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April 26th


Civic Theater, 8p.m.

Metal gods of yester-year offer an alternative to funk fest


Allen Toussaint

Snug Harbor, 9p.m., 11p.m.

A rare chance to see the master pianist and songwriter in a small venue


Helen Gillet

Circle Bar, 10p.m.

Local avant-garde cellist


Country Music Fest

Mags, 7p.m.

Lineup includes he Best Western Swingers, Todd Day Wait's Pigpen, The Good Gollies and Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue


Dead Feat

Howlin Wolf

Anders Osborne, Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett Acoustic Duo, Bill Kreutzmann, Billy Iuso


Sonny Landreth, Tab Benoit

Rock n’ Bowl


The Nth Power


New big thing in funk mashes up with members of Dumpstaphunk, Glactic, and Bonerama


Adam Deitch, Donald Harrison

One Eyed Jacks


Tank & the Bangas, Sweet Crude

One Eyed Jacks

Two young Louisiana bands with distinct sound and show verging on performance art


The Word, Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Joy Theater


Mike Clark, Nicholas Payton, Wil Blades

Little Gem, 8p.m.

Jazz (not big brass) from three masters


JJ Grey & Mofro

Tips, 9p.m.

Southern rock, blues, and funk

Jazz Fest Weather Outlook: NWS Issues Alerts

The weather took a turn for the worst for Festers this afternoon. Storms started around 1p.m. and it looks like they are going to be lingering for much of the day. At 1:46p.m., the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the area effective until 2:30p.m. The Warning is on top of a Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued earlier in the day and effective until 6:00p.m.

Jazz Fest After Hours: 4.25.15

Whether you braved the rain at the Fest today or rested up during daylight, there are so many acts tonight, that it is like an entire second festival. Trombone Shorty is hosting an all-star Bash, The Meter Men are playing with Phish’s Paige McConnell. Galactic is at Tips. Dumpstaphunk, Mississippi Rail Company, the London Souls, and Colin Lake are just a few of the acts rounding out the evening. Click on though for a full roundup.

Today in NOLA 4.25.15

The Fest is really heating up today with skies clearing and the Who scheduled to headline the Acura Stage. For those not looking for music, there is a seafood cookoff, lots of cool ships, and a movie also. On this day in 1999, Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew were reunited on stage at Jazz Fest after 12 years. Now, more to do in 21st Century New Orleans.

Bad Trip

NOPD Make Big Bust Blocks From Fest

The vending rules at Jazz Fest are pretty strict. Even if you live nearby, the Fest frowns down upon unlicensed sales. If those unlicensed sales are enough drugs to stock Hunter S. Thompson’s suitcase, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) does not appreciate it either. Today, detectives busted a Mid City man for allegedly planning to sell a potpourri of recreational narcotics.

Jazz Fest After Hours: 4.24.15

The fest at the Fair Grounds closes around sunset, but New Orleans is not a city known for an early curfew (or any curfew for that matter). After dark, the Revivalists, Lettuce, the Meter Men, Warren Haynes, and a dozen more are all getting going. Check out all of tonight’s happenings below.

Jazz Fest Weather Outlook

Jazz Fest has begun and so has the annual courting of the weather gods. Glancing at the skies, festers may not be sure whether to bring a parasol or an actual umbrella. The National Weather Service  (NWS) is predicting that the elements will be okay(ish).

Today in NOLA: 4.24.15

Today is the big day! The Fair Grounds open their gates for Jazz Fest this morning and the music begins. For those looking for something more mellow than the after-hour shows, there’s a great NOLA doc at Indywood and an evening event at NOMA. Also, on this day in 1877, reconstruction ended in Louisiana.

Jazz Fest (Eve) After Hours: 4.23.15

The Fest has not yet begun. The late night shows have. Over the next two weeks, there will be plenty of power pairing and celebrity sit-ins. Tonight is not a bad start though. Dr. John, Stanton Moore, Band of Heathens, Jon Cleary, and the Soul Rebels are just a few of the late night choices. A full guide to tonight’s music options follows.

Meters Push the Envelope

Few bands can boast a lasting influence on New Orleans music like the Meters. Hits like "Cissy Strut" and "Look-Ka Py Py” helped define the funk genre. Now, that legacy will be signed, sealed, and delivered—literally. The group will soon be featured on an official U.S. Postal Service's commemorative envelope.

Making the Gig

Tips on the Fleet of Shuttles, Buses, Bikes, Taxis, Uber, Pedicabs at Jazz Fest

Jazz Fest is a self contained world within the Fair Grounds. Unfortunately, the area outside the gate can feel like commuter chaos, especially given the void of any public parking. Yet, if you leave the car at home, there are plenty of options to ride or pedal your way to the fun.

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