Red Stick Ramblers
Baton Rouge's crisply dressed Red Stick Ramblers' barn-bursting energy propels its genre-smashing of traditional Louisiana music. Singing in Cajun French, the band drags country twang and swamp pop into string-popping zydeco fais do-do — then quickly spins foot-stomping drinking tales in plain English. The Ramblers possess more than a few deft hands on the classics — from Bob Wills to Fats Waller — while also leaning forward, with charging swamp pop like "Made in the Shade." The band also was featured on HBO's Treme as the fictional backing band to Lucia Micarelli's Annie.
• 12:20 p.m.-1:10 p.m.
Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage
N.O. Hip-Hop Experience featuring DJ Mike Swift, DJ Poppa, 3D Na'tee, 5th Ward Weebie, Rocka B, Big Choo, N.O.V. and Dobama
This time slot on the Congo Square stage often features a barrage of bounce artists, blasting across the Fair Grounds to typically unsuspecting Jazz Fest crowds and throngs of shrieking super-fan teenagers. This overstuffed lineup offers a glimpse at up-and-coming New Orleans hip-hop artists, with the venerable DJ Mike Swift and DJ Poppa holding down the stage. Rapper 3D Na'tee has released a string of successful mixtapes since 2006, reportedly earning the attention of mega-producer Timbaland (a deal she turned down). She released the acclaimed album The Coronation last year, a few months after she smoked rising MC Kendrick Lamar in a freestyle at South by Southwest. The lineup also pays tribute to longtime MC and bounce artist 5th Ward Weebie, who joins them onstage. The lineup includes bounce artist Big Choo, whose Game Ova Boyz dance crew is certain to steal some of the show.
• 12:45 p.m.-1:40 pm.
Congo Square Stage
Cadillac, Mich. bred and Baptist raised, New Orleans singer/songwriter and Frenchmen Street staple Luke Winslow-King performs Delta blues and traditional jazz with a charming twist of contemporary ragtime and whispered vocal arrangements. He released The Coming Tide last year with Esther Rose, blending call-and-response sweetheart harmonies with original folk and blues numbers.
• 1 p.m.-2:05 p.m.
& the Hub
Lafayette accordionist and slide guitarist Roddie Romero takes Cajun music into sax-fueled soul, rolling piano blues, roadhouse country and bayou funk — all present on the Grammy-nominated 2007 album La Louisianne Sessions. The sprawling double album captures Romero and pianist Eric Adcock packing the Louisiana roots experience into 23 tracks. Romero is as comfortable in Acadiana as he is fronting a powerhouse soul outfit ("Riverside," "I'll Be Sanctified" and "Hang My Head").
• 1:35 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band featuring Thais Clark
Last year clarinetist Michael White released Adventures in New Orleans Jazz, a two-volume trek through White's musical mind and dipped in traditional jazz. Volume one takes more of a worldly approach — from his "West African Strut" to Bob Marley's "One Love" — while volume two brings it on home, with a celebratory New Orleans jazz take on Hank Williams' "Jambalaya." At Jazz Fest, his Original Liberty Jazz Band, joined by singer Thais Clark, backs White's expert knowledge and chops.
• 3:10 p.m.-4:20 p.m.
Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Still in the honeymoon of its golden anniversary, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is back at home, after whirlwind tours, a sold-out toast at Carnegie Hall with an all-star guest lineup, and a gig alongside Dr. John at the 55th annual Grammy Awards. The band's 50th anniversary album features 58 tracks spanning its history, including several unreleased tracks recorded at Allen Toussaint's Sea-Saint Studios.
• 4:40 p.m.-5:50 p.m.
Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent
On last year's 35th anniversary release of the landmark 1977 album Rumours, Fleetwood Mac added more than two dozen unreleased demos and outtakes from the legendary session remembered for the melodrama surrounding its making. Recorded over a tense few months in Sausalito, Calif. at the Record Plant studio (a mostly windowless wood cabin home to cocaine-fueled all-nighters), Rumours serves as the definitive Fleetwood Mac album, and its songs carry the weight of band members' broken relationships and brewing affairs. The previously unreleased sessions are haunted by that tension — when the members wouldn't speak to one another but recorded harmonies face-to-face with nothing but a microphone between them. From Lindsey Buckingham's pessimistic power pop ("Go Your Own Way") and Christine McVie's hopeful R&B ("You Make Loving Fun") to Stevie Nicks' mystic melancholy ("Dreams"), the album's dark pop — anchored by the polished production and rock-solid rhythm section (bassist John McVie and drummer Mick Fleetwood) — was an almost immediate commercial success. Other albums — 1979's Tusk, 1982's Mirage and 1987's Tango in the Night — couldn't match the overwhelming success of Rumours, and middling albums, with and without its key members, followed. A 30-date 2013 tour on the heels of Rumours' anniversary and rerelease also will unveil new compositions that Buckingham says recall Fleetwood Mac at its best. Missing from the stage, however, will be Christine McVie, who retired in 1998.
• *4:40 p.m.-7 p.m. (Updated)
Before the 25-year-old Grammy Award-winning R&B artist made major waves with last year's massive studio debut Channel Orange, Frank Ocean was Christopher Francis Breaux, a kid who grew up in New Orleans under the influence of jazz, pop and commercial R&B. He enrolled at the University of New Orleans in 2005 and moved to Los Angeles following Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods. There he joined the sprawling weirdo rat pack Odd Future, a hip-hop collective that released his 2011 mixtape Nostalgia, ULTRA, producing the singles "Novacane" and "Swim Good." Ocean caught the attention of Jay-Z and Kanye West, who added him to not one but two standout tracks on the rappers' gold-flaked duet Watch the Throne.
But it's on Ocean's proper debut, 2012's Channel Orange, that he showcases his psychedelic, personal spin on otherworldly neo-soul, borrowing pop riffs from Stevie Wonder and lustful soul from D'Angelo while also comfortably taking the reins from them.
• 5:25 p.m.-6:55 p.m.
Congo Square Stage
Bassist Stanley Clarke and keyboardist George Duke released a trio of wild-haired space-funk and jazz-influenced pop in the early 1980s. Though the duo's romantic hit "Sweet Baby" was its breakout commercial hit, The Clarke/Duke Project primed party dance floors with wicked, dripping synthesizers and Clarke's fat, fast-fingered and big-bottomed bass riffs. Last year, the duo reconnected for the Clarke/Duke 4 Bring It! Tour.
• 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Zatarain's/WWOZ Jazz Tent