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The 40th New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Concludes with a Star-Studded lineup

click to enlarge Trumpeter Mark Braud is a member of one of New Orleans' musical families. - Mark Braud & the New Orleans Jazz Giants4:25 p.m. Thu., - April 30Economy Hall Tent - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Trumpeter Mark Braud is a member of one of New Orleans' musical families.

    Mark Braud & the New Orleans Jazz Giants
    4:25 p.m. Thu., April 30
    Economy Hall Tent

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival concludes this weekend with four days of music on 12 Stages at the Fair Grounds.

International performers for the final weekend include South Africa's Crocodile Gumboot Dancers and the Ori Culture Danse Club of Benin. In addition to first-time visits from Neil Young and Bon Jovi, touring acts range from Emmylou Harris, Solomon Burke and Tony Bennett to Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy and Chuck Brown. The festival wouldn't be complete without performances by BeauSoleil, Kermit Ruffins, Nicholas Payton, Allen Toussaint, the Neville Brothers and many others.

Count Basin™ looks forward to hitting the grounds for final weekend of music, food and fun. See you there.




Thursday, April 30


Parades:

2 p.m. VIP Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Club with Paulin Brothers Brass Band

3 p.m. Black Eagles and Geronimo Hunters Mardi Gras Indians

4 p.m. Bon Temps Roulez Social Aid & Pleasure Club with Tornado Brass Band

5 p.m. The Roots of Music Marching Crusaders

Native American Pow Wow12:10, 2:20 p.m. and 3:55 p.m. Carolina Tuscarora Stomp and Smoke Dancers

 

Chris Clifton 11:15 a.m., Economy Hall Tent
Trumpeter Chris Clifton plays traditional jazz in the style of Louis Armstrong.

Culu Children's Traditional African Dance Company 11:15 a.m., Congo Square
The dance company focuses on traditional dances from West Africa.

Jumpin' Johnny Sansone 11:15 am, Blues Tent
Harmonica player Johnny Sansone is known for both his blues/folk and for reaching beyond the genre with zydeco, rock and R&B. He's active with Voice of the Wetlands, a group of south Louisiana musicians whose concerts raise awareness of coastal restoration issue.

Tulane University Jazz Ensemble 11:15 a.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
Professor John Doheny directs the Tulane ensemble through a repertoire of traditional and modern jazz.

Bamboula 2000 11:20 a.m., Acura Stage
Master drummer and band leader Luther Gray bases the group's music in traditional African polyrhythms and incorporates reggae, funk and jazz. The group includes dancers and the name references a dance and rhythm brought to the Louisiana colony with slaves from Africa.

Dillard University Jazz Ensemble 11:20 a.m., Lagniappe Stage

McMain High School Choir 11:20 a.m., Gospel Tent

Red Hawk Mardi Gras Indians 11:20 a.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Corey Ledet and his Zydeco Band 11:25 a.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
Accordionist Corey Ledet was born on the western end of the zydeco circuit, Houston, and later moved to Louisiana. He plays a range of zydeco styles from early Creole la la music to more contemporary and urban sounds. In 2007, he released an album of all original songs, Don't Shut Me Out.

Honey Island Swamp Band 11:30 a.m., Gentilly Stage
The Honey Island Swamp Band formed when musicians stranded in San Francisco after Hurricane Katrina got together to play Southern rock and swamp pop.  The band returned to New Orleans and released a self-titled debut record.

Inspirational Gospel Singers 12:05 p.m., Gospel Tent
Gloria Lewis leads an all-female chorus, which has been together for nearly a quarter century and toured the United States.

John Rankin 12:20 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
The acoustic guitarist plays a range of styles including jazz, folk, blues and classical. His most recent release is 2008's Last in April First in May.

Sharon Martin 12:20 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
Sharon Martin is a New Orleans jazz, gospel and blues vocalist.

CRITICS PICK

Little Freddie King Blues Band 12:25 p.m., Blues Tent
Born in McComb, Miss., and currently a resident of the Bywater, Little Freddie King is no stranger to the blues. Having survived gunshots from his wife (twice), he says he's living it. The ever dapper guitarist is known for his hardscrabble, hard-charging country blues.

The Original Last Straws 12:25 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
With a couple of members in their 80s, this well seasoned ensemble plays a swinging style of traditional jazz.

Rumba Buena 12:25 p.m., Congo Square
As one of New Orleans' biggest salsa and rumba bands, the 12-piece Rumba Buena plays music from Cuba, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Paulin Brothers Brass Band 12:30 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
The renowned Ernest "Doc" Paulin was born in 1907 and played with the earliest of jazz legends, including Kid Ory and Papa Celestine. He trained his sons to play and now Aaron, Rickey, Dwayne, Scott, Philip and Roderick carry on the tradition in the family band.

Sonny Bourg and the Bayou Blues Band 12:30 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
Drummer Sonny Bourg's band combines blues and swamp pop and throws in other sounds of Acadiana, including Cajun influences.

Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes 12:35 p.m., Acura Stage
This funk band was started by a group of classically trained musicians to play a mix of jazz and rock that would be engaging and witty but not too erudite. Last year, the band released The Big Awesome.

Jeff and Vida 12:45 p.m., Gentilly Stage
Mandolin player Jeff Burke and vocalist Vida Wakeman are an acoustic duo who play American roots music incorporating Appalachian bluegrass and alternative country.

O Perry Walker Charter High School Choir 12:55 p.m., Gospel Tent

Louis Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp Alumni Band with special guests Kidd Jordan and Clyde Kerr Jr. 1:35 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
This show features former participants in the Louis Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp. Edward "Kidd" Jordan and Clyde Kerr Jr. are among the camp's large local faculty.

Creole Zydeco Farmers 1:40 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
The Farmers play everything from early Creole la la music to contemporary zydeco. Clarence Etienne was a session drummer for the Excello label, recording with Fats Domino and Lazy Lester, and gives the band some old school R&B flavor.

I'Voire Spectacle featuring Seguenon Kone 1:40 p.m., Congo Square
Percussionist Seguenon Kone moved to New Orleans from Cote d'Ivoire. He founded I'Voire Spectacle to play his native land's music in New Orleans, and he has collaborated with many local jazz musicians.

Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir 1:40 p.m., Blues Tent
A San Francisco based vocalist and percussionist, Linda Tillery has explored African drumming, blues and African American roots music. With the choir, she focuses on spirituals, field hollers and black folk music rooted in the South.

Louis Ford and his Dixieland Flairs 1:40 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
Clarinetist Louis Ford plays New Orleans jazz from several eras and is known for traditional jazz and the big band music of the 1940s. He's performed with everyone from Danny Barker and Dave Bartholomew to Harry Connick Jr.

Po' Henry & Tookie 1:40 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
Guitarist Henry Dorsey and harmonica player Wayne Collom play old-fashioned, rural Delta blues.

Chief Iron Horse & the Black Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians 1:55 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
Big Chief Cyril "Iron Horse" Green leads the Black Seminoles tribe. He also educates children about music and Mardi Gras Indian traditions.

CRITICS PICK
Anders Osborne 2:05 p.m., Acura Stage
He was born in Sweden, but guitarist and gravel-voiced vocalist Anders Osborne plays funky Louisiana blues rock that makes him sound like a New Orleans native. His last album, Coming Down, is an engaging mix of blues and folk.

CRITICS PICK
Theresa Andersson 2:05 p.m., Gentilly Stage
As a guitarist, violinist and singer/songwriter, Theressa Andersson's mellow indie folk and blues has been familiar to New Orleanians for years. She grabbed some national attention with the 2008 release Hummingbird, Go!, which she recorded in her kitchen mixing multiple tracks of her own vocals and instruments.

Rev. Charles Jackson & the Jackson Travelers 2:30 p.m., Gospel Tent
Rev. Charles Jackson leads the tight harmonies of this family singing group.

CRITICS PICK
Delfeayo Marsalis Presents Sweet Thunder (Duke & Shak) 2:50 p.m., Congo Square
Delfeayo Marsalis is a trombonist and producer. His first album in three years, Sweet Thunder (Duke & Shak) was inspired by a 1957 Duke Ellington suite Such Sweet Thunder, composed for a 15-piece jazz orchestra using Shakespeare sonnets as the themes for instrumentals solos.

New Birth Brass Band 2:55 p.m., Congo Square
New Birth plays contemporary New Orleans brass band music. Its most recent release, D-Boy, fuses hip-hop, funk and jazz with traditional New Orleans brass lines.

Javier Tobar & Elegant Gypsy 2:55 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
Javier Tobar & Elegant Gypsy play a mix of Latin sounds.

CRITICS PICK
Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys 2:55 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
Accordion player Steve Riley and fiddler Dave Greely are the creative forces behind the Mamou Playboys, a band which made a name for itself during the revival of Cajun music inspired by the legendary Dewey Balfa. The group's latest release is 2005's Dominos (Rounder).

Ronnie Kole Septet 3 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
The Liberace of the bayou, Ronnie Kole is a talented pianist who's recorded more than 25 albums, toured the world, played for presidents and popes, and during his hey-day was a regular on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Since moving to New Orleans at the bidding of Al Hirt, he's been an ambassador for the city's culture.

click to enlarge Blues belter Marva Wright got her start singing in her church choir. - Marva Wright and the BMWs6 p.m. Thu, April 30 - Blues Tent - PHOTO BY SCOTT SALTZMAN
  • Photo by Scott Saltzman
  • Blues belter Marva Wright got her start singing in her church choir.

    Marva Wright and the BMWs
    6 p.m. Thu, April 30
    Blues Tent

Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots 3 p.m., Blues Tent
Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes is a folklorist and musician who plays a mix of blues, zydeco and Creole music with Afro-Caribbean roots. He's also well versed in the street music and culture of New Orleans, including the Mardi Gras Indians and skeleton gangs of the Tremé neighborhood.

Michael Ward 3:05 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
Michael Ward is known for playing jazz on the violin, but he's performed and recorded in a variety of styles including rock, blues, country and Cajun music.

CRITICS PICK
Melody Clouds 3:20 p.m., Gospel Tent
This family group sings traditional and contemporary gospel.

the subdudes 3:25 p.m., Gentilly Stage
Since a 2002 reunion, the 1980s mellow rock ensemble returned to form. The drummerless band plays a rich blend of blues, gospel, funk and R&B. In 2008, it released its first live recording, Live at the Rams Head.

CRITICS PICK
The Meter Men: Leo, Zig & George 3:35 p.m., Acura Stage
Three original members of the legendary funk band The Meters join forces again. Drummer Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste, guitarist Leo Nocentelli and bassist George Porter Jr. reunite for this 40th Jazz Fest anniversary show.

CRITICS PICK
Alex McMurray 4:10 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
Guitarist and singer/songwriter Alex McMurray has a diverse resume including playing in the eclectic band Royal Fingerbowl, leading the sea shantey-singing Valparaiso Men's Choir, founding rock steady-inspired 007 and a stint as a singing sea captain at Tokyo Disneyland.

George Wein & the Newport All-Stars Featuring Howard Alden, Anat Cohen, Randy Brecker, Lew Tabackin, Jimmy Cobb and Esperanza Spalding 4:10 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
George Wein is the founder of the Newport Jazz Festival, co-founder of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and a pianist. He leads an all-star lineup of longtime Newport participants in this showcase.

Silky Sol 4:10 p.m., Congo Square
Silky Sol is known for fiery vocals and a hairstyle that earned her the title "Red Afro Queen." The sultry singer mixes Southern soul and blues incorporating elements of pop, jazz, disco and funk, and she is backed by an explosive horn section. Her debut album, A Grown Woman Talkin', is due out this spring.

Mississippi Mass Choir 4:20 p.m., Gospel Tent
This award-winning gospel group has hit the top spot on the Billboard gospel charts with the albums God Gets the Glory (1990) and It Remains To Be Seen (1993).

Kenny Bill Stinson & the ARK-LA-Mystics 4:25 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
The multi-talented Kenny Bill Stinson plays piano, accordion and sings in a range of styles, from rockabilly, blues and country to British invasion influenced rock.

CRITICS PICK
Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove 4:25 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
Sousaphonist Kirk Joseph was drafted into the Dirty Dozen Brass Band by his older brother. When not playing with the Dozen, he redefined the instrument for funk and rock bands. His Backyard Groove project has features heavy jams built around his bellowing bass.

Mark Braud & the New Orleans Jazz Giants 4:25 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
Trumpeter Mark Braud is a member of one of New Orleans' musical families (most named Brunious) and grew up playing brass band music and traditional New Orleans jazz. He's also been a member of Harry Connick Jr.'s big band and played in the Broadway production of One Mo' Time.

CRITICS PICK
Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials 4:30 p.m., Blues Tent
Lil' Ed Williams leads the Blues Imperials with his rough and rollicking slide guitar play. The group got its start in Chicago in the 1970s as a knockabout barroom band, but since signing to Alligator Records in 1986, the Blues Imperials have released a series of albums and toured internationally.

Emmylou Harris 5:25 p.m., Gentilly Stage
Country singer/songwriter Harris has accomplished much since her early days as a Greenwhich Village folk artist. She has amassed 12 Grammy Awards. Her most recent release, All I Intended to Be, is a solo recording laced with moving melodies.

Ben Harper & Relentless7 5:30 p.m., Acura Stage
Well-known alternative guitarist Ben Harper established the Relentless7 to provide another outlet for musical exploration. The blues rock band's debut album, White Lies For Dark Times, is set for release in May and offers a frenzied energy not seen in Harper's blues and folk influenced early releases.

Kim Che're and the Greater Mount Calvary Mass Baptist Church Choir 5:35 p.m., Gospel Tent
New Orleans gospel and neo-soul singer Kim Che're Hardy leads the Greater Mount Calvary Baptist Church Choir.

Bonsoir, Catin 5:45 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
Christine Balfa Powell leads the all-female accordion-and-strings Cajun band Bonsoir, Catin. The group writes original music and recovers and records lost Cajun songs of the pre-World War II era.

CRITICS PICK
Solomon Burke 5:45 p.m., Congo Square
Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame member Solomon Burke's long career has stretched from notoriety in early rock and R&B to blues, soul, gospel and a bit of country music. Some of his songs, like "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love," were bigger hits when covered by others, but he won a Grammy for his 2002 blues album Don't Give Up on Me. (Some locals may recognize him from a role in The Big Easy.)

Banu Gibson's Hot Jazz with Bucky Pizzarelli 5:50 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
Singer Banu Gibson sings jazz and swing standards of the 1920s, '30s and '40s, from Tin Pan Alley to classics by Gershwin and Cole Porter. Bucky Pizzarelli is a jazz guitarist influenced by the music of Django Reinhardt.

Eddie "Chops" Paris 5:50 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
Eddie Paris grew up in a musical family and got his start in Danny Barker's Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band. He learned to play several instruments and played with many top traditional brass bands as well as contemporary setups.

CRITICS PICK
Nicholas Payton 5:55 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
One of New Orleans' trumpet prodigies, Nicholas Payton enjoyed a prolific career as a young man, winning a Grammy for a project with Doc Cheatham. As he's progressed, he's moderated post-bop explorations and found balance with soulful grooves and pleasing melodies, exemplified in his release Into The Blue.

Marva Wright & the BMWs 6 p.m., Blues Tent
Marva Wright got her start at a young age singing in her church's gospel choir, but came to the blues late, in her 30s. Since then, however, she's firmly established herself as a big blues belter.

Rosie Ledet 6 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
With her bluesy vocals, accordionist Rosie Ledet earned the nickname Zydeco Sweetheart. She's also applied a playful touch to her songwriting with risque titles like "Eat My Poussiere," or "Eat My Dust," and "I Am Going to Take Care of Your Dog."




Friday, May 1


Parades:

Noon Jazz Funeral for Michael P. Smith and Snooks Eaglin

1:30 p.m. Original Four and Original Big Seven social aid & pleasure clubs with New Wave Brass Band

2:30 p.m. New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Rhythm Section and Young Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians

4:15 p.m. Old N Nu Style Fellas and Scene Boosters social aid & pleasure clubs with Pinettes Brass Band

Native American Pow WowNoon and 2:20 p.m. Carolina Tuscarora Stomp and Smoke Dancers

 

CRITICS PICK
Washboard Chaz 11:10 a.m., Blues Tent
Washboard Chaz leads a barebones blues ensemble. The group released Mix it Up! last year.

Bester Singers & the Dynamic Smooth Family Gospel Singers 11:15 a.m., Gospel Tent
The two Slidell-based family groups join together to perform traditional gospel.

CRITICS PICK
Fi Yi Yi & the Mandingo Warriors 11:15 a.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
Fi Yi Yi Big Chief Victor Harris takes cues from West African influences in his Mardi Gras Indian tribe's suits, drumming and chanting .

Jambalaya Cajun Band 11:15 a.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
This Louisiana roots band incorporates zydeco, Cajun and folk influences into its music.

click to enlarge Shamarr Allen is one of the city's rising star trumpeters.Shamarr Allen12:30 p.m. Sun., May 3 WWOZ Jazz Tent - PHOTO BY SCOTT SALTZMAN
  • Photo by Scott Saltzman
  • Shamarr Allen is one of the city's rising star trumpeters.

    Shamarr Allen
    12:30 p.m. Sun., May 3
    WWOZ Jazz Tent

New Orleans Moonshiners 11:15 a.m., Economy Hall Tent
The Moonshiners recall the sounds of Tin Pan Alley with acoustic, traditional New Orleans jazz and gypsy swing. It released a self-titled album this year.

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

CRITICS PICK
The Chilluns 11:20 a.m., Acura Stage
This band of New Orleans musicians and musical offspring includes Dave, Darcy and Johnny Malone, Cranston and Annie Clements and Andre and Spencer Bohren. The group plays a mix of soul, blues and R&B.

Drew Landry Band 11:25 a.m., Lagniappe Stage
Dropping the Drew Landry Band moniker, the country-folk storyteller sharpened his distinct throaty drawl on this year's album Sharecropper's Whine, adding a country blend of back-porch acoustics and steel guitars.

Fredy Omar con su Banda 11:25 a.m., Gentilly Stage
The Honduran native and local bandleader presides over a lively and diverse catalog of Latin rhythms.

Ori Culture Danse Club of Benin 11:25 a.m., Congo Square
The dance troupe performs traditional dances of its native West African nation of Benin.

John Lee & the Heralds of Christ 12:05 p.m., Gospel Tent
The gospel group, inaugurated by John Lee in 1978, continues its 30-year career.

J. Monque'D 12:15 p.m., Blues Tent
A harmonica-wielding and outlandish character, J. Monque'D fronts a New Orleans barroom blues outfit.

CRITICS PICK
Clarinet Woodshed feat. Evan Christopher, Gregory Agid and Tim Laughlin 12:20 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
The three jazz veterans and clarinet masters perform a diverse range of traditional and contemporary jazz.

Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band 12:20 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
"The Zydeco Boss" blends the sounds of Jamaican ska with zydeco roots on his 2008 album Loved. Feared. Respected.

Doreen's Jazz New Orleans 12:25 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
Clarinetist Doreen Ketchens leads her Dixieland jazz outfit.

Forgotten Souls Brass Band 12:25 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
The brass band powers second lines with its funk and traditional New Orleans brass. Band members include Lionel Batiste Jr., Kirk Joseph and Revert "Peanut" Andrews.

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet 12:30 p.m., Acura Stage
The group pairs Louisiana roots with Cajun folk and zydeco. The Grammy Award-winning bandleader and fiddler snagged the Cajun/Zydeco trophy for the band's 2008 effort Alligator Purse, followed by a Big Easy Music Awards best Cajun band nomination in 2009.

Marisa y Mariachi Agave 12:30 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
The traditional mariachi outfit, decked in trajes de Charros, accompany ranchera singer Marisa.

Jimi Clever 12:45 p.m., Congo Square
The local hip-hop artist rhymes with his pulse on New Orleans, incorporating Latin bounce beats and aggressive flow. He recently released Audio Journals, the Mix Tape Vol. 3 with DJ E-F Cuttin'.

Frankie Ford 12:55 p.m., Gentilly Stage
The Gretna-born 2009 King of Krewe du Vieux may best be known for the 1959 hit "Sea Cruise," but the New Orleans Dynamo also is a polka king and a traditionalist of old school rhythm and blues.

Glen David Andrews 12:55 p.m., Gospel Tent
The trombonist bandleader recorded his latest album Walking through Heaven's Gate live at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Tremé, creating a spirited gospel record amplified by second line brass and a full gospel choir.

Truth Universal 1:10 p.m., Congo Square
Influenced by Chuck D's lyrical power, the Trinidad-born MC lends a political voice to New Orleans hip-hop. He self-released Self-Determination in 2008.

Cheick Hamala Diabate 1:30 p.m., Blues Tent
The Grammy-nominated West African traditionalist is a master of the Mali instrument the n'goni, an African predecessor of the banjo.

Crocodile Gumboot Dancers of South Africa 1:35 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
The troupe brings to the stage the tradition of South African gumboot dancing, a spiritual dance performed in heavy, black rubber work boots with roots in the gold mines under apartheid.

James Rivers Movement 1:35 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
Saxophonist James Rivers fronts a band rooted in the gospel and blues tradition. He is featured on the New Orleans Classic by Al Johnson, "Carnival Time."

The Revealers 1:40 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
This reggae outfit clashes hard-edged funk with Jamaican rhythms.

CRITICS PICK
Danza 1:45 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
Pianist Tom McDermott and clarinetist Evan Christopher play a mix of early jazz, Brazilian choros and other roots music.

Leviticus Gospel Singers 1:45 p.m., Gospel Tent
The 30-year veterans of traditional gospel perform energetic gospel standards.

Walter Payton and Gumbo Filé 1:45 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
The former Preservation Hall bassist fronts a jazz band including Evan Christopher, Mari Watanabe and Mark Braud.

Marcia Ball 1:50 p.m., Acura Stage
Bred into Texas blues and raised on Louisiana swamp boogie, Marcia Ball and her bluesy piano lead a prolific career in roots and rock, including last year's Peace, Love & BBQ.

CRITICS PICK
Dirty Dozen Brass Band & the Glass House Reunion with Rebirth Brass Band 2:05 p.m., Congo Square
The two New Orleans bands that did the most to reinvent and modernize brass band music by incorporating R&B, soul and funk join forces in tribute to the club that hosted their weekly throwdowns in the mid-1980s.

Charmaine Neville & Friends 2:25 p.m., Gentilly Stage
The reigning queen of the musical Neville family, Charmaine sings jazz and R&B.

Mount Hermon Baptist Church Mass Choir 2:35 p.m., Gospel Tent
Pastor Sean T. Elder leads the Avondale, La., based gospel choir.

CRITICS PICK
Doc Watson 2:45 p.m., Blues Tent
The 86-year-old North Carolina bluegrass guitarist has compiled an extensive repertoire of mountain ballads and long-lost folk songs.

Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie 2:45 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
The Creole Cowboy from Eunice, La., and son of legendary accordionist John Delafose won a Grammy for 2007's Le Cowboy Creole.

John Boutté 2:50 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
Cubanismo bandleader and vocalist John Boutte stirs the pot of Caribbean music with New Orleans second-line and blues on the appropriately titled 2008 release Stew Called New Orleans.

Pinettes Brass Band 2:55 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
The 18-year-old brass band claims to be the only all-female brass band in the world. Decked in matching shirts with ankh symbols, the band plays spirited New Orleans brass with gospel-like call-and-response chants.

Howard Alden and Anat Cohen with George Wein 3 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
The jazz guitarist performs with Anat Cohen, the Israeli jazz clarinetist, and George Wein, founder of the Newport Jazz Festival and accomplished jazz pianist. Alden released Pow-Wow, a duet with Ken Peplowski, last year.

Twangorama 3:10 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
After the disbanding of Woodenhead, the New Orleans instrumental outfit continued with this jazz-fusion, guitar-acrobatics collective.

Bonnie Raitt 3:30 p.m., Acura Stage
The countrified singer-songwriter, Grammy sweeper and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, best known for her 1991 hit "Something to Talk About," is a blues all-star and can wail on guitar with a bottleneck slide.

Shades of Praise 3:30 p.m., Gospel Tent
Celebrating its 10th year at the festival, the interracial gospel choir features more than 60 members.

Julian Marley & Uprising Band 3:50 p.m., Congo Square
Raised in the United Kingdom and Jamaica, Julian, one of the youngest of Bob Marley's 12 children, and his Uprising Band blend dub with the family's familiar reggae. The band released its third disc Awake in March.

Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers 3:55 p.m., Gentilly Stage
Kermit Ruffins is a Rebirth-cofounder, jazz trumpeter and longtime local club and barroom favorite. His personality precedes his playful, bouncy brass on his recent release Livin' a Tremé Life (Basin Street).

CRITICS PICK
Esperanza Spalding 4:10 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
After working alongside artists like M. Ward and Stanley Clarke, the sultry-voiced double bassist released a subtle Brazilian jazz self-titled sophomore effort in 2008.

Patty Griffin 4:15 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
This singer/songwriter penned compositions for some of the biggest names in pop and country music. The folk artist was also featured on the gospel album Oh Happy Day with Mavis Staples in March.

Walter "Wolfman" Washington & the Roadmasters 4:15 p.m., Blues Tent
The New Orleans music pioneer (as a guitarist behind local icons Lee Dorsey and Johnny Adams) fronts the blues and funk hybrid Roadmasters, who released two albums in 2008: Doin' the Funky Thing and Live at the Maple Leaf.

Ori Culture Danse Club of Benin 4:20 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
See 11:25 a.m., Congo Square
for listing details.

Cheick Hamala Diabate 4:35 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
See 1:30 p.m., Blues Tent
for listing details.

click to enlarge Fans enjoy a performance in the Jazz Tent. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER

Tim Laughlin 4:35 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
Apart from contributions to multiple film scores, the clarinetist maintains an extensive repertoire of New Orleans jazz, staying faithful to the traditional sounds but adding some contemporary dynamics.

VaShawn Mitchell and Friends 4:40 p.m., Gospel Tent
The Windy City singer, backed by an impressive gospel choir, breathes gospel music into contemporary R&B.

Sugarland 5:30 p.m., Acura Stage
The country-pop duo of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush return from a European tour riding the success of the Grammy Award-winning Love on the Inside.

Musiq Soulchild 5:40 p.m., Congo Square
The Philly-bred neo-soul singer's latest disc Onmyradio features more slow jams for the boudoir — a 1970s soul revival with bass-heavy hip hop, thanks to his new Atlanta digs.

CRITICS PICK
John Scofield & the Piety Street Band 5:45 p.m., Blues Tent
The prolific jazz guitarist assembled an all-star band of locals including keyboardisht Jon Cleary, bassist George Porter Jr., singer John Boutté and drummer Shannon Powell for last year's gospel-and-blues-heavy Piety Street.

CRITICS PICK
Tony Bennett 5:45 p.m., Gentilly Stage
Noted as Frank Sinatra's favorite singer, the 82-year-old Bennett is a champion of classic American standards. Performing since 1949, the crooner says he doesn't plan on retiring, and he continues to rack up numerous awards in music and the arts. He released a Christmas album with the Count Basie Big Band in 2008.

CRITICS PICK
101 Runners 5:50 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
The original Mardi Gras Indian funk kings, led by the Golden Eagles' Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, are joined by an expanding cast of familiar faces including guitarists Paul Sanchez and Billy Iuso and Big Chief Juan Pardo.

Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band 5:50 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
The Grammy-winning Afro-Cuban conguero leads a lively Latin jazz powerhouse, featuring the entire nine-piece Tower of Power.

God's House Westbank Cathedral Choir 5:55 p.m., Gospel Tent
Helming his choir from a piano bench, Pastor Chip Radke leads the Marrero church's rock-influenced choir.

Driskill Mountain Boys 6 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
A regular act at the Abita Springs Opry, the Clinton, La., old timers stick to bluegrass tradition and Louisiana country.

Iguanas 6 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
The band won critical praise for last year's If You Should Ever Fall on Hard Times, which hits on pop-inflected roots rock, mambo lounge and low-key New Orleans soul.

Lars Edegran's New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra 6 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
Jazz Fest salutes the Swedish émigré and traditional jazz bandleader who was a participant in the first festival.

 

 


Saturday, May 2


 

Parades:

1 p.m. Mohawk Hunters, Wild Red Flame and Apache Hunters Mardi Gras Indians

2 p.m. New Generation and Undefeated Divas social aid & pleasure clubs with Pinstripe Brass Band

2:45 p.m. Trouble Nation Mardi Gras Indians

2:55 p.m. (In Economy Hall Tent) Second Line Jammers Social Aid & Pleasure Club

4 p.m. Pigeon Town Steppers, Valley of the Silent Men and Westbank Steppers social aid & pleasure clubs with Free Agents Brass Band

Native American Pow Wow 1:20 p.m., 2:35 p.m. and 4 p.m. Carolina Tuscarora Stomp and Smoke Dancers

 

Morning Star BC Choir 11:05 a.m., Gospel Tent

J.D. Hill 11:15 a.m., Blues Tent
Vocalist and harmonica player J.D. Hill has played blues in New Orleans for more than two decades. His Jammers band features guitarists Dave Renson and Geb Rault and drummer Chris Joplin.

Jamal Batiste & the Jam-Allstars  11:15 a.m., Gentilly Stage
A member of one of New Orleans' storied musical families, Jamal made his first Jazz Fest appearance when he was 5 years old. The percussionist now leads his own R&B group. 

CRITICS PICK
Mario Abney Quintet  11:15 a.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
The quintet blends soul and progressive jazz grooves. The band includes saxophonist Clarence Slaughter, keyboardist Rashon Murph, bassist Ian J. Baggette and drummer Julian Addison.

Original Dixieland Jazz Band 11:15 a.m., Economy Hall Tent
Nick LaRocca's Original Dixieland Jazz Band is credited with recording the first commercial jazz single in 1917. His son Jimmy LaRocca revived the title and leads a band through early jazz standards like "Tiger Rag," "St. Louis Blues," "St. James Infirmary" and "When the Saints Go Marching In." 

Otra 11:15 a.m., Acura Stage
Formed by bassist Sam Price, this six-member ensemble plays Afro-Cuban jazz grooves featuring syncopated percussion and intriguing melodies.

Julio y Cesar 11:20 a.m., Lagniappe Stage
This guitar duo mixes traditional Latin musical styles including salsa, rhumba, merengue and flamenco.

Reggie Hall & the Twilighters feat. Lady Bee 11:20 a.m., Congo Square
Piano player Reggie Hall penned the R&B hit "You Talk Too Much." He's the brother-in-law of Fats Domino and spent two decades touring with him. This new version of his original Twilighters band is fronted by vocalist Lady Bee.

White Cloud Hunters Mardi Gras Indians 11:20 a.m., Jazz and Heritage Stage

Berard Family Band 11:25 a.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
  Led by Grammy-nominated Cajun musician Al Berard, this family band plays traditional and new music marked by country and folk harmonies.

Rocks of Harmony 11:50 a.m., Gospel Tent
The Rocks of Harmony continue a five-decade career singing traditional gospel music.

Courtney Bryan 12:20 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
Pianist Courtney Bryan incorporates soul music, contemporary classical, world beats and forward-thinking jazz into original compositions. Her most recent release is Quest for Freedom.

Crocodile Gumboot Dancers of South Africa  12:20 p.m., Blues Tent
See 1:35 p.m. Friday, Congo Square
for listing details.

New Orleans Helsinki Connection 12:25 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
A coalition of jazz musicians from the Crescent City and Helsinki, Finland, play an updated style of traditional New Orleans jazz. The group released At Last in 2004.

CRITICS PICK
Rotary Downs 12:25 p.m., Gentilly Stage
The experimental indie rockers are rising stars in the New Orleans music scene. Vocals reminiscent of Beck, a willingness to take risks and a sometimes far-out style keep the music interesting.

Zachary Richard 12:25 p.m., Acura Stage
The singer/songwriter and poet is a renowned Cajun musician and cultural activist. He recently released Last Kiss (Artist Garage), his first English-language album in 15 years. He has lived in both Louisiana and Montreal and has worked to forge ties between the dispersed Acadian communities.

Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole 12:30 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
Headed by fiddler and accordionist Cedric Watson, Bijou Creole plays old-school zydeco and traditional Creole music. The band also explores African styles, with polyrhythmic and syncopated beats. Cedric Watson's self-titled album received a 2009 Grammy nomination for Best Zydeco or Cajun Album.  

Gina Brown & Anutha Level 12:30 p.m., Congo Square
Gina Brown sings a mix of blues, jazz, pop, funk, Motown and oldies.

Pin Stripe Brass Band 12:30 p.m. Jazz and Heritage Stage
Founded in 1984, the Pin Stripe is in its element second lining and playing traditional brass band music. 

Tony Green & Gypsy Jazz 12:30 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
Tony Green plays gypsy jazz in the spirit of Django Reinhardt, the famed Belgian guitarist who popularized the string-dominated form.

Voices of Distinction 12:40 p.m., Gospel Tent
The five-singer family group includes two mother/daughter pairs and a musically adopted member. The group released What You Gonna Do? in 2003.

Kidd Jordan, Al Fielder & the IAQ 1:25 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
Saxophonist Kidd Jordan and drummer Al Fielder are renowned for playing improvisational jazz. The two co-founded the Improvisational Arts Quintet, featuring Clyde Kerr Jr. (trumpet), Elton Heron (bass) and Kent Jordan (flute and piccolo). 

Roland Jack and Dillard University's VisionQuest Chorale feat. George Huff 1:30 p.m., Gospel Tent
Roland Jack leads the Dillard VisionQuest program which is about both music and personal development. His chorale group performs with George Huff, the fifth place finalist on the third season of American Idol.

Sherman Robertson 1:30 p.m., Blues Tent
Born in Beaux Bridge and raised in Houston, Sherman Robertson embraces both Louisiana swamp blues and Texas electric blues. His fierce guitar rifts also drive danceable zydeco numbers and lend an edge to R&B tunes.

Hot Club of New Orleans 1:35 p.m., Economy Tent
Hall Hot Club plays swinging acoustic gypsy jazz and early styles of traditional jazz.

Bonerama 1:40 p.m., Gentilly Stage
The four-trombone fronted Bonerama plays everything from New Orleans jazz funk to covers of psychedelic classic rock. Its latest project was a five song collaboration with treadmill-dancing band OK Go to raise money for a Habitat for Humanity House for Al "Carnival Time" Johnson.  

Buckwheat Zydeco's 30th Anniversary feat. The Hitchhikers 1:40 p.m., Acura Stage
Accordinist and zydeco legend Stanley Dural Jr. celebrates his 30th year as a recording artist. He released One for the Road in 1979 with his band the Ils Sont Partis Band. Lay Your Burden Down will be released in May.

CRITICS PICK
Deacon John 1:45 p.m., Congo Square
Deacon John Moore spent his early career as a session guitarist, and his work is featured on many rock and R&B hits that came out of the city in the 1960s. Relatively late in his career he focused on his own jump blues and released a couple of CDs. 

Everest 1:45 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
Los Angeles Indie rockers Everest boast rollicking Americana guitar licks, tender harmonies and understated lyrics. Neil Young picked the band to accompany him on tour, along with Wilco and Death Cab for Cutie. Its most recent release is Ghost Notes.

click to enlarge Aaron Neville fronts the Neville Brothers and also performs solo in the Gospel Tent.Aaron Neville3:30 p.m. Sat., May 2Gospel Tent - The Neville Brothers5:40 p.m. Sun., May 3Acura Stage - PHOTO BY SCOTT SALTZMAN
  • Photo by Scott Saltzman
  • Aaron Neville fronts the Neville Brothers and also performs solo in the Gospel Tent.

    Aaron Neville
    3:30 p.m. Sat., May 2
    Gospel Tent

    The Neville Brothers
    5:40 p.m. Sun., May 3
    Acura Stage

Feufollet 1:45 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
The members of Cajun band Feufollet may be young, but the group has been playing together for 14 years. Their latest release is 2008's Cow Island Hop.

War Chief Juan & Golden Comanche Mardi Gras Indians 1:55 p.m., Jazz and Heritage Stage
War Chief Juan Pardo released his debut CD It's That Time this year.

Greater Antioch Full Mass Choir 2:30 p.m., Gospel Tent

CRITICS PICK
Ensemble Fatien feat. Seguenon Kone, Dr. Michael White, and Jason Marsalis 2:40 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
"Fatien" is the mandinko word for heritage. The Ensemble Fatien celebrates links between New Orleans and Africa by fusing jazz and African rhythms. Percussionist Seguenon Kone of Cote D'Ivoire joins clarinetist Dr. Michael White and drummer and vibraphonist Jason Marsalis.

Bryan Lee & the Blues Power Band 2:45 p.m., Blues Tent
Bryan Lee overcame blindness and earned the nickname Braille Blues Daddy. He's a longtime Bourbon Street performer. After touring with Kenny Wayne Shepard in 2007, Lee released the album Katrina Was Her Name.

Tremé Brass Band 2:55 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
The multigenerational Tremé mixes traditional jazz and new sounds. Benny Jones Sr. and Lionel Batiste lead an ever shifting lineup that sometimes includes James Andrews, who has written songs for the group. 

Cowboy Mouth  3 p.m., Gentilly Stage
Drummer, vocalist and larger-than-life personality Fred LeBlanc leads the 19-year-old alt-rock quartet. It has radio success with the 1996 live cut of "Jenny Says." The band released Fearless in 2008.

Crocodile Gumboot Dancers of South Africa  3 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
See 1:35 p.m. Friday, May 1, Fais Do-Do Stage
for listing details.

Roddie Romero & the Hub City All-Stars 3 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
Roddie Romero & the Hub City All-Stars play a mix of South Louisiana rhythm and soul music, electric cajun and zydeco. The La Louisianne Sessions album was nominated for a Grammy. 

Ori Culture Danse Club of Benin  3:05 p.m., Jazz and Heritage Stage
See 11:25 a.m. Friday, May 1, Congo Squeare for listing details. 

Dr. John  3:10 p.m., Acura Stage
New Orleans' own Mac "Dr. John" Rebennack has conjured swampy, voodoo funk and R&B since the 1960s. In 2008, he released the album The City That Care Forgot, with his Lower 9-11 Band. He was named this year's Big Easy Awards Entertainer of the Year.

Aaron Neville 3:30 p.m., Gospel Tent
Neville Brother Aaron performs his traditional Jazz Fest gospel set.

The Whispers  3:35 p.m., Congo Square
Featuring New Orleans native Leaveil Degree, the sweet-talking R&B crooners are known for the hits "The Beat Goes On" and "Rock Steady." The group released the album The Whispers Live from Las Vegas in 2007.

Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra  4 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
Trumpeter and artistic director Irvin Mayfield formed the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra in 2002 to promote and preserve jazz. The big band releases its new CD Book One in May.

Bobby Lounge feat. Sarah Quintana 4:15 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
Eccentric pianist and crooner Bobby Lounge is in a class by himself. He often emerges on stage from an improvised iron lung and is typically accompanied by his "nurse." In 2008, he released Somethin's Wrong.

CRITICS PICK
Chris Thomas King 4:15 p.m., Blues Tent
The son of Louisiana bluesman Tabby Thomas, King's childhood was steeped in blues. The young guitarist starred in the Coen brothers' film O Brother Where Art Thou, and he also wrote the soundtrack. The Grammy winner is known for his amalgamation of hip hop and blues. In 2008, he released Live on Beale Street.

New Orleans Klezmer Allstars  4:25 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
Only in New Orleans will you find this funky mix of Klezmer music, jazz and funk. 

Percussion Inc. 4:25 p.m., Jazz and Heritage Stage
This ensemble explores Afro-Caribbean rhythms.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band  4:25 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
Since the early 1960s, Preservation Hall has been home to traditional New Orleans jazz and its musicians of all ages. Its namesake band's current lineup includes Walter Payton, Joseph Lastie, Freddie Lonzo, Charlie Gabrielle, Ben Jaffe, Clint Maedgen, Shannon Powell, Mark Braud and others.

The Johnson Extension 4:50 p.m., The Gospel Tent
Rev. Lois Dejean has guided this family gospel group for more than 25 years. The group plays traditional and contemporary gospel.

DJ Captain Charles  4:55 p.m., Congo Square
DJ Captain Charles has entertained crowds in New Orleans for more than 20 years.

CRITICS PICK
Kings of Leon  4:55 p.m., Gentilly Stage
The brothers Followill (and cousin Matthew) shed their long-haired, Southern garage rock for the slicker, Hollywood-dipped pop rock featured on last year's Grammy-nominated Only By the Night. The Tennessee-bred family band garnered buzz in the early 2000s and has gone on to top international rock charts.

Bon Jovi 5 p.m., Acura Stage
The multi-platinum New Jersey kings of arena rock, feathered hair and leather pants have grown up with their former brace-faced fans and have tossed aside hair-metal for more mature outings in gospel, blues, country and modern rock.

The O'Jays  5:30 p.m., Congo Square
Since 1958, the Philly soul pioneers (now a trio: Walter Williams, Eric Grant and Eddie Lavert) have won over several generations with their glossy, funky R&B mega-hits "Love Train" and "For the Love of Money."

CRITICS PICK
Kind of Blue at 50 featuring Jimmy Cobb 5:40 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
Drummer and jazz legend Jimmy Cobb played in all of Miles Davis' notable bands. He is featured on the landmark album Kind of Blue — the best selling jazz album of all time — and leads an all-star celebration of its 50th anniversary.

Gregg Stafford's Jazz Hounds Tribute to Danny Barker feat. Juanita Brooks 5:50 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
Trumpeter Gregg Stafford is dedicated to New Orleans' traditional jazz. He played in Danny Barker's Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band and now leads the Jazz Hounds.

John Mayall  5:50 p.m., Blues Tent
The 75-year-old British singer/songwriter taught himself the harmonica, guitar and piano. He is best known for a collaboration with Eric Clapton and his band the Bluesbreakers. The Bluesbreakers reformed to record a tribute to Freddie King in 2007.

The New Orleans Bingo! Show 5:50 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
A smorgasbord of entertainment with interactive bingo, dancers, clowns, slapstick, video and jazz,  the vaudevillian Bingo! show is conducted by songwriter and ringmaster Clint Maedgan.  

C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band 5:55 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
Son of zydeco legend Clifton Chenier, C.J. Chenier took over the Red Hot Louisiana Band after his father's death. C.J.'s training in jazz and funk has expanded the band's repertoire.

Franklin Avenue BC Mass Choir 5:55 p.m., Gospel Tent
This group plays traditional and contemporary gospel and its latest release is In Memory of What Jesus Did.

CRITICS PICK
Midnite Disturbers  5:55 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
The double drummer powerhouse brass and funk band was assembled by percussionists Kevin O'Day and Stanton Moore of Galactic. The ensemble includes Alcedrick Todd, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Jamelle Williams, Big Sam Williams, Mark Mullins (Bonerama), Sherik (Critters Buggin), Ben Ellman (Galactic), Kirk Joseph (Dirty Dozen), and Matt Perrine (Bonerama).

 


Sunday, May 3


Parades:

Noon (In Economy Hall Tent) Ladies of Unity Social Aid & Pleasure Club

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

3 p.m. Original Lady Buck Jumpers and Original Prince of Whales social aid & pleasure clubs with TBC Brass Band

4 p.m. Golden Sioux and Black Feathers Mardi Gras Indians

5 p.m. Nine Times Ladies, Lady Rollers and Original C.T. C. Steppers social aid & pleasure clubs with Highsteppers Brass Band

Native American Pow Wow 12:10 p.m., 1:25 p.m and 2:50 p.m. Carolina Tuscarora Stomp and Smoke Dancers

 

Rev. Mark & the Gospel Stars 11:05 a.m., Gospel Tent
Rev. Mark Sandifer's New Orleans gospel quartet will bring you straight to church, or you can catch the group's Internet radio show at www.revmarkandthegospelstars.com

Crocodile Gumboot Dancers of South Africa 11:15 a.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
See 1:35 p.m. Friday, Fais Do-Do Stage
for listing description.

Lionel Ferbos & the Palm Court Jazz Band 11:15 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
This traditional jazz band from the Palm Court Jazz Cafe will be led by trumpeter and longtime bandleader Lionel Ferbos, who turns 98 this year.

click to enlarge Guitarist Anders Osborne sometimes joins sousaphonist Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove.Kirk Joseph's Bakyard Groove4:25 p.m. Thu., April 30Jazz & Heritage Stage - PHOTO BY SCOTT SALTZMAN
  • Photo by Scott Saltzman
  • Guitarist Anders Osborne sometimes joins sousaphonist Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove.

    Kirk Joseph's Bakyard Groove
    4:25 p.m. Thu., April 30
    Jazz & Heritage Stage

Betsy McGovern & the Poor Clares 11:20 a.m., Lagniappe Stage
Folk balladeer Betsy McGovern focuses on Celtic music with the Poor Clares, featuring Justin Murphy on flute and tin whistles, and Patrick O'Flaherty on Irish mandolin and harmonica. O'Flaherty's native tongue is actually Gaelic — serious Irish street cred.

Higher Heights 11:20 a.m., Gentilly Stage
A female vocalist leads this New Orleans roots reggae band.

Lazerus 11:20 a.m., Congo Square
This R&B and rock vocalist performs high-energy sets regularly on Bourbon Street. His influences include Prince and Lenny Kravitz.

Ori Culture Danse Club of Benin 11:20 a.m., Blues Tent
See 11:25 a.m. Friday, Congo Square
for listing description.

Red Stick Ramblers 11:20 a.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
One of the most streamlined and popular dance bands in Louisiana, Baton Rouge's Red Stick Ramblers synthesize traditional Cajun music, western swing, blues and old-school jazz. Made In The Shade (Sugar Hill) is the quintet's fourth and most recent album.

Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Band 11:20 a.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
The first graduating class of the New Orleans branch of the world's most intensive jazz college perform. The Institute's other two branches are in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.

Jonathan Batiste 11:30 a.m., Acura Stage
This member of the famous New Orleans musical family began playing percussion and drums with the Batiste Brothers Band at age 8, then switched to piano at age 12 and become a mainstream jazz giant.

Tonia Scott & the Anointed Voices 11:50 p.m., Gospel Tent
This choir belts out cathartic, organ-powered gospel that's heavy, but poppy.

New Orleans Jazz Ramblers 12:20 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
This 4-to-16 piece band is led by Stephen Foster, a noted music educator who has performed with jazz legends including Duke Ellington. Saxophonist Rasheed Akbar is also world-renowned, and can be found most days playing in the French Quarter.

CRITICS PICK
Big Chief Peppy & the Golden Arrows Mardi Gras Indians 12:25 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
Big Chief Peppy has organized Indian singing practices in Central City for years. He is featured on the Indians of the Nation CD and on Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue's Orleans & Claiborne album.

Kenny Neal 12:25 p.m., Blues Tent
Kenny learned many instruments as a child. His musician father Raful Neal brought Kenny into the band and on the road at age 13. After many formative years playing bass for Buddy Guy, Kenny now shreds swampy blues guitar.

St. Louis Slim 12:25 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
In his teens, this guitarist and fairly recent New Orleans transplant played with some of the blues masters of St. Louis. He now sings while finger-picking his own combination of jazz and swing.

D.L. Menard & the Louisiana Aces 12:30 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
"The Cajun Hank Williams" mixes country and honky-tonk, most famously on his 1962 hit, "La Porte d'en Arrière," a tale about a hard-living Cajun who has to sneak back into his home via the back door after a night at a tavern. Menard grew up singing in French until 1984's Cajun Saturday Night album (Rounder).

Brother Tyrone 12:30 p.m., Congo Square
Blues and soul singer Brother Tyrone, who has worked Central City and Tremé barrooms for 30 years, describes his latest CD Mindbender as "slap ya mama-type soul." His Jazz Fest set will feature the Rev. Mark Sandifer and the Gospel Stars of Uptown's Greater Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church.

Shamarr Allen 12:30 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
When not touring in Willie Nelson's band, this young New Orleans trumpeter leads his own rock/funk/hip-hop group, The Underdawgs. In the spirit of Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, Allen makes a point to defy genre categorization.

Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen 12:35 p.m., Gentilly Stage
Jon Cleary plays gin-blossomed, R&B-influenced New Orleans funk. He frequently tours with the band of pop/blues singer Bonnie Raitt.

The Electrifying Crownseekers 12:40 p.m., Gospel Tent
With a revolving cast including but not limited to Robert Young, Ernest Roy, James Williams Sr., Dan Pitman, Henry Pitman, Waren Hills and Johnson Davis, this studio gospel group has continued to inspire for more than four decades.

Allen Toussaint 1 p.m., Acura Stage
There's little in music the legendary pianist, songwriter and producer hasn't done. In 2009 he headlined the Grammys with New Orleans' biggest star, Lil Wayne. He's produced hits for a vast array of artists and in recent years toured with Elvis Costello in support of their album The River in Reverse (Verve Forecast).

Lyle Henderson & Emmanuel 1:30 p.m., Gospel Tent
For 25 years Lyle Henderson & Emmanuel have performed traditional New Orleans gospel, and they expect the audience to sing along.

New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra 1:30 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
Since 1972, the New Leviathan has performed authentic orchestrations of American pop music from the 1890s to 1930s, with a concentration on songs from New Orleans. The band's music is also featured in Woody Allen's Bullets over Broadway and Storyville

Elysian Fieldz 1:35 p.m., Congo Square
This girl-group duo of LSU students is best known for the hip-pop, female independence anthem, "Soldierette."

CRITICS PICK
Juke Joint Duo: Cedric Burnside & Lightnin' Malcolm 1:35 p.m., Blues Tent
Cedric Burnside, grandson of legendary bluesman R.L. Burnside, is considered a premier drummer. He composes and sings Mississippi hill country blues with the aid of his axe-wielding sideman.   

TBC Brass Band 1:35 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
Big Al Carson dubbed this young brass band "To Be Continued" when it couldn't come up with a name for its first gig. The band mixes hip-hop with brass band standards.

Jeremy Davenport 1:45 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
This celebrated, New Orleans lounge singer and trumpeter was mentored by jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis. He exudes Rat Pack style and tastes.

Panorama Jazz Band 1:45 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
This unamplified, gypsy-esque jazz band hybridizes funky New Orleans jazz, Caribbean tropical rhythms and exotic Eastern Europe melodies on clarinet, saxophone, trombone, accordion, banjo, tuba and drums.

Lil' Brian & the Travelers 1:50 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
This young band believes zydeco can be a cutting-edge sound, vital to a new generation. Its album Funky Nation was produced by Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural of Buckwheat Zydeco, and draws upon R&B and hip-hop to form a genre they call "Z-Funk."

CRITICS PICK
Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars 2:05 p.m., Gentilly Stage
Dr. John, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Waylon Thibodeaux, George Porter Jr., Johnny Vidacovich, Anders Osborne, Cyril Neville, Tab Benoit and Jumpin' Johnny Sansone all first came together to perform at a fundraiser and have since toured to raise awareness of coastal restoration issues. 

Sherman Washington & the Zion Harmonizers 2:25 p.m., Gospel Tent
Zion City is a legendary lost New Orleans neighborhood, running from Broad Street up Washington Avenue to South Lopez Street and into Gert Town. From this mysterious neighborhood, New Orleans vocal group the Zion Harmonizers sing uplifting gospel standards and familiar hymns, all in four-part harmony. 

DJ Soul Sister 2:45 p.m., Congo Square
Representing the old-school, Soul Sister has become New Orleans' favorite DJ, spinning rare groove funk, soul and R&B. 

Eric Lindell 2:50 p.m., Blues Tent
A young New Orleans bluesman often lumped into the "blue-eyed soul" category, Lindell borrows from 1970s blues/rock and R&B on his latest album, Gulf Coast Highway (Alligator Records).

George French & the New Orleans Storyville Jazz Band 2:50 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
Another son of Albert "Papa" French, this singing bassist played on a dozen New Orleans-made jazz and R&B hit records in the 1960s.

click to enlarge George Porter Jr. joins Leo Nocentelli and Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste in an almost complete reunion of the Meters.The Meter Men3:35 p.m. Thu., April 30Acura Stage - PHOTO BY SCOTT SALTZMAN
  • Photo by Scott Saltzman
  • George Porter Jr. joins Leo Nocentelli and Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste in an almost complete reunion of the Meters.

    The Meter Men
    3:35 p.m. Thu., April 30
    Acura Stage

Ellis Marsalis 2:55 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
Patriarch of the Marsalis clan, Ellis is one of the premier pianists in modern jazz. He's also a longtime jazz educator in New Orleans.

CRITICS PICK
Neil Young 2:55 p.m., Acura Stage
Legendary guitarist and songwriter Neil Young's prolific career has allowed him great artistic control over his material. His new album Fork In The Road (Reprise) is heavy on environmental issues, and some fans have complained it preaches too much. But recent set lists posted on the Web suggest fans will hear plenty of golden oldies like "Cinnamon Girl" and "Old Man."

Big Chief Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias 3:05 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
Bo Dollis initiated the tradition of Mardi Gras Indian recording with 1970's "Handa Wanda," now a classic Carnival anthem. His gravelly voice helped make the Wild Magnolias one of the most recognized Mardi Gras Indian tribes.

CRITICS PICK
Chuck Brown 3:05 p.m., Congo Square
This jazz guitarist and singer, known as "The Godfather of Go-Go," helped pioneer the Go-Go genre in Washington, D.C. He's equally well known as author of the funk song, "Bustin Loose."

Crocodile Gumboot Dancers of South Africa 3:10 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
See 1:35 p.m. Friday, Fais Do-Do Stage
, for listing description.

Paky Saavedra's Bandido 3:10 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
Honduran jazz vocalist, bassist and guitarist Paky Saavedra plays a mix of Latin standards.

First Emmanuel Baptist Church Choir 3:30 p.m., Gospel Tent
This 50-member choir of teens and adults hails from the Carondelet Street church and sings both traditional and modern gospel.

CRITICS PICK
Los Lobos 3:45 p.m., Gentilly Stage
Perhaps best remembered for its Ritchie Valens covers on the La Bamba soundtrack, this self-proclaimed "Chicano band from East Los Angeles" have, since the early 1970's, presented a modern, adventurous, electric guitar-based take on Latin music.

Blodie's Jazz Jam 4:20 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
Led by Gregory "Blodie" Davis, trumpeter and bandleader of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, this improvisational jam of all-star musicians includes Kidd Jordan, Trombone Shorty, Roger Lewis, Terence Higgins, Thaddeus Richard and others.

Luther Kent & Trick Bag tribute to Bobby "Blue" Bland 4:10 p.m., Blues Tent
Luther Kent is the former lead singer for Blood, Sweat & Tears, and his famous New Orleans backing band Trick Bag. The group adds members to re-imagine the blues songs of Kent's hero, Bobby "Blue" Bland, as big band numbers.

Bob French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band feat. Teedy Boutté 4:15 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
From the infamous days of "Storyville," Tuxedo is New Orleans longest running active band, and once featured Louis Armstrong. Following the death of famous bandleader Albert "Papa" French in 1977, his drummer son Bob assumed the helm. Young vocalist Teedy Boutté joins in for this set.

CRITICS PICK
Guy Clark 4:20 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
Songs by this songwriter and Americana country musician have been covered by everyone from Johnny Cash to Brad Paisley. His album Workbench Songs was nominated for Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album at the 2006 Grammy Awards.

Ori Culture Danse Club of Benin 4:20 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
See 11:25 a.m. Friday, Congo Square
for listing details.

Dash Rip Rock 4:35 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
This Louisiana guitar band (on the Alternative Tent

acles label, founded by Jello Biafra of the hardcore punk group The Dead Kennedys) creates party-time bayou rock from influences as disparate as Hank Williams, The Sex Pistols, Big Star, Link Wray, REM and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Rance Allen Group 4:40 p.m., Gospel Tent
In Detroit in the 1960s, soaring vocalist Race Allen's band became the first traditional gospel group to incorporate rock, jazz and soul, and even scored a Top 30 R&B hit with 1979's "I Belong to You."

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly 5:20 p.m., Congo Square
Ever seen thousands of people simultaneously do the Electric Slide? Prepare to. Maze are not only funk originators, but Beverly was actually born in New Orleans, so the pitch rises when he performs hits like "Travelin' Man" and "Joy And Pain."

The Neville Brothers 5:40 p.m., Acura Stage
Members of the Neville family have left their mark on plenty of New Orleans funk and R&B, from the Hawkette's "Mardi Gras Mambo" to the Meters' legendary music. Together, the Neville Brothers are a signature New Orleans act and close out the Jazz Fest annually.

The Radiators 5:40 p.m., Gentilly Stage
Before Phish-heads existed, there were Radiator's fans, aka fish-heads. Since the late 1970s, the Radiators have written more than 300 songs combining traditional New Orleans musical styles with modern rock and R&B influences, to create a catalog of fish-head music.

Soul Rebels Brass Band 5:40 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
The Soul Rebels create the sound of modern day New Orleans by mixing brass band standards with radio hip-hop. Its versatility has allowed the band to open for the Neville Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest, Better than Ezra, The Fugees, The Roots, and Plant & Page.

CRITICS PICK
Buddy Guy 5:45 p.m., Blues Tent
Jimi Hendrix first saw Buddy Guy, pioneer of Chicago's fabled West Side blues guitar sound, and realized he really needed to step it up. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughn all imitated Buddy Guy's dirty, wild lead guitar.

The Genius of Sidney Bechet: A Tribute feat. Bob Wilber, Dr. Michael White, and Brian "Breeze" Cayolle 5:45 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
Clarinetist Dr. Michael White and company pay tribute to Sidney Bechet, a New Orleanian who mastered the clarinet but went on to become the world's first renowned jazz saxophonist.

Kurt Elling 5:50 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
This American jazz vocalist has recorded seven albums for the Blue Note label, including his Grammy award nominated Nightmoves (2007).

Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas 5:55 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
Nathan Williams has been a Louisiana zydeco star for more than 20 years, with his trademark sunglasses, washboard percussion, electric guitars and southern R&B leanings.

Watson Memorial Teaching Ministry 5:55 p.m., Gospel Tent
The only predominately black church on St. Charles Avenue also boasts this top flight music ministry. This Jazz Fest set features saxophonist Aaron Bing.

Benny Grunch & the Bunch 6 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
The "Weird Al" of New Orleans, Benny Grunch defines "y'at" culture through song, and teaches the younguns the history of New Orleans institutions that aren't there no more in his now-famous song, "Ain't There No More."

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