Jazz Fest

Monday, May 8, 2017

Y@ Speak: taking them down, part 2

Posted By on Mon, May 8, 2017 at 6:30 PM


Presenting your week bookended by demonstrations at Confederate monuments, with room for a music festival in between:

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Kings of Leon, Galactic and Bill Summers at Jazz Fest

Posted By on Mon, May 8, 2017 at 5:24 PM

Sarah Quintana performs at the Lagniappe Stage at Jazz Fest.
  • Sarah Quintana performs at the Lagniappe Stage at Jazz Fest.

The Meters, Galactic, Kings of Leon, Sarah Quintana and a host of other performers delivered great send-offs on the final day of Jazz Fest.

Galactic brought the heat early in the day at the Acura Stage with a fiery “Hey Na Na” from its 2012 album Carnivale Electricos, with vocalist Erica Falls delivering the soul-stirring chants from the song title, part of the funk band’s reinterpretations of the city’s musical Mardi Gras canon. Trumpeter Shamarr Allen took the mic to flow on a cover of old-school hip-hop duo Eric B and Rahkim’s “Paid in Full,” setting off a high-energy set proving Galactic’s power to keep fans guessing and bodies moving.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sunday at Jazz Fest

Posted By on Sun, May 7, 2017 at 10:41 PM

Gregg Stafford and his Young Tuxedo Brass Band perform in the Economy Hall Tent.
  • Gregg Stafford and his Young Tuxedo Brass Band perform in the Economy Hall Tent.

Following a Saturday featuring headliners Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg and Meghan Trainor, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival had plenty of notable jazz sets on Sunday's schedule.

It didn't get more traditional than the start of trumpeter Gregg Stafford's Young Tuxedo Brass Band's set in the Economy Hall Tent. The band members looked sharp in traditional captain's hats, white shirts and ties. It kicked off the set with "Bugle Boy March," and the Lady Jetsetters Marching club led a second-line parade from the first notes. The band followed with "Paul Barbarin's Second Line," and fans with umbrellas kept circulating in the aisles.

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Stevie Wonder returns to Jazz Fest with message of peace and love

Posted By on Sun, May 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM

A skywriter wrote above the Fairgrounds during the closing acts on Jazz Fest final Saturday. - WILL COVIELLO
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  • A skywriter wrote above the Fairgrounds during the closing acts on Jazz Fest final Saturday.

A clear blue sky offered a bit of insurance for Stevie Wonder's return to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival after heavy rains canceled his set in 2016. HIs set would have followed the death of Prince, who loomed over festival stages last year like a sheer purple shadow. Wonder paid brief tribute to the artist last year with a rendition of "Purple Rain" at his sound check and with a megaphone to the audience at his would-be headlining set. Before he smiled and joked and played the crowd as if it were an instrument made of a sea of vocals, Wonder — sitting among a dozen musicians joining him onstage — started his 15-song service of gratitude and love with a brief sermon to reflect on 2017's shadow.

"I'm very happy I'm here, I'm very thankful I'm able to come again, and fulfill my promise," said the 66-year-old singer-songwriter, returning to the Acura Stage May 6 . "We have some great musicians, some great singers, some of my family is here — then again all of you are my family, We have a lot to talk about, we have a lot to sing about, we have a lot to pray about. We have a lot to do."

First, he said, he wanted to ask a question: "How many of you in here are about unity? Wait a minute, don't bullshit me."

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Jazz Fest 2017: Photos from Saturday, May 6

Posted By on Sun, May 7, 2017 at 9:23 AM

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Snoop Dogg, Grammy Award-winning Meghan Trainor, 2017 NPR Tiny Desk Award-winner Tank and the Bangas and many others were the beneficiaries of the beautiful, sunny and warm weather that finally reached the 2017 Jazz Fest on Saturday, May 6.


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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Saturday at Jazz Fest

Posted By on Sat, May 6, 2017 at 10:40 PM

Bo Dollis Jr. leads the Wild Magnolias at the Jazz & Heritage Stage.
  • Bo Dollis Jr. leads the Wild Magnolias at the Jazz & Heritage Stage.

Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg and Meghan Trainor drew big crowds to Jazz Fest's largest stages for the final sets Saturday, but there were highlights across the festival's 13 stages.

The Blues Tent hosted a tribute to Buckwheat Zydeco, aka Stanley Dural, who died in September 2016. He was the first zydeco artist signed to a major record label, and he recorded and toured prolifically. The set was led by his son Sir Reginald Dural, who now leads his father's longtime band, Il Sont Partis, which features guitarist Lil Buck Sinegal, formerly a member of Clifton Chenier's band. The set also featured an all-star lineup of guest accordion players, including C.J. Chenier, Nathan Williams and Corey Ledet.

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Friday at Jazz Fest

Posted By on Sat, May 6, 2017 at 9:19 PM

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Headliners Wilco and Dave Matthews drew crowds to the Fair Grounds Race Course on a cloudless day for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Local indie rockers Motel Radio warmed up the Gentilly Stage with the band looking seasoned beyond its years. The group has a bouncy, dreamy tone, with the keys and guitars hitting psychedelic pitches in providing a canvas for lyrics about love, desolation and joy painted by guitarist/singer Winston Triolo. Motel Radio showed why it has caught fire, recently touring nationally after signing a deal with Roll Call Records last year. It pumped out the signature catchy grooves that distinguish songs such as “Phasing Out” from its debut EP as well as “Palmilla” from the solid debut album last fall, Desert Surf Films.

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Jazz Fest 2017: Photos From Friday, May 6

Posted By on Sat, May 6, 2017 at 3:18 AM

The rain, extreme cold and damp of Thursday were gone come Friday morning as the 2nd weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival brought a mass of sunshine and music from the likes of PJ Morton, Rhiannon Giddens, Dave Matthews (who was joined mid set by Jimmy Buffet) and other Friday, 6 May 2017


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