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Non-Fest: Five festivals during Jazz Fest with local flavor 

click to enlarge Helen Gillet performs at Chazfest on April 27.

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Helen Gillet performs at Chazfest on April 27.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival attracts musicians and music fans to the city. In between festival weekends and after hours, there are plenty of local events and mini-festivals with their own flair. There are curated slates of shows, mid-week local extravaganzas and themed festivals. They range from Chazfest, originally spawned by artists not invited to play Jazz Fest, to the freewheeling and anything but half-assed Azz Fest. Here are some of the events happening this week.

Azz Fest
9 p.m. Sunday
Hi-Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave., (504) 945-4446; www.hiholounge.net
One would be forgiven for assuming Azz Fest is related to twerkmaster Big Freedia, but this celebration of azz is the work of BateBunda, a group dedicated to Afro-Brazilian music and dance. The group performs and there is music by ROAR!, Pirate's Booty (usually known as Pirate's Choice), Plan Z and DJ Rusty Lazer and others. Plus there is butt-centric yoga, a spanking photo booth, booty-themed art including body painting, appropriate merchandise by Dynamo and Panties with a Pocket and more. Admission is $10.

Chazfest
2 p.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday
The Truck Farm, 3020 St. Claude Ave.; www.chazfestival.com
Spawned by Jazz Fest-spurned artists, the event hidden in the center of a Bywater block fronting St. Claude Avenue has always had strong local appeal. The 10th edition features two music stages and a lineup highlighted by Happy Talk Band, TBC Brass Band, Helen Gillet & Other Instruments, Supagroup, Debauche, The Geraniums and others. There also are food and drinks at the event. Tickets $30 in advance, $35 at the gate.

Fiya Fest
1 p.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday
Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of New Orleans Place
www.fiyawerx.com/fiya-fest
This annual event is a marathon of jazz-funk jams featuring locals including Meters veterans Leo Nocentelli, Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste and George Porter Jr. and visitors including saxophonist Maceo Parker and Robert Randolph and the Family Band. Many sets feature special lineups of participants such as Karl Denson, Oteil Burbridge, Corey Henry, Mike Dillon, Clint Maedgen, members of the Preservation Hall band and Galactic and many others. There are two stages. There also is food including boiled crawfish. The event is a benefit for the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic and Assistance Fund. Tickets are $70, $120 VIP admission.

Juju Fest
Through April 30
Info available on www.facebook.com/batebunda
Juju Fest is a slate of shows highlighting music influenced by the African Diaspora. Performers range from Pirate's Choice and SOUL Brass Band Wednesday at Maison to Full Orangutan at Twelve Mile Limit on Friday.

NOizefest
10:30 a.m. Sunday
PORT, 2120 Port St.
NOizefest celebrates experimental sounds, improvised music and instruments and an open-minded approach to everything. In its 11th year, the daytime festival features Helen Gillet and Mark Sutherland, Microshards, The Bongoloids, SS Boombox, Mikronaut, Atlas Knelt, MURDERIZER and others.




COUNT BASIN’S PICKS
Thursday, April 28
Friday, April 29
Saturday, April 30
Sunday, May 1

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