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The 6th Ward's brass band saunters over to Frenchmen
Maple Leaf, 10p.m.
2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band
Snug Harbor, 8p.m. or 10p.m.
The groove masters play their own songs plus more from the Blue Note songbook
Broadway Street, 9a.m.-1p.m.
Uptown edition of the city's prime local market
Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.
British-born keyboardist’s groove is all New Orleans
Bullet’s Sports Bar, 7p.m.
See Kermitt weekly gig in the 7th Ward and get to bed early
Spotted Cat, 6.p.m.
Jazz singer with a vintage twist
One Eyed Jacks, 8p.m.
Isakov’s will be playing songs from his new album “The Weatherman”
Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.
Another home game for the win!
Prytania Theatre, Noon
Hitchcock thriller in 3D!
Blue Nile, 11p.m.
A new breed of local brass gets the party going on Frenchmen
This New Orleans bluesman often plays guitar with his teeth
House of Blues, 7p.m.
Death metal bands unite in New Orleans ft. special guests
Gasa Gasa, 8p.m.
Gasa's resident percussionist plus Brian Haas and James Singleton
Old US Mint, 2p.m.
Choral group welded through New Orleans eclectic music scene; $5
Ogden After Hours, 6p.m.
Hear the guitarist/composer play and speak at Thursday’s premier after hours event
Grammy nominated singer for her album “Better” in 2013
Maple Leaf, 12a.m.
Drumming sensation takes the stage with Mike Dillon and Brian Haas
The Joy Theater, 7:30p.m.
Ten StorySLAM champs retell their tales to the theme “Fish Out of Water”
Old US Mint, 2p.m.
New Orleans songwriter performs a solo show
Old US Mint, 8p.m.
Cellist uses electronic loops to create compelling compositions
Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.
L.A. vs. LA
Prytania Theatre, 12:15 a.m. (also playing 31st)
Cult classic takes to the big screen…again
A band made up of LA and TX natives mix up a pot of gumbo goodness with hints of zydeco, blues, soul and hip hop
New Orleans funk quartet gets reoriented with Sonic Bloom ft. Eric Bloom of Lettuce
Saegner, 2p.m. and 7p.m.
13-piece band jazzes it up with six singer-dancers complete with WWII era costumes
House of Blues, 8p.m.
A tribute to Bon Jovi
French Quarter, 6:30p.m.
The raunchy and sarcastic Quarter parade is back and rolling down a new route
French Quarter, 7:15
Burlesque diva Trixie Minx presides over Delusion rolling after Krewe de Vieux
Get funky after Krewe de Vieux
Painting Aaron Neville: JazzFest Poster Artist James Michalopoulos Talks 'Heart Song'
When James Michalopoulos was approached to create the 2013 Jazz Fest poster, he of course accepted. Trading architecture for portraiture, the renowned New Orleans artist momentarily set aside his celebrated shotgun house illustrations to portray Aaron Neville of the Neville Brothers, an exemplar of New Orleans soul and R&B, who also happens to turn 72 years young today.
“This is my sixth Jazz Fest poster,” said Michalopoulos. “I paint figurative works. It’s something that I very much enjoy doing.”
As Michalopoulos knows, painting a face, especially a famous one, involves much more than just getting the features right. For a sitter like Aaron Neville, conveying character and spirit are equally important as getting the proportions right.
“I think the most critical element is to be available to be schooled by the subject and I approach it that way,” said Michalopoulos. “If you’re feeling copasetic you begin to be open to what that person’s about.”
For Michalopoulos, communicating Neville’s spiritual nature, a dominant part of his character, was most important.
“One of the things that comes across to me most powerfully is that his music and his singing is about him practicing release. He is expressing freedom, so he is a challenge in that regard,” said Michalopoulos.
Michalopoulos, who has had the advantage of knowing the Neville with the golden pipes for years, not only looked to the subject himself, but also to his music.
“I spent a long time going over his music and I have interacted with him directly. The thing that was most moving for me was spending the time with his music and in particular the song ‘Bird on a Wire,’” said Michalopoulos.
The Leonard Cohen cover comes through clearly in the painting’s background. Doves scatter above Aaron as if reacting to his song. Their white offsets the deep blues and purples. Aaron throws his head up in a sort of ecstasy, as if the music has completely enveloped him. His eyes are closed, yet his hand knows where to strike the tambourine.
“He did a marvelous rendition of [the song]. He’s done several. I just found myself lost in that. I took it as an exemplar of his expression and his artistic life and that’s kind of what motivated me,” said Michalopoulos.
After successfully representing the elements that make Aaron Neville Aaron Neville, Michalopoulos aptly named his portrait Heart Song.
“I think he’s all heart and that is so evident when he’s singing,” he said. “He’s just lost in it and I tried to convey that and his rising up and his lost-ness that is so evident when he’s in the middle of his music.”
That’s what Jazz Fest is all about. Getting lost in the music even if only for a couple hours.
JazzFest posters are available at art4now.com.
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