Jazz Fest

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Billy Joel to play Smoothie King Center Feb. 10, 2017

Posted By on Thu, Nov 10, 2016 at 10:21 AM

  • Billy Joel.

Veteran singer/songwriter Billy Joel will appear at Smoothie King Center Feb. 10, 2017, officials with Live Nation announced this morning at a press conference.

Joel appeared at the 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. (He also made an unannounced appearance at the Hotel Monteleone’s Carousel Bar, where he played a surprise set of tunes.)

A presale for American Express card members begins Mon. Nov. 14 at Ticketmaster. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Fri. Nov. 18.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Bayou Country Superfest moves to Superdome for May 26-28, 2017 event

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 11:00 AM


Bayou Country Superfest will move from LSU Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge to the Superdome for its 2017 Memorial Day weekend event, according to a press release from Festival Productions.

LSU's Tiger Stadium will be unavailable due to scheduled renovations.

The 2016 Bayou Country Superfest featured Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan. Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Brothers Osborne, Little Big Town and others. The 2017 music lineup will be announced Dec. 1. The festival runs May 26-28, 2017.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Tony Bennett to play Saenger Theatre Dec. 7

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 10:12 AM

Tony Bennett.
  • Tony Bennett.
Just in time for the holidays (when, maybe, baby, it'll be cold outside), crooner Tony Bennett will come to New Orleans for a Dec. 7 concert at the Saenger Theater

Bennett has visited New Orleans many times before, notably at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the 2015 Jazz Fest, where his set with Lady Gaga at the Gentilly Stage was plagued with sound problems. A painter, Bennett also created the 2010 Jazz Fest poster (a portrait of Louis Prima).

Tickets for the Saenger show go on sale Friday (Sept. 30) at 10 a.m. and range from $59.50-$125. 

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Louisiana musician Buckwheat Zydeco dies at 68

Posted By on Sat, Sep 24, 2016 at 2:22 PM

Buckwheat Zydeco. - DRAGON TASLC
  • Buckwheat Zydeco.
Louisiana musician Buckwheat Zydeco died early this morning at the age of 68, according to his longtime manager Ted Fox. Zydeco, aka Stanley Dural Jr., had been suffering from lung cancer and unable to perform for most of 2016. Recently his Carencro home had been damaged in the August floods, according to Fox.

"Buck made everything and everyone he touched better and happier," Fox wrote on Dural's Facebook page. "RIP my dear friend, my brother."

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Sunday at Jazz Fest

Posted By on Mon, May 2, 2016 at 6:41 PM

Frankie Beverly and Maze perform at Jazz Fest. - FRANK ETHERIDGE
  • Frankie Beverly and Maze perform at Jazz Fest.
Saturday’s heavy rains left the Fair Grounds a soggy mess for Jazz Fest’s finale on Sunday. The sometimes wet, windy and chilly day saw migratory geese milling about Acura Stage lagoons while a bevy of tribute shows filled stages, including standout homages to Allen Toussaint and B.B. King stood out.

Maze came to play Sunday. Formed decades ago in Oakland but long associated with New Orleans due its annual closing out of both Congo Square at Jazz Fest and Essence Music Festival, the band is propelled by an artist/audience exchange that’s as fun, funky and well-informed as they come. All clad in all white, the ensemble locked in a groove and the bassist’s expressions (appearing on video screens) showed it was time to get down to business as frontman Frankie Beverly strolled onstage. It was the slow and deliberate walk of a elder statesman in full command of his powers, and Beverly joked midway through the high-intensity set, “I’ll be blessed to turn 70 years old this year — 70! — but damn if y’all ain’t trying to kill me up here on this stage today.”

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Neil Young brings the noise to Jazz Fest

Posted By on Mon, May 2, 2016 at 6:35 PM

Neil Young smiled and put a microphone up to the mouth of a cigar store Indian while two women in overalls tossed seeds at flowers in terra-cotta planters. Over the next two hours on the wet, windy and mud-filled final day of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Young conjured lightning rods of droning atmosphere, synchronized with the whipping rains and winds turning the warm and humid weather into a cold, sun-absent afternoon. Later, people in HAZMAT suits sprayed a heavy dose of poison-like fog on the stage, which then cleared to reveal the band as if it was about to play something more sinister.

If Neil Young can do this at Jazz Fest, the festival should maybe consider Earth, whose down-tuned desert blues could've played right into or out of Young's set. Or New Orleans' own Mars or Eyehategod, whose families probably would love to see them on a sunny afternoon and not 4 a.m. on a Tuesday. (Alternately: Neil Young fans, if you were into that, go see them.)

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Y@ Speak: purple rained out

Posted By on Mon, May 2, 2016 at 4:05 PM

After you wash off the Patient Zero-level disease you collected from the musical horse river, let's look at some holes! Massive, people- and car-eating holes sprouting across the city like nightmare moles forecasting some kind of apocalypse or the earth's reclamation of our devil town — that's just so NOLA.

Also: meet a racist deputy!

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Jazz Fest 2016: Photos from Sunday, May 1

Posted By on Mon, May 2, 2016 at 11:12 AM

Rains lingered on the final day of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, though acts including folk Legend Arlo Guthrie touring on the 50th anniversary of Alice’s Restaurant, Grammy award-nominee and Austin Hall of Fame inductee Marcia Ball, gospel great Mavis Staples and others played though it on Sunday, May 1.

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Rains dampen Jazz Fest on Saturday

Posted By on Sun, May 1, 2016 at 12:21 PM

Midnite Disturbers perform on the Jazz & Heritage Stage.
  • Midnite Disturbers perform on the Jazz & Heritage Stage.
Thunder and heavy rains caused Jazz Fest to close at roughly 5 p.m. Saturday, canceling sets by headliners including Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg and Beck. The festival announced that tickets used for entry Saturday, April 30, will be honored for entry today. Details are here. The festival also announced that Jazz Fest shuttle will operate from downtown pickup locations only.

Crowds braved light rain for a host of performers before thundershowers set in. At the Jazz & Heritage Stage, the annual Midnite Disturbers set was true to form, with more than 10 horn players backed by drummers Stanton Moore and Kevin O'Day. The supergroup of Galactic members and brass band players included saxophonist Ben Ellman, trombonist Big Sam Williams, trumpeter Shamarr Allen, saxophonist Skerik, trombonist Corey Henry, tuba player Edward Lee and others. The group turned songs like Henry's "Buck It Like a Horse" into extended romps, which at times soared with group playing, got loose during trombone duels between Henry and Williams and on tuba solos, and had interludes with Allen exhorting the large crowd to step up its dancing. "We're not going to Buck it all by ourselves," Allen said.

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