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Monday, May 1, 2017

Lorde, Dr. John and the Midnite Disturbers at Jazz Fest

Posted By on Mon, May 1, 2017 at 1:49 PM

The Midnite Disturbers features members of Galactic, horn players from several brass bands and others. - JENNIFER ODELL
  • JENNIFER ODELL
  • The Midnite Disturbers features members of Galactic, horn players from several brass bands and others.

After Jazz Fest’s delayed opening Sunday, a green suit-clad Dr. John (Mac Rebbenack) settled in at the Acura Stage with his star-stuffed band of New Orleans musicians. With Herlin Riley on drums and Roland Guerin on bass, the grooves on classics like “I Walk on Guilded Splinters,” “Right Place Wrong Time” and “Such a Night” were loose and funky, giving Rebennack plenty of room to stretch out on piano and keyboards beneath his husky growls and incantations. (Back-up singers Regina and Ann McCrary’s soaring R&B vocals, which also appeared on Locked Down, provided a nice contrast.)

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Jazz Fest 2017: Photos from Sunday, April 30

Posted By on Mon, May 1, 2017 at 1:43 AM

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The first Sunday of the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival was almost a washout due to severe thunderstorms that rolled through the area all morning and early afternoon. However, gates opened at 3 p.m. and fans of Dr. John, Lorde and Tom Petty, to name a few, were not disappointed with the quality of the music that ended the last day of the first weekend.


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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sunday at Jazz Fest

Posted By on Sun, Apr 30, 2017 at 9:47 PM


Gente de Zona performs at Jazz Fest.
  • Gente de Zona performs at Jazz Fest.

Severe weather caused a delayed start at Jazz Fest Sunday, and the gates opened at approximately 3 p.m. But the attendees were able to hear a host of headliners, minus Pitbull, and there were no lines other than to get in the gates.

Cuban reggaeton group Gente de Zona performed to a limited but enthusiastic crowd at the Congo Square Stage, and several in the audience waved Cuban flags. The duo of Alexander Delgado and Randy Martinez, backed by a large horn section, seemed to enjoy their upbeat set  The duo teased the audience several times, mentioning the 1990s hit song and dance "Macarena," and eventually they performed it in its entirety, which the crowd enjoyed.

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Jazz Fest delays opening Sunday, adds Maceo Parker

Posted By on Sun, Apr 30, 2017 at 11:05 AM


Maceo Parker will perform at Jazz Fest. - INES KAISER
  • INES KAISER
  • Maceo Parker will perform at Jazz Fest.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival announced a delayed opening for Sunday. It did not announce an opening time. It will post updated information on its Facebook page and social media.

Also, Maceo Parker will perform from 5:40 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday in the Zatarain's / WWOZ Jazz Tent. He replaces George Benson, who will not perform at the event.

Parker played saxophone in James Brown's band and also toured with George Clinton and Prince. He's performed in New Orleans regularly with his funk and jazz band.

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Usher and The Roots get caught up at Jazz Fest

Posted By on Sun, Apr 30, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Usher and The Roots perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival April 29. - PHOTO BY SCOTT SALTZMAN
  • PHOTO BY SCOTT SALTZMAN
  • Usher and The Roots perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival April 29.

Jazz Fest is at its best when it encourages collaboration. Whether that means putting New Orleans musicians onstage with other artists or booking seemingly unlikely pairings, the festival can help bridge the gulf between the "heritage" part and the big mess of music on the grounds or elsewhere. The Roots — an endlessly versatile hip-hop outfit that can play pretty much anything — distilled pure funk and a thrilling, raw performance from one of the best-selling R&B singers (or any kind of singer) of all time April 29 on the Congo Square stage.

Topped with a shock of blond hair, Usher smiled wide as he stepped onstage in a cream jacket (on the back were two fighting figures circling one another, a design by artist Cleon Peterson, evoking figures on Ancient Greek pottery). He'd eventually ditch the jacket, then a shirt, then another. He mopped sweat from his brow with a black towel, which, an hour and several gallons of sweat later, he tossed to the crowd.

The set showcased Usher's dynamic performance — a charming stage presence, dance moves, a killer voice, and endless energy, all brought out with the aid of the Roots' seemingly effortless versatility, gently transforming Usher's already-massive hits into classic funk and soul arrangements, helping contextualize Usher's rightful place in pop.

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Jazz Fest 2017: Photos from Saturday, April 29

Posted By on Sun, Apr 30, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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The second day of the the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival continued with dry, breezy, mostly cloudy weather and music from the youngish Bayou Ramblers to the  oldish 85 year old Bob McIntyre ( and the Last Straws) with many in-between such as Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Alabama Shakes and Usher and the Roots to name a few on Friday, April 29.


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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Friday at Jazz Fest

Posted By on Sat, Apr 29, 2017 at 9:12 PM

The Travelin' McCourys perform at Jazz Fest.
  • The Travelin' McCourys perform at Jazz Fest.

Early morning dark clouds failed to keep crowds from heading to Jazz Fest at the Fair Grounds Race Course Friday, and attendees were rewarded with a breezy afternoon and stellar performances across stages and genres.

The Soul Brass Band got the party started at the Lagniappe Stage when bandleader/drummer/vocalist Derrick Freeman asked the crowd,“Who has love for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band?” When that drew a lukewarm response, he admonished them, “I said, ‘Who has love the Dirty Dozen Brass Band?' Y'all better act right!” The tightly woven funky ensemble then launched into the classic  “Pet the Kat” from the Dirty Dozen's 1999 album, Buck Jump.

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Jazz Fest 2017: Photos from Friday, April 28

Posted By on Sat, Apr 29, 2017 at 5:16 AM

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The 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival opened to a breezy, mostly cloudy day showcasing Cuba in the Cultural Pavilion, as well as acts ranging from 14 year old piano phenom Joey Alexander, an orange-haired Meschiya Lake on two different stages, Native son Harry Connick, Jr. who has not graced a stage at Jazz Fest for 10 years and many others on Friday, April 28.


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Friday, April 28, 2017

The other fests: 8 New Orleans music festivals during Jazz Fest

Posted By on Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 5:50 PM

Aurora Nealand performs April 30 and May 7 at BreakFest at Bayou Beer Garden. - COURTESY AURORA NEALAND
  • COURTESY AURORA NEALAND
  • Aurora Nealand performs April 30 and May 7 at BreakFest at Bayou Beer Garden.

While New Orleans endures a comically overstuffed year-round festival overload, it welcomes with open arms the reign of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the endless shows around town during its rule. Here are eight other music festival-y things if you can't or don't want to make it to the Fairgrounds.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Big Easy Award winners announced

Posted By on Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 1:49 PM

click image Deacon John Moore received a Big Easy Lifetime Achievement Award. - PHOTO BY ZACK SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • Deacon John Moore received a Big Easy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Deacon John Moore thanked a long list of New Orleans musicians and producers — including Allen Toussaint, Dave Bartholomew, Wardell Quezergue, Earl Palmer, Ellis Marsalis, Luther Kent (with whom he shares a birthday), Germaine Bazzle — plus institutions (the musicians union, ), supporters, friends and others while accepting a Lifetime Achievement Award, and he later sang an emotional version of "The Way We Were" at the Big Easy Awards at Orpheum Theatre Monday night. While introducing Moore, Irma Thomas teased Moore that he looked the same but with a little less hair after six decades in music.

The Big Easy gala also included theater awards, and Anthony Bean, founder of Anthony Bean Community Theater, accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award. "We've come a long way," Bean said, describing the gains for black actors and dramas since 1972, when he began his career. Bean plans to reopen his theater at its new campus in Gentilly this year.

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