If you're heading to the the fairgrounds today, or not, here are some jams to guide you. (Find Gambit's complete Jazz Fest listings and artist previews here.) You can find me at the Metal Tent.
Grab rapper Dee-1's (12:40 p.m., Congo Square) latest mixtape I Hope They Hear Me Vol. 2 here, and download his previous drops here. Standout track (and video): the Mannie Fresh collab "The One That Got Away." Watch his latest video, "Writer's Block," here.
Watch Lafayette sunny psych-pop GIVERS (3:45 p.m., Gentilly Stage) latest video for "Ceiling of Plankton" here, and stream album tracks here. (And hey, read Gambit's cover story on the band before its breakout album release for In Light.)
Download Grammy-winning dream-folk artist Bon Iver's (5:25 p.m., Gentilly Stage) "Holocene" here and "Calgary" here, both from last year's Bon Iver, Bon Iver. Also download "Skinny Love" from his 2008 debut, and "Blood Bank" from his 2009 self-titled EP.
More music after the jump.
Stream tracks from jazz chanteuse Sasha Masakowski (3:45 p.m., Lagniappe Stage) with her Brazilian jazz outfit Musical Playground from 2011's Wishes here.
Cajun music torchbearers BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet (3:40 p.m. Fais Do-Do Stage) released the acclaimed Alligator Purse last year. Stream or download album tracks here.
Guitar Lightnin' Lee & his Thunder Band (5:15 p.m., Lagniappe Stage) rip up and close out the Lagniappe patio this evening. Download NOLA Rhythum & Booze tracks "Amsterdam" and "Mississippi Alabama Bound."
... and after the fest:
The Stooges Brass Band, Slavic Soul Party! and Debo Band are at Blue Nile at 9 p.m. Download a track from the 11-piece Ethiopian ensemble Debo Band from its Sub Pop release, and stream its EP Flamingoh here.
Rebirth Brass Band, Papa Grows Funk and Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk are at Howlin' Wolf at 10 p.m. Grab Rebirth's classic "Do Whacha Wanna" here.
GIVERS give an encore tonight at 9 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks with experimental guitar-pop trio Habitat — download the band's bedroom session here, via Chinquapin Records.
Bounce stars Katey Red and Nicky Da B and others are at Siberia at 9 p.m. Grab Nicky Da B's latest, a collab with super-producer Diplo, here.
The Backbeat Jazz Fest series kicks off tonight with an early set from Theresa Andersson, Cedric Burnside, T-Bird & the Breaks, and a late show with the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Grab a Theresa Andersson track here, and watch the Carolina Chocolate Drops below — read about the band, which also performs tomorrow at the Fest, in Gambit:
And at the Joy Theater, the Hot 8 Brass Band backs up underground hip-hop legends Dead Prez at midnight. Download Dead Prez's Revolutionary But Gangsta Grillz mixtape here. Listen to them destroy Drake's "Over" — Drake makes a DP reference in his track — with a monumental reminder of not only the group's breakout Let's Get Free but its still-in-the-air middle finger to everyone in hip-hop.
Saturday, April 28
Download "Bells Ring" by New Orleans indie pop ensemble Empress Hotel (11:30 a.m., Acura Stage).
Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue's (12:20 p.m. Gentilly Stage) Western swing-influence country pop is streaming or for download here.
Stream Khris Royal & Dark Matter's (12:20 p.m., Congo Square Stage) arena-sized funk rock track "Kendrick's World" here.
Download Cajun folk and zydeco outfit Pine Leaf Boys' (2:50 p.m. Fais Do-Do Stage) track "Festival Acadien" here.
Dr. Michael White (4:20 p.m. Economy Hall Tent) returns this year with volume two of his Adventures in New Orleans Jazz series. Download his take on "Me and Bobby McGee" here. The album will be released June 19 on Basin Street Records.
A trio of performances close out the Lagniappe stage: Andrew Duhon (1:45 p.m.), 2011 Big Easy Female Performer of the Year Meschiya Lake (3:05 p.m.), and Kristin Diable (4:40 p.m.) — stream the country-soul singer-songwriter's latest here.
... and after the fest:
Bantam Foxes, Mahayla and Empress Hotel are at Circle Bar at 10 p.m. Download Bantam Foxes' latest single "Violent Man" here.
Glish, New Lands and, making its debut, Woozy are at Hey! Cafe at 8 p.m. Download Glish's shoegazy, noisy space-pop debut Blast Off here.
Slangston Hughes celebrates the three-year anniversary of the hip-hop showcase Uniquity, 10 p.m. at Dragon's Den. The event has ushered in and showcased more than 70 artists in its three year run, rapper and producer Nesby Phips, Jon Mercure, and rap duo The TNC Boys join this set — all backed by live house jazz band Fo on the Flo. Scope Phips' extensive mixtape catalog here.
Sunday, April 29:
Stream Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue's (12:45 p.m. Acura Stage) 2010 album Backatown here. Watch the band perform "Do To Me" on Conan below:
Stream Grammy nominees Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys' (12:40 p.m. Fais Do-Do Stage) 2011 album Grand Isle here.
Dr. John (2:30 p.m. Acura Stage), fresh from releasing the killer Locked Down on Nonesuch this month, returns to his Jazz Fest throne. Stream "Revolution" here.
Folk outfit Iron & Wine (3:35 p.m. Fais Do Do Stage) joins Dr. John for a brief tour this summer — stream Sam Beam's Kiss Each Other Clean here.
... and after the fest (and during):
The Big Top's Punk Rock Takeover continues at 7 p.m. with Florida's No Children and Rose Cross, Kay Swiss & the Kedzz and Losing Streak. Download breakneck, female-fronted punks Rose Cross' cassette here.
And at 9 p.m., cellist Helen Gillet and her trio perform at the Zeitgiest Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center with Tim Green and Doug Garrison. Gillet also performs with the New Orleans Bingo! Show on Saturday at Jazz Fest. Watch her and Bingo! Show and Preservation Hall member Clint Maedgen perform at The Kennedy Center.