It can be daunting to choose from the panoply of cultures, rhythms and sounds available at Jazz Fest when mapping out a day at the Fair Grounds; this handy guide should help ensure your experience hits all the right notes. Happy Festing!
ACU = Acura Stage
SAM = Samsung Galaxy Stage (formerly Gentilly)
CON = Congo Square Stage
JAZ = Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent
BLU = Blues Tent
ECO = Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent
FDD = Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage
J&H = Jazz & Heritage Stage
GOS = Gospel Tent
LAG = Lagniappe Stage
KID = Kids Tent
AM = Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage
PAR = Parades
NAT = Native American Pow Wow
NOC = NOCCA Pavilion
101 Runners, 4/25, J&H, 5:40p: Carrying on the proud tradition of fusing Mardi Gras Indian chants with funk, this group includes Chris Jones with War Chief Juan Pardo of the Wild Comanches and a star cast of players.
21st Century Brass Band, 5/1, PAR, 5p: This young, Treme-based group finds room in its repertoire for New Orleans jazz standards as well as modern R&B hits.
The 4X4 Connection Band, 4/30, CON, 11:15a: Clark J. Knighten heads up this New Orleans-based R&B and smooth jazz-based quartet.
Aaron Neville, 5/2, BLU, 4:30p: The golden-voiced Neville brother, whose classic “Tell It Like It Is” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame collection for 2015, brings a mix of doo-wop standards from My True Story alongside of greatest hits from his solo catalogue.
Adella Adella the Storyteller and the Freeman Brothers, 4/26, KID, 12:40p: 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.
Alexey Marti & Urban Minds, 4/24, J&H, 3:05p: Five years 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 and the Samurai, 4/26, NOC, 4:10p: A band led by two of the brighter talents on the local rock scene, singer/songwriter Alexis Marceaux and multi-instrumentalist Sam Craft. Both were in the alt-rock band Glasgow and in Susan Cowsill’s group, and Marceaux was a finalist on NBC’s The Voice.
Alexis Spight, 4/25, GOS, 12:05: Stellar Award nominated gospel singer-songwriter Spight got her start on BET’s Sunday Best. An alum of Matthew Knowles’ client roster, she’s currently working on her sophomore album, Dear Diary.
Algiers Warriors, 5/1, PAR, 3:50p: The West Bank-based Big Chief of the Algiers Warriors came out in sky blue with orange patchwork at this year’s Super Sunday.
Alison Krauss and Union Station, 4/30, GEN, 5:25p: Mixing bluegrass with folk, serious fiddle chops and a delicate yet self-assured voice, Krauss is both a Jazz Fest and a Recording Academy favorite. These days, her Grammy Awards stockpile includes 26 statues.
Allen Toussaint, 4/30, GEN, 2:05p: One of the guiding lights of New Orleans music and a man whose songs virtually define New Orleans R&B. His Fest sets often see him breaking out unrecorded tunes and deep-catalogue nuggets, some of which also appeared on his 2013 live solo release Songbook.
Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys, 4/30, GEN, 2:05p: Now out of her teens and signed to Blue Mountain Artists, the fiddle prodigy and Cajun roots rocker is coming into her own. Onstage she does everything from pure Cajun music to modern funkafied pop.
Amanda Shires, 4/30, FDD, 4:25p: This talented fiddle playing singer-songwriter from Texas frequently collaborates with her husband, Jason Isbell. Their new EP Sea Songs features stripped-down covers of Warren Zevon’s “Mutineer” and Lykke Li’s “I Follow Rivers.”
Anders Osborne, 5/3, ACU, 12:25p; AM, 2:15p: In recent years, this Swedish-rooted guitar hero and songwriting titan has earned acclaim for the soul-baring American Patchwork and the alternately stormy and organic Peace. In 2015 he teamed up with the North Mississippi All-Stars on Freedom & Dreams, an exercise in folk-inspired, up-tempo Southern blues. Later, he sits down for an interview with Dave Margulies.
Andrew Duhon, 5/2, FDD, 12:25p: 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.
Angelique Kidjo, 4/25, AM, 3:30p; 4/26, CON, 1:55p: Singing in four languages and drawing on influence ranging from jazz to Afro-pop to Latin to classical, the Benin-born Kidjo serves powerful socio-political messages in innovative and beautiful musical contexts. She’ll also be interviewed by Steve Hochman.
Ann Savoy and Jane Vidrine of the Magnolia Sisters, 4/24, LAG, 3:05; AM, 4:30p: Interviewed by Ben Sandmel. See the Magnolia Sisters for band info.
Anthony Hamilton, 5/1, CON, 5:25p: Widely recognized as one of his generation’s greatest R&B singers, Hamilton mixes gospel-steeped vocals with an honest and personal approach to songwriting.
Apache Hunters, 5/3, PAR, 12:15p: Big Chief Preston Whitfield leads this Uptown-based Mardi Gras Indian tribe, headquartered at 3rd and LaSalle Streets.
Archdiocese of New Orleans Gospel Choir, 5/2, GOS, 1:55p: The Archdiocese represents the largest religious demographic in New Orleans and its choir conflates a tradition of Crescent City Catholicism dating back to 1793.
Ashé Cultural Arts Center Kuumba Institute, 5/2, KID, 12:40p: This Central City community group brings storytelling, poetry, music, dance, photography and visual art to schools and neighborhoods throughout New Orleans.
AsheSon, 4/25, 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.
Astral Project, 5/2, JAZ, 2:40p: 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 three decades.
Audrey Ferguson and The Voices of Distinction, 4/25, GOS, 11:15a: The “traditional foot-stomping, hands-clapping gospel” of this Baton Rouge-based quartet has been a Jazz Fest staple since before the storm.
Baby Boyz Brass Band, 5/3, PAR, 1:30p: One of the younger brass groups on the second line and festival circuit, Baby Boyz is led by trumpeter Glenn Hall III, kin to the musical Andrews family.
Bamboula 2000, 5/1, J&H, 5:40p: “Bamboula” was originally a form of drum and dance ceremony held on Congo Square. Bamboula 2000 leader Luther Gray brings that spirit into the present with a troupe of players and dancers.
Banu Gibson with NOCCA and NOTJC Guests, 4/25, ECO, 3:05p: Singer/dancer Gibson specializes in swing, hot jazz and the Great American Songbook. She’s joined by students from two of New Orleans’ most celebrated youth jazz programs.
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, 40th Anniversary with special guests Charles Neville, Jo-El Sonnier, Steve Connand Don Vappie, 4/26, AM, 1:30p; FDD, 5:50p: Fiddler Doucet’s venerable Cajun band was the first of its genre to win a Grammy in 1998; their sound draws on eclectic influences ranging far beyond Acadiana, from bluegrass to West African music and more. Michael and David Doucet look back on the band’s history with Mark DeWitt before the show.
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, 4/26, FDD, 3p: Prolofic banjo virtuoso Fleck and his wife Washburn recently teamed up for an album of duets that juxtaposes Fleck’s African music and jazz influences against Washburn’s mix of Appalachian and Far East-based styles.
The Bester Singers, 4/24, GOS, 2:50p: A cappella gospel harmonies are the specialty of this Slidell, La.-based group.
Betty Winn & One A-Chord, 5/1, GOS, 1:50p: Formed in 1995 by Betty Winn and her husband Thomas, this choir traces the history of gospel from slave spirituals to new compositions. They perform with as many as 40 singers.
Big Chief Bo Dollis Jr. & the Wild Magnolias, 5/3, J&H, 4:25p: The Wild Magnolias made one of the first landmark Indian funk records, the 1970 single “Handa Wanda.” In the wake of founder Bo Sr.’s death in January, the greater Indian community has helped Bo Jr. honor his father’s legacy at musical tributes, concerts and other gatherings across the city. Emotions are likely to run high at the renowned crew’s Fest set.
Big Chief Juan and Jockimo’s Groove, 5/3, J&H, 1:45p: 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 Keke and the Comanche Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, 4/26, J&H, 12:35p: Big Chief Keith Keke Gibson leads this Ninth Ward gang, performing traditionals like “Indian Red” and Monk Boudreaux’s “Lighting and Thunder.”
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles, 5/3, J&H, 3p: 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 and the Trouble Nation, 5/2, J&H, 1:30p: This tribe’s Big Chief Markeith Tero also rolls with the Revolution SA&PC.
Big Chief Walter Cook and the Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians, 4/25, J&H, 12:40p: Claiming to be the oldest Mardi Gras Indian tribe, the Creole Wild West has been documented marching since the late 19th Century.
Big Freedia, “Queen of Bounce,” 5/2, CON 4:10p: The self-professed Queen Diva put the bounce genre on the map nationally with her quick-fire rhymes, sweat-inducing rhythms and booty-shaking dance moves. Her self-titled reality show returned in February and her very own “In Your Pocket” toy is now in the works.
Big Nine SA&PC, 4/24, PAR, 4:30p: Listen for cries of “way downtown” on the parade from this social aid and pleasure club.
Big Sam’s Funky Nation, 4/25, ACU, 1:40p; 4/30, 3:55p: 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. His hard-touring group has earned a large following in the jam-band world. Williams performs with Andrew Braham and drummer Joe Dyson in the NOCCA Pavilion.
Bill Summers & Jazalsa, 4/26, J&H, 4:10p: Known for his membership in Los Hombres Calientes and Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, percussionist Summers explores Latin and world music with his latest band.
Bishop Sean T. Elder & the Mount Hermon Baptist Church Mass Choir, 4/24, GOS, 6p: Elder, who writes much of his group’s music, leads this choir from the church on North Broad Street in New Orleans.
Black Feathers, 5/3, PAR, 2:45p: This 7th Ward-based tribe has been masking Indian for more than 20 years.
Black Mohawk and Blackfoot Hunters, 4/24, PAR, 12:20p: Big Chief Byron Thomas and Big Chief Donald lead this twofer Mardi Gras Indian parade.
Black Seminoles, 4/24, PAR, 4:30p: This popular tribe was led by Cyril “Big Chief Ironhorse” Green until his unexpected passing in 2013.
The Blind Boys of Alabama, 5/3, AM, 12:15p; GOS, 3:55p: This prolific group has been recording spiritual and gospel music together for almost 75 years. Their latest, I’ll Find a Way, features guests like Patty Griffin and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, who also produced the album. Joyce Jackson interviews members of the band before their set.
The Blues Masters feat. “Big Al” Carson, 5/3, GEN, 11:20a: Carson’s imposing 400-pound frame and equally mighty voice are familiar attractions at the Funky Pirate on Bourbon Street, and his song “Take Your Drunken Ass Home” has become a Mardi Gras standard.
Bo Dollis Tribute: Queen Rita & Big Chiefs Bo Dollis, Jr. and Monk Boudreaux, 5/3, AM, 1:15p: Maurice Martinez discusses the life and legend of the recently departed Wild Magnolias Big Chief with his widow, son and longtime collaborator.
Bobby Lounge, 5/3, LAG, 5:15p: A one-of-a-kind mix of barrelhouse piano, Tom Waitsian poetics, Southern-gothic storytelling and just plain out-there-ness. USA Today, Rolling Stone and The New York Times have all raved about Lounge’s Jazz Fest sets.
Bonerama, 4/30, ACU, 12:25p: What began as a novelty—a multi-trombone band playing jazz, funk and classic rock—has turned into a local favorite and a national go-to group. 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.
Bonsoir, Caitin, 5/2, FDD, 11:15a: 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.
Brandon Moreau and Cajungrass, 5/3, LAG, 12:45p: One of the few Cajun acts based in New Orleans, Moreau’s outfit also draws on bluegrass, swing and honkeytonk influences.
Brass Bed, 4/26, LAG, 5p: One of Lafayette’s most promising young rock acts, this quartet gets much of its fire from shimmering waves of psych rock reverb and guitarist Christiaan Mader’s Tweedy-esque voice.
Brass-A-Holics, 4/24, CON, 1:20p: Formed by ex-Soul Rebels trombonist Winston Turner, this band created its own genre of “go-go brass funk,” combining the New Orleans elements with the strong grooves of Washington DC’s go-go scene.
Brian “Breeze” Cayolle, 4/25, AM, 2:30p: Rick Coleman interviews saxophonist and singer/songwriter Cayolle, whose soul-drenched playing accompanies both Allen Toussaint and Ruby Wilson at this year’s fest.
Brother Tyrone & the Mindbenders, 5/3, CON, 11:20a: Tyrone Pollard, a.k.a. Brother Tyrone, is a deep-soul vocalist whose original songs could pass for long-lost vinyl tracks.
Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes and Rachel Breunlin: Talk that Music, 5/2, AM, 12p: Jason Berry discusses the new book, Talk That Music Talk: Passing On Brass Band Music in New Orleans the Traditional Way, by harmonica and accordion wiz Barnes and Breunlin, a New Orleans based anthropologist and writer.
Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, 4/25, FDD, 12:20p: One of the few major Cajun artists based in New Orleans, this singer/accordionist has been playing a weekly fais do do since 1986. The dance is currently held on Sundays at Tipitina’s.
Bryan Lee, 4/26, BLU, 11:10a: The so-called Braille Blues Daddy opened for Bill Haley & the Comets and Muddy Waters before relocating from Chicago to New Orleans. He has since become a perennial Fest favorite.
Buckwheat Zydeco, 5/3, FDD, 2:40p: Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural has lately been returning to the pounding Hammond organ of his early R&B days, along with accordion-driven zydeco. His new YouTube series, Buckwheat’s World, sheds light on his work and life in Southeastern Louisiana.
Buddy Guy, 5/3, BLU, 5:40p: This Louisiana-born, Chicago-bred luminary of the blues and rock worlds continues to tour, record and inspire new generations of musicians with his blazing guitar style. He recently teamed up with Junior Wells for the two-disc Buddy Guy and Junior Wells Play the Blues.
Buffalo Hunters, 5/3, PAR, 12:15p: The Buffalo Hunters’ Big Chief Spoon masked in peach, light blue and yellow on Mardi Gras 2015.
BWB featuring Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown, 4/26, JAZ, 5:40p: Trumpeter Braun, saxophonist Whalum and guitarist Brown have been performing groove-centric smooth jazz on and off together since the early aughts. Fun fact: Whalum played the sax solo on Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”
C. J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, 4/26, BLU, 2:50p: Zydeco king Clifton Chenier’s son has long emerged as a bandleader in his own right. His latest CD Can’t Sit Down has a killer version of Tom Waits’ “Clap Hands.”
The Caesar Brothers, 4/24, J&H, 5:45p: Funk Box Norman and Rickey Caesar are the self-professed “keepers of the Uptown funk” (don’t tell Cyril Neville) and have worked with the likes of Maze, George Clinton and Tina Marie.
Calliope Puppets, 4/24, KID, 1:50p: Puppeteer and arts education specialist Karen Konnerth draws on folklore and global cultural histories for the shows she writes, designs and presents.
Calvin Johnson, 4/25, ECO, 1:50p; 5/2, NOC, 1:25p: Hailing from a musical family in New Orleans, this saxophonist was a protégé of Kidd Jordan at age 10. He’s since recorded and toured with Harry Connick, Jr., Aaron Neville, the Dirty Dozen, Mystikal and Jason Derulo.
Capoeira New Orleans, 4/26, KID, 5:15p: Participants and students from this local Afro-Brazilian arts program show off their moves.
Cardinal Sons, 5/2, LAG, 2:10p: Blues and contemporary folk figure prominently in music from this young, local indie rock outfit made up of three brothers with a knack for three-part harmonies and head-bopping rhythms.
Carolyn Wonderland, 4/26, BLU, 4:15p: Music from this Texan singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist centers around the blues, but her influences range from country to cumbia and beyond.
Carrollton Hunters, 5/3, PAR, 2:45p: This Uptown Mardi Gras Indian tribe is one of the 19 members of the Mardi Gras Indian Council.
Cassandra Wilson Coming Forth by Day: A Celebration of Billie Holliday, 4/25, JAZ, 4:10p: In honor of what would have been Holliday’s 100th birthday, acclaimed jazz vocalist Wilson revisits tunes for which Lady Day was best known.
Cecile McLorin Salvant, 5/1, JAZ, 4:20p: The classically trained, theatrically inclined Salvant was deemed an “it girl” in the jazz world following her Mack Avenue Records debut, WomanChild. Her next release is due out later this year.
Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, 4/30, FDD, 12:20p: Arguably the most in-demand young fiddler, accordionist and singer on the Lafayette scene, this four-time Grammy nominee boasts equal parts star power and skill. His influences range from Creole and Cajun to West African music and beyond.
Cha Wa, 5/2, J&H, 5:45p: Mardi Gras Indian singer Eric “Yettii” Boudreaux (Monk Boudreaux’s brother) formed this band to fuse Indian chants with blues. Their name is Indian slang for “We’re coming to get ya!”
Charles Lloyd Quartet: 5/2, AM, 2p; JAZ, 4:10p: Multi-cultural and classical music has inspired this innovative jazz saxophonist and master improviser since the ‘60s. His graceful, expansive sound earned him multiple accolades in recent years, including the 2015 NEA Jazz Master honor. Ashley Khan interviews him before his set.
Charles Neville, 4/26, AM, 2:30p: Rolling Stone’s David Fricke interviews Neville Brothers saxophonist Charles, the second oldest sibling in the esteemed New Orleans music family.
Charmaine Neville Band, 5/1, GEN, 12:35p: 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. Pianist Amasa Miller co-leads her five-piece ensemble.
Cheyenne Mardi Gras Indians, 4/30, PAR, 3p: This Marid Gras Indian tribe takes its name after one of the most famous tribes of the Great Plains.
Chicago, 5/1, GEN, 5:25p: Seventies and ’80s chart-toppers Chicago are often credited with helping to pave the way for the addition of horn sections to pop rock acts. Expect classics like “Saturday in the Park,” plus a selection of new tunes.
Chosen Vessels Dance and Performing Arts, 5/3, KID, 1:55p: Kristy Lewis leads this local school and company specializing in theater arts and a mix of lyrical, modern, jazz, ballet and hip-hop dance styles.
Chris Clifton & His All-Stars, 5/1, ECO, 11:20a: 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.
Chris Severin and Friends, 4/30, NOC, 1:25p: Local bassist Severin is adept in genres ranging from blues to jazz to funk.
Chris Stapleton, 5/2, GEN, 12:30p: Mixing country with bluegrass, Nashville-based guitarist and singer-songwriter Stapleton has penned hits for George Strait, Adele, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney and many others.
Chris Thomas King, 5/2, ECO: 12:15p: This Louisiana-born, experimental-minded bluesman became an international star after his turn in O Brother Where Art Thou, but his forays into marrying hip-hop and electronic sounds with traditional blues and folk provided wider recognition. He’s currently working on a new album.
Christian McBride Big Band with special guests Dianne Reeves and Jeffrey Osborne, 5/3, AM, 3:15p; JAZ, 5:35p: Funk-loving jazz bassist McBride revisits his large ensemble project with some help from two of the most soulful voices in jazz. His pal DJ Soul Sister interviews him before the set.
Christian Scott, 5/1, JAZ, 2:40p: After establishing his career in New York, trumpeter Scott returned to his hometown of New Orleans, where he’s continued to wow audiences with his inventive approaches to tackling issues like racial politics through genre-defying instrumental music.
Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, 4/24, FDD, 12:20p: 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.
City of Love Music & Worship Arts Choir, 5/3, GOS, 2:50p: Singers from New Orleans’ City of Love ministry perform as part of the group’s arts focus.
Clive Wilson’s New Orleans Serenaders with guest Butch Thompson, 5/2, ECO, 1:40p: Jazz players steeped in the tradition, UK-born trumpeter Wilson and pianist Thompson first met in the ’60s as spectators at Preservation Hall. Thompson later became known as the bandleader on “A Prairie Home Companion.”
Colin Lake, 5/1, BLU, 11:15a: A young singer-songwriter who’s consistently honed his lap-steel and acoustic guitar skills since relocating to New Orleans from Portland, Lake has performed at Austin City Limits, Hangout and other major festivals.
Collage 3, 4/24, GOS, 1:55p: This New Orleans-based contemporary gospel trio is comprised of Larry Jones, Dominic Davis and Edward J. West, Sr., all of whom committed together to leave the streets behind in favor of a more spiritual existence.
Connie and Dwight Fitch with St. Raymond & St. Leo the Great Gospel Choir, 5/1, GOS, 12:55p: 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.
Connie Jones & the Crescent City Jazz Band, 5/2, ECO, 11:15a: As a teenager, Connie Jones played trumpet in the Basin Street 6 with a young Pete Fountain. He later toured with Jack Teagarden’s last band before rejoining Fountain’s group in the late ’60s.
Corey Ledet & his Zydeco Band, May 2, FDD, 1:35p; AM, 4p: Ledet was already two years into his music career when he switched from drums to accordion at age 12. His 2013 release Destiny saw him exploring new musical terrain both in his singing and song choice. Herman Fuselier interviews Ledet after his set.
Courtney Bryan, 5/3, JAZ, 11:15a: Acclaimed jazz pianist and composer Bryan is a New Orleans native whose work in music academia has taken her to New York and beyond for stints at Columbia, Princeton and Oberlin.
Cowboy Mouth, 4/26, ACU, 1:40p: Singer/drummer Fred LeBlanc and guitarist John Thomas Griffith have led this anthemic rock band trough a few lineups and any number of full-tilt live shows.
Coyotes, 4/25, LAG, 5:20p: Los Angelean-turned-New Orleanian Duz Mancini’s warm vocals and solid songwriting chops are have helped bring national buzz to these talented local indie rockers.
Craig Adams & Higher Dimensions of Praise, 5/3, GOS, 6p: Hammond player and Houston/New Orleans native Adams leads this dynamic, 16-piece gospel group.
Creole Osceola Mardi Gras Indians, 4/25, PAR, 3:10p: Mardi Gras Indian parade.
Creole String Beans, 4/26, FDD, 4:30p: Fronted by photographer Rick Olivier and including 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, 5/2, KID, 4:10p: 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, Ga.
Culu Children’s Traditional African Dance Company with Stilt Walkers, 5/3, KID, 5:15p: Founded in 1988, this New Orleans-based company has toured the US and performed for Winnie Mandela.
Curtis Pierre and the Samba Kids, 5/1, KID, 5:15p: The self-professed “samba king of New Orleans” leads the Afro-Brazilian troupe he founded in 1987 on a series of parades and performances.
Cynthia Girtley “New Orleans Gospel Diva,” 5/3, GOS, 12:05p: This jazz-inspired singer/keyboardist is influenced by Mahalia Jackson, for whom she’s performed tributes.
Cyril Neville, 4/30, CON, 3:35p: 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.
Daryl Adams’ Tornado Brass Band, 4/26, PAR, 4p: Originally formed as the Hurricane Brass Band in 1974, the group got a new name when saxophonist Darryl Adams took over as leader. They’re inspired by the sound of the Olympia Brass Band and other traditional marching groups.
Davell Crawford presents “To Fats With Love,” a Fats Domino tribute, 5/2, ACU, 1:40p: Grandson of the late New Orleans R&B great James “Sugarboy” Crawford, Davell is an energetic keyboardist and soulful singer whose repertoire draws on R&B, jazz and gospel. Here, he turns his attention to the work of piano legend Fats Domino.
David & Roselyn, 5/1, KID, 5:15p: In addition to being a longtime fixture on the French Quarter music scene, local duo David Leonard and Roselyn Lionheart have performed their traditional jazz and blues mix on the Smithsonian Institute’s PBS “River of Song” documentary.
Deacon John, 5/3, GEN, 12:35p: 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 including Aaron Neville’s “Tell It Like It Is” and Ernie K-Doe’s “Mother-In-Law.”
Dee-1, 5/2, CON, 12:15p: After a series of well-received mixtapes, this New Orleans-based rapper signed with RCA. His latest project 3’s Up features biting commentary about the music business and society at large embedded within an addictive flow.
Delbert McClinton, 4/26, AM, 3:30p; BLU, 5:45: 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. Nick Spitzer interviews him ahead of his set.
Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, 5/1, JAZ, 6p: The trombonist, composer and producer recently recorded “The Last Southern Gentlemen,” his first full-length album with his father, Ellis Marsalis. His energetic UJO sets balance humor and fun with tight ensemble interplay and memorable solos.
Dennis McNally, 5/1, AM, 2:30p: Gwen Thompkins interviews McNally and Marcia Ball about his book, Highway 61: Music, Race and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom.
Deslondes, The 5/4, LAG, 12:55p: 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.
Di Filippo Marionette, 4/25, KID, 2:50p: Italian marionette maker and actor Remo di Fillipo returns after a successful performance at last spring’s New Orleans International Puppet Festival.
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, 5/1, GEN, 3:30p: 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. They recently celebrated their 35th anniversary with a new CD, 20 Dozen.
Divine Ladies SA&PC, 4/25, PAR, 4:15p: This Uptown social aid and pleasure club’s annual parades generally kick off in serious style on St. Charles and Jackson Avenues.
Dixie Cups, 5/2, BLU, 1:30p: See New Orleans Classic R&B Divas.
DJ Captain Charles, 5/3, CON, 3:10p: The self-proclaimed “most renowned DJ in New Orleans,” Captain Charles has been fortifying his music collection for more than 20 years.
Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music Band, 4/26, JAZ, 11:10a: “Big Chief” and “Hey Pocky Way” are part of the curriculum for this band of high school-aged students, sponsored by the Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s community music education program.
Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders, 5/3, ECO, 3p: Fresh off a tour in Europe, this eclectic banjo player 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.
Donald Harrison, 4/25, NOC, 4:05p; 5/1, CON, 1:50p: Saxophonist Harrison is a New Orleans Renaissance man who has explored reggae, funk and Mardi Gras Indian music through the filter of jazz. His last CD, This is Jazz, is a trio set with Billy Cobham and Ron Carter. He welcomes special guest Dr. Lonnie Smith at his NOCCA Pavilion set.
Donald Lewis, 4/30, KID, 11:30a: Local actor and educator Lewis teaches drama and storytelling and performs regularly with the group Young Audiences of Louisiana.
Donnell Russell and UPS, 4/30, GOS, 5:50p: Known for their single “Hold On Soldier,” local gospel act the United Praise Singers were recently named Best New Artist at the New Orleans Gospel Music Awards.
Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans 5/1, ECO, 12:30p: 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.
Dr. Brice Miller & Mahogany Brass Band, 4/25, PAR, 12:45p; J&H, 1:40p: Performance artist, trumpeter, DJ and ethnomusicologist Miller has a taste for avant-garde jazz and electronic music, though the Mahogany Brass Band skews toward traditional jazz.
Dr. John Ske Dat De Dat … The Spirit of Satch, 5/3, GEN, 5:55p: New Orleans piano icon Dr. John infuses his funky, mystical style into the music of Louis Armstrong. His recent Satchmo tribute album featured a host of big-name guests.
Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band with Thais Clark, 5/2, ECO, 2:55p: Clarinetist and jazz scholar White fused traditional and modern styles on his last two CDs with the Liberty Jazz Band, Adventures in New Orleans Jazz, Volumes 1 and 2. He recently produced an album’s worth of new recordings tracing the history of modern New Orleans brass band music for Smithsonian Folkways.
Dukes of Dixieland, 5/2, ECO, 12:25p: 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.
Dumaine Gang SA&PC, 4/25, PAR, 4:15p: 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, 5/2, FDD, 5:55p: This second generation accordionist/singer carries on the blues-infused zydeco style of his dad Dopsie Sr., with a bit of added speed and volume. He was named 2014’s Best Zydeco Artist in OffBeat’s Best of the Beat Awards.
Dynamic Smooth Gospel Singers of Slidell, 4/24, GOS, 2:50p: Evangelist Rosa Lee Smooth founded this gospel group three decades ago, he daughter Cynthia Smooth Plummer now leads the group. They perform this set with Slidell’s Bester Singers.
E’Dana, 5/3, GOS, 1:55p: Gospel singer E’Dana has become as well known for her stage work as her music, having performed in plays including “Ain’t No Sunshine When He’s Home,” “I Can Do Bad All By Myself” and “Be Careful What You Pray For.”
Eagle and Hawk, 4/30, GEN, 1:40p: This innovative septet from Winnipeg merges roots rock with sonic elements drawn from indigenous North American culture.
Ed Sheeran, 5/2, GEN, 5:15p: One of England’s biggest pop exports, this singer-songwriter has worked extensively with Taylor Swift and written songs for One Direction when not performing solo.
Ed Volker’s Trio Mollusc, 5/2, LAG, 3:40p: 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.
Eleanor McMain Singing Mustangs, 4/30, GOS, 11:20a: The McMain Secondary School Gospel Choir, aka the McMain Singing Mustangs, return for their seventh Jazz Fest performance under the guidance of Clyde Lawrence.
The Electrifying Crown Seekers, 5/2, GOS, 11:15a: Keep an ear peeled for this Marrero, La.-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, 4/25, JAZ, 1:20p: The legendary modern jazz pianist and patriarch of the Marsalis family still holds court Friday nights at Snug Harbor. He recently recorded The Last Southern Gentlemen, his first full-length album with his son, trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis.
Elton John, 5/2, ACU, 4:50p: The Rocketman has been recording, touring and making a case for the extended shelf life of rhinestone-bedecked velvet suits since 1961.
Encore Academy, 4/24, KID, 12:40p: Students at this local pre-K through 7th grade charter school learn their musical ropes via five different instruments before the end of 4th grade.
Eric Lindell, 4/30, BLU, 4:15p: 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, 5/1, JAZ, 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.
Ernie Vincent & the Top Notes, 4/24, BLU, 11:15a: Guitarist Vincent was the wah-wah man on the ‘70s soul collectors classic “Dap Walk,” and he played some memorable gigs with Ernie K-Doe at the Mother-in-Law Lounge. He has been energized by his new, young lineup of the Top Notes.
Estelle, 5/1, CON, 3:30p: British songstress Estelle hit the bigtime in 2008 with her Grammy-winning, double platinum Kanye West collaboration “American Boy.” Her new album True Romance is built around the themes of “passion, courage, bullshit and true romance.”
Eulenspiegel Puppet Theater, 4/26, KID, 3p: The long-running Eulenspiegel features marionettes, shadow puppets and huge parade puppets in its live music-centric performances.
Family Ties SA&PC , 4/25, PAR, 4:15p: This popular Social Aid and Pleasure Club is based downtown, generally strutting down Basin Street on its annual Sunday parade.
Favor, 4/24, CON, 11:10a: In 2010, New Orleans rapper Spit became Favor. Though he now raps about his Christian faith, his flow remains tight, poetic and compelling.
Feufollet, 5/3, FDD, 12:25p: The young Cajun band’s En Couleurs won a Grammy nomination and made OffBeat’s Top 20 for 2010. They’re currently touring in support of their March release, Two Universes.
Fi Yi Yi & the Mandingo Warriors, 4/30, J&H, 3:10p: 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, 4/26, PAR, 4p: An esteemed branch of the historic Young Men Olympian, Jr. Benevolent Association.
First Emanuel Baptist Church Mass Choir, 4/25, GOS, 5p: This choir is based in the Central City church of the same name and is one of the most celebrated in the city.
Flow Tribe, 4/26, ACU, 11:15a: “Backbone cracking music” is the chosen genre of this party-friendly New Orleans funk/rock band, which adds Red Hot Chili Peppers and hip-hop to the Meters on its list of funk influences.
Franklin Avenue Music Ministry, 4/26, GOS, 5p: One of New Orleans’ largest and most powerful church choirs and a former winner for Best Gospel Group in OffBeat’s Best of the Beat.
Fredy Omar con su Banda, 5/3, J&H, 3p: Once proclaimed the “Latin King of Frenchmen Street” by OffBeat, Omar is a Honduras-born singer with a sizzling band. He’s played Jazz Fest every year since 1998.
Free Agents Brass Band, 4/30, J&H, 1:45p: 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.”
The Furious Five SA&PC, 4/26, PAR, 12:30p: 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 and the Honky Tonk Revue, 5/1, FDD, 1:30p: Big-voiced Maryland native Vanessa Niemann fronts one of the city’s leading Western swing bands.
Galactic featuring Macy Gray, 5/1, ACU, 3:25p: On their recent tour, these jamband scene stalwarts funked up with horn jams, soul shouter tunes, surprise rock covers and reimagined Mardi Gras anthems. Here, their high-energy funk rock gets offset by Gray’s deep, velvety voice and blues sensibility.
Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, 4/24, FDD, 3p: Originally the drummer in his late father John Delafose’s band, Geno took to the accordion and became a popular bandleader specializing in country-styled zydeco, when not raising horses and cattle at his Double D Ranch outside Eunice.
George Porter, Jr. & the Runnin’ Pardners, 5/3, ACU, 11:15a: 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 with guests, 5/1, ECO, 3p: 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, 5/2, JAZ, 1:30p: Locally prized jazz singer can caress a ballad or scat-sing an uptempo number with the best. Her history includes a stint playing bass on Bourbon Street with Alvin “Red” Tyler. She has logged 50 years as a teacher.
GIVERS, 4/25, GEN, 3:25p: 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, 5/3, BLU, 1:25p: This singer/trombonist is a brass traditionalist and a testifying R&B vocalist who honed his entertaining chops in Jackson Square. His autobiographical release, Redemption, incorporates gritty rock and dark lyrics to show a new side of Andrews’ artistry.
Go-Getters SA&PC, 4/24, PAR, 3:30: A parading branch of the Krewe of Zulu.
The Gospel Inspirations of Boutte, 4/24, 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, La.
GrayHawk presents Native Lore and Tales, 4/24, KID, 3p: This Houma, La., resident shares stories from his Choctaw heritage and beyond.
Grayson Capps, 4/24, LAG, 5:35p: Southern roots rock gets an emotional update from singer/songwriter Capps, whose South Alabama heritage is as audible in his music as the decade he spent living and performing in New Orleans.
Gregg Stafford & His Young Tuxedo Brass Band, 5/2, ECO, 5:40p: Trumpeter Stafford made his Bourbon Street performing debut in 1970. He has led the Young Tuxedo Brass Band for nearly three decades.
Grupo Sensacion, 4/30, J&H, 11:30a: 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.
Guitar Slim, Jr., 5/3, BLU, 11:10a: Slim learned from two masters: His dad Eddie “Guitar Slim” Jones, who cut the blues standard “The Things That I Used to Do,” and Stevie Ray Vaughan, with whom he toured in the ’80s.
Gurrumul, 5/1, BLU, 2:35p: The indigenous Australian singer and multi-instrumentalist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, whose delicate voice has earned him multiple awards and even more critical praise, also plays drums, keyboard, guitar and didgeridoo, despite being born blind.
Hardhead Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, 5/1, J&H, 3:05p: This Mardi Gras Indian tribe hails from the 7th Ward.
Helen Cox High School Choir, 4/30, GOS, 12:10p: These young singers from Jefferson Parish are reportedly the first high school gospel choir from their neck of the woods to land a gig in Jazz Fest’s Gospel Tent.
Helen Gillet, 5/2, LAG, 12:45p: 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. She released a new solo album, Bangkok Silver, in March.
Henry Gray, 5/2, BLU, 11:10a: Hailing from just outside Baton Rouge, Gray is a key architect of the Chicago blues piano sound. In addition to playing with Howlin’ Wold for a dozen years, he recorded with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Buddy Guy, James Cotton, Robert Lockwood, Jr. and many others.
Herbert McCarver & Pinstripe Brass Band, 5/1, J&H, 4:15p: 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.
High Steppers Brass Band, 5/1, J&H, 11:25a; 5/1, 12:30p: This young local brass band mixes traditional New Orleans brass sounds with plenty of hip-hop influences.
Higher Heights Reggae Band, 4/30, J&H, 5:40p: 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.
Hobgoblin Hill Puppets, 5/3, KID, 2:45p: Humor and satire are priorities in performances by this Louisiana-based puppetry group, which features hand-carved and sculpted puppets.
Honey Island Swamp Band, 4/24, ACU, 12:40p: 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.
The Honorable South, 5/1, GEN, 11:20a: Headed by Charm Taylor, this five-piece ensemble calls their sound “electric soul rock ‘n’ roll.” Their latest album is Faithful, Brave and Honest.
Hot 8 Brass Band, 4/26, J&H, 5:35p: The storied Hot 8 is a study in survival, having lost three members in shooting deaths. Formed in 1995 by Bennie Pete, Jerome Jones and Harry Cook, the band has endured, adding elements of hip-hop, funk and jazz to traditional brass band sounds.
Hot Club of New Orleans, 5/1, LAG, 5:15p: 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.
Hozier, 4/24, GEN, 3:20p: The Irish-born singer/songwriter Andrew Hozier-Byrne’s cavernous voice packs enough blues vocabulary and soul into his acoustic guitar and vocal performances to bring down just about any house of worship.
Idlewild String Confederation, 4/30, LAG, 4:35p: Dobro, banjo, acoustic bass and a pair of guitars give this local country bluegrass six-piece a warm acoustic sound.
The Iguanas, 4/30, FDD, 6p: 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 is Juarez.
Irma Thomas, 4/26, ACU, 3p: The “Soul Queen of New Orleans” richly deserves that title, with a 50-plus year recording career. While she still plays “It’s Raining,” “Time is on My Side” and the other early hits, she continues to introduce new material.
The Gospel Soul of Irma Thomas, 5/1, GOS, 3:50p: 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.
Ironing Board Sam, 5/3, BLU, 12:15p: Samuel Moore’s decade-spanning career as an electric blues keyboardist and singer began with a heavy gospel and boogie-woogie influence before veering towards the blues. He’s worked with the Music Maker Relief Foundation since 2010.
Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, 4/25, AM, 12:30p; 4/26, JAZ, 1:45p: Mayfield is a performer and a crusader for jazz, having brought his Jazz Playhouse to the Royal Sonesta on Bourbon Street. The NOJO is his artistic base and provides an outlet for his compositional talents. Karen Celestan interviews Mayfield about his new book, Jazz Playhouse, the day before the set.
Irvin Mayfield School of Music Ambassadors, 4/24, KID, 5:15p: Students aged 8 – 17 from the Irvin Mayfield School of Music perform repertoire reflecting their studies in jazz, classical and world music.
ISL Circus Arts Kids, 4/30, 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 with guest Art Neville, 4/25, ACU, 3:05p: The well-travelled keyboardist makes some of the deepest funk of his career with this band, which features double bass guitars, giving it one of the fattest bottoms in town. He’s joined by his keyboard playing uncle Art.
J Monque’D Blues Band, 5/1, BLU, 12:20p: The song and album title “Chitlin Eatin’ Music” best describes the output of this longtime harmonica wailer and Uptown character.
Jambalaya Cajun Band with special guest D.L. Menard, 5/1, FDD, 12:20p: 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, 4/26, BLU, 11:15a: 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, 5/1, JAZ, 12:15p: Perhaps the city’s only jazz/funk saxophonist who doubles on bagpipes, Rivers was also known for playing a longtime (now discontinued) Sunday brunch at the Hilton, and for scoring Clint Eastwood’s The Bridges of Madison County.
James Singleton, 4/26, AM, 4:30p: T.R. Johnson interviews the Astral Project bassist, one of the city’s most prominent and influential improvisers. Singleton’s latest recording is Shiner, recorded live at Snug Harbor with Mike Dillon, Larry Sieberth, Tim Green, Mark Southerland and Skerik.
Jamil Sharif, 4/24, ECO, 12:25p: 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.
Jarekus Singleton, 5/1, BLU, 3:55p; 5/2, AM, 1p: Rising star Mississippi blues guitarist Singleton combines elements of modern and traditional blues with hip-hop influenced vocals. He sits down with interviewer Scott Jordan the day after his set.
Jason Marsalis, 4/24, NOC, 1:20p; 5/3, JAZ, 1:30p: The youngest musical Marsalis brother began as a vibraphonist but spends more time these days behind the drums. In both situations, he expertly matches agile displays of technique with a deep sense of groove.
Javier Gutierrez & Vivaz!, 5/2, J&H, 2:55p: Afro-Caribbean rhythms meet Latin jazz and Flamenco in this spirited, New Orleans-based quintet.
Javier’s Dance Company Presents Across the Border, 5/3, KID, 4:10p: Dancers from Javier’s Dance Studio in Slidell perform under the tutelage of Javier Juarez, Melissa Juarez and Muriel Santana.
Jean Knight, 5/2, BLU, 1:30p: See New Orleans Classic R&B Divas.
Jeff Floyd, 5/3, CON, 2:05p: This old-school Southern soul singer graduated from performing in his church choir to recording with Stax Records alum William Bell. He’s best known for his hit “I Found Love (On a Lonely Highway)”
Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, 4/26, FDD, 11:15a: Once a member of the funky Zydeco Force, singer/accordionist Broussard turns to old-school Creole and zydeco with this group.
Jeremy Davenport, 4/25, JAZ, 2:40p: 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.
Jermaine Landrum and the Abundant Praise Revival Choir, 5/2, GOS, 5:50p: The popular Rev. Jermaine Landrum leads the choir affiliated with Holyghost Headquarters Ebenezer Baptist Church in New Orleans.
Jerry Lee Lewis, 5/2, ACU, 3:05p: Known as the Killer for his over-the-top ivory attacks, the piano powerhouse behind “Great Balls of Fire” still lives up to his nickname, as evidenced by strong recent recordings like Last Man Standing and 2014’s Rock & Roll Time.
Jesse McBride presents the Next Generation, 5/1, JAZ, 1:25p: New Orleans-trained pianist McBride honors the second 50 years of New Orleans jazz and the legacies of artists including Harold Battiste, Ellis Marsalis, James Black and Ed Blackwell.
Jewel Brown with Gregg Stafford’s Jazz Hounds, 4/25, ECO, 4:20p: Featured vocalist Jewel Brown joins traditional New Orleans jazz trumpeter Stafford, who made his Bourbon Street performing debut in 1970 and also leads the Young Tuxedo Brass Band.
Jimmie Vaughan & Tilt a Whirl Band feat. Lou Ann Barton, 4/24, BLU, 5:45p: Strat master and co-founder of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Vaughan’s recent repertoire has focused on little-known blues and R&B tunes that inspired him when he was first coming up. Barton pitches in on vocals as she did on his last two releases.
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band, 4/26, ACU, 5p: Key West’s Parrothead-in-Chief serves up laidback songs about Gulf Coast boozing, burger-eating and loving, with a side of not-so-thinly veiled weed humor.
Jimmy Cliff, 4/24, CON, 5:40p: One of the most influential reggae artists of all time, Cliff’s message-driven songwriting and buoyant sense of rhythm shine through his latest, the Tim Armstrong-produced “Rebirth.”
Jo “Cool” Davis with guest Helen Durieux, 4/26, GOS, 12p: A Jazz Fest perennial, this New Orleans gospel singer shares the stage with Pastor Helen Durieux.
Joe Hall & the Cane Cutters, 4/30, FDD, 11:25a: This traditional zydeco accordionist was mentored by Bois Sec Ardoin before venturing out on his own.
Joe Krown Trio feat. Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Russell Batiste, Jr., 4/25, BLU, 1:15p: 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.”
John Boutté, 5/3, JAZ, 2:40p: A local favorite with a high and haunting voice, Boutte is an inspired, passionate interpreter of songs, and has started making more of a mark with his original songs—notably his “Treme Song,” the theme of the HBO series.
John Lawrence and Ven Pa’ Ca Flamenco Ensemble, 5/3, LAG, 11:30a: This long-running flamenco ensemble led by guitarist Lawrence usually features saxophonist Rob Wagner with Dave Sobel on percussion, along with dancers.
John Legend, 4/25, CON, 5:30p: Legend boasts a powerful, gospel-steeped voice, classical piano skills and a charismatic stage presence, which, along with his savvy as an arranger, give him a substantive edge over many of his chart-topping pop peers.
John Lisi and Delta Funk!, 4/25, BLU, 11:10a: These busy Frenchmen Street regulars bill their sound as new-school blues. Lisi’s weapons of choice range from Stratocaster to dobro to mandolin to steel guitar.
John Michael Bradford, 4/24, JAZ, 11:15a; 4/25, NOC, 1:20p: Though not yet out of high school, award-winning trumpeter John Michael Bradford performs with many of New Orleans’ most prominent jazz ensembles. He’s slated to graduate from NOCCA this year.
John Mooney & Bluesiana, 4/26, BLU, 1:25p: 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.
John P. Kee & New Life, 4/25, GOS, 3:50p: Hailing from Charlotte, N.C., the New Life Fellowship Church choir is headed up by Pastor Kee, whose music career began at age 14.
John Rankin and Friends, 4/25, LAG, 12:50p: Rankin’s innovative and expansive solo guitar work gets kicked up a notch courtesy of talented pals Don Vappie, Tom Fischer, Washboard Chaz, Todd Duke and Phil DeGruy.
Johnette Downing and Scott Billington, 5/3, KID, 12:40p: This local duo, comprised of children’s author and guitarist Downing and Grammy-winning producer Billington, presents a medley of Louisiana roots music dubbed “Swamp Romp.”
Johnny Sansone, 4/24, ACU, 11:20a: 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. Sansone’s latest, Once It Gets Started, features drummer Stanton Moore and singer Maggie Koerner.
Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, 5/1, ACU, 12:25p: Fronted by a cellist turned guitarist, they’re a funky rock band with a few gonzoid touches whose 2013 CD 2000 Days shows off their (slightly) more serious side.
The Johnson Extension, 5/2, GOS, 2:50p: New Orleans spiritual leader and matriarch Rev. Lois Dejean leads four generations of family members in sacred song.
Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, 4/26, BLU, 12:20p: Since moving over from the UK in the ’80s, Cleary’s earned a place in the frontline of New Orleans blues singers and keyboardists.
Jonathon “Boogie” Long, 4/24, ACU, 1:25p: 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, 4/30, GOS, 1p: Grade school-aged sisters Kayla, Kiera, Dalia and Dejon Jones comprise this gospel quartet, which first performed when the youngest sister was only 2.
Joseph Torregano Quartet, 4/30, ECO, 11:20a: A staple on the local traditional jazz scene for decades, clarinetist Torregano also taught many of the city’s finest players, including Christian Scott and Victor Atkins.
Judy Stock, 4/26, KID, 1:50p: Playing folk music on a variety of instruments, Stock, an early childhood specialist, works lessons about literacy into her performances.
Julio y Cesar Band, 4/25, J&H, 11:20a: These local brothers do Latin-American music on twin classical guitars, and have lately expanded from duo to band.
Juvenile and Mannie Fresh Together, 4/25, CON, 2:05p: Back in the ’90s, producer, rapper and musician Mannie Fresh produced repeated hits for Juvenile’s then-running crew, the Hot Boys. Both artists have since gone to successful solo careers, but expect a few throwbacks in their reunion set.
Kacey Musgraves, 5/3, FDD, 5:45p: In addition to her songwriting skills and chops on guitar, harmonica and mandolin, this rising country star has the honor of being the only artist at Jazz Fest who owns a pair of light-up cowboy boots.
Kai Knight’s Silhouette Dance Ensemble, 4/25, KID, 12:40p: New Orleans troupe that aims to teach young African-American woman a positive image and self-expression through dance.
Kalpana the Storyteller, 4/30, KID, 1:50p: A seasoned professional storyteller, Kaplana shares stories, myths and anecdotes emanating from her Indian heritage.
Kat Walker Jazz Combo, 5/1 KID, 3p: Watch your kids learn the art of scat singing before a live band, live-action jazz karaoke style.
Keep-N-It Real SA&PC, 4/24, PAR, 1:55p: This young Bayou St. John-based parade club features solid dancers and some of the best brass bands in town.
Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, 5/3, FDD, 1:40p: Frank leads his hard-driving zydeco band, which formed in 1990.
Keith Urban, 4/24, AM, 1:30p; ACU, 5:20p: It wasn’t until Mannie Fresh passed on Urban’s early gangster rap demo that he gave up his first musical dream and opted to become a massive country pop star and “American Idol” judge. He kept the last name just in case. Keith Spera interviews the New Zealand-born crooner before his set.
Kelly Love Jones, 4/30, LAG, 1:55p: This soulful singer/songwriter and guitarist writes world music-influenced songs with uplifting themes.
Kenny Brown Band, 4/30, LAG, 3:05p: A purveyor of North Mississippi Hill Country blues, slide guitarist Brown developed his sound under the tutelage of R.L. Burnside in the ’70s.
Kenny Garrett, 4/25, JAZ, 5:50p: Armed with a far-reaching creative drive, a propensity for fiery solos and an audible affection for funk, this acclaimed saxophonist and bandleader has also recorded with the likes of Miles Davis, Chick Corea and Roy Haynes.
Kenny Neal, 4/24, BLU, 4:05p: 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.
Kent Jordan, 4/24, JAZ, 2:50p: The flute-playing member of New Orleans’ Jordan family musical dynasty has a lyrical style that’s given him cred in both the jazz and classical worlds.
Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, 5/2, CON, 2:45p: One of New Orleans’ most beloved trumpeters and personalities, Ruffins digs swingin’, smokin’ and partyin’ … traditional style.
Kermit Ruffins’ Tribute to Louis Armstrong, 5/3, ECO, 4:20p: Green laws, the more-fun sibling of blue laws, mandate that when a contemporary reefer man revisits the work of the original reefer man, the music shall begin at 4:20.
Kevin Naquin and the Ossun Playboys, 4/30, FDD, 11:15a: Spirited accordionist Naquin has Cajun music in his blood on both sides, thanks to his grandfathers, accordionist Hadley Fontenot and fiddler Edius Naquin.
Kevin Stylez, 4/26, CON, 11:20a: Katrina forced this velvet-voiced young singer/songwriter to evacuate to Austin, where he developed his neo-soul sound and began writing songs like “Listen,” a response to the murder of Trayvon Martin.
Khari Allen Lee & Gregory Agid: A Tribute to Alvin Batiste and Harold Battiste, 5/3, JAZ, 12:20p: Saxophonist Lee is joined by clarinetist Gregory Agid as they perform the music of Alvin Batiste and Harold Battiste. Agid counts Alvin Batiste as his main musical mentor.
Khris Royal & Dark Matter, 5/2, CON, 11:10a; NOC, 4:35p: Merging funk grooves with ethereal forays into electronica-based jazz motifs has made this NOCCA and Berklee-trained saxophonist a local favorite across multiple genre scenes.
Kid Chocolate’s Onward Brass Band, 4/24, NOC; 5/3, ECO, 1:45p: Brown, a New Orleans Jazz Orchestra mainstay, plays the NOCCA Pavilion April 24. The following weekend, he picks up the baton for latest incarnation of the traditional New Orleans brass band Paul Barbarin revived in the ‘60s.
Kid Simmons’ Local International Allstars, 4/24, ECO, 11:20a: An early devotee of George “Kid Shiek” 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, 4/30, 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 and the Improvisational Arts Quintet: 4/24, JAZ, 12:20p: The master improviser and saxophonist returns to the format he founded decades ago with Alvin Fielder and Clyde Kerr, Jr.
Kim Carson and the Real Deal, 5/3, LAG, 3p: 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.
Kim Che’re, 4/26, GOS, 12:50p: This local gospel singer (via New York) has worked as Minister of Music for groups including New Home Full Gospel Ministries, Beacon Light of Hammond and Greater Mount Calvary Church. She’s contributed to the Gospel Music Workshop of America since 1978.
Kinfolk Brass Band, 5/2, PAR, 4p: 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.
Kristin Diable, 5/1, ACU, 11:20a; AM, 1:30p: 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. She sits down for an interview with Brett Milano before her set.
Kumbuka African Drum & Dance Collective, 4/24, J&H, 11:20a: Founded in 1983 and based in New Orleans, this troupe brings African music and dance to grade schools throughout Louisiana. Members range from ages 9 to 55.
Kyle Roussel, 5/1, JAZ, 11:10a; 5/3, NOC, 1:25p: NOCCA grad Roussel’s piano style ranges widely, spanning the jazz, R&B, funk, gospel and classical worlds. He’s worked with artists including Delfeayo Marsalis, the Dirty Dozen, Khris Royal and Christian Scott. His electronic project performs at the NOCCA Pavilion.
La Santa Cecilia, 4/24, AM, 2:30p; FDD, 4:25p: Hailing from Los Angeles, this Grammy-winning Mexican-American four-piece rocks out to their own unique mix of cumbia, bossa nova, boleros and more. Dan Sharp interviews the band before their set.
Lady & Men Rollers SA&PC, 5/1, PAR, 12:30p: This Uptown-based social aid and pleasure club danced to the sounds of the Hot 8 at their 2014 annual Sunday parade.
Lady Jetsetters SA&PC, 5/2, PAR, 5:40p: Uptown’s Lady Jetsetters Social Aid and Pleasure Club recently celebrated their 25th anniversary.
Lagbaja, 4/24, CON, 3:55p: Traditional Yoruba drumming by multiple players create the grooves that drive the mix of Afrobeat, jazz and high life saxophonist Lagbaja has dubbed “Africano.”
Landry Walker Charter High School Gospel Choir, 4/30, GOS, 1:50p: A 40-plus member gospel choir from the West Bank school whose brass band recently won $10,000 in the Class Got Brass competition.
The Larry Garner Blues Band, 4/24, BLU, 12:20p: Years of moonlighting at Baton Rouge hotspot Tabby’s Blues Box inspired this former Dow Chemical employee to leave his day job. The guitarist went on to earn international acclaim, particularly in Europe.
Larry Sieberth featuring Mehnaz Hoosein, 5/2, JAZ, 12:20p; AM, 3p: Pianist Sieberth describes this project as “world beat in the style of Tabla Beat Science meets Weather Report.” It features Indian pop singer Mehnaz Hoosein, plus Mike Dillon, Doug Belote, Calvin Turner and Jimmy Robinson. Snug Harbor’s Jason Patterson interviews Sieberth after his set.
Lars Edegran & the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, 4/24. ECO, 1:40p: 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 Straws, 4/26, ECO, 11:20a: This local seven-piece has been playing traditional New Orleans jazz for more than 50 years.
Leah Chase, 4/26, JAZ, 1:20p: A classically trained opera singer who turned to jazz, Chase is also the daughter of two of New Orleans’ most famous restaurateurs.
Lenny Kravitz, 5/3, ACU, 3:50p: Psychedelic rocker Lenny Kravitz warms up the main stage for Trombone Shorty, who credits the guitarist with much of his onstage charisma. Kravitz’s latest release, “Strut,” arrived last year.
Leo Jackson & the Melody Clouds, 4/24, GOS, 1p: 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 & the New Orleans-Helsinki Connection, 4/30, ECO, 1:45p; AM, 4p: Danny Barker protégé Jones and his trumpet join trombonist Katja Toivola and musicians from their respective hometowns for a modern take on traditional New Orleans jazz. The bandleaders sit down for a talk with Michael Gourrier after the set.
Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Runners, 5/1, FDD, 11:15a: Like his famous dad, Leroy “The Bull” Thomas, Leroy Thomas began his music career as a drummer. After teaching himself accordion, he joined The Bull’s band, then became a leader himself.
Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials, 4/30, AM, 3p; BLU, 5:45p: Chicago slide guitarist Lil Ed Williams and his band have been a staple of the Windy City blues scene for 24 years. Ethnomusicologist David Kunian interviews him before his set.
Lil’ Buck Sinegal Blues Band, 4/30, BLU, 1:35p: 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, 4/24, FDD, 6p: 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.
Little Freddie King Blues Band, 4/26, BLU, 12:10p: 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.
Little Maker, 4/25, LAG, 2:15p: Empress Hotel’s Micah McKee and friends delve into rock’s folk and jazz heritage to arrive at their violin and horn-driven orchestral pop sound.
Lost Bayou Ramblers, 4/25, FDD, 2:55p: This hard-touring young Cajun band is steeped in tradition but has always been open to rock influences, which take center stage on their most recent album, Gasa Gasa Live.
Louis Ford and his New Orleans Flairs, 4/30, ECO, 5:45p: A Preservation Hall regular, multi-reedist Ford and his group specialize in traditional New Orleans jazz and big band-era classics.
Louis Prima, Jr. and the Witnesses, 4/24, AM, 3:30p; ECO, 5: 35p: Louis Prima’s son, singer Louis, Jr., walks the line between rock and the sound of the golden age of jazz. WWOZ’s Sally Young sits down with Prima for an interview before his set.
Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble, 4/26, ECO, 1:45p: Fred Star leads this local traditional jazz septet with a focus tight arrangements of tunes by Sam Morgan and other music from the turn of the century.
Loyola University Jazz Ensemble, 4/30, JAZ, 11:15a: Students from Loyola’s jazz program—the oldest in the city—make up this group.
Luke James, 4/25, CON, 3:50p: This New Orleans-born singer/songwriter has written hits for Britney Spears, Chris Brown and Justin Bieber. He also appeared in Beyonce’s “Run the World” video.
Luke Winslow-King, 4/26, LAG, 2:05p: A Michigan native who studied music at UNO, Winslow-King is both a performer and musicologist, combining the sound of early 20th century New Orleans with the street smarts of a modern songwriter.
Luther Kent & Trick Bag, 5/1, GEN, 1:55p: 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, 4/30 GOS, 2:40p: 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.
Maggie Koerner, 5/1, LAG, 2:15p: This soulful singer’s powerful pipes fronted Galactic for the past two years. She’s currently working on a new solo album.
Magnolia Sisters, 4/24, LAG, 3:05p: Boasting multi-instrumental expertise on fiddle, accordion, banjo, guitar and percussion, this quartet specializes in the music of Southwest Louisiana.
Major Handy and the Louisiana Blues Band, 5/3, FDD, 11:15a: Blues and zydeco expert Handy hails from Lafayette, where he developed his accordion, bass, piano and singing chops.
Mannie Fresh, 4/25, CON, 2:05p; AM 4:30p: Holly Hobbs interviews this nationally acclaimed, locally born and bred rapper and producer. See Juvenile and Mannie Fresh Together for more info.
Marc Broussard, 5/2, GEN, 1:55p: The Lafayette singer/guitarist grew up around vintage swamp-pop, but has since found his niche with a mix of soulful roots music and adult-contemporary pop. He’s opened tours for both the Dave Matthews Band and Maroon 5.
Marcia Ball, 5/2, ACU, 12:15p; AM, 12:30p: 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. Gwen Thompkins interviews Ball and Dennis McNally after the set.
Mariachi Jalisco US, 5/2, 11:20: 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, 4/24, ECO, 2:55p; 4/26, 1:10p: The leader 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 and Friends with guest Yolanda Windsay, 4/25, ECO, 12:35p: After studying with Alvin Batiste at Southern University, bassist Brooks went on to work with the likes of Dr. John, the Neville brothers and Lou Rawls. He’s joined by jazz vocalist Windsay, the daughter of Topsy Chapman.
Maurice “Mobetta” Brown, 4/24, JAZ, 1:30p: A former resident of New Orleans, this soulful, hip-hop influenced trumpeter has collaborated with a wide range of artists including Talib Kweli, Roy Hargrove, De La Soul, Diddy and Aretha Franklin.
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, 5/3, 5:40p: A now-perennial 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, 4/30, GOS, 5p: Thursdays at Jazz Fest traditionally feature high-school choirs in the Gospel Tent. This Treme School has been a regular. The choir and her director Veronica Downs-Dorsey were the recipients of OffBeat’s Best of the Beat Award in 2014 for Best Gospel Choir.
McMain Secondary School Drama Troupe, 5/1, KID, 12:40p: Students aged 12 – 18 perform comedy and drama, directed by Diana Boylseton.
McTeggart Irish Dancers of Louisiana, 5/3, KID, 11:30a: Students from this local co-ed Irish dance school show off their moves.
Mem Shannon and the Membership Band, 4/30, LAG, 5:40p: Inspired to play the blues by B.B. King, this local guitarist and singer made a splash when he incorporated recorded conversations from his previous cabbie gig into his first major album.
Men Buckjumpers SA&PC, 4/30, PAR, 1:40p: The Original New Orleans Lady Buckjumpers and Men Buckjumpers recently celebrated their 30th anniversary parade.
Men of Class SA&PC, 4/30, PAR, 4p: This Uptown-based social aid and pleasure club has been parading for 10 years and counting.
Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns, 4/30, BLU, 3p: Once a Royal Street performer, now a big name in the local traditional jazz scene, Lake and her big voice are getting more attention worldwide. Her latest album Fooler’s Gold mixes vintage sass with great storytelling and a gorgeously raw New Orleans feel.
The Meters, 5/3, ACU, 1:55p: A rare reunion for the four godfathers of New Orleans funk—Art Neville, Leo Nocentelli, George Porter, Jr. and Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste.
Mia Borders, 4/24, GEN, 12:25p: An energetic and soulful songwriter from New Orleans, Borders sings evocative confessionals shot through with plenty of funk and edge.
Midnite Disturbers, 5/2, J&H, 1:40p: It took drummers Kevin O’Day and Stanton Moore to corral a dozen of New Orleans’ busiest players into one wild brass band. Ben Ellman, Kirk Joseph, Trombone Shorty, Big Sam, Matt Perrine, Skerik and Mark Mullins should all be familiar names to Fest-goers.
Mikayla, 4/26, LAG, 11:30a: “NeoSoulPop” is how this New Orleans-based singer, songwriter and ukulelist describes her music.
Miss Claudia – Delicious! 4/24, KID, 4:10p: This children’s performer returns with a storytime-meets-musical-theater hybrid, focused on teaching principles like sharing. Miss Claudia also owns a vintage clothing store on Magazine Street.
Mississippi Rail Company, 5/2, ACU, 11:15a: Roots rock and R&B drive the spirited sound of this New Orleans four-piece, which released a new single every month in 2014.
Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, 5/2, PAR, 1:30p: 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. His tribe is joined by Big Chief Trouble and Trouble Nation.
Monogram Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, 4/26, PAR, 11:30a: Big Chief Tyrone “Pie” Stevenson recently returned to the Indian nation after a 15-year break. Known for his sewing prowess, he recently came out in black feathers in recognition of the things and people he’s lost through the years.
Monty Alexander and the Harlem-Kingston Express, 4/30, JAZ, 5:30: This Jamaica-born, New York-bred pianist earned early acclaim for his work with Dizzy Gillepsie, Ray Brown and other jazz luminaries. His innovative work as a leader blends reggae and ska with modern jazz.
Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church Mass Choir, 4/26, GOS, 5:55p: The members of this large local church choir range in age from teenagers to septuagenarians.
Mr. Okra, truck near J&H, 4/24, 12:20p, 1:40p, 2:40p, 4:05p, 5:25p; 4/25, 12:20p, 1:40p, 2:40p, 4p, 5p; 4/26, 12:15p, 1:15p, 2:40p, 3:50p, 5:15p: The last of New Orleans’ singing fruit vendors, this beloved local celebrity was recently immortalized with his own “Mr. Okra In Your Pocket” toy.
Ms. Ruby Wilson’s Tribute to Bessie Smith feat. Bryan “Breeze” Cayolle, 5/2, ECO, 4:20p: Born in Texas, based in Memphis and known as the blues queen of Beale Street, Wilson has become a crusader for health since recovering from a recent stroke.
The Mulligan Brothers, 5/3, LAG, 3:40p: This Americana-meets-country trio emphasizes on strong melodies and original narratives. Their eponymous 2013 album earned high marks from critics in their hometown of Mobile, Ala.
New Orleans Hip-Hop Experience – DJ Jubilee featuring Partners-N-Crime, Keedy Black, DJ Mike Swift, Jimmy Clever, T-Ray and the Violinist, 4/24, CON, 12:10p: Members of the local hip-hop and bounce scenes show off their skills.
N.O. Quarter Shanty Krewe, 4/25, KID, 1:55p: “Avast heaving me buckos!” Learn to translate that gem and more pirate lingo in this sea shanty workshop for small seafarers.
Narcisse/Movement Project, 5/2, NOC, 12:20p: Local dance school Dancing Grounds presents the work of artists under the direction of Maritza Marcado-Narcisse.
Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, 4/25, 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.”
Native Nations Intertribal, 4/24, NAT, 12p, 1:20p, 4p; 4/25, NAT, 12p, 1:10p, 3:45p; 4/26, NAT, 12p, 1:10p, 2:30p: The late Barry Langley of Louisiana’s Coushatta Tribe founded this Native American dance troupe and educational collective, which performs Northern and Southern Plains-style dances. The hoop dance is particularly fun to watch.
Naughty Professor, 5/3, LAG, 2:10p: This New Orleans-based six-piece plays a blend of funk, soul and rock that’s earned them a solid following on Frenchmen Street’s jamband scene.
New Birth Brass Band, 4/24, CON, 235p: 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 Generation SA&PC, 5/3, 1:45p: The New Generation Social Aid and Pleasure Club’s annual Sunday parades roll through Uptown.
New John Robicheaux Society Orchestra, The feat. Wendell Brunious and Tom Hook, 4/24, ECO, 4:15p: Before ragtime and jazz came of age in New Orleans there was John Robicheaux, and his European ballroom dance-inspired music. Pianist Hook arranges material from Robicheaux’s historic library for some of the Crescent City’s most skilled trad jazz players.
New Leviathan Oriental Fox-Trot Orchestra, 4/25, ECO, 11:15a: 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, 4/26, PAR, 4pm: Kids aged 3-16 make up this branch of the Young Men Olympian, Jr. Benevolent Association.
The New Orleans Black Chorale, – Tribute to Moses Hogan, 4/25, GOS, 1:55p: In 1980, the New Orleans Philharmonic presented “Symphony in Black,” an homage to the role the city’s African-American population played in developing our culture. Today’s choral group grew out of the Edwin B. Hogan-led singing ensemble that accompanied the orchestra.
New Orleans Classic R&B Divas feat. The Dixie Cups, Wanda Rouzan, and Jean Knight, 5/2, BLU, 1:30p: An all-star, all female revue featuring “Chapel of Love” hitmakers The Dixie Cups with Knight, of “Mr. Big Stuff” fame and Rouzan, a 50-year veteran of the local music scene known as “The Sweetheart of New Orleans.”
New Orleans Cottonmouth Kings, 4/26, ECO, 4:15p: This swing jazz sextet is a regrouped version of the New Orleans Jazz Vipers, carrying on their tradition of unamplified New Orleans jazz.
New Orleans Gospel Soul Children, 5/1, GOS, 5:55p: This long-standing local gospel group delivers energetic renditions of gospel standards.
New Orleans Klezmer Allstars, 4/25, LAG, 3:45p: Innovators of a funked-up localized take on Jewish traditional music, this band’s past and present members include scions of the city’s jazz and funk scenes.
New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Rhythm Section, 5/1, PAR, 3:50p: Eric “Yeti” Boudreaux, Monk Boudreaux’s younger brother, founded this high-caliber Mardi Gras Indian drummers ensemble.
New Orleans Nightcrawlers, 4/30, J&H, 4:10p: 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, 5/3, GOS, 11:10a: Founded a half-century ago by still-current leader Ruby Ray, the Spiritualettes are the longest-active female gospel group in New Orleans.
The New Orleans Suspects, 4/26, ACU, 12:25p: 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 Youth Buck Jumpers, 5/1, KID, 4:10p: The next generation of New Orleans’ second liners shows the Kids’ Tent how to strut.
New Wave Brass Band, 4/24, J&H, 12:40p: Snare drummer Oscar Washington is at the helm of this updated traditional New Orleans brass band.
Nicholas Payton Trio with Vicente Archer and Bill Stewart, 4/24, JAZ, 4:10p: This outspoken trumpeter recently showed the world through music what he means when he says, “I don’t play the J-word. I play BAM—Black American Music” with #BAM: Live at Bohemian Caverns. Another live disc, Sketches of Spain, was the formidable follow-up.
Ninevah Baptist Church Mass Choir, 4/26, GOS, 1:45p: Minister Hezekiah Brinson, Jr. leads this contemporary gospel choir from Metairie, La.
Ninth Ward Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, 4/26, PAR, 2p: Big Chief Robbe, who has led four Indian tribes, created this Lower Ninth Ward-based group in the 1940s.
Ninth Ward Navajo, 4/26, PAR, 2p: Big Chief Derrick Magee made waves a few years back when he featured a variety of biblical scenes in his beadwork.
No Doubt, 5/1, ACU, 5:25p: Gwen Stefani’s ska-pop-punk hybrid is best known for ‘90s hits like “Just a Girl,” despite their highly underrated acting debut on the “Homerpalooza” episode of “The Simpsons.”
NOCCA Allstar Alumni Jam feat. Donald Harrison, Jr. The Passing of the Torch, 4/26, JAZ, 4:10p; 5/3, JAZ, 4p: Graduates of the world renowned New Orleans Center For Creative Arts secondary school include Harrison, Harry Connick, Jr., Terence Blanchard, Nicholas Payton, Trombone Shorty and the Marsalis brothers, among others.
NOCCA Allstar Alumni Jazz Jam: The Ellis Marsalis Legacy, 5/3, 4p: NOCCA grads honor the legacy of pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis.
NOCCA Presents Carnival of the Animals, 4/25, KID, 4:25p: NOCCA students recreate Romantic composer Camille Saint-Saens’ multi-movement suite, hopefully as a medley with “They All Ask’d For You.”
NOCCA Presents the History of the second Line, 4/25, NOC, 12:30p, 3:15p; 4/30, NOC, 4:10p: Students from the New Orleans Center For Creative Arts secondary school explain how and why the city’s second line parade tradition came to be.
Norbert Susemihl’s New Orleans All-Stars and Wanda Rouzan, 5/3, ECO, 5:40p: German trumpeter Susemihl has been focused on traditional New Orleans jazz since the late ‘70s, cutting records with a litany of important figures in the Crescent City jazz scene from Willie Humphrey to Jason Marsalis.
The O’Jays, 5/3, CON, 3:45p: The soul-soaked R&B trio behind “Love Train” and “Backstabbers” features original members Eddie Levert and Walter Williams, plus Eric Grant, who replaced the late William Powell.
Ole and Nu Style Fellas, 5/3, 4:15p, PAR: The Ole and Nu Style Fellas hit the Fairgrounds fresh off their 2015 annual Sunday parade.
OperaCréole, 4/26, AM, 12:30p; KID, 4:10p: This vocal ensemble focuses on lost or rarely performed operatic and classical music, spotlighting, in particular, the contributions of African-American and Creole artists throughout New Orleans’ history. Peggy Scott LaBorde interviews members of the group before their set.
Orange Kellin’s New Orleans Deluxe Orchestra, 5/1, ECO, 5:40p: 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, 5/1, PAR, 5p: 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 CTC Steppers SA&PC, 5/3, PAR, 4:15p: 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 N.O. Lady Buckjumpers SA&PC, 5/3, PAR, 1:30p: The Original New Orleans Lady Buckjumpers and Men Buckjumpers recently celebrated their 30th anniversary parade.
Original Pigeon Town Steppers SA&PC, 5/2, PAR, 3p: This social aid and pleasure club holds its annual parade every Easter Sunday.
Original Pinettes Brass Band, 5/2, PAR, 3p, J&H, 4:10p: The first and possibly only all-female brass band, the Pinettes recently won Red Bull’s Brass Band battle under the Claiborne bridge.
Otra, 4/26, J&H, 1:35p: New Orleans bassist Sam Price founded this funky, often cerebral Afro-Cuban rhythm-based ensemble.
Ottertrail Native American Dance Troupe, 4/30, NAV, 12p, 1:10p, 2:30p; 5/1, 12p, 2:30p, 3:55p; 5/2, 12:15p, 1:15p, 2:25p; 5/3, 12:05p, 1:15p, 2:40p: This award-winning powwow singing and dance group began with a focus on the music of Southern tribes but has grown to encompass performers from across the country.
Palmetto Bug Stompers, 5/3, ECO, 11:15a: Heavy-hitters like trumpeter Will Smith join the inimitable Washboard Chaz Leary in his traditional New Orleans jazz ensemble.
Paloma Faith, 5/1, ACU, 1:45p: Retro British songstress Faith sings songs with the kind of big, swaggering melodies that Amy Winehouse loved, using the high range of her mezzo soprano voice to dramatic effect.
Panorama Jazz Band, 5/1, LAG, 1:40p: 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.
Pastor Jai Reed, 5/2, GOS, 1p: This New Orleans Baptist minister is a soulful singer in the Stevie Wonder tradition, doing gospel with a contemporary R&B influence.
Pastor Marvin Sapp, 5/2, GOS, 1p: This chart-topping gospel singer got his start with Commissioned before launching his successful solo career in the ‘90s.
Pastor Terry Gullage & the Greater Mt. Calvary Voices of Redemption, 4/24, GOS, 5:05p: From a young age, Elder Terry Gullage knew he had a gift for music. He leads the choir from this church in Marrero.
Pat Casey & the New Sound, 4/30, JAZ, 1:30p: Bassist Casey leads this group of young and talented local players through a mix of jazz, funk, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian-inspired music.
Patrice Fisher & Arpa with special guests from Brazil, 5/1, LAG, 12:40p: 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 & Minimum Rage with special guests the Write Brothers, 4/24, FDD, 1:40p: Since parting company with Cowboy Mouth, Sanchez has focused on songwriting, making him a great match for local songwriting heroes Alex McMurray, Spencer Bohren and Jim McCormick, who round out the Write Brothers.
Paulin Brothers Brass Band, 4/30, ECO, 12:30p: 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.
Peter Harris, 4/26, JAZ, 12:15p: Modern jazz bassist Harris has been expanding his horizons in recent years, showcasing a number of strong original compositions on 2013’s self-produced “The Jackal.”
The Pfister Sisters, 4/30, ECO, 3p: Inspired by the close harmonies and lively personalities of New Orleans’ Boswell Sisters, the Pfisters have a sound and look that harkens back to the 1930s.
Philip Manuel Swings the Beatles, 4/30, JAZ, 4p: This local, smooth-voiced R&B singer who grew up on the same block as the Neville Brothers tackles the Fab Four’s catalog, infusing a bit more jazz into the mix.
Pierre, Curtis and the Samba Kids, 4/25, KID, 5:15p: New Orleans’ best-known samba expert leads a children’s version of the popular Afro-Brazilian group.
Pine Leaf Boys: Louisiana Music, 5/3 FDD, 4:10p: 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.
Pitbull, 4/26, CON, 5:30p: Having given up his reggaeton roots for bigger sales as crossover club music hitmaker, first generation Cuban-American rapper Pitbull is big on shout-outs to ladies, shots, booties and “Mr. Worldwide” (that’s him).
Pocket Aces Brass Band, 4/25, PAR, 4:20p: 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. They’re currently recording their first album.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band, 5/2, BLU, 5:55p: With its 50th anniversary in the rearview mirror, the New Orleans music institution’s profile is higher than ever thanks to heavy touring, a Foo Fighters collaboration and a career-spanning boxed set.
PresHall Brass, 5/1, ECO, 4:20p: The newest addition to the Preservation Hall family, this contemporary brass band usually features bass drummer Tanio Hingle, trumpeter Will Smith and Kerry “Fat Man” Henry on the snare.
Prince of Wales SA&PC, 5/3, PAR, 1:30p: 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, 5/2, KID, 3p: The work of this Prague-trained, Mississippi-based puppetry whiz is regularly featured on PBS.
The Radiators, 5/3, GEN, 2:05p: Groupie-spawning fish-head rockers the Rads are back (again) after calling it semi-quits with a 2011 farewell tour. Expect a massive show of support for this long-beloved locals.
Raw Oyster Cult, 4/25, ACU, 12:25p: Something of a Radiators 2.0, this band features 3/5 of the Rads (Dave Malone, Camile Baudoin, Frank Bua) plus Papa Grows Funk’s John Gros and Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes’ bassist Dave Pomerlau.
Ray Abshire Cajun Band, 4/26, LAG, 12:45p: A Louisiana Folk Artist Hall of Famer, Abishire’s accordion career began in the late ‘60s with the Balfa Brothers. Today, his bandmates include his sons Travis and Brent.
The Raymond A. Miles Singers, 5/1, GOS, 2:45p: The untimely death of young New Orleans gospel legend Raymond A. Myles devastated the music and church communities in the ‘80s, but these devoted followers of his work keep his spirit alive.
The Rayo Brothers, 4/24, LAG, 1:50p: 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, 4/24, PAR, 3:30p, 4:25p: Alumni of Southern University’s Human Jukebox marching band put their funk and hip-hop-influenced spin on modern brass band music.
Rebirth Brass Band, 4/26, CON, 3:30p: 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. Their latest album “Move Your Body” shines a light on their original compositions.
Resurrection Baptist Church Choir of Schertz, TX, 4/25, GOS, 2:45p: Singers from this large Texan church focus on the tenets of “connecting, growing, serving, sharing and worshiping.”
Rev. John Wilkins, 5/1, BLU, 1:25p; AM, 3:30p: The sounds of Mississippi Hill Country and Memphis blues meet gospel in music from this pastor, whose congregation included the late Otha Turner. Tom Piazza interviews Wilkins following his set.
The Revelers, 4/24, FDD, 11:15a: A new Acadian supergroup made up of founding members of Jazz Fest perennials the Red Stick Ramblers and the Pine Leaf Boys.
The Revivalists, 4/25, GEN, 1:45p: New Orleans band has solid songs for the rock ’n’ rollers and free-flowing grooves for the jam-band crowd. Following the release of their Ben Ellman-produced second album, City of Sound, lead singer David Shaw hit the road with Galactic.
Revolution SA&P, 4/30, PAR, 1:40p: 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. This year, they celebrated their 20th anniversary.
Richard Comeaux Pedal Steel with the River Rats, 4/25, LAG, 11:30a: Cajun country pedal steel staple and River Road alum Comeaux debuts his latest lineup.
Rising Dragon Lion Dance Team, 4/25, KID, 1:35p: 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.
Robert “Bilbo” Walker and the California Dolls, 4/30, BLU, 12:35p: Known for dazzling displays of Chuck Berry-esque guitar work, Walker – a Clarksdale, Miss., native who spent time in Chicago before relocating west –is also prone to showing off his penchant for one-handed playing.
The Robert Cray Band, 4/25, BLU, 5:45p: Blues guitarist Cray is renowned for his ability to innovate within the blues idiom without losing sight of the traditions in which the music is based. His latest is 2014’s In My Soul.
Robin Barnes, 4/25, CON, 11:20a: 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.
Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, 5/1, FDD, 5:55p: 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, 4/26, GOS, 11:10a: New Orleans gospel in its purest form, this all-male group has been singing praises and spirituals for half a century.
Roddie Romero & the Hub City All Stars, 5/2, FDD, 2:50p: This eclectic Cajun, zydeco, swamp pop and rock ‘n’ roll band is built around accordionist/guitarist Romero and pianist Eric Adcock. Their expansive double album The La Louisianne Sessions was nominated for a Grammy.
Roland Guerin, 5/1, CON, 11:20a: After an educational stint with Alvin Batiste’s Jazztronauts, Guerin developed a versatile and innovative version of a six string bass guitar.
The Roots of Music Marching Crusaders, 4/30, PAR, 12:30p: This group 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.
Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys, 5/1, FDD, 2:55p: Known as the Zydeco Sweetheart, singer/accordionist Ledet has long been zydeco’s premier female bandleader. She’s also a master of the lyrical double entendre, as evinced by her local hit “I’m Gonna Take Care of Your Dog.”
The Royal Southern Brotherhood, 5/2, BLU, 3p: Jimmy Vaughn’s son Tyrone Vaughn, teams up with Cyril Neville, Bart Walker, Charlie Wooton and Yonrico Scott for a jam-friendly foray into Southern rock.
Royal Teeth, 4/24, GEN, 1:40p: 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 the couple of years.
The RRAAMS, 5/2, KID, 5:15p: The River Road African-American Museum Society in Donaldsonville presents an educational program for kids.
Ruby and the Rogues, 4/30, LAG, 11:30a: Singer/songwriter Ruby Rendrag performs with Michael Ennis on cajin and other percussion and Suki Kuehn on cello. Rendrag also manages Music Shed Studios.
Rumba Buena, 5/3, CON, 12:30p: This popular New Orleans Latin band is a 12-piece group with four singers, four percussionists, horns and rhythm to spare.
Ryan Adams, 4/25, GEN, 5:20a: Prolific as both a songwriter and producer, Adams’ alt-country roots have blossomed into a variegated mix of rock, pop and Americana. His latest is 2014’s eponymous Blue Note release.
Sasha Masakowski, 5/1, LAG, 3:45p; 5/3, NOC, 4:10p: 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 Hildegard project with Chris Hines at the NOCCA Pavilion.
Savoy Family Cajun Band, 4/26, FDD, 1:35p: Marc and Ann Savoy have done as much as anyone to celebrate and preserve Cajun music and culture. This group teams the couple with their sons Wilson (of Pine Leaf Boys) and Joel.
Scene Boosters SA&PC, 5/1, PAR, 12:30p: The Scene Boosters traditionally roll with the Original Pinstripe Brass Band during their annual Sunday parades.
Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band, 4/24, LAG, 12:40p: This harmonium player and vocalist performs kirtan music, blending call and response mantras with the funk and soul-drenched sounds of New Orleans.
Second Line Jammers SA&PC, 4/30, PAR, 12:30p: This social aid and pleasure club teamed up with the Undefeated Divas SA&PC for their 2015 Sunday parade.
Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians, 4/25, PAR, 3:10p: Big Chief Keith “Keitoe” Jones leads this Ninth Ward-based tribe.
Semolian Warriors Mardi Gras Indians, 4/24, J&H, 2p: Big Chief Yam, aka James Harris, created this Uptown gang after stints with the Creole Wild West and the Wild Magnolias.
The Sensational Chosen Voices, 5/1, GOS, 12:05p: Formed as the Angelettes Spiritual Singers in 1974, this gospel group is still led by founder Kathleen McGowan-McGriggs and in the words of one of their CD titles, they Never Lost the Faith.
Shades of Praise, 5/1, GOS, 5p: 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.
Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs, 4/30, CON, 12:35p: Jazz-funk-hip-hop trumpeter Allen resists categorization, having performed live with Willie Nelson and written the local anthem “Meet Me on Frenchmen Street.” These days he’s better known for shouting out his cell phone number from the stage and taking text requests.
Shirley Caesar, 4/26, GOS, 3:45p: Nicknamed “The First Lady of Gospel Music,” this singer has won 11 Grammys, 18 Dove awards and an NAACP Achievement Award.
Shooter Jennings with Waymore’s Outlaws, 5/1, FDD, 4:25p: Though his initial tastes leaned more toward southern rock than country, Waylon Jennings’ son Shooter has been performing a mix of country standards, his dad’s hits and his own music with the Outlaws, Waylon’s original band.
Shovels & Rope, 4/25, FDD, 4:20p: Folk meets indie rock in married couple Carrie Ann Hearst and Michael Trent’s music, which recently them a Best Emerging Artist accolade at the 2013 Americana Music Honors & Awards.
Single Ladies SA&PC 4/25, PAR, 12:45p: The Single Ladies SA&PC have been parading through Uptown for nearly 20 years.
Single Men SA&PC, 4/25, PAR, 12:45p: The Single Men SA&PC was established in May 1995.
Smitty Dee’s Brass Band, 4/25, PAR, 4:15p: This band was formed in 1991 by former Olympia Brass Band sousaphonist Dimitri Smith. They play regularly at Preservation Hall the Creole Queen riverboat.
Snarky Puppy, 4/24, JAZ, 5:40p: Graduates of the University of North Texas’ famous music program, this innovative and sprawling instrumental outfit posits itself as a backing band for a wide range of artists from the worlds of jazz, R&B and beyond. They recorded a new “Family Dinner” album at Esplanade Studios over Mardi Gras.
Sonny Landreth, 4/25, BLU, 4:05p: A thoughtful songwriter and scorching slide guitarist, Landreth can claim the likes of Clapton, Buffett, Hiatt and John Mayall as collaborators and fans. His first all-instrumental album Elemental Journey was released to much acclaim in 2013.
Sons of Jazz Brass Band, 5/1, PAR, 4p: This local brass band provides the soundtrack for parades by the Ladies of Unity and Revolution Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs.
Soul Rebels, 5/2, CON, 1:25p: After the huge 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. New arrangements of D’Angelo and Marvin Gaye have popped up in recent live shows.
Southern University Baton Rouge Jazzy Jags, 5/2, LAG, 11:30a: 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, 4/30, BLU, 11:25a: A singer, guitarist and musicologist with a flair for traditional blues and gospel, Bohren spotlights his pedal-steel prowess on his new disc Tempered Steel.
Square Dance With the Swamp Lilies, 4/30, KID, 3p: Local string band the Swamp lilies provide the music as Square Dance NOLA gets kids and parents up and dancing.
St. Joseph the Worker Music Ministry, 5/3, GOS, 1p: The choir of this New York-based church plays a key role in the church community’s daily activities.
Stephanie Jordan Big Band, 4/30, JAZ, 2:40p: 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.
Stephen Foster’s Foster Family Program, 5/2, KID, 11:30a: No relation to the early American composer, this family foundation is dedicated to music education in New Orleans.
Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, 4/30, AM, 1p; FDD, 2:55p: The venerable band is equally capable of playing straight-up Cajun music or going progressive. Some recent gigs have even included a ten-minute jam on Neil Young’s “Down By the River” in French. Michael Tisserand interviews Riley before the set.
Steve Winwood, 5/3, GEN, 3:55p: Before his Clapton collaboration and “Back In the High Life” era, this British singer and multi-instrumentalist reportedly had a taste for Dixieland jazz, prog rock and more, though that shouldn’t stop you from singing along to “Higher Love” like it’s 1986.
Stooges Brass Band, 5/3, AM, 4:15p; J&H, 5:35p: 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. Matt Sakakeeny interviews members of the band after their set.
Storyville Stompers Brass Band, 5/3, J&H, 12:20p: 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, 4/30, GEN, 3:35p: Rising star singer Simpson draws inspiration from Outlaw Country and ’70s rock for his earthy sound, which is currently making waves in Nashville and beyond.
Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, 4/34, BLU, 2:40p: 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.
Sweet Cecilia, 4/30, LAG, 12:40p: Sisters Laura Huval and Meagan Berard, along with their cousin Callie Guidry make up this trio of multi-instrumentalist Louisiana roots rockers from Acadiana.
Sweet Crude, 4/26, FDD, 12:20p: New Orleans indie rock septet Sweet Crude plays an energetic brand of percussion-driven rock sung in French. With energetic dancing crowds at every live show, Sweet Crude is about having fun.
The Swing Setters, 5/2, KID, 1:50p: Professional New Orleans jazz musicians including singer Jayna Morgan, clarinetist Gregory Agid and drummer Gerald French play a blend of Crescent City jazz classics and kids’ tunes.
T.I., 5/2, CON, 5:45p: Despite some trouble with the law rapper and part-time actor T.I. has been proving he’s got substance to back up his style in recent years, helping with post-Katrina clean-ups, producing a docu-series about the challenges faced by women in hip-hop and recording “New National Anthem,” a statement about the shooting of Michael Brown.
Tab Benoit, 5/3, BLU, 4p: 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 wetlands preservation.
The Taj Mahal Trio, 5/2, FDD, 4:20p: The legendary, world music-influenced blues guitarist and singer performs with his touring trio.
Tank and the Bangas, 4/25, GEN, 11:20a: This unique local act’s combination of soul, hip-hop, spoken word and rock has earned an increasingly sizeable following in recent years and was the recipient of OffBeat’s Best of the Beat Award for Best Emerging Artist in 2014.
Tasha Cobbs, 4/30, GOS, 3:45p: Atlanta singer, minister and EMI recording artist Cobbs had her first big wave of success with 2013’s Grace, which charted in Billboard’s Top 10 Gospel albums for a year.
Tauk, 4/30, ACU, 11:20a: New York funk quartet Tauk takes cues from prog rock, giving their jams a distinct sound.
TBC Brass Band, 4/25, ACU, 11:20a: If a brass band on Bourbon Street ever stopped you in your tracks, it was probably TBC Brass Band, who also dominate the streets of Sunday second line parades. The group’s sometimes-tragic story was told in a recent documentary, From the Mouthpiece on Back.
Tedeschi Trucks Band, 4/24, ACU, 3:20p: Soulful, earthy and steeped in the blues, this award-winning 11-piece ensemble is led by husband and wife, Derek Trucks (slide guitar) and Susan Tedeschi (vocals).
The Terence Blanchard E-Collective, 5/1, NOC, 1:05p; 5/2, JAZ, 5:45p: The Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and well-known film score composer creates ambitious conceptual pieces including the Katrina-inspired A Tale of God’s Will and Champion: An Opera in Jazz. His new project adds funk, blues and R&B into the mix. Blanchard also performs solo at the NOCCA Pavilion.
Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, 4/30, CON, 2:05p: One of zydeco’s ambassadors and one of its most energetic performers, Simien plays his 29th consecutive Jazz Fest this year.
Terry “Harmonica” Bean, 4/25, BLU, 12:10p: Specializing in Delta and Hill Country blues, this harp and guitar player has a knack for writing new songs that sound straight out of the canon.
The Word, 4/30, ACU, 1:45p: Pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph, MMW keyboardist John Medeski and the North Mississippi Allstars make up this improv-focused, gospel-meets-jazz supergroup, which recently announce plans to release a new album, Soul Food in May.
Third World, 4/30, CON, 5:30p: This eclectic roots reggae act has been expanding its palette since 1973. Toots Hibbert, Stephen and Damian Marley, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespear appeared on the ensemble’s 2011 release, Patriots.
Tim Laughlin, 4/26, ECO, 3p: 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; his Fest set will focus on originals from Isle of Orleans.
Tipitina’s Interns directed by Donald Harrison, Jr., 4/25, JAZ, 11:15a: Student interns from Tipitina’s show off what they’re learning under the tutelage of the “King of Nouveau Swing.”
Tom McDermott & Friends, 4/24, LAG, 4:20p: McDermott is a virtuoso pianist who plays everything from New Orleans and blues to Caribbean and jazz. He’s collaborated with a wide range of singers over the years.
Tommy Malone, 4/25, GEN, 12:30p: Singer Songwriter Tommy Malone is not only one a great songwriter but superb guitarist and vocalist. He has been on the cover of OffBeat with the band Tiny Town and the subdudes. His CD Natural Born Days was nominated for a Best of the Beat Award.
Tommy Sancton’s New Orleans Legacy Band, 5/1, ECO, 1:45p: 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.
Tonia Scott & the Anointed Voices, 4/24, GOS, 12:05p: Choir formed at Ebenezer Baptist Church in New Orleans. They appeared as Ray Charles’ hometown choir in the biopic Ray and were also seen in the films The Skeleton Key and Last Holiday.
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, 4/26, GEN, 5:15p: Golden-voiced jazz crooner Bennett recently teamed up with the Mother Monster for the American Songbook-centric recording, “Cheek to Cheek.” The outfits she wears when performing with Bennett tend more toward Cher homages than her usual alien-esque ensembles.
Tony Hall and the New Orleans Soul Stars’ Tribute to James Brown, 4/25, CON, 12:30p: This local soul ensemble has been performing JB birthday tributes at Jazz Fest for nearly a decade.
Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony, 5/3, ECO, 12:30p: 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.
Treme Brass Band, 4/25, ECO, 5:40p: Long-running brass band known for its Carnival anthem “Gimme My Money Back” and the usual second-line finales at its sets. The memory of late bass drummer “Uncle” Lionel Batiste remains close to these players’ hearts.
Trey Songz, 5/3, CON, 5:30p: Chart-topping R&B hitmaker blends hip-hop and a bit of ’70s soul into the music on his latest album, Chapter V.
Tribute to Jelly Roll Morton feat. David Boeddinghaus and Dr. Michael White, 4/26, ECO, 5:35p: Pianist (and Banu Gibson’s longtime musical director) Boeddinghaus teams up with clarinetist and historian White for a set that’s likely to be fun, educational and hopefully a little bawdy.
Tribute to Lionel Ferbos featuring the Palm Court Jazz Band and friends, 4/30, ECO, 4:20p: The traditional New Orleans jazz house band from Creole singer/trumpeter Ferbos’ longtime headquarters honor their former leader, who died last year at 103.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, 5/3, ACU, 5:45p: A street-parade trombonist when he was barely out of diapers, Troy Andrews came into his own with a pair of stylish, confident albums (2010’s Backatown and 2011’s For True) and live performances that oozed charisma and musicality. His former boss and mentor, Lenny Kravitz warms things up at 3:50 p.m. for Shorty’s closing set. Keep an eye out for a Kravitz cameo.
Trumpet Mafia, 4/30, JAZ, 12:20p: Skilled local trumpeter Ashlin Parker, of Irvin Mayfield’s NOJO, brings a hip-hop sensibility to the modern jazz-rooted approach of his forward-thinking, multi-trumpet ensemble.
Tyronne Foster & the Arc Singers, 4/25, GOS, 5:55p: 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.
TYSSON, 5/2, GEN, 11:20a: Bandleader and prolific songwriter John Michael Rouchell fronted the nationally popular alt rock band MyNameIsJohnMichael before transitioning to this new rock project comprised of local players.
Undefeated Divas and Gents SA&PC, 5/2, PAR, 3p: This downtown club paraded with the Young Fellaz Brass Band at their 2015 annual Sunday parade.
University of New Orleans Jazz Allstars, 5/1, JAZ, 11:30a: Student group from UNO’s jazz program, which was established by Ellis Marsalis in 1989.
Untouchables SA&PC, 4/26, PAR, 12:30p: The fourth division of the Young Men Olympians, Jr. Benevolent Association.
Uptown Swingers SA&PC, 4/25, PAR, 5:40p: Hailing from way Uptown, this parade club recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.
Uptown Warriors, 5/2, PAR, 12:30p: One of the younger Mardi Gras Indian tribes.
Val & Love Alive Mass Choir, 5/3, GOS, 5:10p: 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, 5/2, PAR, 4p: This Uptown parade club has been hitting the streets for three decades.
Versailles Lion Dance Team, 5/3, KID, 1:35p, 3:50p: “Strength, endurance, motivation and respect” are the calling cards of this local performance group, specializing in traditional Vietnamese lion dance.
Victor Goines and the Faubourg Quartet present Charlie Parker with Strings, 4/26, JAZ, 2:45p: Versatile, agile and endlessly lyrical on both sax and clarinet, New Orleans native Goines came into his own with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in the ‘90s. His arranging skills get top billing here as he brings Bird to life with the help of a string section.
Vieux Farka Toure, 4/25, BLU, 2:35p: The son of Malian guitar icon Ali Farka Toure, guitarist Vieux began his musical life as a drummer and it shows, particularly when he unleashes his nimble and dizzingly fast finger workouts.
Vintage Trouble, 5/2, GEN, 3:20p: This ‘50s and ‘60s R&B-inspired rock quartet is as edgy as it is soulful. On the road this spring, they opened for Paloma Faith, who will have closed out Acura the evening before their set. Hint, hint.
VIP Ladies SA&PC, 4/30, PAR, 4p: This Uptown social aid and pleasure club usually rolls with all women and children at its annual Sunday parade.
Voice of the Wetlands Allstars, 5/1, BLU, 5:35p: Guitarist and activist Tab Benoit leads a troupe of environmentally conscious musical heavyweights, with Cyril Neville, Anders Osborne, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Cajun fiddler Waylon Thibodeaux and more.
Voices of Peter Claver, 4/25, GOS, 1p: This adult choir is based at St. Peter Claver Church on St. Philip Street.
Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters, 5/3, CON, 12:35p: A local institution, the Wolfman puts plenty of hot guitar and tasty horns into his brand of funkified blues.
Wanda Rouzan, 5/2, BLU, 4:10p: See New Orleans Classic R&B Divas.
Warren Storm – Willie Tee & Cypress, 4/25, FDD, 1:35p; AM, 4:30p: Drummer Warren Storm and long-time musical partner Willie Tee perform their brand of classic swamp pop.
Washitaw Nation Mardi Gras Indians, 4/25, PAR, 1:50p: 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 Choir, 5/2, GOS, 12:05p: This large, energetic choir founded by Thomas Benjamin Watson more than three decades ago sings a mostly contemporary gospel repertoire.
Wayne Toups, 4/24, ACU, 1:45p: 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, 4/24, PAR, 1:55p: We Are One Social Aid and Pleasure Club is based Uptown.
The Wee Trio, 4/25, JAZ, 12:15p: After recording the music of David Bowie through a jazz filter in 2012, this New Orleans and New York-based trio became a hot commodity at major jazz clubs nationwide.
Wendell Brunious and the New Orleans Allstars, 4/26, ECO, 12:30p: 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.
West Bank Steppers, 5/2, PAR, 4p: Representing the best bank, the West Bank Steppers are based in Algiers.
White Cloud Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, 5/1, J&H, 12:40p: 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.
The Who, 4/25, ACU, 5p: Roger Daltrey and Pete Townsend revisit gems from the band’s 50-year history, including hits from “Tommy,” “Quadrophenia” and “My Generation.”
Widespread Panic, 4/30, ACU, 3:45p: Athens’ famous neo-hippies return with three-plus hours of extended jams for their massive following. Helpfully, Acura will double as a lost-and-found for your missing stoner roommate/child/ride home from 3:45 -4pm on April 30.
Wilco, 4/24, GEN, 5:20p: Longtime Fest favorites Wilco hit the Fairgrounds as a band, although their individual members have been touring with unique solo projects in recent months. Nels Cline pitched in on New Orleans Airlift’s P3 installation “Space Rites,” while Jeff Tweedy hits the road this spring with his son.
Wild Apaches Mardi Gras Indians, 4/24, PAR, 4:30p: Big Chief Ray Blazio leads the Wild Apaches Mardi Gras Indians tribe.
Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras Indians, 4/25, PAR, 1:50p: 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, 5/2, PAR, 12:30p: This tribe made its Jazz Fest debut last year with Big Chief Thunder and the Cherokee Hunters. They’re joined by the Uptown Warriors tribe.
Wild Squatoulas, 4/26, PAR, 11:30a: This Mardi Gras Indian tribe has gotten multiple musical shout-outs from the likes of Big Chief Monk Boudreaux.
Wild Tchoupitoulas Mardi Gras Indians, 5/3, PAR, 2:45p: 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, 5/2, GOS, 6p: This Marrero family group has been singing traditional gospel for nearly four decades.
Woodenhead 40th Anniversary Celebration, 5/2, LAG, 5:15p: Marking 40 years as a unit, this local instrumental rock quartet features guitarist Jimmy Robinson, pianist Fran Comiskey, bassist Paul Clement and drummer Mark Whitaker.
The Write Brothers, 4/30, AM, 2p: Paul Sanchez, Spencer Bohren, Jim McCormick and Alex McMurray sit down with OffBeat’s John Swenson, who profiled the new band for the magazine’s March issue.
Xavier University Jazz Ensemble, 4/24, LAG, 11:30a: Student group from one of New Orleans’ great jazz training grounds.
Young Audiences Brass Band Throwdown, 4/24, KID, 11:30a: Members of varying local school brass bands show off their skills at this Kids Tent favorite.
Young Audiences Performing Arts Showcase, 5/1, KID, 11:30a: This top arts education and integration program offers a review of its latest work.
Young Band Nation Blues Project, 4/25, KID, 11:30a: Bluesman Doug Gay makes it his mission to turn young musicians on to New Orleans’ R&B heritage, and this group performs vintage nuggets along with some recent hits.
Young Cherokee Mardi Gras Indians 5/1, PAR, 1:40p:Young Cherokees recently made a splash with their suits at Uptown Super Sunday.
Young Fellaz Brass Band, 5/3, PAR, 4:15p: 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, 4/26, KID, 11:30p: 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 Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, 5/2, J&H, 12:35a: Coming out from the Carrollton section each year since 1995, this tribe is led by Big Chief “Bird.”
Young Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians , 4/25, PAR, 1:500p: 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 Aide SA&PC: 4/26, PAR, 4p: The Aide or first division of the Young Men Olympian Jr. Benevolent Association handles the governing responsibilities for the organization.
Young Pinstripe Brass Band, 4/26, J&H, 11:20a; PAR, 12:30p: 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, 4/30, J&H, 12:50p: These Ninth Ward newcomers to the Indian scene profess to connect today’s generation with historic tribes.
Yvette Landry Band, 4/30, FDD, 1:30p: 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.
The Zion Harmonizers, 4/26, GOS, 2:40p: This venerable group has been a Jazz Fest favorite since the beginning. Sadly its leader Sherman Washington recently passed. Washington coordinated the first Gospel Tent in 1969. The group’s history goes back to 1939 when the first lineup was formed in the Zion City neighborhood.
Zulu Gospel Male Ensemble, 5/1, GOS, 11:15a: Local New Orleans vocal group performs gospel music through an R&B and soul filter.