North Mississippi Allstars play blistering hill country blues. Over the band's 18-year career, brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson have cultivated a raw, scorched sound and drawn multiple Grammy nominations, including one for their first album Shake Hands With Shorty, with its standouts "Shake 'Em On Down" and "Po Black Maddie." Its latest release, 2013's World Boogie Is Coming, was recorded at the band's Zebra Ranch Studios in its hometown of Hernando, Miss. It features the languid "Meet Me in the City" and the rollicking "Jumper on the Line," and the album includes guest appearances by Alvin Youngblood Hart, Duwayne and Garry Burnside and Robert Plant, who the group will join on a European tour this summer. Both Dickinsons have toured with Plant and his Band of Joy, and Black Crowes fans will recognize Luther's guitar work from that band's recent tours.
12:35 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.
Royal Teeth craft twinkly indie pop songs that one could easily imagine playing in a candy commercial. The Lafayette group released its major label debut Glow (Dangerbird) in 2013 which, powered by the buoyant single "Wild," drew the attention of everyone from NPR's All Songs Considered to American Idol. "Wild" captures the group's ebullience as lead singers Nora Patterson and Gary Larsen's vocals soar over effervescent keyboard. Even covers of The Knife's "Heartbeats" get an upbeat treatment on 2012 EP Act Naturally.
12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Samsung Galaxy Stage
Veteran modern jazz quartet Astral Project is a New Orleans supergroup featuring guitarist Steve Masakowski, drummer Johnny Vidacovich, saxophonist Tony Dagradi and acoustic bassist James Singleton. Founded in 1978, the group is known for its tight, instinctive interplay.
1:20 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
A member of Niger's traditionally nomadic group known as the Taureg, guitarist Omara "Bombino" Moctar gained international recognition for his 2011 album Agadez
when it debuted at the top of the iTunes World Chart. He drew the attention of the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, who produced Bombino's second album Nomad
(Nonesuch Records). Bombino has drawn comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Jerry Garcia and has his own hypnotic guitar style. Filled with exotic instrumentation and psychedelic guitar, Nomad
was hailed by Rolling Stone
and NPR as one of the best albums of 2013.
1:25 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns
Meschiya Lake and her ensemble have become a ubiquitous presence in the New Orleans music scene, due in great part to Lake's powerful voice. The band's repertoire features standards from early 20th-century jazz. With impressive range and control, she has the ability to command an audience's attention on slow ballads and up-tempo swing numbers.
1:35 p.m. - 2:35 p.m.
Sheraton Fais Do-Do Stage
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles
As leader of the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians, big chief Monk Boudreaux is one of the most recognizable singers of this indigenous New Orleans music. He has performed with artists including Anders Osborne and Dr. John. Onstage, the Golden Eagles incorporate blues, roots rock 'n' roll and funk with Indian songs and percussion, as heard on "In the Morning (Jockomo)." "Rising Sun" pits Boudreaux's vocals over a lolloping reggae rhythm.
3:20 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Jazz and Heritage Stage
This New Orleans sextet was a power player at the forefront of a wave of 1970s funk, with chart topping hits including "Blue Jeans" and "Girl Callin'." As Allen Toussaint's studio band, Chocolate Milk spent its formative years laying down tracks with artists including Patti LaBelle, Lee Dorsey and Irma Thomas. Cosmic grooves emanate from the title cut of 1975's Action Speaks Louder Than Words
, and the horn and bass on "My Mind Is Hazy" produces pure distilled New Orleans funk.
3:35 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.
and the Combo
For four decades, John Hiatt has been acknowledged by his peers as one of America's most prolific and well-regarded songwriters and musicians. His blend of country, blues and rock has earned him numerous Grammy nominations, and Hiatt's songs have been covered and recorded by fellow 2014 Jazz Fest performers Eric Clapton and Bruce Springsteen. His most recent release Here To Stay – Best of 2000-2012
includes material from the eight albums he recorded with New Release Records, including the mandolin tinged "Crossing Muddy Waters" as well as the previously unreleased title track with Joe Bonamassa. Songs such as "Have A Little Faith in Me" and "Tennessee Plates"
have become hallmarks of
Hiatt's live shows, showing off his songwriting and musical dexterity.
4:25 p.m. - 5:40 p.m.
Sheraton Fais Do-Do Stage
Raised in rural Mississippi, Leo Jackson Jr. and brothers Carey and Melvin discovered gospel at a young age. With their father Leo Jackson Sr., they formed the Melody Clouds and have been performing at churches and festivals around the Gulf South since 1965. Since its first Jazz Fest performance in 1989, the group has gained a reputation for inspired renditions of both traditional and contemporary gospel songs.
5:05 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.
Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band with Thais Clark
Since 1981, clarinetist Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band have been ambassadors of New Orleans traditional jazz. White channels legends Sidney Bechet and George Lewis, and his efforts have earned him a National Endowment for the Humanities National Heritage Award. On tunes like "Summertime," he knocks down complex, mournful clarinet solos with elegance. "Horn Man Blues" pits a wailing trumpet against the vocals of Thais Clark, who joins the ensemble for this set.
4:30 p.m. - 5:40 p.m.
Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent
After cleaning up "best album" nods from a slew of music publications in 2013 for Modern Vampires of the City
, Vampire Weekend ascended to indie rock's upper echelons alongside Arcade Fire, Modest Mouse and the Black Keys. It also won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album. With its high-brow lyricism and worldbeat rhythms, Modern Vampires
solidified the group's status as one of the most brainy acts in contemporary music. Ezra Koenig's lyrics are sharper and more nimbly verbose than on the last two albums.
5:20 p.m.– 7 p.m.
Samsung Galaxy Stage
Three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inductee Eric Clapton makes his Jazz Fest debut. The legendary British guitarist began his career in the 1960s, heavily influenced by Delta bluesmen including Buddy Guy and B.B. King. Clapton last performed in New Orleans in March 2013, and this will be one of the singer's few U.S. engagements in 2014.
5:25 p.m. - 7 p.m.