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WWOZ Hosts' 2014 Jazz Fest Recommendations

Lost Bayou Ramblers
Lost Bayou Ramblers. Photo by Hunter King.

Several of WWOZ's show hosts have agreed to share their "Not-to-be-missed-lists" for Jazz Fest 2013. Take advantage of their vast stores of musical knowledge and make it your best Jazz Fest yet.

Murf ReevesJonny Ray | Jellyroll Justice | Boudin Man

» Complete Jazz Fest music schedule


Murf Reeves

 
To the folks who may take this advice: I have several acts that overlap, I and you will have to make a choice.  At the Festival, the beautiful thing is listening to a bit here and a bit there, while stopping along the way for some food and drinks.  The evening shows, use the times as a guideline.  Many of these artists play several shows in a night and might be there right on time. Relax and make sure you eat and shower and occasionally put on fresh underwear!
 
April 25
Festival
Rotary Downs - Samsung Stage - 11:15 am
Lil Buck Senegal - Blues Tent - 2:45pm
Honey Island Swamp Band - Samsung Stage - 2:25pm
Jason Isbell - Samsung Stage - 3:35pm
Public Enemy - Congo Square - 5:45pm
 
Evening
Honey Island Swamp Band - DBA - 10.pm
Dumpstaphunk - Howlin Wolf - 10pm
Oteil Burbridge - Maple leaf - 11pm
Sonny Landreth, Tab Benoit, Bonerama - Mid City Rock n Bowl- 9pm
 
April 26
Festival
FI Yi Yi/Mandingo Warriors - Jazz & Heritage Stage - 11:20am
Tommy Sancton - Economy Hall Tent - 12:30pm
Boutte Family Gospel - Gospel Tent - 2:45pm
Royal Southern Brotherhood - Samsung Stage - 2:10pm
Buckwheat Zydeco - Fais Do Do - 2:55pm(I Believe this is a BZ Tribute)
Dukes of Dixieland(40th Anniversary) - Economy Hall Tent - 6:10pm
 
Evening
Pretty Lights/Hot 8 Brass Band - Champions Square- 9:00pm
Dirty Dozen Brass Band - DBA - 10:00pm
M&M's - Tipitina's - 2:00am
 
April 27
Festival
Tysson - Samsung Stage - 11:20am
Cedric Watson - Fais Do Do - 11:15am
North Mississippi All-stars - Acura Stage - 12:35pm
Meschiya Lake and Little Big Horns - Fais Do Do - 1:55pm
Los Otros - Lagnaippe Stage - 2:30pm
John Boutte - WWOZ Tent - 2:40pm
New birth Brass Band - Jazz/Heritage Stage - 5:55pm
 
Evening
Black Joe Lewis - Tipitinas - 9:00pm
 
May 1
Festival
Colin Lake - Blues Tent - 11:25am
Nigel Hall - Congo - 12:20pm
New Orleans Suspects - Acura Stage - 1:40pm
Johnny Sansone - Blues Tent - 2:55pm
Billy Iuso - Lagnaippe Stage - 5:30pm
The Wailers - Congo Stage - 4:15pm
 
Evening
Anders Osborne - Tipitina's - 10:00pm
Kool Keith/Kut Masta Kurt/Charli 2na/Camo Lo - Howlin Wolf - 10pm(?)
North Mississippi HIll Country Picnic Preview - DBA - 8pm
 
May 2
Festival
Honorable South - Samsung Stage - 11:30am
Hurray For The Riff Raff - Samsung Stage - 2:05pm
Cardinal Sons - Lagnaippe Stage - 2:30pm
Irma Thomas - Gospel Tent - 4:45pm
Charles Bradley - Blues Tent - 5:50pm
Los Bayou Ramblers - Fais Do Do - 6:00pm
 
May 3
Festival
Lionel Ferbos - Economy Hall Tent - 11:15am
Allen Toussaint - Acura Stage - 12:45pm
Micah McKee and - Lagnaippe Stage - 12:50pm
Corey Ledet - Fais Do Do - 1:30pm
Tyronne Foster - Gospel Tent - 2:50pm
TBC Brass Band - Congo Stage - 2:25pm
Johnny Winter - Blues Tent - 5:45pm
 
Evening
TEN - DBA - 2am
 
May 4
Festival
Los Po Boy Citos - Congo Stage - 11:15am
Glen David Andrews - Congo Stage - 12:25pm
Deslondes - Lagnaippe - 12:55pm
Dumpstaphunk/Art Neville - Acura - 1:55
Bo Dollis and Wild Magnolias - Jazz/Heritage Stage - 4:15pm
Luke Winslow King - Lagnaippe Stage - 5:45pm
 
Food Recommendations
Jama Jama
The Cracklins that come in the little brown bag
Mint and Hibiscus Tea(this is the best thirst quencher for the heat)
 
Enjoy the festival to the fullest!!
 

 
Friday 4/25
Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage 3:15-4:00
Carlos Santana Interview by Ashley Kahn
 
This has got to be one of the biggest names to grace this stage.
 
Carlos Santana  is a Mexican and American musician who first became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Santana, which pioneered a fusion of rock and Latin American music. The band's sound featured his melodic, blues-based guitar lines set against Latin and African rhythms featuring percussion instruments such as timbales and congas not generally heard in rock music. Santana continued to work in these forms over the following decades. He experienced a resurgence of popularity and critical acclaim in the late 1990s. In 2003 Rolling Stone magazine listed Santana at number 20 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He has won 10 Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards.
 
He will be interviewed by...
 
Ashley Kahn is an American music historian, journalist, and producer. 
 
His most critically acclaimed books have been on two major jazz albums, Kind of Blue by Miles Davis and A Love Supreme by John Coltrane. . His contributions as a journalist have appeared in the New York Times, Down Beat, Jazz Times, and Rolling Stone 
 
Saturday 4/26
Acura stage 4:00-7:00
Phish
 
One of the seminal jam bands of our generation will be returning to Jazz Fest for the first time since 1996.
 
Vermont's Phish's music blends elements of a wide variety of genres, including rock, jazz, progressive rock, psychedelic rock, hard rock, funk, folk, bluegrass, and blues. Due to the band's improvisational style, their concerts are original in terms of the order and selection of songs and the way each song and set are performed.
 
This will be a rare festival and daytime performance or this band. New Orleans has waited 18 years for their return, so get out and dance in the sun with this band!
 
Sunday 4/27
Acura Stage 12:35-1:35
North Mississippi Allstars
 
North Mississippi Allstars is an American southern rock/blues band from Hernando, Mississippi, founded in 1996. The band is composed of brothers Luther Dickinson (guitar, vocals) and Cody Dickinson (drums, keyboards, electric washboard), and Chris Chew (electric bass guitar). In addition to the guitar
 
Allstars' first release, Shake Hands With Shorty, was nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Contemporary Blues Album". Since then, 51 Phantom and Electric Blue Watermelon have received nominations in that same category. The group also won a Blues Music Award for "Best New Artist Debut" in 2001.
 
This show will give you a trip to the hills of Mississippi without leaving NOLA!
 
Thursday 5/1
Congo Square Stage 12:20-1:10
Nigel Hall
 
One of the many new artists to take up residence in New Orleans.
Nigel Hall is an honest, humble guardian of soul music. When asked about himself, Nigel reflects, "I'm just someone
who lives, eats, drinks music." This ethic becomes clear when Nigel takes the stage. A mainstay on the Portland, ME scene, Nigel has recently toured with the funk powerhouse Lettuce, Nth Power, and The Warren Haynes Band. His energetic vocals add yet another layer of sonic depth and energy to every band he joins! 
 
Close your eyes and you may hear what you think is a young version of Donny Hathaway with a touch of George Duke.
 
Friday 5/2
Lagniappe Stage 2:30-3:40
The Cardinal Sons
 
Balancing heavy synth lines and crunchy guitar with steady drums, the three brothers of Cardinal Sons cultivate a sound steeped in the musical identity of their upbringing. Raised in Mississippi and finding a home in New Orleans -- John, Joe, and Dave play danceable, folky, indie rock leavened with three-part harmonies and a left hand for a bass player.
 
Saturday 5/3
Samsung Galaxy Stage 2:05-3:05
The Revivalists
 
The formation of The Revivalists was all about chance, but everything since then has been a combination of hard work, awesome music, and friendship. The septet has been playing nonstop since 2007, crafting a genre-hopping sound that rounds out traditional rock instrumentation with horns and pedal steel guitar and mixes the divergent backgrounds of its individual members with the humid, funky undercurrents of the band’s New Orleans home. The result is like English spoken with an exotic accent: familiar, yet difficult to pin down.
 
Sunday 5/4
Acura Stage 1:55-3:05
Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk featuring Art Neville
 
With no Meters show this year, this will be closest thing that you can get to experience the true power of funk and the first family funk.
 
The quintet's current lineup features Ivan Neville on vocals, B3 and Clav, the double bass attack and soulful voices of Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III, Ian Neville on guitar, and Nikki Glaspie on drums and vocals.
 
Formed in 2003, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk was initially put together by keyboardist Ivan Neville on a whim in order to perform a solo gig at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Ivan called in cousin Ian Neville (guitar), the double-bass bottom of both Nick Daniels and Tony Hall, and drummer Raymond Weber (no longer in the band) to round out the show. The band was voted 2007's "New Orleans Best Funk Band" by both Offbeat Magazine and Gambit Weekly, and performs at some of the nation's largest music festivals such as Bonnaroo, Voodoo Fest, 10,000 Lakes, and High Sierra.
 
"Ivan is the son of Aaron Neville, and he joined his father along with two uncles — Art Neville of the Meters, who defined New Orleans funk, and Cyril Neville — in the Neville Brothers before starting Dumpstaphunk. Their funk follows through on the Nevilles’ distinctive style: a complex of syncopations developed from sudden bass lunges, chattery drumming, hooting keyboard chords and wah-wah guitar.

 
April 25th
Alexi Marti 
Little Freddie King
Santana
 
April 26th
Geoff Clapp
Sonny Landreth
Rene Marie
Branford Marsalis
 
April 27th
Henry Grey
North Mississippi All-Stars
John Boutte
 
May 1st
Mariachi Jalisco
Dr. Lonnie Smith
 
May 2nd
Eden Brent
The Gospel Soul of Irma Thomas
Nicholas Payton
Pharoah Sanders
 
May 3rd
Jon Batiste
Roy Rogers
Al Jarreau
 
May 4th
Terence Blanchard
Chick Corea
Delbert McClinton

 
Boudin Man’s Picks
Dee-1
Zachary Richard
Big Freedia (performance and Interview)
Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole
North Mississippi Allstars
Bombino
Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band
Chocolate Milk
John Hiatt and The Combo
The New Orleans Bingo Show
Kenny Bill Stinson & the ARK-LA-Mystics
The New Orleans Hip Hop Experience featuring Partners-N-Crime and others
The Radiators Return
John Fogerty

 

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