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Vendredi

April 25th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds (11 a.m.- 7 p.m.)

Headliners include The Avett Brothers, Public Enemy and, Aurora Nealand 

 

Underground Railroad Film Screening

NOMA (5 p.m.)

Fridays at NOMA features art and music inside, film in the Sculpture Garden, plus food and drink 

 

Rotary Downs + Mike Dillon 

Gasa Gasa (9 p.m.)

New Orleans psych pop, rock n' roll 

 

Backbeat Jazz Fest Series  

Blue Nile (10 p.m.)

Soul Rebels, Nigel Hall & the Congregation, and more 

 

Nina Simone Tribute

Cafe Istanbul (11 p.m.)

Tank and the Bangas + Mykia Jovan 

 

Andrew Duhon

Circle Bar (10 p.m.)

Local bluesy singer/songwriter  

 

Trombone Shorty + Orleans Ave.

House of Blues (8 p.m.)

Plus New Breed Brass Band. Tickets are $50  

 

Dumpstaphunk + Easy All Stars + More

Howlin' Wolf (10 p.m.)

Ivan Neville's band joins fellow funk bands on stage, with the Roosevelt Collier Band 

 

Bootsy Collins + DJ Soul Sister

Joy Theater (9 p.m.)

Funk legend joins New Orleans' own queen of rare grooves 

Samedi

April 26th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds (11 a.m.- 7 p.m.)

Headliners include Robin Thicke, 101 Runners, Branford Marsalis Quartet, and Phish 

 

Shamarr Fest

Shamrock (10 p.m.)

Shamar Allen & The Underdawgs, Hot 8 Brass Band, John Popper of Blues Traveler, and more

 

Cowboy Mouth

Tipitina's (9 p.m.)

plus Honey Island Swamp Band 

 

Katdelic

Blue Nile (2 a.m.)

Funk, rock, and hip hop from San Francisco

 

Heatwave

Prytania Bar (9 p.m.)

All-vinyl dance party spinning Motown/garage rock/R&B/soul/oldies

 

HUSTLE with DJ Soul Sister 

Hi Ho Lounge (11 p.m.)

Queen of rare grooves spins all-vinyl boogie, funk, and more into the wee hours of the morning 

 

Grayson Capps

Carrollton Station (10 p.m.)

plus the Lost Cause Minstrels + Jamie Lynn Vessels

Dimanche

April 27th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds (11 a.m.- 7 p.m.)

Headliners include Vampire Weekend, New Birth Brass Band, John Boutte, and more

 

Swinging Sundays

Allways Lounge (8 p.m.)

Swing dance lessons and party, live band from 9 p.m.-midnight 

 

Mogwai

Civic Theatre (8 p.m.)

Prog rock, Majeure opens

 

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

House of Blues (9 p.m.)

Key holder to the city of New Orleans, Clinton, joins DJ Soul Sister

Mercurio Voyage

New Material, Late Nights on Galactic's JazzFest Journey



April 24, 2014

Galactic bassist Robert Mercurio talks to NoDef about the JazzFest gig gauntlet, the band's upcoming album and tanning.


Undying Royalty

La. Indie Pop Band Royal Teeth Talks Upcoming JazzFest Performance



National acts like Vampire Weekend and Eric Clapton are sharing the stage with some local up-and-comers this year. Royal Teeth, an indie pop/dance band from Louisiana, talk to NoDef about their latest projects and upcoming performance. 


Larry McKinley, Influential R&B Figure and Voice of Jazzfest, Passes


Larry McKinley, one of the behind-the-scenes movers who helped launch the careers of many New Orleans R&B legends, died Sunday at the age of 85. The cause was complications from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, his family said in a statement. After founding Minit Records and helping to launch the careers of Allen Toussaint and Ernie K-Doe, McKinley went on to work with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.


May the Fest Bands Win: Jazz Fest, French Quarter Fest Apps Due


Musicians are not known for punctuality, but they better get their acts together if they want to see their names in the spring cubes. The application deadline for Jazz Fest is October 1, and French Quarter Fest’s is a month later, November 1. 


Trombone Shorty Funks Up Red Rocks Amphitheatre (VIDEO)


Troy Andrews and his band made news with their closing set at Jazz Fest, but he had yet to climb the mountain until his performance this weekend. On Saturday, June 8, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue played the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Golden, Colorado, and it was broadcast live on AXS TV.


Jazz Fest Redux (PHOTOS)

Photographer Brandon Robert Revisits the Best of the Fest



After two weekends of food, art, mud, and a lot of music, the Fair Grounds are closed to fest goers. Here are some festival highlights to scroll through as you reminisce about this year's Jazz Fest. 


JazzFest After Dark: 5.5.13


JazzFest is closing out on Cinco de Mayo, so store up some energy for some Latin Funk after your fest. George Clinton is taking the House of Blues stage with DJ Soul Sister, Dumpstapunk is celebrating their 25th year, and Blue Nile is keeping is funky but better. Click through for what to do after the fairgrounds. 


Today in New Orleans 5.5.13


Close out your Jazz Fest with Trombone Shorty! All day long, enjoy a free festival with Quintron and Helen Gillet, see Los Po-Boy-Citos on Freret, and catch the last night of giant puppets! On this day in 1713, Antoine Cadillac was appointed Spanish Governor of Louisiana. Now, more to do this Sunday. 


Best of JazzFest: 5.3.13


Mud slides and small ponds won't be the only things to avoid at Fest on the Second Friday. With today's opening pushed back until noon, you'll also want to steer clear of missing an act that will be talked about all year. From Eastern European Blues to Black American Music, here's 5 picks to check out before the headliners:


Today in New Orleans 5.3.13


If you leave the Fest early this Friday, head to Octavia Books and hear Augusten Burroughs, or take the kids to New Orleans’ Giant Puppet Festival. On this day in 1995, the Neville Brothers, the Dixie Cups, Allen Toussaint, and Professor Longhair were inducted into the New Orleans Musical Walk of Fame. Now, more to do this rainy JazzFest Friday. Stay with NoDef for complete after dark events coverage. 


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Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Ian Hoch, Will Dilella, Chris Rinaldi, Lianna Patch, Phil Yiannopoulos, Cate Czarnecki, Mary Kilpatrick, Norris Ortolano, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Kailyn Davillier, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham

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Elisabeth Morgan

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Cheryl Castjohn

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Paolo Roy

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M.D. Dupuy

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Stephen Babcock

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