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Sunday 4/28‘Give the Drummer Some’ featuring Herlin Riley, Shannon Powell, Terence Higgins, and Johnny VidacovichWWOZ Jazz Tent3:00 - 3:50Astral Project drummer and legendary jam-band mentor Johhny Vidacovich gets some love back in an annual jam session that started as a benefit.
Thursday 4/25101 RunnersJazz & Heritage12:15 - 1:00carrying 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.
Saturday 5/421st Century Brass BandParade3:10 - 3:40 This young, Treme-based group finds room in its repertoire for New Orleans jazz standards as well as modern R&B hits.
Friday 5/33L Ifèdé of BeninGentilly11:15 - 12:00The 3L Ifèdé is a cultural association focused on spreading and preserving a wide variety of traditional dances from Benin.
Friday 5/33L Ifèdé of BeninCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey12:40 - 1:30The 3L Ifèdé is a cultural association focused on spreading and preserving a wide variety of traditional dances from Benin.
Saturday 5/43L Ifèdé of BeninCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey3;20 - 4:10The 3L Ifèdé is a cultural association focused on spreading and preserving a wide variety of traditional dances from Benin.
Thursday 5/23L Ifèdé of BeninCongo Square 11:00 - 11:45The 3L Ifèdé is a cultural association focused on spreading and preserving a wide variety of traditional dances from Benin.
Thursday 5/23L Ifèdé of BeninCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey3:00 - 3:45The 3L Ifèdé is a cultural association focused on spreading and preserving a wide variety of traditional dances from Benin.
Sunday 5/550th Anniversary Celebration of Gospel Soul Children with special guestsGospel Tent 12:00-12:45Led by Craig Adams, this long-standing local gospel group delivers energetic and choreographed renditions of gospel standards.
Friday 4/2679rs Gang Mardi Gras IndiansJazz & Heritage4:55 - 5:40Big Chief Jermaine and Big Chief Romeo from the 7th and 9th Wards come together to form the 79rs Gang. Jermaine’s baritone voice combines with Romeo’s alto voice as they since about the Mardi Gras Indians’ unique culture. They released their first CD, Fire on the Bayou, in 2015.
Friday 5/37th Ward Creole Hunters and Golden Comanche Mardi Gras IndiansParade1:45 - 2:15Big Chief Jermaine Bossier leads this 7th Ward-based Mardi Gras Indian gang.
Saturday 5/49th Ward Black Hatchet and Wild Squatoulas Mardi Gras IndiansParade1:00 - 1:30Mardi Gras Indian parade led by Big Chief Alphonse “Dowee” Robair.
Sunday 5/59th Ward HuntersParade2:20 - 2:50Mardi Gras Indian parade led by Big Chief Alphonse “Dowee” Robair.
Sunday 4/28A Tribe Called RedJazz & Heritage 4:20 - 5:20Musically diverse band from Ontario who draw reggae and First Nation influences into an electronic dubstep setting. They have also been active in campaigning for the cultural rights of First Nation and Aboriginal citizens.
Sunday 4/28A Tribe Called RedCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey1:45 - 2:45Musically diverse band from Ontario who draw reggae and First Nation influences into an electronic dubstep setting. They have also been active in campaigning for the cultural rights of First Nation and Aboriginal citizens.
Sunday 5/5A Tribute to Aldus Roger featuring Jimmy BreauxSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do 11:15 - 12:05Accordionist Jimmy Breaux and steel guitarist Johnny Sonnier and the New Lafayette Playboys salute the legendary Cajun accordionist/band leader Aldus Roger. See feature in this issue.
Saturday 5/4Aaron NevilleGentilly4:00 - 5:05The golden-voiced Neville brother, whose classic “Tell It Like It Is” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame collection for 2015, brings originals from his latest effort, Apache (Best R&B/Funk Album winner at the 2016 Best of the Beat Awards), mixed in with some hits from his prolific career.
Friday 4/26Adella the Storyteller and Amber Zu the ConductorKids Tent12:40 - 1:25This 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.
Sunday 4/28Al GreenCongo Square5:45 - 7:00Used to be there were two Al Greens: the hitmaker you know from “Let’s Stay Together” and “Love and Happiness” and the gospel singer who won even more acclaim by turning his back on the industry and singing for the Lord. The good news is both Als sound exactly the same, and now he’s found the missing link between them both you can enjoy Sexy Al and Godly Al at the same time. Look for surprises in the form of gutbucket blues and the signature sound of Al personifying all kinds of love.
Thursday 4/25Alanis MorissetteGentilly5:40 - 7:00She took grrl power into the pop charts in the ’90s with the deathless kiss-off “You Oughta Know,” but she evolved to be more than just that woman who got everyone talking about the textbook definition of irony. Her core audience followed her as she grew up near the millennium, but whether she’s practicing folk-pop or pop-folk, her unique mezzo-soprano is something you have to experience live.
Thursday 5/2Alex McMurrayAARP Rhythmpourium3:30 - 4:15This songwriter’s sharp eye, gravelly voice and wicked sense of humor have been well displayed in the Tin Men, Royal Fingerbowl and his current solo career. His song “You’ve Got to Be Crazy to Live In This Town” was a fitting choice to close the third season of HBO’s Treme. In March 2019 Alex McMurray suffered a fall skiing. Please welcome him back after a two month recovery.
Sunday 5/5Alexey Marti & Urban MindsWWOZ Jazz Tent1:30 - 2:20After 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.
Friday 4/26Alexis & the SamuraiAARP Rhythmpourium3:15 - 4:00Led by two of the brighter talents on the local rock scene, singer/songwriter Alexis Marceaux and multi-instrumentalist Sam Craft, this act’s Monday night shows developed an almost cult-like following in recent years.
Saturday 5/4Alfredo Rodriguez and Pedrito MartinezWwoz Jazz Tent4:20 - 5:10Havana-born pianist Alfredo Rodriguez and percussionist Pedrito Martinez marks a visit by two of the most talented musicians in the world, in an unusual yet satisfying duo format, supporting a new record, Duologue, produced by Quincy Jones.
Sunday 5/5Algiers Warriors Mardi Gras IndiansParade2:20- 2:50Big Chief Alphonse ‘Dowee’ Robair leads this West Bank-based Mardi Gras Indian tribe.
Friday 4/26Aloe BlaccCongo Square5:45 - 7:00A modern hit-maker steeped in classic R&B, Aloe Blacc broke through in 2010 with “I’m the Man,” which lifted a bit of an Elton John chorus, and the Bill Withers-styled “I Need a Dollar.” 2013 brought his biggest international success, as the co-writer of Avicii’s “Wake Me Up.” Though he’s sure to not play it at Jazz Fest, last winter he gave the world the coolest holiday song in years, “Funky Ass Christmas.”
Friday 4/26Alvin “Youngblood” Hart’s Muscle TheoryLagniappe4:20 - 5:20This Grammy-winning singer, guitarist and mandolin player was inspired in his youth by the sound of Mississippi country blues, which he makes his own by adding elements of roots rock and a deep knowledge of folk and Americana.
Saturday 5/4Amanda ShawGentilly1:20 - 2:15This Cajun fiddle prodigy has been in the spotlight since age 10. Her sets can jump from teen-friendly pop to straight-up Cajun, with a classic rock cover or two thrown in.
Thursday 4/25Amy HelmGentilly1:25 - 2:25Levon’s daughter has emerged as a powerful singer in her own right, still steeped in classic-rock traditions. Her latest This Too Shall Light, recorded with Joe Henry and her road band, is one of this year’s roots-rock gems.
Sunday 4/28Anaïs St. John presents Lulu White Queen of StoryvilleLagniappe 11:30 - 12:15St. John is an accomplished singer specializing in jazz, torch songs, and cabaret tunes. Her show “Lulu White: Queen of Storyville”, St. John uses songs to tell the story of a woman who sold sex.
Thursday 5/2Anders OsborneAcura12:45 - 1:40New Orleans’ Swedish-rooted guitar hero and songwriting titan recently followed up Freedom & Dreams, an exercise in folk-inspired, up-tempo Southern blues, with Spacedust and Ocean Views, a collection of introspective musings on places dear to his heart.
Saturday 5/4Andrew DuhonLagniappe4:15 - 5:15With 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.
Friday 5/3Andrew Hall’s Society Brass BandEconomy Hall Tent11:15 - 12:05Hall is a skilled traditional jazz and rhythm and blues pianist who has performed with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Dr. John, and the Olympia Brass Band.
Friday 5/3Ani DiFrancoSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do 4:15 - 5:40Indie folk maverick writes prolifically and deals frankly with issues of politics, sexuality, and whatever else crosses her mind. Originally from upstate New York she’s been partly based in New Orleans for more than a decade, and has enriched her music by working with Terence Higgins and Ivan Neville. Her latest release is not an album but a book, her first memoir No Walls and the Recurring Dream.
Saturday 5/4Archdiocese of New Orleans Gospel ChoirGospel Tent6:00 - 6:45The Archdiocese represents the largest religious demographic in New Orleans. Its choir represents a tradition of Crescent City Catholicism dating back to 1793.
Thursday 4/25Arrianne KeelenGospel Tent12:05 - 12:50Vocalist, songwriter and Hurricane Katrina survivor. Her song “I Still Love You” landed her a spot as an amateur night contestant on “It’s Showtime at the Apollo.” Keelen won the grand prize in the “Dream New Orleans Talent Search.”
Thursday 4/25Arthur and Friends Community ChoirGospel Tent1:55 - 2:40This New Roads, Louisiana-based gospel choir, founded by Arthur Gremillion, focuses on fostering a spirit of togetherness through music.
Friday 4/26Arthur Clayton IV & Anointed For PurposeGospel Tent5:05 - 5:50Singer songwriter Arthur Clayton IV is from Marrero Louisiana. Along with his gospel group Anointed for Purpose they will undoubtedly perform his 2018 hit “He Never Fails.” It’s a song for Sunday morning church choirs to sing that encourages those dealing with life issues.
Sunday 4/28Ashe Cultural Arts Center Kuumba InstituteKids Tent5:15 - 6:00This Central City community group brings storytelling, poetry, music, dance, photography and visual art to schools and neighborhoods throughout New Orleans.
Friday 4/26Astral ProjectWWOZ Jazz Tent2:50 - 3:50The members of this modern jazz quartet—saxophonist Tony Dagradi, guitarist Steve Masakowski, bassist James Singleton and drummer Johnny Vidacovich—have active musical lives outside of the group, but as Astral Project they evince a rare chemistry that results from playing together for nearly four decades.
Sunday 5/5Aucoin Family Cajun BandKIds Tent4:05 -4:50Inspired by his grandfather, Cyprien Landreneau, the first Cajun musician to perform at the Newport Folk Festival, bassist Louie Aucoin founded the band T-Salé. His family band consists of his wife, Shannon on guitar, sons Ashton on the fiddle and Ivan on the drums. The family shares their love for Cajun music by playing a “front-porch” style of traditional Cajun tunes.
Thursday 5/2Audrey Ferguson & The Voices of DistinctionGospel Tent11:10 - 11:55The “traditional foot-stomping, hands-clapping gospel” of this Baton Rouge-based quartet has been a Jazz Fest regular since before the storm.
Saturday 4/27Aurora Nealand & The Royal RosesEconomy Hall Tent5:45 - 6:45Inspired by Sidney Bechet and Django Reinhardt, singer/saxophonist Nealand is a bright young player whose non-Roses work spans performance art-inspired improvisation and the rockabilly of Rory Danger and the Danger Dangers.
Friday 5/3Baby Boyz Brass BandJazz & Heritage 12:20 - 1:15The next generation of players from the Treme neighborhood. Leader and trumpeter Glenn Hall, III is often joined by Glen David Andrews.
Thursday 4/25Balfa ToujoursSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do12:25 - 1:15Daughters of the late Cajun fiddler Dewey Balfa, Nelda and Christine, perform traditional acoustic style Cajun music. Although Nelda Balfa left the group to focus on her career as a hairdresser she occasionally plays local gigs with the band.
Sunday 4/28Bamboula 2000Jazz & Heritage 11:20 - 12:10“Bamboula” was originally a form of drum and dance ceremony held in Congo Square. Bamboula 2000 leader Luther Gray brings that spirit into the present with a troupe of players and dancers.
Thursday 5/2Banu GibsonEconomy Hall Tent2:45 - 3:45Singer/dancer Gibson, a longtime staple of the New Orleans music scene, specializes in swing, hot jazz and the Great American Songbook.
Friday 5/3Batiste BrothersCongo Square12:20 - 1:10The Batistes of New Orleans have had music in their blood for many generations. The family band includes David on the keyboard, Jamal, Ryan and Russell on drums and percussion, with Damon on vocals.
Thursday 4/25BeauSoleil avec Michael DoucetSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do4:15 - 5:20Fiddler Doucet’s venerable Cajun band was the first of its genre to win a Grammy in 1998; their latest effort From Bamako to Carencro explores eclectic influences from West African music to James Brown and beyond.
Sunday 5/5Ben E. HunterAARP Rhythmpourium12:20 - 1:05 Reggae artist Ben E. Hunter grew up in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans. His music is a combination of reggae, Mardi Gras Indian chants and West African drum rhythms.
Saturday 4/27Better Than EzraAcura2:05 - 3:15New Orleans’ long-lived alternative rockers hit in the ’90s with “Desperately Wanting” and remain a strong presence, whether doing philanthropic work in the Bethune Elementary School or celebrating Mardi Gras with their Krewe of Rockus.
Sunday 4/28Betty Winn & One A-ChordGospel Tent1;00 - 1:45Formed in 1995 by Betty Winn and her husband Thomas, this sprawling choir traces the history of gospel from slave spirituals to new compositions. They perform with as many as 40 singers.
Sunday 4/28Big 6 Brass BandParade1:30 - 2:00Big 6 Brass Band was formed in 2017 and has already become hugely popular in the city’s second line community. With a repertoire bridging traditional with hip-hop, R&B, gospel and more, the group will perform a set of New Orleans classics plus original material from their forthcoming album.
Friday 4/26Big Chief Bird and the Young Hunters Mardi Gras IndiansJazz & Heritage11:20 - 12:00Coming out of the Carrollton neighborhood each year since 1995, this tribe is led by Big Chief “Bird.”
Sunday 5/5Big Chief Bo DollisJazz & Heritage4:50 -4:45Big Chief Bo Dollis, Jr. carries on the legacy of his father, leading the Wild Magnolias’ impassioned, funk-inspired Mardi Gras Indian music.
Thursday 5/2Big Chief Charles & the White Cloud HuntersJazz & Heritage 12:55 - 1:35The 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.
Friday 5/3Big Chief Donald Harrison Jr.Congo Square1:30 - 2:30Saxophonist Harrison is a New Orleans Renaissance man who has explored reggae, funk and Mardi Gras Indian music through the filter of jazz. His 2011 album This is Jazz featured Billy Cobham and Ron Carter.
Sunday 4/28Big Chief Joseph BoudreauxParade12:25 - 12:50Parading Mardi Gras Indians.
Saturday 5/4Big Chief Juan & Jockimo’s GrooveJazz & Heritage6:05 - 6:55Skillful 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.
Friday 5/3Big Chief Keith Goodman & the Flaming Arrows Mardi Gras IndiansJazz & Heritage 1:35 - 2:20Singer and Big Chief Kevin Goodman, who’s called Austin home since evacuating during Hurricane Katrina, leads this tribe and stage band
Sunday 4/28Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & The Golden EaglesJazz & Heritage 3:00 - 3:55Boudreaux, 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.
Thursday 4/25Big Dog Brass BandParade3:35 - 4:05Parading brass band.
Saturday 5/4Big FreediaCongo Square4:05 - 5:05The self-professed Queen Diva put bounce music on the map nationally with her quick-fire rhymes, sweat-inducing rhythms and booty-shaking grooves.
Friday 4/26Big Nine SA & PCParade3:15 - 3:45Listen for cries of “way downtown” on the parade from this social aid and pleasure club.
Thursday 5/2Big Sam’s Funky NationCongo Square 1:20 - 2:10The 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. Big Sam’s Funky Nation won OffBeat’s Best of the Beat Awards for Best Funk Band and Funk Album for Songs in the Key of Funk, Volume 1 in 2018.
Sunday 4/28Big Steppers SA & PCParade1:30 - 2:00Steppers hold one of the season’s most popular Sunday parades.
Thursday 4/25Bill Summers & JazalsaCongo Square12:20 - 1:10Known for his membership in Los Hombres Calientes and Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, legendary percussionist Summers explores Latin and world music with his Jazalsa band.
Thursday 5/2Billy Iuso & Restless NativesLagniappe 1:35 - 2:25Singer songwriter and guitarist Billy Iuso formed the funk jam band, Brides of Jesus, in the ’90s. Iuso began performing regularly with a variety of local players including Anders Osborne and The Wild Magnolias. He also worked as a tour and stage manager for The Neville Brothers, the Meters and George Porter’s Runnin’ Pardners. With the Restless natives, Iuso has release a number of CD that received critical acclaim including Naked which noted the guitarist’s departure from a jam-heavy approach to one in which he focused on song structure and development.
Saturday 4/27Black Hawk Hunters Mardi Gras IndiansParade1:15 - 1:45Mardi Gras Indian parade.
Thursday 5/2Black Magic DrumlineKids Tent11:30 - 11:55Black Magic Drumline is a New Orleans group that formed at Xavier College in 2007.
Thursday 5/2black Magic DrumlineKids Tent1:25 - 1:50Black Magic Drumline is a New Orleans group that formed at Xavier College in 2007.
Thursday 4/25Black Mohawk Mardi Gras IndiansParade1:15 - 1:45 Big Chief Byron Thomas leads this Mardi Gras Indian parade.
Friday 4/26Black Seminoles Mardi Gras IndiansParade2:20- 3:00 This popular tribe was led by Cyril “Big Chief Iron Horse” Green until his unexpected passing in 2013.
Sunday 4/28BleachersGentilly4:05 - 5:15Bleachers is an indie pop act from New York City. Jack Antonoff is basically the band, although when performing live he is accompanied by other members. Antonoff produced the soundtrack of 2018s Love, Simon writing five songs.
Saturday 4/27Blodie’s Jazz JamWWOZ Jazz Tent12:25 - 1:15Blodie is better known as Dirty Dozen trumpeter Gregory Davis, whose jamming partners include other members of Dirty Dozen, Trombone Shorty’s Orleans Avenue and other horn men who will be on the Fair Grounds that day
Friday 5/3Bobby Jones & The Nashville Super ChoirGospel Tent3:15 - 4:10Gospel singer Bobby Jones was born in Tennessee. He is often referred to as the Ed Sullivan of gospel music. In 1984, he won a Grammy for the Best Soul Gospel Performance by a Duo Or Group with Barbara Mandrell.
Sunday 5/5Bobby LoungeLagniappe5:35 - 6:30A one-of-a-kind mix of barrelhouse piano, Tom Waitsian poetics, Southern-gothic storytelling and just plain out-there-ness.
Friday 4/26BoneramaGentilly12:30 - 1:25What began as a novelty—a multi-trombone band playing jazz, funk and classic rock—has turned into a local and national favorite. Their renditions of rock classics like Led Zeppelin’s “The Ocean” and the Grateful Dead-associated “Turn On Your Love Light” are full-tilt affairs. Their latest album Bonerama Play Zeppelin is a good bridge into New Orleans music for Zeppelin fans.
Sunday 4/28Bonnie RaittAcura3:35 - 4:50Raitt’s evocative slide guitar playing, soulful, country-laced vocals and songwriting prowess continue to make her live shows as moving as they are fun, a fact to which her longtime pal and frequent collaborator Jon Cleary can attest.
Saturday 5/4Boukman Eksperyans of HaitiCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey12:40- 1:40From Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Grammy nominated for their debut album Vodou Adjae Boukman Eksperyans derives its name from Dutty Boukman, a vodou priest who led a religious ceremony that is considered the start of the Haitian Revolution. Founded in 1978 by Theodore Beaubrun and his sister Marjorie Beaubrun and others they launched the mizik rasin revolution in Haiti. They combine roots music with vodou religious musical traditions.
Sunday 5/5Boukman Eksperyans of HaitiJazz & Heritage2:25 - 3:20From Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Grammy nominated for their debut album Vodou Adjae Boukman Eksperyans derives its name from Dutty Boukman, a vodou priest who led a religious ceremony that is considered the start of the Haitian Revolution. Founded in 1978 by Theodore Beaubrun and his sister Marjorie Beaubrun and others they launched the mizik rasin revolution in Haiti. They combine roots music with vodou religious musical traditions.
Sunday 4/28Boukou GrooveCongo Square11:15 - 12:00A supergroup of sorts, made up of venerable blues, funk, and soul sidemen, Groove has garnered admiration and occasional sit-ins from Colonel Bruce Hampton, John Cleary, and members of the Wailers.
Thursday 4/25BoyfriendGentilly Stage4:05 - 5:05Part rapper and part performance artist, Boyfriend’s “rap cabaret” shows are entertaining and intellectually-engaging experiences that make destroying gender norms fun for everyone.
Saturday 4/27Boz ScaggsBlues Tent5:40 - 7:00The blue-eyed soul man’s career goes back to his late-’60s tenure with the original Steve Miller Band; Scaggs’ 1969 solo debut included the FM radio staple “Loan Me a Dime” with Duane Allman on guitar. The late ’70s brought mainstream success with “Lido Shuffle” and “Lowdown.” When not pursuing silky blues and soul, he currently runs a Napa Valley winery.
Thursday 5/2Brandon Moreau & CajungrassSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do 11:00 - 11:50Combining Cajun and bluegrass with country and zydeco, Brandon Moreau and CajunGrass is a one of a kind band. They are frequent performs at the Tropical Isle on Bourbon Street and Maison on Frenchmen Street.
Friday 4/26Brass-A-HolicsCongo Square12:15 - 1:05Formed by ex-Soul Rebels trombonist Winston Turner, this band created its own genre of “go-go brass funk,” combining New Orleans music elements with the strong grooves of Washington DC’s go-go scene.
Sunday 5/5Brother Tyrone & the MindbendersBlues Tent11:15 - 12:00Tyrone Pollard, a.k.a. Brother Tyrone, is a deep-soul vocalist whose original songs could pass for long-lost vinyl tracks.
Thursday 5/2Bruce Daigrepont Cajun BandSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do 12:10 - 1:00A New Orleans-reared Cajun, this self-taught accordion player and songwriter is back hosting his popular Fais Do Do dances at Tipitina’s.
Thursday 5/2Bruce Daigrepont Cajun BandKids Tent2:15 - 3:00A New Orleans-reared Cajun, this self-taught accordion player and songwriter is back hosting his popular Fais Do Do dances at Tipitina’s.
Thursday 5/2Bryan Lee Six String TherapyBlues Tent11:00 - 11:45The sightless “King of Bourbon Street Blues” was the house band for a decade and a half at the Old Absinthe House.
Sunday 5/5Buddy Guyblues Tent5:45 - 7:00Equal parts fire and soul fuel of this Louisiana-born guitar icon, whose sound influenced key generations of both rock and the blues. His latest album, the Chicago-meets Southern blues styled Born To Play Guitar added another Grammy to his extensive collection
Thursday 5/2Buffalo Hunters and Cheyenne Mardi Gras IndiansCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey2:35 - 2:50The Buffalo Hunters tribe is led by Big Chief Spoon.
Sunday 5/5C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Bandblues Tent4:15 - 5:15Zydeco king Clifton Chenier’s son has long emerged as a bandleader in his own right. His 2011 album, Can’t Sit Down has a killer version of Tom Waits’ “Clap Hands.”
Saturday 4/27Caesar Brothers FunkBoxJazz & Heritage4:10 - 5:15Drummer Rickey and keyboardist Norman Caesar were born and raised in New Orleans’ uptown funk neighborhood. Related to the Nevilles by marriage—Cyril’s wife, Gaynielle Neville, is their aunt. Their musical roots—the funk and Mardi Gras Indian rhythms—run deep in their sound.
Sunday 5/5Caroline JonesAcura 11:10 - 11:45Singer songwriter Caroline Jones is a country music artist. She has opened for the Zac Brown Band and for Jimmy Buffett. Buffett signed her to his Mailboat Records label and she also collaborated with Buffett on a song. Jones was listed as one of the 10 need-to-know new country artists by Rolling Stone Magazine in 2017. Her latest release Bare Feet was released in March 2019.
Sunday 5/5Carsie Blantonlagniappe4:20 - 5:15Though she sits squarely in the singer-songwriter mode—enough to make both Paul Simon and Loudon Wainwright approve—Carsie Blanton has, through half a dozen or so albums, evolved from just another jazz-folkie hotwiring Billie Holiday into a pure pop butterfly. Yet what really sets her apart is her sexual stance. She can’t help but be as free with her heart as she is with her sexuality, which is why the ballad “To Be Known” examines why people put not just their genitals but also their feelings out there for examination.
Friday 5/3Cécile McLorin SalvantWWOZ Jazz Tent5:45 - 7:00No less an authority than Wynton Marsalis has said of this 29-year-old jazz vocalist, “You get a singer like this once in a generation or two.” She’s won Grammies and made the charts while racking up critical acclaim; particularly notable is her wildly eclectic choices of material. Her new album The Window makes new magic out of Stevie Wonder’s “Visions” and the West Side Story chestnut “Somewhere.”
Sunday 4/28Cedric BurnsideBlues Tent11:15 - 12:05Undeniably influenced by his grandfather R.L.’s sound, Burnside brings a powerful, fierce energy to the stage. Switching back and forth between acoustic guitar and drums, the project provides blues in its most essential form, as well as intense upbeat dance tunes.
Friday 5/3Cedric Watson et Bijou CreoleSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do 1:30 - 2:25A popular young fiddler, accordionist and singer, 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.
Friday 5/3Cha WaJazz & Heritage 4:15 - 5:20New Orleans brass band-meets-Mardi Gras Indian outfit Cha Wa radiates the energy of the city’s street culture. Their album Spyboy (a nod to frontman J’Wan Boudreaux’s role in the Golden Eagles) is a modern mix of fiery, toe-tapping sounds. Popmatters describes the band as “a grand gumbo of singing, intoxicating rhythms, and deep funk grooves that are impossible to resist.” They were nominated for a Grammy Award and appeared on OffBeat’s May 2018 cover.
Sunday 5/5Chaka KhanCongo Square3:25 - 4:40The funky diva has been way too quiet in the past decade, but she recently claimed that the death of her friend Prince prompted her to take stock of her life and get back to the studio. The material on the just-released Hello Happiness tends to overdo the production, but she still sings great—and since the album is only a half-hour long, that leaves plenty of time for “I Feel For You,” “Ain’t Nobody” and the other classics.
Sunday 4/28Tribute to Jo "Cool" Davis with Cordell Chambliss & the Gospel All-Star Band featuring Barbara Shorts, Charles Moore and moreGospel Tent12:05- 12:50 Gospel singer, and Central City’s pride and joy, Jo “Cool” Davis passed away in August 2016. Davis programed and co-hosted the popular Gospel Brunch at House of Blues. He was a tireless advocate for New Orleans, its culture and gospel music. After years singing with the Gospel Soul Children, Shorts left to play Big Bertha Williams in “One Mo’ Time.” Shorts’ voice is powerful and deep and she often ends her shows with the spiritual “Down by the Riverside.” Guitarist Charles Moore is the brother of Deacon John Moore.
Thursday 4/25Charlie Gabriel and FriendsEconomy Hall Tent12:20 - 1:15Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s clarinetist and vocalist. The band includes Kyle Roussel on piano, Ben Jaffe on bass, Shannon Powell on drums, Kevin Lewis on trumpet and Craig Klein on trombone and others. Though the band will focus on traditional New Orleans music, Gabriel often credits the vitality of jazz with its unique ability to reflect the modern experiences of those who interpret it along with the history in which it’s rooted.
Friday 4/26Charmaine Neville BandBlues Tent1:40 - 2:30An 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.
Thursday 5/2Cheyenne Mardi Gras IndiansParade2:05- 2:35This Mardi Gras Indian tribe takes its name after one of the most famous tribes of the Great Plains.
Thursday 4/25Chosen Vessels Dance PacKids Tent1:45 - 2:30Kristy Lewis leads this local school and company specializing in theater arts and a mix of lyrical, modern, jazz, ballet and hip-hop dance styles.
Friday 4/26Chouval Bwa Traditionnel of MartiniqueCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey12:00 -6:00Chouval bwa is a kind of folk music originated on the slave plantations of Martinique. There are two versions, traditional and modern. At Jazz Fest the chouval bwa is a hand-pushed carousel with a live band playing in the middle of it.
Friday 5/3Chouval Bwa Traditionnel of MartiniqueCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey12:00 -6:00Chouval bwa is a kind of folk music originated on the slave plantations of Martinique. There are two versions, traditional and modern. At Jazz Fest the chouval bwa is a hand-pushed carousel with a live band playing in the middle of it.
Saturday 5/4Chouval Bwa Traditionnel of MartiniqueCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey12:00 -6:00Chouval bwa is a kind of folk music originated on the slave plantations of Martinique. There are two versions, traditional and modern. At Jazz Fest the chouval bwa is a hand-pushed carousel with a live band playing in the middle of it.
Sunday 4/28Chouval Bwa Traditionnel of MartiniqueCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey12:00 -6:00Chouval bwa is a kind of folk music originated on the slave plantations of Martinique. There are two versions, traditional and modern. At Jazz Fest the chouval bwa is a hand-pushed carousel with a live band playing in the middle of it.
Thursday 4/25Chouval Bwa Traditionnel of MartiniqueCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey12:00 -6:00Chouval bwa is a kind of folk music originated on the slave plantations of Martinique. There are two versions, traditional and modern. At Jazz Fest the chouval bwa is a hand-pushed carousel with a live band playing in the middle of it.
Thursday 5/2Chouval Bwa Traditionnel of MartiniqueCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey12:00 -6:00Chouval bwa is a kind of folk music originated on the slave plantations of Martinique. There are two versions, traditional and modern. At Jazz Fest the chouval bwa is a hand-pushed carousel with a live band playing in the middle of it.
Sunday 5/5Chouval Bwa Traditionnel of Martinique.Cultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey12:00 -6:00Chouval bwa is a kind of folk music originated on the slave plantations of Martinique. There are two versions, traditional and modern. At Jazz Fest the chouval bwa is a hand-pushed carousel with a live band playing in the middle of it.
Saturday 5/4Chris OwensEconomy Hall Tent5:55 - 6:45She’s been a fixture on Bourbon Street for decades with her big, showy, Vegas-style showcases. You never know what you might hear!
Friday 5/3Chris SmitherLagniappe3:00 - 4:00His folk-blues picking (think Mississippi John Hurt or Lightnin’ Hopkins) have made this singer-songwriter a bluesman who can count Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John and Loudon Wainwright III along his acolytes.
Friday 5/3Chris StapletonAcura5:20 - 7:00This big bear of a Kentuckian is one of Country’s greatest keys to the future, a singer-songwriter who can hold court with everyone from Justin Timberlake to Sturgill Simpson. Indeed, it was his duet with Justin on the CMA’s that pushed him into the mainstream. But his solo stuff, buoyed by his surprisingly light and airy voice, is rooted squarely in (modern) country tradition on the hits “Traveller,” “Parachute,” and “Millionaire.”
Friday 4/26Chris Thomas KingBlues Tent2:50 - 5:30Second-generation Baton Rouge bluesman made a game-changer album with 1995’s 21st Century Blues…From da Hood, a pioneering fusion of blues with rap and metal riffage. He’s appeared in numerous films including “O Brother Where Art Thou” and “Ray,” where he portrayed Lowell Fulson.
Saturday 5/4Christian Unity Baptist Church Youth Development ChoirKids Tent12:40 - 1:25Youth choir from Conti Street Christian Unity Baptist Church.
Saturday 5/4Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp BandSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do2:20 - 3:20This 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.
Thursday 4/25CiaraCongo Square5:45 - 7:00Part of a new generation of R&B superstars, Ciara made an immediate splash with her 2004 debut Goodies spawning four platinum singles. She later did co-billed tours with Jay-Z and Britney Spears, and launched a second career as a model. The recent hit single “Greatest Love” is the first teaser from her forthcoming album, the first in a new deal with Warner Brothers.
Thursday 5/2Clay Parker and Jodi JamesLagniappe 11:15 - 12:05Clay Parker and Jodi James are an acoustic duo from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The pair’s use of dense harmony-singing and subtle musical arrangements indelibly binds them to the tradition of singer-songwriters and positions them well in the folk roots and Americana strains of country music.
Thursday 5/2Clive Wilson’s New Orleans SerenadersEconomy Hall Tent12:10 - 1:00Known for their lively interpretations of old New Orleans classics by Armstrong, Kid Ory, and others, the members of the Serenaders have played together in various musical contexts since the ’60s.
Saturday 5/4Clovis Crawfish & the All-Star Bayou BandKids Tent5:15 - 6:00For many children in South Louisiana the Clovis Crawfish books contain stories of friendship and moral lessons in the Cajun French language. Songwriter Julie Fontenot Landry the daughter of the books author Mary Alice Fontenot creates songs inspired by the books.
Friday 5/3Comanche Hunters Mardi Gras IndiansJazz & Heritage 11:20 - 12:00Big Chief Keith Keke Gibson leads this Ninth Ward gang, performing traditional songs like “Indian Red” and Monk Boudreaux’s “Lighting and Thunder.”
Saturday 4/27Connie and Dwight Fitch with the St. Raymond & St. Leo the Great ChoirGospel Tent12:05 - 12:50Seventh 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
Sunday 4/28Corey Henry & Treme FunktetAcura11:15 - 11:55Galactic trombonist Henry’s highly energetic funk band has quickly become one of the must-see groups around town in the last few years.
Friday 4/26Corey Ledet & His Zydeco BandSheraton New Olreans Fais Do-Do11:15 - 12:10Ledet was already two years into his music career when he switched from drums to accordion at age 12.
Thursday 5/2Cowboy MouthAcura11:30 - 12:20They’ve been on the road for 26 years and counting, and still tend to pull out the stops for Fest shows. Go ahead and knock them for working so hard to be inspiring: If Fred LeBlanc, John Thomas Griffith and the newer guys get it right, by the end of the set you’ll be jumping in the air waving your fists to “Jenny Says” along with everybody else. Are you with me?
Thursday 4/25Craig Adams & Higher Dimensions of PraiseGospel Tent5:10 - 5:55Hammond player and Houston/New Orleans native Adams leads this dynamic, 16-piece gospel group.
Thursday 5/2Creole String BeansSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do 1:25 - 2:25Fronted by photographer Rick Olivier and featuring former Iguanas and Cowboy Mouth members, the Creole String Beans began as a “Y’at cover band” doing vintage local gems, and moved on to write similarly-styled originals.
Thursday 5/2Crescent by ChoiceWWOZ Jazz Tent11:10 - 11:55 Saxophonist Ricardo Pascal and clarinetist Joe Goldberg’s Crescent By Choice started as an exodus of musicians from Florida to New Orleans. It includes anyone whose artistic path has led them to the Crescent City.
Friday 5/3Crocodile Gumboot Dancers of South AfricaBlues Tent1:30 - 2:15From Durban, South Africa, the gumboot dance is performed by dancers wearing wellington boots known in South Africa as gumboots. The boots are embellished with bells, so that they ring as the dancers stamp on the ground.
Friday 5/3Crocodile Gumboot Dancers of South AfricaCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey4:50 - 5:45From Durban, South Africa, the gumboot dance is performed by dancers wearing wellington boots known in South Africa as gumboots. The boots are embellished with bells, so that they ring as the dancers stamp on the ground.
Saturday 5/4Crocodile Gumboot Dancers of South AfricaCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey11:30 - 12:15From Durban, South Africa, the gumboot dance is performed by dancers wearing wellington boots known in South Africa as gumboots. The boots are embellished with bells, so that they ring as the dancers stamp on the ground.
Sunday 5/5Crocodile Gumboot Dancers of South AfricaCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey11:30 - 12:15From Durban, South Africa, the gumboot dance is performed by dancers wearing wellington boots known in South Africa as gumboots. The boots are embellished with bells, so that they ring as the dancers stamp on the ground.
Sunday 5/5Culu Children’s Traditional African Dance Company with Stilt WalkerKids Tent5:15 - 6:00Founded in 1988, this New Orleans-based company has toured the US and performed for Winnie Mandela.
Sunday 4/28Curley TaylorSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do 6:00 - 7:00After getting his start as a drummer with Cajun country music stars like Steve Riley and CJ Chenier, Taylor switched to accordion and launched a successful career as a bandleader. His blues-infused sound is a staple on the Lafayette and Opelousas zydeco scenes.
Saturday 4/27Curren$y with guest Nesby PhipsCongo Square3:00 - 4:00With decades of friendship behind them, Nesby Phips and Curren$y will showcase the hip-hop chemistry the two have fostered since attending Eleanor McMain Secondary School together. On the Congo Square Stage, they’ll preserve the rightful place of New Orleans rap culture.
Sunday 4/28Curtis Pierre and the Samba KidsKids Tent11:30 - 12:15The self-professed “samba king of New Orleans” leads the Afro-Brazilian troupe he founded in 1987 on a series of parades and performances.
Thursday 4/25Cynthia Girtley’s Tribute to Mahalia JacksonGospel Tent1:00 - 1:45This jazz-inspired singer/keyboardist is influenced by Mahalia Jackson, for whom she’s performed tributes.
Sunday 5/5Cyril Neville’s Swamp FunkAcura12:05 - 1:05In 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.
Sunday 5/5Da Knockaz Brass BandParade1:00- 1:30 Formed in 2014, this eight-piece act plays contemporary brass band music, traditional New Orleans jazz and go-go funk.
Sunday 4/28Da Souljas Brass BandParade2:40- 4:10This next-generation brass band plays in the hot, modern style that makes a second line roll.
Friday 4/26Da Truth Brass BandJazz & Heritage6:00 - 6:55Da Truth’s high-energy, tight renditions of New Orleans second line classics and originals have made them one of the best new brass bands in the streets on Sundays.
Friday 5/3Dancing Grounds Elite Feet Dance Krewe & Youth CompanyKids Tent5:15 - 6:00The showcase will include a hip hop and modern dance performances. Dancing Grounds is a nonprofit community arts organization that provides dance education in New Orleans.
Thursday 4/25Darcy Malone & the TangleGentilly Stage2:45 - 3:40Led by the daughter of the Radiators’ Dave Malone, husband-and-wife team Darcy Malone and Christopher Boye blend their tastes for soul and indie rock. OffBeat writer, Rory Callais, is a member of the band.
Friday 4/26Darlingside Tribute to Danny and Blue Lu Barker featuring Detroit Brooks and Jolynda “Kiki” ChapmanSheraton New Olreans Fais Do-Do4:40 - 5:40Darlingside is a four-person indie folk band from Boston. Their style has been described as “exquisitely-arranged, literary-minded, baroque folk-pop.” Their latest CD, Extralife, was released by Thirty Tigers.
Sunday 4/28Dave Jordan & the NIALagniappe 12:35 - 1:30Formerly of the funk band Juice, Dave Jordan earned his rep as a first-class roots/rock songwriter when Anders Osborne produced his solo debut and Art Neville recorded one of his songs. The NIA (Neighborhood Improvement Association) has been his vehicle for the past few years and are about to release a new CD, Burning Sage.
Saturday 5/4Dave Matthews BandAcura5:00 -7:00As one of the leaders in the vanguard of the jam-band revolution of the ’90s, the Dave Matthews band laid the groundwork for many of the younger bands you’ll see at the Fest: a relentlessly upbeat vibe, delicate interplay and always mutating arrangements, in this case those of hits like “What Would You Say,” “Crash Into Me,” and “Ants Marching.” Come for the red cup-style groove; stay to watch some of rock’s greatest living improvisers.
Sunday 4/28Davell CrawfordBlues Tent2:45 - 3:45Grandson of the late New Orleans R&B great James “Sugarboy” Crawford, Davell is an energetic singer/keyboardist drawing from R&B, jazz and gospel.
Friday 4/26David & RoselynKids Tent2:50 - 3:35Local duo David Leonard and Roselyn Lionheart’s blues and jazz sounds have been a French Quarter staple for years. They’ve also performed on the Smithsonian Institute’s PBS “River of Song” documentary.
Thursday 4/25David DoucetAARP Rhythmpourium1:45- 2:30 David Doucet: Playing alongside his brother Michael, David Doucet’s acoustic guitar has been a key element in BeauSoleil’s sound since their inception. His last solo album (1957: Solo Cajun Guitar) was released a decade ago and this will be a rare chance to hear him outside the group.
Sunday 4/28David GonzalezKids Tent2:55 - 3:40Storyteller, musician, poet, actor, and writer David Gonzalez, as created numerous productions that combine compelling drama, music, and multi-media.
Sunday 4/28Deacon JohnBlues Tent4:10 - 5:10The singer/guitarist’s long history in New Orleans music includes leading the band at debutante balls, performing at the Dew Drop Inn and playing on some of the city’s classic records like Aaron Neville’s “Tell It Like It Is” and Ernie K-Doe’s “Mother-In-Law.”
Friday 4/26Deborah Hunt & Maskhunt MotionsKids Tent1:50 - 2:25Deborah Hunt is a maskmaker, puppeteer and performance artist with 35 years of experience. Born in New Zealand and now residing in Puerto Rico, she is the founder and artistic director of Maskhunt, Inc. Dédé Saint-Prix saxophonist, flautist, percussionist, singer and composer brings his deep knowledge of the history of chouval bwa music into play when he performs. The New York Times has said he inspires the kind of “euphoria … only the best dance music [can invoke].”
Sunday 5/5Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz OrchestraWWOZ Jazz Tent2:45 - 3:45The trombonist, composer and producer recently intrigued with his release Make America Great Again!, his energetic UJO sets balance humor and fun with tight ensemble interplay and memorable solos.
Saturday 4/27Delgado Community College Jazz BandLagniappe11:30 - 12:15This modern jazz and big band-focused student ensemble hails from the emerging music program at the city’s largest community college.
Thursday 4/25Devastation SA PCParade3:35- 4:05Social Aid and Pleasure Club parade.
Friday 4/26Diassing Kunda of SenegalCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey11:30 - 12:20The fantastic Miss Ross is one of the last living links to the original Motown sound, and the former Supreme leader stayed relevant for years afterward with solo hits like “Love Hangover” and “I’m Coming Out.” Listening to Diana is like hearing R&B itself grow up and consume popular culture, and while she may be soul’s very first diva, she’s also one of its hardiest survivors. At least we know she’ll still come out if it rains!
Saturday 4/27Diassing Kunda of SenegalSheraton New Olreans Fais Do-Do1:40 - 2:30The fantastic Miss Ross is one of the last living links to the original Motown sound, and the former Supreme leader stayed relevant for years afterward with solo hits like “Love Hangover” and “I’m Coming Out.” Listening to Diana is like hearing R&B itself grow up and consume popular culture, and while she may be soul’s very first diva, she’s also one of its hardiest survivors. At least we know she’ll still come out if it rains!
Saturday 4/27Diassing Kunda of SenegalCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey4:45 - 5:45The fantastic Miss Ross is one of the last living links to the original Motown sound, and the former Supreme leader stayed relevant for years afterward with solo hits like “Love Hangover” and “I’m Coming Out.” Listening to Diana is like hearing R&B itself grow up and consume popular culture, and while she may be soul’s very first diva, she’s also one of its hardiest survivors. At least we know she’ll still come out if it rains!
Thursday 4/25Diassing Kunda of SenegalCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey12:35- 1:25 PMThe fantastic Miss Ross is one of the last living links to the original Motown sound, and the former Supreme leader stayed relevant for years afterward with solo hits like “Love Hangover” and “I’m Coming Out.” Listening to Diana is like hearing R&B itself grow up and consume popular culture, and while she may be soul’s very first diva, she’s also one of its hardiest survivors. At least we know she’ll still come out if it rains!
Thursday 4/25Diassing Kunda of SenegalCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey5:05- 5:45The fantastic Miss Ross is one of the last living links to the original Motown sound, and the former Supreme leader stayed relevant for years afterward with solo hits like “Love Hangover” and “I’m Coming Out.” Listening to Diana is like hearing R&B itself grow up and consume popular culture, and while she may be soul’s very first diva, she’s also one of its hardiest survivors. At least we know she’ll still come out if it rains!
Saturday 4/27Divine Ladies SA & PCParade12:00- 12:30 This Uptown social aid and pleasure club’s annual parades generally kick off in serious style at St. Charles and Jackson Avenues.
Saturday 4/27DJ BlazaCongo Square2:40 - 2:55Popular New Orleans bounce DJ.
Sunday 5/5DJ Captain CharlesCongo Square3:00 -3:15 / 4:50 - 5:10The self-proclaimed “most renowned DJ in New Orleans,” Captain Charles has been fortifying his music collection for more than 20 years.
Friday 4/26Dja RaraJazz & Heritage12:20 - 12:45Originating in Haiti, Rara music is part-carnival, part-social protest, part-vodou ceremony. Brooklyn New York’s Dja Rara has performed on Wycleff Jean’s 1997 Carnival album.
Friday 4/26Dja RaraCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey4:25 - 4:45Originating in Haiti, Rara music is part-carnival, part-social protest, part-vodou ceremony. Brooklyn New York’s Dja Rara has performed on Wycleff Jean’s 1997 Carnival album.
Sunday 4/28Dja RaraCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey12:40 - 1:20Originating in Haiti, Rara music is part-carnival, part-social protest, part-vodou ceremony. Brooklyn New York’s Dja Rara has performed on Wycleff Jean’s 1997 Carnival album.
Thursday 4/25Django Festival Allstars of FranceCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey1:45 - 2:45Bringing the music of the legendary gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt into the 21st century the Django Festival Allstars continue to honor the traditions of “hot jazz.” The band features guitarist, violinist Dorado Schmitt and his two sons Samson and Amati. Addition members include violinist Pierre Blanchard, accordionist Ludovic Beier and guitarists DouDou Cuillerier, Francko Mehrstein, Antonio Licusati and Gino Roman.
Thursday 4/25DjaRARACultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey4:30 - 4:50Originating in Haiti, Rara music is part-carnival, part-social protest, part-vodou ceremony. Brooklyn New York’s Dja Rara has performed on Wycleff Jean’s 1997 Carnival album.
Saturday 4/27Dobet Gnahore of Ivory CoastCongo Square1:35 - 2:35Raised both in France and West Africa, this singer/dancer/drummer probably best known for “Pearls,” her duet with India.Arie that won a Grammy in 2010. She’s known as both a skilled percussionist and a theatrical performer whose show includes numerous choreographed pieces.
Sunday 4/28Dobet Gnahoré of Ivory CoastCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey4:45 - 5:45Raised both in France and West Africa, this singer/dancer/drummer probably best known for “Pearls,” her duet with India.Arie that won a Grammy in 2010. She’s known as both a skilled percussionist and a theatrical performer whose show includes numerous choreographed pieces.
Sunday 5/5Doreen’s Jazz New Orleanseconomy hall tent5:50 - 6:45Clarinetist 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.
Sunday 4/28Dr. Brice Miller & Mahogany Brass BandJazz & Heritage 1:35 - 2:35Trumpeter and ethnomusicologist Miller leads this long-running traditional New Orleans jazz ensemble, his go-to band when he’s not delving into other pursuits like avant-garde jazz and electronic music.
Sunday 5/5Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band with guest Thais Clarkeconomy hall tent3:05 - 4:10Clarinetist and jazz scholar White frequently fuses traditional and modern styles in his Liberty Jazz Band. He recently produced an album’s worth of new recordings tracing the history of modern New Orleans brass band music for Smithsonian Folkways. Clark, his regular Jazz Fest guest, adds a vocal component to the set.
Thursday 4/25Dr. Nativo of GuatemalaJazz & Heritage6:05 - 6:55A hip-hop group from Guatemala.
Thursday 4/25Dr. Nativo of GuatemalaCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey3:20 - 4:20A hip-hop group from Guatemala.
Sunday 4/28Driskill Mountain BoysLagniappe 1:50 - 2:40The highest point Louisiana isn’t much of a mountain, but the Boys can pick Bluegrass as well as anyone in Appalachia: classics, originals and real country humor to boot.
Saturday 4/27Dumaine St. Gang SA & PCParade12:00- 12:30 The Treme-based Dumaine Street Gang Social Aid and Pleasure Club hits the Sixth Ward’s hottest spots during its annual parade.
Friday 4/26Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco HellraisersSheraton New Olreans Fais Do-Do1:50 - 2:45OffBeat’s French Quarter Festival cover subject is a second-generation accordion slinger who carries on the blues-infused style of his dad Dopsie Sr., often with a whole lot of added speed and volume. His latest CD Top of the Mountain was nominated for a Grammy and won for Best Zydeco CD at the Best of the Beat Awards.
Thursday 5/2Dwight James & The RoyalsCongo Square 12:05 - 12:50From Lafayette this soul band is led by guitarist and vocalist Dwight J. Roy. The band is noted for its bluesy swagger and delicate croons.
Saturday 4/27E’dana & Divinely DestinGospel Tent1:00 - 1:45Gospel singer and stage actress E’Dana has been touring and recording since she was 15. She hits the Fairgrounds with her Louisiana-based group, Divinely Destin.
Thursday 4/25Earth, Wind & FireAcura5:25 - 6:55The feel good juggernaut of ’70s jazz-soul is back for another run at the fest, complete with their signature horn section and so many hits you’ll never remember them all until you hear ’em in one place—not just “Let’s Groove” and “Shining Star” but the mystical positivity of “Fantasy” and the pure funk of “Serpentine Fire.” Fire indeed!
Sunday 4/28Ellis Marsalis Family Tribute featuring Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo, and Jason with Ellis MarsalisWWOZ Jazz Tent5:40 - 6:55Wynton Marsalis will be blowing jazz music from the modern era when he and his musical brothers, saxophonist Branford, trombonist Delfeayo and drummer/vibraphonist Jason Marsalis pay tribute to their father, pianist, composer and educator Ellis Marsalis. “It’s good,” says Wynton on getting together with his kin in what could be considered the Marsalis Family Band.
Thursday 5/2Eric LindellBlues Tent1:35 - 2:25Once 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.
Saturday 4/27Erica FallsGentilly1:35 - 2:25This soulful R&B vocalist has sung with Allen Toussaint and Irma Thomas but her chops and songwriting skills demand attention on their own merit. She is often featured with Galactic and gave an electrifying performance singing with Walter “Wolfman” Washington at OffBeat’s Best of the Beat Award this last January.
Friday 5/3Erik McAllisterKids Tent3:00 - 3:45The only mime to be playing the Fest this year. McAllister is an NOCCA graduate who co-hosted the kids’ TV show “Let’s…”, and has appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Theater Festival and at Bonnaroo.
Friday 5/3Ernie Vincent & the Top NotesBlues Tent11:15 - 12:00Ernie Vincent and his band the Top Notes are best known for the 1972 funk anthem “Dap Walk.”
Friday 5/3Evangelist Jackie Tolbert & The Gospel EnsembleGospel Tent1:20 - 2:10Preaching through song and witness, Baton Rouge-born Jackie brings it a little jazzier than most of her contemporaries, yet there’s no denying the power of her faith (and voice).
Sunday 5/5Fairview Brass Band Reunioneconomy hall tent1:50 - 2:45In 1970 Danny Barker’s group Fairview Baptist Church Christian Band recruited New Orleans teenagers and convinced young people that brass band music was both cool and worth preserving. The Fairview Brass Band launched the careers of many musicians including Leroy Jones (who will lead this reunion), Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Kirk Joseph and Nicholas Payton.
Saturday 4/27Family Ties SA & PCParade12:00- 12:30This popular Social Aid and Pleasure Club is based downtown, generally strutting down Basin Street on its annual Sunday parade.
Thursday 4/25Fi Yi Yi & the Mandingo WarriorsJazz & Heritage11:15 - 11:55The 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.
Sunday 4/28First Division SA & PCParade2:40- 4:10An esteemed branch of the historic Young Men Olympian, Jr. Benevolent Association.
Sunday 4/28Flow TribeGentilly12:20 - 1:10“Backbone cracking music” is the chosen genre of this party-friendly funk/rock band, which adds Red Hot Chili Peppers and hip-hop to the Meters on its list of funk influences.
Thursday 4/25Forest Huval BandLagniappe1:55 - 2:45A native of Cecilia, Louisiana, Forest was influenced by legendary Cajun musicians. He plays both accordion and fiddle and continues to hone his melodic craft with a reverence for master works.
Thursday 4/25Forgotten Souls Brass BandJazz & Heritage3:45 - 4:35From New Orleans the Forgotten Souls Brass Band was the winner of the 2000 Best of the Beat Award for Best Emerging Artist. The Forgotten Souls pay their respects to the unique musical traditions of New Orleans with a special blend of second line, traditional jazz, modern jazz, funk and hip hop.
Friday 4/26Foundation of Funk featuring Zigaboo Modeliste and George Porter Jr. with special guests Cyril Neville, Ivan Neville, Tony Hall and Ian NevilleAcura3:00 - 4:15Foundations of Funk with Ivan Neville, Tony Hall and Ian Neville: The closest thing to a full-fledged Meters set at JazzFest this year, this one brings together the mighty, founding rhythm section of George Porter Jr. and Zigaboo Modeliste with three-fifths of Dumpstaphunk.
Thursday 4/25Franklin Avenue Music MinistryGospel Tent6:05 - 6:50One of New Orleans’ largest and most powerful church choirs, and a former winner for Best Gospel Group at OffBeat’s Best of the Beat Awards.
Friday 4/26Free Agents Brass BandJazz & Heritage2:20 - 3:15Bass 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.”
Friday 4/26Free Spirit Brass BandParade3:15- 3:45A local festival favorite, the young and heavy-hitting Free Spirits are known for a bringing a rock edge to the typical brass-band sound that proves a dance-friendly fan favorite.
Saturday 4/27Frishberg Family BandAARP Rhythmpourium12:20- 1:05Cajun fiddler, violinist and accordion player Jonno Frishberg, was a member of the Cajun rock band Mamou. Frishberg also recorded with Richard Thomason, Sonny Landreth, Michael Doucet and others. As a New Orleans resident he would often perform at Mulate’s. He now resides in Breaux Bridge, and his family band consists of Colin Frishberg, Eva Frishberg, Susan Leger and of course Jonno Frishberg.
Sunday 4/28Frog and HenryEconomy Hall Tent11:15 - 12:05Formed in New Orleans as a collective of several street performing groups, Frog and Henry perform old dance and jazz music from the early 1900’s on brass and string instruments. Every instrumentalist contributes to vocals.
Thursday 4/25Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk RevueGentilly12:20- 1:05Big-voiced Maryland native Vanessa Niemann fronts one of the city’s leading Western swing bands, which plays originals, honky-tonk favorites, and less obvious choices like Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright.” They were big winners at the 2018 OffBeat Best of the Beat Awards, taking home two awards for the best country artist and best country album for Lost and Found.
Saturday 5/4GalacticACura4:10 - 4:15Approaching their music with open ears, Ben Ellman, Robert Mercurio, Stanton Moore, Jeff Raines and Rich Vogel draw inspiration from quintessential New Orleans musicians such as the Meters and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band as well as from each other. Brass-band elements, old-school soul and hard rock figure as prominently as the funk. These jamband scene stalwarts are known for their high-energy sets that often feature guests including vocalist Erica Falls. Galactic’s first new studio album in more than three years, Already Ready Already, features guest vocalists including Miss Mojo, Princess Shaw, The Revivalists vocalist Dave Shaw, Boyfriend and of course Erica Falls.
Friday 5/3Gary Clark Jr.Gentilly5:45 - 7:00Is he gonna perform “This Land”? That’s the question surrounding this Bonnaroo mainstay, slinging guitar in Austin clubs at 12 before developing a decidedly Hendrixian tone and attempting to resolve not just America’s back and white halves but the history of modern black music in general, from blues clear up to hip-hop. “This Land,” which makes Childish Gambino’s “This is America” seem timid, will tell you all you need to know about his stance. If he lets you hear it, that is.
Thursday 5/2Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ BoogieSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do 2:50 - 4:00Originally the drummer in his late father John Delafose’s band, Geno took to accordion and became a popular bandleader specializing in country-styled zydeco, when not raising horses and cattle at his Double D Ranch outside Eunice, Louisiana.
Saturday 5/4George French & the New Orleans Storyville Jazz BandEconomy Hall Tent1:40 - 2:35As a bassist, French played on some landmark ’60s sessions with Earl King, Red Tyler and Robert Parker. As a vocalist, he brings a silky touch to jazz and blues standards.
Sunday 5/5George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ PardnersGentilly11:20 - 12:10As a founding Meter and a jamming partner to just about everybody, bassist Porter is one of the cornerstones of New Orleans funk. The band’s latest disc, Can’t Beat the Funk, applies fresh spins to lesser-known nuggets from the Meters catalogue. Porter has been nominated for and won numerous Best of the Beat Awards.
Thursday 4/25Gerald French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz BandEconomy Hall Tent2:55 - 4:00The 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.
Saturday 4/27Germaine BazzleWWOZ Jazz Tent1:35 - 2:25This locally prized jazz singer can caress a ballad or scat-sing an up-tempo number with the best. Her history includes a stint playing bass on Bourbon Street with Alvin “Red” Tyler; both OffBeat and the Jazz Journalism Association honored her 50-plus-years of work in music education with awards.
Sunday 4/28GiversGentilly1:30 - 2:20This Lafayette-based indie-pop five-piece creates shimmering melodies that have a way of splintering off into unusual rhythms.
Friday 5/3Gladys KnightCongo Square5:45 - 7:00It took a long time for Gladys Knight to be recognized on the same level as Aretha Franklin or Tina Turner, but her still stunning voice proves that out no one can make love hurt like she does on The Pips’ hits “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “If I Were Your Woman.” If you like your soul with a lot of drama, this is where you should be.
Thursday 5/2Glen David AndrewsBlues Tent12:25 - 1:15This singer/trombonist, cousin of Troy and James Andrews, is a brass traditionalist and a testifying R&B vocalist who honed his entertaining chops in Jackson Square. His album Redemption was named the number one album of 2014 by OffBeat Magazine.
Sunday 4/28Glenn Hartman and the EarthtonesKids Tent1:50 - 2:35Accordionist Glenn Harman, a native of California, moved to New Orleans at 18 years of age. He has played with the New Orleans Klezmer Allstars and currently performs frequently with Alex McMurray.
Friday 4/26Go Getters SA & PCParade3:15- 3:45 A downtown-based Social Aid & Pleasure Club.
Friday 4/26Golden Sioux Mardi Gras IndiansParade2:20- 3:00Mardi Gras Indian parade.
Thursday 4/25Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell PlayboysSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do11:15 - 12:05This accordion and fiddle-centric band, formed in 1946, plays a form of music called Creole La La, an early American roots style that became one of the components of zydeco.
Sunday 5/5Good Fellas Social Aid & Pleasure ClubsParade11:20 AM - 11:50Social Aid and Pleasure Club parade.
Thursday 4/25Grayhawk presents Native America Lore & TalesKids Tent12:35 - 1:20This Houma, Louisiana resident shares stories from his Choctaw heritage.
Thursday 4/25Grayson Brockamp and the New Orleans Wildlife BandWWOZ Jazz Tent12:20 - 1:10Recently a fixture on Frenchmen Street, this band was formed in 2016 by upright bassist Brockamp and signed by Nicolas Payton’s label. They do updated versions of “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “What a Wonderful World” and other classics.
Saturday 5/4Gregg Stafford & his Young Tuxedo Jazz BandEconomy Hall Tent2:55 - 3:50Trumpeter Stafford made his Bourbon Street performing debut in 1970; he has led the Young Tuxedo Brass Band for over three decades.
Friday 5/3Gregg Stafford’s Jazz HoundsEconomy Hall Tent2:55 - 3:55Stafford’s other traditional New Orleans jazz ensemble, the Jazz Hounds, have been under his direction since the death of Danny Barker in 1984.
Saturday 4/27Gregory PorterWWOZ Jazz Tent5:30 - 7:00His Grammy-winning, gospel trained, blue-note-labeled baritone, rich and booming, has already made him a rising star in the U.K. and set to duplicate that feat in U.S. jazz circles.
Saturday 4/27Grey Seal Puppets.Kids Tent1:05 - 1:50Puppeteers.
Friday 5/3Grupo Sensacion NOLACongo Square11:15 - 12:00Jaime 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
Sunday 5/5Hardhead Hunters Mardi Gras IndiansJazz & Heritage 1:15 - 2:05Big Chief Otto “Fiyo” DeJean leads the parade of Mardi Gras Indians.
Sunday 4/28Helen GilletLagniappe 3:00 - 3:55This 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.
Friday 5/3Herbert McCarver & The Pin Stripe Brass BandJazz & Heritage 2:45 - 3:50One 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.
Sunday 5/5Herbie HancockWWOZ Jazz Tent5:30 - 7:00A contender for the most popular jazz artist now living, not least due to his ability to play anything from straight-ahead acoustic jazz to pop and hip-hop crossovers. Hancock is currently working on an album that will include Wayne Shorter, Kendrick Lamar, and Snoop Dogg. Here’s hoping his set takes in some of his visionary Afrocentric fusion from the late ’60s.
Saturday 4/27High Steppers Brass BandParade12:00- 12:30This young local brass band mixes traditional New Orleans brass sounds with plenty of hip-hop influences.
Saturday 5/4Higher Heights ReggaeJazz & Heritage11:15 - 12:00Performing 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.
Friday 5/3Honey Island Swamp BandAcura12:40 - 1:40Formed 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.
Saturday 5/4Hot 8 Brass BandCongo Square1:25 - 2:15The storied Hot 8 is a study in survival, having lost three members in shooting deaths. But the band has endured, and they carry on traditional brass-band sounds and add elements of hip-hop and jazz, touring worldwide. Their latest album, Take Cover, interprets classic tracks from Joy Division, Michael Jackson and George Benson.
Friday 5/3Hot Club of New OrleansEconomy Hall Tent5:45 - 6:45These guys almost singlehandedly spearheaded the great Crescent City gypsy jazz revival by perfecting a more modern, less studious, more swinging style.
Saturday 4/27Hurray for the Riff RaffAcura3:45 - 4:55During her time in New Orleans, leader Alynda Segarra developed a highly personalized, often stark and haunting take on Americana. Now based in Nashville, she’s expanded Hurray for the Riff Raff into a full electric band for last year’s expansive and semi-autobiographical concept album The Navigator.
Sunday 4/28Indigo GirlsSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do 4:20 - 5:40Musical partners Amy Ray and Emily Saliers were briefly the toast of the indie-rock world with their self-titled 1989 album and its single “Closer to Fine.” They’re still beloved by a cult audience and still doing good-hearted acoustic rock with the occasional twist: Their latest album was done live with orchestra, and they can rock surprisingly hard onstage.
Sunday 4/28Irma ThomasAcura1:55 - 3:00With a career that spans more than 50 years, Thomas earned her royal nickname through innumerable contributions to the development of soul and R&B. While she still plays early hits like “It’s Raining” and “Time is on My Side,” she continues to introduce new material.
Thursday 5/2Isabel DavisGospel Tent1:55 - 2:40Gospel singer Isabel Davis was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She is currently the Worship Pastor at the City of Love in New Orleans. Her most recent album The Call reached number eleven on the Billboard gospel chart.
Thursday 4/25ISL Circus Arts KidsKids Tent5:15- 6:00Students from the International School of Louisiana in New Orleans make up this young group of acrobats, stilt walkers and clowns.
Thursday 5/2Ivan Neville’s DumpstaphunkAcura3:30 - 4:30The 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. Too bad the Rolling Stones cancelled as Keith Richards was sure to join in.
Sunday 4/28J BalvinGentilly5:55 - 6:55The new king of Reggaeton rides his riddims completely in Spanish. A Colombian superstar who pulls in music from all dance genres to embroider his style, he may be the future of worldpop incarnate, thanks to the success of sultry hipshakers like “Ginza,” “Mi Gente,” and “Ay Vamos.” If nothing else, his presence signals that Jazz Fest doesn’t think roots futurism ends at the Equator.
Thursday 4/25J. Monque’D Blues RevueBlues Tent12:25 - 1:15“Monk” is a true example of the classic “Yat” native of the 20th century, and his gritty, dirty blues has made him one of the city’s most beloved sidemen.
Friday 5/3Jackson Square Allstar Brass BandParade12:45- 1:15New Orleans pianist Henry Butler passed away from cancer in July 2018 at the age of 69. The Jackson Square All-Star Band is a rotating group of New Orleans musicians usually found entertaining the crowds at Jackson Square.
Sunday 4/28Jambalaya Cajun Band with special guest Johnnie AllanSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do 12:25 - 1:15This group was founded in 1977 by fiddler Terry Huval. They’re joined by singer Johnnie Allan.
Friday 4/26James Andrews & the Crescent City All-StarsBlues Tent4:10 - 5:10Nicknamed “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.
Thursday 4/25James Carter Organ TrioWWOZ Jazz Tent5:55 - 6:55Saxophonist and leader James Carter is the cousin of jazz violinist Regina Carter who is also playing the festival. The trio includes drummer Leonard King and organist Gerard Gibbs. Carter has won Down Beat magazine’s critics and readers’ choice award for baritone saxophone several years in a row.
Friday 5/3James Rivers MovementWWOZ Jazz Tent1:30 - 2:30Perhaps the city’s only jazz/funk saxophonist who doubles as a bagpipe player, Rivers was also known for a longtime (now discontinued) Sunday brunch at the Hilton, and for scoring Clint Eastwood’s The Bridges of Madison County.
Friday 5/3Jamil SharifEconomy Hall Tent1:40 - 2:35This 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.
Friday 5/3Jarekus SingletonBlues Tent2:40 - 3:40Rising star Mississippi blues guitarist Singleton combines elements of modern and traditional blues with hip-hop influenced vocals.
Thursday 4/25Jason MarsalisWWOZ Jazz Tent1:30 - 2:30Marsalis began as a vibraphonist but spends more time behind the drums; in both situations, he expertly matches agile displays of technique with a deep sense of groove. His latest album Melody Reimagined book 1 was nominated for OffBeat’s Best of the Beat Album of the Year. Jason Marsalis took home the Best of the Beat Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Artist in 2018.
Friday 4/26Javier Gutierrez & Vivaz!Jazz & Heritage3:40 - 4:35This energetic and dance inspiring Caribbean/Latin jazz fusion band led by the Bolivian-born guitarist Javier Gutierrez highlights the Cuban tres (a double three-stringed Cuban guitar).
Saturday 4/27Javier Olondo and AsheSonJazz & Heritage2:50 - 3:50Local 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.
Saturday 4/27Javier Olondo and AsheSonCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey11:30 - 12:20Local 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.
Thursday 4/25Jazzy Ladies SA PCParade2:30- 3:00Social Aid and Pleasure Club parade.
Thursday 4/25Jeffery Broussard & The Creole CowboysSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do2:50 - 3:50Once a member of the funky Zydeco Force, singer/accordionist Broussard turns to old-school Creole and zydeco with this group.
Thursday 4/25Jeghetto’s WorkshopKids Tent2:55 - 3:40 Puppeteer Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins uses marionettes to tell a story about a robot that longs to be a real boy. Jeghetto’s talent earned him a Jim Henson Foundation grant.
Thursday 4/25Jekalyn CarrGospel Tent3:00 - 4:00Young Memphis gospel sensation made a national impression with her first album Greater is Coming, at age 16. The empowering song “You Will Win” has since become her anthem, and was also the title of a self-help book that the singer (now 21) released last year.
Saturday 5/4Jeremy DavenportWWoz Jazz Tent12:25 - 1:20Schooled 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.
Friday 5/3Jermaine Hawkins and The Harvey SpiritualsGospel Tent12:30 - 1:10Founded in 2003, the musical quartet is the creation of Jermaine Hawkins.
Saturday 5/4Jermaine Landrum & the Abundant Praise Revival ChoirGospel Tent5:05 - 5:50The popular Rev. Jermaine Landrum leads the choir affiliated with Holy Ghost Headquarters Ebenezer Baptist Church in New Orleans.
Saturday 5/4Jesse McBride Big BandWWoz Jazz Tent3:00 - 4:00Pianist Jesse McBride has led The Next Generation for more than ten years, taking over for his mentor Harold Battiste who passed away in 2015. McBride’s Big Band remains focused on contemporary jazz performing compositions by Harold Battiste, James Black, Clyde Kerr Jr., Ellis Marsalis, Alvin “Red” Tyler and others.
Friday 4/26Jessica Harvey and The DifferenceGospel Tent12:05 - 12:50The Difference are led by choir director Jessica Harvey who also fronts her own gospel group The Singing Leopards.
Thursday 4/25Jim McCormickAARP Rhythmpourium3:15- 4:00New Orleans born singer songwriter has been performing with various bands in New Orleans for years—most recently with the Write Brothers featuring Paul Sanchez, Alex McMurray and Spencer Bohren. As a Nashville staff songwriter he has written two number one songs. “Take a Little Ride” for Jason Aldean and “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do” for Brantley Gilbert. His songs have been covered by Louisiana artists Harry Connick, Jr. and Amanda Shaw. Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Trisha Yearwood, Randy Travis, Ronnie Milsap and many others have covered McCormick compositions.
Sunday 5/5Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer BandAcura3:05 - 5:05Buffett’s shows invariably draw a well-oiled crowd wearing garish tropical gear and clutching their parrot totems; fortunately the Jazz Fest crowd always looks like that anyway. As his fans well know, thoughtful troubadour songs like “A Pirate Looks at 40” are as much of the picture as the party tunes.
Saturday 5/4Joe Krown Trio featuring Walter Wolfman WashingtonBlues Tent12:20 - 1:10Three 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.”
Friday 5/3Joel Jones & 3MCGospel Tent11:40 - 12:20Louisiana native Joel Jones began playing music at age five. Joel is the Minister of Music at Greater Mt. Calvary Church in New Orleans.
Thursday 4/25Joey StylezJazz & Heritage2:30 - 3:25Saskatchewan rapper whose music is steeped in First Nation and Aboriginal culture and spirituality. He has also found success as a visual artist and fashion designer and lives as a nomad, not having stayed anywhere for more than a month.
Saturday 5/4John “Papa” GrosAcura11:15 - 12:05New Orleans funk scene stalwart “Papa Gros” took his music in a new direction after disbanding Papa Grows Funk in 2013. The powerhouse keyboardist, singer and French horn player recently released Live at Tipitina’s New Orleans with his Japanese touring band Funk on Da Table.
Sunday 5/5John BouttéWWOZ Jazz Tent4:05 - 5:05A local favorite with a high and haunting voice, Boutte is an inspired, passionate interpreter of songs. His acclaim spread widely after his tune “Treme Song” became the theme of the hit HBO series, “Treme.”
Sunday 5/5John FogertyGentilly5:40 - 7:00With Creedence Clearwater Revival he wrote two of the essential Louisiana songs, “Proud Mary” and “Born on the Bayou,” before he’d ever been to New Orleans. He’s made up for lost time since then, and his Jazz Fest sets are always more than solid. Expect every Creedence hit you can name and a few you’ve forgotten as well.
Sunday 5/5John HammondBlues Tent1:30 - 2:30Acoustic blues giant has played with any number of big names during his 60-year career, making the landmark Triumvirate album with Dr. John and Mike Bloomfield in 1974. Now 76 he’s playing with as much fire as ever, his latest album “Timeless” includes one of the feistiest “Junco Partners” you’ll ever hear.
Friday 4/26John Lawrence & Ven Pa’ Ca Flamenco EnsembleLagniappe12:35 - 1:30This long-running flamenco ensemble led by guitarist Lawrence usually features saxophonist Rob Wagner with Dave Sobel on percussion, along with dancers.
Friday 5/3John Mahoney Big BandWWOZ Jazz Tent12:20 - 1:10Trombonist, pianist and Loyola music professor Mahoney leads this large modern jazz ensemble, featuring a slew of the city’s top horn players.
Friday 5/3John Mooney & BluesianaBlues Tent12:20 - 1:10Real enough to record for Ruf and Blind Pig and to sit in with Snooks Eaglin and Fess himself, Mooney more or less invented welding Delta blues to New Orleans funk.
Sunday 5/4John PrineBlues Tent5:45 - 7:00You already know if you’re a fan of this iconic yet perennial outsider singer-songwriter; he’s almost single-handedly been holding down the weird end of country music for four decades. If not, “Grandpa Was a Carpenter,” “Illegal Smile,” and “Jesus: The Missing Years” will inculcate you into his cult, and Jazz Fest is a great place to find out... just make sure you can hear the lyrics.
Saturday 4/27Johnette Downing and Scott BillingtonKids Tent2:50 - 3:40This local duo, comprised of children’s author and guitarist Downing and Grammy-winning producer Billington, present a medley of Louisiana roots music dubbed “Swamp Romp.” See feature in this issue.
Sunday 4/28Johnny RiversBlues Tent5:45 - 7:00A last-minute sub for fellow Louisiana native Jerry Lee Lewis, Rivers has more than enough hits to fill a set, including the timeless “Secret Agent Man” and the only Huey Smith cover to hit the charts in the ’70s, “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu.” His last Jazz Fest appearance ten years ago was a pleasant surprise; he still rocked the house like it was the Whisky a Go Go in 1965.
Saturday 4/27Johnny SansoneBlues Tent11:10 - 12:00A 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.
Thursday 5/2Johnny Sketch and the Dirty NotesGentilly0.53125Fronted by a cellist turned guitarist, they’re a funky rock band. The band’s philosophy can best be summed up by the sentiments of the single and video, “Dance Dance Dance Dance Dance.”
Thursday 4/25Jolynda “Kiki” ChapmanWWOZ Jazz Tent2:50 - 3:50Right now she’s mainly known for a torchy revamp of Art Neville’s “All These Things,” done with David Torkanowsky, but her churchy approach to both jazz and R&B marks her as one of NOLA’s future soul queens.
Sunday 5/5Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster GentlemenGentilly12:30 - 1:30Since moving over from the UK in the ’80s, Cleary’s earned a place in the frontline of New Orleans blues singers and keyboardists. He won a Grammy Award for his CD GoGo Juice. At the 2018 Best of the Beat awards, Jon Cleary was named Songwriter of the Year and Best Pianist.
Saturday 5/4Jonathan Butler and Gerald AlbrightWWoz Jazz Tent5:45 - 7:00Two big names in the smooth-jazz world join forces. Saxophonist Albright cut his teeth playing behind a variety of pop and R&B singers including Anita Baker and Phil Collins; his solo albums combine pop and R&B material. Guitarist Butler originally hails from Cape Town and played with George Duke and Teena Marie after moving to California; his latest album Close to You is all from the Bacharach/David songbook.
Thursday 4/25Jonathon LongBlues Tent11:15 - 12:05This soulful Baton Rouge-based blues guitar slinger has opened for B.B. King and performed with Dr. John, Kenny Neal and many others. His latest CD is produced by Samantha Fish.
Sunday 5/5Jonté LandrumGospel12:55 - 1:35“I am the youngest child of four… we were a musical household. We sang commercials. Even made harmonies of the words my mom would use to scold us. I was part of the family group the Landrum Singers when I was three.” No stranger to Jazz Fest, Landrum sang with the Johnson Extension. A songwriter Landrum said “whatever I’m singing, you will see the Lord in me. I’m ministering, but my church is bigger. It’s the world.”
Friday 4/26Jordan Family Tribute featuring KiddWWOZ Jazz Tent1:30 - 2:30“Kidd” Jordan is one of the music industry’s most in demand jazz sax men, but at the fest he utilizes his family on vocals, flute, violin, and trumpet—all of whom are already leading lights on the stage and in music academia.
Friday 4/26Josh Kagler & Harmonistic Praise CrusadeGospel Tent2:45 - 3:30The members of this New Orleans gospel group range from age 17-30 and claim they are “radical for Christ.”
Friday 4/26Jourdan Thibodeaux et les RôdailleursLagniappe1:50 - 2:45Thibodeaux is a fiddle-playing farmer from Cypress Island, Louisiana. His Valcour Records CD debut Boue, Boucane, et Bouteilles (or “Mud, Smoke and Bottles”) contains 12 original songs with Thibodeaux’s downhome stories backed by a stellar band. Diagnosed with throat cancer at the age of 21, Thibodeaux said doctors planned to remove his larynx. Thibodeaux wanted his voice recorded before it totally disappeared. Now cancer-free with his voice intact, Thibodeaux cherishes his newfound celebrity. But his folksy personality and work ethic remain untouched. When he’s not playing music, Thibodeaux raises hogs and chickens on his 42-acre farm.
Sunday 4/28Big Chief Joseph Jr. & the Young Eagles Mardi Gras IndiansParade12:25- 12:55Parading Mardi Gras Indians.
Saturday 5/4Judith OwenLagniappe2:55 - 3:55Singer songwriter and pianist Judith Owen is known for her musical variety, which she melds into a stylistic gumbo all her own. She says of her partner Harry Shearer, “I’m with somebody who makes me laugh.”
Sunday 5/5Judy StockKIds Tent1:15 - 2:00Playing folk music on a variety of instruments, Stock, an early childhood specialist, works lessons about literacy into her performances.
Thursday 5/2Julio y Cesar BandLagniappe 12:25 - 1:15These local brothers do Latin-American music on twin classical guitars, and have lately expanded from duo to band.
Saturday 5/4Jupiter & Okwess of the Democratic Republic of the CongoCongo Square2:40 - 3:40Jupiter Bokondji from the Democratic Republic of Congo and his band Okwess perform traditional music from this country. His mission was to delve into traditional music and give it an international dimension. As Jupiter Bokondji says “I have to revolutionize Congolese music.”
Sunday 5/5Jupiter & Okwess of the Democratic Republic of the CongoCongo Square12:30 - 1:30Jupiter Bokondji from the Democratic Republic of Congo and his band Okwess perform traditional music from this country. His mission was to delve into traditional music and give it an international dimension. As Jupiter Bokondji says “I have to revolutionize Congolese music.”
Saturday 4/27Justin GarnerCongo Square12:20 - 1:10Plaquemine Parish R&B singer songwriter also pulls from pop, rock, soul and country. He was opened for Trey Songz, Fantasia and many others.
Sunday 5/5Kai Knight’s Silhouette Dance EnsembleKIds Tent2:55 - 3:40New Orleans troupe that aims to teach young African-American woman about positive image and self-expression through dance.
Friday 5/3Kamasi WashingtonGentilly4:20 - 5:20 Kamasi is one of the most in-demand tenor sax men in the industry today, having been enlisted by everyone from Lauryn Hill to George Duke to Kendrick Lamar. His solo excursions, however, bring a Coltrane-like exuberance, as well as some Pan-African styling, to the most modern hip-hop and EDM beats.
Friday 4/26Karl Denson’s Tiny UniverseCongo Square2:40 - 3:40After letting love rule with Lenny Kravitz’ original band, sax/flute player Denson showed the ability to jam with just about everybody, from local heroes (he’s played with Galactic a few times) to rock legends (he took the sax solos on the Stones’ 2015 revisit of Sticky Fingers). Tiny Universe makes a fitting outfit for any rock, funk, jazz or open-ended directions he cares to go in.
Thursday 4/25Kat Walker Jazz Band: Scat with Ms. KatKids Tent4:05 - 4:50Kids learn the art of scat singing with a live band, live-action jazz karaoke style.
Friday 4/26Kathy Taylor and FavorGospel Tent3:50 - 4:50Taylor is a singer and choir leader from the Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston.
Saturday 4/27Katy PerryAcura5:40 - 7:00She’s probably not going to march a giant animatronic lion across the Jazz Fest stage, but America’s Princess of Pop will pump the place up with big radio hits such as “I Kissed a Girl,” “Teenage Dream,” and “Firework.” Does her career downgrade to a judge on the American Idol reboot indicate she’s lost the crown? Can she silence the haters with a flamboyant Fest set? We’ll be watching.
Friday 4/26Keep-n-It Real SA & PCParade12:20- 12:50This young Bayou St. John-based parade club features solid dancers and parades with some of the best brass bands in town.
Friday 5/3Kehoe France ChoirKids Tent11:30 - 12:15This Metairie private school choir is open to students from grades three to seven. They have performed at French Quarter Festival, Celebration in the Oaks and lots of events.
Friday 5/3Keith Burnstein’s Kettle BlackLagniappe11:30 - 12:20The brainchild of Mumbles alum Keith Burnstein, along with members of Toubab Krewe and Antibalas, the band fans out the African and Cuban influences found in New Orleans music to create a new American songbook.
Friday 4/26Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco BandSheraton New Olreans Fais Do-Do6:05 - 7:00Frank leads his hard-driving zydeco band, which formed in 1990.
Saturday 5/4Kenny Neal with guest Henry GrayBlues Tent1:30 - 2:30Neal may be the best living guitarist on the Baton Rouge swamp-blues scene; Henry is the creator of the Chicago piano blues sound. Now imagine them together.
Friday 5/3Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue SwingersCongo Square2:50 - 3:50One of New Orleans’ most beloved trumpeters and personalities, Ruffins digs swingin’, smokin’ and partyin’ traditional style.
Sunday 5/5Kermit Ruffins’ Tribute to Louis ArmstrongEconomy Hall4:30 - 5:30A Jazz Fest favorite, trumpeter Kermit Ruffins a contemporary reefer man revisits the work of the original reefer man.
Thursday 4/25Kid Simmons’ Local International AllstarsEconomy Hall Tent11:15 - 12:05An early devotee of George “Kid Sheik” Cola, trumpeter Simmons has been active in traditional jazz since his arrival in New Orleans in 1966 and cut his teeth in Harold Dejean’s Olympia Brass Band and the Young Tuxedo Brass Band.
Friday 4/26KID smART Student ShowcaseKids Tent11:30 - 12:15This 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.
Saturday 5/4Kim Che’reGospel12:55 - 1:40Gospel singer Kim Che’re Hardy has wowed the Jazz Fest audience. According to Keith Spera; “She sounded a bit like a younger Patti LaBelle, with a slightly huskier voice, minus LaBelle’s over-the-top, upper-register histrionics. And she was every bit the show-woman that LaBelle is.
Thursday 4/25Kinfolk Brass BandAcura12:40 - 1:30Formed in 2006, the Kinfolk are true to the traditional brass-band sound, performing classics like “Bourbon Street Parade” and “I’ll Fly Away” along with their originals.
Saturday 4/27Kristin Diable & The CityLagniappe4:20 - 5:20This 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.
Friday 4/26KumasiJazz & Heritage1:05 - 2:00New Orleans’ only Afrobeat orchestra brings high-energy dance music in the form of West African-inspired originals and Afro-funk, along with some Fela covers. Margie Perez is the vocalist.
Friday 4/26Kumbuka African Drum & Dance CollectiveCongo Square11:15 - 11:55Founded in 1983 and based in New Orleans, this troupe brings African music and dance to grade schools throughout Louisiana; members range from ages 10 to 55.
Thursday 5/2Kyle Roussel History & Future of New Orleans PianoWWOZ Jazz Tent12:45 -1:50 Pianist Kyle Roussel has been playing the piano since age nine. He is a graduate of New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. He has performed with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Christian Scott, Donald Harrison, Jr. and many others. Roussel utilizes an array of keyboards—acoustic and electric pianos, organ, Fender Rhodes and a clavinet—giving each tune its own personality.
Saturday 4/27La Tran-K BandLagniappe5:40 - 6:30Latin music band from New Orleans founded in 2011.
Friday 4/26Ladies of Unity LLCParade3:15- 3:45Social Aid and Pleasure Club parade.
Friday 5/3Lady’s & Men RollersParade4:10- 4:40Uptown’s Lady Jetsetters Social Aid and Pleasure Club recently celebrated their 25th anniversary.
Friday 4/26Landry Walker Charter High School ChoirGospel Tent1:55 - 2:35A 40-plus member gospel choir from the West Bank school whose brass band recently won $10,000 in the Class Got Brass competition.
Saturday 5/4Lane Mack & the BalladeersLagniappe12:20 - 1:15Lafayette singer songwriter and guitarist Lane Mack plays country or Americana music. He has performed with Marc Broussard, Eric Lindell and Sonny Landreth and many others.
Thursday 4/25Lars Edegran TrioAARP Rhythmpourium12:20- 1:05Multi-instrumentalist Lars Edegran is joined by colleagues in his ad hoc trio. Edegran performs regularly at the Palm Court Jazz Café.
Saturday 4/27Lars Edegran‘s New Orleans Ragtime OrchestraEconomy Hall Tent3:00 - 4:00Formed in 1967 by Swedish-born pianist Lars Edegran, this band plays rags, cakewalks and other classic pieces from the original ragtime era.
Saturday 4/27Lauren DaigleGentilly2:50 - 3:50This Louisiana native has been quietly destroying all previous records for contemporary Christian music... and the former LSU choir leader has only just broken into the mainstream.
Saturday 4/27Lawrence Sieberth featuirng Fareed HaqueWWOZ Jazz Tent2:45 - 3:35New Orleans-based pianist and composer Sieberth has a knack for blending classical and world music with modern jazz. When he’s not leading his own projects, he performs regularly with Germaine Bazzle, Lena Prima and Gerald French. Sieberth is joined with jazz guitarist Fareed Haque.
Friday 4/26Le Vent du Nord of CanadaCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey12:45 - 1:45Le Vent du Nord or The North Wind is a Canadian folk music group from Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu in Quebec. The band performs traditional Québécois music (which is heavily influenced by Celtic music from both Ireland and Brittany), as well as original numbers in this style, in French.
Friday 4/26Le Vent du Nord of CanadaSheraton New Olreans Fais Do-Do3:10 - 4:10Le Vent du Nord or The North Wind is a Canadian folk music group from Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu in Quebec. The band performs traditional Québécois music (which is heavily influenced by Celtic music from both Ireland and Brittany), as well as original numbers in this style, in French.
Saturday 5/4Leah ChaseWWoz Jazz Tent1:40 - 2:35A classically trained opera singer who turned to jazz, Chase is also the daughter of two of New Orleans’ most famous restaurateurs.
Friday 4/26Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill WithersWWOZ Jazz Tent5:45 - 7:00One of the Blue Note labels latter-day stars, James takes a rap-informed approach to jazz singing; he recently built a full tribute album out of a Bill Withers medley he’d been doing onstage. Fans of the Who can take note that his bassist (in the studio and presumably onstage) is longtime associate Pino Palladino.
Saturday 4/27Lemon Bucket OrkestraCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey12:45 - 1:45The Lemon Bucket Orkestra is a Canadian self-described “Balkan-Klezmer-Gypsy-Party-Punk-Super Band” based in Toronto, Canada.
Thursday 5/2Lena PrimaEconomy Hall Tent2:20 - 3:35The youngest daughter of Louis Prima performs her dad’s classics along with her own jazz-pop material. Her recent Basin Street Records release Prima La Famiglia interprets her father’s repertoire. She was featured on the February 2019 OffBeat cover.
Sunday 4/28Leo Jackson & the Melody CloudsGospel Tent4:15 - 5:00This 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.
Friday 5/3Leo NocentelliGentilly1:35 - 2:35The man who put the guitar licks into the Meters and was the main songwriter in the original lineup, Nocentelli recently returned to New Orleans after a long stay on the West Coast. In his sets you can expect to hear “Cissy Strut” and “Fire on the Bayou” straight from the source.
Saturday 4/27Leon BridgesGentilly5:40 - 7:00The Fest is naturally a haven for R&B music of all eras, but Bridges, who first introduced himself to the world with 2015’s Sam-Cooke-meets-swamp-pop single “Coming Home,” practices actual Soul with a capital S—Cooke and Otis are two names most often thrown around when describing his voice. These days he’s incorporated a little John Legend/Bruno Mars modernity into his sweet smooth soul, but at the Fest you can expect him to keep his roots close at hand.
Saturday 4/27Leroy Jones & New Orleans’ FinestEconomy Hall Tent1:40 - 2:40Trumpeter Jones is a protégé of the legendary Danny Barker and at 13 was leading the Fairview Baptist Church Marching Band. In 1991 Jones joined Harry Connick, Jr.’s band; he’s also appeared with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Dr. John.
Friday 5/3Leyla McCallaSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do 12:20 - 1:10A first-gen Haitian-American who made her name mixing her ancestral Creole folk with Cajun fiddle and Dixieland banjo (among other things,) right on the streets of the Quarter.
Friday 5/3Leyla McCallaCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey3:20 - 4:15A first-gen Haitian-American who made her name mixing her ancestral Creole folk with Cajun fiddle and Dixieland banjo (among other things,) right on the streets of the Quarter.
Sunday 5/5Lil’ Buck Sinegal Blues Band with special guest Ironing Board SamBlues Tent2:50 - 3:5075 year old 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. Keyboardist Samuel Moore better known as Ironing Board Sam now 79 years old joins the band.
Saturday 4/27Lil’ Nathan & the Zydeco Big TimersSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do2:55 - 3:50This 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.
Sunday 5/5Lilli LewisAARP Rhythmpourium3:15- 4:00Singer songwriter Lilli Lewis describes her music as follows: “If Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Odetta had had a baby, and that baby had had a baby, and that baby had had another baby….well that baby would probably be me.”
Saturday 4/27Lisa AmosCongo Square11:15 - 12:00Vocalist Lisa Amos was born and raised in New Orleans. She has appeared with hip hop artist Choppa but her vocal style is more R&B.
Sunday 5/5Little FeatGentilly2:00 - 3:10Formed by the late Lowell George just after Frank Zappa sacked him for drug use, Little Feat had some of the most fluid jams and quirkiest songwriting to emerge in the ’70s. All four living members of the classic lineup are still aboard (they’ve lost George and drummer Richie Hayward), having shed a couple latter-day singers they’re largely back to the vintage sound and material.
Sunday 5/5Little Freddie King Blues BandBlues Tent12:20 - 1:10The Mississippi Delta-born King plays raw juke-joint blues with style, and he’s one of the best dressers you’ll see on any stage. His latest album, Absolutely the Best, compiles some of his very best songs including “Chicken Dance” and “Walking with Freddie.”
Saturday 4/27LogicCongo Square5:50 - 7:00Hip hop’s great Half White Hope can’t avoid unfortunate comparisons to Eminem based on his race, but in reality he’s more like a Wu-Tang brother from another mother: mentored by the group and sharing their love for twisted jazzy backdrops and relentless lyrical assault. Like Em, however, his sheer energy takes the genre to new heights on his hits “Everybody Dies” and “44 More.” Let’s hope he can do for Jazz Fest what he did for Rick and Morty’s party.
Friday 5/3Los LobosBlues Tent5:30 - 7:00They’re best known for two ’80s Ritchie Valens covers in “La Bamba” and “Come On, Let’s Go,” but this five-piece has been holding down the tradition of Mexican-American music since they changed all the rules of Latin rock with “Will the Wolf Survive?” Too ahead of their time, they stuck around through sheer tenacity (like the wolf) and now serve as gatekeepers of border music from the Pacific to Port Arthur.
Friday 5/3Lost Bayou RamblersSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do 2:50 - 3:50This band typically plays traditional Cajun music but incorporates Western swing, rockabilly, and punk rock aesthetics. Leader Louis Michot has revived forgotten classics and sings almost entirely in Cajun French. They have collaborated with many artists including Spider Stacey of the Pogues. Their 2017 CD Kalenda received a Grammy for the Best Regional Roots Music Album.
Saturday 4/27Louis Cottrell and Onward Brass Band Remembered featuring Dr. Michael WhiteEconomy Hall Tent4:25 - 5:25Louis Cottrell was a clarinetist and tenor saxophonist who passed away in 1978. Cottrell worked with Kid Rena, Sidney Desvigne, A.J. Piron and many others but formed an enduring relationship with drummer. Paul Barbarin. In 1960 Barbarin and Cottrell revived the Onward Brass Band. An example of Cottell’s clarinet playing can be heard on Paul Barbarin’s Onward Brass Band—in Concert playing his favorite hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” Clarinetist Dr. Michael White remembers this outstanding clarinetist.
Friday 4/26Louis Ford & his New Orleans FlairsEconomy Hall Tent11:20 - 12:05Clarinetist and saxophonist Ford’s father was Clarence Ford, who played with Fats Domino. He leads his old-time New Orleans jazz band through a set of traditional music.
Friday 4/26Louisiana Repertory Jazz EnsembleEconomy Hall Tent12:30 - 1:25Fred Starr leads this local traditional jazz septet with a focus on tight arrangements of tunes by Sam Morgan and other music from the turn of the century.
Thursday 4/25Loyola University Jazz BandWWOZ Jazz Tent11:15 - 12:00Students from Loyola’s jazz program—the oldest in the city—make up this group.
Friday 4/26Luke Winslow KingLagniappe3:05 - 4:00A 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.
Thursday 4/25Lulu & the Broadsides featuring Dayna KurtzLagniappe3:05 - 4:00New Jersey born vocalist and songwriter Dayna Kurtz is joined by drummer Carlo Nuccio (Royal Fingerbowl), pianist Casey McAllister (Hurray for the Riff Raff / King James & the Special Men) and guitarist Robert Mache.
Sunday 4/28Luther Kent & TrickbagBlues Tent1:35 - 2:25This Southern-fried soul man, who fronted Blood, Sweat & Tears for a short stint in the ’70s, is best known for leading the funky Trickbag.
Thursday 5/2Lyle Henderson & Emmanu-ELGospel Tent2:55 - 3:45A former radio DJ at R&B station FM98 and gospel station WYLD, Lyle Henderson also coordinates the gospel brunches at the House of Blues.
Saturday 4/27Maggie KoernerAcura11:20 - 12:20Koerner earned plenty of new fans when she held down the vocal role during a series of Galactic tours a few years back, but her powerful voice and intense stage presence make her solo shows equally exciting.
Thursday 4/25MainlineLagniappe5:35 - 6:30Having dropped the “brass band” moniker in recent years, this eight-piece credits Dirty Dozen Brass Band’s Kirk Joseph with inspiring the funk, rock and jam band-style approach they layer onto their brass band horns instrumentation. See Fest Focus in this issue.
Thursday 4/25Makueto Groove & FriendsCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey11:30 - 12:15Marcio Peeter, a percussionist from Ilê Aiyê, the group known worldwide as the creator of the unique rhythmic style Samba Afro is Makueto Groove. Originally from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil and now residing in Santa Cruz, California, Marcio Peeter has played professionally since he was 14.
Thursday 5/2Marc BroussardGentilly12:15 - 1:00The 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.
Saturday 5/4Marcia BallBlues Tent2:50 - 3:50A 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.
Saturday 4/27Mardi Gras Indian Rhythm Section & Washitaw NationCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey4:15 - 4:30This Indian tribe takes its name from a group of multi-cultural, yet traditionally black, Americans who claim Native American sovereignty over their nation.
Saturday 4/27Maria Muldaur’s Tribute to Blu Lu BarkerBlues Tent4:05 - 5:05Maria Muldaur was hip to Blue Lu Barker back in 1973 when she put “Don’t You Feel My Leg” on her first solo album; it became her follow-up hit to “Midnight At the Oasis.” Recently she used the song again as the title track to an album devoted to the “naughty bawdy” blues from Barker’s repertoire, including the legendary track “Loan Me Your Husband.” Cover the kiddies’ ears for this one.
Sunday 5/5Mariachi JaliscoJazz & Heritage3:40 - 4:30Baton Rouge-based alumni of Cuba’s Mariachi Real Jalisco reunite to perform music from their hometown of Havana.
Thursday 5/2Mark Braud’s New Orleans Jazz GiantsEconomy Hall Tent1:20 - 2:20The musical director of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, this trumpeter and vocalist leads a different cast of traditional jazz players for a change of pace.
Saturday 4/27MarshlandLagniappe12:35 - 1:30Formerly called Nola County, Marshland performs self-described “Louisiana Americana,” blending American roots music with Louisiana culture and New Orleans improvisation.
Friday 5/3Matthew Whitaker TrioWWOZ Jazz Tent4:15 - 5:15New Jersey born multi-instrumentalist (piano, organ, drums) began playing the Hammond B3 at age nine. Four years later he became the youngest artist to be endorsed by Hammond. His influences include Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jimmy Smith, Stevie Wonder, Jon Batiste and many others. In 2019 he was the winner of the Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award for his original song “Emotions!”
Sunday 4/28Maurice “Mobetta” BrownWWOZ Jazz Tent1:35 - 2:35Illinois born jazz trumpeter Maurice “Mobetta” Brown was first recognized by Ramsey Lewis who hired him for his band. He studied at Southern University in Baton Rouge under jazz clarinetist Alvin Batiste. As a member of Tedeschi Trucks Band, he shared the 2011 Grammy for Best Blues Album Revelator. Brown has worked with Ellis Marsalis, Clark Terry, Stefon Harris and many others.
Thursday 5/2Mavis StaplesBlues Tent2:50 - 4:00She’ll take you there. The Grand Dame of Gospel’s first family, who stoked her street cred when the family funked in the ’70s on hits like “Respect Yourself” and “I’ll Take You There,” is getting even more respect today with her solo career; no one else at the Fest except Al Green combines the sexy throaty passion of R&B with the sweet release of gospel. Her recent albums with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, all of which transcend genre, may be her best ever. See interview in this issue
Sunday 5/5Maze featuring Frankie BeverlyCongo Square5:25 - 7:00Maze is back as the regular last-set headliner at Congo Square, this classic Philadelphia soul group’s connection with New Orleans goes back to at least 1981, when their live album was made at the Saenger Theater.
Friday 4/26McDonogh 35 High School Gospel ChoirGospel Tent1:00 - 1:45Jazz Fest traditionally feature high-school choirs in the Gospel Tent, and this Treme school has been a regular. Directed by Veronica Downs-Dorsey, the choir has been the recipient of numerous OffBeat’s Best of the Beat Award for Best Gospel Group.
Friday 5/3McMain Talented in Theatre TroupeKids Tent12:40 - 1:25The Eleanor McMain Secondary School student actors will present highlights of their theatre troupe’s productions. Among their outstanding productions is Miracle on 34th Street under the direction of Diana Boylston in 2015.
Friday 4/26McMain’s International Singing Mustangs ChoirGospel Tent11:15 - 11:55The McMain Secondary School Gospel Choir, a.k.a. the McMain Singing Mustangs, return for their seventh Jazz Fest performance under the guidance of Clyde Lawrence.
Sunday 4/28Mdou Moctar of NigerBlues Tent12:25 - 1:15Dubbed “the Hendrix of the Sahara” by the UK’s Guardian newspaper, this Tuareg musician was forbidden to buy a guitar by his religious parents, so he built his own. He is among the first to play traditional Tuareg music in a rock-guitar format, and has starred in a film loosely based on Prince’s Purple Rain.
Sunday 4/28Mdou Moctar of NigerCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey3:10 - 4:15Dubbed “the Hendrix of the Sahara” by the UK’s Guardian newspaper, this Tuareg musician was forbidden to buy a guitar by his religious parents, so he built his own. He is among the first to play traditional Tuareg music in a rock-guitar format, and has starred in a film loosely based on Prince’s Purple Rain.
Saturday 4/27Mem Shannon & The MembershipBlues Tent12:20 - 1:10Inspired 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.
Thursday 5/2Men Buckjumpers and Revolution Social Aid & Pleasure ClubsParade3:00- 3:30 The Original New Orleans Lady Buckjumpers and Men Buckjumpers have been rolling for more than 30 years.
Friday 5/3Men of Class and Original Big 7 Social Aid & Pleasure ClubsParade12:45- 1:15This Uptown-based social aid and pleasure club has been parading for 14 years and counting.
Thursday 4/25Meschiya Lake and The Little Big HornsBlues Tent2:40 - 3:40Once a Royal Street performer, she made herself a marquee name in the local traditional jazz scene before moving to Ireland. Lake and friends are getting more attention worldwide thanks to her vintage sass and great storytelling.
Sunday 4/28Mesner Puppet TheaterKids Tent
4:05 - 4:50Puppeteers.
Saturday 4/27Messy Cookers Jazz BandEconomy Hall Tent11:15 - 12:05Alex Owen, bandleader and trumpet player of The Messy Cookers Jazz Band, first came to music at a very young age in New York City. Starting out on piano at age seven, then moving to trumpet at age nine, he has played music now for over twenty years. See Fest Focus in this issue.
Thursday 4/25Mia BordersGentilly11:15 AM - 12:00 A singer, songwriter, and guitarist from New Orleans, her release, Quarter-Life Crisis, was produced by Anders Osborne and described by OffBeat Magazine as “a record of great music and great intensity.”
Thursday 4/25Michael Skinkus & MoyubaLagniappe11:30 - 12:20Percussionist Michael Skinkus explains that “Moyuba means to give thanks or praise.” The band will play music inspired by the Santeria ceremonies of Cuba. They are joined by trumpeter Michael Ray who is a member of the Sun Ra Arkestra.
Friday 5/3Michot’s Melody MakersAARP Rhythmpourium12:00- 12:45Louis Michot is a dynamic Cajun fiddler best known as the frontman of the Lost Bayou Ramblers. He performs with a slew of popular musicians from the Lafayette scene.
Saturday 5/4Mid-City AcesSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do11:20 - 12:20The Mid-City Aces are accordionist Cameron Dupuy, his father, guitarist Michael Dupuy and fiddler Gina Forsyth.
Saturday 4/27Midnite DisturbersJazz & Heritage1:35 - 2:25This all-star brass band only comes together at Fest when the schedules allow and the planets align. Drummer Stanton Moore and Kevin O’Day co-founded the band; among those who’ve been part of the lineup are Mark Mullins (Bonerama), Ben Elman (Galactic), Matt Perrine (Tin Men), Big Sam (Funky Nation) and many other notables.
Saturday 5/4Miss PussycatKids Tent3:00 - 3:45Puppeteer Miss Pussycat operates the Spellcaster Lodge on St. Claude Avenue in New Orleans with her husband Quintron. Her puppets include Chief Pushmataha.
Saturday 5/4Mo’ FessLagniappe1:35 - 2:35The band’s love for Henry Roeland Byrd a.k.a. Professor Longhair (Fess) and the unique ability of Tom Worrell to emulate Fess’s piano style of music was the inspiration to create a band that utilizes Fess’s sound.
Friday 4/26Moonlight Benjamin of HaitiBlues Tent12:30 - 1:20Born in Haiti and living in France, Moonlight Benjamin describes her music as a blend of voodoo, heavy blues and rock ’n’ roll. She has been called: “The new priest of voodoo rock.”
Friday 4/26Moonlight Benjamin of HaitiCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey3:15 - 4:15Born in Haiti and living in France, Moonlight Benjamin describes her music as a blend of voodoo, heavy blues and rock ’n’ roll. She has been called: “The new priest of voodoo rock.”
Friday 4/26Motel RadioGentilly11:20 - 12:10This young local quintet performs Americana with an indie rock streak.
Friday 5/3Mount Hermon Baptist Church Praise Delegation ChoirGospel Tent4:25 - 5:05Singers from this North Broad Street-based congregation have become Jazz Fest regulars in recent years.
Saturday 4/27Mr. Sipp ”The Mississippi Blues Child"Blues Tent2:55 - 3:45Singer songwriter and guitarist Castro Coleman, a.k.a. Mr. Sipp, is from McComb, Mississsippi. He started playing the guitar at age six. He has won several awards for his Malaco recordings and was featured in the James Brown movie Get On Up.
Friday 5/3Nathan & the Zydeco Cha ChasSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do 6:00 - 7:00Nathan 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.”
Friday 4/26Native Nations IntertribalFolklife StageDaily exhibition of pow-wow performances including traditional, fancy shawl, straight dance, grass dance, jingle, hoop, southern cloth and stomp dance. The groups include Grammy winners Northern Cree of Canada and Native Nations Intertribal.
Sunday 4/28Native Nations IntertribalFolklife StageDaily exhibition of pow-wow performances including traditional, fancy shawl, straight dance, grass dance, jingle, hoop, southern cloth and stomp dance. The groups include Grammy winners Northern Cree of Canada and Native Nations Intertribal.
Thursday 4/25Native Nations IntertribalFolklife StageDaily exhibition of pow-wow performances including traditional, fancy shawl, straight dance, grass dance, jingle, hoop, southern cloth and stomp dance. The groups include Grammy winners Northern Cree of Canada and Native Nations Intertribal.
Saturday 4/27Naturally 7WWOZ Jazz Tent4:00 - 5:00A cappella group with a style they call “vocal play.” Group leader Roger Thomas says it’s “the art of becoming an instrument using the human voice to create sound.” The group was formed in 1999 in New York City.
Sunday 4/28Naughty ProfessorGentilly11:15 - 12:00New Orleans-based jazz-funk sextet. There 2017 album Identity represents all the good things that have been happening to New Orleans music in the past decade.
Saturday 5/4New Birth Brass BandJazz & Heritage2:10 - 3:05Featuring trumpeter Will Smith and other former students of the famed Olympia Brass Band, this long-running ensemble boasts Glen David Andrews and Trombone Shorty among its alumni.
Sunday 4/28New Breed Brass BandJazz & Heritage 5:45 - 6:45These high school marching band alums fold hip-hop, funk, and soul into the brass tradition in clubs and second lines around the city.
Friday 5/3New Generation Brass BandParade4:10- 4:40New Generation Brass Band will be parading with Lady & Men Rollers and Scene Boosters Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs
Saturday 4/27New Generation SA & PCParade12:25- 12:55The New Generation Social Aid and Pleasure Club’s annual Sunday parades roll through Uptown.
Saturday 4/27New Hope Baptist Church Mass ChoirGospel Tent5:10 - 5:55This 100 plus choir is from Birmingham, Alabama. Gospel greats Mrs. Ruby Boyd and Dr. John David Brown previously led the choir. Currently, the choir led by Reverend Prince E. Yelder.
Sunday 5/5New Leviathan Oriental Fox-Trot OrchestraEconomy Hall12:40 - 1:30A 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.
Sunday 4/28New Look SA & PCParade2:40- 4:10Kids aged 3-16 make up this branch of the Young Men Olympian, Jr. Benevolent Association.
Thursday 4/25New Orleans Cottonmouth KingsEconomy Hall Tent5:45 - 6:45Led by Eddie Baynard, this septet performs the music of influential ‘20s-era New Orleans bands like the New Orleans Rhythm Kings and the Original Dixieland Jazz Band.
Friday 5/3New Orleans Council on Aging Community ChoirGospel Tent11:10 - 11:30For years the Council on Aging arranged transportation for seniors to experience gospel music. The seniors asked to become part of the entertainment by forming their own gospel choir. According to the Council on Aging executive director, Howard L. Rodgers III: “We have a new group of seniors who want to participate more—they aren’t satisfied with just sitting and listening.
Sunday 5/5New Orleans Dance CollectiveKIDS Tent11:30 AM - 12:15The New Orleans Dance Collective (NODC) is a non-profit organization using dance as intervention for inner-city at-risk youth. NODC teaches tap, hip-hop, jazz and ballet.
Saturday 4/27New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Rhythm SectionParade3:55- 4:25Join the parade with a cross section of various Mardi Gras Indians tribes.
Saturday 5/4New Orleans SpiritualettesGospel12:00 - 12:45Founded a half-century ago by still-current leader Ruby Ray, the Spiritualettes are the longest-active female gospel group in New Orleans.
Friday 4/26New Orleans SuspectsAcura12:20 - 1:10The New Orleans Suspects were formed in 2009 for a jam session. Comprised of some of the most seasoned players, the group called themselves The Unusual Suspects. They have established themselves as one of New Orleans’ best supergroups. The band consists of Neville Brothers drummer “Mean” Willie Green, Dirty Dozen guitarist Jake Eckert, James Brown’s bandleader saxophonist Jeff Watkins, keyboardist CR Gruver and bassist Eric Vogel.
Thursday 4/25New Orleans Swamp Donkeys Traditional Jazz BandEconomy Hall Tent1:35 - 2:35The Swamp Donkeys’ creative mix of traditional jazz, blues, vaudeville and modern jazz styles gained a worldwide legion of fans when a video of their rendition of the Game of Thrones theme went viral online.
Friday 4/26New Wave Brass BandGospel Tent6:00 - 6:45Snare drummer Oscar Washington is at the helm of this updated traditional New Orleans brass band
Thursday 5/2Nicholas Payton and The Light BeingsWWOZ Jazz Tent1:25 - 2:20In recent years, the #BAM proponent has shifted from trumpet to the keyboard chair, from which he often plays both instruments together. A savvy producer, he’s been delving into electronic music with an R&B sensitivity lately.
Thursday 4/25Nigel HallCongo Square 11:15 - 12:00Well-travelled funkateer Hall has played previous Jazz Fests with Jon Cleary’s band and with the Nth Power (with ex-Dumpstaphunk drummer Nikki Glaspie), he’s also a regular member of Lettuce and a sometimes member of the Warren Haynes Band. He’s currently touring behind his solo album Ladies & Gentlemen…Nigel Hall.
Saturday 4/27Nine Times SA & PCParade2:20- 2:50Formed in the 1980s, this downtown-based parade club is comprised of the 9 Times Men, 9 Times Ladies and Original 9 Times Ladies divisions.
Sunday 4/28NOCCA Jazz EnsembleWWOZ Jazz Tent11:20 - 12:05Student group from the secondary school whose graduates include Harry Connick, Jr., Nicholas Payton, Trombone Shorty and the Marsalis brothers.
Friday 5/3North Mississippi AllstarsGentilly3:00 - 4:00Southern rock and blues band from Mississippi. Brothers, guitarist and drummer, Luther and Cody Dickinson, started the band.
Friday 5/3Northern Cree of CanadaCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey12:10 - 12:30The group originates from the Saddle Lake Cree Nation but is made up of members from the Treaty 6 area. Northern Cree have recorded 37 albums of which Temptations has been nominated for a Grammy Award.
Saturday 5/4Northern Cree of CanadaGentilly11:20 - 11:50The group originates from the Saddle Lake Cree Nation but is made up of members from the Treaty 6 area. Northern Cree have recorded 37 albums of which Temptations has been nominated for a Grammy Award.
Sunday 5/5Northern Cree of CanadaJazz & Heritage11:15 - 11:45The group originates from the Saddle Lake Cree Nation but is made up of members from the Treaty 6 area. Northern Cree have recorded 37 albums of which Temptations has been nominated for a Grammy Award.
Thursday 5/2Northern Cree of CanadaCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey12:45 - 1:30The group originates from the Saddle Lake Cree Nation but is made up of members from the Treaty 6 area. Northern Cree have recorded 37 albums of which Temptations has been nominated for a Grammy Award.
Saturday 5/4Northside Skull & Bone GangParade2:00- 2:30On the morning of Mardi Gras dozens of skeletons flood the streets of the 6th Ward neighborhood of Tremé in New Orleans. Northside Skull and Bone Gang is comprised of descendants of Native Americans and slaves.
Sunday 5/5Ole & Nu Style Fellas and Original C.T.C. SteppersParade1:00- 1:30Social Aid and Pleasure Club parade.
Saturday 5/4On the Levee Jazz BandEconomy hall11:20 - 12:05On the Levee Jazz Band plays many of the songs associated with New Orleans’ own Kid Ory and his Creole Jazz Band with an intimate knowledge of Ory’s attention to dynamics, danceable tempos and swinging rhythm. Hal Smith’s On the Levee Jazz Band features trombonist Clint Baker.
Thursday 4/25One Mind Brass BandCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey2:55 - 3:10This ten member group is influenced by the Rebirth Brass Band, New Birth Brass Band, Soul Rebels, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Stooges Brass Band. Their sound is a unique mix of traditional jazz, R&B, blues, soul and rap.
Saturday 5/4OperaCréoleKids Tent1:50 - 2:35This vocal ensemble focuses on lost or rarely performed operatic and classical music, often spotlighting the contributions of African-American and Creole artists throughout New Orleans’ history.
Saturday 5/4Orange Kellin’s New Orleans DeLuxe OrchestraEconomy hall12:25 - 1:20Clarinetist Kellin has been helping to keep the traditional New Orleans jazz scene alive in the Crescent City since he moved here from Sweden in 1966. A longtime associate of pianist Lars Edegran, Kellin’s also known for his central involvement in the musical One Mo’ Time.
Sunday 5/5Original New Orleans Lady BuckjumpersParade3:45- 4:15The Original New Orleans Lady Buckjumpers and Men Buckjumpers have been rolling for more than 30 years.
Saturday 5/4Original Nine Times LadiesParade3:10- 3:40 The women’s section of the Upper Ninth Ward parade club, the Nine Times.
Saturday 5/4Original Pigeon Town SteppersParade12:00- 12:30Based way (way) Uptown in the Leonidas neighborhood, this club’s annual Sunday parade follows a unique route.
Saturday 4/27Original Pinettes Brass BandJazz & Heritage5:40 - 6:45Billed as “The World’s Only All Female Brass Band,” the Pinettes were formed by a group of students at St. Mary’s Academy in 1991. They won the Red Bull Street Kings brass competition in 2013 and appeared on OffBeat’s cover.
Saturday 4/27Original Pinettes Brass BandCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey2:05 - 2:55Billed as “The World’s Only All Female Brass Band,” the Pinettes were formed by a group of students at St. Mary’s Academy in 1991. They won the Red Bull Street Kings brass competition in 2013 and appeared on OffBeat’s cover.
Sunday 5/5Panorama Jazz BandLagniappe3:05- 4:00Influenced 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.
Friday 5/3Papa Mali & FriendsJazz & Heritage 5:45 - 6:45Best known as frontman for 7 Walkers (a band that includes Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann and the Meters’ founding bassist, George Porter Jr.), Papa Mali is an accomplished singer-songwriter and guitarist who picked up two Best of the Beat Awards in 2015.
Thursday 4/25Papo y Son MandaoJazz & Heritage4:55 - 5:45Cuban guitarist Alexis “Papo” Guevara and his band Son Mandao includes Israel Romo on percussion, Julian Alpizar on bass, Omar Ramirez on trumpet.
Thursday 5/2Pastor Jai ReedGospel Tent1:00 - 1:45This New Orleans Baptist minister is a soulful singer in the Stevie Wonder tradition, doing gospel with a contemporary R&B influence.
Sunday 4/28Pastor Mitchell J. StevensGospel Tent5:10 - 5:55Vocalist Stevens was born in Westlake, Louisiana. At five years old he sang his first solo and by the age of ten years old he was playing the piano without any formal musical training. Reverend Stevens recorded his very first live gospel recording entitled, Experience Praise Live.
Sunday 4/28Pastor Terry Gullage and Kingdom SoundGospel Tent6:05 - 6:50From a young age, Elder Terry Gullage knew he had a gift for music. He leads the choir from this church in Marrero.
Friday 4/26Pastor Tyrone JeffersonGospel Tent6:00 -6:45This New Orleans native is the Senior Pastor of the Abundant Life Tabernacle Full Gospel Baptist Church and the CEO of Abundant Life Ministries. His extensive work serving the community has included efforts to improve voting rates, feed the hungry and get more young people enrolled in college.
Friday 5/3Patrice Fisher & Arpa with special guests from BrazilLagniappe12:40 - 1:30This Latin jazz ensemble is led by versatile professional harpist Fisher, who has been performing and recording her original compositions since the early ’80s.
Saturday 4/27Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road ShowGentilly12:25 - 1:15Cowboy Mouth alum Sanchez has since been a friendly godfather to the local songwriter scene, and the co-writer of the post-Katrina musical Nine Lives. Paul Sanchez transforms audiences with a unique blend of music and storytelling. At the 2018 Best of the Beat Awards Paul Sanchez was awarded Best Roots Rock Artist and Album. The song co-written with John Rankin “One More Trip Around the Sun” was awarded Song of the Year.
Friday 4/26Paula & The PontiacsBlues Tent11:20 - 12:05New Orleans blues band Paula and the Pontiacs are fronted by saxophonist, harmonica player and vocalist Paula Rangell. Since 1978 Paula and the Pontiacs have released numerous albums including 30 by 90. Paula lost her home in New Orleans due to the Federal Flood and now resides in Folsom, Louisiana.
Sunday 5/5Paulin Brothers Brass BandEconomy Hall11:20 - 12:15Ernest “Doc” Paulin founded this band in the 1920s; his sons now perform strictly traditional brass-band music, complete with the longstanding black-and-white uniforms and spiffy white caps.
Friday 4/26Perfect Gentlemen SA PCParade12:20- 12:50This Uptown social aid and pleasure club celebrated its 25th year in 2016.
Saturday 4/27Pine Leaf BoysSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do4:15 - 5:10This 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.
Saturday 5/4PitbullCongo Square5:40 - 7:00Mr. Worldwide is probably only one of the biggest celebrities on the planet at this point, so expect to see a lot of new faces in the crowd grooving to instant Latin-infused dance parties like “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)” or “Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor)” or “Timber.” It’s like a slice of Miami right here in the middle of South Louisiana. You don’t get that often!
Friday 4/26PJ MortonCongo Square1:25 - 2:15The locally rooted singer/keyboardist came to fame with Maroon 5, where he’s been a full member since 2012. His Motown solo debut New Orleans got a Grammy nomination for the single “Only One” which featured Stevie Wonder; he got two more nominations last year for the follow-up album Gumbo.
Thursday 5/2Pocket Aces Brass BandJazz & Heritage 2:00 - 3:00This 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.
Thursday 5/2pocket Aces Brass BandCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey11:30 - 12:20This 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.
Saturday 4/27Preservation BrassEconomy Hall Tent12:25 - 1:20Featuring bass drummer Tanio Hingle, snare drummer Kerry “Fat Man” Hunter and trumpeter Will Smith, plus a rotating roster of players, Pres Hall Brass aims to serve as the Hall collective’s go-to brass band arm, like the Olympia Brass Band once did.
Saturday 4/27Preservation Hall Jazz BandGentilly4:10 - 5:10With its 50th anniversary in the rearview mirror, this New Orleans music institution’s profile is higher than ever thanks to heavy touring, and their last release, So It Is. Their guest-heavy Jazz Fest sets are always festival highlights.
Friday 4/26Pride of Zulu of South AfricaAcura11:20 - 12:00Zulu’s are the largest ethnic group of South Africa. Expect lots of drummers, high-kicking dancers in a rainbow of robes and patterned textiles.
Friday 4/26Pride of Zulu of South AfricaKids Tent5:10 - 6:00Zulu’s are the largest ethnic group of South Africa. Expect lots of drummers, high-kicking dancers in a rainbow of robes and patterned textiles.
Friday 4/26Pride of Zulu of South AfricaCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey2:05 - 2:50Zulu’s are the largest ethnic group of South Africa. Expect lots of drummers, high-kicking dancers in a rainbow of robes and patterned textiles.
Saturday 4/27Pride of Zulu of South AfricaJazz & Heritage12:20 - 1:10Zulu’s are the largest ethnic group of South Africa. Expect lots of drummers, high-kicking dancers in a rainbow of robes and patterned textiles.
Saturday 4/27pride of Zulu of South AfricaCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey3:15 - 4:05Zulu’s are the largest ethnic group of South Africa. Expect lots of drummers, high-kicking dancers in a rainbow of robes and patterned textiles.
Sunday 4/28Pride of Zulu of South AfricaCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey11:30 - 12:15Zulu’s are the largest ethnic group of South Africa. Expect lots of drummers, high-kicking dancers in a rainbow of robes and patterned textiles.
Thursday 4/25Pride of Zulu of South AfricaCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey12:35 - 1:20 / 5:00 - 5:45Zulu’s are the largest ethnic group of South Africa. Expect lots of drummers, high-kicking dancers in a rainbow of robes and patterned textiles.
Sunday 5/5Prince of WalesParade3:45- 4:15Uptown’s Prince of Wales is among the oldest parade clubs in the city; their annual Sunday second line struts through the Irish Channel.
Thursday 4/25Ragtime to Jellyroll with Lars EdegranEconomy Hall Tent4:20 - 5:25At the first Jazz Fest in 1970 Lars Edegran played with the Ragtime Orchestra. The program was “Ragtime to Jelly Roll” which Edegran will reprise this year. The band will include Jamil Sharif on trumpet, Tom Fischer on clarinet, Charlie Halloran on trombone, Peter Harris on bass, Matt Rhody on violin, and Benny Amón on drums, pianist Kris Tokarski, who is a specialist on Jelly Roll Morton and of course Lars Edegran. See feature in this issue.
Sunday 5/5Real LoveCongo Square11:20 - 12:05Lars Edegran played the first Jazz Fest in 1970 with the Ragtime Orchestra. His band this year will be Jamil Sharif on trumpet, Tom Fischer on clarinet, Charlie Halloran on trombone, Peter Harris on bass, Matt Rhody on violin, and Benny Amón on drums. Of course Edegran will be playing the piano along with Kris Tokarski, who is a Jell Roll specialist.
Sunday 5/5Real Untouchable Brass BandCultural Exchange Pavillion World Journey4:15 - 4:30This local brass crew adds congas to its otherwise street-centric sound.
Saturday 4/27Rebirth Brass BandCongo Square4:20 - 5:20Rebirth was one of the first bands to modernize and funkify the New Orleans brass band sound. They won their first Grammy in 2012 for the CD Rebirth of New Orleans and are frequent award winners at OffBeat’s Best of the Beat.
Thursday 5/2Regina Carter’s Southern ComfortWWOZ Jazz Tent2:50 - 4:00More than a decade ago, jazz violinist Regina Carter became the first non-classical musician to play Niccolo Paganini’s highly guarded, handcrafted Guarneri violin, an instrument that dates back to 1743 and is counted among the most precious items in classical music history. She is a master of improvisational jazz violin, drawing from a wide range of musical influences including Motown, Afro-Cuban, swing, bebop and more with a signature voice and style of her own. She is the cousin of jazz saxophonist James Carter who is also playing at Jazz Fest.
Thursday 4/25Rev. John WilkinBlues Tent1:35 - 2:20The sounds of Mississippi Hill Country and Memphis blues meet gospel in music from this pastor, whose congregation included the late Otha Turner
Saturday 5/4Rick Trolsen’s NeslorchestraWWOZ Jazz Tent11:15 - 12:05Trombonist Rick Trolsen‘s Neslorchestra is an ensemble of at least 17 musicians. Trolsen arrived in New Orleans in 1982 after attending Berklee College of Music. He was a member of Bonerama for two years and has played or recorded with Dr. John, Al Hirt, Aretha Franklin, Boz Scaggs and many many others.
Saturday 4/27Ricky Dillard & New GGospel Tent3:00 - 4:00Chicago born gospel singer Ricky Dillard was raised in the church singing in the choir from the age of five years. He has been nominated for a Grammy award twice.
Sunday 5/5Rising Dragon Lion Dance TeamKIds Tent12:45 - 1:00 / 2:20 - 2:35Strength, endurance, motivation and respect are the calling cards of this local performance group, specializing in traditional Vietnamese lion dance.
Thursday 5/2Rita CoolidgeGentilly1:25 - 2:15You know that honeyed voice if you’ve heard her ’70s soft-rock rendition of “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher” or the epic power ballad “We’re All Alone,” but before that Rita was one of rock’s most in-demand backup vocalists (Leon Russell wrote “Delta Lady” about her), and since that time she’s expanded her range out into blues music and jazz, most recently torch songs. She’ll probably throw in a couple of hits, but she may rearrange them to fit her latest style.
Saturday 4/27Robin Barnes – The Songbird of New OrleansWWOZ Jazz Tent11:15 - 12:05Steeped in R&B, this self-professed “soul pop” vocalist first sang in the choirs at St. Phillip and St. David Catholic Churches, and later with her family’s jazz band the Soul Heirs.
Thursday 4/25Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco TwistersAcura1:55 - 2:55One of the few rubboard players to lead a zydeco band, Dopsie Jr. plays it wilder than his accordionist dad, and his sets are guaranteed party-starters. His brother Dwayne graces our cover this month.
Sunday 4/28Roddie Romero & the Hub City All-StarsSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do 3:00 - 3:55This eclectic Cajun, zydeco, swamp pop and rock ‘n’ roll band is built around accordionist/guitarist Romero and pianist Eric Adcock. Their double album The La Louisianne Sessions was nominated for a Grammy.
Sunday 4/28Roderick Harper QuartetWWOZ Jazz Tent12:25 - 1:15A vocalist since early childhood, Harper sings with elegance and ease. The Washington D.C. native studied with the late Alvin Batiste at Southern University in Baton Rouge. Harper recorded his new album Perfect Imperfections at the Neutral Sound Studio in New Orleans.
Friday 4/26Roger Lewis and Baritone BlissWWOZ Jazz Tent12:20 - 1:10Baritone saxophonist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Roger Lewis, brings his project the Baritone Bliss to Jazz Fest. The project started in 2011 playing shows at Snug Harbor with five baritone saxophonists. According to Lewis this is music you can dance with.
Sunday 5/5Roi “Chip” Anthony and Jeff FloydCongo Square1:55 - 2:50Producer Chip Anthony with Jeff Floyd, mixing the 2-step feel with hip-hop and smooth edging lyrics.
Sunday 4/28Royal TeethGentilly2:45 - 3:35This young indie rock outfit’s melodic yet danceable pop, highlighted by the pure vocals of Nora Patterson, has been racking up national buzz for a few years. In the summer of 2018 their dance rock single “Never Gonna Quit” with Valerie Sassyfrass spurred a new start for the indie rockers. Their latest single “Show You What I Can Do,” features Tunde Olaniran.
Thursday 4/25Rumba BuenaAcura11:20 - 12:20This popular New Orleans Latin band is a 12-piece group with four singers, four percussionists, horns and rhythm to spare.
Thursday 4/25Russell Batiste & FriendsCongo Square 1:30 - 2:20The Batistes of New Orleans have had music in their blood for many generations. Drummer Russell Batiste is joined by some of New Orleans finest musicians.
Thursday 5/2Samantha FishAcura2:05 - 3:00This Kansas City guitar-slinger was originally perched on the bluesy side of classic rock; her early albums included Rolling Stones and Steve Miller Band covers. Yet she’s got far more interesting on her last couple of releases, both from 2017: Chills & Fever explored roadhouse rock with the great garage band Detroit Cobras; the current Belle of the West uses Luther Dickinson’s acoustic-based production to put more soul upfront. Samantha Fish was the big winner at OffBeat’s Best of the Beat Awards winning Best Overall Artist, Best Blues Artist and others.
Friday 4/26SantanaAcura5:00 - 7:00As long as there’s a vocalist willing to work with him—in other words, forever—Carlos Santana will be making music, furthering a career that started with Woodstock and “Black Magic Woman” and reached its commercial peak not long ago with a series of duets with famous singers (like Rob Thomas on “Smooth”). His squalling Latin guitar runs are always the star of the show however, and he’s made some moves lately in the direction of going back to his roots in the early ’70s. He’s played with half of Journey, Buddy Guy, and Curtis Salgado among others, so we may get a roots heavy workout with occasional hits and fabulous guest stars.
Friday 4/26Santiman and Garifuna GenerationCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey4:55 - 5:45From New Orleans Santos Bermudez also known as Santiman is known for his quick-paced punta rhythm. The Garifuna people are of mixed-raced origin with ancestral ties to Arawak, Carib, and African descendants. Though present in several countries, the overwhelming majority of Garifuna outside the United States reside in Honduras. Garifuna in New Orleans have helped define what it means to be a Latino in the Big Easy.
Thursday 4/25Sasha Masakowski & Art MarketLagniappe4:20 - 5:15The 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.
Sunday 5/5Savoy Family Cajun BandSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do 3:00 - 3:50Marc and Ann Savoy have done as much as anyone to celebrate and preserve Cajun music and culture. This group finds the couple with their sons Wilson (of Pine Leaf Boys) and Joel.
Friday 5/3Scene BoostersParade4:10- 4:40Social Aid and Pleasure Club parade.
Sunday 5/5Seminoles Mardi Gras IndiansParade12:00- 12:30Big Chief Keith “Keitoe” Jones leads this Ninth Ward-based tribe.
Saturday 4/27Semolian Warriors Mardi Gras IndiansJazz & Heritage11:20 - 12:00Big Chief Yam aka James Harris, created this Uptown gang after stints with the Creole Wild West and the Wild Magnolias.
Thursday 4/25Shades of PraiseGospel Tent4:15 - 5:00This 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.
Friday 5/3Shamarr Allen & the UnderdawgsGentilly12:20 - 1:10Jazz-funk-hip-hop trumpeter Allen resists categorization, having performed with Willie Nelson and written the local anthem “Meet Me on Frenchmen Street.”
Friday 4/26Shannon Powell: King of Treme & his Traditional Allstar Band featuring Barbara ShortsEconomy Hall Tent1:45 - 2:45Billed as the “King of Treme,” Shannon Powell is a master drummer and Preservation Hall staple who began his career with Danny Barker and has since played with Wynton Marsalis, Dr. John and Harry Connick Jr.
Saturday 4/27Sherman Washington’s Zion HarmonizersGospel Tent1:55 - 2:40This venerable group has been a Jazz Fest favorite since the beginning. The group’s history goes back to 1939, when the first lineup was formed in the Zion City neighborhood.
Sunday 4/28Shining Star Hunters Mardi Gras IndiansParade3:25- 3:55 The Shining Star Hunters are led by Big Chief Jimmie Ricks, a veteran Spyboy and Second Chief for Larry Bannock’s Golden Star Hunters.
Saturday 5/4Shirley CaesarAllison Miner Music Heritage12:30 - 1:15A towering figure in gospel, Shirley Caesar joined the all-female group the Caravans in 1961 and launched her solo career later that decade; winning her first Grammy in 1971 for a cover of the Ocean hit “Put Your Hand in the Hand.” She performed alongside Aretha Franklin for President Obama in 2015.
Saturday 4/27Single Ladies SA & PCParade2:20- 2:50The Single Ladies SA&PC have been parading through Uptown for two decades.
Saturday 4/27Single Men SA & PCParade2:20- 2:50Uptown parade club the Single Men was established in 1995.
Thursday 4/25Sisters of Change SA PCParade3:35- 4:05Social Aid and Pleasure Club parade.
Sunday 5/5Sisters of Unity Social Aid & Pleasure ClubParade1:50- 2:20Social Aid and Pleasure Club parade.
Thursday 4/25Smitty Dee’s Brass BandJazz & Heritage1:20 - 2:10This band was formed in 1991 by former Olympia Brass Band sousaphonist Dimitri Smith. They play regularly at Preservation Hall and on the Creole Queen riverboat.
Friday 5/3Sonny LandrethBlues Tent4:00 - 5:00A thoughtful songwriter and scorching slide guitarist, Landreth can claim the likes of Clapton, Buffett, Hiatt and John Mayall as collaborators and fans.
Thursday 5/2Sons of Jazz Brass BandJazz & Heritage 11:30 - 12:30This local brass band often provides the soundtrack for parades by the Ladies of Unity and Revolution Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs.
Friday 4/26Soul Brass BandLagniappe5:40 - 6:30Drummer Derrick Freeman and saxophonist James Martin lead the Soul Brass Band, which was formed in 2015. They were recently featured on the cover of OffBeat.
Saturday 5/4Southern University Baton Rouge Jazzy JagsCongo Square11:15 - 12:00Student group from the Southern University of Baton Rouge. The school’s modern jazz program was designed by the late Alvin Batiste.
Friday 4/26Spencer BohrenAARP Rhythmpourium1:45- 2:30Father and son, Spencer and Andre Bohren are interviewed by Lawrence N. Powell.
Saturday 4/27Spencer Bohren & the WhippersnappersGentilly11:15 - 12:05Spencer Bohren is a virtuoso guitar player with a master’s knowledge of diverse blues styles and brings those attributes to his own moving compositions. He first made his mark on the New Orleans scene in the late ‘70s, and after leaving town for a long traveling hiatus, he moved back in the late ‘90s to put down roots again. He boasts a diverse and soul-packed discography, and his most recent CD is Makin’ It Home to You, a typically down-home affair featuring his young band, the Whippersnappers, performing a number of Spencer original compositions.
Thursday 5/2Sporty’s Brass BandParade3:00- 3:30 Sporty’s Brass Band will be parading with the Sudan, Revolution, and Men Buckjumpers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs.
Saturday 5/4Square Dance NOLA with The Bayou Clogger String BandKids Tent4:10 - 4:55The string band gets kids and grown-ups moving to the sounds of old-time fiddle tunes and a variety of up-tempo blues while caller Dan Wally Baker shouts out invitations to swing yer partner.
Friday 5/3St. Joseph the Worker Music MinistryGospel Tent2:10 - 2:55The choir of this New York-based church plays a key role in their community’s daily activities.
Friday 4/26Jordan Family Tribute featuring Kidd, Marlon, Stephanie & Kent, and Rachel JordanWWOZ Jazz Tent1:30- 2:30 “Kidd” Jordan is one of the music industry’s most in demand jazz sax men, but at the fest he utilizes his family on vocals, flute, violin, and trumpet—all of whom are already leading lights on the stage and in music academia.
Sunday 4/28Stephanie Jordan Big BandWWOZ Jazz Tent4:10 - 5:10This 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.
Saturday 5/4Stephen Foster’s Foster Family Music Program.Kids Tent11:30 - 12:15No relation to the early American composer, this family foundation is dedicated to music education in New Orleans.
Saturday 4/27Steve Earle & the DukesSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do5:45 - 7:00Earle can do virtually anything during an electric set, from hardcore country to rip-roaring rock, with some Celtic and bluegrass moments likely thrown in. His latest album is a tribute to Texas songwriter Guy Clark, so expect some of that too. Be glad that Earle still wants to visit New Orleans since he already got killed here, in a dramatic moment during the second season of HBO’s Treme.
Friday 4/26Steve Riley & the Mamou PlayboysSheraton New Olreans Fais Do-Do12:30 - 1:25The venerable band is equally capable of playing straight-up Cajun music as they are of going progressive. Some recent gigs have even included a ten-minute jam on Neil Young’s “Down By the River” in French.
Sunday 5/5Stooges Brass BandJazz & Heritage 6:05 - 6:55One 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.
Saturday 5/4Storyville Stompers Brass BandJazz & Heritage4:50 - 5:45This 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.
Friday 5/3Sudan Social Aid & Pleasure ClubsParade4:10- 4:40The Treme-based Sudan Social Aid and Pleasure Club rolls with elaborate, ribbon-bedazzled baskets at their annual parades.
Saturday 4/27Sunpie & the Louisiana SunspotsKids Tent5:15 - 6:00Bruce “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.
Sunday 4/28Sunpie & the Louisiana SunspotsSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do 1:40 - 2:35Bruce “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.
Friday 5/3Susan CowsillLagniappe1:50 - 2:40Singer songwriter Susan Cowsill’s career began in 1967 with her family band The Cowsills. In 1969 she contributed to the vocals in what would become the Cowsills’ biggest hit, “Hair.” Cowsill has won numerous Best of the Beat Awards for female vocalist. Her husband Russ Broussard will be playing drums. Unexpected guests are usual.
Saturday 4/27Sweet CeciliaLagniappe1:50 - 2:45Sisters Laura Huval and Meagan Berard, along with their cousin Callie Guidry, make up this trio of multi-instrumentalist Louisiana roots rockers from Acadiana. At the 2017 Best of the Beat Awards Sweet Cecilia won for Best Country/Folk/Singer-Songwriter artist and for their album Sing Me A Story.
Saturday 4/27Sweet CrudeAcura12:40 - 1:40New Orleans indie pop septet Sweet Crude plays an energetic brand of percussion-driven, sparkly rock, often sung in French.
Friday 5/3T’MondeSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do 11:15 - 12:00Louisiana Cajun musicians Drew Simon, Megan Brown, and Kellii Jones brings influences ranging from early country music to ancient French and Creole ballads to present day Cajun music. OffBeat called T’Monde “a creative fusion of classic country and out-of-the-way Cajun.” The band has received several Grammy nominations.
Friday 4/26Tab BenoitAcura1:30 - 2:30The Bayou guitar slinger is equally adept at swamp grooves and sizzling blues. As a Voice of the Wetlands founder, he has also been one of the most outspoken advocates for preserving Louisiana’s wetlands.
Thursday 4/25Taj Mahal & the Phantom Blues BandBlues Tent5:40 - 6:55Since the long-ago days at the Fillmore Taj Mahal has played the blues in just about every format, including a few that he made up. Perhaps his most rocking outfit, the Phantom Blues Band was formed partly as a New Orleans homage (their self-titled 1996 album has a couple of Jon Cleary covers), and only reunites once in a blue moon.
Saturday 5/4Tank and The BangasACura1:40 - 2:40This band, led by electrifying spoken word artist and soulful vocalist Tarriona Tank Ball. They broke out on the national scene after winning NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest.
Saturday 5/4TBC Brass BandGentilly12:10 - 1:00If a brass band on Bourbon Street ever stopped you in your tracks, it was probably TBC Brass Band.
Friday 4/26Terence Blanchard featuring the E-CollectiveWWOZ Jazz Tent4:10 - 5:20This Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and film score composer—whose acclaimed 2015 album Breathless was largely inspired by Eric Garner’s death and the events that followed it—returns home for his annual Jazz Fest stint.
Sunday 5/5Terrance Simien & the Zydeco ExperienceSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do 4:15 - 5:15One of zydeco’s ambassadors and one of its most energetic performers, Simien has been present on the Jazz Fest stage for over three decades.
Saturday 4/27Terry & the Zydeco Bad BoysSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do11:20 - 12:05At age eight, Terry Domingue, received his first accordion and has been playing since. To keep tradition alive he sings many traditional zydeco songs in French as well as writing many new ones of his own. His CD Back on Track contains waltz and blues from Boozoo Chavis, John Delafose and other legends.
Sunday 5/5The Anointed Jackson SistersGospel Tent2:40 - 3:30Gospel group from North Carolina. The members of the group are Barbara Jackson-Pope, Marie Jackson-Bell, Carl Ann Darden, Doris Jackson-Toler, Pamela J. Ceesay, Catharina J. Mitchell and Catrina Jones. There latest release on the Malaco label is When God Is In The Building.
Friday 5/3The Bahamas JunkanoosCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey11:30 - 12:00Junkanoo is the greatest cultural event in the Bahamas. It is a type of street carnival, which occurs on Boxing Day (December 26) and New Year’s Day (January 1). The main event happens in Nassau. The band employs the rich Bahamian tradition with drums, bells and whistles.
Friday 5/3The Bahamas JunkanoosCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey4:25 - 4:40Junkanoo is the greatest cultural event in the Bahamas. It is a type of street carnival, which occurs on Boxing Day (December 26) and New Year’s Day (January 1). The main event happens in Nassau. The band employs the rich Bahamian tradition with drums, bells and whistles.
Saturday 5/4The Bahamas JunkanoosCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey4:25 - 4:40Junkanoo is the greatest cultural event in the Bahamas. It is a type of street carnival, which occurs on Boxing Day (December 26) and New Year’s Day (January 1). The main event happens in Nassau. The band employs the rich Bahamian tradition with drums, bells and whistles.
Friday 5/3The Bahamas Revue BandCongo Square4:15 - 5:15Bahamian band with members from the Junkanoos.
Friday 5/3The Bahamas Revue BandCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey
1:55 - 2:55Bahamian band with members from the Junkanoos.
Sunday 5/5The Bester Gospel SingersGospel Tent6:00 - 6:45Evangelist Rosa Lee Smooth founded the Dynamic Smooth Family group three decades ago, and her daughter Cynthia Smooth Plummer now leads the group. A cappella gospel harmonies are the specialty of The Bester Singers, a Slidell, Louisiana-based group. Evangelist Rosa Lee Smooth founded the Smooth Family group three decades ago, and her daughter Cynthia Smooth Plummer now leads the group.
Sunday 5/5The Boudreaux Family Celebrates Big Chief Monk BoudreauxCultural Exchange Pavillion World Journey12:40 - 1:25Not many people who participated in the first New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival are still active in the festival today, but one of the fest’s longest-running, most important players has been Joseph Monk Boudreaux. The Boudreaux family tribute to Monk on closing day will include Monk’s new wife, Wynoka Boudreaux Myri Glammaw, and his grandson J’Wan Boudreaux, spyboy of the Golden Eagles and leader of his own Indian concert band, Cha Wa.
Thursday 5/2The Chosen Ones Brass BandThe rock-steady members of the nine-piece Chosen Ones bring a hip hop-infused, high-energy style to traditional New Orleans back beats and horn sections.
Sunday 4/28The Circle of ChiefsJazz & Heritage 12:30 - 1:15Mardi Gras Indian chiefs have been celebrating the Circle of Chiefs annual Cha Wa for seven years. Chiefs from several tribes including Richard Turner, 2nd chief of the 9th Ward Black Hatchets parade on Super Sunday will gather at Jazz Fest.
Friday 5/3The City of Love Music & Worship Arts ChoirGospel Tent6:05 - 6:45Singers from New Orleans’ City of Love ministry perform as part of the group’s arts focus.
Sunday 4/28The Creole Jazz Serenaders with Don VappieEconomy Hall Tent5:45 - 6:45Vappie is both a fine player and a scholar of the jazz banjo tradition, steeped in the music of King Oliver and Jelly Roll Morton and performing it with the original Creole inflections. He’s lately been playing the Sunday brunches and Friday happy hours at Brennan’s in the French Quarter.
Saturday 4/27The Cypress Band featuring Warren Storm & Willie TeeSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do12:25 - 1:15Drummer Warren Storm and long-time musical partner Willie Tee perform their brand of classic swamp pop. They are usually joined by singer T.K. Hulin and Gregg Martinez.
Sunday 4/28The Daiquiri QueensSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do 11:20 - 12:05This female-fronted group brings influences ranging from early-era Cajun standards performs with twin fiddles and haunting vocal harmonies sung in Louisiana French to today’s Cajun hits. The group comes from Lafayette.
Friday 5/3The DeslondesLagniappe4:20 -5:15Formerly 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.
Friday 4/26The Dirty Dozen Brass BandCongo Square4:05 - 5:05This 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.
Thursday 4/25The Django Festival AllstarsWWOZ Jazz Tent4:15 - 5:30Bringing the music of the legendary gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt into the 21st century the Django Festival Allstars continue to honor the traditions of “hot jazz.” The band features guitarist, violinist Dorado Schmitt and his two sons Samson and Amati. Addition members include violinist Pierre Blanchard, accordionist Ludovic Beier and guitarists DouDou Cuillerier, Francko Mehrstein, Antonio Licusati and Gino Roman.
Sunday 5/5The Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music BandLagniappe11:30 - 12:20Students from this Kidd Jordan-directed, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation-sponsored free music program.
Thursday 4/25The Doobie BrothersAcura3:30 - 4:45They led an army of laid-back SoCal bikers in the Nixon era with anthems like “Listen to the Music,” “China Grove,” and “Without Love” (“...where would you be now?”) Then they somehow morphed into the epitome of smooth El Lay yacht-rock and slick Grammy-bait R&B with new frontman Michael McDonald. But if you like Doobies 1.0 or 2.0, or both, their Jazz Fest stint has got you covered.
Sunday 5/5The Dynamic Smooth Family Gospel SingersGospel Tent6:00 - 6:45
Saturday 5/4The Earls of Leicester presented by Jerry DouglasSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do3:45 - 5:00This bluegrass quintet exists solely to remind the world of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs’ gift to music... and also to remind us of its power.
Sunday 5/5The Electrifying Crown SeekersGospel Tent11:15 - 11:50Keep an ear peeled for this Marrero, Louisiana-based group’s rendition of “Walk Around Heaven,” featuring a soloist whose falsetto voice won’t preclude him from topping out on the tune’s highest-register notes.
Sunday 4/28The Furious Five SA & PCParade1:30- 2:00 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.
Saturday 5/4The Gathering of Chiefs: Walter Cook & The Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians with Family and FriendsJazz & Heritage12:20-1:00Mardi Gras Indians take over the Jazz & Heritage stage with their dance, feathers, and chants.
Saturday 5/4The Gospel Inspirations of BoutteGospel11:10 - 11:50These Gospel Tent regulars, formed in 1979 by David Diggs Jr. and Kevin Drake, perform music of the spirit. Not related to the local Boutte singing family, the ensemble’s name derives from their hometown of Boutte, Louisiana.
Sunday 5/5The Gospel Soul of Irma ThomasGospel Tent4:45 - 5:45If 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.
Friday 4/26The Head and The HeartGentilly3:30 - 4:45This Seattle outfit is the kind of classically-modeled modern act that tends to play well at Jazz Fest, Rooted in the indie-folk world, they’ve evolved into full-blown pop with occasional acoustic guitars and fiddles. Indeed, the production on their latest album “Loving Mirage” is so polished that it winds up underlining how much lead singer Jonathan Russell sounds like Lindsey Buckingham.
Friday 5/3The Iceman SpecialLagniappe5:35 - 6:30The Iceman Special is 4 piece outfit transplanted from the swamps of Louisiana. They combine a sound of dirty funk and delicate groove with elements of disco and rock and roll to create danceable jams with plenty of edge and substance. Screeching yet smooth guitars, wandering yet punchy bass lines, electronic synth samples, driving drum beats and powerful vocals form one a kind soundscapes.
Friday 5/3The IguanasAcura11:20 - 12:20With Tex-Mex rock as their base, the Iguanas can swing freely into jazz, country, garage and Caribbean music.
Saturday 5/4The Johnson ExtensionGospel1:50 - 2:35New Orleans spiritual leader and matriarch Rev. Lois Dejean leads four generations of family members in sacred song.
Thursday 5/2The Jones SistersGospel Tent12:05 - 12:50Grade school-aged sisters Kayla, Kiera, Dalia and Dejon Jones comprise this gospel quartet, which first performed when the youngest sister was only two.
Saturday 5/4The Kings of Zydeco: A Tribute to Clifton Chenier and Buckwheat Zydeco featuring C.J. Chenier, Nathan Williams, and the Ils Sont Partis BandSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do5:30 - 7:00Clifton introduced zydeco to the world, Buckwheat brought it into the mainstream, and Nathan is one of the best zydeco artists still recording.
Saturday 4/27The Legendary Rocks Of HarmonyGospel Tent11:15 - 11:55New Orleans gospel in its purest form, this all-male group has been singing praises and spirituals for half a century.
Sunday 5/5The Magnolia SistersLagniappe12:40 - 1:35A Cajun music band comprised of four diversely talented singers and musicians. The group’s musical collaboration gives a woman’s voice to Cajun music while maintaining a soulful, gutsy feeling to it. Each member brings her own rich individual experience as Louisiana musicians, parents, and women in the real world. The common ground is the music, the heritage and the feeling that comes across. The members of the group are Ann Savoy, Jane Vidrine, Anya Burgess, and Lisa Trahan.
Sunday 5/5The MavericksSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do 5:45 - 7:00During the ‘90s the Mavericks were one of the most successful groups in the country/Americana world, showcasing Raul Malo’s soaring voice on a string of hits like “O What a Thrill” and “There Goes My Heart.” After splitting for over a decade, the band reunited.
Thursday 4/25The Milk Carton KidsSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do5:45 - 7:00A married duo who forego the full-stage hootenanny of modern folk revivalists, their close harmonies and the gentle picking of their playing are perfect for the intimate nature of their approach.
Saturday 5/4The New Orleans Classic R&B Legends featuring The Dixie Cups, Wanda Rouzan, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, and Al “Carnival Time” JohnsonGentilly2:35 - 3:35This annual revue (clearly copied from OffBeat’s Best of the Beat Award show) remains the only place to catch some of the originals of local R&B. Expect to hear essentials like “Chapel of Love,” “Carnival Time,” “Ain’t Got No Home” and the Rouzan Sisters’ “Man of War” direct from the sources.
Thursday 4/25The New Orleans Female Hip Hop Experience featuring Mia X, 3D Natee, Keedy Black, Briki Fa President, DJ Westbank Red and Downtown Leslie BrownCongo Square4:05 - 5:30Women who’ve played a significant role in creating a signature sound in New Orleans rap and bounce will showcase the variety of overlooked contributions they’ve made. From pioneering No Limit Records MC Mia X to Best of the Beat nominated rapper 3D Na’Tee, the Female Hip-Hop Experience will teach you a few things about the woman’s role in rap music.
Thursday 5/2The New Orleans Guitar Masters featuring John Rankin, Jimmy Robinson, and Cranston ClementsLagniappe 2:45 - 3:35The New Orleans Guitar Masters is a collaboration between some of the best New Orleans guitarists John Rankin, Cranston Clements and Jimmy Robinson. The trio has been performing together for several years, and include in their concerts original compositions from each member, and interesting arrangements of cover material.
Thursday 5/2The New Orleans Guitar Masters featuring John Rankin, Jimmy Robinson, and Cranston ClementsKids Tent12:20 - 1:05The New Orleans Guitar Masters is a collaboration between some of the best New Orleans guitarists John Rankin, Cranston Clements and Jimmy Robinson. The trio has been performing together for several years, and include in their concerts original compositions from each member, and interesting arrangements of cover material.
Sunday 4/28The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s Tribute to Aretha FranklinCongo Square1:45 - 3:00Adonis Rose the artistic director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra reprises his successful tribute to Aretha Franklin. The tribute in November 2018 included vocalists Davell Crawford, Erica Falls and Jolynda “Kiki” Chapman. The orchestra’s own Nayo Jones, a flutist and singer will also take a turn out front.
Sunday 4/28The New Orleans Klezmer All StarsLagniappe 5:30 - 6:30Innovators of a funked-up localized take on traditional Jewish music, this band’s past and present members include scions of the city’s jazz and funk scenes. They’ll celebrate their anniversary with prestigious guests.
Saturday 4/27The New Orleans Piano Professors: Celebrating Professor Longhair, James Booker, Jellyroll Morton, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint and Dr. JohnBlues Tent1:25 - 2:35A roll-call of active New Orleans piano greats—Jon Cleary, Davell Crawford, Tom McDermott, Al “Lil Fats” Jackson, David Torkanowsky, and John “Papa” Gros—pay tribute to the ones who’ve passed or are currently MIA. A nutshell version of WWOZ’s annual piano nights at the HOB.
Sunday 4/28The O’JaysCongo Square3:45 - 5:00The embodiment of Philly soul, the O’Jays ruled the charts through the ’70s, beginning their run of hits with “Back Stabbers” and ending it with “Use ta Be My Girl.” In the middle they cut “Love Train” and “For the Love of Money,” the latter of which was the theme for a TV series starring someone who became President. Two of the original five members, Eddie Levert and Walter Williams, remain in the lineup.
Sunday 4/28The Palm Court Jazz Band featuring Sammy RimingtonEconomy Hall Tent12:25 - 1:15The house band from the Palm Court brings their brand of traditional New Orleans jazz to the Fest along with English reedman Rimington, a longtime proponent of the genre’s revival.
Thursday 5/2The Pfister SistersEconomy Hall Tent11:00 - 11:50Inspired by the close harmonies and lively personalities of New Orleans’ Boswell Sisters, the Pfister Sisters are all about the ‘30s in both sound and look.
Sunday 5/5The RadiatorsGentilly3:50 - 5:00Groupie-spawning fish-head rockers the Rads are back after calling it quits in 2011. The band got together last year to record Welcome to the Monkey House the follow up to The Last Watusi, which turned out to be not the last. Expect a massive show of support for these long-beloved locals.
Sunday 4/28The Rance Allen GroupGospel Tent3:00 - 4:00One of the buried treasures at this year’s Fest, brothers Rance, Steve and Tom Allen began singing together in Detroit in 1970 and signed to the Stax-associated Gospel Truth label two years later. Their records from that era combined fervent gospel vocals with the funky Stax sound, one of the first such crossovers.
Saturday 5/4The Rayo BrothersLagniappe5:35 - 6:30The Rayo Brothers are Jesse Reaux the primary songwriter and Daniel Reaux lead vocalist. Expect impassioned folk-rock and modern alt-country with sweeping arrangements. Think Whiskeytown meets the Avett Brothers.
Thursday 4/25The RevelersSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do1:35 - 2:30An Acadian supergroup made up of founding members of Jazz Fest perennials the Red Stick Ramblers and the Pine Leaf Boys.
Friday 4/26The RevivalistsGentilly5:25 - 6:55This increasingly popular New Orleans band has solid songs for the rock ’n’ rollers and free-flowing grooves for the jam band crowd. They were big winners at the OffBeat Best of the Beat Awards.
Friday 5/3The Rising Stars Fife & Drum BandAARP Rhythmpourium1:15- 1:40 Fife and drum music has a long history in African-American folk culture. Many accounts survive of black fife and drum units accompanying soldiers during the Revolutionary War. Otha Turner, founder of the long-running Rising Star Fife & Drum Band, was born in rural Rankin County, Mississippi, around 1907, and began playing the fife as a boy. After his death his granddaughter Shardé Thomas took it over.
Thursday 5/2The Rising Stars Fife & Drum BandBlues Tent11:55 - 12:10Fife and drum music has a long history in African-American folk culture. Many accounts survive of black fife and drum units accompanying soldiers during the Revolutionary War. Otha Turner, founder of the long-running Rising Star Fife & Drum Band, was born in rural Rankin County, Mississippi, around 1907, and began playing the fife as a boy. After his death his granddaughter Shardé Thomas took it over.
Thursday 5/2The Rising Stars Fife & Drum BandCultural Exchange Pavilion World Journey1:55 - 2:25 Fife and drum music has a long history in African-American folk culture. Many accounts survive of black fife and drum units accompanying soldiers during the Revolutionary War. Otha Turner, founder of the long-running Rising Star Fife & Drum Band, was born in rural Rankin County, Mississippi, around 1907, and began playing the fife as a boy. After his death his granddaughter Shardé Thomas took it over.
Friday 4/26The Robert Cray BandBlues Tent5:40 - 7:00The man who almost single-handedly resuscitated blues in the ’80s returns to grace Fest stages with his winning combination of Southern-Soul vocals, twangy Texas guitar, and deep lyrical confession. This five-time Grammy winner has played with Clapton and the Vaughan brothers and Buddy Guy and God knows who else, and if that all means anything to you, you’ve probably been with him since “Smoking Gun.” A master of smooth modern blues.
Friday 4/26The Roots of Music Marching CrusadersParade1:30- 2:00Rebirth snare drum player Derrick Tabb’s program aims to support, teach, and protect at-risk youth through music education while preserving and promoting New Orleans’ musical heritage. Songwriter Ani DiFranco is on the board of directors.
Saturday 4/27The RRAAMSKids Tent4:05 - 4:50The River Road African-American Museum Society in Donaldsonville presents an educational program for kids.
Saturday 5/4The Savoy Music Center Saturday Morning JamSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do4:30 - 5:15The world’s leading maker of handcrafted Cajun accordions holds a local jam session every so often, but now you don’t have to visit tiny Eunice, Louisiana to see it!
Friday 5/3The ShowersGospel Tent5:15 - 5:55This family gospel group includes six daughters and one son of Bobby and Oralean Showers of Hammond. They recently called on their faith and their music to sustain them when their family home burned down last year.
Saturday 5/4The Soul RebelsAcura12:25 - 1:15Arguably one of the most popular brass bands in the city, the seven-piece Soul Rebels have performed with hip-hop giants like Rakim, Nas, and Talib Kweli and recently backed Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA at his Tiny Desk Concert. Their repertoire includes original material and covers of everything from Marilyn Manson to Chance The Rapper.
Thursday 4/25The Speakerbox ExperimentCongo Square2:40 - 3:35This local eight-piece ensemble performs a mix of soul, funked up rock and pop.
Friday 4/26The SubdudesGentilly1:50 - 2:50Known for using a tambourine player (Steve Amadee) instead of a drummer, this Tommy Malone-fronted roots rock outfit draws on a mix of New Orleans music styles along with plenty of groove.
Friday 5/3The Swing SettersKids Tent1:50 - 2:35Singer Jayna Morgan’s spirited new band covers standards, folk tunes and Disney songs with a jazz lilt.
Friday 4/26The WantingLagniappe11:30 - 12:15One of the newer local bands to play the Fest this year, the Wanting take their name and their inspiration from the high lonesome sound of Appalachian folk, and evoke that mood beautifully with an acoustic lineup and the harmonies of Chris Jacob and Cate Swan. They were a surprise hit at the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival last year and their debut CD Dark Road appeared last winter.
Saturday 5/4The War and TreatyBlues Tent4:10 - 5:10From Albion, Michigan, husband and wife, Michael Trotter, Jr. and Tanya Blount are The War and Treaty. Their sound is a blend of roots music, blue grass, folk, gospel and soul. Their stage presence together with their voices will keep you mesmerized.
Thursday 4/25The Wimberly Family Gospel SingersGospel Tent11:15 - 11:55This Marrero family group has been singing traditional gospel for nearly four decades.
Friday 5/3Theatre on TapKids Tent4:10 - 4:55New Orleans’ premier rhythm tap dance company, whose mission is to celebrate, promote, and preserve America’s indigenous dance form. Emmy Award-winning founder, artistic director and principal choreographer Heidi Malnar leads the company.
Friday 4/26Tim LaughlinEconomy Hall Tent3:05 - 4:00Clarinetist Laughlin’s compositions fit within the classic traditional jazz idiom, but his skill in bringing traditional New Orleans jazz into the 21st Century gives them a more modern feel. He was the first and only New Orleans clarinetist to write and record an entire album of originals.
Thursday 5/2Tin MenGentilly11:10 - 11:55This rocking and swinging trio appears every Wednesday night at d.b.a. The band includes Alex McMurray, Matt Perrine and Washboard Chaz. In March 2019 Alex McMurray suffered a fall skiing. Please welcome him back after a two month recovery.
Friday 5/3Tipitina’s Interns under the direction of Donald Harrison Jr.WWOZ Jazz Tent11:15 - 12:00Tipitina’s internship program is an after-school jazz program for high school students. The program focuses on instrumental performance, recording, music theory, and career professionalism. They are led by saxophonist Donald Harrison, Jr.
Thursday 5/2Tom JonesGentilly2:55 - 4:00This Welshman started as a sexy pop icon shaking his hips to outrageously over-the-top songs like “What’s New Pussycat” and “Delilah,” but it’s the full-chested power of his booming baritone that’s actually outlasted his kitsch; and he’s got more than a few EDM hits stuck up his belt as well thanks to a late ’90s renaissance. Throwing your panties is discouraged at this point, but it’s going to happen anyway.
Thursday 4/25Tom Leggett BandLagniappe12:40 - 1:35Legget is a guitar slinger/roots-rocker who tleans towards Texarkana blues with West Coast horns, but he often drops country, swamp-pop and even reggae into the mix.
Saturday 4/27Tom McDermott & Evan ChristopherLagniappe3:05 - 4:00Virtuoso pianist whose skill and deep knowledge of music history allow him to play everything from New Orleans jazz and blues to Caribbean and classical music is joined by clarinetist Evan Christopher. As a duo they have released several CD including Danza in 2002 and Almost Native in 2011.
Friday 5/3Tommy Sancton’s New Orleans Legacy BandEconomy Hall Tent12:25 - 1:20This 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.
Saturday 4/27Tonia Scott & the Anointed VoicesGospel Tent4:15 - 5:00Primarily comprised of women, this local gospel choir has become a Jazz Fest regular.
Thursday 5/2Tonya Boyd-CannonWWOZ Jazz Tent12:15 - 1:05This New Orleans-based singer boasts a powerful contralto voice. Her delivery is sharp yet inspirational, contemporary and authentic. She has lots of soul and a near-winning run on The Voice.
Sunday 4/28Topsy Chapman & Solid HarmonyEconomy Hall Tent2:50 - 3:45Topsy Chapman leads the all-female group with a gospel-inspired vocal blend called Solid Harmony
Saturday 4/27Tornado Brass Band in memory of Darryl AdamsKids Tent2:30 - 2:40Tornado Brass Band leader Darryl Adams passed away on December 19, 2018 at age 61. The band performs a mix of tunes from traditional and modern brass band repertoires.
Thursday 4/25Toronzo CannonBlues Tent4:05 - 5:05Singer songwriter and blues guitarist Toronzo Cannon grew up on the South Side of Chicago. His influences include Albert Collins, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Jimi Hendrix. His album The Chicago Way was nominated for a Blues Music Award.
Sunday 5/5Treces del SurLagniappe1:55 - 2:45Latin music band from New Orleans.
Sunday 4/28Treme Brass BandEconomy Hall Tent1:35 - 2:30Led by Benny Jones, the Treme Brass Band is one of the longest-running traditional brass bands in town. The Treme Brass Band contributed to the Carnival repertoire with “Gimme My Money Back.”
Sunday 5/5Tribute to Allen Toussaint with the Allen Toussaint Orchestra and special guestsAcura1:25 - 2:25Allen Toussaint was one of the guiding lights of New Orleans music and a man whose songs virtually define New Orleans R&B. In the 1980s the Allen Toussaint Orchestra, produced by Allen Toussaint and Marshal Seahorn, released several themed records including The Beatles, George Gershwin, Crescent City Christmas, The Themes of Andrew Lloyd Webber, etc. The Orchestra and special guests pay tribute to their leader who passed away in 2015.
Sunday 5/5Tribute to Alvin Batiste with Herman Jackson and Friendswwoz jazz tent12:20 - 1:10New Orleans born jazz clarinetist and composer Alvin Batiste passed away in 2007. He taught at Southern University in Baton Rouge. Several well-known musicians studied under Batiste including Branford Marsalis, Donald Harrison, Henry Butler and Randy Jackson. Pianist Herman Jackson, Randy’s brother, and also a music instructor at Southern University pays tribute to Alvin Batiste.
Friday 4/26Tribute to Danny and Blue Lu BarkerEconomy Hall Tent4:20 - 5:25Banjoist Danny Barker was rhythm guitarist for various bands including Cab Calloway and Benny Carter. He toured and recorded with his wife, singer Blue Lu Barker. Detroit Brooks, banjoist and founder of the Danny Baker Banjo and Guitar Festival in New Orleans is joined by vocalist Jolynda “Kiki” Chapman.
Sunday 4/28Tribute to Dave Bartholomew and Fats Domino with special guests Bonnie Raitt, Irma Thomas, Davell Crawford, Jon Cleary, and Al “Lil Fats” Jackson featuring the Fats Domino OrchestraAcura12:15 - 1:30One of those “only at Fest” situations where you can catch an all-star lineup early in the day, with Bonnie, Irma, Crawford and Cleary all playing in advance of their own sets—all this plus the great band that backed Fats at his own shows.
Sunday 5/5Tribute to GG Shinn featuring Gregg Martinez & the Delta Kings with TK Hulin and Charlene HowardSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do 12:30 - 1:30Gregg Martinez (pronounced Mart-tin-ez) is one of the most powerful, knock-the-paint-off vocalists that Southwest Louisiana has ever produced. Swamp pop singer GG Shinn passed away on August 7, 2018. Close friend to GG Shinn, singer Charlene Howard will join Gregg Martinez.
Sunday 4/28Tribute to Jo “Cool” Davis with Cordell Chambliss & the Gospel All-Star Band featuring Barbara ShortsGospel Tent12:05 - 12:50Gospel singer, and Central City’s pride and joy, Jo “Cool” Davis passed away in August 2016. Davis programed and co-hosted the popular Gospel Brunch at House of Blues. He was a tireless advocate for New Orleans, its culture and gospel music. After years singing with the Gospel Soul Children, Shorts left to play Big Bertha Williams in “One Mo’ Time.” Shorts’ voice is powerful and deep and she often ends her shows with the spiritual “Down by the Riverside.” Guitarist Charles Moore is the brother of Deacon John Moore.
Sunday 4/28Tribute to Louis Prima featuring Louis Prima, Jr., John Boutté, Meschiya Lake, and Wendell BruniousEconomy Hall Tent4:10 - 5:25The descendants of New Orleans’ favorite Sicilian carry on his “king of swing” tradition with a bandleader who was there when much of it happened.
Saturday 5/4Tribute to Pete Fountain and Al Hirt featuring Tim Laughlin, Wendell Brunious, Ronnie Kole, and Doyle CooperEconomy Hall Tent4:15 - 5:30Larger than life and full of flamboyance, Raymond Anthony Myles was a gospel star waiting to happen, and his 1998 murder was one of the sadder chapters in local music history. The choir he led goes on and Davell Crawford seems an inspired choice to take his place.
Sunday 5/5Tribute to Raymond Myles featuring The RAMS with guest Davell CrawfordGospel Tent3:45 - 4:30New Orleans’ Eureka Brass Band was active from 1920 to 1975 and recorded prolifically. The group was founded by trumpeter Willie Wilson. Trumpeter Percy Humphrey led the band from the ’50s until 1975 but often revived the name when performing at festival with his brother clarinetist Willie Humphrey. Preservation Hall trumpeter and vocalist Mark Braud leads the tribute.
Friday 5/3Tribute to the Humphrey Brothers and Eureka Brass Band featuring Mark BraudEconomy Hall Tent4:20 - 5:25Trombonist, trumpeter and singer Troy Andrews has become a member of New Orleans music royalty; his “supafunkrock” sets now close out Jazz Fest. Trombone Shorty took the retired Neville Brothers spot but this year is joined by the Nevilles. Although Art Neville recently announced his retirement from performing he may make a surprise appearance.
Sunday 5/5Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with NevillesACura5:30 - 7:00Blues guitarist from Baton Rouge, Troy first started singing in the Starhill Baptist Church choir at the age of five. Troy got to know harmonica master Raful Neal and was often performing at Tabby’s Blues Box run by Chris Thomas King’s father Tabby Thomas. People were taken with his youthful appearance the nicknamed him “baby face.” Troy was a huge Prince fan in high school. He dressed like the Purple One and thought of himself as a Southern version of the Minnesota superstar. He attacked songs with an aggressive style that earned him another moniker—Troy Turner, guitar burner.
Saturday 5/4Troy TurnerBlues Tent11:15 - 12:00Blues guitarist from Baton Rouge, Troy first started singing in the Starhill Baptist Church choir at the age of five. Troy got to know harmonica master Raful Neal and was often performing at Tabby’s Blues Box run by Chris Thomas King’s father Tabby Thomas. People were taken with his youthful appearance the nicknamed him “baby face.” Troy was a huge Prince fan in high school. He dressed like the Purple One and thought of himself as a Southern version of the Minnesota superstar. He attacked songs with an aggressive style that earned him another moniker—Troy Turner, guitar burner.
Friday 5/3Trumpet MafiaWWOZ Jazz Tent2:50 - 3:50Featured on OffBeat’s Satchmo Summerfest cover, skilled local trumpeter Ashlin Parker, of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, brings a hip-hop sensibility to the modern jazz-rooted approach of his forward-thinking, multi-trumpet ensemble.
Sunday 5/5Tyronne Foster & the Arc SingersGospel Tent1:45 - 2:25These 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.
Saturday 5/4Undefeated Divas & GentsParade12:00- 12:30This downtown club paraded with the Young Fellaz Brass Band at their 2015 annual Sunday parade.
Friday 4/26University of New Orleans Jazz All StarsWWOZ Jazz Tent11:15 - 12:00Student group from UNO’s jazz program, which was established by Ellis Marsalis in 1989.
Sunday 4/28Untouchables SA & PCParade1:30- 2:00The Untouchables represent a division of the historic Young Men Olympians.
Sunday 4/28Uptown Warriors Mardi Gras IndiansParade3:25- 3:55One of the younger Mardi Gras Indian tribes.
Sunday 4/28Val & Love Alive ChoirGospel Tent1:55 - 2:40Few things sound more spirited than 100 school-age kids singing praises. Valentine Bemiss-Williams directs this large choir
Saturday 5/4Valley of Silent Men Social Aid & Pleasure ClubsParade3:10- 3:40 This Uptown parade club has been hitting the streets for three decades.
Sunday 4/28Van MorrisonAcura5:30 - 7:00It’s unlikely that any other singer will ever be able to capture the distinct Van Morrison “Celtic Soul” sound, which mixes Irish folk, classic New Orleans and Memphis R&B, and little twinges of country, all done with the touch of a true jazzmaster. This makes him more than his hit songs “Brown Eyed-Girl” or even “Moondance”: a rare bird indeed, and one that everyone should see at least once in their life. He’s not getting any younger, but can still command the stage with his sheer devotion to the healing power of music
Saturday 4/27Versailles Lion Dance TeamKids Tent
12:25 - 12:40Strength, endurance, motivation and respect are the calling cards of this local performance group, specializing in traditional Vietnamese lion dance.
Saturday 4/27Versailles Lion Dance TeamKids Tent
2:05 - 2:20Strength, endurance, motivation and respect are the calling cards of this local performance group, specializing in traditional Vietnamese lion dance.
Thursday 5/2VIP Ladies and Original Four Social Aid & Pleasure ClubsParade12:45- 1:15This Uptown social aid and pleasure club usually rolls with all women and children at its annual Sunday parade.
Friday 5/3Voice of the Wetlands All-StarsAcura2:05 - 3:10Guitarist and activist Tab Benoit leads a troupe of environmentally conscious musical heavyweights, including Cyril Neville, Anders Osborne, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Cajun fiddler Waylon Thibodeaux and more.
Saturday 5/4Voices of Peter ClaverGospel4:10 - 4:55This adult choir is based at St. Peter Claver Church on St. Philip Street.
Sunday 4/28Walter Wolfman Washington & The RoadmastersCongo Square12:20 - 1:20A local institution, the Wolfman puts plenty of hot guitar and soulful horns into his funky brand of blues. His latest CD My Future is My Past received OffBeat’s Best of the Beat Award for Album of the Year in 2018.
Sunday 4/28Washboard Leo ThomasKids Tent12:40 - 1:25“Washboard” Leo Thomas, the inventor of the electric washboard was born and raised in New Orleans. He has 40 years of experience playing everything from classical jazz to rock. He played at President Clinton’s 53rd birthday party and with David Allen Coe, Earl Scruggs, John Prine, Willie Nelson and others.
Saturday 4/27Watson Memorial Teaching MinistriesGospel Tent6:05 - 6:50Based in Algiers and the Garden District, these singers are led by Pastor Tom Watson.
Friday 5/3Wayne ToupsAcura3:30 - 4:40This 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.
Friday 4/26We Are One SA & PCParade12:20- 12:50 We Are One Social Aid and Pleasure Club is based Uptown.
Friday 4/26Wendell Brunious & the New Orleans All StarsEconomy Hall Tent5:45 - 6:45Trumpeter 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.
Saturday 5/4Westbank SteppersParade3:10- 3:40This social aid and pleasure club hails from New Orleans’ West Bank just across the river.
Thursday 5/2Widespread PanicAcura4:30-7:00Athens’ famous neo-hippies return with two-plus hours of extended jams for their massive following. Hopefully, Acura will double as a lost-and-found for your missing stoner roommate. They replace the ailing Fleetwood Mac who replaced the ailing Rolling Stones. What a drag it is getting old.
Friday 4/26Wild Apaches Mardi Gras IndiansParade11:30 AM - 12:00Big Chief Ray Blazio leads the Wild Apaches Mardi Gras Indians tribe.
Friday 4/26Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras IndiansParade11:30 AM - 12:00A 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.
Saturday 4/27Wild Red Flames Mardi Gras IndiansParade1:15- 1:45This tribe made its Jazz Fest debut just a few years ago with Big Chief Thunder and the Cherokee Hunters.
Thursday 4/25Women of Class SA PCParade2:30- 3:00 Social Aid and Pleasure Club parade.
Sunday 5/5Xavier University Jazz EnsembleWWOZ Jazz Tent11:15 - 12:00Student group from one of New Orleans’ great jazz training grounds.
Thursday 4/25Young Audiences Performing Arts ShowcaseKids Tent11:30 - 12:15
Sunday 4/28Young Brave Hunters Mardi Gras IndiansParade3:25- 3:55
Saturday 5/4Young Fellaz Brass BandParade12:00- 12:30
Saturday 4/27Young Guardians of the FlameKids Tent11:30 - 12:15 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.
Sunday 4/28Young Men Olympia Aid SA & PCParade2:40- 4:10The Aide or first division of the Young Men Olympian Jr. Benevolent Association handles the governing responsibilities for the organization.
Sunday 5/5Young Pinstripe Brass BandJazz & Heritage 12:00 - 12:25Formed 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.
Thursday 4/25Young Seminole Hunters Mardi Gras IndiansParade1:15- 1:45
Friday 4/26Yvette LandryKids Tent4:00 - 4:45Singer songwriter and guitarist Yvette Landry breaks away the Jukes to perform her kid friendly set.
Sunday 5/5Yvette Landry & The JukesSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do 1:50 - 2:40Singer/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.
Sunday 4/28Zeke Fishhead and Los Reyes De LagartosLagniappe 4:15 - 5:10Zeke Fishhead is singer songwriter and keyboardist Ed Volker of the Radiators. According to Volker; “Ain’t no fool of a human bean got the power to hold back the flood. There’s only one way out: become a fish head.”
Thursday 5/2Ziggy MarleyCongo Square 2:50 - 4:00It took a long time, but Bob Marley’s son has finally escaped his father’s monumental shadow with his own reggae career. And it’s a long career to pick and choose from: will we hear those old Melody Makers hits like “What a Plot” and “Tomorrow People”? His mid-’90s dip into children’s music? His stunning new political stance, perhaps even more uncompromising than his father’s? Only one way to be sure.
Sunday 4/28Zulu Gospel Male EnsembleGospel Tent11:15 - 11:55A downtown-based Social Aid & Pleasure Club.
Friday 4/26Zulu SA & PCParade3:15- 3:45Local New Orleans singing group performs gospel music through an R&B and soul filter.