Roy Rogers, photo, Jef Jaisun, OffBeat Magazine, May 2014

Fest Focus 2014: Roy Rogers

Slide-guitar wizard Roy Rogers has racked up a great history of Jazz Fest performances over the years and should add to that list in his set at this year’s event. “I have a great time down there,” says Rogers. “It’s always been a good time. I’m bringing a special guest, Carlos Reyes. He plays violin [...]

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Sweet Olive String Band, photo, Pat Flory, Mike Kerwin, OffBeat Magazine, May 2014

Fest Focus 2014: Sweet Olive String Band

For Sweet Olive String Band’s Mike Kerwin, the summer of ’06 was particularly tough. After months of repairing his Mid-City home, Kerwin and wife Sinead finally moved back in; but nearly a year after Katrina, things were hardly normal. A sickening smell of garbage and rotting debris wafted about the air and when you looked down [...]

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Jazz Fest 2014 A to Z, photo, Tami Curtis-Ellis, OffBeat Magazine, May 2014

Jazz Fest 2014 Lineup A to Z Guide

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!   Browse Every Jazz Fest 2014 Performer Below # | A | B [...]

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Staying Alive: A Trio of Young Musicians Continue the Cajun Music Tradition

In 1962, Church Point Cajun musician Bee Cormier sprung into action after reading the back of an album jacket. A lamenting DJ had written that Cajun music would practically be extinct by the end of the 20th century because very few young people played it. Cormier devised a plan to bring a young person into [...]

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Branford Marsalis, photo, Eric Ryan Anderson, OffBeat Magazine, May 2014

Branford Marsalis Plays a New Song at Jazz Fest 2014

“I’m one of those people who, when I’m on the bandstand, I’m thinking collectively, not individually,” says saxophonist Branford Marsalis, a musician and individual who doesn’t mess around. The three-time Grammy winner, whose latest release was 2012’s Four MF’s Playin’ Tunes with his quartet, is devoted to the music and sneers at the music industry’s [...]

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Young Mens Olympian, OffBeat Magazine, May 2014

Young Men Olympian Celebrates its 130-Year Anniversary

The sound of Doc Paulin’s trumpet and the sight of men in color-coordinated suits carrying ribbon-bedecked streamers and fans through the streets of Uptown New Orleans was a regular part of life for Norman Dixon, Jr. His father, Norman Dixon Sr., served as Chairman of the Board of the Young Men Olympian, Jr. Benevolent Association, [...]

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Johnny Sansone, photo, Michael P. Clark, OffBeat Magazine, May 2014

Harmonica Man Johnny Sansone Returns to Jazz Fest

It’s been a slow-and-steady progression for harmonica man and songwriter Johnny Sansone, but he has become one of the best bluesmen running around New Orleans. His trio gigs at Chickie Wah Wah with an array of great musicians including John Fohl, Joe Krown, Anders Osborne and Monk Boudreaux have had a relaxed, guys-sitting-on-their-front-porch vibe, while [...]

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Jim McCormick, OffBeat Magazine, May 2014

Jazz Fest Feature: Jim McCormick

Jim McCormick has written two number-one Billboard country singles and, with cuts this year on records by Luke Bryan, Keith Urban and Radney Foster, his resume is growing. But the road to Nashville began in his hometown of New Orleans. “Dad had a Grundig reel to reel he brought back from Germany,” McCormick remembers. “He [...]

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Buddy Bolden, photo, OffBeat Magazine, May 2014

A Tribute to Buddy Bolden at Jazz Fest 2014

Charles “Buddy” Bolden. For those in the know, the cornetist’s name conjures up an entire world of turn-of-the-19th century New Orleans and the jazz music of which he was probably the first major innovator. And with that come the myth and the mystery of his life, music and demise, which has influenced everyone up to [...]

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Alabama Shakes, photo, Jerry Moran, OffBeat Magazine, May 2014

Alabama Shakes Take Their Time at Jazz Fest

For better or worse, the Alabama Shakes are well past the bar-band stage. Even before the Athens, Alabama, group’s 2012 debut CD, Boys and Girls, blasted their raw soul-drenched rock worldwide, one mp3—the yearning “You Ain’t Alone”—had gotten them attention outside their Southern circuit, going viral after being posted on a music blog. Still, the [...]

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