Jazz Fest

Sunday, April 30, 2017

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

Saturday at Jazz Fest

Posted By on Sat, Apr 29, 2017 at 10:30 PM

Conga Los Hoyos of Cuba parades at Jazz Fest.
  • Conga Los Hoyos of Cuba parades at Jazz Fest.

New Orleans' colonial roots include not only Spanish rule and immigrants but waves of immigration from Cuba following Caribbean revolutions around the turn of the 19th century. Havana-born percussionist Pedrito Martinez may find that hard to believe. In the middle of his set in the jazz tent at Jazz Fest, Martinez asked the audience to help out. He wanted them to sing a song's refrain in Spanish, loosely translated as, "My god, my god, I am talking to you." Not many in the crowd got beyond, "Dios mio, dios mio..." before mumbling or trailing off.

Martinez laughed and said, "C'mon, New Orleans, you have to do better than that."

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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

SCOTT SALTZMAN
  • SCOTT SALTZMAN

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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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Dr. John to sit in on tonight's Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Posted By on Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 3:14 PM

Dr. John. - MICHAEL WILSON
  • MICHAEL WILSON
  • Dr. John.
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert announced today that New Orleans legend Dr. John will sit in with New Orleans native/bandleader Jon Batiste and Stay Human on tonight's show. Other guests include musician John Legend and celebrity Kelly Osbourne.

Dr. John also will be appearing this Sunday, April 30, at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

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Hugh Masekela cancels concert dates

Posted By on Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 2:01 PM

Hugh Masekela has canceled tour dates due to illness. - BRETT RUBIN
  • BRETT RUBIN
  • Hugh Masekela has canceled tour dates due to illness.

A Hugh Masekela appearance at an Atlanta jazz festival has been canceled due to illness.

Masekela was scheduled to perform twice at the the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. His name no longer is listed on Jazz Fest's cubes, and a set featuring the Jazz Epistles now lists Terence Blanchard instead of Masekela. Jazz Fest has not confirmed whether Masekela will perform or not.

Masekela spoke to Gambit a few weeks ago about about his music.

Update: Jazz Fest confirmed Masekela will not perform at the festival.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Jazz Fest releases the cubes

Posted By on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 11:22 AM

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform Sunday, April 30 at Jazz Fest. - MARY ELLEN MATTHEWS
  • MARY ELLEN MATTHEWS
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform Sunday, April 30 at Jazz Fest.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival released the cubes, or daily schedules, for its 2017 event. Headliners include Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Usher and The Roots, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Kings of Leon, Widespread Panic, Alabama Shakes and many others.

Included in the announcement is the lineup of Cuban bands slated to perform in the Cultural Exchange Pavilion, located on the infield between the Congo Square Stage and Food 2 area. The stage has a full lineup of five to six bands every day. Cuban bands also will perform on other stages, and headliners include Gente de Zona, Chucho Valdes and Los Van Van. There also will be Cuban food, crafts and art.

The Festival runs April 28-30 and May 4-7 at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots. Single day tickets are $70 in advance or $80 at the gate. Ticket information is here.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Jazz Fest cubes and full schedule to be announced March 28

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 10:01 PM


Stevie Wonder performs at Jazz Fest. - SCOTT SALTZMAN
  • SCOTT SALTZMAN
  • Stevie Wonder performs at Jazz Fest.
The cubes! The cubes!

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival announced today that the fest's full schedule — aka "the cubes" — would be released March 28,

That should give Festheads plenty of time to plot their schedules in order to see (or avoid) Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, Dave Matthews, Widespread Panic, and the rest of the headliners, as well as local acts, book signings, musical discussions and, of course, crawfish bread runs.
Location Details Fair Grounds Race Course
Fair Grounds Race Course
1751 Gentilly Blvd.
Gentilly
New Orleans, LA
(504) 948-1285
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Monday, March 6, 2017

Jimmy Buffett plans Florida retirement home for Parrotheads

Posted By on Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 2:34 PM

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Fans of French Quarter busker-turned-Corona with a lime lifestyle entrepreneur Jimmy Buffett have flocked to his Margaritaville Restaurants (including one in the Mall of America), his casinos ("wastin' away again in Bossier Cityville"), and clothing. Now they have a new option: a Jimmy Buffett-themed retirement community called Latitude Margaritaville:
Inspired by the legendary music and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and best-selling author Jimmy Buffett, your new home in paradise features exciting recreation, unmatched dining and FINtastic nightlife.
The project in Daytona Beach, Florida, plans to have model homes "starting in the low $200,000s" ready early next year.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Krewe du Vieux sends up the world in a crowd-pleasing, profane parade

Posted By on Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 2:31 AM

"The Russians Are Coming" was a Krewe du Vieux float by subkrewe Krewe of Comatose, parodying President Donald Trump's cozy relationship with Russia — featuring him being sodomized by Vladimir Putin. - ALEX WOODWARD
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  • "The Russians Are Coming" was a Krewe du Vieux float by subkrewe Krewe of Comatose, parodying President Donald Trump's cozy relationship with Russia — featuring him being sodomized by Vladimir Putin.

Carnival's most irreverent walking krewe, Krewe du Vieux, rolled (or is it staggered?) tonight through the Faubourg Marigny and French Quarter. This year's theme — "The Crass Menagerie" — was interpreted widely by KdV's 17 subkrewes.

The theme was elastic — perhaps too much so. Floats and marchers encompassed everything from the "Audubondage Zoo" to Wikileaks — and, of course, plenty of barbs thrown at President Donald Trump. Many of the marchers made reference to the president's famous "grab them by the pussy" quote, with people strutting down the street dressed as vaginas and the traditional "Pizza Sluts" brigade bringing all matter of genitalia to the route. Comatose had a funny float featuring Trump being sodomized by Russian president Vladimir Putin ("The Russians Are Coming").

Krewe of K.A.O.S. had a winner with "Orange is the New Black," which somehow mashed up the TV show of the same name, Trump's odd skin color and A Clockwork Orange, with marching "droogs" dressed like Malcolm McDowall in the film A Clockwork Orange. Krewe du Mishigas sent up Trump's immigration executive order with a clever throw called the "Alien Visa Application," and there were "I Voted" stickers with Putin instead of George Rodrigue's Blue Dog, but many of the throws and handouts weren't as inspired as in years past.

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