Jazz Fest is back and so are the insane after hours offerings. Haynes, Denson, Galactic, Rebirth, and the Dozen are just a few of the acts jamming tonight. On this day in 1812, Louisiana officially became the 18th state in the Union. And, there is lots to do to celebrate statehood.
Karl Denson (Tip’s, 9p.m.)
Saxophonist Karl Denson and his band are known for getting crowds moving, whether they are performing covers of “Seven Nation Army” or original works. Denson has been playing for nearly 30 years. He has performed with Lenny Kravitz, and is currently the saxophonist for San Diego based rockers Slightly Stoopid as well as Fest favorites the Greyboy Allstars.
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.
Galactic, J.J. Grey, Mofro (Orpheum, 8:30p.m.)
Since Galactic's inception 20 years ago, their sound has progressed from organic New Orleans funk and jazz jam band, to a different description coined by bassist Robert Mercurio: gritty, unpolished funk. While band members might pop up in all sorts of side projects around town, they always return to their collaborative songwriting and performances with the legendary Galactic.
Anders Osborne (Howlin Wolf, 10p.m.)
NOLA favorite covers Osborne, Swedish born guitarist turned local, took a giant leap one year when he decided all he wanted to do was play the shit out of his guitar. Riffing such melodies as “Mind of a Junkie,” Anders speaks out about struggling with drugs, love, and naturally, his adopted hometown New Orleans. However, tonight the guitarist will be covering all Prince.
Jon Batiste (Civic, 8p.m.)
Before leaving New Orleans to study at Juilliard and eventually settle in New York City, Batiste graduated from NOCCA. During his time in the Boot, he often played with Trombone Shorty, Donald Harrison, Jason Marsalis, and Christian Scott. Batiste went on to build a name for himself as a composer, educator, and musician. He formed the band Stay Human with some Juilliard classmates. Batiste now reaches an international audience as Stephen Colbert’s bandleader.
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 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.
Big Freedia (Republic, 9p.m.)
You already know the Bounce Queen can drop it. If there is any doubt, check out her hit show on FUSE network or just ask a local. Tonight’s show will also feature Soul Rebels.
Voodoo Dead (Republic, 2a.m.)
Steve Kimock, Jackie Greene, Jeff Chimenti (Dead & Co.), George Porter Jr., and John Morgan Kimock cover a band beyond description. Plus, Papa Mali and Cyril Neville sit in.
Susan Cowsill (Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.)
Susan began her career as a child star along with her siblings in The Cowsills, the real-life inspiration for “The Partridge Family.” With maturity, she branched out into a solo career and shifted her focus to americana and roots. Tonight, she continues her “Covered in Vinyl” series with a rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “Darkness on the Edge of Town.”
Dirty Dozen (d.b.a., 9p.m.)
They’ve been performing for over 35 years, traveling the world to bring their unique blend of music to audiences near and afar. Jam along to traditional New Orleans music, funk, R&B, plus influences from around the globe tonight at an intimate Frenchmen venue.
Rebirth Brass Band (Maison, 10p.m.)
Come down to Frenchmen for not one, but two sets from the double Grammy-winning brass band. Led by Derrick Tabb and Tuba Phil, the group has played worldwide, but there is no better place to see them than here, at home.
Royal Southern Brotherhood (B.B. King’s, 11:59p.m.)
Cyril Neville’s all-star band plays a potent mix blues, jam-rock, funk and more than a little soul. The names in the group are pretty impressive. Although Mike Zito and Devon Allman are no longer with the group, Tyrone Vaughn (yes, those Vaughn’s) filled in. Plus, Charlie Wooton brings one bad bass to the mix.
Jon Cleary (Maple Leaf, 11p.m.)
With uncanny syncopation and a predilection for funky New Orleans grooves, one would never guess by his music that Jon Clearly hails from across the pond. The funk/R&B keyboardist will be joined by the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, New Orleans natives Derwin “Big D” Perkins on guitar, Cornell C. Williams on bass and backup vocals, and Eddie Christmas on the drums.
Feufollet (Siberia,, 9p.m.)
Acclaimed Lafayette band Feufollet are doing something few others have attempted: blending the Cajun French tradition of Southern Louisiana with current pop sensibilities. Their playful engagement with the region’s musical and linguistic roots have won them fans across Acadiana.