Jazz Fest

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Get your 2014 Jazz Fest cubes here

Posted By on Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Bruce Springsteen performs 5:10 p.m. Saturday, May 3.
  • Bruce Springsteen performs 5:10 p.m. Saturday, May 3.

Organizers for the 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival released the coveted "cubes" schedules with times and stages for each performer at the 45th annual event April 25-May 4.

A few interesting programming notes: The Gentilly Stage is now the Samsung Galaxy stage, and the fest's longest slot goes to Phish, which gets a full three hours Saturday, April 26 on the Acura Stage.

Look for triple-threat headliners: Santana vs. Avett Brothers vs. Public Enemy on the first Friday, April 25 and Eric Clapton vs. Vampire Weekend vs. Charlie Wilson Sunday, April 26, and Christina Aguilera vs. Alabama Shakes vs. Chaka Khan vs. Pharaoh Sanders Friday, May 2.

Bruce Springsteen's under-two-hour set also is up against Foster the People and Trey Songz on Saturday, May 3, and festival closer Trombone Shorty is on the Acura Stage Sunday, May 4.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Arcade Fire adds Lost Bayou Ramblers to Reflektor tour

Posted By on Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Lost Bayou Ramblers
  • Lost Bayou Ramblers

Montreal's Arcade Fire picked up Grammy-nominated south Louisiana band Lost Bayou Ramblers for two dates in the art-rock band's Reflektor tour. The Ramblers join Arcade Fire on Wednesday, April 9 in Houston and Thursday, April 10 in Austin.

Arcade Fire will headline the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival's first weekend on Friday, April 4. The Ramblers perform at Jazz Fest on Friday, May 2. The band also performs Friday, April 11 at Tipitina's; Saturday, April 12 at the French Quarter Festival; Friday, May 2 at Gasa Gasa; Saturday, May 3 at d.b.a.; and Saturday, May 24 at One Eyed Jacks.

The Ramblers' most recent album, 2012's Mammoth Waltz — featuring Dr. John, the Violent Femmes' Gordon Gano and actor/singer Scarlett Johansson — is a hot-blooded Cajun rock record. The band was nominated for the Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Grammy in 2008 for its Live: A La Blue Moon.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

All-star tribute to Dr. John at the Saenger Theater during Jazz Fest

Posted By on Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Dr. John at the 2009 Big Easy Music Awards - (C) BIG EASY MUSIC AWARDS
  • Dr. John at the 2009 Big Easy Music Awards

Dr. John may not be playing Jazz Fest this year, but he'll be playing locally during Jazz Fest, and the venue and lineup are both stellar.

“The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music" is a one-night-only gig at the Saenger Theater, and the lineup of artists playing tribute to Dr. John include Gregg Allman, Tab Benoit, Ryan Bingham, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Chief Monk Boudreaux, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Bill Kreutzmann, Chuck Leavell, Shannon McNally, Zigaboo Modeliste, Sarah Morrow, Cyril Neville, Anders Osborne, George Porter Jr., Mavis Staples, Allen Toussaint, Lucinda Williams, Irma Thomas, Jimmie Vaughan and Widespread Panic.

Musical director of the night will be Don Was, and Dr. John himself is expected to take the stage at some point. The show will be taped and shown later.

Tickets go on sale Mon. March 10. No word yet on cost — but if you can't afford it, there's always Dr. John's planned appearance at French Quarter Festival April 11, which is free (and bound to be crowded).

For more information, go to the event's website Celebrate Dr. John

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

2014 Jazz Fest poster image released: Pres Hall Jazz Band, as painted by Terrance Osborne

Posted By on Tue, Feb 4, 2014 at 12:00 AM

The 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival poster
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  • The 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival poster

The 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival poster features the Preservation Hall Jazz Band parading out of its French Quarter music hall.

The image was created by Terrance Osborne, who has painted several of the festival's Congo Square posters, including the 2012 Trombone Shorty poster, 2010 Uncle Lionel Batiste poster and 2007 Rebirth Brass Band poster.

The poster publisher, Art4Now, is now offering numbered prints, artist-signed numbered prints and other premium signed versions.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Y@ Speak: feel the noize

Posted By on Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 1:00 PM

This week's edition is dedicated to noise — from election debates, "mean" tweets and music festivals and James Carville brand spices to noise ordinance protests. Also, Wendell Pierce's caps-lock warnings about bald eagles.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2014 schedule announced

Posted By on Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform at Jazz Fest.
  • Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform at Jazz Fest.

Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilara, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and many others will headline the 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The lineup also includes John Fogerty, Avett Brothers, Chaka Khan, Arcade Fire, Robin Thicke, Public Enemy, Lyle Lovett, Alabama Shakes and many more. The festival takes place the Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots April 25-27 and May 1-4. Headliners below, full lineup after the jump.


Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band
Eric Clapton
Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters
Arcade Fire
Christina Aguilera
Robin Thicke
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
The String Cheese Incident
Trey Songz
Vampire Weekend
Aaron Neville
Foster The People
Public Enemy
The Avett Brothers
Chaka Khan
Allen Toussaint Charlie Wilson
John Fogerty
Alabama Shakes
Rubén Blades & Roberto Delgado Orchestra
Irma Thomas Rebirth Brass Band
Lyle Lovett
The Head And The Heart
Boz Scaggs
The Radiators
Al Jarreau
Johnny Winter
Bobby Womack
Big Freedia
Delbert Mcclinton
Keb’ Mo’
North Mississippi Allstars
Maze Feat. Frankie Beverly
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk With Special Guest Art Neville
Chick Corea & The Vigil
Mary Mary
Anders Osborne
Jason Isbell Preservation Hall Jazz Band
John Hiatt
Branford Marsalis Quartet
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Rachelle Ferrell
Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers
Laura Mvula
Irvin Mayfield & The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
Solange Pharoah Sanders
The Rance Allen Group
The Mavericks
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
Tab Benoit
Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive Boys
Jon Batiste And Stay Human
Bobby Jones & Nashville Super Choir
Joe Louis Walker
Bernard Allison Group
Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings
The Terence Blanchard Group
Gregory Porter
René Marie — With Love To Eartha Kitt
Davell Crawford
Greensky Bluegrass
The Infamous Stringdusters
Sleepy Man Banjo Boys
Spencer Taylor & The Highway Qc’s

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Jazz Fest 2014 schedule to be announced Tuesday

Posted By on Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Allen Toussaint enjoys a show at Jazz Fest.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2014 schedule will be announced Tuesday, Jan. 14. The festival takes place April 25-27 and May 1-4.

Speculation about the lineup has kept some festival watchers and websites busy. They tend to triangulate based on announced tour dates and locations, past appearances at the festival, new album releases and their own wish lists. The site Consequences of Sound is guessing that Eric Clapton, Arcade Fire and Vampire Weekend are on the bill. Jazzcrawl mulls over a bunch of names, including artists who have put Jazz Fest (not necessarily at the festival but in New Orleans) dates on their own tour info, such as Chick Corea, and artists with open dates, Allman Brothers, or forthcoming albums, like Bruce Springsteen, who is releasing High Hopes Tuesday. Tigerdroppings has a message board full of speculation and wish lists. But that's all conjecture. We'll know for sure Tuesday.

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Y@ Speak: Jazz Fest weekend 2, plus Y@ Speak Awards

Posted By on Mon, May 6, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Lots of things happened this week: an uncharacteristically cool — but super muddy — Jazz Fest, free vibrators and gynecologist convention protests, and Drew Brees may have personally delivered you a sandwich.

But here's some even more exciting news: Gambit is hosting the inaugural Y@ Speak Twitter Awards! All the time I get suggestions of who should appear in this esteemed roundup, and here's a chance for your suggestions to actually matter! You have the power to give your favorite tweeters an opportunity to have minor local fame and as-of-yet-undetermined prizes!

Do you have a Twitter crush on a guy, gal or media personality? Are you inspired by the philosophical musings of a favorite local athlete (#blessed) or disgraced former politician? Is there a restaurant whose kitchen twitpics make you salivate? Do you get schadenfreude from a tweeter who's prone to public online meltdowns? Do you think you're the best at Twitter and want to win a prize? Nominate them (or you) here — just remember to nominate New Orleans tweeters only, and to use tweeters' handles (not real names) in the form. You can also put the word out there about your favorites by tweeting us at @yat_speak.

The nomination period ends May 19. After that, we'll use your nominations and the input of a super special Y@ Speak committee to determine the top five finalists in each category, and you'll be able to vote for the winners between May 23-30.

The first place winner in each category will be announced at a happy hour event at the Freret Street PubliQ House on Monday, June 3. It'll be a night of drinks, hashtags, and an opportunity to meet all your favorite tweeters IRL, as they say.

Happy tweeting and voting, and we hope to see you June 3! Now back to your regularly scheduled Y@ Speak.

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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Jazz Fest 2013 Day 6 Photos

Posted By on Sun, May 5, 2013 at 9:28 AM

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Saturday at Jazz Fest

Posted By on Sat, May 4, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Some of the only unclaimed turf at the Acura Stage at the beginning of Fleetwood Macs set.
  • Some of the only unclaimed turf at the Acura Stage at the beginning of Fleetwood Mac's set.

With clear skies and cool temperatures, a stellar lineup drew big crowds to Jazz Fest Saturday. Some of the muddy spots on the infield looked like sinkholes, and fans appropriated space on the track at all the large stages.

In the WWOZ Jazz Tent, Terence Blanchard and his stellar band, including drummer Kendrick Scott and Cuban pianist Fabian Almazon and saxophonist Brice Winston, played songs off their most recent Blue Note release Magnetic. The album includes songs composed by various members of the band, and Almazon's "Pet Step Sitter's Theme Song" was one of the more interesting numbers, starting off with a long and discordant piano solo before the band joined into a more swinging tune. Blanchard is turning guest appearances by his children into a feature of his set, and his son Terence Blanchard Jr. sang "When Will You Call" off of the elder Blanchard's album Choices.

The much anticipated Fleetwood Mac set delivered in many ways. Though previous reunion tours have been plagued by drama, just like some of the band's early recording days, the two hour and 20 minute set seemed rather harmonious interpersonally for the band and pretty solid for fans.

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