Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Roots, Young Thug and more headed to New Orleans this spring

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click to enlarge The Roots perform at the Orpheum Theater on Friday, April 29.
  • The Roots perform at the Orpheum Theater on Friday, April 29.
The versatile, long-running hip-hop outfit The Roots will perform a late-night, massive tribute to late saxophonist Clarence "Trixzey" Slaughter at The Orpheum Theater during the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The band ("plus special guests") presides over “Soul Slaughter: In Memory of Clarence Slaughter," at 11 p.m. Friday, April 29.

The latest from the genre-spanning Philadelphia outfit and The Tonight Show house band — led by founders Tariq Trotter, aka Black Thought, and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson — is 2014's …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. The band's New Orleans show honors the 26-year-old Hot 8 Brass Band saxophonist who died in January. Tickets are $93.50-$193.50 and go on sale Friday, March 25.

The Orpheum's late-night Jazz Fest lineup also includes Chick Corea and Bela Fleck on April 16, The Meters on April 22, The Revivalists on April 23, Big Chief Donald Harrison Jr. on April 26, and Galactic with JJ Grey & Mofro on April 30.

Meanwhile, Lil Wayne-influenced Atlanta rapper Young Thug — whose distinctive mush-mouthed, unhinged sing-song raps lit up the radio with 2015's "Lifestyle" — will perform at the Republic at 8 p.m. Monday, May 9 (the day after the release of his anticipated debut studio album). The prolific rapper and recent Cash Money signee will release the third installment of his Slime Season mixtapes this month. Tickets to his New Orleans show are $32.50-$75.

Republic's Jazz Fest lineup also includes Kurt Vile (April 17), Michael Franti & Spearhead (April 22), George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic (April 24), Los Lobos and Tab Benoit (April 29), and Big Freedia with the Soul Rebels (April 30).

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