (way) Uptown in the Leonidas neighborhood, this club’s annual Sunday parade follows a unique route. See feature in this issue.
The Original Pinettes Brass Band, 4/28, J&H, 2:20p: Billed as “The World’s Only All Female Brass Band,” the Pinettes were formed by a group of students at St. Mary’s Academy in 1991. They won the Red Bull Street Kings brass competition in 2013.
The Palm Court Jazz Band with Sammy Rimington, 4/27, ECO, 3:05p: The house band from the Palm Court brings their brand of traditional New Orleans jazz to the Fest along with English reedman Rimington, a longtime proponent of the genre’s revival.
Panorama Jazz Band, 4/29, J&H, 12:20p: Influenced by styles from around the globe, this hip band comprised of top local instrumentalists blends New Orleans jazz traditions with klezmer, Latin and Balkan sounds.
Papo y Son Mandao, 4/27, LAG, 1:55p: Cuban guitarist Alexis “Papo” Guevara and his band Son Mandao includes Israel Romo on percussion, Julian Alpizar on bass, Omar Ramirez on trumpet.
Pastor Jai Reed, 4/27, GOS, 5:15p: This New Orleans Baptist minister is a soulful singer in the Stevie Wonder tradition, doing gospel with a contemporary R&B influence.
Pastor Mitchell J. Stevens, 5/5, GOS, 1:55p: Vocalist Stevens was born in Westlake, Louisiana. At five years old he sang his first solo and by the age of ten years old he was playing the piano without any formal musical training. Reverend Stevens recorded his very first live gospel recording entitled, Experience Praise Live.
Pastor Terry Gullage & Kingdom Sound, 5/4, GOS, 5:10p: From a young age, Elder Terry Gullage knew he had a gift for music. He leads the choir from this church in Marrero.
Pastor Tyrone Jefferson, 5/4, GOS, 12:05p: This New Orleans native is the Senior Pastor of the Abundant Life Tabernacle Full Gospel Baptist Church and the CEO of Abundant Life Ministries. His extensive work serving the community has included efforts to improve voting rates, feed the hungry and get more young people enrolled in college.
Pat Casey & The New Sound, 5/3, JAZ, 12:25p: Formed in New Orleans in 2008 Pat Casey & The New Sound is a band fusing both classic and modern jazz with Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and funk and hip hop. The group plays original material as well as arrangements of classics.
Patrice Fisher & Arpa with guests from Guatemala, 5/3, LAG, 12:35p: This Latin jazz harpist has been a Jazz Fest mainstay for three decades, earning fans around the country like Rolling Stone critic David Fricke.
Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show, 5/3, GEN, 1:25p: Sanchez has blossomed as a songwriter since parting company with Cowboy Mouth, co-writing the post-Katrina musical Nine Lives and launching a number of projects as a leader, including the Rolling Road Show, Minimum Rage and the Write Brothers.
Paulin Brothers Brass Band, 4/28, ECO, 12:25p: Ernest “Doc” Paulin founded this band in the 1920s, and his sons now perform strictly traditional brass-band music, complete with the longstanding black-and-white uniforms and spiffy white caps.
The Perfect Gentlemen SA PC, 4/27, PAR, 1:30p: This Uptown social aid and pleasure club celebrated its 25th year in 2016.
The Pfister Sisters, 5/6, ECO, 5:45p: Inspired by the close harmonies and lively personalities of New Orleans’ Boswell Sisters, these Spotted Cat regulars are all about the ‘30s in both sound and look.
Pine Leaf Boys, 4/28, FDD, 4:20p: This young band has spearheaded the latest revival of Cajun music, bridging new and traditional music and snagging four Grammy nominations. Leader Wilson Savoy is the son of Cajun music’s first couple, Marc and Ann Savoy.
Plaquemine Brûlèe, 5/4, FDD, 11:20a: La Bande de Plaquemine Brûlée a Cajun band from Church Point, Louisiana. Colby Leger, Justin Leger, Jacques Boudreaux and Samuel Giarusso classify themselves as Church Point Cajun Music.
Players Ella & Louie Tribute Band, 5/4, ECO, 3p: Bassist Mitchell Player has performed with The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Dr. Michael White, Leroy Jones and others. The Players Ella and Louie Tribute Band include trumpeter Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown, vocalist Eileina Dennis, bassist Gerald French, guitarist Todd Duke and pianist Leslie Martin.
Pocket Aces Brass Band, 5/3, J&H, 4:15p: This Bridge City brass-hop band began as a few friends who got together for an annual Mardi Gras jam before expanding to a full-time touring outfit.
Preservation Brass, 5/3, ECO, 3p: Featuring bass drummer Tanio Hingle, snare drummer Kerry “Fat Man” Hunter and trumpeter Will Smith, plus a rotating roster of players, Pres Hall Brass aims to serve as the Hall collective’s go-to brass band arm, like the Olympia Brass Band once did.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band, 5/4, GEN, 2:50p: With its 50th anniversary in the rearview mirror, this New Orleans music institution’s profile is higher than ever thanks to heavy touring, and their last release, So It Is. Their guest-heavy Jazz Fest sets are always festival highlights.
Prince of Wales SA & PC, 5/6, PAR, 12p: Uptown’s Prince of Wales is among the oldest parade clubs in the city; their annual Sunday second line struts through the Irish Channel
Puppet Arts Theatre, 4/29, KID, 12:40p: Puppeteers.
The Pure’D Blues Group featuring Butch Mudbone, 5/4, BLU, 11:15a: A four piece blues band from Memphis featuring singer songwriter and guitarist Butch Mudbone.
Quiana Lynell, 4/29, JAZ, 2:40p: A graduate of LSU’s music program, Lynell is adept at singing both jazz and classical as well as blues. She’s been tapped to perform with artists ranging from Herlin Riley and Don Vappie to the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra.
The Radiators @ 40, 5/6, AM, 1p; GEN, 3:15p: Groupie-spawning fish-head rockers the Rads are back after calling it quits with a 2011 farewell tour. Expect a massive show of support for these long-beloved locals.
Rahim Glaspy, 4/29, CON, 11:20a: Rahim Glaspy is a soul R&B singer from New Orleans.
The Rayo Brothers, 5/3, FDD, 12:25p: These young Louisiana folk rockers recently released their first album, Gunslinger. They also happen to share DNA with the famous Cajun band Les Freres Michot and the Lost Bayou Ramblers.
Real Untouchable Brass Band, 5/3, J&H, 11:20a: This local brass crew adds congas to its otherwise street-centric sound.
Rebirth Brass Band, 5/6, CON, 2p: Now entering its fourth decade, Grammy in hand, the Rebirth was one of the first bands to modernize and funkify the New Orleans brass band sound, and has toured heavily since the 2011 release of Rebirth of New Orleans.
Remedy, 5/5, ACU, 11:10a: Remedy is a five piece group from New Orleans who blend contemporary original songs with covers from the ’80s and ’90s.
The Revelers, 5/3, FDD, 3p: An Acadian supergroup made up of founding members of Jazz Fest perennials the Red Stick Ramblers and the Pine Leaf Boys. See feature in this issue.
The Revivalists, 5/5, GEN, 3:40p: This increasingly popular New Orleans band has solid songs for the rock ’n’ rollers and free-flowing grooves for the jam band crowd. They were big winners at the most recent OffBeat Best of the Beat Awards
Revolution SA & PC, 5/3, 1:30p: One of the biggest parade clubs, the Revolution SA&PC is known for mind-blowing dance moves and multiple costume changes along their annual Sunday parade route.
Rising Dragon Lion Dance Team, 5/6, KID, 12:35p; KID, 3:30p: Marrero-based traditional Vietnamese lion dancers display a colorful and acrobatic part of Vietnam’s cultural heritage; often performed at festivals and holiday events, some say the dance wards off evil spirits.
Robin Barnes & The Fiyabirds, 5/6, JAZ, 11:20a; AM, 2:55p: This R&B vocalist first sang in the choirs at St. Phillip and St. David Catholic Churches, and later with her family’s jazz band the Soul Heirs. Her 2016 album Songbird Sessions marked a true coming of age for the vocalist.
Rockin’ Dopsie and the Zydeco Twisters, 5/6, BLU, 4:10p: One of the few rubboard players to lead a zydeco band, Dopsie Jr. plays it wilder than his accordionist dad, and his sets are guaranteed party-starters.
The Rocks of Harmony, 4/29, GOS, 11:15a: New Orleans gospel in its purest form, this all-male group has been singing praises and spirituals for half a century.
Rod Stewart, 4/28, ACU, 5:30p: No getting around it, Rod Stewart’s previous Jazz Fest appearance went down as one of the slickest and most Vegasy sets in Fest history. Ah, but there is that catalogue of essential solo and Faces albums from the early ’70s, and as long as he promises to do a few tracks from Every Picture Tells a Story, sitting through “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” will be a small price to pay.
Roddie Romero & the Hub City All-Stars, 4/28, GEN, 12:20p; AM, 2:15p: This eclectic Cajun, zydeco, swamp pop and rock ‘n’ roll band is built around accordionist/guitarist Romero and pianist Eric Adcock. Their double album The La Louisianne Sessions was nominated for a Grammy.
Ron Carter Trio, 4/27, JAZ, 4:15p; AM, 12:45p: An immortal of jazz bass, Carter is perhaps most famous as part of the second classic Miles Davis quartet with Tony Williams and Wayne Shorter. He later branched into fusion on a string of CTI and Blue Note dates, and in recent years has played with musicians from both the pop (Billy Joel, Tribe Called Quest) and jazz worlds. He also worked with the Jazz Foundation of America to aid musicians who were displaced by Katrina.
The Roots of Music Marching Crusaders, 5/3, PAR, 2:45p: Rebirth snare drum player Derrick Tabb’s program aims to support, teach, and protect at-risk youth through music education while preserving and promoting New Orleans’ musical heritage. Songwriter Ani DiFranco is on the board of directors.
Royal Teeth, 4/29, GEN, 12:30p: This young indie rock outfit’s melodic yet danceable pop, highlighted by the pure vocals of Nora Patterson, has been racking up national buzz for a few years.
The RRAAMS, 4/28, KID, 4:10p: The River Road African-American Museum Society in Donaldsonville presents an educational program for kids.
Rumba Buena, 4/27, ACU, 11:20a: This popular New Orleans Latin band is a 12-piece group with four singers, four percussionists, horns and rhythm to spare.
Rusty Metoyer & The Zydeco Krush, 4/28, FDD, 11:20a: From Lake Charles, Louisiana this band plays everything from traditional Creole French songs to nouveau zydeco music. Rusty Metoyer is a self-taught musician playing accordion as well as drums, guitar and scrub board.
Ruthie Foster, 5/4, BLU, 5:45p: If the Texas singer/guitarist’s new album Joy Comes Back isn’t the only album ever to include covers of both the Staples Singers and Black Sabbath, it’s got to be the best. Foster is steeped in vintage soul and gospel, but beloved by the jam world; Papa Mali produced her first album and Derek Trucks did the latest. And yes, her gospel-styled version of “War Pigs” must be heard to be believed.
Samantha Fish, 4/27, BLU, 4:15p: This Kansas City guitar-slinger was originally perched on the bluesy side of classic rock; her early albums included Rolling Stones and Steve Miller Band covers. Yet she’s got far more interesting on her last couple of releases, both from 2017: Chills & Fever explored roadhouse rock with the great garage band Detroit Cobras; the current Belle of the West uses Luther Dickinson’s acoustic-based production to put more soul upfront. See feature in this issue.
Santiman and Garifuna Generation, 5/3, J&H, 12:40p; CEP, 4:45p: From New Orleans Santos Bermudez also known as Santiman is known for his quick-paced punta rhythm. The Garifuna people are of mixed-raced origin with ancestral ties to Arawak, Carib, and African descendants. Though present in several countries, the overwhelming majority of Garifuna outside the United States reside in Honduras. Garifuna in New Orleans have helped define what it means to be a Latino in the Big Easy.
Sarah Quintana & the Miss River Band, 4/27, LAG, 5:40p: Water and the Louisiana region’s natural beauty provide the inspiration for this ambitious, dreamy and innovative project from one of the city’s top vocalists.
Sasha Masakowski “Art Market”, 5/6, LAG, 4:30p: The daughter of Astral Project guitarist Steve Masakowski has emerged as one of the city’s brightest young jazz vocalists, with a lively style that touches on torch songs and samba. She presents her new album, Art Market, a venture in new territory for the singer/composer.
Savion Glover, 5/6, JAZ, 5:40p: Perhaps the best-known tap dancer currently working, Glover came to fame as the star of Broadway’s “The Tap Dance Kid” and five further Broadway shows including “Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk” which he also choreographed, and “Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed” which opened in 2016. He’s also done a host of TV and movie appearances.
Savoy Family Cajun Band, 4/28, AM, 2:05p; 4/29, FDD, 12:25p: Marc and Ann Savoy have done as much as anyone to celebrate and preserve Cajun music and culture. This group finds the couple with their sons Wilson (of Pine Leaf Boys) and Joel.
Scene Boosters SA & PC, 5/4, PAR, 1:20p: Social Aid and Pleasure Club parade.
Scott D., 4/28, CON, 11:20a: Hip Hop singer songwriter from Los Angeles who mixes his rhymes with contemporary jazz sounds. His latest EP Slice of Life includes “California Harmonies” with the lyric “another celebrity searching for a cause.”
Sean Bruce, 5/4, LAG, 4:20p: One of many talented indie artists from Lafayette’s burgeoning music scene, guitarist, harmonica player and singer/songwriter Bruce weaves elements of folk and rock together on his recent release, Maps, an exploration of how sense of place affects our lives.
Sean Jones Quartet, 5/5, JAZ, 5:55p: Trumpeter and composer Sean Jones was born and raised in northeast Ohio and made his name in New York City. In 2004, Jones had a six-month stint with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, after which Marsalis offered him a position with the ensemble as a third trumpeter then moved to the lead chair a couple months later.
Seguenon Kone & Ivoire Spectacle, 5/3, CEP, 12:40p; J&H, 3p: Percussionist and Ivory Coast native Seguenon Kone made New Orleans his home in 2008. L’Ivoire Spectacle features African rhythms with his virtuoso associates.
Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians, 4/28, PAR, 3:20p: Big Chief Keith “Keitoe” Jones leads this Ninth Ward-based tribe.
Semolian Warriors Mardi Gras Indians 4/27, J&H, 12:35p: Big Chief Yam aka James Harris, created this Uptown gang after stints with the Creole Wild West and the Wild Magnolias.
Shades of Praise, 4/27, GOS, 2p: This gospel 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.
Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band, 5/4, ECO, 1:50p: This all-female traditional jazz band was originally assembled by trumpeter Shaye Cohn of Tuba Skinny to perform for Girls Rock New Orleans. Although Cohn is not a full-time member of the band the members include Haruka Kikuchi on trombone, Marla Dixon on trumpet, Chloe Feoranzo on saxophone, Molly Reeves on guitar, Julie Schexnayder on string bass and Defne ‘Dizzy’ Incirlioglu on washboard and percussion. There second CD, A Woman’s Place, is reviewed in this issue.
Shaun Ward Xperience, 5/3, CON, 11:15a: Shawn Ward is the son of jazz violinist Michael Ward. He started playing the violin at a young age and has opened for R. Kelly, Anthony Hamilton, Tyrese and others. Misunderstood do to his instrumentation and musical genre choice Shaun continues to explore how to merge all his passions into one cohesive body.
Sheryl Crow, 5/4, GEN, 5:45p: Unlike many of the acoustic guitar-carrying songwriters who emerged in the ’90s Sheryl Crow was always a rocker at heart, and the hard-driving California pop on her latest album Be Myself is the latest proof. She’ll always have our praises for the song “Love is a Good Thing,” which called out Wal-Mart for selling guns back in 1996 when few others were speaking out.
Shining Star Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, 4/29, PAR, 3:30p: The Shining Star Hunters are led by Big Chief Jimmie Ricks, a veteran Spyboy and Second Chief for Larry Bannock’s Golden Star Hunters.
Sidi Toure of Mali, 4/27, BLU, 1:40p; CEP, 4:45p: Singer songwriter from Bamako, Mali. His music is a type of songhaï blues. He started his career in the Sonhaï Stars, a regional orchestra. In 1984 he won the award of best singer with a song of his own hand at a Mali National Bienale.
Sierra Green & The Soul Machine, 5/6, CON, 11:20a: Vocalist Sierra Green performs a mix of covers and originals. The Soul Machine is a 5 to 10 piece band. Their influences include Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Bruno Mars and others.
Single Ladies SA & PC, 4/28, PAR, 4:15p: The Single Ladies SA&PC have been parading through Uptown for two decades.
Single Men SA & PC, 4/28, PAR, 4:15p: Uptown parade club the Single Men was established in 1995.
Smitty Dee’s Brass Band, 5/5, PAR, 2:25p: This band was formed in 1991 by former Olympia Brass Band sousaphonist Dimitri Smith. They play regularly at Preservation Hall and on the Creole Queen riverboat.
Smokey Robinson, 5/6, CON, 3:30p: Name a soul song that changed your life and if Allen Toussaint didn’t write it, chances are that Smokey Robinson did. From “My Girl” to “I Second That Emotion” to “Tracks of My Tears” to “The Tears of a Clown,” Smokey was the tunesmith who helped create Motown , then returned to help create the “quiet storm” sound a decade later (“Being With You,” “Cruisin’”). Never mind that the hits trailed off afterward; he’s got plenty of magic to recreate.
Smoking Time Jazz Club, 5/3, ECO, 12:30p: A New Orleans based traditional jazz band, reviving the music of the ’20s and ’30s. Their CD Make a Tadpole Holler Whale was nominated for the best traditional jazz album of 2016 for OffBeat’s Best of the Beat Awards.
Socks in The Frying Pan of Ireland, 4/29, FDD, 1:45p; CEP, 4:45p: This trio is from County Clare in Ireland. The band includes Aodán Coyne on guitar and vocals and the accomplished Hayes brothers, Shane Hayes on accordion and Fiachra Hayes on fiddle and banjo. They blend traditional Irish melodies with their own composition.
Sona Jobarteh and Band of Gambia, 4/28, BLU, 2:50p; AM, 4:30p; CEP, 12:35p: Sona Jobarteh is a kora virtuoso. She is also a social activist, lecturer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist.
Sonny Landreth, 4/28, BLU, 4:15p: A thoughtful songwriter and scorching slide guitarist, Landreth can claim the likes of Clapton, Buffett, Hiatt and John Mayall as collaborators and fans.
Sons of Jazz Brass Band, 5/6, PAR, 12p: This local brass band often provides the soundtrack for parades by the Ladies of Unity and Revolution Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs.
The Soul Rebels, 5/4, CON, 4:20p: After the international success of their Rounder debut Unlock Your Mind, this funk-inspired brass band released Power = Power, an OkayPlayer mixtape of reimagined hip-hop hits. They been collaborating with some of hip-hop’s most respected names in recent years.
Southern University Baton Rouge Jazzy Jags, 5/3, BLU, 11:15a: Student group from the Southern University of Baton Rouge. The school’s modern jazz program was designed by the late Alvin Batiste.
Spencer Bohren & the Whippersnappers, 4/27, BLU, 11:20a: A singer, guitarist and musicologist with a flair for traditional blues and gospel, Bohren spotlights his pedal-steel prowess on his 2013 CD Tempered Steel.
Sporty’s Brass Band, 5/3, PAR, 1:30p: Sporty’s Brass Band will be parading with the Sudan, Revolution, and Men Buckjumpers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs.
Square Dance NOLA with the Bayou Clogger String Band, 5/6, KID, 2:20p: The Swamp Lilies String Band gets kids and grown-ups moving to the sounds of old-time fiddle tunes and a variety of uptempo blues while caller Dan Wally Baker shouts out invitations to swing yer partner.
St. Joseph the Worker Music Ministry, 4/29, GOS, 1p: The choir of this New York-based church plays a key role in their community’s daily activities.
Stars of Heaven, 5/4, GOS, 3:55p: Chicago’s Stars of Heaven is a female quartet in the tradition of the Gospel Harmonettes. The Stars of Heaven are Shelly Williams, Marilyn Liggins, Tenesha Hoskins, Denita Sanders Jackson and Lisa M. Spies.
Steel Pulse, 4/27, CON, 5:25p: From Birmingham, England this roots reggae band was the first non-Jamaican act to win the Grammy Award for best reggae album. The band formed in 1975 and made its first concert debut at the Mudd Club in New York in 1980. They are known for their protest songs including “No More Weapons” an anti-war song, “Global Warning” about climate change and “Tyrant” about political corruption.
Stephen Foster’s Foster Family Music Program, 5/5, KID, 11:30a: No relation to the early American composer, this family foundation is dedicated to music education in New Orleans.
Steve Miller Band, 5/6, GEN, 5:20p: Most of the quirky hits everybody knows—“Take the Money & Run,” “Abracadabra,” “Jet Airliner” and the rest—only came from a two-year chunk of Steve Miller’s five-decade career, which was far more interesting overall: He did some visionary psychedelia as part of the late-’60s San Francisco scene; and in recent years has returned to his first love, the blues. Recent set lists indicate that he’s playing a little bit of everything. See backtalk in this issue for more.
Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, 5/6, FDD, 1:30p: The venerable band is equally capable of playing straight-up Cajun music as they are of going progressive. Some recent gigs have even included a ten-minute jam on Neil Young’s “Down By the River” in French.
Sting, 4/27, ACU, 5:35p: Famed for his fluid bass playing, his literate songwriting and the occasional offhand remark about tantric sex, Sting now has four decades’ worth of hits to his name. If you don’t think he ever topped his first band, fear not, there are still a good dozen Police songs in his current set list.
Stooges Brass Band, 5/3, ACU, 12:35p: One of the busiest brass bands on the second line circuit, and one of the best. They’ve also performed in Pakistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan as musical ambassadors on US Embassy tours, as well as throughout Europe.
Stoop Kids, 5/5, GEN, 11:20a: This eclectic group was nominated for a Best New Artist award at the 2016 Best of the Beat Awards. It was probably their top-notch showmanship and seamless blend of disparate genres that impressed us.
Storyville Stompers Brass Band, 5/5, J&H, 3:45p: 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.
Sturgill Simpson, 4/27, GEN, 5:30p: Simpson draws inspiration from Outlaw Country and ’70s rock for his earthy sound, which is currently making waves in Nashville and beyond.
Sudan SA & PC, 5/3, PAR, 1:30p: The Treme-based Sudan Social Aid and Pleasure Club rolls with elaborate, ribbon-bedazzled baskets at their annual parades.
Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, 5/4, FDD, 3p: Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes is dedicated to the Creole music traditions. With the Louisiana Sunspots, he plays a slightly urban version of zydeco with an emphasis on the R&B elements.
Supaman, 4/29, J&H, 4:25p: Supaman is an Apsáalooke rapper and fancy dancer who was born in Seattle Washington and grew up in Crow Agency, Montana. His native American name is Christian Parrish Takes the Gun.
Susan Cowsill, 5/3, LAG, 3:05p: A long overdue return to the Fairgrounds for this local treasure, renowned in different circles for her years with the Continental Drifters, her early life as a preteen ’60s pop star, and the long string of classic albums that she’s covered in live shows. She and partner Russ Broussard are currently preparing for a Drifters reunion at Tipitina’s and a new solo album.
Sweet Cecilia, 4/28, LAG, 1:50p: Sisters Laura Huval and Meagan Berard, along with their cousin Callie Guidry, make up this trio of multi-instrumentalist Louisiana roots rockers from Acadiana. At the 2017 Best of the Beat Awards Sweet Cecilia won for Best Country/Folk/Singer-Songwriter artist and for their album Sing Me A Story.
Sweet Crude, 4/29, GEN, 1:55p: New Orleans indie pop septet Sweet Crude plays an energetic brand of percussion-driven, sparkly rock that is often sung in French.
The Swing Setters, 5/4, KID, 3p: Singer Jayna Morgan’s spirited new band covers standards, folk tunes and Disney songs with a jazz lilt.
T’Monde, 5/6, FDD, 11:15a: Louisiana Cajun musicians Drew Simon, Megan Brown, and Kellii Jones brings influences ranging from early country music to ancient French and Creole ballads to present day Cajun music. OffBeat called T’Monde “a creative fusion of classic country and out-of-the-way Cajun.” The band has received several Grammy nominations.
Tab Benoit, 4/29, BLU, 4:15p: The Bayou guitar slinger is equally adept at swamp grooves and sizzling blues. As a Voice of the Wetlands founder, he has also been one of the most outspoken advocates for preserving Louisiana’s wetlands.
Tamela Mann, 5/5, GOS, 3:55p: American gospel singer Tamela Mann began her career as a singer with the gospel group Kirk Franklin and the Family. She received a Grammy Award for song “Take Me to the King.” Mann is also an actress known for her role as Cora in Tyler Perry’s plays.
The Tangiers Combo, 5/3, ECO, 11:20a: From New Orleans the Tangiers Combo combines French bal musettes, Latin waltzes, American songbook classics, and Caribbean beats with a homage to New Orleans’ jazz heritage. The band members include Carl Keith on guitar, Eric Rodriguez on the fiddle, and Jason Danti on reeds.
Tank and The Bangas, 5/4, ACU, 1:55p: This band, led by electrifying spoken word artist and soulful vocalist Tarriona Tank Ball, broke out on the national scene last year after winning NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest.
Tatiana Eva-Marie and the Avalon Jazz Band, 5/3, CEP, 1:50p; LAG, 4:20p; 5/4, FDD, 12:25p; CEP, 3:15p: Tatiana Eva-Marie is a singer and actress living in New York City. She is the lead singer of the Gypsy-French Avalon Jazz Band and was recently included, alongside Cyrille Aimée and Cecile McLorin Salvant, in a list of 37 rising jazz stars by the magazine Vanity Fair.
TBC Brass Band, 4/29, J&H, 1:40p: If a brass band on Bourbon Street ever stopped you in your tracks, it was probably TBC Brass Band.
Telmary y Habana Sana of Cuba, 5/3, ACU, 1:55p: The “street poet” Telmary Diaz is a leader of hip-hop and urban music in Cuba. As a rapper she promotes a message that contrasts with the genre’s commercial norm. She participated in a tribute to Louis Armstrong with Dr. John at the Hollywood Bowl in 2013.
Ten Strings And A Goat Skin of Canada, 4/27, LAG, 4:25p; CEP, 12:40p: This Canadian folk music group from Prince Edward Island, performs traditional Music of PEI which is influenced by Celtic music from Scotland and Acadian roots, in English and French.
Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective, 5/6, JAZ, 4:05p: This Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and film score composer—whose acclaimed 2015 album Breathless was largely inspired by Eric Garner’s death and the events that followed it—returns home for his annual Jazz Fest stint.
Terrace Martin, 5/3, JAZ, 4:15p: Rapper, singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Terrace Martin is a Los Angeles native who’s made a name for himself working alongside Kendrick Lamar, Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg and more. Known for blending jazz fusion with rap, his 2016 album Velvet Portraits was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album.
Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience, 4/28, FDD, 2:55p: One of zydeco’s ambassadors and one of its most energetic performers, Simien has been present on the Jazz Fest stage for over three decades.
The Early Years of Jazz with Dr. Michael White and Gregg Stafford interviewed by Jason Berry, 5/5, AM, 1:15p: “Up from the Cradle of Jazz” author Jason Berry interviews clarinetist Dr. Michael White and trumpeter Gregg Stafford on the early jazz years.
Theatre on Tap, 4/29, KID, 3p: New Orleans’ premier rhythm tap dance company, whose mission is to celebrate, promote, and preserve America’s indigenous dance form. Emmy Award-winning founder, artistic director and principal choreographer Heidi Malnar leads the company.
Tim Laughlin, 5/5, ECO, 1:50p: Clarinetist Laughlin’s compositions fit within the classic idiom, but his skill in bringing traditional New Orleans jazz into the 21st Century gives them a more modern feel.
Tin Men, 4/28, BLU, 11:15a; AM, 1:15p: Stripped-down melodies, a wry sense of humor, deep funk sousaphone grooves and blues-soaked washboard scratches, strums and dings fuel Alex McMurray, Matt Perrine and Washboard Chaz’s long-running trio.
Tipitina’s Interns under the direction of Donald Harrison, Jr., 5/4, JAZ, 11:15a: Tipitina’s internship program is an after-school jazz program for high school students. The program focuses on instrumental performance, recording, music theory, and career professionalism. They are led by saxophonist Donald Harrison, Jr.
Tommy Sancton’s New Orleans Legacy Band, 5/6, ECO, 1:40p: This clarinetist took music lessons from Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s George Lewis as a child, an experience he documents in the book Song for My Fathers.
Tonia Scott & the Anointed Voices, 4/27, GOS, 2:55p: Primarily comprised of women, this local gospel choir has become a Jazz Fest regular.
Toots & The Maytals, 5/3, CON, 5:40p: Reggae’s answer to Otis Redding, Winston “Toots” Hibbert broke out of the early ska and rocksteady scene with a stack of classics including the oft-covered “Pressure Drop,” “Monkey Man” and “Do the Reggay” (apparently the first song title to use that term); everyone from the Stones to the Clash to Dave Matthews has paid him tribute. Lately based on Martha’s Vineyard of all places, he remains a master with a revolving team of Maytals.
Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony, 5/4, ECO, 5:45p: Once a singing waitress on Bourbon Street, Topsy Chapman appeared in the musical One Mo’ Time and now appears at home between European tours. Solid Harmony is a five-woman group with a gospel-inspired vocal blend.
Tornado Brass Band, 4/28, PAR, 11:50a: Darryl Adams leads this local New Orleans brass band through a mix of tunes from the traditional and modern brass band repertoires.
Toronzo Cannon, 5/3, BLU, 1:30p: Singer songwriter and blues guitarist Toronzo Cannon grew up on the South Side of Chicago. His influences include Albert Collins, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Jimi Hendrix. His album The Chicago Way was nominated for a Blues Music Award.
Tracksuit Wedding, 4/28, GEN, 11:15a: From Denver, Colorado Tracksuit Wedding’s brand of rock and soul is heaped in bluesy emotion and R&B sensibilities.
Treme Brass Band, 4/29, ECO, 1:40p: Led by Benny Jones, the Treme Brass Band is one of the longest-running traditional brass bands in town. The Treme Brass Band contributed to the Carnival repertoire with “Gimme My Money Back.”
Tribute to Billie Holiday with Sharon Martin & Company, 4/27, ECO, 12:35p: New Orleans jazz vocalist has also been a theater actress, TV commercial voiceover artist, and program director for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. She has performed a Billie Holiday tribute for several years.
Tribute to Fats Domino with Bonnie Raitt, Jon Batiste, Irma Thomas, Deacon John, Davell Crawford, Al “Lil Fats” Jackson with the Fats Domino Orchestra, 4/28, ACU, 1:45p: Fats Domino, arguably the greatest ambassador of New Orleans music, one of the founders of rhythm and blues, as well as rock ’n’ roll died last October. This all-star tribute consisting of New Orleans musicians is joined by Bonnie Raitt. I would guess others not mentioned will take part. Seems like a must see.
Tribute to Jelly Roll Morton with special guest Henry Butler, 4/29, CEP, 12:45p: As part of Butler, Bernstein and the Hot 9, blues keyboardist Butler has spent two years serving up fiery, funky interpretations of the music of Morton and his contemporaries. Butler teams up with pianist Thompson and clarinetist White for a set that’s likely to be fun, educational and hopefully a little bawdy.
Tribute to Johnny Jackson featuring Zulu Male Gospel Ensemble, 4/27, GOS, 1:05p: This gospel singing group is associated with the well-known Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club will present a program in tribute to the late former board member of the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club Johnny Jackson who passed away in February 2018. Jackson was also a Louisiana State Legislature for 14 years and a New Orleans City Council member for two terms.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, 5/6, ACU, 5:45p: Trombonist, trumpeter and singer Troy Andrews has become a member of New Orleans music royalty; his “supafunkrock” sets now close out Jazz Fest every year.
Trout Fishing in America, 4/29, LAG, 4:20p; KID, 1:50p: The guitar duo of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet has been performing together for 40 years. They’ve received four Grammy nominations and are considered one of the 100 most influential independent artists of the past 15 years. The guitar duo of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet has been performing together for 40 years. They’ve received four Grammy nominations and are considered one of the 100 most influential independent artists of the past 15 years.
Trumpet Mafia, 4/28, JAZ, 12:15p: Skilled local trumpeter Ashlin Parker, of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, brings a hip-hop sensibility to the modern jazz-rooted approach of his forward-thinking, multi-trumpet ensemble.
Tuba Skinny, 4/29, ECO, 5:45p: This band of New Orleans street musicians specializes in traditional jazz, Depression-era blues and spirituals. They recently released their ninth album, Nigel’s Dream.
The Tumbling Wheels, 5/4, LAG, 11:30a: Formerly called the No-Counts, the Tumbling Wheels are a traditionally-minded acoustic string band who stand out for their clever songwriting and the warm-hearted vocals of Rachel Wolf. Wait to see if the highlight of their recent CD, a hangover song called “Oh Shit,” proved playable at Jazz Fest.
Turnaround Arts Program/ReNew: Delores T. Aaron Middle School Brass Band
Ty Morris & H. O. W., 5/6, GOS, 1:55p: This brass band took part in the Turnaround Arts Talent Show at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. this last March.
Tyronne Foster & the Arc Singers, 4/29, GOS, 5:10p: These Jazz Fest regulars formed 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.
Undefeated Divas & Gents SA & PC, 5/5, PAR, 3:30p: This downtown club paraded with the Young Fellaz Brass Band at their 2015 annual Sunday parade.
University of New Orleans Jazz Guitar Ensemble, 4/27, JAZ, 11:15a: Student group from UNO’s jazz program, which was established by Ellis Marsalis in 1989.
Untouchables SA & PC, 4/29, PAR, 1:30p: The Untouchables represent a division of the historic Young Men Olympians.
Uptown Swingers SA & PC, 4/29, PAR, 1:40p: Parade club hailing from way Uptown.
Uptown Warriors Mardi Gras Indians, 5/5, PAR, 12p: One of the younger Mardi Gras Indian tribes.
Val & Love Alive Choir, 4/29, GOS, 2:50p: Few things sound more spirited than 100 school-age kids singing praises. Valentine Bemiss-Williams directs this large choir
Valley of Silent Men SA & PC, 5/5, PAR, 2:25p: This Uptown parade club has been hitting the streets for three decades.
Versailles Lion Dance Team, 4/28, KID, 1:15p; KID, 2:40p; CEP, 4:20p: Strength, endurance, motivation and respect are the calling cards of this local performance group, specializing in traditional Vietnamese lion dance.
VIP Ladies SA & PC, 5/3, PAR, 12:30p: This Uptown social aid and pleasure club usually rolls with all women and children at its annual Sunday parade.
Vishtèn of Canada, 4/28, FDD, 12:25p; 4/29, LAG, 5:35p; 4/29, CEP, 3:25p: Featuring guitars, fiddle, mandolin and whistles, this trio from Canada’s Francophone Magdalen Islands reflects the pre-Louisiana roots of the Acadian people. They blend traditional French songs with originals that fuse Celtic and Acadian genres with modern rock sensibilities and indie-folk influence.
Vivaz!, 5/5, J&H, 12:10p: This energetic and dance inspiring Caribbean/Latin jazz fusion band led by the Bolivian-born guitarist Javier Gutierrez highlights the Cuban tres (a double three-stringed Cuban guitar).
Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars, 4/28, GEN, 4p: Guitarist and activist Tab Benoit leads a troupe of environmentally conscious musical heavyweights, including Cyril Neville, Anders Osborne, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Cajun fiddler Waylon Thibodeaux and more.
Voices of Peter Claver, 5/5, GOS, 5:10p: This adult choir is based at St. Peter Claver Church on St. Philip Street.
The Walls Group, 5/3, GOS, 3:55p: From Huston Texas this American urban contemporary gospel quartet started in 2009. The group is made up of four siblings Darrel McGlothen Walls, Rhea Walls, Alic (Paco) Walls, and Ahjah Walls. The group has been nominated for a Grammy Award.
Walter Cook & The Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians, 4/28, J&H, 1:25p: Mardi Gras Indians take over the Jazz & Heritage stage with their dance, feathers, and chants.
Walter Mouton & the Scott Playboys, 5/5, FDD, 11:15a: Considered a musician’s musician, the venerable Walter Mouton is the stuff legends are made of. For the past 65 years, he has led the Scott Playboys, and he has played La Poussiere Cajun Dancehall for 45 years, 30 straight on Saturday nights.
Walter Trout, 5/5, ACU, 1:05p; AM, 4:15p: This blues guitar slinger has worked with Canned Heat, John Lee Hooker and Joe Tex. His latest album is We’re All In This Together.
Walter Wolfman Washington and The Roadmasters, 5/6, CON, 12:35p: A local institution, the Wolfman puts plenty of hot guitar and soulful horns into his funky brand of blues.
Walter Wolfman Washington with Ivan, Stanton & James, 5/3, BLU, 5p: Departing just a bit from the full-throttle blues/funk sound of the Roadmasters, the local blues legend plays this set with three familiar faces: Drummer Stanton Moore, keyboardist Ivan Neville and bassist James Singleton, all of whom appear on his winningly stripped-down new album, My Future is My Past.”
The War and Treaty, 5/6, AM, 12p; LAG, 1:55p: From Albion, Michigan, husband and wife, Michael Trotter, Jr. and Tanya Blount are The War and Treaty. Their sound is a blend of roots music, blue grass, folk, gospel and soul. Their stage presence together with their voices will keep you mesmerized.
Warren Storm – Willie Tee & Cypress Band with guests T.K. Hulin and Gregg Martinez, 5/5, FDD, 12:25p: Drummer Warren Storm and long-time musical partner Willie Tee perform their brand of classic swamp pop with singers T.K. Hulin and Gregg Martinez.
Washitaw Nation Mardi Gras Indians, 4/28, PAR, 1:10p: This Indian tribe takes its name from a group of multi-cultural, yet traditionally black, Americans who claim Native American sovereignty over their nation.
Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries Mass Choir, 5/5, GOS, 6:05p: Based in Algiers and the Garden District, these singers are led by Pastor Tom Watson.
Wayne Toups, 4/27, ACU, 3:45p: This Crowley singer/accordionist was one of the first Cajun/zydeco artists to sign with a major label in the ‘80s. While his band draws strongly from rock onstage, Toups has also embraced his roots, most recently on a trio album with Wilson Savoy and Steve Riley.
We Are One SA & PC, 4/27, PAR, 1:30p: We Are One Social Aid and Pleasure Club is based Uptown.
Wendell Brunious & the New Orleans Allstars, 5/3, ECO, 5:45p: Trumpeter Brunious took over as the leader of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in 1987 and remained a Hall regular for many years. Brunious has played regularly with Lionel Hampton, Linda Hopkins and Sammy Rimington.
Wess Anderson Quintet, 5/4, JAZ, 1:30p: Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson plays alto and soprano saxophones. He began playing the saxophone at age 14 and studied with Frank Wess, Frank Foster, and Charles Davis. Anderson is an Assistant Professor instructor at Loyola University in New Orleans. His quartet includes Mark Rapp on trumpet, David Ellington on organ and Chris Burroughs on drums. He released his latest CD Natural History last year.
Westbank Steppers SA & PC, 5/5, PAR, 2:25p: This social aid and pleasure club hails from New Orleans’ West Bank just across the river.
White Cloud Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, 5/3, J&H, 1:55p: The White Cloud Hunters’ smooth-voiced Big Chief Little Charles Taylor counts his uncle, Thomas Sparks Sr., Big Chief of the Yellow Jacket Mardi Gras Indian gang, as a key mentor.
Wild Apaches Mardi Gras Indians, 4/27, PAR, 12:30p: Big Chief Ray Blazio leads the Wild Apaches Mardi Gras Indians tribe.
Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras Indians, 4/28, PAR, 1:10p: A family tribe founded in 1996 by Big Chief Kentrell and Big Queen Zen, the Mohicans added Wild Man Ivory to their crew after his near-death experience in combat in North Korea left him determined to mask Indian upon his return home.
Wild Red Flame Mardi Gras Indians, 5/5, PAR, 12p: This tribe made its Jazz Fest debut just a few years ago with Big Chief Thunder and the Cherokee Hunters.
Wild Squatoulas Mardi Gras Indians, 5/6, PAR, 2:35p: This Mardi Gras Indian tribe has gotten multiple musical shout-outs from the likes of Big Chief Monk Boudreaux.
Wild Tchoupitoulas Mardi Gras Indians, 5/6, PAR, 2:35p: Allen Toussaint recorded the original eponymous album by the tribe led by Big Chief Jolly. Today, their call and response remains influenced by that early funk-steeped disc, which featured appearances by members of the Meters and the Neville brothers.
The Wimberly Family Gospel Singers, 4/28, GOS, 11:15a: This Marrero family group has been singing traditional gospel for nearly four decades.
Xavier University Jazz Ensemble, 4/28, LAG, 11:30a: Student group from one of New Orleans’ great jazz training grounds.
Yogapalooza with the Bari Koral Family Rock Band, 5/5, KID, 12:40p:
Young Audiences Performing Arts Showcase, 4/27, KID, 11:30a: This top arts education and integration program offers a review of its latest work.
Young Brave Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, 5/5, PAR, 12p: Big Chief James Battiste leads this Indian tribe.
Young Cherokee Mardi Gras Indians, 5/4, PAR, 12:20p: Parading Mardi Gras Indians.
Young Eagles Mardi Gras Indians, 5/4, PAR, 2:15p:
Young Fellaz Brass Band, 5/5, PAR, 3:30p: One of the city’s newer brass bands, the Young Fellaz add plenty of youthful swagger to traditional brass-band instrumentation.
Young Guardians of the Flame, 4/28, KID, 11:30a: Big Queen Cherice Harrison Nelson, co-founder of the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame, tailors this educational look at Indian culture to a kids’ audience.
Young Magnolia Mardi Gras Indians, 5/6, PAR, 1:10p: Eric Yetti Boudreaux’s flexible rhythm section frequently backs Gerard “Lil Bo” Dollis and his Young Magnolias during pre-Mardi Gras Indian practices Uptown.
Young Men Olympia Aid SA & PC, 4/29, PAR, 2:25p: The Aide or first division of the Young Men Olympian Jr. Benevolent Association handles the governing responsibilities for the organization.
Young Pinstripe Brass Band, 5/6, J&H, 12:20p: Formed in 2009 and led by fourth-generation musician Herbert McCarver IV, the group puts a funk and hip-hop spin on the brass band sound.
Young Seminole Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, 4/29, PAR, 11:50a:
Yvette Landry, 4/27, FDD, 12:20p: Singer/guitarist Landry is part of the Cajun supergroup Bonsoir Catin, and her own sets are solid, swinging honky tonk with Richard Comeaux on pedal steel guitar.
Zachary Richard, 5/4, GEN, 12:25p: Richard’s idiosyncratic fusion of rock and Cajun elements have made him a regional treasure and taken him to different musical destinations over the years—most recently the thoughtful and reflective Le Fou.
The Zion Harmonizers, 5/6, GOS, 2:50p; CEP, 5:05p: This venerable group has been a Jazz Fest favorite since the beginning. The group’s history goes back to 1939 when the first lineup was formed in the Zion City neighborhood.
Zulu Gospel Male Ensemble, 4/27, GOS, 1:05p: Local New Orleans singing group performs gospel music through an R&B and soul filter.