Popular mini-fests, Chaz Fest and Fiya Fest, are slated for today. Plus local and regional favorites like St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Rockin’ Dopsie, and the Soul Rebels are on the calendar. On this day in 1806, Donaldsonville was officially dedicated. Now, more to do this Wednesday.
Chaz Fest (Truck Farm, 11a.m.-11p.m.)
Eleven years ago, Alex McMurray, his wife Courtney Keller, and some friends created the fest for locals who had been did not make the Jazz Fest cut after a format change. The party is held at the Truck Farm, a complex of four adjacent backyards. The name is a both a clever pun on the more commercial offerings at the Fair Grounds and an homage to beloved local musician Washboard Chaz. Now, many of the bands on the lineup play both fests, but the rest remains static. There are two stages at the Farm, the Main Stage and the Hard Liquor Stage. Bywater staples like Helen Gillet, King James and the Special Men and Rory Danger and the Danger Dangers still captivate the crowds. No festival is complete without food and there will still be tubs of beer, margaritas, and various tasty delights served from beneath tin roofed lean-tos. And, of course, there will still be Christmas light illuminating the grounds.
Fiya Fest (Mardi Gras World, 1-10p.m.)
Annual jam packed funk festival features an all-star mix of local and national names such as Maceo, Zigaboo Modeliste, Karl Denson, and Ben Jaffe. In 2016, he will be playing with Soul Live and the Shady Horns. The Funky Meters and Robert Randolph and the Family Band round out the other headliners.FiyaFest is known for it’s mashups of funk greats and this year will be no exception. FunkiFIYA will be comprised of Zigaboo Modeliste, Ivan Neville, Karl Denson, Tony Hall, June Yamagishi, Big Sam, Jennifer Hartswick, Roosevelt Collier. Revivalistic Hall is best explained by the name. Stanton Moore, Robert Mercurio, Mark Braud Charlie Gabriel, Clint Maedgen, Ronell Johnosn, Ben Jaffe, David Shaw, Ed Williams, Zack Feinberg, and Mike Dillon make up this powerhouse. Finally, Leo Nocentelli, Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Corey Henry, Erica Falls, Farnell Newton, Khris Royal, and Alvin Ford Jr. will be Bernard Purdie & Friends.
St. Paul and the Broken Bones (Tip’s, 9p.m.)
The Broken Bones are a six piece soul from ‘bama. Members include Paul Janeway (vocals), Browan Lollar (guitar), Jesse Phillips (bass), Andrew Lee (drums), Al Gamble (keys), and Allen Branstetter (trumpet). Their 2014 album, “Half the City” propelled the group into the national sportlight and fans are eagerly awaiting a second album currenlty in the works.
Megalomaniac’s Ball (Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.)
The Fiyawerx folks are hosting another allstar mashup after their fest. The lineup features Dean Ween Group, Mike Dillon's New Orleans Punk Rock Percussion Consortium , The Stanton Moore Trio with David Torkanowski and James Singleton , and The Illuminaughty Trio featuring Mike Dillon, Brian Haas, and James Singleton, Mike Dillon Band (In The Den) Late Night and Space and Harmony featuring George Gekas and Rob Ingraham of The Revivalists and Bill Daniel and Sam Shahin of Naughty Professor In The Den between sets.
James Brown Dance Party (Republic, 10p.m.)
Touring musicians unite to honor the Godfather of Soul. The lineup includes Elise Testone (American Idol), Mousey Thompson (James Brown), Pete Murano (Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue), Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy), Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), Michael Ray (Kool & The Gang, Sun Ra), Anthony Wellington (Victor Wooten Band), Adam Chase (Jazz Is Phish), and Matthew Chase (Jazz Is Phish).
McFadden, Wimbish, Peebles (30/90, 1a.m.)
Doug Wimbish broke out with Living Colour and the bassist has played with countless greats in the time since. Eric McFadden is one of the most prolific guitarists out there. Joey Peebles is known for his work as the drummer for NOLA’s own Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. Tonight, the three combine forces for some cold jams.
Ivan Neville (Blue Nile, 9p.m.)
Ivan is the scion of music royalty. He’ll be playing without his band Dumpstaphunk tonight, but he is till sure to bring the funk. Ivan’s skills have landed him gigs with everyone from Bonnie Raitt to the Spin Doctors to his uncle Aaron.
Lost Bayou Ramblers (Chickie Wah Wah, 11p.m.)
These local boys bring a hot and entertaining show that will have your feet dancing and hands clapping to the beat. They mix cajun, rock and folk music to create something totally unique. One of their signature sets was a cover of The Beatles “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band” at d.b.a. They’ve been Grammy nominated and contributed to the soundtrack of Beasts of the Southern Wild. Their use of modern sonic elements with their traditionally cajun twangs makes going to see this band a satisfying and often musically surprising show. Spyder Stacy, Luther Dickinson sit in.
Wednesday at the Square (Lafayette Square, 6p.m.)
In spring, hundreds flock to the Square weekly for this immensely popular outdoor music series. The YLC benefits are like a mini-fest replete with food and drink vendors. Today, Cyril Neville’s Royal Southern Brotherhood headlines.
Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. (Rock n’ Bowl, 8p.m.)
Dopsie is the son of a zydeco legend of the same name, and he has done an admirable job of keeping his father’s legacy alive. On the accordion, washboard, and vocals Dopsie Jr. and his Zydeco Hellraisers understand that their genre is meant to get audiences on their feet and dancing.
Soul Rebels (Mardi Gras World, 4:20p.m.)
Coming up out of the 6th Ward, the Soul Rebels expanded the boundaries of modern-day brass band music's mix of funk, soul, jazz and hip-hop. Nowadays, they're one of the vanguards of the genre, and are always willing to funk up one of your favorite songs with a cover.
Showcase (Louisiana Music Factory, 12-6:30p.m.)
The popular record store sets up a small stage and invites their favorite local artists to pop in for quick sets all day during fest season. Today’s guests includes Cha Wa, Michael Cerveris, and the Hot 8 Brass Band.