Celebrating its 36th anniversary, the 2019 French Quarter Festival has a total of 23 stages with music that represents just about every genre from traditional jazz, brass band, funk, Latin, zydeco, gospel, cabaret, dance, Cajun, rock, funk, classical and much more.
New Orleans’ finest restaurants will serve classic New Orleans fare; there are 67 great restaurant vendors at this year’s Festival.
Over the almost four decades of its existence, the French Quarter Festival has grown increasingly popular with locals while it also attracts a tremendous out-of-town audience. A huge part of the appeal is that attendees get a true, authentic New Orleans experience—a broad range of Louisiana artists and a diverse variety of musical styles and genres—in the heart of New Orleans’ most historic district, with a free ticket price.
(ABS) Abita Beer Stage (Riverfront – Berger Lawn)
(CHV) Chevron Stage (Bienville Triangle)
(DOR) Dorignac’s Food Center Stage (100 Bourbon Street)
(DOW) Dow Chemical Stage (500 Bourbon Street)
(GE) GE Digital Big River Stage (Riverfront – Canal Street entrance)
(HIL) Hilton Stage (Jackson Square)
(HOB) House of Blues Voodoo Garden Stage (225 Decatur Street)
(HWS) Hancock Whitney Stage (400 Royal Street)
(INT) French Market International Stage (Dutch Alley)
(JD) Jack Daniel’s Stage (Jax Brewery Lot)
(JW) Jones Walker Let Them Talk Stage (3rd floor U.S. Mint) (JW)
(KID) Chevron Children’s HQ (National Park Service Kids Stage)
(LFF) Louisiana Fish Fry Stage (U.S. Mint – Barracks Street)
(OMN) Omni Royal Orleans Stage (500 Royal Street)
(PAN) Pan-American Life Insurance Group Stage (Moonwalk extension)
(PH) The Helis Foundation Preservation Hall Stage (726 St Peter Street)
(SCH) Ernie’s Schoolhouse Stage (1000 Royal Street)
(SON) Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel (300 Bourbon Street)
(SS) Songwriters Stage (Big Mama’s Lounge at House of Blues)
(TJ) French Market Traditional Jazz Stage (French Market Place at Gov. Nichols Street)
(TRO) Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage (Riverfront – Pavilion)
(WWL) WWL-TV Esplanade in the Shade Stage (U.S. Mint – Esplanade Avenue)
(ZAP) Zapp’s Potato Chip Stage (600 Bourbon Street)
* Festival debuts
A2D2 Experience with Antoine Diel & Arséne DeLay, 4/13, PAN, 12:30p: * Antoine Diel was born in Manila, Philippines. Diel’s credits range from operas, musicals, plays as well as solo and choral concerts in both secular and sacred music. He now calls New Orleans home and astounds audiences with his outstanding soulful singing. DeLay incorporates rage and catharsis of rock, along with a passion for the power of words. The result is a very particular Louisiana roots rock style, with an emphasis on the message. She co-leads the A2D2 experience with Antoine Diel. The duo focuses on jazz and R&B.
Al “Carnival Time” Johnson: see Cullen Landry and the Midnight Streetcar Band.
Al “Lil Fats” Jackson, 4/13, TRO, 12:30p: * At a young age, Alvin E. Jackson had accomplished the mastering of rhythm and blues in the New Orleans style. Al’s grandmother owned the “Vet’s Club” roadhouse where she booked Fats Domino, Lloyd Price and Tommy Ridgely. Jackson pursued a musical career that has brought him the nickname “Lil Fats” for his indistinguishable voice to Fats Domino.
Alex McMurray, 4/12, JD, 11a: McMurray’s wit-spiked and often gleefully dark songwriting takes center stage in a band that both showcases new work and harkens back to the guitarist’s Royal Fingerbowl days, lineup and repertoire-wise.
Alexandra Scott, 4/14, SS, 1:30p: The quirky, versatile folk guitarist spins out songs that can be heartrending, achingly lovely, and optimistic all at once.
Alfred Banks w/Live Band, 4/13, WWL, 2p; (interview), 4/13, JW, 5p: * The Uptown native rapper earned tremendous accolades for The Beautiful, a 2017 album inspired by his brother’s schizophrenia. The lyrically elite MC is poised to expand his artistry this year with a live band and new music. Alfred Banks received OffBeat’s Best of the Beat Award for Best Rap/Hip-Hop Artist in 2018.
Alice M. Harte Middle School Band “The Heartbeat of the South,” 4/14, SCH, 1:45p: * This middle school band known as the Heartbeat of the South often performs at New Orleans Pelicans games.
Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory, 4/13, WWL, 5:30p: This Grammy-winning singer, guitarist and mandolin player was inspired in his youth by the sound of Mississippi country blues, which he makes his own by adding elements of roots rock and a deep knowledge of folk and Americana.
Amanda Ducorbier, 4/13, JD, 12:30p: New Orleans based singer-songwriter who was a contestant on NBC’s “The Voice.” She performs at the Roosevelt Hotel and NOPSI Hotel in New Orleans.
Amanda Shaw, 4/14, CHV, 3:30p: This Cajun fiddle prodigy has been in the spotlight since age ten. Her sets can jump from teen-friendly pop to straight-up Cajun, with a classic rock cover or two thrown in.
Anaïs St. John, 4/14, PAN, 4:30p: St. John is an accomplished singer specializing in jazz, torch songs, and cabaret tunes. She currently plays Saturday nights at the Windsor Court Hotel.
Andrew Duhon, 4/13, JD, 11a: With his tender voice and penchant for lyrical depth, folk-pop singer-songwriter Duhon’s lyrics tap into personal experience as he strums his way through original music that echoes the blues.
Andrew Hall’s Society Brass Band, 4/14, LFF, 11:15a: Hall is a skilled traditional jazz and rhythm and blues pianist who has performed with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Dr. John, and the Olympia Brass Band.
Ashlin Parker Quartet, 4/12, SON, 5p: Ashlin Parker takes charge of a trumpet onslaught as leader of Trumpet Mafia, but his quartet finds him taking a different approach with his horn. He was featured on the OffBeat Magazine cover last August.
Astral Project, 4/14, WWL, 5:30p: All four members of this band—guitarist Steve Masakowski, saxophonist Tony Dagradi, bassist James Singleton and drummer Johnny Vidacovich—are influential bandleaders in their own right. Together, they’ve been one of New Orleans’ premier jazz groups for three decades.
Audacity Brass Band, 4/12, LFF, 11:15a: This traditional group formed to play at French Quarter Fest 2008 and includes talented locals Tom Fischer, Charlie Fardella and Freddie Lonzo.
Aurora Nealand & the Royal Roses, 4/14, DOW, 3p: 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.
Babineaux Sisters Band, 4/12, CHV, 2p: Sisters and songwriters Gracie and Julie Babineaux lead this south Louisiana roots rock band. Their first CD All Along the Watchtower (“Le Tour de Garde”) was inspired more by the Hendrix version than Dylan’s original and featured lyrics sung in Cajun French.
Bag of Donuts, 4/11, TRO, 5:25p: Known for their outlandish costumes, Bag of Donuts delivers an unusual take on popular songs of the ’60s onward, as well as tunes from TV, film and commercials. The band has taken home the Best of the Beat Award for Best Cover Band for the last two years.
Bamboula 2000, 4/14, PAN, 3p: “Bamboula” was originally a form of drum and dance ceremony held in Congo Square. Bamboula 2000’s leader Luther Gray brings that spirit into the present with a troupe of players and dancers.
Banu Gibson, 4/12, HIL, 12:45p: A singer/dancer who specializes in the Great American Songbook and has been captured by caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, Gibson has been instrumental in popularizing the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Camp.
The Legendary Barbara Shorts, 4/14, DOW, 1:30p: Vocalist Barbara Shorts has appeared in One Mo’ Time and fronted the Gospel Soul Children.
Benny Grunch & the Bunch, 4/12, WWL, 12:30p: This jovial crew is responsible for the carnival sendup “Ain’t No Place to Pee on Mardi Gras Day,” plus a bunch of seasonal albums built around the regional standard “12 Yats of Christmas.”
Beth Patterson, 4/14, SS, 11a: A native of Lafayette, multi-instrumentalist Patterson performs Celtic-inspired folk music with a dollop of humor and sting. Her collaboration with pianist Josh Paxton, Zoükeys, is another interesting project.
Betty Winn & One A-Chord, 4/14, TRO, 11a: 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 6 Brass Band, 4/14, LFF, 5:45p: * Big 6 Brass Band was formed in 2017 and has already become hugely popular in the city’s second line community. With a repertoire bridging traditional with hip-hop, R&B, gospel and more, the group will perform a set of New Orleans classics plus original material from their forthcoming album. See Fest Focus in this issue.
Big Al Carson: see Blues Masters.
Big Chief Bo Dollis, Jr. & the Wild Magnolias, 4/14, GE, 5:20p: 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 Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles, 4/13, GE, 5:30p: Local legend and reggae aficionado Big Chief Monk Boudreaux plays some of the city’s most esteemed Mardi Gras Indian music with his tribe, the Golden Eagles.
Big Frank & Lil Frank and the Dirty Old Men, 4/12, TRO, 5:45p: This father and son singing duo combines modern day hip-hop sensibilities with old school R&B flavors.
Biglemoi, 4/13, HOB, 3:30p: * New Orleans based Biglemoi named themselves after a fantastical dance which, if performed properly, creates an atmosphere of flowing energy that invites everybody to join. Biglemoi music is a mix of all the best rock ’n’ roll ingredients.
Bill Summers & Jazalsa, 4/13, JD, 5:30p: 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.
Blonde Roses, 4/13, HOB, 5:30p: * Pulling inspiration from their strong Louisiana roots, they are heavily influenced by the ’60s and ’70s. The band delivers honest, raw lyrics about overcoming life’s obstacles and gaining strength from destruction.
The Blues Masters featuring “Big Al” Carson, 4/11, TRO, 11a: Alton “Big Al” Carson returns to French Quarter Fest with the Blues Masters after being absent for a few years. A staple of Bourbon Street, he frequently performs at the Funky Pirate club. Carson, primarily a singer, played tuba and has worked with Doc Paulin, Lars Edegran and Dr. Michael White.
Bon Bon Vivant, 4/14, JD, 12:30p: Formed in 2013 Bon Bon Vivant is a collection of musicians steeped in the traditional jazz of New Orleans. Their original songwriting includes blues and folk that makes for a unique sound. Bon Bon Vivant won the Best of the Beat Award for Emerging Band this year.
Bonerama, 4/14, ABS, 5:20p: Mark Mullins and Craig Klein’s trombone-centric jazz/funk/rock combo is as comfortable with James Brown as it is with Black Sabbath. Their latest release Plays Zeppelin showcases the music of Led Zeppelin.
Borderland Jazz Band (Austria), 4/12, INT, 2:15p: Traditional jazz by way of Austria. This band has hit town in the past to play at Fritzel’s.
Borealis Rex, 4/14, HOB, 6p: * Borealis Rex is a five-member rock band from Louisiana. Their sound is girded by three guitars crosscut with banjo and fiddle. They are wholly new but reminiscent of ’70s rock icons.
Brass-A-Holics, 4/11, JD, 5:15p: Formed by ex-Soul Rebels trombonist Winston Turner, this band created its own genre of “go-go brass funk,” combining New Orleans music elements with the strong grooves of Washington DC’s go-go scene.
Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, 4/11, CHV, 2p: A New Orleans-reared Cajun, this self-taught accordion player has hosted the Sunday Cajun session at Tipitina’s for decades. His latest CD Jamais de la Vie was released to critical acclaim.
Bucktown All-Stars, 4/14, ABS, 12:35p: This nine-piece rhythm and blues band from Metairie covers the soul classics, adding their own funky grooves. They have won OffBeat’s Best of the Beat award for best cover band nine times.
Buku Broux, 4/12, HOB, 1:30p: * Formed in 2012 this New Orleans world fusion band features the African kora. Band members are Phillip Sylve, saxophone; Adrian Jusdanis, violin; Jonah Tobias, kora and Fernando Lima, percussion.
Calvin Johnson & Native Son, 4/14, DOW, 4:30p: Saxophonist/composer Calvin Johnson, Jr.’s latest CD Native Son includes Bechet’s “Petite Fleur.” He blows from his heart with knowledge of the New Orleans tradition.
Cameron Dupuy & The Cajun Troubadours, 4/12, CHV, 12:30p:* Born and raised in a suburb of New Orleans, Cameron Dupuy became infatuated with the sounds of Cajun music at an early age, which is appropriate being the son of Cajun musician, Michael Dupuy. Their style blends the traditional songs of Southwest Louisiana with the feel and groove of a New Orleans backing band. The band includes guitarist Cranston Clements and drummer Brian Brignac.
Carl LeBlanc, 4/13, DOW, 1:30p; (interview), 4/13, JW, 4p: This versatile and soulful banjo player and Preservation Hall regular has worked closely with the likes of Sun Ra, studied with Kidd Jordan and mentored local jazz guitarists like Jonathan Freilich.
Cha Wa, 4/11, ABS, 2:10p: New Orleans brass band-meets-Mardi Gras Indian outfit Cha Wa radiates the energy of the city’s street culture. Their album Spyboy (a nod to frontman J’Wan Boudreaux’s role in the Golden Eagles) is a modern mix of fiery, toe-tapping sounds. Popmatters describes the band as “a grand gumbo of singing, intoxicating rhythms, and deep funk grooves that are impossible to resist.” They were nominated for a Grammy Award and appeared on OffBeat’s May 2018 cover.
Chance Bushman & The Ibervillianaires, 4/13, TJ, 12:45p: Tap dancer and singer Bushman leads this small combo through a mix of classic New Orleans jazz tunes like “Bourbon Street Parade” and the occasional rocker.
Chapter Soul, 4/13, PH, 4p: New Orleans four-piece funk and soul band led by saxophonist Calvin Johnson, Jr.
Charlie Halloran and the Quality 6, 4/13, DOW, 3p: Halloran, a prolific trombonist who also plays with the Panorama Brass Band among other bands, leads his own traditional jazz septet.
Charlie Wooton’s Zydefunk, 4/14, GE, 11a: Bassist Charlie Wooton was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana. He has worked with Chubby Carrier, Sean Costello, Doug Belote and many others. His band Zydefunk will take you on an exhilarating trip through Louisiana with bass-driven funk, hints of Latin, reggae, jazz and blues.
Charmaine Neville, 4/13, HIL, 5:20p: This vocalist and bandleader, a part of the famed Neville family, dishes out spicy versions of New Orleans blues and R&B favorites. Her band played at the wedding of Jan Ramsey and Joseph Irrera.
Cherry Blossom Blastaz (Japan), 4/12, INT, 12p: Japanese cherry blossoms are symbolic and have been utilized often in Japanese art, manga, anime, and film, as well as at musical performances for ambient effect. It’s no wonder that this traditional jazz band from Japan incorporates the cherry blossom name.
Christian Serpas & Ghost Town, 4/13, TRO, 11a: This band plays “boot stompin’ American music,” with lots of revved-up, high-volume country twang.
Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, 4/11, GE, 5:20p: One of the most energetic zydeco groups around, Carrier and his band won the 2010 Cajun/Zydeco Grammy for their album Zydeco Junkie. His latest release Black Pot took home OffBeat’s Best of the Beat Award for best zydeco album for 2018.
Chucky “C” & Band, 4/13, SON, 8p: * Chucky “C” and The Clearly Blue Band is a group of musicians performing New Orleans blues and jazz. Chucky “C” is an enthusiastic and infectious personality making his performances unforgettable.
Clive Wilson’s New Orleans Serenaders, 4/14, ZAP, 3:30p: 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.
Cole Williams Band, 4/14, GE, 2p: This soul and rock-loving Pimps of Joytime alum sings, writes, plays piano and percussion, teaches music and—since relocating from Brooklyn to New Orleans in 2015—volunteers as a DJ on WWOZ.
Corey Henry & the Treme Funktet, 4/13, GE, 7:15p: Since founding the influential Lil’ Rascals Brass Band back in the ‘80s, this dexterous trombonist has collaborated regularly with Galactic and Rebirth, but he’s come into his own with the Funktet, which now holds down the Thursday night slot at Vaughan’s.
Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band, 4/11, CHV, 3:45p: Corey Ledet’s music infuses old and new styles of zydeco. He finds joy in giving his listeners a true dance/music experience in the ways of old-time house parties.
Creole String Beans, 4/14, WWL, 2p: Fronted by photographer Rick Olivier alongside former Iguanas and Cowboy Mouth members, the Creole String Beans began as a “Yat cover band” doing vintage local gems, and moved on to write similarly styled originals.
Cullen Landry and the Midnight Streetcar Band featuring Al “Carnival Time” Johnson, 4/12, ABS, 11a: Louisiana Music Hall of Fame inductee Cullen Landry (original bassist for the Jokers) and his band team up with Louisiana Music Hall of Fame inductee Al “Carnival Time” Johnson for s set of old-fashioned R&B and rock ’n’ roll.
Cupid & the Dance Party Express Band, 4/12, TRO, 7:20p: Born and raised in Lafayette, this R&B singer—whose given name is Bryson Bernard—is best known for spawning a dance craze with the 2007 hit “Cupid Shuffle.”
Curtis Pierre “The Samba Man,” 4/14, KID, 12:15p: The self-professed “samba king of New Orleans” leads the Afro-Brazilian troupe he founded in 1987 on a series of parades and performances.
Cyril Neville’s Swamp Funk, 4/13, ABS, 2:10p: 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.
The Daiquiri Queens, 4/14, CHV, 12:30p:* This female-fronted group brings influences ranging from early-era Cajun standards performs with twin fiddles and haunting vocal harmonies sung in Louisiana French to today’s Cajun hits. The group comes from Lafayette.
Dancing at Dusk with Tom Saunders and the Tomcats, 4/14, PAN, 6p: Led by Tom Saunders, this classic-model big band does hot jazz and swing from the 1920s and ‘30s.
Dancing Grounds, 4/13, KID, 1:30p: Dancing Grounds is a nonprofit community arts organization that provides dance education in New Orleans and includes hip-hop and modern dance performances.
Darcy Malone and The Tangle, 4/11, GE, 11a: 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. OffBeat writer, Rory Callais, is a member of the band.
Daria & The Hip Drops, 4/14, HOB, 4p: Taking their name from a ‘60s funk nugget, this band has a more modern dance-pop sound. Frontwoman Daria Dzurik is one of the few lead singers who doubles on steel drums.
Dash Rip Rock, 4/14, JD, 3:30p: Known for their high-octane roots rock and founded by frontman and songwriter Bill Davis, Dash Rip Rock brings on a party every time.
Dave Ferrato, 4/14, TRO, 12:40p: Dave Ferrato is a Quarter Rat with an eye for storytelling detail and an ear for the classic currents of New Orleans R&B. Ferrato’s cleverly written and engaging songs are featured on his last album Later, On Decatur. His band is horn heavy with a rock-solid rhythm section.
Davis Rogan, 4/14, SS, 12:15p: Rogan (who inspired Steve Zahn’s character in HBO’s Treme), plays New Orleans rhythm and blues mixed with topical and political lyrics and witty comments.
Dayna Kurtz (interview) 4/14, JW, 1p: see Lulu and the Broadsides.
The DayWalkers, 4/11, CHV, 12:30p: * Featuring Janson Lohmeyer on keyboards, Alex MacDonald on washboard, Brandon Miller on accordion and Steve Randall on drums. Their three-part harmony can be heard playing Bourbon Street.
Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers, 4/14, HWS, 11:15a: Davis sings blues, jazz, and showtunes with brassy candor and a twinkle in her eye.
Deacon John and the Ivories with special guests Hot Rod Lincoln, 4/13, TRO, 2p: 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.” Members of the oldies cover band Hot Rod Lincoln include lawyers, businessmen and politicians are special guests.
DeJan’s Olympia Brass Band, 4/12, LFF, 12:45p: One of the most prominent brass bands in New Orleans was originally led by saxophonist Harold “Duke” Dejan who passed away in 2002.
Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, 4/12, HIL, 5:20p: 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.
The Dirty Rain Revelers, 4/13, SS, 4p: Based in New Orleans, the Dirty Rain Revelers are Matthew and Melissa DeOrazio. The band features original compositions along with creative interpretations of other artists’ songs.
The Dixie Cups, 4/14, ABS, 3:45p: New Orleans’ contribution to the ’60s girl-group sound, the Dixie Cups scored nationally with “Chapel of Love,” the follow-up, “People Say” and the Mardi Gras Indian-derived “Iko Iko.”
Dolores T. Aaron Academy Brass Band, 4/14, SCH, 4:30p: Dolores T. Aaron Academy is sponsored by the Jazz & Heritage Foundation and Preservation Hall Foundation. Trumpeter Kevin Louis worked with students and helped develop the brass band.
Don Jamison Heritage School of Music (Citywide), 4/14, SCH, 12:30p: These student players aged 11 to 17 hail from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s principal education program and study under the artistic direction of Kidd Jordan.
Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders, 4/13, HIL, 3:50p: This eclectic banjo player and singer has made a career of exploring his Creole heritage through music, whether it’s traditional jazz, island music, or joining bluesmen in the Black Banjo Project.
Doro Wat, 4/14, DOR, 12:45p: * Doro Wat, named after an Ethiopian stew, is trumpeter Ben Polcer, trombonist Charlie Halloran and reedman James Evans. Their repertoire includes Prima, Satchmo, Jelly Roll, Fats Waller and Juan Tizol.
The Drom Blanchard Trio (France), 4/14, INT, 12p: Native of France, Drom Blanchard started to learn the guitar when he was very young. His father taught him the basics of jazz and gypsy music. Raised in the culture of the gypsies, he later developed his technique repeating on his guitar what he heard on the records of Django Reinhardt. His music remains largely imbued with the legacy of Django but also incorporates Mediterranean, flamenco, blues and funk harmonies.
The Dukes of Dixieland, 4/11, JD, 2p: The Dukes are one of the most storied names in traditional jazz. This incarnation of the venerable jazz band was formed in 1974. For a few years afterward they ran their own club atop the Hotel Monteleone, taking the space over from Louis Prima.
Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, 4/13, CHV, 5:30p: OffBeat’s cover subject is a second-generation accordion slinger who carries on the blues-infused style of his dad Dopsie Sr., often with a whole lot of added speed and volume. His latest CD Top of the Mountain was nominated for a Grammy and won for Best Zydeco CD at the Best of the Beat Awards.
Ecirb Müller’s Twisted Dixie, 4/14, JD, 11a: Trumpeter Dr. Brice Miller pays homage to fictional jazz pioneer Ecrib Müller as he leads this band through updated renditions of New Orleans trad jazz repertoire.
Edna Karr Brass Band, 4/14, SCH, 3:15p: Edna Karr’s marching band is known as the “Marching Cougars” which includes instrumentalists, dancers (Cougar Dolls), a flag corp, and twirlers. The band was featured in Beyoncé’s Lemonade visual album and in the upcoming film by Lily Keber Buckjumping.
Egg Yolk Jubilee, 4/13, WWL, 3:45p: Egg Yolk’s brass-driven sound is a wild, anarchic mix of brass band, garage rock, vintage New Orleans R&B, Sun Ra-like jazz, and whatever else moves them at the moment.
Ellis Marsalis Quintet, 4/11, HIL, 3:50p: The premier pianist, educator and patriarch of one of the city’s top musical families is an active performer who you can hear every Friday at Snug Harbor and at other venues around the city.
Erica Falls, 4/14, TRO, 3:50p: This soulful R&B vocalist has sung with Allen Toussaint and Irma Thomas but her chops and songwriting skills demand attention on their own merit. She is often featured with Galactic and gave an electrifying performance singing with Walter “Wolfman” Washington at OffBeat’s Best of the Beat Award this last January.
Evan Christopher’s Clarinet Road, 4/11, HIL, 12:45p: As the name suggests, Big Easy-by-way-of-California clarinetist Evan Christopher is at the center of this project. With a versatile style that takes its cues from early greats like Sidney Bechet and Barney Bigard, Christopher offers a fresh take on traditional New Orleans jazz.
Ever More Nest, 4/13, SS, 2:45p:* Singer songwriter-Kelcy Mae leads the band. Her music is alt-country folk rock with bluegrass influences. Her creative lyrics and evocative voice have resulted in multiple nominations to OffBeat’s Best of the Beat Awards.
Flow Tribe, 4/13, CHV, 7:30p: “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.
Frankie Boots, 4/13, HOB, 12p: * Raised in the San Francisco Bay area, Frankie Boots’ songs reflect the sultry Southern soul of New Orleans. The outcome is a unique brand of free-range Americana.
Fredy Omar con su Banda, 4/12, GE, 12:30p: Once proclaimed the “Latin King of Frenchmen Street” by OffBeat, Omar is a Honduras-born singer with a sizzling band.
The French Connection, 4/13, SON, 2p: * The French Connection is a hot jazz and gypsy jazz band from New York City. They play traditional jazz, chansons françaises, hot jazz, swing and beyond. The band comprises Adrien Chevalier on violin; Michael Valeanu on guitar; Olli Soikkeli on guitar and Philip Ambuel on bass.
Funk Monkey, 4/11, ABS, 11a: This hard-grooving crew of local funk experts was conceived of by Bonerama’s Greg Hicks and Bert Cotton and features Jason Mingledorff (Papa Grows Funk), Rik Fletcher (Smilin’ Myron), David Pomerleau (Johnny Sketch), and Eddie Christmas (Jon Cleary).
G and The Swingin’ Gypsies, 4/12, TJ, 2p: This swing quartet is fronted by vocalist Giselle Anguizola, who incorporates tap dancing and other forms of dance from the first half of the 20th century into their show.
Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue, 4/12, WWL, 2p: 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.” They were big winners at the 2018 OffBeat Best of the Beat Awards, taking home two awards for the best country artist and best country album for Lost and Found.
Galactic, 4/11, ABS, 3:45p:* Approaching their music with open ears, Ben Ellman, Robert Mercurio, Stanton Moore, Jeff Raines and Rich Vogel draw inspiration from quintessential New Orleans musicians such as the Meters and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band as well as from each other. 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 sets that often feature guests including vocalist Erica Falls. Galactic’s first new studio album in more than three years, Already Ready Already, features guest vocalists including Miss Mojo, Princess Shaw, The Revivalists vocalist Dave Shaw, Boyfriend and of course Erica Falls.
Garden District Jazz Band, 4/13, DOW, 4:30p: Drummer David Hansen’s trio plays traditional and Latin jazz along with standards from the Great American Songbook. His latest CD Upward with the Garden District Trio is reviewed in this issue.
George Porter Jr. & the Runnin’ Pardners, 4/12, CHV, 7:30p: 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 to lesser-known nuggets from the Meters catalogue. Porter has been nominated for and won numerous Best of the Beat Awards.
Gerald French and Friends, 4/13, TJ, 11a: 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, 4/14, SON, 8p: 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 honored her 50-plus-years of work in music education with awards.
Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestras, 4/14, SCH, 11a: Directed by Dr. Jean Montes, the goal at GNOYO is to provide every willing young person in the area access to a quality and comprehensive orchestral program.
Helen Gillet & Wazozo, 4/13, PAN, 2p: This Belgium-born cellist and singer performs 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.
Higher Heights Reggae Band, 4/13, TRO, 5:45p: Higher Heights combines reggae, dancehall and rocksteady into a heady mix of Jamaican sounds.
His Eye Is On The Sparrow: A Jazz & Spiritual B3 Organ Session featuring Rickie Monie, 4/14, PH, 2p: Pianist Rickie Monie was raised in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward. He performed with Dejan’s Olympia Brass Band and in 1982 he began sitting in for Emma Barrett on piano at Preservation Hall. He has performed with Dave Bartholomew, Dr. Michael White, Gregg Stafford, the Blind Boys of Alabama and many others. He regularly plays organ in churches around New Orleans.
Homer A. Plessy Community School, 4/13, SCH, 11a: * Located in the French Quarter, the school boasts alumnus Richard Simmons and is the setting for the movie King Creole featuring Elvis Presley. Rebecca Crenshaw teaches strings, guitar, and bucket drumming classes while encouraging students to express themselves through music.
Honey Island Swamp Band, 4/14, TRO, 5:25p: 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, 4/13, LFF, 5:45p: 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 latest album, Take Cover, interprets classic tracks from Joy Division, Michael Jackson and George Benson.
Hot Club of New Orleans, 4/14, DOR, 2:15p: Fronted by skilled and versatile clarinetist Chris Kohl, the Hot Club performs classics of the gypsy jazz songbook.
The Iguanas, 4/12, ABS, 3:45p: With Tex-Mex rock as their base, the Iguanas can swing freely into jazz, country, garage and Caribbean music.
Irene Sage, 4/14, ABS, 11a: Guitarist and vocalist Irene Sage has been going strong for nearly fifteen years. Sage was the front person for the band Irene and the Mikes. Sage sang and toured for many years with Allen Toussaint. In 2001 Sage was featured on the cover of OffBeat Magazine.
Irma Thomas, Soul Queen of New Orleans, 4/12, ABS, 5:30p: 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.
Jamal Batiste Band, 4/12, WWL, 3:45p: New Orleans’ Jamal Batiste Band plays charged rock, funk, soul, gospel, hip-hop and R&B. Jamal Batiste performed in the movie Get On Up, The James Brown Story.
James Andrews (interview), 4/14, JW, 3p; 4/14, HIL, 5:30p: Grandson of Jessie Hill and brother of Trombone Shorty, Andrews has gone in a funky, expansive direction. A neighborhood’s worth of players have joined the core band onstage.
The James Martin Band, 4/13, SON, 5p: Saxophonist James Martin is a NOCCA graduate who began his professional music career performing with his school buddy Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews. After seven years of playing with Trombone Shorty, James decided to pursue a solo career. He has released several albums and gained a nomination for Best Saxophonist at the Best of the Beat Awards. He is also a member of the Soul Brass Band with Derrick Freeman and was featured on OffBeat’s September 2018 cover.
James Rivers Movement, 4/14, SON, 5p:* 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. See Fest Focus in this issue.
Jamey St Pierre, 4/12, HOB, 12p: Frenchmen Street’s singer-songwriter and guitarist Jamey St. Pierre is joined by the Honeycreepers’ Kyle Cripps on saxophone and Dave Freeson on guitar. Jamey’s interpretations of Bill Withers, Nina Simone and Ray Charles, along with his original compositions, are soulful and exciting.
Jamil Sharif, 4/14, OMN, 4:15p: 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.
Jason Marsalis & the 21st Century Trad Band, 4/14, PAN, 12:15p: Marsalis began as a vibraphonist but spends more time behind the drums; in both situations, he expertly matches agile displays of technique with a deep sense of groove. His latest album Melody Reimagined book 1 was nominated for OffBeat’s Best of the Beat Album of the Year. Jason Marsalis took home the Best of the Beat Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Artist in 2018.
Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys, 4/12, CHV, 3:45p: Jeffery Broussard is dedicated to preserving and promoting the Creole culture and traditional Zydeco music. Although accordion is his main instrument, Jeffery plays guitar, bass, fiddle, and percussion instruments (drums, triangle, and scrubboard).
Jelly Toast, 4/14, PH, 3p: Harmony fueled duet comprised of Tif “Teddy” Lamson and Julie Odell.
Jeremy Davenport, 4/14, HIL, 2:20p: Schooled as the featured trumpeter in Harry Connick, Jr.’s band, the St. Louis native has carved out a solo career with a tender tone to both his playing and singing on romantic standards and originals.
Jeremy Joyce, 4/13, SS, 11a: * Guitarist Jeremy Joyce music is a melting pot, from rock to blues to funk to jazz. The Philadelphia native and New Orleans resident brings in what sounds good to his ears and adds it to the pot. His music has been fully “funkified” by his adopted city.
Jérôme Laborde (France), 4/13, INT, 12p: Trombonist Jérôme Laborde is a connoisseur of New Orleans traditional jazz. His band The Gumbo Jazz Band has performed at French Quarter Festival frequently and at Fritzel s on Bourbon Street. They wish you good jazz or bon jazz.
Jesse Morrow Trio, 4/14, OMN, 12p: Bassist and composer Jesse Marrow has established himself as an industrious rhythmic dynamo in the New Orleans music scene, playing across a spectrum of genres.
Joe Lastie’s New Orleans Sound, 4/12, TRO, 12:30p: Drummer Joe Lastie, a member of New Orleans musical Lastie family who perhaps remains most recognized for his years with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, steps out as leader of his New Orleans Sound band. “New Orleans in Me,” a tune penned by Lastie soon after Katrina, got a street beat that’s a blend of brass band with these lyrics: “You can take me out of New Orleans, but you can’t take New Orleans outta me.”
John “Papa” Gros, 4/12, ABS, 7:30p: New Orleans funk scene stalwart “Papa Gros” took his music in a new direction after disbanding Papa Grows Funk in 2013. The powerhouse keyboardist, singer and French horn player recently released Live at Tipitina’s New Orleans with his Japanese touring band Funk on Da Table.
John Boutté, 4/12, HIL, 11:15a; (interview), 4/13, JW, 3p: A local favorite with a high and haunting voice, Boutté is an inspired, passionate interpreter of songs; his acclaim spread widely after his tune ATreme SongT became the theme of the hit HBO series, Treme.
John Royen’s New Orleans Rhythm Band, 4/14, ZAP, 12:30p: Royen is credited with bringing East-Coast style stride piano to Preservation Hall in the early ’80s, adding a syncopated ragtime beat to the traditional New Orleans sound.
Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, 4/14, WWL, 3:45p: They’re a funky rock band with a few gonzoid touches. The band’s philosophy can best be summed up by the sentiments of the single and video, “Dance Dance Dance Dance Dance.”
Jon Cleary, 4/11, CHV, 5:30p: Since moving over from the UK in the ’80s, Cleary’s earned a place in the frontline of New Orleans blues singers and keyboardists. He won a Grammy Award for his CD GoGo Juice. At the 2018 Best of the Beat awards, Jon Cleary was named Songwriter of the Year and Best Pianist.
Jon Roniger, 4/13, SS, 1:30p: Singer songwriter Jon Roniger is a Nashville music veteran. Roniger can be found frequently performing on Frenchmen Street.
Josh Benitez Band, 4/12, HOB, 5p: * Josh Benitez Band is a rock ’n’ roll band with an affinity for funk and blues. The band includes Benitez on guitar, Gaton Daigle on bass and Jamey Thomason on drums.
Juju Child & The Hypnotic Roots Band, 4/11, TRO, 2p: A bluesman that combines traditional African music with boogie from New Orleans, creating a unique blend of blues and soul afro music.
Jumbo Shrimp Jazz Band, 4/14, TJ, 11a: Frenchmen Street’s trad jazz all stars are more like one big, incestuous family than a collection of separate bands, and the particular combination known as Jumbo Shrimp Jazz Band fronted by trombonist/vocalist Colin Myers is one of the best.
Katy Hobgood Ray, 4/13, KID, 2:45p: Singer songwriter Katy Hobgood Ray’s material is a mix of traditional New Orleans music, nursery rhymes, and songs by contemporary Louisiana songwriters.
Keith Burnstein’s Kettle Black, 4/13, SS, 12:15p: * The brainchild of Mumbles alum Keith Burnstein, along with members of Toubab Krewe and Antibalas, the band fans out the African and Cuban influences found in New Orleans music to create a new American songbook.
Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, 4/11, ABS, 12:35p: One of New Orleans’ most beloved trumpeters and personalities, Ruffins digs swingin’, smokin’ and partyin’ traditional style.
Kevin Louis Band, 4/14, PH, 1p: Trumpeter Kevin Louis is a graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. He has performed with Nicholas Payton, Henry Butler, Kermit Ruffins, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and many others.
Kid Simmons Jazz Band, 4/14, ZAP, 11a: Trumpeter Simmons has been active in traditional jazz since he first came to came to New Orleans in 1966. He’s also a musicologist and WWOZ DJ who’s unearthed some overlooked classics of the ragtime era.
Kim Carson & the Real Deal, 4/13, ABS, 11a: 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, 4/11, PAR, 10a: Formed in 2006, the Kinfolk are true to the traditional brass-band sound and perform “Bourbon Street Parade,” “I’ll Fly Away” and other standards along with their originals.
Klezervation Hall, 4/14, HWS, 12:45p: Fronted by accordionist, composer and singer David C. Symons this klezmer band performs in various venues around New Orleans. Symons also founded and currently leads New Orleans-based folk cabaret ensemble The Salt Wives.
Kumasi, 4/12, HOB, 7p: New Orleans’ only Afrobeat orchestra brings high-energy dance music in the form of West African-inspired originals and Afro-funk, along with some Fela covers. Margie Perez is the vocalist. See feature in this issue.
Lars Edegran’s New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, 4/14, PH, 12p: Formed in 1967 by Swedish-born pianist Lars Edegran, this band plays rags, cakewalks and other classic pieces from the original ragtime era.
Lawrence Cotton Legendary Experience, 4/13, TJ, 4:15p: Guitar Slim’s longtime piano player and an alum of Dave Bartholomew’s band, among many others. Now in his 90s, Cotton remains devoted to his art and full of great stories.
Lena Prima, 4/12, JD, 12:30p: The youngest daughter of Louis Prima performs her dad’s classics along with her own jazz-pop material. Her recent Basin Street Records release Prima La Famiglia interprets her father’s repertoire. She was featured on the February 2019 OffBeat cover.
Leroy Jones & New Orleans’ Finest, 4/12, HIL, 2:20p: Trumpeter Jones is a protégé of the legendary Danny Barker and at 13 was leading the Fairview Baptist Church Marching Band. In 1991 Jones joined Harry Connick, Jr.’s band; he’s also appeared with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Dr. John.
Leroy Jones’ Original Hurricane Brass Band, 4/13, LFF, 4p: Jones draws on his experience with the Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band to play traditional New Orleans brass band music in this historic group.
The Light Set, 4/13, WWL, 11a: * Fronted by songwriter and piano player Lauren Oglesby, this band features original tunes with lush harmonies.
Lil’ Glenn & Backatown, 4/11, TRO, 12:30p: Trumpeter and vocalist Lil’ Glenn is joined by Peter Varnado on drums, Austin Clements on bass, Gregg Molinario on guitar and Jeronne Ansari on saxophone. The funk, rock and hip-hop band performs frequently in New Orleans.
Linnzi Zaorski, 4/13, ZAP, 11a: Dubbed “the Ninth Ward’s torchiest torch singer” by OffBeat, the charismatic Zaorski mixes Betty Boop phrasing with a solid sense of ‘30s-style swing.
Lisa Amos, 4/12, JD, 7:15p: Vocalist Lisa Amos was born and raised in New Orleans. She has appeared with hip hop artist Choppa but her vocal style is more R&B.
Little Freddie King, 4/12, ABS, 2:10p: The Mississippi Delta-born King plays raw juke-joint blues with style, and he’s one of the best dressers you’ll see on any stage. His latest album, Absolutely the Best, compiles some of his very best songs including “Chicken Dance” and “Walking with Freddie.”
Llareggub Brass Band (Great Britain), 4/13, INT, 2:15p: Influenced by brass bands from the slate mining villages of North Wales, they have evolved to include New Orleans marching bands with New York inspired hip-hop along with Welsh language pop music. Formed by bandleader Owain Roberts in 2015 they are Wales’ best live brass band.
Lost Bayou Ramblers, 4/12, GE, 7:15p: This band typically plays traditional Cajun music but incorporates Western swing, rockabilly, and punk rock aesthetics. Leader Louis Michot has revived forgotten classics and sings almost entirely in Cajun French. They have collaborated with many artists including Spider Stacey of the Pogues. Their 2017 CD Kalenda received a Grammy for the Best Regional Roots Music Album.
Louis Ford & His New Orleans Flairs, 4/14, ZAP, 2p: Clarinetist and saxophonist Ford is a second generation New Orleans jazz man dedicated to the preservation of the genre.
Louisiana’s LeRoux, 4/13, ABS, 12:35p: Founded in 1978, these Baton Rouge natives released minor hits like “Take a Ride On a Riverboat,” “New Orleans Ladies” and “Nobody Said It Was Easy (Lookin’ For the Lights)” in the late ’70s and early ’80s. They continue to tour with original members Tony Haselden and Rod Roddy.
Love Evolution, 4/14, WWL, 12:30p: Comprised of singer Semaj and and guitarist Mr. Lorrius, this duo delivers the message that peace will triumph over destruction. The pair blends a variety of styles into a sound they call “urban-folk.”
Luke Spurr Allen (interview), 4/13, JW, 2p; 4/14, SS, 2:45p: Luke Spur Allen’s raw and literary approach to songwriting, along with his perfectly rasp-tinged voice, front this New Orleans-style alt-country pack of Bywater rock all-stars.
Lulu and the Broadsides (feat. Dayna Kurtz), 4/14, WWL, 11a: * New Jersey born vocalist and songwriter Dayna Kurtz is joined by drummer Carlo Nuccio (Royal Fingerbowl), pianist Casey McAllister (Hurray for the Riff Raff / King James & the Special Men) and guitarist Robert Mache.
Luna Mora, 4/14, OMN, 1:15p: * Latin band from New Orleans with frequent performances at local venues.
Luther Kent Jazz Quartet, 4/12, SON, 7:30p: This Southern-fried soul man, who fronted Blood, Sweat & Tears for a short stint in the ’70s, is best known for leading the funky Trickbag.
Lynn Drury, 4/13, GE, 11a: A singer-songwriter steeped in both her Mississippi heritage and her adopted home of New Orleans, this frequent Best of the Beat Awards nominee teamed up with veteran British producer John Porter for her CD Come to My House.
Maggie Koerner (interview) 4/14. JW, 12p, 4/14, GE, 3:30p: Louisiana native singer-songwriter has frequently performed with Galactic. Her CD Quarter Life received positive reviews.
Magnolia Sisters, 4/13, CHV, 2p: * A Cajun music band comprised of four diversely talented singers and musicians. The group’s musical collaboration gives a woman’s voice to Cajun music while maintaining a soulful, gutsy feeling to it. Each member brings her own rich individual experience as Louisiana musicians, parents, and women in the real world. The common ground is the music, the heritage and the feeling that comes across. The members of the group are Ann Savoy, Jane Vidrine, Anya Burgess, and Lisa Trahan.
MainLine, 4/14, GE, 12:30p: Having dropped the “brass band” moniker in recent years, this eight-piece credits Dirty Dozen Brass Band’s Kirk Joseph with inspiring the funk, rock and jam band-style approach they layer onto their brass band horns instrumentation. See Fest Focus in this issue.
Margie Perez, 4/14, SS, 4p: Singer and songwriter specializing in a versatile blend of blues, pop, and Latin with a New Orleans funky touch. See feature in this issue.
Mario Abney, 4/12, SON, 2p: Born and raised in Chicago, trumpeter Mario Abney’s contemporary jazz sound and penchant for extended solos have made him a fixture of the New Orleans scene.
Mark Braud’s New Orleans Jazz Giants, 4/14, PH, 4p: 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.
Mark Brooks, 4/13, DOR, 2:15p: An acoustic bassist specializing in the classic New Orleans jazz repertoire as well as blues, gospel and modern jazz, Brooks has worked with Dr. John, the Neville Brothers and Fats Domino.
Mason Ruffner, 4/12, TRO, 4p: When he first came to New Orleans in the late ‘70s, this Texas-born, blues-obsessed guitarist backed the likes of John Lee Hooker and Memphis Slim. He went on to work with Jimmy Page, Bob Dylan, Daniel Lanois and U2 while maintaining an acclaimed solo career.
Mayumi Shara & New Orleans Jazz Letters, 4/13, ZAP, 2p: This master of Japanese taiko drumming has become equally adept at historically New Orleanian music styles ranging from traditional jazz to blues to R&B.
Mia Borders, 4/13, GE, 3:45p: A singer, songwriter, and guitarist from New Orleans, her release, Quarter-Life Crisis, was produced by Anders Osborne and described by OffBeat Magazine as “a record of great music and great intensity.”
Michot’s Melody Makers, 4/13, PH, 3p: Louis Michot is a dynamic Cajun fiddler best known as the frontman of the Lost Bayou Ramblers. He performs with a slew of popular musicians from the Lafayette scene.
Mike Harvey’s Hot Club, 4/14, OMN, 2:45p: Violinist Mike Harvey formerly of the Courtyard Kings fronts this band. Inspired by Quintette de Hot Club du France, Mike Harvey’s Hot Club’s repertoire includes classic gypsy jazz.
Mikhala “Jazz Muffin” Iversen, 4/14, HWS, 3:45p: Vocalist Iverson is a Danish-American whose life-long dream was to sing jazz in the Crescent City. Her sultry style makes her right at home in New Orleans.
Minokan RaRa Group featuring Damas “Fan Fan” Louis, 4/13, PH, 2p: Originally from Haiti but now living in New Orleans, Louis Damas’ group Minokan RaRa plays traditional Haitian RaRa music.
Miss Sophie Lee, 4/13, OMN, 1:15p: One of the proprietors of the restaurant Three Muses and the newly relocated Seoul Shack, Lee applies a sultry vocal style to her chosen mixture of swing and traditional jazz. Her CD Love Street Lullaby shows off her songwriting as well as interpretive skills.
Muevelo, 4/13, PAN, 5:45p: Muevelo means “move it” in Spanish. This band, which specializes in Cuban music, has become a New Orleans Latin sensation. Members include Margie Perez on vocals, Brent Rose on saxophone and flute, Eric Lucero on trumpet, Gabriel Velasco on percussion and many others.
Mykia Jovan, 4/11, GE, 12:30p:* A distinctive vocalist and songwriter from New Orleans who draws comparison to Billie Holiday and Erykah Badu. She has been nominated for OffBeat’s Best of the Beat Awards. Her debut album was named a Top 50 album of the year by OffBeat.
The Nation of Gumbollia, 4/12, TRO, 11a: The Nation of Gumbollia is comprised of members from various Mardi Gras Indian groups. Eric Burt, who has been a stage manager at French Quarter Festival for the last 25 years, put together this group.
Naydja CoJoe, 4/13, WWL, 12:30p: Singer and New Orleans native Naydja CoJoe’s sound dabbles in the vintage and the more recent mainstream, while her lovely voice is bolstered by her confident stage presence.
The Nayo Jones Experience, 4/13, OMN, 4:15p: Kermit Ruffins’ go-to guest vocalist hails from Chicago, attended Spelman and brings plenty of fire to her mix of jazz standards and R&B hits.
Nebula Rosa, 4/12, HOB, 3p: * A creation of singer-songwriter George Elizondo and guitarist Josh Starkman, the band Nebula Rosa is a unique amalgam of musical influences from both North and Latin American cultures. Their debut album Bengala contains carefully crafted songs sung in both English and Spanish.
New Birth Brass Band, 4/13, LFF, 11:15a: Featuring trumpeter Will Smith and other former students of the famed Olympia Brass Band, this long-running ensemble boasts Glen David Andrews and Trombone Shorty among its alumni.
New Breed Brass Band, 4/11, JD, 3:30p: These high school marching band alums fold hip-hop, funk, and soul into the brass tradition in clubs and second lines around the city.
New Orleans Classic Jazz Orchestra, 4/13, DOR, 11:15a: Led by Eddie Baynard, this septet performs the music of influential ‘20s-era New Orleans bands like the New Orleans Rhythm Kings and the Original Dixieland Jazz Band.
New Orleans Cottonmouth Kings, 4/13, TJ, 2:30p: Rulers of the lower French Quarter and the Faubourg Marigny, the Cottonmouth Kings play a loose and fun style of traditional jazz.
The New Orleans Jazz Vipers, 4/13, DOR, 3:45p: This swinging drum-less quintet brings a mix of still-timely standards like “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” and lesser known swing tunes to their frequent gigs in New Orleans.
The New Orleans Klezmer All Stars, 4/12, GE, 2p: 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.
New Orleans Nightcrawlers, 4/12, LFF, 2:15p: This funky brass-meets-rock outfit represents the genre’s adventurous edge and includes familiar faces from Bonerama and Galactic. Their album, Slither Slice, combined funk, hip-hop, Indian chants and a general spirit of rejuvenation.
New Orleans Suspects, 4/13, JD, 7:15p: The New Orleans Suspects were formed in 2009 for a jam session. Comprised of some of the most seasoned players, the group called themselves The Unusual Suspects. They have established themselves as one of New Orleans’ best supergroups. The band consists of Neville Brothers drummer “Mean” Willie Green, Dirty Dozen guitarist Jake Eckert, James Brown’s bandleader saxophonist Jeff Watkins, keyboardist CR Gruver and bassist Eric Vogel.
New Orleans Swamp Donkeys, 4/13, PAN, 4:05p: The Swamp Donkeys’ creative mix of traditional jazz, blues, vaudeville and modern jazz styles gained a worldwide legion of fans when a video of their rendition of the Game of Thrones theme went viral online.
N’Fungola Sibo African Dance and Drum Company, 4/13, KID, 12:15p: N’Fungola Sibo African Dance and Drum Company’s mission is to educate the general population through the promotion of positive energy, character and ethnicity, using African song, drum, dance, and folklore.
NOCCA Jazz Ensemble, 4/13, SCH, 3p: Student group from the secondary school whose graduates include Harry Connick, Jr., Nicholas Payton, Trombone Shorty and the Marsalis brothers.
On the Levee Jazz Band, 4/13, ZAP, 3:30p: On the Levee Jazz Band plays many of the songs associated with New Orleans’ own Kid Ory and his Creole Jazz Band with an intimate knowledge of Ory’s attention to dynamics, danceable tempos and swinging rhythm. Hal Smith’s On the Levee Jazz Band features trombonist Clint Baker.
Orange Kellin’s New Orleans Deluxe Orchestra, 4/12, TJ, 4p: Clarinetist Kellin has been helping to keep the traditional New Orleans jazz scene alive in the Crescent City since he moved here from Sweden in 1966. A longtime associate of pianist Lars Edegran, Kellin’s also known for his central involvement in the musical One Mo’ Time.
Original Dixieland Jazz Band, 4/14, DOR, 11:15a: Bandleader and trumpeter Nick LaRocca leads this traditional New Orleans jazz band, founded nearly a century ago by his father.
The Original Pinettes Brass Band, 4/12, LFF, 4p: 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 and appeared on OffBeat’s cover.
Otra, 4/11, TRO, 3:50p: Led by bassist Sam Price, this local Afro-Cuban band stands out from the crowd with its strong, original compositions; they also do a heavily rearranged “Nature Boy.”
Ovi-G Froggies, 4/12, TRO, 2p: Ovidio Giron leads this third generation riff on the Guatemalan marimba band Los Ranas. Along with his three children, Giron performs a mix of soca, marimba and tropical styles of Central American music.
Palmetto Bug Stompers, 4/14, TJ, 4:15p: Traditional jazz sextet with some familiar players, including the ubiquitous Washboard Chaz. They are a dance band staple on Frenchmen Street.
Panorama Jazz Band, 4/11, JD, 11a; Ben Schenck, (interview), 4/13, JW, 3p: 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.
Papa Mali, 4/12, WWL, 5:30p: Best known as frontman for 7 Walkers (a band that includes Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann and the Meters’ founding bassist, George Porter Jr.), Papa Mali is an accomplished singer-songwriter and guitarist who picked up two Best of the Beat Awards in 2015.
Papo y Son Mandao, 4/14, PAN, 1:30p: Cuban guitarist Alexis “Papo” Guevara and his band perform repertoire that includes Latin jazz, salsa, cha-cha-cha, and son Cubano.
Partners N Crime & The Big Easy Band, 4/12, JD, 5:30p: Legendary local rap “partners” since their days growing up in the 17th Ward, Kango Slim and Mr. Meana will perform with the Big Easy Band for a lively set featuring their bounce hits and much more.
Patrice Fisher and Arpa, 4/13, PAN, 11a: This Latin jazz ensemble is led by versatile professional harpist Fisher, who has been performing and recording her original compositions since the early ’80s.
Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road Show, 4/13, GE, 12:30p: Cowboy Mouth alum Sanchez has since been a friendly godfather to the local songwriter scene, and the co-writer of the post-Katrina musical Nine Lives. Paul Sanchez transforms audiences with a unique blend of music and storytelling. At the 2018 Best of the Beat Awards Paul Sanchez was awarded Best Roots Rock Artist and Album. The song co-written with John Rankin “One More Trip Around the Sun” was awarded Song of the Year.
Paulin Brothers Jazz Band, 4/14, DOR, 3:45p: Ernest “Doc” Paulin founded this band in the 1920s; his sons now perform strictly traditional brass-band music, complete with the longstanding black-and-white uniforms and spiffy white caps.
The Pfister Sisters, 4/14, PAN, 11a: Inspired by the close harmonies and lively personalities of New Orleans’ Boswell Sisters, the Pfister Sisters are all about the ‘30s in both sound and look.
Ponchartrain Owls (International), 4/14, INT, 2:15p: This multinational traditional jazz group has made regular appearances at French Quarter Fest.
Preservation All-Stars, 4/11, HIL, 11:15a: From Preservation Hall, the Preservation All-Stars are directed by Ben Jaffe of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Quiana Lynell, 4/12, HIL, 3:50p; (interview), 4/13, JW, 12p: Jazz vocalist Quiana Lynell won the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition in 2017 and was featured on OffBeat’s cover. Her debut Concord album A Little Love was released on April 5.
The Quickening, 4/14, JD, 2p: After parting ways with the Flow Tribe in 2012, guitarist and songwriter Blake Quick has assembled a group of musicians including vocalist Rachel “Mama Ray” Murray. The rhythm section boasts bassist Al Small and drummer Scott Sibley. Other instruments (which are always changing) include horns, pedal steel guitar, and various other woodwind and string instruments.
Rebirth Brass Band, 4/11, ABS, 5:20p: Rebirth was one of the first bands to modernize and funkify the New Orleans brass band sound. They won their first Grammy in 2012 for the CD Rebirth of New Orleans and are frequent award winners at OffBeat’s Best of the Beat.
Rechelle Cook and the Regeneration Band, 4/14, JD, 5:15p: Vocalist Rechelle Cook was born and raised in New Orleans. Cook formed the Regeneration Band in 1991. Her powerhouse vocals include old school R&B, jazz and blues.
Red Hot Brass Band, 4/14, LFF, 2:15p: Student musicians from the prestigious New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, the Red Hots play standards from the traditional New Orleans jazz repertoire.
Red Wolf Brass Band, 4/14, LFF, 12:45p: Music teacher and band director Desmond Venable leads this energetic young band of music students who recently released their first album, 7th Period.
The Revealers, 4/12, JD, 2p: Long-running reggae band with a funkified New Orleans feel, the Revealers are known for the local hit, “I Like the Sound of That.” They recently released a new CD Pray Chant Sing and have returned to Frenchmen Street playing every Saturday night at Favela Chic.
Rhodes Spedale & Live Jazz Group, 4/14, DOW, 12p: In addition to performing as a jazz pianist in and around New Orleans since the mid-‘60s, Spedale has worked as a jazz journalist, authoring a guide to New Orleans jazz in the ‘80s and hosting numerous radio programs over the years.
Ricardo Pascal Orchestra, 4/14, SON, 2p: Marcus Roberts’ “The Modern Jazz Generation” incorporated a core group of very talented, younger musicians at the beginning of their careers. In that number was tenor and soprano saxophonist Ricardo Pascal, now leading his own orchestra.
Richard “Piano” Scott and Friends, 4/13, DOR, 12:45p: Born Scott Obenshain, pianist Richard Scott began playing the piano at four years old. He loved listening to early New Orleans jazz band music and his latest CD French Quarter Concert showcases that music.
Rickie Monie: see His Eye Is On The Sparrow: A Jazz & Spiritual B3 Organ Session.
Riverdale High School R-Project Brass Band, 4/13, SCH, 12:15p: * From Jefferson Parish, the R-Project Brass Band has gained notoriety performing for WWOZ’s School Groove.
Robin Barnes & The Fiyabirds (interview) 4/14, JW, 2p; 4/14, HIL, 3:50p: Steeped in R&B, this self-professed “soul pop” 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.
Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, 4/14, CHV, 5:30p: 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. His brother Dwayne graces our cover this month.
The Ronnie Kole Show featuring John Perkins, 4/13, HIL, 2:20p: This award-winning jazz pianist, old-school Bourbon Street staple and protégé of Al Hirt has been performing Great American Songbook classics and Big Band tunes in New Orleans for decades.
Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers, (interview), 4/13, JW, 1p; 4/13, JD, 3:45p: Danger is saxophonist and clarinetist Aurora Nealand’s alter ego. The rockabilly ensemble includes Spencer Bohren, his son, Andre Bohren, Marc Paradis, Casey Coleman, Bill Malchow and Scott Potts. Their relentless enthusiasm and dedication to their bizarre characters make their performances some of the most fun in town.
Royal Teeth, 4/13, ABS, 3:45p: 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. In the summer of 2018 their dance rock single “Never Gonna Quit” with Valerie Sassyfrass spurred a new start for the indie rockers. Their latest single “Show You What I Can Do,” features Tunde Olaniran.
The Russell Welch Hot Quartet, 4/13, HWS, 2:15p:* One of the best guitarists in New Orleans, Russell Welch has frequently been nominated for OffBeat’s Best of the Beat Awards. The group combines Russell Welch’s original compositions with hot jazz in the tradition of legendary European jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.
Rusty Metoyer and the Zydeco Krush, 4/13, CHV, 3:45p: 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.
Sasha Masakowski and Art Market, 4/11, JD, 12:30p: 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.
Scorpedos, 4/13, HOB, 1:45p: * Scorpedos is Jake McGregor and Duz Mancini. They formed in New Orleans in 2018. After playing in various rock bands around New Orleans, the duo has teamed up to write new songs and perform.
Sean Ardoin, 4/14, CHV, 2p: Sean Ardoin’s family connections in zydeco go back to one of the originators, Amede Ardoin. After leading the zydeco band Double Clutchin, he also rocks the house with Christian-oriented zydeco. He was nominated for two Grammy awards in 2018.
Shake Em’ Up Jazz Band, 4/14, TJ, 2:30p: All-female traditional jazz band. The members are Chloe Feoranzo on clarinet, Marla Dixon on trumpet, Haruka Kikuchi on trombone, Molly Reeves on guitar and Julie Schexnayder on string bass.
Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs, 4/13, ABS, 5:25p: Jazz-funk-hip-hop trumpeter Allen resists categorization, having performed with Willie Nelson and written the local anthem “Meet Me on Frenchmen Street.”
Shannon Powell Traditional All-Star Band, 4/14, HIL, 12:45p: Billed as the “King of Treme,” Shannon Powell is a master drummer and Preservation Hall staple who began his career with Danny Barker and has since played with Wynton Marsalis, Dr. John and Harry Connick Jr.
Shawan Rice, 4/14, HOB, 12p: * Soul songstress Shawan Rice invites the crowd into her world of poetic lyrics and haunting melodies. Drawing inspiration from her life experiences ranging from love, loss, grief and acceptance, concertgoers easily connect to her sound and story.
Shotgun Jazz Band, 4/13, PH, 1p: Trumpeter Marla Dixon and six-string banjoist John Dixon began as a busking duo before expanding to their current seven-piece, traditional New Orleans jazz incarnation.
Smitty Dee’s Brass Band featuring Dimitri Smith, 4/13, PH, 12p: 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.
Some Like it Hot Traditional Jazz Band, 4/13, ZAP, 12:30p: Trumpeter Kaye Caldwell leads this traditional jazz group, which unlike most ensembles of its type features several female musicians.
Songs for Junior Rangers featuring Richard Scott, 4/14, KID, 4p. See Richard “Piano” Scott.
Soul Brass Band, 4/14, LFF, 4p: Drummer Derrick Freeman and saxophonist James Martin lead the Soul Brass Band, which was formed in 2015. They were recently featured on the cover of OffBeat.
Soul Heirs Band, 4/13, KID, 4p: Soul Heirs Brass Band is under the direction of Desmian Barnes. They are a popular wedding band and have performed at midnight mass on Christmas.
The Soul Rebels, 4/12, ABS, 12:35p: Arguably one of the most popular brass bands in the city, the seven-piece Soul Rebels have performed with hip-hop giants like Rakim, Nas and Talib Kweli and recently backed Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA at his Tiny Desk Concert. Their repertoire includes original material and covers of everything from Marilyn Manson to Chance The Rapper.
Stephanie Jordan, 4/11, HIL, 5:30p: This popular New Orleans jazz singer hails from the esteemed Jordan family (her father is the award-winning saxophonist Kidd Jordan). In 2012, her big band performed a critically acclaimed tribute to Lena Horne at the Fair Grounds.
Steve Pistorius & the Southern Syncopators, 4/12, TJ, 12p: Pianist Steve Pistorius, who plays with a dexterous, ragtime piano style, is complemented by a crew of seasoned traditional jazz musicians in a band named after a song by Henry “Red” Allen. Their repertoire includes tunes by Sidney Bechet, Natty Dominique, Bill Whitmore, Tony Jackson and others.
Stone Rabbits, 4/14, HOB, 2p: * A group of young musicians from New Orleans. Their influences combine the classic roots of contemporary rock greats such as Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, and The Grateful Dead, combined with more contemporary artists such as Dave Matthews, The Black Keys, Wolf Mother and Phish.
Storyville Stompers Brass Band, 4/13, LFF, 12:45p: This long-running and prolific traditional New Orleans brass band has a knack for reinvigorating rare, vintage jazz songs.
Sullivan Dabney’s Muzik Jazz Band, 4/13, HWS, 12:45p: Jazz musician Sullivan Dabney has performed with The Muzik Jazz Band all over the world. Dabney has played with Irma Thomas, Jean Knight and many others.
Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots, 4/12, CHV, 5:30p: Accordionist and harmonica player Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes, who grew up surrounded by blues masters like Sonny Boy Williamson in Arkansas, infuses plenty of R&B into his brand of contemporary zydeco.
Susan Cowsill, 4/13, TRO, 4p: This local treasure, renowned in different circles for her years with the Continental Drifters and her early life as a preteen ’60s pop star performing with her family band the Cowsills, will be joined by husband and drummer Russ Broussard.
Sweet Crude, 4/14, ABS, 2:10p: New Orleans indie pop septet Sweet Crude plays an energetic brand of percussion-driven, sparkly rock, often sung in French.
Sweet Olive String Band, 4/13, HWS, 11:15a: * This self-described “old tyme” string band performs country, blues and bluegrass from eras past. The band includes old time fiddling, soulful slide guitar, bluesy mandolin and guitar picking anchored by steady pulse string bass.
The Swing Setters, 4/14, KID, 1:30p: The band is comprised of all professional jazz musicians, whose goal is to entertain you and your children through fun, interactive music.
Tack Tom Drumsville, 4/13, KID, 11a: Tack Tom Drumsville is led by Japanese drummer Mayumi Yamazaki. She moved to the United States in 2005 and has been performing with Cyril Neville, Kermit Ruffins and others. She is the drummer for the James Rivers Movement and has formed the all Japanese female blues band Pink Magnolias.
Tango on Cello featuring Dr. Jee Yeoun Ko and Friends, 4/14, HWS, 2:15p: Dr. Jee Yeoun Ko is an award-winning Korean cellist who now makes New Orleans her home and has held an assistant chair position at NOCCA for nearly a decade.
Taylor Smith and The Roamin’ Jasmine, 4/13, OMN, 12p: * New Orleans-based Taylor Smith & The Roamin’ Jasmine present interpretations of 1920s country blues, 1950s New Orleans R&B, vintage Calypso from Trinidad, 1930s swing, and even some 1950s country tunes, mixed in with original songs. The songs are arranged for a powerful horn section, upright bass, guitar and drums.
TBC Brass Band, 4/12, LFF, 5:45p: If a brass band on Bourbon Street ever stopped you in your tracks, it was probably TBC Brass Band.
Thais Clark & her JAZZsters, 4/14, TJ, 12:45p: Hailing from New Orleans’ Seventh Ward, Clark often hews to the ribald, fun, old-school blues of Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith and has worked with Wynton Marsalis, Dr. Michael White and the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra.
Them Ol’ Ghosts, 4/13, HOB, 8p: * Them Ol’ Ghosts are a Southern soul alternative rock band from New Orleans. Their sound is a familiar yet novel offering to American songwriting. Catchy and straight-forward, laced with just the right amount of substance and complexity, their music adopts elements of soul, blues, and rock ’n’ roll.
Tim Laughlin, 4/13, HIL, 11:15a: Clarinetist Laughlin’s compositions fit within the classic traditional jazz idiom, but his skill in bringing traditional New Orleans jazz into the 21st Century gives them a more modern feel. He was the first and only New Orleans clarinetist to write and record an entire album of originals.
The Tin Men, 4/11, GE, 2p: This rocking and swinging trio doesn’t appear together much these days, but with Alex McMurray, Matt Perrine and Washboard Chaz all playing separate sets this year the time is right.
Tom McDermott and His Jazz Hellions, 4/13, HWS, 3:45p: McDermott is a virtuoso pianist whose skill and deep knowledge of music history allow him to play everything from New Orleans jazz and blues to Caribbean and classical music. His latest CD Tom McDermott Meets Scott Joplin is on Arbors Records.
Tom Saunders and the Tomcats: see Dancing at Dusk.
Tommy Sancton’s New Orleans Legacy Band, 4/13, DOW, 12p: This clarinetist served as Time Magazine’s Paris bureau chief for 22 years. As a child, he took music lessons from Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s George Lewis, an experience he documents in the book Song for My Fathers.
Tonya Boyd-Cannon, 4/11, GE, 3:30p: This New Orleans-based singer boasts a powerful contralto voice. Her delivery is sharp yet inspirational, contemporary and authentic. She has lots of soul and a near-winning run on The Voice.
Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony, 4/11, HIL, 2:20p: Topsy Chapman leads the all-female group with a gospel-inspired vocal blend called Solid Harmony
Treme Brass Band, 4/13, LFF, 2:15p: 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.”
Tricentennial High School Band, 4/13, SCH, 4:15p: * To celebrate New Orleans’ 300 years, this band consists of high school students from across New Orleans.
Tricia Boutté & Nordic Swing, 4/12, GE, 3:45p: New Orleans-born Tricia Boutté performed as Sister Teedy for many years before moving to Norway. She has a rich and textured voice. Her repertoire covers jazz, standards, R&B, pop, soul, gospel and Caribbean music.
Troy Sawyer and the Elementz, 4/13, JD, 2p: Trumpeter and composer Troy Sawyer, whose family lineage includes Buddy Bolden co-writer and Louis Armstrong collaborator Louis D. James, will perform material from his as-yet untitled album. Along with his band the Elementz, he’ll play a fusion of funk, Latin and soul.
Tuba Skinny, 4/14, HIL, 11:15a: This band of New Orleans street musicians specialize in traditional jazz, Depression-era blues and spirituals. Their latest CD Nigel’s Dream received OffBeat’s Best of the Beat Award for best traditional jazz album for 2018.
Valerie Sassyfras, 4/12, GE, 11a: Valerie Sassyfras’ eclectic one-woman show transcends any easy classifications. Suffice it to say, her off-kilter performances are as sassy as her name suggests, blending disparate styles like zydeco and electro-pop with a heavy dose of showmanship.
The Vettes, 4/12, JD, 3:45p: This band takes its name from the surname shared by all of its members, who happen to be siblings (well, one of them was “adopted” when the group formed). Fronted by singer/guitarist Rachel Vette, the band is known for its energetic blend of new-wave and alternative rock.
Vivaz Quartet, 4/14, KID, 2:45p: 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).
Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters, 4/13, ABS, 7:15p: A local institution, the Wolfman puts plenty of hot guitar and soulful horns into his funky brand of blues. His latest CD My Future is My Past received OffBeat’s Best of the Beat Award for Album of the Year in 2018.
Wanda Rouzan and A Taste of New Orleans, 4/14, TRO, 2:20p: A lifetime New Orleanian, Wanda cut her first single as part of the Rouzan Sisters and has since distinguished herself as a stage actress, educator and champion of the city’s R&B tradition.
Washboard Chaz Blues Trio, 4/13, OMN, 2:45p: When not tackling Western swing with Washboard Rodeo, rocking acoustically with the Tin Men or presiding over Chazfest, Washboard Chaz airs his blues roots with this group.
Water Seed, 4/13, TRO, 7:20p: Keen to steer clear of the genre label, “neo-soul,” the band’s five to eight pieces create the thick, rich sonic fabric only true soul groups possess. Perhaps R&B is a more appropriate label for their sound—original R&B, that is.
Waylon Thibodeaux Band, 4/13, CHV, 12:30p: A Bourbon Street fixture for years, Waylon is an energetic fiddler who specializes in zydeco and Cajun music. He’s also a member of the Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars.
Wendell Brunious, 4/13, HIL, 12:45p: Trumpeter Brunious took over as the leader of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in 1987 and remained a Hall regular for many years (his nephew Mark Braud is the current leader). Brunious has played regularly with Lionel Hampton, Linda Hopkins and Sammy Rimington.
Wynton (a.k.a. Kevin Stylez), 4/12, GE, 5:30p:* Kevin Stylez credits his musical styling to some of his favorite artists including Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Jamie Foxx, Ray Charles, Luther Vandross, Darryl Coley and Michael Jackson. Stylez has opened for Trey Songz, Boyz II Men, Cameo and Jeffery Osborne.
Young Starz of NOLA, 4/13, SCH, 1:45p: Young Starz of NOLA started in 2015. Their moto: Giving wings to kids’ dreams.
Youth Empowerment Festival featuring Big Queen Mary Kay, 4/14, KID, 11a: Mary Kay Stevenson, the Big Queen of the Original Wild Tchoupitoulas, hosts the Youth Empowerment Festival which empowers students to make positive choices while combating the bullying crisis.
The Zion Harmonizers, 4/13, GE, 2p: 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.
Zoe K, 4/12, WWL, 11a: * Zoe K’s remarkable voice pays tribute to the bygone greats of soul, jazz, and blues. Her 2017 CD release It’s Just What I Like received positive reviews.