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Gambit's Guide to the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 

All the acts, all the stages, all the times

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Thursday, May 5

Parades
1:45 p.m. Cheyenne and 7th Ward Creole Hunters

2:45 p.m. VIP Ladies Social Aid and Pleasure Club with Young Fellaz Brass Band

3:05 p.m. Men of Class Social Aid and Pleasure Club (in Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent)

4 p.m. Roots of Music Marching Crusaders Band

5:20 p.m. Ladies of Unity and Bon Temp Roulez Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs with Tornado Brass Band


Native American Pow Wow — LA. Folk Life Village

Noon, 2:45 p.m. and 5:35 p.m. The Boyz


Haiti Pavilion

1 p.m. Vodou Ceremony with RAM Drummers

3:05 p.m. and 4 p.m. Vodou Drumming


Performances

Gov't Majik
11:10 a.m., Acura StageThis trippy funk band combines Afro-Cuban beats and rock.

Belton Richard & the Musical Aces
11:10 a.m., Fais Do-Do StageIn his long career, singer/songwriter and accordionist Belton Richard has played traditional Cajun music and swamp pop.

Loyola University Jazz Ensemble
11:15 a.m., WWOZ Jazz TentTrombonist John Mahoney directs the Loyola University Jazz Ensemble. The 19-piece ensemble plays jazz standards.

Robert "Bilbo" Walker's Blues Revue
11:15 a.m., Blues TentBorn in Clarksdale, Robert "Bilbo" Walker plays stripped-down Mississippi blues. He released Rock the Night in 2001.

Eleanor McMain "Singing Mustangs" Gospel Choir
11:15 a.m., Gospel TentClyde Lawrence directs this 50-plus member high school choir.

Dukes of Dixieland
11:20 a.m., Economy Hall TentThe Dukes of Dixieland incorporate pop, rock and country influences into its traditional jazz repertoire.

Fi Yi Yi & the Mandingo Warriors
11:20 a.m., Jazz & Heritage StageBig Chief Victor Harris leads this group of Mardi Gras Indians from the 9th Ward. The tribe's suits reflect Western African costuming styles.

Ovi-G & the Froggies
11:20 a.m., Lagniappe StageThis family band plays a mix of tropical and soca music.

CRITIC'S PICK

Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue
11:25 a.m., Gentilly StageSinger Vanessa Niemann leads Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue in a mix of throwback country and Western swing classics. The band released its second album Set Two in 2010.

BRW
11:25 a.m., Congo Square StageBilly Kennedy, Rohillion Guidry and Wayne Guidry sing old-school and contemporary R&B as well as a few disco and soul tunes.

Pastor Terry Gullage and the Greater Mt. Calvary Voices of Redemption Choir
12:05 p.m., Gospel TentPastor Terry Gullage leads his gospel choir in traditional and contemporary gospel songs.

Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes
12:20 p.m., Acura StageThe classically trained musicians in Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes play barroom-ready jazzy rock and funk. The group released The Big Awesome in 2008.

Sasha Masakowski
12:20 p.m., WWOZ Jazz TentJazz vocalist Sasha Masakowski won the Big Easy Award in 2010 for Best Emerging Artist. She released the album Wishes in March.

CRITIC'S PICK

Little Freddie King Blues Band
12:20 p.m., Blues TentGuitarist Little Freddie King is known for dapper dress and gutbucket blues. He released Gotta Walk With Da King in 2010.

CRITIC'S PICK

Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole
12:25 p.m., Fais Do-Do StageCedric Watson sings and plays fiddle and accordion, and the band plays a mix of zydeco and traditional Creole music.

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The Help
12:25 p.m., Lagniappe StageLagniappe Stage
This post punk band is fronted by the former lead singer for the Cold.

Linnzi Zaorski
12:30 p.m., Economy Hall TentJazz vocalist Linnzi Zaorski echoes Billie Holiday's vocal style. She released Naughty Sweetie this April.

CRITIC'S PICK

Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove
12:35 p.m., Congo Square StageFormer Dirty Dozen sousaphonist Kirk Joseph combines jazz, funk and soul in this horn-heavy ensemble.

Kumbuka African Dance & Drum Collective
12:35 p.m., Jazz & Heritage StageAusettua Amor Amenkum leads this troupe combining African dance and percussion.  

Eagle & Hawk
12:50 p.m., Gentilly StageThis Canadian group plays a progressive style of rock grounded in roots music. The band released Sirensong in 2008.

Joseph S. Clark Senior High School Gospel Choir
12:55 p.m., Gospel Tent

Brice Winston
1:25 p.m.,  WWOZ Jazz TentSaxophonist Brice Winston has toured and recorded with Terence Blanchard for years. The composer teaches at the newly formed Tucson Jazz Institute.

Charmaine Neville Band
1:30 p.m., Blues TentA member of one of New Orleans' prominent musical families, Charmaine Neville sings R&B, jazz and blues.

Flatbed Honeymoon
1:35 p.m., Lagniappe StageTwo songwriting LSU professors founded the group in the early 2000s. It plays country and Americana and recently released the album The Traveler.

CRITIC'S PICK

Lucinda Williams
1:40 p.m., Acura StageGrammy-winning guitarist and vocalist Lucinda Williams blends rock, folk, blues and country sounds. She released Williams Blessed in March.

Lino Patruno and Franco Nero, Forever Blues
1:45 p.m., Economy Hall TentThis Italian duo pays tribute to Louis Armstrong. Lino Patruno is one of Italy's most accomplished jazz musicians. He is joined by trumpeter and actor Franco Nero.

CRITIC'S PICK

Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
1:45 p.m., Fais Do-Do StageAccordionist Steve Riley and fiddler David Greely were drawn to Cajun music during its revival in the late 1970s and '80s and developed a contemporary sound. The Grammy-nominated band released Grand Isle this year.

Heavenly Melodies Gospel Singers
1:45 p.m., Gospel TentThis family-based all-female group sings traditional gospel.

Chief Iron Horse & the Black Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians
1:50 p.m., Jazz & Heritage StageCyril "Big Chief Iron Horse" Green leads the Black Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians.

Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste
2:05 p.m., Congo Square StagePercussionist Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste is known for his work with The Meters and adapting second-line and polyrhythms into a rock/funk band format.

The New Orleans Bingo! Show
2:15 p.m., Gentilly StageThe Bingo! Show crafts multimedia stage performances around a jazz band and cabaret show orchestrated by ringleader Clint Maedgen. Costumes, games and a vaudevillian sensibility complete the act.

CRITIC'S PICK

Christian Scott
2:40 p.m., WWOZ TentNephew to Donald Harrison, Christian Scott started playing music at a young age and attended both the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and the Berklee College of Music. The trumpeter was nominated for a Grammy for his Miles Davis-influenced 2006 album Rewind That. He released Yesterday You Said Tomorrow in 2010.

Lyle Henderson & Emmanu-EL
2:40 p.m., Gospel TentLyle Henderson began singing at age 5 at The Church of the Living God, where he is a minister. The tenor sings traditional and contemporary gospel.

CRITIC'S PICK

Charlie Musselwhite
2:45 p.m., Blues TentA master of blues harmonica, Charlie Musselwhite has recorded more than 30 albums in his four-decade career. In 2010 he released The Well and was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.

John Rankin
2:55 p.m., Lagniappe StageTypically performing solo on acoustic guitar and harmonica, John Rankin plays a range of styles including blues, jazz and classical guitar. He released Last in April First in May in 2008.

CRITIC'S PICK

Paulin Brothers Brass Band
3 p.m., Jazz & Heritage StageThe late Ernest "Doc" Paulin founded this traditional brass band. His six sons carry on the legacy.

The Original Royal Players Brass Band
3:05 p.m., Economy Hall TentThis traditional New Orleans brass band released the album In Their Footsteps in 2008.

Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers
3:10 p.m., Fais Do-Do StageSon of zydeco legend Rockin' Dopsie Sr. and a former member of his family band, Dwayne is an accomplished accordionist who leads his own group. The band infuses blues, soul and funk into its sound and released the album Up in Flames in 2009.

Galactic
3:25 p.m., Acura StageThe groundbreaking New Orleans outfit blends hip-hop, funk and jazz. The diverse 2010 album Ya-Ka-May features collaborations with bounce artists like Big Freedia and Cheeky Blakk and institutions Allen Toussaint and Irma Thomas.

O. Perry Walker Charter High School Gospel Choir
3:35 p.m., Gosepl TentJoseph Knox directs this large high school choir in a mix of spirituals and contemporary and traditional gospel.

Djakout #1
3:35 p.m., Congo Square StageFormerly Djakout Mizik, this Haitian "compas" band performs Haitiain pop inspired by jazz and African and Creole influences. The group has performed in Haiti for a decade, and it released PWOFITE in 2010.

Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys
3:40 p.m., Gentilly StageThe New Orleans Cajun fiddler gives traditional Cajun music a pop makeover. Touring nationally and internationally since she was 8 years old, Shaw released Good Southern Girl in 2010, featuring a rendition of Sam Cooke's "That's It I Quit" and 13 fiddle-heavy pop stompers.

Delfeayo Marsalis' Uptown Orchestra
4:10 p.m., WWOZ Jazz TentThe New Orleans jazz trombonist, composer and producer's 2011 release Sweet Thunder: Duke and Shak reimagines Duke Ellington's 1957 Shakespearean suite "Such Sweet Thunder."

James Booker Piano Tribute feat. David Reis, Joshua Paxton, Tom McDermott, Joe Krown and Tom Worrell
4:10 p.m., Blues TentThe tribute to the late James Booker — the beloved, eyepatch-wearing New Orleans soul and R&B piano genius — features pianists David Reis, Joshua Paxton, Tom McDermott, Joe Krown and Tom Worrell.

Mark Braud
4:20 p.m., Economy Hall TentJazz trumpeter Mark Braud has lent his brass to Eddie Bo, brass bands and dozens of other artists. He currently plays with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Harry Connick Jr. and leads his own band, performing traditional and contemporary New Orleans jazz.

Paul Eason
4:20 p.m., Lagniappe StageThe Texas singer songwriter and guitarist expands his country repertoire with pianist Taylor Davis, bassist Daniel Rhodes, drummer Luke Richards, steel guitarist Glenn Shankle and fiddler Paul Brunner. The band released The Mountains of Nuevo Leon in 2008.

Locos por Juana
4:25 p.m., Jazz & Heritage StageThe bilingual Latin band formed in Miami in 2000 and performs an energetic fusion of Latin styles influenced by Jamaican reggae and dub, Caribbean swing, and funk. The band released the seven-song EP Evolucion in 2010.

Michelle Shocked
4:35 p.m., Fais Do-Do StageA self-proclaimed "sophisticated hillbilly," the guitarist and singer songwriter has released 13 albums since 1986. Her latest, 2009's Soul of My Soul, is a no-frills roots rocker inspired by political folk music.

Lisa Knowles & the Brown Sisters
4:45 p.m., Gospel TentMemphis singer Lisa Knowles joined the Brown Sisters at age 9 and became the group's lead singer at 12. The group fuses jazz, blues, rock and country into its gospel foundation.

CRITIC'S PICK

Wilco
5:20 p.m., Acura StageFormed in 1994 by members of the alt-country outfit Uncle Tupelo, the Chicago band, led by tempestuous singer/songwriter Jeff Tweedy, has produced seven albums and earned two Grammy Awards for its fifth, 2004's A Ghost Is Born. Its latest, 2009's Wilco (The Album), expands the band's Americana and neo-folk catalog.

Cyndi Lauper
5:25 p.m., Gentilly StageThe pop diva's '80s chart toppers "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," and "Time After Time" kicked off a 25-year career, which counts multiple Grammy and Emmy wins and 11 studio LPs. Her latest is Memphis Blues, a collection of soul and blues covers featuring guests like B.B. King, Jonny Lang and Allen Toussaint.

CRITIC'S PICK

Maceo Parker with special guest Pee Wee Ellis
5:30 p.m., Congo Square StageNorth Carolina horn player Maceo Parker blends vintage funk and soul with jazz and hip-hop. Parker has collaborated and performed with artists like Ray Charles, De La Soul and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Sax man Pee Wee Ellis joins this performance.

Stefan Harris & Blackout
5:40 p.m., WWOZ Jazz TentThe contemporary jazz composer, vibraphone player and three-time Grammy Award nominee also teaches at New York University. The band incorporates hip-hop with modern jazz on the acclaimed 2009 album Urbanus.

Banu Gibson & the Allstars featuring Bob Havens and Randy Reinhart
5:45 p.m., Peoples Health and Economy TentVocalist Banu Gibson lends an updated voice to classics by George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Irving Berlin, among others. Her 2009 album Banu Gibson Sings More Johnny Mercer pays homage to the jazz singer and composer. Big band leader Bob Havens and cornetist Randy Reinhart join this performance.

Ruthie Foster
5:50 p.m., Blues TentBeginning her musical career at age 14 as a soloist in her church choir, the blues singer-songwriter later sang with the U.S. Navy and released six albums. In her 2009 release The Truth According to Ruthie Foster, she blends Southern blues, rock, gospel, jazz and country.

CRITIC'S PICK

Stooges Brass Band
5:55 p.m., Jazz & Heritage StageFounded in 1995, the Stooges Brass Band spikes traditional and contemporary brass band and second-line music with hip-hop, which is featured on its debut album It's About Time.

McDonogh 35 High School Gospel Choir
5:55 p.m., Gospel TentMcDonogh 35 boasts the city's first public school gospel choir. 

Spencer Bohren
5:55 p.m., Lagniappe StageThe folk and blues troubadour and roots music authority plays guitar, lap steel guitar, banjo and mandolin. His 2008 live album Live at the Tube captures Bohren over two nights in Germany.

The Iguanas
6 p.m., Fais Do-Do StageFounded in 1989, the bilingual Tex-Mex New Orleans roots rockers mix swamp pop, R&B and Latin rhythms. The band's latest is the acclaimed 2008 album If You Should Ever Fall on Hard Times.

 

Friday, May 6

Parades

12:20 p.m. Ninth Ward Hunters and Young Cherokee Mardi Gras Indians

1:40 p.m. Original 4 and Original Big 7 Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs with The Original Pinettes Brass Band

2:45 p.m. Scene Boosters and Old N Nu Style Fellas Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs with New Wave Brass Band

4 p.m. New Orleans Indian Rhythm Section and Young Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians

 

Native American Pow Wow — LA. Folk Life Village

Noon, 2:25 p.m. and 5:25 p.m. The Boyz

 

Haiti Pavilion

1 p.m. Vodou Ceremony with RAM Drummers
3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Vodou Drumming

 

Performances

Delgado Community College Jazz Ensemble
11:05 a.m., Congo Square StageStudents perform big band and modern jazz standards.

Dillard University Jazz Ensemble
11:15 a.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

Andy J. Forest NOtown Band
11:15 a.m., Blues TentIn his three-decade career, this harmonica-blowing bluesman has performed alongside B.B. King, Canned Heat and Robert Cray, among others. He joined Washboard Chaz for the soundtrack to the 2009 Werner Herzog film Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans.

Joseph Torregano
11:15 a.m., Economy Hall TentThis jazz clarinetist and New Orleans native has performed with artists ranging from Paul McCartney to Harry Connick Jr. and played for two presidents and Queen Elizabeth.

Jambalaya Cajun Band
11:15 a.m., Fais Do-Do StageBrothers Terry and Tony Huval founded this traditional Cajun band in 1977. Longtime Cajun fiddler Merlin Fontenot joins this performance.

Wimberly Family Gospel Singers
11:15 a.m., Gospel Tent

We Landed on the Moon!
11:20 a.m., Acura StageThe Baton Rouge power-pop quintet followed up its 2009 sophomore release These Little Wars with the 2010 firecracker This Will Be One For the Books, packing a big voice (singer Melissa Eccles) and bigger hooks.

Michael Skinkus and Moyuba
11:20 a.m., Lagniappe StageThe New Orleans percussionist accompanies Athens, Ga.-based Moyuba, a drum ensemble fusing jazz and spiritual chants with Afro-Caribbean rhythms.

Bobby Cure & the Summertime Blues with Al "Carnival Time" Johnson
11:30 a.m., Gentilly StageThe New Orleans R&B legend joins the versatile pop-rock outfit led by Bobby Cure, a fixture in the New Orleans music scene since the 1970s.

Red Hawk Mardi Gras Indians
11:30 a.m., Jazz & Heritage StageBig Chief Nathan Burke leads this Indian gang that formed in 2003. The group performs traditional Indian chants and songs.

CRITIC'S PICK

Kourtney Heart
12:05 p.m., Congo SquareThe New Orleans teen and Jive recording artist's modern R&B and pop debut Eye Kee Day is highlighted by the 2010 radio hit "My Boy," featuring the late Magnolia Shorty.

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The Electrifying Crown Seekers
12:05 p.m., Gospel TentFounded in 1965, the Marrero country, blues and rock 'n' roll gospel group released No Time To Lose in 2004.

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  • Lake Charles, La. native and singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams returns to Jazz Fest.

    1:40 p.m. Thursday, May 5, Acura Stage

Joe Hall & the Louisiana Cane Cutters
12:20 p.m., Fais Do-Do StageThe young Cajun and Creole music ensemble from Arnaudville, La., preserves traditional Cajun and Creole folk tunes, led by Hall's accordion.

James Rivers Movement
12:25 p.m., WWOZ Jazz TentSaxophone, flute, harmonics, bagpipes — multi-instrumentalist James Rivers is a master jazz and blues performer, active since the late 1960s. This outfit blends R&B, progressive jazz and rock.

Guitar Slim Jr.
12:25 p.m., Blues TentThe late Stevie Ray Vaughn leaned on this New Orleans bluesman throughout his career, but their dueling guitars and attitudes didn't meet on a record before Vaughan's death in 1990. Slim's 2010 album Brought Up the Hardway showcases his fret-firing, funk-tinged blues and R&B.

Jamil Sharif
12:25 p.m., Economy Hall TentA consummate scholar-musician, trumpeter Jamil Sharif not only serves as a Hollywood music consultant but also is a performer well-versed in traditional New Orleans jazz.

Ingrid Lucia
12:25 p.m., Lagniappe StageIngrid Lucia's swing revival features her low-key gypsy jazz band and Billie Holidayesque pipes.

Soul Rebels Brass Band
12:35 p.m., Acura StageThe seven-piece, hip-hop-inspired brass band dropped No Place Like Home in 2009, blending funk rhythms and traditional brass band chants. The band joins the HBO Treme tour this summer with Rebirth Brass Band and Kermit Ruffins, among others.

The Original Pinettes Brass Band
12:35 p.m., Jazz & Heritage StageSnare drummer Christie Jourdain leads the all-women brass band.

Edie Brickell
1 p.m., Gentilly StageFollowing the singer songwriter's stint with now-defunct Texas jam band The New Bohemians (best known for the alt-folk 1988 single "What I Am"), Edie Brickell embarked on a stripped-down solo career. She debuted The Gadabouts in January.

Bester Singers and Dynamic Smooth Family Gospel Singers
1:05 p.m., Gospel TentSlidell's Bester Singers join Mandeville's Dynamic Smooth Family, led by Rev. Cynthia Plummer.

Gina Brown & Anutha Level
1:20 p.m., Congo Square StageGina Brown started her career as a radio announcer in Mobile, Ala. Her career spans hip-hop and R&B in the Motown tradition.

Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band
1:30 p.m., Fais Do-Do StageThe Cajun accordionist has been performing since 1980 and is a regular at Tipitina's, where he hosts a fais do-do Cajun dance party every Sunday. His sets offer a broad range of Louisiana music, from swamp pop and zydeco to deep blues and traditional Cajun folk.

David Torkanowsky's Fleur Debris feat. George Porter Jr.
1:35 p.m., WWOZ Jazz TentThe pianist (and WWOZ-FM DJ) joins the revered former Meters bassist for this explosive jazz ensemble performance.

Big Al Carson Blues Band
1:35 p.m., Blues TentThe heavyweight Bourbon Street personality takes his R&B outfit from the Funky Pirate to the Fair Grounds.

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A Centennial Celebration for Lionel Ferbos
1:40 p.m., Economy Hall TentBestowed with the "World's Oldest Active Jazz Musician" title, Lionel Ferbos celebrates his 100th birthday in July. He has performed traditional New Orleans jazz and Dixieland for more than 80 years, and he's one of the few performers to play Jazz Fest each year since its beginning in 1970.

Yvette Landry
1:40 p.m., Lagniappe StageThe honky-tonk singer/songwriter released her solo debut Should Have Known last year. The Breaux Bridge, La. player's twang formerly performed alongside the Pine Leaf Boys, Red Stick Ramblers, and many other Louisiana musicians.

Golden Sioux Mardi Gras Indians
1:45 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Connie & Dwight with the St. Raymond-St. Leo the Great Choir
2 p.m., Gospel TentDwight and Connie Fitch lead the New Orleans choir.

Bonerama
2:05 p.m., Acura StageTrombone-heavy Bonerama thrusts New Orleans brass and funk into an offbeat metallic rock 'n' roll hybrid, led by bandleader Craig Klein. The band released the EP Hard Times in 2009 and in 2010 snagged the Big Easy Award for Best Rock Band.

Buckwheat Zydeco
2:25 p.m., Gentilly StageStanley Dural began as a sideman to 1970s R&B players and for more than 30 years has fronted one of the most recognizable zydeco bands in the country. 2009's Lay Your Burden Down earned a Best Cajun and Zydeco Grammy, and he joined the children's music fray in 2010 with Bayou Boogie.

CRITIC'S PICK

Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers
2:35 p.m., Congo Square StageThe omnipresent trumpeter, Basin Street Records artist and Treme star released Livin' a Treme Life in 2010, followed by Have a Crazy Cool Christmas. His Barbecue Swingers perform traditional New Orleans jazz.

Leah Chase
2:45 p.m., WWOZ Jazz TentThe New Orleans jazz vocalist (and daughter of chef Leah Chase) performs New Orleans jazz, inherited from her trumpeter father Dooky's musical drive.

Luther Kent
2:50 p.m., Blues TentThe New Orleans native blues singer — and onetime vocalist for Blood, Sweat and Tears — digs into legendary soul singer Bobby Bland's repertoire on 2008's Bobby Bland Songbook, arranged by Wardell Quezergue.

Tim Laughlin
2:50 p.m., Economy Hall TentPete Fountain mentored this traditional jazz clarinetist, who released If Dreams Come True in March. The album also features trumpeter Connie Jones.

Roddie Romero & the Hub City All-Stars
2:50 p.m., Fais Do-Do StageThis high-energy Cajun and zydeco outfit led by the accordionist and slide guitarist earned a Grammy nod in 2008 for La Louisianne Sessions.

Rev. Jermaine Landrum & Abundant Praise Revival Choir
2:50 p.m., Gospel TentThe pastor and choir director leads the massive gospel choir.

CRITIC'S PICK

Ivoire Spectacle feat. Seguenon Kone
2:55 p.m., Jazz & Heritage StageHailing from the Ivory Coast, Sequenon Kone is a multi-instrumentalist and percussionist who performs West African-influenced rhythms and jazz and blues interpretations with his dance company Ivoire Spectacle.

Stanton Moore Trio
2:55 p.m., Lagniappe StageGalactic's funky and always-on-point drummer released his solo effort Groove Alchemy in 2010, featuring veteran keyboardist Robert Walter and guitarist Will Bernard. He recorded it in fellow drummer Levon Helm's Woodstock studio.

Better Than Ezra
3:40 p.m., Acura StageLouisiana's radio-friendly alt-rock trio released the Paper Empire in 2009, the band's seventh studio album in its 24-year career, highlighted by the monster 1995 hit "Good."

Golden Voices Community Choir
3:40 p.m., Gospel TentHenry Washington directs this 30-member Catholic choir that has performed for more than 40 years.

Jamey Johnson
3:50 p.m., Gentilly StageThis Alabama-born and Nashville-bred country singer/songwriter released the impressive double album The Guitar Song in 2010. The bearded baritone joins Kid Rock for the Detroit rocker's 2011 Born Free tour.

Blodie's Jazz Jam
4 p.m., WWOZ Jazz TentDirty Dozen Brass Band trumpeter Gregory Davis hosts this annual jam with a rotating crew of New Orleans jazz musicians.

Big Sam's Funky Nation
4:05 p.m., Congo Square StageThe former Dirty Dozen Brass Band trombonist — in his ever-present sunglasses and golf cap — champions this funk heavyweight with lots of horns and hip-hop bravado. The 2010 album King of the Party is full of party-centric call-and-response jams.

Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony
4:10 p.m., Economy Hall TentWith daughters Yolanda Windsay and Jolynda Phillips, Topsy Chapman's trio performs jazz, blues and gospel standards.

Forgotten Souls
4:10 p.m., Jazz & Heritage StageThe New Orleans brass band blends second-line brass with contemporary jazz, funk and Mardi Gras Indian music.

Eric Lindell
4:15 p.m., Blues TentThe California punk rock ex-pat digs into rootsy New Orleans blues and R&B, most recently with 2011's Cazadero and the swamp pop single "Louisiana Saturday Night."

The SteelDrivers
4:20 p.m., Fais Do-Do StageThe bluegrass-bent, country-soul outfit combines an all-star lineup of Muscle Shoals regulars and go-to Nashville studio players. The band's 2010 album Reckless earned two Grammy nominations.

Alex McMurray
4:20 p.m., Lagniappe StageThe New Jersey native keeps busy in a number of New Orleans acts, from his troubador-blues solo effort to the more folksy Tom Paines and offbeat rocksteady revivalists 007. His 2009 solo album How to be a Cannonball earned a 2010 Big Easy Award for Album of the Year.

Kevin Thompson & the Sensational Six
4:30 p.m., Gospel TentThis Lake Providence, La. gospel group was founded in 1981 when its members were still in high school.

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Arcade Fire
5:35 p.m., Acura StageThousands of Internet users cried "Who is Arcade Fire?" when the Canadian indie rock giants conquered the 2011 Grammys with an Album of the Year win for The Suburbs. Since 2003, husband-and-wife duo and band founders Win Butler and Regine Chassagne have led a multiinstrument, multimember blast of earnest folk and driving rock.

CRITIC'S PICK

Mingus Big Band
5:35 p.m., WWOZ Jazz TentCelebrating the legendary career of Charles Mingus, this six-time Grammy-nominated 14-piece band is led by director Sue Mingus, whose late husband penned pioneering jazz compositions throughout his career.

Gregg Allman
5:40 p.m., Blues TentThe Allman Brothers Band founder last year released Low Country Blues, a stripped-down blues covers collection produced by T-Bone Burnett. Dubbed by Rolling Stone as one of its 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, Allman showcases his bluesy Southern growl on the album, his first in more than a decade.

Bob Wilber & the Crescent City Cats
5:40 p.m., Economy Hall TentThe 83-year-old clarinetist has performed with greats like Benny Goodman, Bobby Hackett and Sidney Bechet throughout his decades-long career in traditional jazz.

Djakout #1
5:40 p.m., Jazz & Heritage StageSee description at 3:55 p.m. Thursday, May 5, Congo Square Stage.

CRITIC'S PICK

100th Birthday Celebration for Mahalia Jackson feat. Irma Thomas and John Boutte
5:40 p.m., Gospel TentThe late Queen of Gospel's 100th birthday falls in October, but queen of soul Irma Thomas and the dynamic, soul-stirring John Boutte celebrate the New Orleans gospel singer's career and memory at this Jazz Fest tradition.

CRITIC'S PICK

Willie Nelson
5:45 p.m., Gentilly StageThe bookends of the country singer/songwriter's career thus far — 1962's clean-cut debut ...And Then I Wrote and 2009's traditionalist American Classic — stitch together five decades as an outlaw, an activist and a highwayman with his unmistakable tender growl. In March, Nelson collaborated with Wynton Marsalis and Norah Jones for Here We Go Again, celebrating the music of Ray Charles.

CRITIC'S PICK

Lupe Fiasco
5:45 p.m., Congo Square StageJay-Z landed this rapper a deal with Atlantic Records, where his fist-pumping ego anthems landed him instant radio play. His third album, March's Lasers, throws nu-metal rockers and pop-club bangers in the mix with his prophetic hip-hop flow.

CRITIC'S PICK

The New Orleans Klezmer Allstars' 20th Anniversary
5:45 p.m., Lagniappe StageSince 1991, this diverse, offbeat ensemble has added the Jewish klezmer tradition to a repertoire of New Orleans brass. In its history, the band has counted in its lineup such New Orleans artists as Jonathan Freilich, Ben Ellman, Stanton Moore and Glenn Hartman.

Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas
5:50 p.m., Fais Do-Do StageRaised in a Creole-speaking home in St. Martinville,La. Nathan Williams grew up studying zydeco great Clifton Chenier. For two decades, Williams and his band have performed fast, up-tempo zydeco grooves with roots in soul, the Caribbean and blues.

 

Saturday, May 7

Parades


12:20 p.m. Undefeated Divas and New Generation Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs with Baby Boyz Brass Band

1:30 p.m. Trouble Nation and Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians

2:50 p.m. Cherokee Hunters and Wild Red Flame Mardi Gras Indians

4:10 p.m. Haitian Rara Parade featuring RAM

5:25 p.m. Westbank Steppers, Valley of Silent Men and Pigeon Town Steppers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs with Kin Folk Brass Band

 

Native American Pow Wow — LA. Folk Life Village


12:10 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:55 p.m. The Boyz

 

Haiti Pavilion

Noon Vodou Ceremony with RAM Drummers
4:40 p.m. RAM

 

Performances

Julliard Jazz Ensemble
11:10 a.m., WWOZ Jazz TentThis internationally touring jazz ensemble of Juilliard students has a repertoire including modern jazz and early New Orleans jazz, plus original student compositions.

Brother Tyrone & the Mindbenders
11:15 a.m., Congo Square StageLocal soul singer Brother Tyrone, aka Tyrone Pollard, sang old-school R&B in barrooms to little fanfare for much of his career. He gained wider recognition for his 2008 album Mindbender.

New Orleans Cottonmouth Kings
11:15 a.m., Economy Hall TentFormed from the ashes of the mighty Jazz Vipers, the New Orleans Cottonmouth Kings is known for acoustic renditions of obscure and popular early jazz tunes.

The City of Love Music & Worship Arts Choir
11:15 a.m., Gospel Tent

Vivaz!
11:20 a.m., Acura StageComprising of players from Latin American countries including Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Dominican Republic, this dual guitar, dual trombone Latin band is led by founder Javier Gutierrez.

R. Scully's Rough 7
11:20 a.m., Gentilly StageThe former frontman of the Morning 40 Federation's open-chord singer/songwriter rock comes decorated with raw lead guitar by noise artist Rob Cambre and maniacal piano by Ratty Scurvics, among other out-there local musicians.

Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys
11:20 a.m., Fais Do-Do StageAfter learning to play every instrument needed for a zydeco band, former Zydeco Force bandleader/singer Jeffery Broussard settled on fiddle and accordion to lead this outfit.

Black Feathers Mardi Gras Indians
11:20 a.m., Jazz & Heritage StageBig Chief Lionel Delpit leads this 15-year-old, 25-member Mardi Gras Indian crew, which uses only tambourines for its Indian rhythms.

Troy Turner
11:25 a.m., Blues TentA native of Baton Rouge, Troy Turner crafted his own style of Southern soul blues.

CRITIC'S PICK

Smithfield Fair
11:25 a.m., Lagniappe StageSince 1973, this Louisiana group has released 18 all-acoustic albums before focusing on traditional Scottish songs and originals written in traditional folk styles.

Veal Brothers
12:05 p.m., Gospel Tent Four brothers from Mississippi form this modern eight-piece, guitar-led gospel group.

Sharon Martin
12:15 p.m., WWOZ Jazz TentSinger, actress and "mistress of coal soul," Sharon Martin is an accomplished New Orleans vocalist. Her live show combines music, dance and spoken-word.

The Pfister Sisters
12:20 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Since 1979, the Pfister Sisters have celebrated New Orleans' swing-era sounds with faithful recreations of the jazz harmony singing of the Boswell Sisters, with a side dish of Andrews Sisters' tunes.

CRITIC'S PICK

Marcia Ball
12:30 p.m., Acura StageFor more than three decades, this piano-playing Austin, Texas-based pianist/vocalist has mixed Southern boogie, R&B, blues and ballads to craft a rootsy cross between New Orleans and Lone Star State sounds.

The Jon Batiste Band
12:30 p.m., Congo Square StageA pianist from a renowned New Orleans musical family, Jon Batiste is a graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts who went on to study at the Juilliard School in New York. He focuses on modern progressive jazz.

D.L. Menard & the Louisiana Aces
12:30 p.m., Fais Do-Do StageIn his five-decade career playing traditional Cajun and Cajun-inflected country music, guitarist D.L. Menard became known as the Cajun Hank Williams. He's also a Grammy winner and a member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

AsheSon
12:30 p.m., Jazz & Heritage StageWith members hailing from Cuba, Puerto Rico and Guatemala, AsheSon touches on an array of Latin musical styles and Afro-Cuban beats.

Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs
12:35 p.m., Gentilly StageThis former member of Rebirth Brass Band (among other revered groups) has toured with Willie Nelson and recorded with R.E.M. The trumpeter puts an aggressive modern spin on jazz, rock, funk and hip-hop music with his band the Underdawgs.

Ernie Vincent & Top Notes
12:35 p.m., Blues TentThis wah-wah-heavy New Orleans funk and blues guitarist has been on the national scene since the mid 1960s, churning out hits such as "Things are Better" and "Dap Walk" and collaborating with the likes of Ernie K-Doe, Eddie Bo, Jessie Hill and Solomon Burke, among others.

John Lawrence & Ven Pa' Ca Flamenco Ensemble
12:35 p.m., Lagniappe Stage With a flair for improvisation, guitarist John Lawrence plays traditional flamenco music on acoustic guitar, accompanied by wild, complex dancing.

Archdiocese of New Orleans Gospel Choir
12:55 p.m., Gospel Tent This 100-member inter-generational gospel choir features members from 20 New Orleans Catholic choirs.

Baritone Bliss feat. Roger Lewis, Tony Dagradi, Tim Green, Calvin Johnson, Dan Oestricher, Mari Watanabe and Herlin Riley
1:20 p.m., WWOZ Jazz TentThe Dirty Dozen Brass Band's Roger Lewis leads this jazz ensemble of five baritone saxophones, plus a drummer and pianist.

The Sammy Rimington International Band
1:30 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Celebrating 50 years as a musician, British-born Sammy Rimington plays New Orleans revival jazz in the style of the 1920s.

Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie
1:40 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Creole cowboy Geno Delafose operates the Double D Ranch outside of Eunice, La., when not touring the country playing squeezebox, recreating Creole standards, old-fashioned waltzes, two-steps, blues and soul tunes.

CRITIC'S PICK

Wanda Rouzan's New Orleans R&B Revue
1:45 p.m., Blues TentR&B singer Wanda Rouzan holds the distinction of being one of New Orleans' first female grand marshals to lead a second-line parade. With A Taste of New Orleans, Rouzan trots out hits by greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Etta James, Irma Thomas and Mahalia Jackson.

CRITIC'S PICK

Bill Kirchen
1:45 p.m., Lagniappe Stage A wicked guitarist known as "Titan of the Telecaster," Bill Kirchen specializes in all things Americana: truck-driving music, country, rockabilly and more. Kirchen has recorded with famous fans from Commander Cody to Elvis Costello to Nick Lowe and others.

The Revealers
1:50 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Formed in 1996, the Revealers play R&B-influenced, pop-infused roots-rock reggae with New Orleans flavor.

Tonia Scott & Anointed Voices
1:50 p.m., Gospel Tent This gospel choir, under the direction of Tonia Monique Scott, has been featured in major movies including Ray, The Last Holiday and The Skeleton Key.

CRITIC'S PICK

Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars
1:55 p.m., Acura Stage This group of musicians from various Louisiana musical genres formed to raise awareness and funds for the restoration of Louisiana wetlands. Members include Tab Benoit, Anders Osborne, George Porter Jr., Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Johnny Vidacovich, Waylon Thibodeaux and "Jumpin" Johnny Sansone.

MyNameIsJohnMichael
1:55 p.m., Gentilly Stage With not one New Orleans signifier to its name save an occasional trumpet line, the guitar-driven MyNameIsJohnMichael plays upbeat multi instrumental indie rock. Leader John Michael Rouchell came to local prominence upon writing, recording and releasing one song a week for a year in 2009, and the band asked fans to vote on which songs would be included on the group's self-released debut album, The People That Come and Go.

RAM
2 p.m., Congo Square Stage This "mizik rasin" band from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, is led by controversial founder, songwriter and lead vocalist Richard A. Morse (RAM), who once survived an assassination attempt during a Brazilian Carnival performance, and who describes his group's music as "Vodou rock 'n' roots." The group combines instruments such as rara horns and petwo drums to create a rare form of rock 'n' roll, with lyrics in French and English.

Khris Royal & Dark Matter
2:30 p.m., WWOZ Jazz TentA product of both the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts and the Berklee College of Music, saxophonist Khris Royal adds electronic elements to his progressive combination of funk and jazz.

Franklin Avenue Baptist Church Choir
2:40 p.m., Gospel Tent Part of a chain of churches extending to Baton Rouge and Houston, this 2,000-seat church in the Gentilly neighborhood took on 9 feet of water after Hurricane Katrina, but came back stronger than ever, thanks in part to its celebrated choir.

CRITIC'S PICK

Tribute to Walter Payton and Albert "June" Gardner
2:50 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Trumpeter Leroy Jones leads this tribute to drummer Albert Gardner and bassist Walter Payton. The ensemble features Germaine Bazzle, Lucien Barbarin, Craig Klein, David Torkanowsky, Thaddeus Richard and others.

James Andrews & the Crescent City Allstars
2:55 p.m., Blues TentA product of the Treme neighborhood and a musical family, James Andrews brings a large ensemble together for vocal-driven funk that recalls the sounds of jazz, New Orleans' second-line sounds, Mardi Gras Indian chants and gospel.

click to enlarge Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and Anders Osborne perform with the Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars.  - 1:55 P.M. Saturday, May 7, Acura Stage.
  • Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and Anders Osborne perform with the Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars.

    1:55 P.M. Saturday, May 7, Acura Stage.

Jesse Winchester
2:55 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Son of the South Jesse Winchester blends folk, blues and country in songs like "Yankee Lady," "The Brand New Tennessee Waltz," and "Mississippi, You're on My Mind." Winchester moved to Canada during the Vietnam War, but he still managed to gain famous fans and has recorded with everyone from Elvis Costello to Jimmy Buffett.

CRITIC'S PICK

Kora Konnection feat. Morikeba Kouyate and Thierno Dioubate
3 p.m., Lagniappe Stage A melodic African jazz ensemble, Kora Konnection features 12-string kora player and African storytelling griot Morikeba Kouyate, a native of Senegal and current New Orleans resident. Besides traditional African players, the group features New Orleans saxophonist Tim Green, bassist James Singleton and others.

Kirk Joseph's Tuba Tuba
3:10 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Kirk Joseph revolutionized the sousaphone, bringing it to the forefront during his time with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Tuba Tuba is a group of notable tuba players blending modern jazz, funk, blues and rock 'n' roll.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
3:25 p.m., Gentilly Stage As seen on the HBO series Treme, New Orleans' current hottest musical export, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews (who plays more trumpet than trombone these days), injects rock, hip-hop, funk and soul into his modern, horn-driven New Orleans party sound.

CRITIC'S PICK

Allen Toussaint
3:35 p.m., Acura StageThe first name in New Orleans music, this legendary piano player, songwriter and record producer has crafted hits such as "Workin' In the Coal Mine," "Southern Nights" and "Mother-In-Law." More recently, he collaborated with Elvis Costello on the Grammy-winning album The River In Reverse, and in 2009 he released The Bright Mississippi.

CRITIC'S PICK

Minister Jai Reed
3:35 p.m., Gospel Tent New Orleans pastor Jai Reed grew up singing R&B, pop, jazz, rock and gospel in groups such as Endurance and Nu-Beginnings. His more recent music — which as been featured in Tyler Perry movies — is decidedly modern. He just released a self-titled album.

CRITIC'S PICK

Mystikal
3:40 p.m., Congo Square StageRapper Mystikal, aka Michael Lawrence Tyler, was recently released from jail for a sexual battery conviction, but his ridiculously twisted and original flow is still fresh. He surely will bring his bag of hits including "Shake Ya Ass" and "Bouncin' Back."

CRITIC'S PICK

The Nicholas Payton SeXXXtet
3:45 p.m., WWOZ Jazz TentGrammy-winning local trumpeter Nicholas Payton (son of mind-bending bassist Walter Payton) leads this six-piece combo that incorporates world music and other eclectic elements into modern jazz.

Walter "Wolfman" Washington & the Roadmasters
4:15 p.m., Blues TentThis throaty local singer and virtuoso of guitar grime has mixed together R&B, funk and blues since the 1970s. He is also known for his 20-year role as sideman for the late legendary Louisiana vocalist Johnny Adams.

Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show
4:15 p.m., Lagniappe Stage After 16 years in local stalwart rock band Cowboy Mouth, guitarist Paul Sanchez struck out on his own as a troubadour. In his Rolling Road Show band, each member (including sousaphonist Matt Perrine and trombonist Craig Klein) contributes original songs.

Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band feat. Thais Clark
4:20 p.m., Economy Hall TentNew Orleans clarinetist Michael White plays traditional jazz and brass band music. He is accompanied by versatile vocalist Thais Clark, who is best known for interpreting 1920s blues.

CRITIC'S PICK

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
4:25 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Since 1975, brothers Michael Doucet (fiddle, vocals) and David Doucet (guitar, vocals) have relied on acoustic instruments only to "Cajunize" jazz, Caribbean music, Tex-Mex and other genres, alongside more classic Cajun compositions. The group won a Grammy before the Cajun/zydeco category was created then subsequently dropped.

CRITIC'S PICK

101 Runners
4:30 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Begun as a Mardi Gras Indian tribute band in 2007, the Runners attracted some real Indians and now feature Indian vocalists and an array of R&B and funk musicians.

Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries
4:30 p.m., Gospel Tent This mass choir combines members from choirs from around New Orleans.

DJ Soul Sister
4:55 p.m., Congo Square StageThe "queen of rare groove," Soul Sister is a popular local DJ who spins only vinyl, specializing in old-school music including funk, boogie, soul, hip-hop, disco and more.

CRITIC'S PICK

The Strokes
5:20 p.m., Gentilly Stage This band of attractive, New York socialites showed it also has aptitude for classic pop-rock songwriting on 2001's Is This It. Subsequent albums haven't reached the same heights, but early hits like "Last Nite" still thrill audiences.

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band
5:25 p.m., Acura StageEven without hit videos or airplay outside of a handful of hits in the late 1970s ("Cheeseburger in Paradise," "Margaritaville"), Jimmy Buffett's projection of the Floridian, daytime drinking, perpetually lounging beach bum lifestyle has created a gigantic following that's involves a sound and a lifestyle — not unlike the Grateful Dead, but for more of a weekend-warrior fanbase.

CRITIC'S PICK

Ms. Lauryn Hill
5:25 p.m., Congo Square Stage Lauryn Hill has gone more than 13 years without a new release, but the rapper, singer and former Fugee (whose ex-partner Wyclef Jean also performs at Jazz Fest) will certainly have longtime fans fainting and crying at this rare performance. One can only expect Hill's signature hip-hop reinterpretation of "Killing Me Softly," as well as cuts from the hip-hop soul classic The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

Fourplay
5:30 p.m., WWOZ Jazz TentNow in their 20th year together, brothers Steve Lombardi, drummer Nick Lombardi and company stretch out smooth modern jazz jams flavored with funk, soul and pop.

Jeff & Vida
5:45 p.m., Lagniappe Stage The duo Jeff Burke (mandolin/vocals) and Vida Wakeman (guitar/vocals) made a post-Hurricane Katrina move from New Orleans to Nashville, Tenn. — which makes a lot of sense, since bluegrass runs through their alternative hybrid of country, folk, honky-tonk, rockabilly and rock 'n' roll. 

Ruby Wilson
5:50 p.m., Economy Hall Tent A Memphis-based singer of Delta blues, Ruby Wilson — the goddaughter of B.B. King — also flirts with soul, pop, R&B, Dixieland jazz and gospel.

CRITIC'S PICK

Aaron Neville's Gospel Experience
5:50 p.m., Gospel Tent The cotton-voiced, falsetto balladeer of New Orleans has always sung gospel and this year released I Know I've Been Changed, which includes covers of many gospel classics.

Bobby "Blue" Bland
5:55 p.m., Blues TentA legendary Tennessee guitarist and member of both the Blues and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame, Bobby "Blue" Bland innovated soul-blues, mixing gospel with blues and R&B. He leads a horn-driven big band.

C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band
5:55 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage The accordion-playing son of the "King of Zydeco" Clifton Chenier, this Port Arthur, Texas, native has taken over his father's band and legacy.

New Birth Brass Band
6 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage New Birth fuses hip-hop, Mardi Gras Indian chants and funk into its brass band music.

 

Sunday, May 8

Parades


12:20 p.m. Lady Rollers, Nine Times Ladies, and Original CTC Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs with Da Souljas Brass Band

12:25 p.m. Secondline Jammers Social Aid and Pleasure Club (in Economy Hall Tent)

1:25 p.m. Wild Tchoupitoulas and Wild Apaches Mardi Gras Indians

2:25 p.m. Haitian Rara parade with RAM

4:15 p.m. Original Lady Buckjumpers and Prince of Wales Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs with TBC Brass Band

5:10 p.m. Apache Hunters and Buffalo Hunters Mardi Gras Indians


Native American Pow Wow — LA. Folk Life Village


12:05 p.m., 2:35 p.m. and 3:50 p.m. The Boyz

 

Haiti Pavilion

Noon Voudou Ceremony with RAM Drummers
2:50 p.m. RAM

 

Performances

Tommy Malone & the Mystik Drone
11:15 a.m., Gentilly StageTommy Malone, lead singer and guitarist for the mellow-rocking subdudes, plays a louder, more forceful blend of rock and blues in this setup.

Rumba Buena
11:15 a.m., Congo Square StagePercussionist Johnny Marcia leads this Latin band that focuses on salsa and meringue.

SUBR Jazzy Jags
11:15 a.m., WWOZ Jazz TentThe Southern University Jazzy Jags play modern jazz.

Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble
11:15 a.m., Economy Hall TentClarinetist Fred Starr leads this traditional jazz ensemble.

Goldman Thibodeaux and the Lawtell Playboys
11:15 a.m., Fais Do-Do StageAccordionist Goldman Thibodaux plays a mix of zydeco and Creole music.

Black Eagles Mardi Gras Indians
11:15 a.m., Jazz and Heritage StageBig Chief Roddy Lewis leads this Uptown tribe of Mardi Gras Indians.

Zulu Male Ensemble
11:15 a.m., Gospel TentPart of the century-old Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club, this ensemble sings traditional gospel.

Russell Batiste Jr. & Friends feat. Jason Neville
11:20 a.m., Acura StagePlaying drums since age 4, the Funky Meters drummer and son of legendary funk musician David Batiste is joined by Aaron Neville's son Jason in this rock, funk and R&B band.

Mem Shannon & the Membership
11:25 a.m., Blues TentFormer cab driver Mem Shannon leads this blues-funk band on guitar.

Heritage School of Music Band
11:30 a.m., Lagniappe StageThe Heritage School of Music offers free afterschool training for teenagers. Jazz saxophonist Edward "Kidd" Jordan leads the ensemble.

William Willoughby
Noon, Gospel TentWilliam Willoughby sings traditional and contemporary gospel music.

Jesse McBride presents the Next Generation
12:15 p.m., WWOZ Jazz TentJazz violinist Jesse McBride formed the Next Generation to preserve the music of recent New Orleans jazz composers. The band also mixes in other New Orleans sounds including funk and R&B.

Dee-1
12:25 p.m., Congo Square StageNicknamed "One Man Army," the New Orleans rapper and former schoolteacher released David & Goliath in 2009. He co-authored a jazz and hip-hop fusion anthem with Shamarr Allen praising the New Orleans Saints.

Treme Brass Band
12:25 p.m., Economy Hall TentThe Treme Brass Band plays a mix of traditional and contemporary brass band music and has long been anchored by members of some of Treme's musical families, including drummers Benny Andrews and "Uncle" Lionel Batiste.

CRITIC'S PICK

Lost Bayou Ramblers
12:25 p.m., Fais Do-Do StageBrothers Louis Michot (fiddle) and Andre Michot (accordion, lap steel guitar) lead this young Grammy-nominated Cajun band.

Pinstripe Brass Band
12:25 p.m., Jazz and Heritage StageSnare drummer Herbert McCarver leads this traditional brass band.

CRITIC'S PICK

Anders Osborne
12:30 p.m., Acura StageThis gravel-voiced native of Sweden has written songs for an array of pop and rock artists. On guitar, he plays everything from hard-jamming blues rock and funky New Orleans R&B to gentle ballads.

Playing for Change
12:30 p.m., Gentilly StageThe Playing for Change project started with producer Mark Johnson recording street musicians from all over, including New Orleans' Grandpa Elliott, sharing a message of peace. The touring band features a collection of musicians from around the world.

Julio y Cesar
12:40 p.m., Lagniappe StageThe eponymous duo plays classical guitar and various Latin styles of music.

Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band
12:45 p.m., Blues TentChurch Point, La., native Chubby Carrier was born into a musical family and learned to play accordion and drums at an early age. He won a Grammy in 2010 for the album Zydeco Junkie.

Mt. Hermon Baptist Church Mass Choir
12:55 p.m., Gospel TentThis gospel choir sings traditional gospel.

Tribute to Clyde Kerr Jr.
1:25 p.m., WWOZ Jazz TentThis show honors trumpeter Clyde Kerr Jr., who died last year. He mentored many local musicians, including Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and Irvin Mayfield.

CRITIC'S PICK

Feufollet
1:35 p.m., Fais Do-Do StageThe members of Feufollet got together in their early teens to play traditional Cajun music. As members have grown, they have maintained the fiddle and accordion instrumentation and still often sing in French, but have evolved into a Cajun-pop-rock hybrid. The band recently released En Couleurs.

CRITIC'S PICK

Tabou Combo of Haiti
1:40 p.m., Congo Square StageThis 43-year-old Haitian band plays a catchy style of dance music called konpa, incorporating hypnotic rhythms and percussion.

Cowboy Mouth
1:45 p.m., Acura StageCowboy Mouth, led on drums by New Orleans Jesuit High School alumnus Fred LeBlanc, recently released the album Fearless, but the band is still best known for the hit "Jenny Says."

Gregg Stafford's Jazz Hounds
1:45 p.m., Economy Hall TentTrumpeter Gregg Stafford plays traditional New Orleans jazz.

Bamboula 2000
1:45 p.m., Jazz and Heritage StagePercussionist Luther Gray created Bamboula 2000 to play African beats. The band blends in jazz and R&B and group uses an array of percussion instruments including trap drums, djembe and kalimba.

Papa Grows Funk
1:50 p.m., Gentilly StageWith founder and keyboardist John Gros at the Hammond B3 organ, this outfit grooves on thick New Orleans funk.

Betsy McGovern and the Poor Clares
1:50 p.m., Lagniappe StageGuitarist Betsy McGovern's trio presents a mix of Irish and Scottish folk songs as well as some roots music and traditional Cajun tunes.

CRITIC'S PICK

Henry Butler
2 p.m., Blues TentPianist and vocalist Henry Butler made a name for himself playing jazz before focusing on blues and R&B. He's a master of many styles and has explored Brazilian, Caribbean and Afro-Cuban music.

Arthur Clayton and Purposely Anointed
2 p.m., Gospel TentArthur Clayton is backed by Purposely Anointed, an ensemble including an instrumental quartet and nine vocalists.

CRITIC'S PICK

Ellis Marsalis
2:35 p.m., WWOZ Jazz TentEllis Marsalis is the patriarch of New Orleans' musical Marsalis clan and mentored sons Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason. As a pianist, he has played alongside a host of renowned modern jazz stylists and released 20 of his own albums. He has focused much of his career on educating young musicians.

click to enlarge Ever-dapper Little Freddie King plays gut-bucket blues.12:20 P.M. Thursday, May 5, Blues Tent.
  • Ever-dapper Little Freddie King plays gut-bucket blues.

    12:20 P.M. Thursday, May 5, Blues Tent.

Bluerunners Reunion
2:50 p.m., Fais Do-Do StageThe influential Bluerunners were one of the first bands to blend Cajun and contemporary pop styles. The original 1980s lineup reunites for this performance.

CRITIC'S PICK

TBC Brass Band
2:55 p.m., Jazz and Heritage StageThe To Be Continued Brass Band was formed in 2002 by students at George Washington Carver High School. Their do-it-yourself efforts garnered the attention of The Roots and the band became the subject of media attention and a documentary. In 2009, the band released Modern Times.

Jonté Landrum Thomas
3:05 p.m., Gospel TentJonté Landrum Thomas is the granddaughter of Rev. Lois Dejean, the former lead singer for the Johnson Extension, and grew up singing gospel. In 2010 she was a top-20 finalist on BET's Sunday Best.

George French and the New Orleans Storyville Jazz Band
3 p.m., Economy Hall TentGeorge French was trained as a traditional jazz and R&B vocalist and later learned to play bass guitar. This band plays traditional jazz.

CRITIC'S PICK

Generationals
3:10 p.m., Lagniappe StageRising from the ashes of Baton Rouge-based The Eames Era, the Generationals of New Orleans sing about love and fighting while playing soft, indie folk rock.

CRITIC'S PICK

Rebirth Brass Band
3:15 p.m., Congo Square StageKermit Ruffins and Phil Frazier formed the Rebirth Brass Band in the 1980s while they were in high school. The lineup has evolved over the years, but Frazier's sousaphone still anchors the band and keeps it at the forefront of contemporary New Orleans brass bands.

Michael Franti & Spearhead
3:20 p.m., Gentilly StageMichael Franti and Spearhead play a blend of hip-hop, funk, reggae and rock. The band climbed the Billboard charts in 2008 with "All Rebel Rockers," its sixth studio album, and the single "Say Hey (I Love You)" reached No. 18.

Kid Rock
3:30 p.m., Acura StageKid Rock burst onto the music scene in the early 1990s with a rap/rock hybrid and bad boy persona. He's since won five Grammys and topped the charts in the U.S. and abroad. Born Free, released in November 2010, is steeped in mellower Southern rock styles.

Sonny Landreth
3:30 p.m., Blues TentSonny Landreth plays a distinctly bluesy style of slide guitar. Before focusing on his solo career, he put together the Goners to back John Hiatt in the 1980s, and some of his songs channel '80s rock with a Southern accent.

Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
3:55 p.m., WWOZ Jazz TentThe New Orleans Jazz Orchestra won a 2010 Grammy for its album Book One. Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield formed the big band in 2002.

Fisk Jubilee Singers
4 p.m., Gospel TentCreated in the mold of the 1871 original Jubilee Singers known for "slave songs," these gospel singers hail from Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn. and were awarded a 2008 Medal of the Arts, presented by former President George W. Bush.

Big Chief Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias
4:15 p.m., Jazz and Heritage StageBig Chief Bo Dollis' signature cutting gravel-voiced singing marks Wild Magnolia songs like "Handa Wanda." As the legendary big chief has aged, younger members handle more of the vocals for the tribe's band.

Punch Brothers feat. Chris Thile
4:20 p.m., Fais Do-Do StageWith a Mark Twain reference as a band name and a Grammy nomination under its collective belt, the all-string, banjo and mandolin band plays progressive bluegrass music.

DJ Captain Charles
4:35 p.m., Congo Square StageDJ Captain Charles spins a local-artist-heavy mix of bounce, funk and R&B.

CRITIC'S PICK

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
4:35 p.m., Economy Hall TentThe Preservation Hall Jazz Band was formed to preserve the songs, sound and ensemble-style playing of early New Orleans jazz. Band members span several generations and some players are the second generation of their families to play in the band.

Robin and the Bluebirds
4:35 p.m., Lagniappe StageThis band from Shreveport, La., plays soulful rock, blues and R&B.

CRITIC'S PICK

Leo Jackson and the Melody Clouds
4:55 p.m., Gospel TentFormed in 1965 by Leo Jackson Jr., the current bandleader's father, the family-based group sings a powerful style of testifying gospel.

Maze feat. Frankie Beverly
5 p.m., Congo Square StageFrankie Beverly and Maze churn out a smooth blend of funk and soul. The band recently released a 20-song collection, titled Anthology.

CRITIC'S PICK

Robert Randolph & The Family Band
5:20 p.m., Blues TentPedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph comes out of the religious sacred steel tradition. He leads his family band in a jam-friendly blend of blues, soul and R&B.

The Radiators' farewell with Friends
5:30 p.m., Gentilly StageFor more than three decades, The Radiators have played a funky, jammy brand of New Orleans rock. The band announced it will retire in June, and a host of guests will join the group's enduring lineup of all original members for this special performance.

The Neville Brothers
5:40 p.m., Acura Stage Over the course of five decades — including work with other bands such as the Meters —Art, Aaron, Charles and Cyril have made the Nevilles New Orleans' first family of funk.

CRITIC'S PICK

Sonny Rollins
5:40 p.m., WWOZ Jazz TentSaxophonist Sonny Rollins was mentored by the legendary Thelonious Monk and was considered a heavyweight of bebop, but his live performances show a mastery that eclipses that label. In 2010, he was awarded a National Medal of Arts.

RAM
5:45 p.m., Jazz and Heritage StageThis Haitian band plays "mizik rasin," a roots music style that blends rock with Haitian folk music and cultural influences.

Glen David Andrews
5:55 p.m., Gospel TentA member of one of New Orleans' musical families, Glen David Andrews performs jazz, R&B and gospel. This performance features gospel and soul music.

Bob French and the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band
6 p.m., Economy Hall TentBob French took the helm of this traditional jazz band from his father Papa French. Dating back to 1910, it's New Orleans' longest running band.

Rockin' Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters
6 p.m., Fais Do-Do StageRubboard player and showman Rockin' Dopsie Jr. took over the Zydeco Twisters from his father. The band plays zydeco, incorporating modern rock and R&B.

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Bobby Lounge
6 p.m., Lagniappe StageThe eccentric pianist and cult figure Bobby Lounge makes his annual appearance at Jazz Fest — with the help of his assistant, Nurse Gina Pontevecchio. His lyrics are as outlandish as his stage persona.

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