Jazz Fest

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Jazz Fest cubes and full schedule to be announced March 28

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 10:01 PM

Stevie Wonder performs at Jazz Fest. - SCOTT SALTZMAN
  • Stevie Wonder performs at Jazz Fest.
The cubes! The cubes!

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival announced today that the fest's full schedule — aka "the cubes" — would be released March 28,

That should give Festheads plenty of time to plot their schedules in order to see (or avoid) Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, Dave Matthews, Widespread Panic, and the rest of the headliners, as well as local acts, book signings, musical discussions and, of course, crawfish bread runs.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Jimmy Buffett plans Florida retirement home for Parrotheads

Posted By on Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 2:34 PM


Fans of French Quarter busker-turned-Corona with a lime lifestyle entrepreneur Jimmy Buffett have flocked to his Margaritaville Restaurants (including one in the Mall of America), his casinos ("wastin' away again in Bossier Cityville"), and clothing. Now they have a new option: a Jimmy Buffett-themed retirement community called Latitude Margaritaville:
Inspired by the legendary music and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and best-selling author Jimmy Buffett, your new home in paradise features exciting recreation, unmatched dining and FINtastic nightlife.
The project in Daytona Beach, Florida, plans to have model homes "starting in the low $200,000s" ready early next year.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Krewe du Vieux sends up the world in a crowd-pleasing, profane parade

Posted By on Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 2:31 AM

"The Russians Are Coming" was a Krewe du Vieux float by subkrewe Krewe of Comatose, parodying President Donald Trump's cozy relationship with Russia — featuring him being sodomized by Vladimir Putin. - ALEX WOODWARD
  • "The Russians Are Coming" was a Krewe du Vieux float by subkrewe Krewe of Comatose, parodying President Donald Trump's cozy relationship with Russia — featuring him being sodomized by Vladimir Putin.

Carnival's most irreverent walking krewe, Krewe du Vieux, rolled (or is it staggered?) tonight through the Faubourg Marigny and French Quarter. This year's theme — "The Crass Menagerie" — was interpreted widely by KdV's 17 subkrewes.

The theme was elastic — perhaps too much so. Floats and marchers encompassed everything from the "Audubondage Zoo" to Wikileaks — and, of course, plenty of barbs thrown at President Donald Trump. Many of the marchers made reference to the president's famous "grab them by the pussy" quote, with people strutting down the street dressed as vaginas and the traditional "Pizza Sluts" brigade bringing all matter of genitalia to the route. Comatose had a funny float featuring Trump being sodomized by Russian president Vladimir Putin ("The Russians Are Coming").

Krewe of K.A.O.S. had a winner with "Orange is the New Black," which somehow mashed up the TV show of the same name, Trump's odd skin color and A Clockwork Orange, with marching "droogs" dressed like Malcolm McDowall in the film A Clockwork Orange. Krewe du Mishigas sent up Trump's immigration executive order with a clever throw called the "Alien Visa Application," and there were "I Voted" stickers with Putin instead of George Rodrigue's Blue Dog, but many of the throws and handouts weren't as inspired as in years past.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Kamasi Washington to perform six shows in New Orleans in May

Posted By on Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 2:30 PM


To top his last visit to New Orleans, in which he performed four shows over two nights during the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, saxophonist and bandleader Kamasi Washington returns to New Orleans for six shows over three nights in May.

Washington performs at 8 p.m. and midnight Thursday-Saturday, May 4-6 at One Eyed Jacks during the second weekend of Jazz Fest 2017. Tickets are $40.

Washington's masterful, appropriately titled 2015 triple album The Epic earned stellar reviews for its sweeping experiments in jazz and beyond, kicking down a door opened by Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly, on which Washington also performs. 

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest posters announced

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 3:02 PM

Francis X. Pavy created the image for the official 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival poster.
  • Francis X. Pavy created the image for the official 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival poster.

The 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival posters have been announced. The festival poster features New Orleans' funk innovators, The Meters, and was created by Francis X. Pavy. The image depicts Art Neville, George Porter Jr., Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste and Leo Nocentelli in front of a curtain decorated with what look like French Quarter buildings. Pavy also created the image of the Neville Brothers used in the 1997 Jazz Fest poster and the Jerry Lee Lewis poster in 2007.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Louis C.K., 'alternative facts,' a market for Marigny and other stories you may have missed this week

Posted By on Sun, Jan 29, 2017 at 9:00 AM


• FEST, FEST, FEST: The 2017 Jazz Fest lineup was announced. You people on Twitter had a few thoughts. And Aaron Neville is part of the just-announced French Quarter Fest lineup.

• COMING TO TOWN: Louis C.K. is coming to town this week for a couple of just-announced shows. The Pixies are coming later.

• LGBT NEWS: The LGBT Community Center is getting a new home. And a new eldercare group is launching a health care provider network for LGBT seniors.

• KRISPY KRUNCHY KING CAKE: Where you can eat king cake topped with crickets.

Lots more under the jump ...

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Friday, January 27, 2017

What you're saying about the 2017 Jazz Fest lineup

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2017 at 1:36 PM

Wilco performs at 2017's Jazz Fest. - ZORAN HIRES
  • Wilco performs at 2017's Jazz Fest.

It's all about that Jazz Fest, 'bout that Jazz Fest, 'bout that Jazz Fest this morning.

And reaction to the 2017 lineup (which is a very Jazzfestian lineup indeed) is a Rorschach test of one's musical tastes. (This year's "What is he/she doing here?!?!?" slot seems to be filled by poor Meghan Trainor.)

Here's what people are saying on Twitter about the event that's described both as "the GOAT" and "a hot, hairy human car wash."

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2017 Jazz Fest lineup announced: Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, Dave Matthews and others headed to New Orleans

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2017 at 10:02 AM

  • Photo by Scott Saltzman

Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Maroon 5, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Kings of Leon, Harry Connick Jr., Usher and The Roots, Snoop Dogg, Lorde, Pitbull, Alabama Shakes, Earth, Wind and Fire, Nas, Wilco, Patti LaBelle and many others will perform at the 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The festival returns to the Fairgrounds Friday, April 28-Sunday, April 30 and Thursday, May 4-Sunday, May 7.

Connick, Trey Anastasio Band, Nas with The Soul Rebels, Aaron Neville and Leon Bridges join opening day on Friday, April 28. Maroon 5, Usher and The Roots, Alabama Shakes, Jonny Lang and Jon Batiste and Stay Human perform Saturday, April 29. Tom Petty, Lorde, Pitbull, George Benson and Dr. John close out the first weekend on Sunday, April 30.

Thursday's lineup includes Widespread Panic, Darius Rucker, Corinne Bailey Rae, Tower of Power and Herb Alpert & Lani Hall, with a tribute to Louis Armstrong featuring Hugh Masekela and Dr. Michael White.

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Earth, Wind and Fire, Wilco and Rhiannon Giddens are on the bill for Friday, May 5. Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg and Meghan Trainor perform Saturday, May 6. Closing out the festival on Sunday, May 7 are Kings of Leon, Trombone Shorty, Patti LaBelle, The Meters, Buddy Guy and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

2017 Jazz Fest lineup coming Friday, Jan. 27

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2017 at 3:00 PM


The news came in a tweet from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival: This year's Jazz Fest lineup will be announced Friday.

It's time to start speculating: Paul McCartney? Stevie Wonder? Tom Petty? Wilco? An Outkast reunion? A million jam bands?

Whom do you want to see at this year's Jazz Fest?

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Medeski Martin and Wood and Hurray for the Riff Raff headed to the Civic Theatre during Jazz Fest

Posted By on Mon, Dec 12, 2016 at 2:45 PM

Hurray for the Riff Raff performs at the Civic Theatre May 5. - SARRAH DANZIGER
  • Hurray for the Riff Raff performs at the Civic Theatre May 5.

The nighttime lineups following the 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival are starting to pop up. During the festival's second weekend, the Civic Theatre hosts powerhouse trio Medeski, Martin and Wood, with Wilco's Nils Cline, on Thursday, May 4. Hurray for the Riff Raff — in the wake of its anticipated 2017 album The Navigator — performs Friday, May 5.

MMW recently celebrated its 25th anniversary amid a career spanning its Hammond-powered jazz and funk to its work with virtuoso guitarist John Scofield and often-improvised, jam-heavy sets. Wilco's unpredictable noise machine Cline joined the band for The Woodstock Sessions (Vol. 2)  in 2014.

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