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

Every act, every stage, every time

The 42nd annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival features enough stars to crown each of its seven days with its own constellation. Besides the stellar array of Louisiana musicians from Dr. John and Irma Thomas to Pete Fountain and Terence Blanchard, the festival's first weekend includes everything from New Orleans second-line parades and street beats to rock stars and legends like Robert Plant, Jeff Beck, John Mellencamp and Bon Jovi. The festival also highlights the music, parade customs and culture of Haiti, both on stage and in a special pavilion near the Congo Square Stage.

Count Basin™ looks forward to seven days of music spread over two long weekends. Together with the food, crafts and cultural demonstrations, there's plenty to explore and enjoy. Flip through the following pages and make your own personalized Jazz Fest schedule.

On the Cover: WWL-AM talk show host Garland Robinette painted this portrait of Jimmy Buffett playing on the streets of the French Quarter. While in college in Mississippi in 1967, Buffett traveled to New Orleans to listen to music and play guitar on the streets. Putting out a cigar box for tips was the first time he earned money for playing music.


New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Week 1
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A note from Count Basin™
My picks are marked throughout the listings.


Friday, April 29

Parades

12:15 p.m. Geronimo Hunters and Young Cheyenne Mardi Gras Indians

1:45 p.m. Keep N It Real and We R One Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs with Real Untouchables Brass Band

2:45 p.m. Black Mohawk and Black Foot Hunters Mardi Gras Indians

4 p.m. Big Nine and Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs with Smitty Dee's Brass Band

Louisiana

Native American Pow Wow — LA Folk Life Village

Noon, 2:25 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Native Nations Intertribal

Haiti Pavilion

Noon, 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Vodou Drumming

1 p.m. Vodou Ceremony with RAM Drummers

4:45 p.m. Ti-Coca and Wanga Neges

 

Coco Robicheaux
11:10 a.m., Blues Tent Gravel-voiced hoodoo bluesman and guitartist Coco Robicheaux delivers a unique blend of brooding and soulful swamp rock. He released Revelator in 2010.

Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band
11:15 a.m., Fais Do-Do Stage A native of Houston who grew up in rural Louisiana, Corey Ledet is an accordionist who mastered traditional Creole music and the zydeco of Acadiana as well as some of the more urban strains of the genre's Texas outpost: Houston.

Sister Naomi Washington and Group
11:15 a.m., Gospel Tent

Jumpin' Johnny Sansone
11:20 a.m., Acura Stage Multi-instrumentalist Johnny Sansone is known for playing blues on harmonica, but he also plays guitar, accordion and saxophone. He got his start playing Chicago blues and has incorporated country blues and Louisiana roots music into his repertoire since moving to New Orleans.

Tulane University Jazz Ensemble
11:20 a.m., Gentilly Stage John Doheny directs the Tulane University Ensemble, an 18-piece band that will play music by Louis Armstrong. The performance will also feature modern jazz by Tulane's five-piece combo.

Dave Lemon & the Flow
11:20 a.m., Congo Square Stage Dave Lemon & the Flow play soul and R&B.

Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Ensemble
11:20 a.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Terence Blanchard directs the Loyola University branch of the Thelonious Monk Institute's school of Jazz Performance. Students in the advanced two-year program comprise this modern jazz septet.

Comanche Hunters Mardi Gras Indians
11:20 a.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Big Chief Keith "Ke Ke" Gibson leads this group of Mardi Gras Indians from the 9th Ward.

Los Astros de America
11:20 a.m., Lagniappe Stage The Baton Rouge-based band plays a mix of Latin American genres.

click to enlarge Irma Thomas, the Soul Queen of New Orleans, reigns at Jazz Fest. - 3:05 p.m. Saturday, April 30, Acura Stage - PHOTO BY GARY LOVERDE
  • Photo by Gary LoVerde
  • Irma Thomas, the Soul Queen of New Orleans, reigns at Jazz Fest.3:05 p.m. Saturday, April 30, Acura Stage

Chris Clifton & His All-stars
11:30 a.m., Economy Hall Tent Trumpeter Chris Clifton is a former bandmate of Louis Armstrong and leads this traditional New Orleans jazz group.

Rocks of Harmony Noon, Gospel Tent Performing together for five decades, this all-male family band focuses on traditional gospel.

Henry Gray & the Cats
12:15 p.m., Blues Tent Best known as Howlin' Wolf's pianist for more than a decade, Henry Gray grew up playing piano in church and practiced blues on the side. He's a native of Kenner and longtime Louisiana resident, but he is associated with the Chicago blues style he learned in the Windy City after World War II.

Red Stick Ramblers
12:20 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Drawing from various Louisiana roots music genres this Baton Rouge-based band brings honky-tonk energy to an upbeat mix of Cajun fiddle tunes, Western swing and some early jazz.

George Porter Jr. & Runnin' Pardners
12:25 p.m., Acura Stage George Porter anchored the bass for seminal New Orleans funk outfit the Meters. He's a master session musician who's recorded in a wide array of genres, but with the Runnin' Pardners, expect a mix of New Orleans rock and funk.

Derek Douget
12:25 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Saxophonist Derek Douget performs on the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra's 2010 Grammy-winning album Book One. A native of Gonzalez, La., and graduate of the University of New Orleans, Douget began playing classical music at an early age and switched to jazz when he became interested in the music of Ornette Coleman and Charlie Parker.

CRITIC'S PICK

Mia Borders
12:30 p.m., Gentilly Stage Guitarist/vocalist Mia Borders blends funk, rock and soul. She released Magnolia Blue in 2010.

Young Pinstripe Brass Band
12:30 p.m., Congo Square Stage Young Pinstripe plays a mix of traditional and contemporary funky brass band music.

Real Untouchables Brass Band
12:30 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Founded by students from Southern University, this decade old brass band incorporates funk and hip-hop into its repertoire.

Ti-Coca & Wanga Neges
12:35 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Ti-Coca (aka David Mettelus) leads the Haitian band Wanga Neges, which plays the island's indigenous genre of troubadour music that combines an oral-history story-telling tradition with satire and outrageous and bawdy exaggeration. The band fuses folk and pop music, call-and-response singing, banjo, accordion, percussion and Latin rhythms.

Clive Wilson's New Orleans Serenaders with Butch Thompson
12:40 p.m., Economy Hall Tent A native of Britain, trumpeter Clive Wilson was drawn to New Orleans by the sounds of traditional jazz and moved here in 1964. He is joined by pianist Butch Thompson.

Mt. Zion Pilgrim Baptist Church Choir
12:50 p.m., Gospel Tent Pilgrim Baptist Church's Rev. Mitchell Jerome Stevens released his first live gospel album Experience Praise Live with the help of the choirs of Mount Zion and his church in 2008.

CRITIC'S PICK

The Joe Krown Trio with Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste Jr.
1:20 p.m., Blues Tent Organist Joe Krown, vocalist/guitarist Walter "Wolfman" Washington and drummer Russell Batiste play a unique blend of funky rock, blues and R&B. The group won a Big Easy Award for Best Rhythm and Blues Band in 2009.

Germaine Bazzle
1:30 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent One of New Orleans' premier jazz vocalists, Germaine Bazzle is a regular on the bandstand and is known for her scatting. She's also a music educator at Xavier University Preparatory School and has influenced many young musicians.

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Hadley J. Castille Family & the Sharecroppers Cajun Band
1:30 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Cajun fiddler Hadley Castille brings turn-of-the-century Cajun and Western swing music to life on stage with his multi-generational family band.

Voices of Peter Claver
1:40 p.m., Gospel Tent Veronica Downs-Dorsey leads this large gospel group in singing a mix of traditional and contemporary gospel. Voices of Peter Claver has more than 60 members, ranging from young adults to seniors.

Jon Cleary: Piano, Bass, & Drums
1:50 p.m., Acura Stage English-born Jon Cleary is New Orleans' one-man blue-eyed R&B invasion. He moved to the city for its funky R&B and has performed alongside Bonnie Raitt and John Scofield. His trio combines New Orleans funk, classic R&B and tropical rhythms.

Happy Talk Band
1:50 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Guitarist/vocalist Luke Allen leads the Happy Talk Band and croons over a gritty blend of country, rock and blues. The band released Starve a Fever in 2010.

Subdudes
1:55 p.m., Gentilly Stage Tommy Malone, John Magnie and Steve Amedee are the core of the mellow-rocking subdudes. The band climbed the Billboard charts and toured heavily behind several hits in the mid-1990s before disbanding and reforming in 2002. The band released Flower Petals and an acoustic album in 2009.

CRITIC'S PICK

Donald Harrison
1:55 p.m., Congo Square Stage Jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison created his own signature style, nouveau swing, which bridges modern jazz and earlier swinging forms of jazz, and he relates it to elements of hip-hop. Part of a family of Mardi Gras Indians, he fused Indian music and jazz on his landmark 1992 release Indian Blues. More recently he has composed music for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

Semolian Warriors Mardi Gras Indians
1:55 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Big Chief James Harris leads this Uptown tribe of Mardi Gras Indians.

Doreen's Jazz New Orleans
2:05 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Clarinetist Doreen Ketchens leads Doreen's Jazz New Orleans. The group has played traditional New Orleans jazz everywhere from Jackson Square to European festivals.

John Mooney & Bluesiana
2:30 p.m., Blues Tent Slide guitarist John Mooney learned the Delta blues from the legendary Son House. He's led his blues/rock band Bluesiana for more than 30 years.

New Orleans Spiritualettes
2:35 p.m., Gospel Tent This all-female traditional gospel group was founded more than four decades ago by leader Ruby Ray. It was the first all-female gospel group to perform at Jazz Fest.

Mashup feat. Terence Higgins, Ike Stubblefield, & Grant Green Jr.
2:40 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent This performance brings together Dirty Dozen drummer Terence Higgins, pianist/organist Ike Stubblefield and guitarist Grant Green Jr. Stubblefield and Grant have been collaborating on Stubblefield's forthcoming jazz album, slated for release this year.

Warren Storm, Willie Tee & Cypress
2:55 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Vocalist Warren Storm and saxophonist Willie Tee originally joined forces in 1980 to play swamp pop and classic New Orleans R&B. After a 15-year hiatus, they revived their band in 2004.

Ti-Coca & Wanga Neges
3:10 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage See description for 12:35 p.m., Lagniappe Stage.

Connie Jones & the Crescent City Allstars
3:15 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Trumpeter/cornetist Connie Jones played with Pete Fountain early in his career. He now leads the traditional New Orleans jazz band, the Crescent City Allstars.

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Meschiya Lake & the Lil' Big Horns
3:15 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Jazz vocalist Meschiya Lake's 2010 album Lucky Devil captures her love for the classics and also includes two original songs. The band focuses on traditional jazz and big-band styles.

Jeff Beck
3:20 p.m., Acura Stage Rolling Stone's 14th greatest guitarist of all-time, Jeff Beck gained early acclaim and replaced Eric Clapton in the Yardbirds, where he played alongside Jimmy Page. His solo career peeked in the mid-1970s with two hit albums, but he's performed alongside a host of fellow rock legends over the years, working in genres from blues to heavy metal.

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Mumford & Sons
3:25 p.m., Gentilly Stage Originally from West London, this country/folk-inflected and string-heavy rock quartet drew a 2011 Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. "Little Lion Man," off the album Sigh No More was nominated for Best Rock Song. A Grammy performance with The Avett Brothers and Bob Dylan went viral.

Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk
3:30 p.m., Congo Square Stage Keyboardist Ivan Neville first put together this funk outfit for a Jazz Fest show. It's since solidified as one of New Orleans' premier funk bands. The group is rounded out by guitarists Ian Neville and Nick Daniels, bassist Tony Hall and drummer Raymond Weber.

Morning Star Mass Choir
3:30 p.m., Gospel Tent This large, multi-generational choir is based out of the Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Uptown.

Keb' Mo'
3:50 p.m., Blues Tent Blues singer/songwriter/guitarist Keb' Mo' is a three-time Grammy winner for Contemporary Blues Album. Although he's from Los Angeles, his family hails from the Deep South and he's a master of Delta blues and roots music styles. He released Live and Mo' in 2009.

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Anat Cohen Quartet
4:00 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent A native of Israel, Anat Cohen attended Boston's Berklee College of Music and moved to New York City in 1999. She has established herself as a master of both the tenor saxophone and clarinet and incorporates a variety of modern jazz stylesthat include Brazilian and Latin American influences.

Los Hombres Calientes featuring Bill Summers & Irvin Mayfield
4:20 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Percussionist Bill Summers and trumpeter Irvin Mayfield fuse Latin and Afro-Cuban beats in this jazz ensemble.

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Justin Townes Earle
4:25 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage The son of rock and county musician Steve Earle, Justin Townes Earle has released four albums featuring an Americana blend of alt-country, folk and blues. He released Harlem River Blues in 2010.

Shades of Praise
4:25 p.m., Gospel Tent This multiracial, interdenominational gospel choir was formed in 2000 to voice a message of hope and bring together diverse communities.

Louis Ford & his New Orleans Flairs
4:30 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Saxophonist/clarinetist Louis Ford leads a seven-piece band focusing on traditional jazz, and the band does its own jazzy renditions of some classic New Orleans R&B songs.

Danny Barnes
4:30 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Though he plays an array of stringed instruments, Danny Barnes is best known for playing the banjo and fusing a mix of bluegrass, country and folk. He's also used digital technology and pedals to modernize and electrify his sound. He released Pizza Box in 2010.

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Robert Plant & the Band of Joy
5:25 p.m., Acura Stage Before the formation of Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant and John Bonham had a group called Band of Joy. Plant revived the name for his most recent album, which debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard charts. The legendary vocalist has found success with many different projects since Zeppelin disbanded in 1980. He performed at Jazz Fest in 2008 with Alison Krauss.

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The Avett Brothers
5:30 p.m., Gentilly Stage North Carolina's Seth and Scott Avett are veterans of hard rock bands who switched to a modern blend of country, folk and bluegrass. The 2009 album I and Love and You broke the top 20 on the Billboard charts,. The band's most recent release is a 2010 live album.

Wyclef Jean
5:30 p.m., Congo Square Stage A native of Haiti who grew up in New Jersey, Wyclef Jean climbed to the top of the hip-hop world with The Fugees and followed that up with a strong solo career. He ran for the president of Haiti in 2010 and recently released the hip-hop-reggae fusion album If I Were President: The Haitian Experience.

click to enlarge Anat Cohen plays a variety of jazz styles on both clarinet and saxophone. - 4 p.m. Friday, April 29, WWOZ Jazz Tent - 5:45 p.m. Saturday, April 30, Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent
  • Anat Cohen plays a variety of jazz styles on both clarinet and saxophone. 4 p.m. Friday, April 29, WWOZ Jazz Tent5:45 p.m. Saturday, April 30, Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent

The Golden Striker Trio featuring Ron Carter, Mulgrew Miller and Russell Malone
5:35 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent In his long and distinguished career, bassist Ron Carter has worked with everyone from Miles Davis and Lena Horne to Brazilian legend Hermeto Pascoal and A Tribe Called Quest. He released The Golden Striker in 2003 with this trio, including guitarist Russell Malone and pianist Mulgrew Miller.

The Mighty Clouds of Joy
5:35 p.m., Gospel Tent For more than four decades, this Los Angeles-based gospel quartet has incorporated soul and R&B influences into its music. The group has released 39 albums and won three Grammy Awards. Its newest CD is At the Revival.

Tab Benoit
5:40 p.m., Blues Tent Tab Benoit grew up in Houma, La. and honed his electric blues style at Tabby's Blues Box in Baton Rouge. He's also a founder of the Voice of the Wetlands, in which a diverse group of Louisiana musicians advocate for coastal restoration. His new album Medicine is being released this week.

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Haitian-New Orleans Connection featuring Emeline Michel, Dr. Jean Montes and Dr. Michael White
5:45 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Singing in French and Haitian Creole, Emeline Michel is a world-renowned vocalist. She's joined by clarinetist Dr. Michael White and Loyola University professor Jean Montès, who learned to play the cello while growing up in Haiti and directs orchestral music programs in New Orleans.

OTRA
5:50 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Bassist Sam Price created this jazz-influenced Latin and Afro-Cuban band in 2002.

Lil' Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers
5:55 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage The son of Nathan Williams Sr., bandleader of Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, Lil' Nathan grew up in a musical family and recorded his first CD at age 14. He learned to play the rub-board in his family band at age 5 but leads the Big Timers on accordion. The band released The Autonomous: Fit for Survival in 2009.

New Orleans Nightcrawlers
6:00 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage The personnel has changed some over its 17 years, but the Nightcrawlers has consistently been a band full of contemporary jazz and brass band musicians who play sophisticated arrangements of brass band standards and original songs. The band released Slither Slice in 2009.

 

Saturday, April 30

12:15 p.m. Golden Comanche Hunters and Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians

1:30 p.m. Single Ladies, Single Men and Nine Times Men Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs with Mahogany Brass Band

2:25 p.m. Haitian Rara Parade with DJA-Rara

4 p.m. Red, White and Blue and Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras Indians

4:25 p.m. (In Economy Hall Tent) Lady Jetsetters Social Aid and Pleasure Club

5:15 p.m. Divine Ladies, Dumaine Gang and Family Ties Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs with Highsteppers Brass Band

Native American Pow Wow — LA Folk Life Village

12:15 p.m., 2:40 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Native Nations Intertribal

Haiti Pavilion

Noon, 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Vodou Drumming

1 p.m. Vodou Ceremony with RAM Drummers

3 p.m. DJA-Rara

Pastor Tyrone Jefferson
11:10 a.m., Gospel Tent The gospel singer is the senior pastor and founder of Abundant Life Tabernacle Full Gospel Baptist Church.

Renard Poche
11:15 a.m., Acura Stage Renard Poche is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has worked with everyone from Aaron Neville and Irma Thomas to Peter Gabriel. On his own recordings, he blends funk, rock, soul, hip-hop and jazz. He released 4u/4me in 2009.

Les Getrex & Creole Cooking
11:15 a.m., Blues Tent New Orleans native Lex Getrex plays a mix of blues, R&B, jazz and funk. The guitarist/singer/songwriter has released four albums, most recently the 2003 blues album Les Getrex Sings the Classics.

Shannon McNally & Hot Sauce
11:20 a.m., Gentilly Stage Smoky-voiced singer/songwriter Shannon McNally offers an earthy blend of country, blues and soul. She released Western Ballad in March.

Erica Falls
11:20 a.m., Congo Square Stage The New Orleans native blends soul and funk into her songs. She has recorded with local artists Nu Beginnings, ELS and In-A-Minute and has performed in jazz festivals and venues in Europe and Latin America.

University of New Orleans Jazz Allstars
11:20 a.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent The UNO Jazz Allstars is a six-piece band comprising of undergraduate and graduate students. It performs some original compostions and focuses on modern jazz.

Kid Simmons' Local International All Stars
11:20 a.m., Economy Hall Tent John "Kid" Simmons began playing the trumpet in England in the 1950s, influenced by the sounds of New Orleans jazz. He moved to New Orleans in 1970 and has performed with Young Tuxedo Brass Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Big Chief Walter Cook & the Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians
11:20 a.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Big Chief Walter Cook leads one of the oldest Mardi Gras Indian tribes.

Willis Prudhomme & Zydeco Express with Lil' Paul
11:25 a.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Born in southwest Louisiana in 1931, Willis Prudhomme began his zydeco career playing the harmonica before mastering the accordion. Prudhomme is known for the popular songs "Salty Dog," "Why You Wanna Make Me Cry?" and "They Call Me Jackhammer."

Xavier University Jazz Ensemble
11:30 a.m., Lagniappe Stage The student-led ensemble's jazz repertoire includes contemporary jazz, big band swing, be-bop, neo-bop, jazz rock and popular music.

Tribute to Bishop Ott with Ott Family Singers
11:50 a.m., Gospel Tent

Ti-Coca & Wanga Neges
12:10 p.m., Blues Tent See description at 12:35 p.m. Friday, Lagniappe Stage.

First Emanuel Baptist Church Choir
12:15 p.m., Gospel Tent This choir from New Orleans' First Emanuel Baptist Church sings traditional and contemporary gospel.

The Dixie Cups
12:25 p.m., Acura Stage Originally consisting of sisters Rosa and Barbara Hawkins and their cousin Joan Johnson, the New Orleans trio recorded the 1960s hit songs "Chapel of Love" and "Iko Iko." Current members Rosa, Barbara, and Athelgra Neville were honored in 2003 with a Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.

CRITIC'S PICK

Kidd Jordan and Improvisational Arts Ensemble
12:25 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Saxophonist and music educator, Edward "Kidd" Jordan is known for his improvisational jazz performances. He released Palm of Soul with William Parker and Hamid Drake in 2006. He has taught at Southern University in New Orleans for more than 35 years.

Brice Miller & Mahogany Brass Band
12:25 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Trumpeter Brice Miller and the Mahogany Brass Band play traditional and contemporary New Orleans jazz. Miller released A Day in the Life of Brice Miller in 2008.

Lars Edegran & the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra
12:30 p.m., Economy Hall Tent A native of Sweden, Lars Edegran came to New Orleans in 1966 and formed the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra in 1967. The band plays traditional jazz and classic songs from the ragtime era.

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Rotary Downs
12:35 p.m., Gentilly Stage The New Orleans indie-rock group has won two Best Rock trophies at the Big Easy Music Awards. The band offers a fuzzy, psychedelic pop rock style. It released Cracked Maps & Blues Report in 2010.

Big Freedia and Sissy Nobby
12:35 p.m., Congo Square Stage Sissy rappers Big Freedia and Sissy Nobby climbed to the top of New Orleans' bounce music scene with songs like Freedia's "Gin in My System" and Nobby's "Running Booty."

The Savoy Center of Eunice Saturday Cajun Jam 1
12:40 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Accordionist Marc Savoy and guitarist Ann Savoy host a weekly acoustic Cajun music jam session at the Savoy Center in Eunice, La. This jam session typically features a very large, multigenerational collection of guests, but only one triangle player is allowed onstage at a time.

click to enlarge The ever-dapper Deacon John plays jump blues. - 2:20 p.m. Sunday, May 1, Gentilly Stage - PHOTO BY GARY LOVERDE
  • Photo by Gary LoVerde
  • The ever-dapper Deacon John plays jump blues.2:20 p.m. Sunday, May 1, Gentilly Stage

Po' Henry & Tookie
12:40 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Since they met in 1986, Henry Dorsey and Wayne Collom have played Delta blues — with Dorsey on the slide "broom-wire" guitar and Collom on the harmonica.

Gospel Soul Children
1:05 p.m., Gospel Tent This New Orleans-based group released a self-titled album in 2006 featuring favorites "Oh Happy Day," "Do You Know the Way to Jesus?" and "When the Saints Go Marching In."

J. Monque'D Blues Band
1:15 p.m., Blues Tent Larger-than-life personality and bluesman J. Monque'D leads this New Orleans band which released Chitlin' Eatin' Music in 1999.

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Hurray for the Riff Raff
1:35 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Vocalist/banjoist Alynda Lee leads Hurray for the Riff Raff in offering traditional jazz and roots music. The band released Young Blood Blues in 2010.

Wayne Toups & Zydecajun
1:40 p.m., Acura Stage Hailing from Crowley, La., Wayne Toups grew up singing in English and French, steeped in both Cajun and zydeco music traditions. He combines elements of both with rock 'n' roll to forge his own contemporary sound.

The Tenor Sax Woodshed feat. Christian Winther and Clarence Slaughter
1:40 p.m., WWOZ Tent A native of Denmark, Christian Winther has played various modern styles of jazz and incorporated traditional New Orleans sounds. Tenor saxophonist Clarence Slaughter plays a New Orleans mix of jazz and R&B and worked with Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews on Backatown.

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Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenades
1:45 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Banjoist Don Vappie leads a large orchestra in presenting traditional New Orleans jazz and exploring the roots of Creole music.

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Midnite Disturbers
1:55 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Founded by drummers Stanton Moore of Galactic and Kevin O'Day, Midnite Disturbers features a large collection of musicians from other bands for a raucous, funky brass band-based jam. Past performances included Trombone Shorty, Big Sam Williams, Mark Mullins, Jeffery Hills, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and others.

Tyronne Foster & the Arc Singers
1:55 p.m., Gospel Tent Tyronne Foster leads the gospel choir from St. Joan of Arc Church. The group has toured nationally and internationally.

Hot 8 Brass Band
2 p.m., Congo Square Stage Founders Bennie Pete and Harry Cook are among the original members who put this brass band together in 1996. It plays a contemporary brass band mix of funk- and R&B-influenced music, as well as more traditional second-line music.

Ti-Coca & Wanga Neges
2 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage See description for 12:35 p.m. Friday, April 29, Lagniappe Stage.

The Low Anthem
2:05 p.m., Gentilly Stage The indie-folk quartet from Rhode Island formed in 2006 and gained attention for its second album Oh My God, Charlie Darwin. The band is full of multiinstrumentalists with backgrounds in everything from folk and blues to jazz and electronica. The group released its fourth album Smart Flesh in February.

Alvin Youngblood Hart's Mighty Muscle Theory
2:30 p.m., Blues Tent Alvin Youngblood Hart first gained attention with 1996's Big Mama's Door and won a W.C. Handy award for best new blues artist the following year. His sound is rooted firmly in blues but incorporates Southern rock, and he has toured with jazz and rock musicians.

Jeremy Davenport
2:50 p.m., WWOZ Tent Trumpeter and crooner Jeremy Davenport has become a local favorite in New Orleans. He toured with Harry Connick Jr.'s band for six years and is well versed in big band standards. Davenport released his fourth album We'll Dance 'Til Dawn in 2009.

The Johnson Extension
2:50 p.m., Gospel Tent Rev. Lois Dejean leads four generations of her extended family in this choir.

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Panorama Jazz Band
2:50 p.m., Lagniappe Stage The Panorama Jazz Band parades like a New Orleans brass band, but its repertoire stretches to include traditional jazz, funky New Orleans street beats and Eastern Europe and Latin American songs. It released 17 Days this year.

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Pine Leaf Boys
3 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage This five-piece Acadiana band is known for an infectious blend of new Cajun and Creole music. Its past four albums have been nominated for Grammys. It released Back Home in 2010.

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Irma Thomas
3:05 p.m., Acura Stage Releasing her 50th anniversary compilation in 2009, Irma Thomas proved why she is the Soul Queen of New Orleans. Since recording landmark early tunes "Time Is On My Side" and "It's Raining," she's been the first lady of New Orleans R&B.

click to enlarge The Midnite Disturbers features an all-star lineup of musicians playing funky jazz and brass band music. - 1:55 p.m. Saturday, April 30, Jazz & Heritage Stage - PHOTO BY GARY LOVERDE
  • Photo by Gary LoVerde
  • The Midnite Disturbers features an all-star lineup of musicians playing funky jazz and brass band music.1:55 p.m. Saturday, April 30, Jazz & Heritage Stage

Orange Kellin's New Orleans Deluxe Orchestra
3:05 p.m., Economy Hall Tent A native of Sweden, clarinetist Orange Kellin moved to New Orleans in 1966. He plays traditional jazz and was the musical supervisor for the hit One Mo' Time.

Higher Heights
3:20 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Vocalist Cheryl McKay leads this New Orleans reggae and roots music band.

Amos Lee
3:35 p.m., Gentilly Stage Singer/songwriter Amos Lee blends folk, soul and jazz elements and has released several albums on jazz label Blue Note. After the release of his 2005 debut album, Rolling Stone named him to its Top 10 Artists to Watch list. He released Mission Bell in January.

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Emeline Michel
3:35 p.m., Congo Square Stage Singing in French and Haitian Creole, Haitian singer Emeline Michel combines traditional rhythms with social and political content, using a variety of musical styles including Haitian compass, twoubadou (troubadour) and rara. Her most recent album, Reine de Couer, which translates as "Queen of Heart," was released in 2007.

Craig Adams & Higher Dimensions of Praise
3:45 p.m., Gospel Tent Vocalist/keyboardist Craig Adams leads this New Orleans-based gospel choir.

Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots
3:55 p.m., Blues Tent Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes is a master of a wide array of roots music genres and is steeped in New Orleans cultural traditions, helping to revive the Northside Skull and Bones Mardi Gras marching group. Playing accordion and percussion and singing in both French and English, he plays zydeco, blues and Afro-Caribbean music with his band the Louisiana Sunspots.

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John Boutte
4:05 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Born into a musical family, John Boutte sings jazz, R&B and blues and incorporates gospel and Latin influenes. He recently has earned kudos for "Treme Song," the theme song of the HBO series Treme.

Andrew Duhon and the Lonesome Crows
4:15 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Singer/songwriter Andrew Duhon is known for his gentle-voiced, blues-influenced acoustic folk. With the Lonesome Crows, he released the EP Dreaming When You Leave in 2010.

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Ricky Skaggs
4:20 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage The multi-talented Ricky Skaggs plays fiddle, guitar and banjo and has followed with his own prolific career in country music since emerging from Emmylou Harris' band. He's collected 14 Grammy Awards. He returned to his bluegrass roots in 1997 with Bluegrass Rules! and he released Mosaic in 2010.

Jockimo's Groove feat. War Chief Juan and Eric Gordon
4:30 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Mardi Gras Indian Juan Pardo sings frequently with the Mardi Gras Indian Orchestra, has released his own CD and leads this Mardi Gras Indian and funk ensemble.

Bon Jovi
4:50 p.m., Acura Stage In the 1980s, the New Jersey band rocked arena crowds with hits including "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "Livin' on a Prayer." The band returned to the charts in 2000 with the single "It's My Life," and released the country-influenced album Lost Highway in 2007. The greatest hits album released in November 2010 was the band's first to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard charts.

DJ Bomshell Boogie
4:55 p.m., Congo Square Stage New Orleans DJ Bomshell Boogie spins everything from neo soul to punk.

The Rance Allen Group
4:55 p.m., Gospel Tent In the 1970s, brothers Rance, Tom and Steve Allen infused rock and soul into gospel to create the hit songs "Ain't No Need of Crying" and "I Belong to You." The group released The Live Experience II: Celebrating 40 Years of Music and Ministry in January 2011.

Fantasia
5:25 p.m., Congo Square Stage Since winning the third season of American Idol in 2004, Fantasia's bumpy career included a short stint on Broadway in The Color Purple and recording three albums, the highlight being 2004's Free Yourself. She won the 2010 Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Bittersweet" form Back to Me.

Jason Mraz
5:30 p.m., Gentilly Stage Known for clever lyrics and upbeat melodies, the pop singer/songwriter blends pop, rock, folk and reggae into his songs. His 2008 album We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. featured the hits "I'm Yours" and "Lucky." In October 2010, Mraz released a five-song EP Life Is Good.

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Robert Cray
5:30 p.m, Blues Tent Guitarist Robert Cray helped reignite blues in the 1980s with the Grammy-winning Strong Persuader. He will be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in May. His most recent release was 2010's Cookin' in Mobile.

Ahmad Jamal
5:35 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Ahmad Jamal is a premier jazz pianist who has recorded prolifically since 1951's Ahmad's Blues. He's been one of the most influential pianists in small-group jazz.

Anat Cohen Quartet
5:45 p.m., Economy Hall Tent See 4 p.m. Friday, April 29, WWOZ Jazz Tent.

Groupo Sensacion
5:45 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Grupo Sensacion began as a large group of friends and relatives from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Combining female and male vocalists, accordion, guitars, bass, congas and percussion, the group performs a variety of Latin American musical genres.

DJA-Rara of Haiti
5:50 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Employing a variety of percussion instruments and metal kone horns, DJA-Rara is a New York-based traditional Haitian procession band, playing a role similar to a brass band in a second-line parade. The band has recorded with Wyclef Jean and has performed in concert halls on tour in the U.S.

Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience
6 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Born in Mallet, La., Terrance Simien has emerged as both a Grammy-winning artist and advocate for the preservation of Creole culture. Over a 25-year career, Simien has released seven albums, most recently Live! Worldwide in 2007. The band plays zydeco-and incorporates elements of New Orleans funk and Afro-Caribbean influences.

click to enlarge Trumpeter Terence Blanchard plays modern jazz. - 3:35 p.m. Sunday, May 1, WWOZ Jazz Tent - PHOTO BY GARY LOVERDE
  • Photo by Gary LoVerde
  • Trumpeter Terence Blanchard plays modern jazz.3:35 p.m. Sunday, May 1, WWOZ Jazz Tent

Ted Winn
6:05 p.m., Gospel Tent Formerly of the popular duo Ted & Sheri (with Sheri Jones-Moffett), Winn set out on his a solo career with the album Balance in 2009. Winn fuses gospel with contemporary R&B sounds.





Sunday, May 1

12:30 p.m. Haitian Rara parade with DJA-Rara

1:30 p.m. Carrollton Hunters and Big Chief Kevin Goodman and the Flaming Arrows Mardi Gras Indians

3 p.m. Big Steppers, Untouchables and Furious Five Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs with Storyville Stompers Brass Band

4 p.m. Golden Blade and Ninth Ward Navajo Mardi Gras Indians

5:15 p.m. Olympia, New Look and First Division Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs with Young Pinstripe Brass Band

Native American Pow Wow — LA Folk Life Village

12:15 p.m. and 3:10 p.m. Native Nations Intertribal

Haiti Pavilion

11:45 a.m. Vodou Ceremony with RAM Drummers

1:05 p.m. DJA-Rara

2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Vodou Drumming

Fredy Omar con su Banda
11:10 p.m., Acura Stage Honduran-born vocalist Fredy Omar inspires many a salsa, meringue or rumba in nightclubs around town with his energetic Latin music.

Jake Smith
11:10 a.m., Congo Square Stage Jake Smith plays smooth radio-rock reminiscent of Maroon 5 and John Mayer. His most recent album is the self-released Everyone Comes from Somewhere.

Washboard Chaz Blues Trio
11:15 a.m., Blues Tent Charles "Washboard Chaz" Leary appears with a number of groups, including the Palmetto Bug Stompers, the Valparaiso Men's Chorus, Washboard Rodeo and the Tin Men. Here he plays with his Blues Trio, known for acoustic Delta-, Piedmont- and Chicago-style blues.

The Last Straws
11:15 a.m., Economy Hall Tent The Last Straws play traditional jazz.

Jo "Cool" Davis with James "Sugar Boy" Crawford
11:15 a.m., Gospel Tent Gospel and soul veteran Jo "Cool" Davis sings with James Crawford, the legendary R&B songwriter behind "Jock-A-Mo," which was later recorded by the Dixie Cups as "Iko Iko."

Michael Ward
11:20 a.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Violinist Michael Ward plays contemporary instrumental music, drawing influences from R&B, jazz and funk.

Free Agents Brass Band
11:20 a.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Bass drummer Ellis Joseph leads this brass band established following the levee failures to jump start the brass band scene.

Reggie Hall & the Twilighters featuring Lady Bee
11:25 a.m., Gentilly Stage Reggie Hall is a keyboardist, bandleader and writer best known for the song "You Talk Too Much," which he is credited with co-writing, and his 1964 hit "The Joke."

Jesse Lege, Joel Savoy & the Cajun Country Revival
11:25 a.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Consisting of members from Eunice, La., and Portland, Ore., the band infuses country and honky-tonk into Cajun music.

NOCCA Jazz Ensemble
11:25 a.m., Lagniappe Stage High school students from the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts perform.

Voices of Distinction
noon, Gospel Tent The quartet of two mother/daughter pairs sings gospel, soul and contemporary Christian music. The group released Recommend Jesus in 2009.

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Partners-N-Crime & 5th Ward Weebie
12:15 p.m., Congo Square Stage Partners-N-Crime is responsible for New Orleans bounce essentials "Let the Good Times Roll" and "N.O. Block Party" with DJ Jubilee. The duo got some national airplay with "So Attracted." 5th Ward Weebie, also on that track, has produced tracks for New Orleans artists Kane & Abel and Master P.

Lil' Buck Sinegal Blues Band
12:20 p.m., Blues Tent Skilled guitarist Paul "Lil Buck" Sinegal is known for his sidework in R&B and zydeco bands. His band also features bassist Lee Allen Zeno and plays a mix of blues, soul and R&B.

click to enlarge Big Chief Monk Boudreaux leads The Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indian tribe. - 4:25 p.m. Sunday, May 1, Jazz & Heritage Stage - PHOTO BY SCOTT SALTZMAN
  • Photo by Scott Saltzman
  • Big Chief Monk Boudreaux leads The Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indian tribe. 4:25 p.m. Sunday, May 1, Jazz & Heritage Stage

Zachary Richard
12:25 p.m., Acura Stage The Cajun singer/songwriter who records in both English and French is an ambassador for Acadian culture, winning several Canadian music awards and earning gold album distinction in the country for five of his 16 studio albums. The Louisiana resident also is a poet and children's book author.

Jazz & Blues feat. Luther Kent, Phillip Manuel & Big Al Carson
12:35 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Blues singers Luther Kent and Big Al Carson perform with R&B crooner Phillip Manuel.

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New Leviathan Oriental Fox-trot Orchestra
12:35 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Making their annual appearance at the festival, the 20-piece revival orchestra plays jazz and ragtime compositions from Jelly Roll Morton, Eubie Blake and lesser-known New Orleans composers.

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Driskill Mountain Boys
12:35 p.m., Lagniappe Stage The five-man ensemble of veteran musicians from Denham Springs, La., plays bluegrass and country.

Lil' Malcolm & the House Rockers
12:40 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage This five-piece band featuring guitarist Percy Walker and his two sons, drummer Percy Walker Jr. and accordionist Lil' Malcolm Walker, plays Americana, folk and roots music.

Golden Star Hunters Mardi Gras Indians
12:40 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage The Mardi Gras Indian tribe performs.

Donnie Bolden Jr. & the Spirit of Elijah
12:45 p.m., Gospel Tent Donnie Bolden Jr. leads the gospel group.

Classic New Orleans R&B Revue feat. Frankie Ford, Jean Knight & the Black Eyed Soul Band
12:50 p.m., Gentilly Stage The revue features Jean Knight, known for the 1971 hit "Mr. Big Stuff," and Frankie Ford, known for his 1959 hit "Sea Cruise."

Anders Osborne, John Fohl and Johnny Sansone
1:30 p.m., Blues Tent The three formidable New Orleans musicians — Grammy-winning guitarist Anders Osborne, acoustic guitarist John Fohl and harmonica player Johnny Sansone — combine to play New Orleans blues and rock.

Boukman Eksperyans
1:35 p.m., Congo Square Stage The 10-piece Port-au-Prince band plays a style of music called mizik rasin, a genre combining traditional Haitian vodou music with rock. Its Grammy-nominated debut Voudou Adjae thrust the band onto the international stage.

Betty Winn & One A-Chord
1:35 p.m., Gospel Tent Betty Winn is the director and lead singer of the Big Easy Award-winning gospel group that sings traditional and modern gospel.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
1:40 p.m., Acura Stage Formed amid the New Orleans brass band revival begun by Danny Parker's Fairview Baptist Church Band, Dirty Dozen is known for incorporating jazz, R&B and funk into the brass scene. The band has toured all over the world and performed in both brass band and jazz band arrangements for more than three decades.

Storyville Stompers Brass Band
1:45 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage The Storyville Stompers Brass Band harkens back to the traditional jazz and Dixieland foundations of New Orleans brass band music. Tuba player Woody Penouilh leads the band, which formed in 1981.

Tommy Sancton's New Orleans Legacy Band
1:55 p.m., Economy Hall Tent The multi-talented Sancton is a noted traditional jazz clarinetist and former journalist who also wrote the memoir Song For My Fathers, which has been turned into a multimedia stage production. He and the New Orleans Legacy Band recently released the album City Of A Million Dreams.

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Tom McDermott & Evan Christopher
2 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Clarinetist Evan Christopher and pianist Tom McDermott forge a combination of American, Brazilian, French and Argentinian-influenced traditional jazz, choros and musettes. The duo recently released Almost Native: Music from New Orleans & Beyond.

Astral Project
2 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent New Orleans jazz all-stars Tony Dagradi, James Singleton, Steve Masakowski and Johnny Vidacovich join forces in the modern jazz ensemble.

Honey Island Swamp Band
2:10 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage The bluesy, Southern roots-rock band formed from a group of New Orleans natives displaced in San Francisco's Bay Area following Hurricane Katrina. The band released its second full-length album Good to You in 2010.

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Deacon John
2:20 p.m., Gentilly Stage A consummate professional, "Deacon" John Moore dresses to the nines during his energetic live shows. He started as a studio guitarist backing many well-known New Orleans artists in the 1950s and '60s. His solo career blossomed beginning in 2003 with Deacon John's Jump Blues.

The Zion Harmonizers' Tribute to Sherman Washington
2:25 p.m., Gospel Tent The gospel quartet has performed together for more than six decades, and is a yearly fixture in the Fest's gospel tent. The group pays tribute to Sherman Washington, the group's former leader, who died in March.

Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88s
2:45 p.m., Blues Tent This band whose career spans two decades mixes the jump-and-jive rock and roll of the '50s and '60s with traditional New Orleans sounds.

Leroy Jones & New Orleans' Finest
3:05 p.m., Economy Hall Tent A regular performer at Preservation Hall, jazz trumpeter Leroy Jones trained in Danny Barker's legendary Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band in the 1970s. He was member of Harry Connick Jr.'s big band and appeared on his 2009 album Your Songs. His most recent release of modern and traditional jazz is 2009's Sweeter Than A Summer Breeze.

DJA-Rara
3:05 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage See description at 5:50 p.m. Saturday, Jazz & Heritage Stage.

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Dr. John & the Lower 911 with Dave Bartholomew
3:10 p.m., Acura Stage A recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, New Orleans' gravel-voiced native son Dr. John performs with musician, composer and fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Dave Bartholomew, whose work with Imperial Records produced a slew of R&B hits by Fats Domino and others.

Alejandro Sanz
3:20 p.m., Congo Square Stage The Spanish pop sensation has won the Latin Grammy for Album of the Year three times — more than any other artist. Sanz also boasts 12 other Latin Grammy Awards and three Grammy Awards. He's known for radio-friendly, corazon-on-his-sleeve love songs.

Leroy Thomas and the Zydeco Roadrunners
3:20 p.m. Lagniappe Stage Leroy Thomas and his band mix traditional Louisiana zydeco with their own unique sound. Thomas' most recent release is 2009's Jewel of the Bayou.

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Terence Blanchard
3:35 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent The prolific modern jazz trumpeter and film score composer has multiple awards — including Golden Globes and Grammys — under his belt. He expanded his composer repertoire beyond film with a concerto he wrote for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra earlier this year.

Val & Love Alive Fellowship Choir
3:35 p.m., Gospel Tent Val Bemiss leads this choir, which features singers from 2 to 18.

Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band
3:40 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage The accordionist and vocalist has been playing for more than 20 years.

The Wiseguys with the Boogie Men
3:55 p.m., Gentilly Stage Two cover bands — the 11-piece Wiseguys and the 9-piece, horn-heavy Boogie Men — share the stage for what will likely be a melange of danceable hits from the '60s to today.

Glen David Andrews
3:55 p.m., Blues Tent Trombonist Glen David Andrews performs a mix of jazz and New Orleans standards. He hails from a large musical family that includes Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and, like his cousin, he made a cameo on the first season of HBO's Treme.

Pete Fountain
4:25 p.m., Economy Hall Tent The celebrated clarinetist played in a series of bands in the 1960s and '70s, owned his own club in the French Quarter and — for the last 51 years — the 80-year-old has led his own Mardi Gras walking krewe, Half-Fast Walking Club. He dubs his brand of traditional jazz "swinging Dixie."

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Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles
4:25 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Big Chief Monk Boudreaux was instrumental on the 1970s recordings put out by the Wild Magnolias. He is the chief of the Golden Eagles and sings with the Voices of the Wetlands All-stars, the New Orleans Social Club, 101 Runners and others.

St. Joseph the Worker Choir
4:30 p.m., Gospel Tent Clark Knighten leads the choir from the Marrero Catholic church.

Kristen Diable
4: 35 p.m., Lagniappe Stage After working New York City's Lower East Side music scene, playing venerable downtown venues like the Living Room, Diable is back in New Orleans, where her bluesy, Lucinda Williams-esque vocals feel right at home. The Baton Rouge native's most recent album is 2009's Extended Play.

click to enlarge Rock legend Robert Plant returns to Jazz Fest — this time with The Band of Joy. - 5:25 p.m., Friday, April 29, Acura Stage - PHOTO BY GARY LOVERDE
  • Photo by Gary LoVerde
  • Rock legend Robert Plant returns to Jazz Fest — this time with The Band of Joy.5:25 p.m., Friday, April 29, Acura Stage

John Mellencamp
5 p.m., Acura Stage The heavyweight of 1980s heartland rock is known for hits "Jack & Diane" and "Hurts So Good," but the Grammy winner has also dabbled in acting and activism over the years, and even has a stage musical in the works. His acclaimed 2010 album No Better Than This was recorded at various rock 'n' roll landmarks.

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The Decemberists
5:25 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage The Portland, Ore. band, fronted by Colin Meloy, is known for lush albums characterized by sweeping narratives. Relatively speaking, the band's 2011 release The King is Dead is simpler, eschewing the arcane tales and overreaching concepts in favor of more straightforward folk and indie rock tracks.

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John Legend & the Roots
5:30 p.m., Congo Square Stage On the heels of 2010's dynamic How I Got Over — featuring cameos from everyone from My Morning Jacket's Jim James to Joanna Newsom — and a job as the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon house band, The Roots teamed up with nine-time Grammy winner John Legend for Wake Up!, an album of classic soul covers.

Kenny G
5:30 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Kenny G is the king of smooth jazz and the best-selling instrumental musician of the last few decades. The Grammy winner, Guinness World Record-holder and occasional golfer released his 13th studio album Heart and Soul in 2010.

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Arlo Guthrie
5:30 p.m., Blues Tent "Alice's Restaurant Massacree," Arlo Guthrie's 18-minute-long lampoon of Vietnam War draft dodging, is a classic commentary of the social tumult of the late '60s. Most of the folk singer's career as of late has consisted of a busy touring schedule, many times performing with his keyboardist son Abe.

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Tom Jones
5:35 p.m., Gentilly Stage The Welsh singer pared down his thunderous voice and flamboyant stage persona — epitomized on hits "It's Not Unusual," "Delilah" and "What's New Pussycat" — on 2010's Praise & Blame, a back-to-basics record of blues and gospel standards. Recently Jones has been playing shows around the country and at festivals in Europe.

Vickie Winans
5:40 p.m., Gospel Tent The Grammy-nominated gospel singer has kept busy the last few years with her own record label Destiny Joy Records, which released her 2009 album How I Got Over. Her 1987 debut Be Encouraged earned her a Grammy nod in the Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album category.

Traditional Jazz Tribute to Mahalia Jackson
5:50 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Barbara Shorts, Mathilda Jones, Danielle E. Wilson and Cynthia Girtley pay tribute to the legendary gospel singer and New Orleans native.

Red Baraat
5:55 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage The New York-based group plays "dhol 'n' brass," referring to the band's use of the North Indian drum and its five-piece horn section. The group mixes bhangra — a Punjabi musical style — with Latin, funk, jazz and other genres.

Los Po-Boy-Citos
6 p.m., Lagniappe Stage A fixture in the late-night music club and festival scene, Los Po-Boy-Citos puts on a raucous live show with its signature fusion of Latin soul and boisterous New Orleans brass.


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