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Bayou St. John (12:15 PM-9:15 PM)
A music fest on the water featuring Alexis and the Samuri, Remedy Krewe, Fleur de Tease, Hot 8 Brass Band, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and more
Central City (1 p.m)
Second lines! Won't bow down!
Mid-City (All day)
Church and a parade to celebrate the club's 104th year
House of Blues (9:00 PM)
The Comedy Central comedian is here for some standup!
Big Top (7 p.m.)
8-16 piece traveilling circus punk troupe. Need we say more? Is there anymore to say? with Sammy Kay and the East Los Three, Dead Legends
Art Klub, 513 Elysian Fields Ave (8:00 PM)
An interactive and sparkling performance presented by Nari Tomassetti
Shadowbox Theatre (8:00 PM)
Straightforward conversational drama explores one area's gentrification through 50 years
Joe Krown feat. Russell Batiste and Walter "Wolfman" Washington
Maple Leaf (10:30PM)
Weekly gig on Oak with Krown on the organ, Washington firing up the guitar strings, and Batiste on the drums.
Hot 8 Brass Band
Howlin’ Wolf Den (10:00PM)
Weekly gig from some of the city’s best in brass
Sunday Youth Music Workshop
All ages workshop with Johnny Vidacovich. Bring your instruments!
Cajun Fais Do Do
Bruce Daigrepont is playing the washboard and getting you to bed early
Krewe du Guza
Le Bon Temps Roule (10:00PM)
Sunday Funday weekly gig from the husband and wife duo
JazzFest Weekend 2 Opens
The Fest powers threw open the gates of JazzFest's second weekend today, with four furious days of music, food and watermelon sacrificing lined up. Today's often been called Locals Thursday, and that's especially true at NOLA Defender, as we see some of our past special guest writers take the stage. At the Acura Stage, Hurray for the Riff Raff opens things up, while Honey Island Swamp Band is on at 2:25 p.m, while Flow Tribe and Mia Borders occupy the Gentilly Stage at from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Elsewhere, Kourtney Heart plays Congo Square at 11:15 a.m., and Stooges Brass Band stop off at the same spot at 2:45 p.m. Meanwhile, there's one more schedule change to pass along.
A Handful of JazzFest: 5 Acts to Watch on Thursday, May 3
Welcome back to JazzFest. The day they once called locals Thursday may be upon us, but there's plenty of globetrotting inside the cubes. Chilean stars, and a jazz violinist who plays traditional African songs stand out among the squares. And let's not forget a legendary Mississippi bluesman. Click through to check out some of today's highlights:
Gearing up For the Second Weekend of New Orleans Jazz Fest 2012
There's plenty happening tonight, but forgive us if as the clock winds down on this Hump Day, our minds begin to drift askance toward the Fair Grounds. The second weekend of JazzFest opens up tomorrow promptly at 11 a.m., bringing with it a whole new slate of craft vendors, and, of course, musicians. Check back with NoDef tomorrow for more of the second weekend highlights. For now, here's a look at what's spilled forth from these pages so far:
First JazzFest Revisited on Film Tonight
by Brad Rhines
It’s hard to imagine New Orleans without Jazz Fest, but the annual event has a relatively short history. The first fest happened in 1970 at Congo Square, before moving to the Fairgrounds two years later. The New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) has unearthed footage from the inaugural festival and will present a free screening of these early films at the U.S. Mint on Wednesday night.
ChazFest Brings out the Russians, Riff Raff
by Brad Rhines
Jazz Fest offers plenty of fun in the sun for weekend warriors, but for daytime drinking and midweek music, you’ll have to head to the Bywater. The 7th annual Chaz Fest happens on Wednesday, May 2, and was originally devised as an alternative to the big show at the Fairgrounds. Intended as a venue for local artists who couldn’t get booked for Jazz Fest, Chaz Fest was started by Alex McMurray, who named the event after his friend and Tin Men bandmate, the beloved Washboard Chaz Leary.
In Defense of the Tents
New Arrival Brings Welcome Changes to One Writer's JazzFest
At Jazz Fest on Saturday, I only crossed the track into the infield once, and that was for a bag of cracklins.
Today: Major Music Lineups Continue in New Orleans
Today, the great music offerings continues, even though the Fair Grounds gates aren't open. Dirty Dozen and Rebirth Brass bands play with many others at the Louisiana Music Factory, Brian Stoltz plays on Frenchman, and Dragon Smoke play One Eyed Jacks. This day in history, David Farragut formally captured New Orleans during the Civil War (1862), and Ft. Maurepas was completed (1699).
Janelle Monae's Band Caught Lying Down On the Job at JazzFest
by Ryan Sparks
Janelle Monae closed out the first weekend of Jazz Fest on the Gentilly Stage Sunday night with an energetic show. Her live band proved just as capable with their footwork as with their instrumental chops, churning through several choreographed dances through many of the songs. Monae’s charisma had thousands of members of the audience partaking as well.
JazzFest Flags and Fans: Photos
FAIR GROUNDS -- As they settled into first weekend of performances, JazzFest-goers planted their flag, and dug in for the duration. As always, the fields near the Acura and Gentilly Stages were filled with signposts serving both as meeting points and expressions. Special Guest Photographer Mike Schafter offered up a few prime examples of these banners, along with a few peoplewatching highlights for lagniappe.
The Big Chill
JazzFeast: WWOZ Mango Freeze Provides More than JazzFest Refreshment
While WWOZ show hosts like DJ Soul Sister and Jivin’ Gene have loyal followings, it’s hard to match listeners’ love for an icy Mango Freeze. The fresh fruit sorbet is a staple of the Fest’s fare, often cited alongside dishes like Crawfish Monica and the cochon de lait po-boy as must-eat treats year after year.
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