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November 27th

Pelicans v. Clippers

Staples Center, 9:30p.m.



New Orleans Suspects

Maple Leaf, 10:30p.m.

Old fashioned neighborhood party


Royal T

Gasa Gasa, 10p.m.

Also ft. Painted Hands and Vapo Rats


Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Tip’s, 9p.m.

Classsic Nola jams


James Hall

Circle Bar, 10p.m.

Rock singer and guitarist


Young Jeezy

Republic, 10p.m.

Album release party


November 28th

Pelicans v. Jazz

Vivint Smart Home Arena

Utah takes on New Orleans


Mac Miller

The Joy, 8p.m.

Also ft. Tory Lanez, Michael Christmas and Njomza


Classic Weekend Jam

Lakefront Arena, 8p.m.

Ft. Yo Gotti and Rick Ross


Bayou Classic

Superdome, 4p.m.

Southern University v. Grambling State University


Football & Courtyard Bar

Gasa Gasa, 7p.m.

Football and alcohol— need we say more?


Bad Girls of Burlesque

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Drinks, music and burlesque


November 29th

Saints v. Texans

NRG Stadium, 12p.m.

Nola takes on Houston


Holiday Inn

Prytania, 10a.m.

1942 flick starring Fred Astaire


Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Also ft. Walter “Wolfman Washington and Russell Batiste


Gospel Brunch

House of Blues, 10a.m.

Definitely try the chicken and waffles


Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.

Classic NOLA jams


November 30th

Big K.R.I.T.

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Part of the Kritically Acclaimed Tour



Higher Heights Reggae Band

Blue Nile, 9p.m.

Get your reggae jams on


Glen David Andrews

b.b.a., 10p.m.

Nola jams


Aurora Nealand & Royal Roses

Maison, 7p.m.

Traditional jazz meets modernity

Levon Helm, Bunny Wailer Out of JazzFest Lineup

JazzFest announced more lineup shuffles Monday morning, as two of the Fest's prime music legends said they wouldn't be playing this year at the Fair Grounds. Levon Helm, who was scheduled to play a set with Mavis Staples and his band on Saturday, May 5, will be replaced by the Warren Haynes Band. Meanwhile, Bunny Wailer, an original member of Bob Marley's reggae combo, will be replaced by Marley's son, Ziggy, whose Wild and Free Tour was already scheduled to come through New Orleans during JazzFest.


JazzFest did not detail reasons for the cancellations. Helm, the drummer and vocalist of the legendary earthy rock combo The Band, has been in poor health for most of the year. His former Band-mate Robbie Robertson set off speculation Saturday in Cleveland at the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony when he sent "Love and Prayers" to Helm, even though the two haven't been on speaking terms for years. According to, Helm postponed a series of shows due to a slipped disc in his back last week. Helm last played JazzFest in 2010. This set was geared up to be a classic, as Helm's band was set to play with equally legendary soul singer Mavis Staples.


The circumstances surrounding Wailer's departure from the lineup are less apparent, with no news about injury or illness circulating. Marley will assume Wailer's spot closing out the Congo Square stage on Friday, May 4.


Warren Haynes is a longtime Radiators pal and JazzFest fixture - as well as longtime member of the Allman Brothers Band and Government Mule. Ziggy Marley has been touring for years as an ambassador of his father's brand of Jamaican reggae. 

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