Jazz Fest is hitting overdrive today. After the Fairgrounds spill out, the music is just starting. Everyone from Warren Haynes to the Funky Meters are playing this evening. Happy Birthday to Master P, local rapper and label founder who makes 43 today. Now, more to do this Friday.
The Funky Meters (Tip’s. 9p.m.)
The Meters are widely credited with co-creating the entire funk genre with classics like “Cissy Strut” and “Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley.” Art Neville, George Porter Jr., and Terrence Houston are performing in this iteration of the legends. 7 Come 11 opens.
The Last Waltz (Saenger, 9p.m.)
Warren Haynes, John Medeski, Jamey Johnson, George Porter Jr., Dave Malone, Don Was, Terrence Higgins, and Mark Mullins will team up to honor the 40th anniversary of “The Last Waltz.” Waltz was the famed last concert of the band, forever preserved on celluloid by Martin Scorcese. The original 41 song performance included horn arrangements by Allen Toussaint which will be replicated during the forthcoming show. Likewise, a parade of special guests helped forever immortalize the night 1976, a feat organizers promise to replicate with their own set of stars sitting in.
Los Lobos (Republic, 8p.m.)
The lords of roots rock are playing the Fest, but they've got a nighttime show in case they just don't quite fit your cubes. The Grammy winning chicano band have been going strong since the early 70’s.
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (Joy, 10p.m.)
Joe Russo teams up with Dave Dreiwitz, Marco Benevento, Scott Metzger, and Tom Hamilton to create an American Beauty. Tonight, the music never stopped as this amazing lineup performs the songs of the Grateful Dead.
The Roots with Hot 8 (Orpheum, 9p.m.)
Black Thought and Questlove are bringing their hip-hop/neo soul outfit to town. Although your parents might know them from their role as Jimmy Fallon’s house band, the group is a legendary with 10 studio albums and two EPs over the course of their storied career. Tonight, they will pay homage to late New Orleans sax master Clarence “Trixie” Slaughter along with the Hot 8 Brass band.
The New Mastersounds (Joy, 12a.m.)
Eddie Roberts is leader of Leeds, England, funk stars The New Mastersounds. His quartet will join up with members of popular funkies from this side of the pond. The group boasts dozens of releases but come for the improv jams.
Marcia Ball (Le Petit, 9p.m.)
Blues-rock pianist and vocalist Marcia Ball has been stroking the keys since she was five years old. The Texas-born artist blends genres from swamp rock to Texas blues into her music. The resulting sound has made her a beloved fixture in town.
Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers (Blue Nile, 10:30p.m.)
All aboard! NOLA current heir to the Armstrong persona is staying up late for Jazz Fest. The neighborhood has gotten a little better and the time has gotten a little earlier, but the music remains the same. Expect a healthy dose of standards, some NOLA favorites, and a lot of personality. We partyin’.
Tuba Skinny (d.b.a., 6p.m.)
Tuba Skinny is a group of former street musicians who meet in 2009 and evolved into a jazz band. The septet blends traditional jazz, ragtime, and blues, and their latest album is called Pyramid Strut. They remain a favorite amongst the swing dance crowd.
Communion (Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.)
Indie darlings Communion music are back in NOLA. The artist run label/promoter/creative hub is promoting a lineup that includes My Jerusalem, Purple, Los Coast and Luxley. The Residency series is slated to hit 13 cities nationally. The series is a followup to previous Communion projects like the lauded “Austin to Boston” tour.