The NOLA Crawfish Festival will return for its second incarnation during this year’s Jazz Fest season. Much like last year’s debut, the event will take place during the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between both weekends of Jazz Fest (May 1-3). Unlike last year’s debut, the party will go down at the The Smokeyard at Central City BBQ instead of the NOLA Brewing Company.
While the lineup, which includes performances by some of New Orleans’ most beloved musicians.. was revealed a few months ago, the mini-fest has now announced its schedule. On top of that, the fest has also confirmed the time for its second annual Ultimate Crawfish Cook Off, a 20-team showdown that will be judged by a panel of local celebrities on Wednesday, May 3.
General admission tickets grants you one beer and guarantees two pounds of Chris “Shaggy” Davis’ crawfish with all the fixings, while VIP and Super VIP passes will offer extra amenities. Additional crawfish, as well as BBQ dishes, will be available for purchase. Ticketing information can be found via the festival’s website.
A portion of all ticket proceeds will support Anders Osborne and the CAN’d Aid Foundation’s new Send Me a Friend initiative, which assist touring musicians who are in recovery by connecting them with temporary sponsors while they’re on the road.
NOLA Crawfish Festival schedule:
4:00-5:00: Khris Royal & Dark Matter + special guests
5:00-6:30: Good Enough For Good Times (Robert Mercurio, Jeff Raines, Simon Lott & Joe Ashlar)
6:30-8:00: Eric Lindell
8:00-10:00: Neville Jacobs (Ivan Neville, Cris Jacobs, Tony Hall, Brady Blade)
3:30-5:00: Boukou Groove
5:00-6:30: Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory With Luther Dickinson
6:30-8:00: MVP (Jon Cleary, Nigel Hall, Tony Hall, Derwin “Big D” Perkins & Raymond Weber)
8:00-10:00: NCF Funk Squad (Eric Krasno, George Porter Jr., John Medeski & Terence Higgins)
3:00-4:00: Organ Freeman
4:00-6:00: Raw Oyster Cult
6:00-8:00: Crawfish Cook-Off with Corey Henry & The Treme Funktet
8:00-10:00: Crawfish Fest All Stars (George Porter Jr., John “Papa” Gros, June Yamagishi, Terence Higgins) + special guests