Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes performed at the Banana Boat Gazebo, near what is now the Samsung Galaxy Stage, at his first Jazz Fest and has performed at 25 straight festivals since then. He leads his band the Louisiana Sunspots (2:50 p.m.-3:50 p.m. Friday, May 2, Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage; 5:15 p.m.-6 p.m. Friday, May 2, Kids Tent). What's he looking forward to at the Fair Grounds?
I like to have a couple of Natchitoches meat pies and Jamaican jerk chicken and rosemint iced tea.
Traditional New Orleans jazz
"I hit up the trad jazz tent and the Treme Brass Band (1:50 p.m.-2:50 p.m. Saturday, April 26, Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent) and the Storyville Stompers Brass Band (1:30 p.m.- Sunday, May 4, Jazz & Heritage Stage). That's traditional jazz — the heart and soul of the city. I'll check out Lionel Ferbos (11:15 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 3, Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent) — anyone who was playing jazz professionally in 1924, I am going to go see that. I'll knock somebody down to hear that."
Sat April 26
Electrifying Crown Seekers
(6 p.m.-6:40 p.m. Gospel Tent)
"The Crown Seekers are my favorite gospel group. The guy who sings lead and the first alto and second soprano are incredible."
Sat April 26
(4 p.m.-7 p.m. Acura Stage)
"Last time they played here, they joined me on stage at the Fais Do-Do Stage. I'll go see them."
Sat May 3
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
(4:15 p.m.-7 p.m. Acura Stage)
"I just did a tour with Sting and Paul Simon and David Sancious, (formerly) of the E Street Band. He was the only guy who lived on E Street. I like Bruce Springsteen. He sat in with us in the Maple Leaf back in the 1990s."