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A2D2 Experience with Antoine Diel & Arsene DeLaySat, Apr 14New Orleans Magazine Cabaret Stage at the Palm Court2pThis duo focuses on jazz and R&B. Antoine Diel who was born in Manila and grew up in Los Angeles now calls New Orleans home. Arsene DeLay soulful jazz singing has a passion for the power of words.
Adam CrochetSun, Apr 15Pan-American Life Insurance Group Songwriter Stage12:15pThe singer, songwriter, and guitarist blends classic blues, R&B, funk, soul, and roots music into moving arrangements of what he’s dubbed “Louisiana smooth blues.” He also backs the Wild Magnolias and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles.
AirparkFri, Apr 13House of Blues Voodoo Garden Stage6pBen Ford and Michael Ford Jr. launched this duo last year after the dissolution of their previous band, Apache Relay. The two brothers newest project offers a minimalist approach to pop-rock.
Al “Lil’ Fats” JacksonSat, Apr 14Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage12:30pAt a young age, Alvin E. Jackson had accomplished the mastering of rhythm and blues in the New Orleans style. Al’s grandmother owned the “Vet’s Club” roadhouse where she booked Fats Domino, Lloyd Price and Tommy Ridgely. Jackson pursued a musical career that has brought him the nickname "Lil Fats" for his indistinguishable voice to Fats Domino. See feature in this issue.
The Albinas Prizgintas QuartetSun, Apr 15St. Mary’s at the Old Ursuline Convent Classical Music Stage2pTrinity Episcopal Church organist Albinas Prizgintas leads this jazz quartet.
Alex McMurrayThu, Apr 12Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage12:30pMcMurray’s wit-spiked and often gleefully dark songwriting takes center stage in a band that both showcases new work and harkens back to the guitarist’s Royal Fingerbowl days, lineup and repertoire-wise.
Alexandra ScottSat, Apr 14Pan-American Life Insurance Group Songwriter Stage12:15pThe quirky, versatile folk guitarist spins out songs that can be heartrending, achingly lovely, and optimistic all at once.
Alfred Banks w/CoolNastySat, Apr 14WWL-TV Stage: Esplanade in the Shade Stage2pThe Uptown native rapper earned tremendous accolades for The Beautiful, a 2017 album inspired by his brother's schizophrenia. The lyrically elite MC is poised to expand his artistry this year with a live band and new music. See feature in this issue.
Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle TheoryThu, Apr 12Jack Daniel’s Stage3:30pThis 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.
Amanda DucorbierSat, Apr 14Jack Daniel’s Stage12:30pNew Orleans based singer songwriter who was a contestant on NBC’s “The Voice.” She performs at the Roosevelt Hotel and NOPSI Hotel in New Orleans.
Amanda ShawSat, Apr 14Chevron Cajun/Zydeco Showcase7:30pThis 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.
Anais St. JohnSat, Apr 14MorrisBart.com Stage3:45pSt. John is an accomplished singer specializing in jazz, torch songs, and cabaret tunes. She currently plays Saturday nights at the Windsor Court Hotel.
Andre BohrenSat, Apr 14St. Mary’s at the Old Ursuline Convent Classical Music Stage11aAfter making a name for himself as a drummer and percussionist with Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, Bohren began developing a strong solo career on the piano.
Andrew DuhonSun, Apr 15House of Blues Voodoo Garden Stage2pWith his tender voice and penchant for lyrical depth, folk-pop singer-songwriter Duhon’s lyrics tap into personal experience as he strums his way through original music that echoes the blues.
Andrew Hall's Society Brass BandSun, Apr 15Popeyes/OffBeat Magazine Stage: Brass Band Jam Stage11:15aHall 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.
Andy J. Forest TreeauxSun, Apr 15Pan-American Life Insurance Group Songwriter Stage4pBlues master Forest has mellowed out in recent years and the result offers a window onto his keen lyric writing skills without compromising the power of his abilities as a harmonica player and guitarist.
Arrowhead Jazz Band featuring Sam KuslanSat, Apr 14Chevron Children’s HQ (National Park Service Kids Stage)3pPianist and vocalist Sam Kuslan performs the great American songbook from Cole Porter to Bob Dylan.
Ashlin Parker QuartetFri, Apr 13Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel5pAshlin Parker takes charge of a trumpet onslaught as leader of Trumpet Mafia, but his quartet finds him taking a different approach with his horn.
Astral ProjectSun, Apr 15WWL-TV Stage: Esplanade in the Shade Stage5:30pAll four members of this band—guitarist Steve Masakowski, saxophonist Tony Dagradi,bassist James Singleton and drummer Johnny Vidacovich—are influential bandleaders in their own right. Together, they’ve been one of New Orleans’ premiere jazz groups for three decades.
Audacity Brass BandFri, Apr 13Popeyes/OffBeat Magazine Stage: Brass Band Jam Stage11:15aThis traditional group formed to play at French Quarter Fest 2008 and includes talented locals Tom Fischer, Charlie Fardella and Freddie Lonzo.
Aurora Nealand & the Royal RosesSun, Apr 15 The Helis Foundation Preservation Hall Stage3pInspired 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.
Babineaux Sisters BandSat, Apr 14Chevron Cajun/Zydeco Showcase3:45pSisters and songwriters Gracie and Julie Babineaux lead this south Louisiana roots rock band. Their first CD covered “All Along the Watchtower” (“Le Tour de Garde”) was inspired more by the Hendrix version than Dylan’s original and featured lyrics sung in Cajun French.
Bag of Donuts: Thu, Apr 12Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage5:25pKnown for their outlandish costumes, Bag of Donuts delivers an unusual take on popular songs of the ’60s onward, as well as tunes from TV, film and commercials.
Bamboula 2000Sun, Apr 15MorrisBart.com Stage11a“Bamboula” was originally a form of drum and dance ceremony held in Congo Square. Bamboula 2000’s leader Luther Gray brings that spirit into the present with a troupe of players and dancers.
Banu Gibson & the New Orleans Hot JazzThu, Apr 12Hilton Tricentennial Stage12:45pA singer/dancer who specializes in the Great American Songbook and has been captured by caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, Gibson has been instrumental in popularizing the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Camp.
Barbara Shorts and Blue jazzSun, Apr 15Omni Royal Orleans Stage2:45pVocalist Barbara Shorts has appeared in One Mo’ Time and fronted the Gospel Soul Children.
Benny Grunch & the BunchFri, Apr 13WWL-TV Stage: Esplanade in the Shade Stage12:30pThis jovial crew is responsible for the carnival sendup “Ain’t No Place to Pee on Mardi Gras Day,” plus a bunch of seasonal albums built around the regional standard “12 Yats of Christmas.”
Beth PattersonSun, Apr 15Pan-American Life Insurance Group Songwriter Stage2:45pA native of Lafayette, multi-instrumentalist Patterson performs Celtic-inspired folk music with a dollop of humor and sting.
Big Chief Bo Dollis, Jr. & the Wild MagnoliasSat, Apr 14Abita Beer Stage11aBig Chief Bo Dollis, Jr. carries on the legacy of his father, leading the Wild Magnolias’ impassioned, funk-inspired Mardi Gras Indian music.
Big Frank & Lil Frank and the Dirty Old MenFri, Apr 13Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage7:20pThis father and son singing duo combines modern day hip-hop sensibilities with old school R&B flavors.
Big Sam’s Funky NationSat, Apr 14Abita Beer Stage5:25pThe 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. The band has toured hard and earned a following in the jam-band world.
Bill Summers & JazalsaFri, Apr 13GE Digital Big River Stage5:30pKnown for his membership in Los Hombres Calientes and Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, legendary percussionist Summers explores Latin and world music with his Jazalsa band.
Blato ZatoSun, Apr 15Heart of Bourbon Street Stage1:30pBlato Zlato (“Swamp Gold” in Bulgarian) is a New Orleans-based Balkan band. The band performs folk music from the Balkans and Eastern Europe, with a particular focus on Bulgarian songs.
Bon Bon VivantFri, Apr 13WWL-TV Stage: Esplanade in the Shade Stage 11aFormed in 2013 Bon Bon Vivant is a collection of musicians steeped in the traditional jazz of New Orleans. Their original songwriting includes blues and folk that makes for a unique sound. See FQFIQ feature in this issue.
BoneramaFri, Apr 13Abita Beer Stage3:45pMark Mullins and Craig Klein’s trombone-centric jazz/funk/rock combo is as comfortable with James Brown as it is with Black Sabbath.
Bonsoir CatinSun, Apr 15Chevron Cajun/Zydeco Showcase2pThese Cajun musicians got together in 2005. They are inspired by old Cajun accapella ballads, raunchy drinking songs and write original material. The band includes accordionist Kristi Guillory, guitarist Christine Balfa, bassist Ashley Hayes, violinist Anya Burgess, guitarist Maegan Berard and drummer Danny Devillier.
Brass-A-HolicsSat, Apr 14Abita Beer Stage2:10pFormed 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.
Bruce Daigrepont Cajun BandSat, Apr 14Chevron Cajun/Zydeco Showcase2pA New Orleans-reared Cajun, this self-taught accordion player has hosted the Sunday Cajun session at Tipitina’s for decades and the Maple Leaf before that. His latest CD Jamais de la Vie was released to critical acclaim.
Bucktown All-StarsSun, Apr 15Abita Beer Stage12:35pThis nine-piece rhythm and blues band from Metairie covers the soul classics, adding their own funky grooves. They have won OffBeat’s Best of the Beat award for best cover band nine times.
Calvin Johnson and Native SonSun, Apr 15Omni Royal Orleans Stage4:15pSaxophonist/composer Calvin Johnson, Jr.’s latest CD Native Son includes Bechet’s “Petite Fleur.” He blows from his heart with knowledge of the New Orleans tradition.
Carl LeBlancSun, Apr 15Zapp’s Potato Chip Stage12:30pThis versatile and soulful banjo player and Preservation Hall regular LeBlanc has worked closely with the likes of Sun Ra, studied with Kidd Jordan and mentored local jazz guitarists like Jonathan Freilich.
The CatahoulasFri, Apr 13Jack Daniel’s Stage11aThe Catahoulas feature all-star New Orleanians performing the music of New Orleans rhythm and blues. Founded by bassist Joshua Gouzy, the Catahoulas aim to bring back the nearly forgotten music of R&B’s golden age. The band also features: Gerald French on drums and vocals; Steve DeTroy on piano; Kevin Louis on trumpet; Oliver Bonie on saxophone and Earl Bonie on saxophone.
Cha WaFri, Apr 13Abita Beer Stage12:35pVeteran Mardi Gras Indians (Irving “Honey” Bannister, J’Wan Boudreaux, Kerry “Boom Boom” Vessell) and local musicians (Joe Gelini, John Fohl, Wes Anderson) perform a mix of groove-soaked funk and soul.
Chance Bushman and the IvervillianairesSun, Apr 15French Market Traditional Jazz Stage11aTap dancer and singer Bushman leads this small combo through a mix of classic New Orleans jazz tunes like “Bourbon Street Parade” and the occasional rocker.
Charlie Halloran and the Quality 6Fri, Apr 13French Market Traditional Jazz Stage2pHalloran, a prolific trombonist who also plays with the Panorama Brass Band and Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns, among other bands, leads his own traditional jazz septet, which released their eponymous, debut album last fall.
Charmaine NevilleSat, Apr 14Hilton Tricentennial Stage3:50p This vocalist and bandleader, a part of the famed Neville family, dishes out spicy versions of New Orleans blues and R&B favorites.
Chocolate MilkFri, Apr 13Abita Beer Stage7:30pInspired by the music of Kool & the Gang, saxophonist Amadee Castenell formed this funk, soul and disco outfit in the late '70s in New Orleans. They went on to replace the Meters as Allen Toussaint’s house band before breaking up in 1983. Their occasional reunion shows are a treat for old school soul-loving Fest-goers.
Christian Serpas & Ghost TownSat, Apr 14Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage11aThis band plays “boot stompin’ American music,” with lots of revved-up, high-volume country twang.
Christien Bold & SoulSwingSun, Apr 15New Orleans Magazine Cabaret Stage at the Palm Court12pVocalist Christien Bold originally from New Orleans along with his band SoulSwing is influenced by the voices of Nat King Cole, Al Jarreau and Maurice White.
Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp BandThu, Apr 12Chevron Cajun/Zydeco Showcase5:30pOne of the most energetic zydeco groups around, Carrier and band won the 2010 Cajun/Zydeco Grammy for their album Zydeco Junkie. Their latest is Zydeco Stuff, released in 2015.
Chuck Credo IVSat, Apr 14House of Blues Voodoo Garden Stage12pSongwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Chuck Credo IV is a fourth generation New Orleans musician. His grandfather played clarinet with the Basin Street Six. At age 16 Credo formed his first band The Mixed Nuts. He has performed with Cyndi Lauper, Allen Toussaint and the Drifters and many others.
Clive Wilson’s New Orleans SerenadersSun, Apr 15Zapp’s Potato Chip Stage2pKnown 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.
Cole Williams BandSat, Apr 14GE Digital Big River Stage2pThis soul and rock-loving Pimps of Joytime alum sings, writes, plays piano and percussion, teaches music and—since relocating from Brooklyn to New Orleans in 2015—volunteers as a DJ on WWOZ.
Corey Henry's Treme FunktetSun, Apr 15Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage5:25pSince founding the influential Lil’ Rascals Brass Band back in the ‘80s, this dexterous trombonist has collaborated regularly with Galactic and Rebirth, but he’s come into his own with the Funktet, which now holds down the Thursday night slot at Vaughan’s.
Creole String BeansSun, Apr 15WWL-TV Stage: Esplanade in the Shade Stage3:45pFronted by photographer Rick Olivier alongside former Iguanas and Cowboy Mouth members, the Creole String Beans began as a “Yat cover band” doing vintage local gems, and moved on to write similarly-styled originals.
The Crooked VinesFri, Apr 13Jack Daniel’s Stage3:45pFrom New Orleans this funk-pop band brings funk-fueled jams to the stage. The band features Mikayla Braun on vocals; Rex Marshall on bass and Woody Hill on drums; Steven Schwartz on keyboards; Phil Arpa on saxophone and James Keene on trombone.
Cullen Landry and the Midnight Streetcar Band featuring Al “Carnival Time” JohnsonSun, Apr 15Abita Beer Stage11aLouisiana Music Hall of Fame inductee Cullen Landry (original bassist for the Jokers) and his band team up with Louisiana Music Hall of Fame inductee Al “Carnival Time” Johnson for set of old-fashioned R&B and rock ’n’ roll.
Cupid and the Dance Party Express BandThu, Apr 12GE Digital Big River Stage5:20pBorn and raised in Lafayette, this R&B singer—whose given name is Bryson Bernard is best known for spawning a dance craze with the 2007 hit “Cupid Shuffle.”
Curley Taylor and Zydeco TroubleFri, Apr 13Chevron Cajun/Zydeco Showcase2pBorn into a musical family, drums were Curley's first instrument. Curley began his professional career at age 16 by playing drums in his father's band, Jude Taylor and the Burning Flames. His bluesy, soulful vocals and the band's hard driving Zydeco beat blend to create high-energy dance music for all audiences.
Cyril Neville & Swamp FunkSun, Apr 15Abita Beer Stage5:20pIn 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.
Dancing at Dusk with Tom Saunders and the TomcatsSun, Apr 15MorrisBart.com Stage6pLed by Tom Saunders, this classic-model big band does hot jazz and swing from the 1920’s and ‘30s.
Darcy Malone & the TangleSun, Apr 15Jack Daniel’s Stage2pLed 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, has recently joined the band.
Dash Rip RockSat, Apr 14Jack Daniel’s Stage3:45pKnown for their high-octane roots rock and founded by frontman and songwriter Bill Davis, Dash Rip Rock brings on a party every time.
Davis RoganSat, Apr 14Pan-American Life Insurance Group Songwriter Stage11aRogan (who inspired Steve Zahn’s character in HBO’s Treme), plays New Orleans rhythm and blues mixed with topical and political lyrics and witty comments.
The DayWalkersSat, Apr 14Chevron Cajun/Zydeco Showcase12:30pFeaturing Janson Lohmeyer on keyboards, Alex MacDonald on washboard; Brandon Miller on accordion and Steve Randall on drums. Their three part harmony can be heard playing Bourbon Street.
Debbie Davis and Josh PaxtonSat, Apr 14New Orleans Magazine Cabaret Stage at the Palm Court1pDavis sings blues, jazz, and show tunes with brassy candor and a twinkle in her eye. Her collaboration with pianist Josh Paxton produced a well-received CD Vices and Virtues.
DeJan’s Olympia Brass BandThu, Apr 12Parade9:30aOne of the most prominent brass bands in New Orleans was originally led by saxophonist Harold “Duke” Dejan who passed away in 2002.
Deltaphonic featuring Khris RoyalThu, Apr 12Jack Daniel’s Stage2pSaxophonist Royal was one of George Porter, Jr.’s Runnin’ Pardners, and his own band has established itself as an adventurous jazz-funk outfit.
Dick DeluxeSat, Apr 14House of Blues Voodoo Garden Stage3:30pGuitarist, singer and songwriter Dick Deluxe is a troubadour worthy of the title. He’s played everything from blues and punk rock to modern jazz and Grateful Dead covers over the years, but these days he’s focused on his own new material. His last CD Turning 61 on Highway 61 was nominated for a Best of the Beat Award in 2016.
Dirty Dozen Brass BandThu, Apr 12Abita Beer Stage5:20pThis band was formed in 1977 by Benny Jones and introduced bebop and funk into the brass band sound they’ve continued to evolve by adding drum kit and electric guitar they are celebrating their 40th anniversary. See feature in this issue.
The Dixie CupsSun, Apr 15Abita Beer Stage2:10pNew Orleans’ contribution to the ’60s girl-group sound, the Dixie Cups scored nationally with “Chapel of Love,” the follow-up, “People Say” and the Mardi Gras Indian-derived “Iko Iko.”
Dixie on My MindSat, Apr 14French Market International Stage2:15pTraditional jazz band from Japan.
Don Jamison Heritage School of MusicSun, Apr 15 Ernie’s Schoolhouse Stage11aThese student players aged 11 to 17 hail from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's principal education program and study under the artistic direction of Kidd Jordan.
Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz SerenadersSat, Apr 14Jack Daniel’s Stage11aThis eclectic banjo player and singer has made a career of exploring his Creole heritage through music, whether it’s traditional jazz, island music, or joining bluesmen in the Black Banjo Project.
Dr. Jee Yeoun Ko and FriendsSun, Apr 15St. Mary’s at the Old Ursuline Convent Classical Music Stage3:30pDr. Jee Yeoun Ko, is an award-winning Korean cellist who now makes New Orleans her home and has held an assistant chair position at NOCCA for nearly a decade.
The Dukes of DixielandSun, Apr 15Hilton Tricentennial Stage3:50pThe Dukes are one of the most storied names in traditional jazz. This incarnation of the venerable jazz band was formed in 1974. For a few years afterward they ran their own club atop the Hotel Monteleone, taking the space over from Louis Prima.
Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco HellraisersFri, Apr 13Chevron Cajun/Zydeco Showcase3:45pThis second-generation accordion slinger 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.
Ecirb Muller’s Twisted DixieSun, Apr 15MorrisBart.com Stage4:30pTrumpeter Dr. Brice Miller pays homage to fictional jazz pioneer Ecrib Muller as he leads this band through updated renditions of New Orleans’ trad jazz repertoire.
Edna Karr High School Marching BandSat, Apr 14 Ernie’s Schoolhouse Stage3pEdna Karr's marching band is known as the "Marching Cougars" which includes instrumentalists, dancers (Cougar Dolls), a flag corp, and twirlers. The band was featured in Beyoncé's Lemonade visual album and in the upcoming film by Lily Keber Buckjumping.
Egg Yolk JubileeSat, Apr 14WWL-TV Stage: Esplanade in the Shade Stage3:45pEgg Yolk’s brass-driven sound is a wild, anarchic mix of brass band, garage rock, vintage New Orleans R&B, Sun Ra-like jazz, and whatever else moves them at the moment.
Ellis Marsalis QuintetFri, Apr 13Hilton Tricentennial Stage12:45pThe premier pianist, educator and patriarch of one of the city’s top musical families is an active performer who you can hear every Friday at Snug Harbor and at other venues around the city.
Erica FallsSat, Apr 14Jack Daniel’s Stage7:15pThis soulful R&B vocalist has sung with Allen Toussaint and Irma Thomas but her chops and songwriting skills demand attention on their own merit.
Evan Christopher’s Clarinet RoadSun, Apr 15Jack Daniel’s Stage11aAs the name suggests, Big Easy-by-way-of-California clarinetist Evan Christopher is at the center of this project. With a versatile style that takes its cues from early greats like Sidney Bechet and Barney Bigard, Christopher offers a fresh take on traditional New Orleans jazz.
The FortifiersSat, Apr 14House of Blues Voodoo Garden Stage14:5pNew Orleans blues band with Sonny Schneidau (former House of Blues talent buyer) on guitar and vocals, Jeb Baldwin on harmonica and vocals, Gerald McCollum on guitar, Rudebelly on bass and vocals, and Rodger Martin on drums.
Fredy Omar con su BandaThu, Apr 12Hilton Tricentennial Stage2:20pOnce proclaimed the “Latin King of Frenchmen Street” by OffBeat, Omar is a Honduras-born singer with a sizzling band.
Funk MonkeySat, Apr 14Jack Daniel’s Stage5:30pThis hard-grooving crew of local funk experts was conceived of by Bonerama’s Greg Hicks and Bert Cotton and features Jason Mingledorff (Papa Grows Funk), Rik Fletcher (Smilin’ Myron), David Pomerleau (Johnny Sketch), and Eddie Christmas (John Cleary).
G and the Swingin’ GypsiesSat, Apr 14French Market Traditional Jazz Stage2:30pThis swing quartet is fronted by vocalist Giselle Anguizola, who incorporates tap dancing and other forms of dance from the first half of the 20th century into their show.
Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk RevueThu, Apr 12GE Digital Big River Stage12:30pBig-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.”
Garden District BandSun, Apr 15Gateway to Bourbon Street Stag11:15aDrummer David Hansen’s trio plays traditional and Latin jazz along with standards from the Great American Songbook.
George & Gerald FrenchSat, Apr 14Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel2pAs 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. He is joined by nephew drummer Gerald French. See FQFIQ feature in this issue.
Germaine BazzleSun, Apr 15Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel8pThis 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 recently honored her 50-plus-years of work in music education with awards.
Gina Brown & Anutha LevelSun, Apr 15Jack Daniel’s Stage3:30pGina Brown bills herself as “New Orleans’ own soul diva,” and sings a mix of blues, jazz, oldies, hip-hop and funk.
Grayson Brockamp and New Orleans Wildlife BandSat, Apr 14MorrisBart.com Stage2pBassist Grayson Brockamp leads the New Orleans Wildlife Band. Covering Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Elvin Jones the band also includes drummer Simon Lott and saxophonist Ashlin Parker.
Greater New Orleans Youth OrchestrasSun, Apr 15St. Mary’s at the Old Ursuline Convent Classical Music Stage12:30pDirected by Dr. Jean Montes, the goal at GNOYO is to provide every willing young person in the area access to a quality and comprehensive orchestral program.
Gregory Agid QuartetSun, Apr 15Omni Royal Orleans Stage12pArguably the most impressive young clarinetist in New Orleans today, Gregory Agid elevates his instrument every time he surrounds himself with this top-notch group of New Orleans players. OffBeat named the band’s latest album, Words Are Not Enough, one of the 50 best albums of 2016.
Gypsy EliseFri, Apr 13House of Blues Voodoo Garden Stage2:30pGypsy Elise’s rich contralto voice fronts this funk-informed, ballad-friendly blues act.
HarmonoucheSun, Apr 15Heart of Bourbon Street Stage12pThis gypsy jazz band was formed by Raphaël Bas, a French guitarist who moved to New Orleans just before Katrina. They approach the music with energy, romance and humor.
Harpist Rachel Van VoorheesSat, Apr 14St. Mary’s at the Old Ursuline Convent Classical Music Stage12:30pVan Voorhees is the principal harpist for the Louisiana Philharmonic. Her repertoire spans classical, jazz and Celtic music.
Helen Gillet's Wazozo ZorchestraSat, Apr 14Heart of Bourbon Street Stage4:30pThe Belgian-born singer/cellist music falls somewhere between French chansons, ethereal pop, free jazz and the Velvet Underground, though she leans more toward quirk with the Wazozo Zorchestra big band, which released its latest CD Dusk in Wallonia last year.
Higher Heights Reggae BandSat, Apr 14Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage3:45pHigher Heights combines reggae, dancehall and rocksteady into a heady mix of Jamaican sounds.
Homer A. Plessy Community SchoolSat, Apr 14 Ernie’s Schoolhouse Stage11aLocated in the French Quarter the school boasts Richard Simmons who graduated from the school and the movie “King Creole” featuring Elvis Presley was filmed at the school. Rebecca Crenshaw teaches strings, guitar, and bucket drumming classes while encouraging students to express themselves through music.
Honey Island Swamp BandSun, Apr 15GE Digital Big River Stage5:20pFormed 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.
Hot Club of New OrleansSun, Apr 15Heart of Bourbon Street Stage3pFronted by skilled and versatile clarinetist Chris Kohl, the Hot Club performs classics of the gypsy jazz songbook.
Hot Rod LincolnSat, Apr 14Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage2pOldies cover band whose members include some prominent figures from the worlds of business and politics.
Hot Stuff featuring Becky AllenSun, Apr 15New Orleans Magazine Cabaret Stage at the Palm Court3pAllen, the “local treasure” actress and singer, brings hot stuff in the form of show tunes and standards with a great sense of humor and an over-the-top attitude.
The IguanasSat, Apr 14Abita Beer Stage12:35pWith Tex-Mex rock as their base, the Iguanas can swing freely into jazz, country, garage and Caribbean music.
The Irene Sage BandThu, Apr 12Abita Beer Stage11aGuitarist and vocalist Irene Sage has been going strong for nearly fifteen years. Sage was the front person for the band Irene and the Mikes. Sage sang and toured for many years with Allen Toussaint. In 2001 Sage was featured on the cover of OffBeat Magazine.
Irma Thomas, Soul Queen of New OrleansThu, Apr 12Abita Beer Stage3:45pWith 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.
Jack McLaughlin’s Oz BandSat, Apr 14French Market International Stage12pFrom Australian, clarinetist Jack McLaughlin main influence is New Orleans clarinetist George Lewis. He performs a collection of traditional New Orleans fare including spirituals, marches, pop songs and novelty pieces.
Jake Landry & Right Lane BanditsSat, Apr 14House of Blues Voodoo Garden Stage6pThis singer-songwriter hails from South Louisiana and is also a member of the Right Lane Bandits.
Jamal Batiste BandFri, Apr 13Jack Daniel’s Stage12:30pNew Orleans' Jamal Batiste Band play charged rock, funk, soul, gospel, hip hop and R&B. Jamal Batiste has performed in the movie Get On Up, The James Brown Story. Batiste also is a guest artist on Kermit Ruffins and Irvin Mayfield’s recent CD release A Beautiful World. See FQFIQ feature in this issue.
James AndrewsFri, Apr 13Hilton Tricentennial Stage5:20pGrandson of Jessie Hill and brother of Trombone Shorty, Andrews has gone in a funky, expansive direction. A neighborhood’s worth of players have joined the core band onstage.
James Martin BandSun, Apr 15Heart of Bourbon Street Stage4:30pSaxophonist James Martin is a NOCCA graduate who began his professional music career performing with his school buddy Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews. After seven years of playing with Trombone Shorty, James decided to pursue a solo career. He has released several albums and gained a nomination for Best Saxophonist at the Best of the Beat Awards.
James WilliamsSun, Apr 15French Market Traditional Jazz Stage4:15pVocalist, trumpeter and tuba player co-founded the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys Traditional Jazz Band. He also plays with the Treme Brass Band and is inspired by Louis Armstrong.
Jamey St. Pierre & the HoneycreepersFri, Apr 13House of Blues Voodoo Garden Stage4:30pFrenchmen Street’s singer-songwriter and guitarist Jamey St. Pierre is joined by the Honeycreepers’ Kyle Cripps on saxophone and Dave Freeson on guitar. Jamey’s interpretations of Bill Withers, Nina Simone and Ray Charles, along with his original compositions, are soulful and exciting.
Jamil SharifSat, Apr 14Omni Royal Orleans Stage2:45pThis 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.
Jeremy DavenportSun, Apr 15Hilton Tricentennial Stage12:45pSchooled 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.
The Joe Cabral ThrioSun, Apr 15Omni Royal Orleans Stage1:15pIguana’s saxophonist Joe Cabral fronts this trio which includes Doug Garrison on drums and James Singleton on bass. They play a vast repertoire including original material and recast pop tunes. It’s New Orleans R&B with Latin influences.
Joe KrownFri, Apr 13Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage4pThe hardest working keyboard and organ player in New Orleans. He frequently performs with drummer Russell Batiste and guitarist Walter “Wolfman” Washington.
Joe Lastie’s New Orleans Sound featuring Kid MervFri, Apr 13Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage12:30pPreservation Hall Jazz Band drummer Joe Lastie is joined by trumpeter Kid Merv. Merv is a protégé of the late “Uncle” Lionel Batiste.
John “Papa” GrosSat, Apr 14GE Digital Big River Stage7:15pNew 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 headed back to the studio to record a new solo album, due out this year.
John BoutteFri, Apr 13Hilton Tricentennial Stage2:20pA 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.”
John RankinSat, Apr 14St. Mary’s at the Old Ursuline Convent Classical Music Stage3:30pAcoustic fingerstyle guitarist in the mold of Leo Kottke or Chet Atkins. When not performing solo, he’s part of the all-star Guitar Masters and collaborates in diverse duos and trios with Alex McMurray, Norbert Slama, Phil DeGruy, Todd Duke, and others.
John Royen’s New Orleans Rhythm BandSun, Apr 15Gateway to Bourbon Street Stag12:45pRoyen is credited with bringing East-Coast style stride piano to Preservation Hall in the early ’80's, adding a syncopated ragtime beat to the traditional New Orleans sound.
Johnette DowningSat, Apr 14Chevron Children’s HQ (National Park Service Kids Stage)12pChildren's author and guitarist Downing, who often performs a medley of Louisiana roots music dubbed “Swamp Romp” with Grammy-winning producer Scott Billington, presents a solo kids program.
Johnny SansoneSun, Apr 15Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage12:45pA 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. Guests on his latest CD Hopeland are Anders Osborne and the North Mississippi Allstars.
Johnny Sketch and the Dirty NotesSun, Apr 15Jack Daniel’s Stage5:15pFronted by a cellist turned guitarist, they’re a funky rock band with a few gonzoid touches. The band’s philosophy can best be summed up by the sentiments of the single and video, “Dance Dance Dance Dance Dance.”
Jon ClearyFri, Apr 13GE Digital Big River Stage7:15pSince 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.
Jonathon Boogie LongSun, Apr 15House of Blues Voodoo Garden Stage4pThis soulful Baton Rouge-based blues guitar slinger has opened for B.B. King and performed with Dr. John, Kenny Neal and many others.
The Jones SistersSun, Apr 15Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage11aFrom Marrero on the West Bank of New Orleans, Kayla, Kiera, Dalia, and Dejon have been singing since before they could say their alphabets. In addition to their vocals, Kiera plays piano.
Juju ChildThu, Apr 12Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage11aA bluesman that combines traditional African music with boogie from New Orleans creating a unique blend of blues and soul afro music.
The Jumbo Shrimp Jazz BandSat, Apr 14Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel5pFrenchmen Street’s trad jazz all stars are more like one big, incestuous family than a collection of separate bands, and the particular combination known as Jumbo Shrimp Jazz Band fronted by trombonist/vocalist Colin Myers is one of the best.
Kelcy MaeSun, Apr 15Pan-American Life Insurance Group Songwriter Stage11aMae’s alt-country folk rock is shot through with bluegrass influences and propelled by creative lyrics that would stand on their own in print and an evocative voice. She’s been nominated multiple times in recent years for OffBeat Best of the Beat Awards.
Kettle BlackSat, Apr 14Pan-American Life Insurance Group Songwriter Stage1:30pThe 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.
Kid Simmons Jazz BandSat, Apr 14Gateway to Bourbon Street Stag12:45pTrumpeter Simmons has been active in traditional jazz since he first came to came to New Orleans in 1966. He’s also a musicologist and WWOZ DJ who’s unearthed some overlooked classics of the ragtime era.
Kinfolk Brass BandSun, Apr 15 The Helis Foundation Preservation Hall Stage2pFormed in 2006, the Kinfolk are true to the traditional brass-band sound and perform “Bourbon Street Parade,” “I’ll Fly Away” and other standards along with their originals.
King James & the Special MenSun, Apr 15GE Digital Big River Stage12:30pKing James and the Special Men play New Orleans R&B and rock 'n' roll with horns and a loose, ramshackle attitude that captures beautifully the spirit with which the New Orleans classics were made.
KIPP Believe College Prep Jazz EnsembleSun, Apr 15 Ernie’s Schoolhouse Stage1:45pDirected by Keith Hart this jazz ensemble has been featured in the HBO series Treme.
KumasiFri, Apr 13House of Blues Voodoo Garden Stage7:30pNew Orleans’ Afrobeat orchestra brings high-energy dance music in the form of West African-inspired originals and Afro-funk, along with some Fela covers.
Landry Walker H.S. Brass BandSun, Apr 15 Ernie’s Schoolhouse Stage4:30pFrom Algiers, the Landry Walker High School Brass Band won the seventh annual Class Got Brass competition for the second year in a row at the Congo Square Rhythms Festival.
Lars Edegran’s New Orleans Jazz BandSun, Apr 15New Orleans Magazine Cabaret Stage at the Palm Court1pThis Swedish jazz pianist migrated to New Orleans in the 1960s to learn the traditional music of New Orleans. Now he is an elder statesman and a staple performer at the Palm Court.
The Last StrawsSat, Apr 14Gateway to Bourbon Street Stag11:15aA New Orleans jazz band featuring Robert Ice on bass; Mo Canert on cornet; Rory Dufour on clarinet; Darryl Barnes on trombone; Bill Lee on saxophone; Bob Wahers on drums and Bruce O'Neil on banjo. This band will be celebrating 54 years of making music in New Orleans.
Lawrence Cotton and the Legendary ExperienceSun, Apr 15MorrisBart.com Stage3pGuitar Slim’s longtime piano player and an alum of Dave Bartholomew’s band, among many others. At 89, Cotton remains devoted to his art and full of great stories.
Lena PrimaSun, Apr 15Hilton Tricentennial Stage11:15aThe youngest daughter of Louis Prima performs her dad’s classics along with her own jazz-pop material, which she performs regularly at the Hotel Monteleone.
Leroy Jones & New Orleans' FinestFri, Apr 13Hilton Tricentennial Stage3:50pTrumpeter 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.
Leroy Jones' Original Hurricane Brass BandSat, Apr 14Popeyes/OffBeat Magazine Stage: Brass Band Jam Stage4pJones draws on his experience with the Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band to play traditional New Orleans brass band music in this historic group.
Linnzi ZaorskiSat, Apr 14French Market Traditional Jazz Stage11aDubbed “the Ninth Ward’s torchiest torch singer” by OffBeat, the charismatic Zaorski mixes Betty Boop phrasing with a solid sense of ‘30s-style swing.
Lisa AmosThu, Apr 12Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage3:50pVocalist 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.
Little Freddie KingSat, Apr 14Abita Beer Stage3:45pThe 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, Messin’ Around Tha Livin’ Room, came out last spring.
Lost Bayou RamblersThu, Apr 12Chevron Cajun/Zydeco Showcase3:45pAs their acclaimed Mammoth Waltz demonstrates, this young Cajun band celebrates its genre’s tradition while staying open to new technology and rock influences—including a recent collaboration with the Pogues’ Spider Stacy.
Louis Ford and his New Orleans FlairsSat, Apr 14French Market Traditional Jazz Stage4:15pClarinetist and saxophonist Ford is a second generation New Orleans jazz man dedicated to the preservation of the genre.
Louisiana’s LeRouxFri, Apr 13Abita Beer Stage2:10pFounded in 1978, these Baton Rouge natives released minor hits like “Take a Ride On a Riverboat,” “New Orleans Ladies” and “Nobody Said It Was Easy (Lookin’ For the Lights)” in the late ’70 and early ’80s. They continue to tour with original members Tony Haselden and Rod Roddy.
Love EvolutionFri, Apr 13Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage2pComprised of singer Semaj and and guitarist Mr. Lorrius, this duo delivers the message that peace will triumph over destruction. The pair blends a variety of styles into a sound they call “urban-folk.”
Luke Spurr AllenSat, Apr 14Pan-American Life Insurance Group Songwriter Stage2:45pLuke Spur Allen’s raw and literary approach to songwriting, along with his perfectly rasp-tinged voice, front this New Orleans-style alt-country pack of Bywater rock all-stars
Lulu and the Broadsides (feat. Dayna Kurtz)Sat, Apr 14WWL-TV Stage: Esplanade in the Shade Stage12:30pNew 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.
Luna MoraSat, Apr 14Heart of Bourbon Street Stage1:30pLatin band from New Orleans.
Luther Kent QuartetFri, Apr 13Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel7:30pThis Southern-fried soul man, who fronted Blood, Sweat & Tears for a short stint in the ’70s, is best known for leading the funky Trickbag.
Lynn Drury BandFri, Apr 13GE Digital Big River Stage2pA singer/songwriter steeped in both her Mississippi heritage and her adopted home of New Orleans, this frequent Best of the Beat Awards nominee teamed up with veteran British producer John Porter for her latest CD Come to My House.
Magnetic EarFri, Apr 13Popeyes/OffBeat Magazine Stage: Brass Band Jam Stage2:15pA progressive brass band inspired by avant-garde jazz, second line funk and European brass music.
Mahogany Brass BandSun, Apr 15Popeyes/OffBeat Magazine Stage: Brass Band Jam Stage2:15pLed by trumpeter, scholar and DJ Brice Miller, this young brass band stays true the old-time, swinging sound of traditional New Orleans brass bands
MainLineFri, Apr 13GE Digital Big River Stage3:45pHaving dropped the “brass band” moniker in recent years, this eight-piece credits Soul Rebels sousaphonist Edward Lee with inspiring the funk, rock and jam band-style approach they layer onto their brass band horns instrumentation.
Marc StoneFri, Apr 13Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage11aBlues rock singer, songwriter and slide guitarist Stone tktk … His latest release, Poison & Medicine features the Bonerama Horns, Mike Dillon, and members of the Dirty Dozen, Galactic and the Honey Island Swamp Band.
Mari Watanabe’s Chosen Few Jazz BandSat, Apr 14 The Helis Foundation Preservation Hall Stage12pPianist, composer, and arranger, Mari Watanabe began piano lessons at age five in Tokyo, where she was born. Mari has performed with local jazz legends such as Danny Barker, Dr. Michael White, Gregg Stafford, Ernie K-Doe, Tuba Fats, and Kermit Ruffins, as well as with Harold Dejan’s Olympia Brass Band, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and the Chosen Few Jazz Band, which she now leads.
Mario AbneyFri, Apr 13Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel2pBorn and raised in Chicago, trumpeter Mario Abney’s contemporary jazz sound and penchant for extended solos have made him a fixture of the New Orleans scene.
Mark BrooksSat, Apr 14MorrisBart.com Stage5:30pAn acoustic bassist specializing in the classic New Orleans jazz repertoire as well as blues, gospel and modern jazz, Brooks has worked with Dr. John, the Neville Brothers and Fats Domino.
MarshlandFri, Apr 13GE Digital Big River Stage12:30pFormerly Nola County, a country band Marshland now describes their music as Louisiana Americana. The ensemble consists of Blake Mogabgab singer songwriter and guitarist; Mike Harvey, fiddle; John DePriest, banjo; James Clark, percussion; Greg Speck accordion; Kevin Lurkins, trumpet and John Paul Carmody, guitar.
Martin Luther King High School Marching Band (Lower 9th Ward)Sun, Apr 15 Ernie’s Schoolhouse Stage3:15pA marching band from the Dr. King Charter School for Science and Technology in the Lower 9th Ward.
Mason RuffnerSat, Apr 14Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage5:45pWhen he first came to New Orleans in the late ‘70s, this Texas-born, blues-obsessed guitarist backed the likes of John Lee Hooker and Memphis Slim. He went on to work with Jimmy Page, Bon Dylan, Daniel Lanois and U2 while maintaining an acclaimed solo career.
Mayumi Shara & New Orleans Jazz LettersSun, Apr 15Gateway to Bourbon Street Stag3:45pThis master of Japanese taiko drumming has become equally adept at historically New Orleanian music styles ranging from traditional jazz to blues to R&B.
Meschiya Lake & the Little Big HornsFri, Apr 13Hilton Tricentennial Stage11:15aOnce a Royal Street performer, now a marquee name in the local traditional jazz scene, Lake and friends are getting more attention worldwide thanks to her vintage sass, great storytelling and gorgeously raw New Orleans feel; their latest, Bad Kids Club, came out last year.
Mia BordersFri, Apr 13Abita Beer Stage11aA singer, songwriter, and guitarist from New Orleans, her newest release, Quarter-Life Crisis was produced by Anders Osborne and described by OffBeat Magazine as “a record of great music and great intensity.”
Michael WatsonSun, Apr 15Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel5pFrom Canton, Ohio Michael Watson started playing trombone at an early age. He has Jazz Studies degrees from both Cuyahoga Community College and the University of New Orleans. He is currently a member of Magnetic Ear and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.
The Mid-City AcesSun, Apr 15Chevron Cajun/Zydeco Showcase12:30p18-year-old accordion prodigy Cameron Dupuy and his father, guitarist Michael Dupuy, teamed up with fiddler Gina Forsyth to form this traditional Cajun music trio.
Mike Harvey’s Hot ClubSat, Apr 14Heart of Bourbon Street Stage12pViolinist Mike Harvey formerly of the Courtyard Kings fronts this band. Inspired by Quintette de Hot Club du France Mike Harvey’s Hot Club’s repertoire includes classic gypsy jazz.
Mikhala “Jazz Muffin” IversonSun, Apr 15New Orleans Magazine Cabaret Stage at the Palm Court2pVocalist Iverson is a Danish-American whose life-long dream was to sing jazz in the Crescent City. Her sultry style is makes her right at home in New Orleans.
Miss Sophie LeeSat, Apr 14Omni Royal Orleans Stage12pOne of the proprietors of the restaurant Three Muses and the newly relocated Seoul Shack, Lee applies a sultry vocal style to her chosen mixture of swing and traditional jazz. Her CD Love Street Lullaby shows off her songwriting as well as interpretive skills.
Monk Boudreaux and the Golden EaglesSat, Apr 14GE Digital Big River Stage5:30pLocal legend and reggae aficionado Big Chief Monk Boudreaux plays some of the city’s most esteemed Mardi Gras Indian music with his tribe, the Golden Eagles
Nathan Williams & the Zydeco Cha ChasThu, Apr 12Chevron Cajun/Zydeco Showcase2pNathan 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.”
Naughty ProfessorFri, Apr 13Jack Daniel’s Stage5:30pThis New Orleans-based six-piece plays a blend of funk, soul and rock that’s earned them a solid following on Frenchmen Street’s jamband scene.
Naydja CoJoeSat, Apr 14WWL-TV Stage: Esplanade in the Shade Stage11aSinger and New Orleans native Naydja CoJoe’s sound dabbles in the vintage and the more recent mainstream, while her lovely voice is bolstered by her confident stage presence.
The Nayo Jones ExperienceSat, Apr 14Omni Royal Orleans Stage4:15pKermit Ruffins' go-to guest vocalist hails from Chicago, attended Spelman and brings plenty of fire to her mix of jazz standards and R&B hits.
New Birth Brass BandSat, Apr 14Popeyes/OffBeat Magazine Stage: Brass Band Jam Stage11:15aFeaturing 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.
New Breed Brass BandThu, Apr 12Abita Beer Stage12:35pThese high school marching band alums fold hip-hop, funk, and soul into the brass tradition in clubs and second lines around the city.
New Bumpers Jazz BandFri, Apr 13French Market International Stage4:15pFrom France tuba player and trumpeter Fred Dupin leads this traditional jazz band.
New Bumpers Jazz BandSun, Apr 15French Market International Stage12pFrom France tuba player and trumpeter Fred Dupin leads this traditional jazz band.
New Orleans 4’TsFri, Apr 13French Market International Stage2:15pTraditional jazz band from Japan.
New Orleans Classic Jazz OrchestraSat, Apr 14Zapp’s Potato Chip Stage11aLed 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.
New Orleans Cottonmouth KingsFri, Apr 13French Market Traditional Jazz Stage12pRulers of the lower French Quarter and the Faubourg Marigny, the Cottonmouth Kings play a loose and fun style of traditional jazz.
The New Orleans Jazz VipersSat, Apr 14Gateway to Bourbon Street Stag3:45pThis swinging drum-less quintet brings a mix of still-timely standards like “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” and lesser known swing tunes to their long-running weekly gigs at the Spotted Cat.
New Orleans NightcrawlersFri, Apr 13Popeyes/OffBeat Magazine Stage: Brass Band Jam Stage12:45pThis funky brass-meets-rock outfit represents the genre’s adventurous edge and includes familiar faces from Bonerama and Galactic. Their last album, Slither Slice, combined funk, hip-hop, Indian chants and a general spirit of rejuvenation.
New Orleans SuspectsThu, Apr 12GE Digital Big River Stage2pThe New Orleans Suspects were formed in 2009 for a jam session at the Maple Leaf. At the time the band consisted of Radiators bassist Reggie Scanlan, Neville Brothers drummer “Mean” Willie Green, Dirty Dozen guitarist Jake Eckert, James Brown’s bandleader saxophonist Jeff Watkins and keyboardist CR Gruver.
New Orleans Swamp DonkeysSat, Apr 14MorrisBart.com Stage5:30pThe 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.
NOCCA Jazz EnsembleSun, Apr 15 Ernie’s Schoolhouse Stage12:30pStudent group from the secondary school whose graduates include Harry Connick, Jr., Nicholas Payton, Trombone Shorty and the Marsalis brothers.
On the Levee BandSat, Apr 14Omni Royal Orleans Stage1:15pOn 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.
Opera on TapSat, Apr 14St. Mary’s at the Old Ursuline Convent Classical Music Stage2pPresented by the New Orleans Opera, “On Tap” features young local and regional singers in casual concerts of opera arias, show tunes, and more.
Orange Kellin’s New Orleans Deluxe OrchestraSat, Apr 14Zapp’s Potato Chip Stage3:30pClarinetist 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.
Original Dixeland Jazz BandSat, Apr 14Zapp’s Potato Chip Stage12:30pBandleader and trumpeter Nick LaRocca leads this traditional New Orleans jazz band, founded nearly a century ago by his father.
The Original Pinettes Brass BandSun, Apr 15Popeyes/OffBeat Magazine Stage: Brass Band Jam Stage5:45pBilled 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.
OtraSat, Apr 14Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage7:20pLed by bassist Sam Price, this local Afro-Cuban band stands out from the crowd with its strong, original compositions; they also do a heavily rearranged “Nature Boy.”
Ovi-G and the FroggiesSun, Apr 15Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage3:50pOvidio Giron leads this third generation riff on the Guatemalan marimba band Los Ranas. Along with his three children, Giron performs a mix of soca, marimba and tropical styles of Central American music.
Palmetto Bug StompersSun, Apr 15French Market Traditional Jazz Stage2:30pTraditional jazz sextet with some familiar players, including the ubiquitous Washboard Chaz. They are a dance band staple on Frenchmen Street.
Panorama Jazz BandThu, Apr 12GE Digital Big River Stage11aInfluenced 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.
Papa MaliSat, Apr 14WWL-TV Stage: Esplanade in the Shade Stage5:30pBest 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: Best Roots Rock Performer and Best Roots Rock Record for Music Is Love.
Papo y Son MandaoSun, Apr 15GE Digital Big River Stage11aCuban guitarist Alexis "Papo" Guevara and his band perform repertoire that includes Latin jazz, salsa, cha-cha-cha, and son Cubano.
Partners N Crime & The Big Easy Bounce Band featuring DJ JubileeThu, Apr 12GE Digital Big River Stage3:30pLegendary local rap “partners” since their days growing up in the 17th Ward, Kango Slimm and Mr. Meana appear with an all-star bounce group featuring the self-professed “King of Bounce” DJ Jubilee. See feature in this issue.
Party GatorsFri, Apr 13French Market International Stage12pThis German group is led by drummer Bernie Hasel, who also tours in an oompah band but claims New Orleans music as his true love.
Patrice Fisher and ArpaSat, Apr 14MorrisBart.com Stage11aThis Latin jazz ensemble is led by versatile professional harpist Fisher, who has been performing and recording her original compositions since the early ’80s.
Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road ShowSat, Apr 14GE Digital Big River Stage12:30pCowboy 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.
Paulin Brothers Jazz BandSat, Apr 14Gateway to Bourbon Street Stag2:15pErnest “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.
The PentonesThu, Apr 12Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage2pThis trio led by guitarist and vocalist Mark Pentone plays original blues and funk and is frequently performing at the Funky Pirate on Bourbon Street. The other members are bassist Thomas C. McDonald and drummer Eddie Christmas. Dan Willging said of Penton “it would not be an exaggeration to rate him among the top 10 lead guitarists in a city that has no shortage of them.”
The Pfister SistersSun, Apr 15MorrisBart.com Stage12:15pInspired by the close harmonies and lively personalities of New Orleans’ Boswell Sisters, these Spotted Cat regulars are all about the ‘30s in both sound and look.
Ponchartrain OwlsSun, Apr 15French Market International Stage2:15pThis multinational traditional jazz group has made regular appearances at French Quarter Fest.
Preservation All-StarsThu, Apr 12Hilton Tricentennial Stage11:15aFrom Preservation Hall, the Preservation All-Stars are directed by Ben Jaffe of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Professor Craig Adams BandSat, Apr 14Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel8pHammond player and Houston/New Orleans native Adams leads this dynamic group.
The QuickeningThu, Apr 12Jack Daniel’s Stage12:30pAfter parting ways with the Flow Tribe in 2012, guitarist and songwriter Blake Quick has assembled a group of musicians including vocalist Rachel “Mama Ray” Murray. The rhythm section boasts bassist Al Small and drummer Scott Sibley. Other band members (which is always changing) includes horns, pedal steel guitar, and various other woodwind and string instruments. See My Music with Blake Quick in this issue.
Raw Oyster CultSun, Apr 15Abita Beer Stage3:45pThe closest thing at FQF to a Radiators reunion, featuring 3/5 of the Rads (Dave Malone, Camile Baudoin, and Frank Bua) plus Papa Grows Funk’s John Gros and Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes’ bassist Dave Pomerlau.
Rebirth Brass BandSat, Apr 14Abita Beer Stage7:15pNow entering its fourth decade, Rebirth 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 took home three awards at OffBeat’s Best of the Beat 2014 for Best Brass Band, Best Brass Band Album and Album of the Year for Move Your Body.
Rechell Cook and the Regeneration BandThu, Apr 12Jack Daniel’s Stage5:15pVocalist Rechell Cook was born and raised in New Orleans. Cook formed the Regeneration Band in 1991. Her powerhouse vocals include old school R&B, jazz and blues.
Red Hot Brass BandFri, Apr 13Popeyes/OffBeat Magazine Stage: Brass Band Jam Stage4pStudent musicians from the prestigious New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, the Red Hots play standards from the traditional New Orleans jazz repertoire.
Red Wolf Brass BandSun, Apr 15Popeyes/OffBeat Magazine Stage: Brass Band Jam Stage4pMusic teacher and band director Desmond Venable leads this energetic young band of music students who recently released their first album, 7th Period.
The RevealersFri, Apr 13WWL-TV Stage: Esplanade in the Shade Stage3:45pLong-running reggae band with a funkified New Orleans feel, the Revealers are known for the local hit, “I Like the Sound of That.”
Rhodes Spedale & Live Jazz GroupSun, Apr 15Gateway to Bourbon Street Stag2:15pIn addition to performing as a jazz pianist in and around New Orleans since the mid-‘60s, Spedale has worked as a jazz journalist, authoring a guide to New Orleansm jazz in the ‘80s and hosting numerous radio programs over the years.
Ricardo Pascal OrchestraSun, Apr 15Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel2pMarcus Roberts “The Modern Jazz Generation” incorporates a core group of very talented younger musicians at the beginning of their careers. In that number was tenor and soprano saxophonist Ricardo Pascal now leading his own orchestra.
Richard “Piano” Scott and FriendsSat, Apr 14MorrisBart.com Stage5:30pBorn Scott Obenshain, pianist Richard Scott began playing the piano at four years old. He loved listening to early New Orleans jazz band and his latest CD Jambalaya Town contains original music written in that syle.
Robin Barnes & The FiyabirdsThu, Apr 12Hilton Tricentennial Stage3:50pSteeped 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.
Rockin' Dopsie and the Zydeco TwistersSun, Apr 15Chevron Cajun/Zydeco Showcase5:30pOne of the few rubboard players to lead a zydeco band, Dopsie Jr. plays it wilder than his accordionist dad, and his sets are guaranteed party-starters.
The Ronnie Kole Show featuring John PerkinsSat, Apr 14Hilton Tricentennial Stage2:20pThis award-winning jazz pianist, old-school Bourbon Street staple and protégé of Al Hirt has been performing Great American Songbook classics and Big Band tunes in New Orleans for decades.
Rory Danger & the Danger DangersFri, Apr 13WWL-TV Stage: Esplanade in the Shade Stage5:30pDanger is saxophonist and clarinetist Aurora Nealand’s alter ego. The rockabilly ensemble includes Spencer Bohren, his son, Andre Bohren, Marc Paradis, Casey Coleman, Bill Malchow and Scott Potts. Their relentless enthusiasm and dedication to their bizarre characters make their performances some of the most fun in town.
Rosie Ledet & The Zydeco PlayboysSun, Apr 15Chevron Cajun/Zydeco Showcase3:30pBorn in Church Point, Louisiana, Rosie Ledet is a singer and accordion player. Her songs are known for their sultry and suggestive lyrics.
Russell Batiste and FriendsSun, Apr 15GE Digital Big River Stage3:30pThe funky Meters drummer does his own brand of funk with jazz and hip-hop elements. Brought up in a musical family, Batiste started playing drums at the age of four.
Sam Price & the True BelieversSun, Apr 15Jack Daniel’s Stage12:30pBassist Sam Price of Otra and Honey Island Swamp Band leads the True Believers in original soulful and funky music. The band also features Ethan Shorter on drums, Conga Mike on percussion, Phil Breen on keys and either Matt Galloway or John Fohl on guitar.
Sarah Quintana and the Miss River BandSun, Apr 15WWL-TV Stage: Esplanade in the Shade Stage11aWater and the Louisiana region’s natural world fueled the inspiration for this ambitious, dreamy and innovative project from one of the city’s top vocalists
Sean ArdoinFri, Apr 13Chevron Cajun/Zydeco Showcase5:30pSean Ardoin's family connections in zydeco go back to one of the originators, Amede Ardoin. After leading the zydeco band Double Clutchin, he also rocks the house with Christian-oriented zydeco.
Sexy DexSat, Apr 14House of Blues Voodoo Garden Stage7:45pNew Orleans band that plays early ‘80s funk.
Shake Em’ Up Jazz BandSun, Apr 15 The Helis Foundation Preservation Hall Stage1pAll-female traditional jazz band. The members are Chloe Feoranzo on clarinet, Marla Dixon on trumpet, Haruka Kikuchi on trombone, Molly Reeves on guitar and Julie Schexnayder on string bass.
Shamarr Allen & the UnderdawgsFri, Apr 13Jack Daniel’s Stage7:15pJazz-funk-hip-hop trumpeter Allen resists categorization, having performed with Willie Nelson and written the local anthem “Meet Me on Frenchmen Street.”
Shannon Powell’s Traditional All Star BandSat, Apr 14Hilton Tricentennial Stage5:20pBilled 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.
Shotgun Jazz BandSun, Apr 15Zapp’s Potato Chip Stage11aTrumpeter Marla Dixon and six-string banjoist John Dixon began as a busking duo before expanding to their current seven-piece, traditional New Orleans jazz incarnation.
Sierra Green & The Soul MachineSun, Apr 15WWL-TV Stage: Esplanade in the Shade Stage2pSierra Green & The Soul Machine is comprised with some of the best musicians from all over the country that now reside in New Orleans. The band plays many genres rock, jazz, blues, funk, soul, reggae, country and Latin. Band members include vocalist, Sierra Green; bassists Mike Perez; drummer Ezell Smith; guitarist, Seizo and saxophonist Tajh Derosier.
Smitty Dees Brass BandSat, Apr 14 The Helis Foundation Preservation Hall Stage2pNew Orleans brass band was founded in October 1991 by tuba player Dimitri K. Smith. Smith played with Dejan Olympia Brass Band for 10 years.
Smoke N BonesFri, Apr 13GE Digital Big River Stage11aThis five piece band has a classic soul sound rooted in jazz, Afro beat and Reggae. The band includes Mykia Jovan on vocals featured in My Music this month.
The Smoking Time Jazz ClubSun, Apr 15French Market Traditional Jazz Stage12:45pClassic New Orleans traditional jazz fronted by vocalist Sarah Peterson. Although the Smoking Time Jazz Club have released nine albums they are still often regarded as up-and-comers.
Some Like it Hot Traditional Jazz BandSat, Apr 14Zapp’s Potato Chip Stage2pTrumpeter Kaye Caldwell leads this traditional jazz group, which unlike most ensembles of its type features several female musicians.
Soul Brass BandSat, Apr 14Popeyes/OffBeat Magazine Stage: Brass Band Jam Stage2:15pDrummer Derrick Freeman leads the Soul Brass Band, which was formed in 2015. The band was the winner of Best Emerging Artist this year at the Best of the Beat Awards.
Soul ProjectSat, Apr 14Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage4pYoung devotees of old-school funk, and inspired by vintage Nevilles and Meters. Guitarist/singer Jon Cristian Duque played for a time with Walter “Wolfman” Washington.
St. Peter Street Jazz BandSat, Apr 14 The Helis Foundation Preservation Hall Stage1pTraditional jazz band named for the street Preservation Hall is located at in New Orleans.
Stephanie JordanSun, Apr 15Hilton Tricentennial Stage5:30pThis 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.
Steve Pistorius & the Southern Syncopators Sat, Apr 14French Market Traditional Jazz Stage12:45pPianist Steve Pistorius, who plays with a dexterous, ragtime piano style, is complemented by a crew of seasoned traditional jazz musicians in a band named after a song by Henry “Red” Allen. Their repertoire includes tunes by Sidney Bechet, Natty Dominique, Bill Whitmore, Tony Jackson and others.
Stone RabbitsSun, Apr 15House of Blues Voodoo Garden Stage12pA psychedelic blues and rock jam band from Baton Rouge. The Stone Rabbits formed in 2007 and were the winners of the LSU Battle of the Bands.
Stooges Brass BandFri, Apr 13Popeyes/OffBeat Magazine Stage: Brass Band Jam Stage5:45pFormed in 1996, the Stooges are one of the busiest brass bands on the circuit. They frequently add unexpected elements like reggae to their tight sound, drawing high-profile devotees like Trombone Shorty to their fanbase.
Storyville Stompers Brass BandSat, Apr 14Popeyes/OffBeat Magazine Stage: Brass Band Jam Stage12:45aThis long-running and prolific traditional New Orleans brass band has a knack for reinvigorating rare, vintage jazz songs.
Storyville String Band featuring Seva VenetSun, Apr 15 The Helis Foundation Preservation Hall Stage12pGuitarist and banjo player Seva Venet moved to New Orleans from Los Angeles and performs with bands including Lionel Ferbos and the Palm Court Jazz Band. The Storyville Stringband has recorded with guitarists Lars Edegran, Kerry Lewis, and Matt Rhodie.
Sullivan Dabney’s Muzik Jazz BandSat, Apr 14MorrisBart.com Stage12:30pJazz musician Sullivan Dabney has performed with The Muzik Jazz Band all over the world. Dabney has played with Irma Thomas, Jean Knight and many others. His band performs at Harrah’s Casino every weekend.
Sunpie & the Louisiana SunspotsSat, Apr 14Chevron Cajun/Zydeco Showcase5:30pAccordionist and harmonica player Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes, who grew up surrounded by blues masters like Sonny Boy Williamson in Arkansas, infuses plenty of R&B into his brand of contemporary Zydeco.
Sweet CrudeThu, Apr 12Abita Beer Stage2:10pNew Orleans indie pop septet Sweet Crude plays an energetic brand of percussion-driven, sparkly rock, often sung in French.
Sweet Olive String BandSat, Apr 14New Orleans Magazine Cabaret Stage at the Palm Court12p: This self-described "old tyme" string trio performs country, blues and bluegrass from eras past.
Symphony Chorus of New OrleansSun, Apr 15St. Mary’s at the Old Ursuline Convent Classical Music Stage11aThe 85-member chorus under the direction of Steven Edwards started in 1981.
T’MondeThu, Apr 12Chevron Cajun/Zydeco Showcase12:30pA trio of rising star Cajun music players—Kelli Jones-Savoy on fiddle, Drew Simon on accordion and Megan Brown on guitar—founded this South Louisiana-based band, which mines regional traditions and each member's' own creativity for its sound.
TBC Brass BandSat, Apr 14Popeyes/OffBeat Magazine Stage: Brass Band Jam Stage5:45pIf a brass band on Bourbon Street ever stopped you in your tracks, it was probably TBC Brass Band.
Ted Hefko and the ThousandairesSun, Apr 15Pan-American Life Insurance Group Songwriter Stage1:30pWisconsin native Ted Hefko took a bus down to New Orleans at the age of 18 and never looked back. The saxophonist/clarinetist/guitarist and his band deliver some good old American roots music, with more than a little bit of New Orleans flavor thrown into the mix.
Terrance “Hollywood” Taplin leads the Uptown Jazz OrchestraThu, Apr 12Hilton Tricentennial Stage5:30pTrombonist Terrance Taplin leads the Uptown Jazz Orchestra founded by trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis. They frequently perform at Snug Harbor. The Uptown Jazz Orchestra’s latest CD Make America Great Again! with Delfeayo Marsalis was the best contemporary jazz album at the 2016 Best of the Beat Awards.
Thais Clark and her JAZZstersFri, Apr 13French Market Traditional Jazz Stage4pHailing from New Orleans’ Seventh Ward, Clark often hews to the ribald, fun, old-school blues of Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith and has worked with Wynton Marsalis, Dr. Michael White and the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra.
Them Ol’ GhostsSun, Apr 15House of Blues Voodoo Garden Stage4pThem Ol’ Ghosts are a Southern soul alternative rock band from New Orleans. Their sound is an eclectic mix that’s raw and sincere. The band are Theophile Bourgeois on guitar, Blair Champagne on drums, Justin Johnson on guitar and Aaron Younce on bass and keyboard.
Tim LaughlinSat, Apr 14Hilton Tricentennial Stage11:15aClarinetist 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.
The Tin MenSun, Apr 15WWL-TV Stage: Esplanade in the Shade Stage12:30pThis rocking and swinging trio doesn’t appear together much these days, but with Alex McMurray, Matt Perrine and Washboard Chaz all playing separate sets this year the time is right.
Tom McDermott and His Jazz HellionsSat, Apr 14New Orleans Magazine Cabaret Stage at the Palm Court3pMcDermott is a virtuoso 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.
Tommy Sancton’s New Orleans Legacy BandSun, Apr 15Zapp’s Potato Chip Stage3:30pThis 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.
Topsy Chapman and Solid HarmonySun, Apr 15Hilton Tricentennial Stage2:20pTopsy Chapman leads the all-female group with a gospel-inspired vocal blend called Solid Harmony
Treme Brass BandSun, Apr 15Popeyes/OffBeat Magazine Stage: Brass Band Jam Stage12:45pLed 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.”
Tricentennial High School BandSat, Apr 14 Ernie’s Schoolhouse Stage4:15pTo celebrate New Orleans 300 years this band consists of high school students from across New Orleans.
Tuba SkinnyThu, Apr 12Jack Daniel’s Stage11aThis band of New Orleans street musicians specialize in traditional jazz, Depression-era blues and spirituals. Read our cover story in this issue.
Turnaround Arts Program/ReNew: Delores T. Aaron Middle School Brass BandSat, Apr 14 Ernie’s Schoolhouse Stage1:45pThis brass band took part in the Turnaround Arts Talent Show at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. this last March.
Tuxedo Jazz BandSat, Apr 14French Market International Stage4:15pThis New Orleans traditional jazz band from Sweden also broadens their repertoire with some modern material. The band is Rolf Carvenius on clarinet, Per Dywling on trumpet, Lasse Hobinger on trombone, Staffan Algell on banjo, Stefan Ramnell on string bass and Peter Stenson on drums.
Valerie SassyfrasSat, Apr 14Pan-American Life Insurance Group Songwriter Stage4pValerie Sassyfras’ eclectic one-woman show transcends any easy classifications. Suffice to say, her off-kilter performances are as sassy as her name suggests, blending disparate styles like zydeco and electro-pop with a heavy dose of showmanship.
The VettesSun, Apr 15GE Digital Big River Stage2pThis band takes its name from the surname shared by all of its members, who happen to be siblings (well, one of them was “adopted” when the group formed). Fronted by singer/guitarist Rachel Vette, the band is known for its energetic blend of new-wave and alternative rock. See FQFIQ feature in this issue.
Vivaz!Sun, Apr 15MorrisBart.com Stage1:30pThis 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).
Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the RoadmastersFri, Apr 13Abita Beer Stage5:30pA local institution, the Wolfman puts plenty of hot guitar and soulful horns into his funky brand of blues. See backtalk feature in this issue.
Wanda Rouzan & A Taste of New OrleansSun, Apr 15Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage2:20pA lifetime New Orleanian, Wanda cut her first single as part of the Rouzan Sisters and has since distinguished herself as a stage actress, educator and champion of the city’s R&B tradition.
Warren Easton Marching BandSat, Apr 14 Ernie’s Schoolhouse Stage12:15pThe 105-piece band has performed at the Superdome during New Orleans Saints halftime shows. They are also a regular at Mardi Gras parades including Endymion, Bacchus, Rex and Hermes.
Washboard Chaz Blues TrioSat, Apr 14Heart of Bourbon Street Stage3pWhen not tackling Western swing with Washboard Rodeo, rocking acoustically with the Tin Men or presiding over Chazfest, Washboard Chaz airs his blues roots with this group.
Water SeedFri, Apr 13Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage5:45pKeen to steer clear of the genre label, “neo-soul,” the band’s five to eight pieces create the thick, rich sonic fabric only true soul groups possess. Perhaps R&B is a more appropriate label for their sound—original R&B, that is.
Waylon Thibodeaux BandFri, Apr 13Chevron Cajun/Zydeco Showcase12:30pA Bourbon Street fixture for years, Waylon is an energetic fiddler who specializes in zydeco and Cajun music. He’s also a member of the Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars.
Wendell BruniousSat, Apr 14Hilton Tricentennial Stage12:45pTrumpeter 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.
Yung VulFri, Apr 13WWL-TV Stage: Esplanade in the Shade Stage2pFrom New Orleans the band integrates jazz, hip-hop, punk rock, folk and R&B to create a unique blend of creative improvisation.
Zachary RichardFri, Apr 13Chevron Cajun/Zydeco Showcase7:30pSinger songwriter Zachary Richard has recorded over 20 albums. He is a poet and cultural activist. His latest CD Gombo features slide guitar paired with a driving accordion. He can defy categorization “I always thought I belonged in the rock bins… but I always wound up in the Cajun bin instead.”
Zena Moses & Rye FiyaFri, Apr 13Jack Daniel’s Stage2pFormed in 2011 this band is like a musical gumbo, soul, funk, jazz, reggae and blues. The band features Kashonda Bailey on piano; Seizo Shibayama on guitar; Jerry Henderson on bass; Terry Scott Jr. on drums; Jeremy Phipps on trombone; Natasha Harris on saxophone and Zena Moses vocalist.
The Zion HarmonizersSat, Apr 14GE Digital Big River Stage11aThis 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.
Zohar Israel & the Free Sprit Afro Caribbean ShowcaseSat, Apr 14Chevron Children’s HQ (National Park Service Kids Stage)2pDirector Zohar Israel is a specialist in the African drum culture.
ZydefunkSat, Apr 14Jack Daniel’s Stage2pBassist Charlie Wooton leads this bass-driven funk band that includues hints of Latin, reggae, jazz and blues.


Full line-up and schedule


Thursday, April 12






Saturday, April 14


Abita Beer Stage

11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. — Big Chief Bo Dollis, Jr. & the Wild Magnolias

12:35 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. — The Iguanas

2:10 p.m. to 3:25 p.m. — Brass-A-Holics

3:45 p.m. to 5:05 p.m. — Little Freddie King

5:25 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. — Big Sam’s Funky Nation

7:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. — Rebirth Brass Band

GE Digital Big River Stage

11 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. — The Zion Harmonizers

12:30 p.m to 1:40 p.m. —  Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road Show

2 p.m. to 3:25 p.m. — Cole Williams Band

3:45 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. — Higher Heights Reggae Band

5:30 p.m. to 6:55 p.m. — Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles

7:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. — John “Papa” Gros

Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage

11 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. — Christian Serpas & Ghost Town

12:30 p.m. to 1:40 p.m. — Al “Lil Fats” Jackson

2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. — Hot Rod Lincoln

4 p.m. to 5:25 p.m. — Soul Project

5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. — Mason Ruffner

7:20 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. — Otra

Chevron Cajun/Zydeco Showcase

12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. — The DayWalkers

1:45 p.m. to 2 p.m. — Cajun dance lesson with Darrell Drucker

2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. – The Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band

3:15 p.m.- to 3:45 p.m. — Zydeco dance lesson with Darrell Drucker

3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. – The Babineaux Sisters Band

5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. — Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots

7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. — Amanda Shaw

Hilton Tricentennial Stage

11:15 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. — Tim Laughlin

12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m. —  Wendell Brunious

2:20 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. — The Ronnie Kole Show featuring John Perkins

3:50 p.m. to 5 p.m. —  Charmaine Neville

5:20 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. — Shannon Powell Traditional All-Star Band

Jack Daniel’s Stage

11 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. — Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders

12:30 p.m. to 1:40 p.m. — Amanda Ducorbier

2 p.m. to 3:25 p.m. — Zydefunk

3:45 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. — Dash Rip Rock

5:30 p.m. to 6:55 p.m. — Funk Monkey

7:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. —  Erica Falls

WWL-TV Esplanade in the Shade Stage

11 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. —  Naydja CoJoe

12:30 p.m. to 1:40 p.m. — Lulu and the Broadsides (feat. Dayna Kurtz)

2 p.m. to 3:25 p.m. —  Alfred Banks w/Cool Nasty

3:45 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. — Egg Yolk Jubilee

5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. — Papa Mali

Popeyes Brass Band Jam with OffBeat  

11:15 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. — New Birth Brass Band

12:45 p.m. to 1:55 p.m. — Storyville Stompers Brass Band

2:15 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. —  Backroom at Buffa’s presents Soul Brass Band

4:00 p.m. to 5:25 p.m. —  Leroy Jones’ Original Hurricane Brass Band

5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. —  TBC Brass Band


Sunday, April 15

Abita Beer Stage

11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. — Cullen Landry and the Midnight Streetcar Band featuring Al “Carnival Time” Johnson

12:35 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. — Bucktown All-Stars

2:10 p.m. to 3:25 p.m. — The Dixie Cups

3:45 p.m. to 5 pm — Raw Oyster Cult

5:20 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. — Cyril Neville’s Swamp Funk

GE Digital Big River Stage

11 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. — Papo y Son Mandao

12:30 p.m. to 1:40 p.m. — King James & The Special Men

2 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. — The Vettes

3:30 p.m. to 4:55 p.m. —  Russell Batiste and Friends

5:20 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. — Honey Island Swamp Band

Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage

11 a.m. to 12:20p.m. — The Jones Sisters

12:40 p.m. to 2 p.m. — Johnny Sansone

2:20 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. — Wanda Rouzan and A Taste of New Orleans

3:50 p.m. to 5:05 p.m. — Ovi-G Froggies

5:25 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. — Corey Henry & the Treme Funktet

Chevron Cajun/Zydeco Showcase

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. — The Mid-City Aces

1:30 p.m. to -2 p.m. — Cajun dance lesson with Darrell Drucker

2 p.m. to 3 pm — Bonsoir, Catin

3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. — Zydeco dance lesson with Darrell Drucker

3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. — Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys

5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. —  Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters

Hilton Tricentennial Stage

11:15 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. — Lena Prima

12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m. — Jeremy Davenport

2:20 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. —  Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony

3:50 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. — The Dukes Of Dixieland

5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. —  Stephanie Jordan

Jack Daniel’s Stage

11 to 12:10 p.m. — Evan Christopher’s Clarinet Road

12:30 p.m. to 1:40 p.m. — Sam Price & the True Believers

2 p.m. to 3:10 p.m.  —   Darcy Malone and The Tangle

3:30 p.m. to 4:55 p.m. —  Gina Brown & Anutha Level

5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.  —  Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes

WWL-TV Esplanade in the Shade Stage

11 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. — Sarah Quintana & The Miss River Band

12:30 p.m. to 1:40 p.m. —  The Tin Men

2 p.m. to 3:25 p.m. — Sierra Green & The Soul Machine

3:45 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. — Creole String Beans

5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. — Astral Project

Popeyes Brass Band Jam  with OffBeat 

11:15 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. — Andrew Hall’s Society  Brass Band

12:45 p.m. to 1:55 p.m. — Treme Brass Band

2:15 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. — Mahogany Brass Band

4 p.m. to 5:25 p.m. — Red Wolf Brass Band

5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. — The Original Pinettes Brass Band