The lineup for the Young Leadership Council’s 14th annual Wednesday at the Square concert series has been announced, and it’s shaping up to be a first-rate affair.
The Young Leadership Council (YLC) and New Orleans City Council President Stacy Head revealed the talent roster this afternoon at Mike’s on the Avenue, where musical guest Dave Jordan made a surprise appearance.
The 12-week series kicks off March 6 with a performance by Anders Osborne and the Colin Lake Band and will conclude with a special, yet-to-be-announced finale May 22. In between will be sets by the Revivalists (shameless plug alert: They’re performing at OffBeat‘s 25th Anniversary Best of the Beat Awards this Friday, January 18), The Meters Experience featuring Leo Nocentelli, Marcia Ball, Irvin Mayfield and Kermit Ruffins, and Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, among others.
A bit about YLC’s Wednesday on the Square: The concert series is among the city’s most popular spring offerings, with 6,000 people in attendance weekly. Along with the live entertainment, local merchants and artists sell various art, jewelry and craft wares.
The series, hosted in Lafayette Square Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m., is one of the YLC’s biggest fundraisers and provides a majority of the funding for the nonprofit’s various community projects through its food and beverage sales.
A detailed lineup follows.
MAR 6: Anders Osborne + The Colin Lake Band
MAR 13: Bucktown All-stars + Park Row
MAR 20: Col. Bruce Hampton + Andrew Duhon
MAR 27: Marcia Ball + Jenn Howard
APR 03: Irvin Mayfield & the Jazz Playhouse Revue with Special Guest Kermit Ruffins + The New Orleans Jazz Institue’s Saturday Music School
APR 10: The Mother Hips + Jon Roniger
APR 17: The Revivalists + Disco Demolition Knights
APR 24: Eric McFadden with Bernie Worrell, Luther Dickenson, Eric Bolivar, & Robert Mercurio + Dave Jordan Band
MAY 01: The Meters Experience featuring Leo Nocentelli + Chris Mule & the Perpetrators
MAY 08: Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk + Mahayla
MAY 15: Billy Iuso & Restless Natives + N’awlins Johnnys
MAY 22: Special Finale Performance to be Announced May 8 + Westbank Mike