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Friday, April 27

Parades: 1 p.m. Jazz Funeral for Ed Bradley featuring the Single Ladies and Original Four Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs with Rebirth Brass Band and the Real Untouchables Brass Band

3 p.m. Big Nine and Bon Temps Roulez Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs with Smitty Dee's Brass Band

5:40 p.m. in Economy Hall — Old & Nu Style Fellas Social Aid & Pleasure Club

Xavier University Jazz Ensemble
11:15 a.m., Congo Square/Louisiana Rebirth Stage

Expect tight and professional traditional jazz from the university's student ensemble, which bounced back strong after the school was heavily flood-damaged following Katrina.

Rob Wagner Trio
11:15 a.m., AT&T/WWOZ Jazz Tent

Contemporary, exploratory free-form jazz from a set of Frenchmen Street club-gig regulars. Saxophonist Rob Wagner is ably supported by bass wizard James Singleton and Ocie Davis on drums.

Little Freddie King Blues Band
11:15 a.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

This Fat Possum artist and his raw and loose country-style "Gut Bucket Blues," came up with Buddy Guy and Slim Harpo before touring Europe with luminaries like Bo Diddley and John Lee Hooker. His 1970 recording, Harmonica Williams and Little Freddie King is supposedly the first electric blues album recorded in New Orleans.

Mari Watanabe's Chosen Few Jazz Band
11:15 a.m., Economy Hall Tent presented by People's Health

Pianist Mari Watanabe is a Japanese-born jazz lover who's honed her traditional jazz playing over two decades in New Orleans. She's backed up by the horns of a brass band setup.

Rev. Charles Jackson & the Jackson Travelers
11:15 a.m., AIG Gospel Tent

Reverend Charles Jackson leads this family-based gospel group.

Southern University Jazz Jags
11:20 a.m., Acura Stage

Tulane University Jazz Combo
11:20 a.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

Saxophonist John Doheny leads this big band arrangement of Tulane jazz students.

Eddie Bo
11:30 a.m., Gentilly Stage

If there were a dictionary entry for hot and dirty piano funk, it'd be a photo of New Orleans legend Eddie Bo. For nearly half a century, this national treasure has been writing and rewriting the book on junker-style blues, R&B, funk, jazz and fusion. Bo has released more R&B singles than any other New Orleanian except Fats Domino.

Semolian Warriors Mardi Gras Indians
11:30 a.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

This multi-generational Uptown tribe is led by Big Chief James "Yam" Harris, who's been masking Indian for nearly a quarter century.

Leviticus Gospel Singers
Noon, AIG Gospel Tent

Old-fashioned, Holy Ghost praise songs fill the repertoire of this traditional group. It has been a part of the Jazz Festival's gospel lineup since 1978.

AsheSon
12:20 p.m., Congo Square/Louisiana Rebirth Stage

"Ashe" is Cuban for "good karma," and "son" is a Cuban rhythm. These predominantly Cuban musicians from backgrounds of classical, jazz and traditional Latin music conserve Cuban roots while allowing for dynamic musical evolution.

Philip Manuel
12:20 p.m., AT&T/WWOZ Jazz Tent

Manuel is one of New Orleans' premier jazz vocalists. His easy-going style drapes itself like warm caramel over jazz standards while injecting Crescent City sass into contemporary material. He has performed with Terence Blanchard, Allen Toussaint and Patti LaBelle. Manuel often sings with New Orleans and Baton Rouge symphonies.

Bryan Lee and the Blues Power Band
12:20 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

Bryan Lee is a blind, white Wisconsin guitarist who wears a black top hat and long chin beard while playing Chicago-style blues. He emerged on Bourbon Street at the Old Absinthe House during the '80s and '90s and now regularly tours the United States and Europe.

Andrew Hall's Society Brass Band
12:20 p.m., Economy Hall Tent presented by People's Health

British expatriate and drummer Andrew Hall leads this traditional brass band.

Pine Leaf Boys
12:30 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

Known for changing instruments during the set, this quintet plays a mix of Cajun and Creole music and likes to revive old standards and odd songs by past masters.

J.J. Grey & MOFRO
12:45 p.m., Acura Stage

Southern roots rockers MOFRO may hail from North Florida, but the group's unfiltered, colloquial approach to its craft recalls Muddy Waters as much as NoFlo icons lynyrd Skynyrd or Tom Petty. Its 2001 debut Blackwater (Fog City) was lauded as one of the decade's best albums by Amazon.com. The soul-centric Lochloosa followed in 2004.

Lady Tambourine
12:45 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

Rosalie "Lady Tambourine" Washington is the hardest working tambourinist at the Festival. She can be seen hitting the tambourine with her fingers, hand, elbow, forearm, knee, leg and feet for many of the gospel acts and some of the jazz acts at the Fair Grounds, but when she does her own set, look out.

Zachary Richard with special guest Francis Cabrel of France
12:50 p.m., Gentilly Stage

Zachary Richard is a versatile musician who grew up in Cajun country and primarily plays Cajun music, often singing in French. He also spent time in Montreal in the '70s, where his musical career blossomed. His guitar playing stretches to include blues and western strains. French guitarist Francis Cabrel was highly influenced by American folk and country music and joins Richard for this set.

Jeff & Vida
1:25 p.m., Allison Miner Music Heritage/Lagniappe Stage

This New Orleans duo plays acoustic roots music influenced by everything from bluegrass to alternative country.

Amazones: Women Drummers of Guinea
1:30 p.m., Congo Square/Louisiana Rebirth Stage

According to our contacts in Guinea, although not unheard of, it is rare in that country to see women playing drums and not dancing. The rhythms of Guinea tend to be faster than most African rhythms. This all-female, traditional percussion troupe plays high energy rhythms on both the djembe and the krin drums. This is its first tour of the U.S.

Some Like It Hot
1:30 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

presented by People's HealthSelf-described as a "mostly girl vintage jazz band," this five-piece set-up can often be found playing in the French Quarter.

Lyle Henderson & Emmanuel
1:30 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

Henderson is known as the "Prince of New Orleans Gospel Music" due to his long-standing music ministry. Henderson began his career as a gospel DJ, but went on to raise his voice in praise with the Gospel Soul Children, Trin-i-tee 5-7, the late O'Landa Draper and many others.

New Orleans Nightcrawlers
1:35 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

The Nightcrawlers is a talented band made up of traditional jazz and brass band musicians, including trombonist Rick Trolsen, drummer Tanio Hingle, saxophonist Jason Mingledorff, sousaphonist Matt Perrine and others. The band has not gigged frequently post-Katrina, so this is a good chance to catch up with it. The band's latest release is Live at the Old Point (Viper).

Michael Ward
1:35 p.m., AT&T/WWOZ Jazz Tent

Michael Ward plays violin in the contemporary smooth jazz vein, following in the footsteps of Jean Luc Ponte and Noel Pointer. After studying under clarinetist and music educator Alvin Batiste at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Ward developed a strong following by performing every Sunday backing jazz singer Ed Perkins at Pampy's, a Creole soul restaurant in Gentilly. Ward's music is a lively, melodious blend of jazz and R&B.

Swamp-Blues Guitar Summit featuring Lil' Buck Sinegal and Rudy Richard
1:35 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

Sinegal received his first guitar from a blind uncle, and his nickname "Hawk" from Creole guitarist Raymond "Swank" Monet. Sinegal cut his teeth playing R&B with The Jive Five, and his 15-piece band, the Top Cats, until the King of Zydeco, Clifton Chenier, took him on a 14-year musical journey. Blues-infatuated Louisiana native Rudy Richard studied the licks of Lonesome Sundown and Leroy Washington, and eventually became the lead guitarist in Slim Harpo's King Bees — as featured on records including Scratch My Back and Rainin' In My Heart.

Lafayette Rhythm Devils
1:45 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

The Devils like to play Cajun music in the upbeat, dance-hall style. The ensemble is led by guitarist and vocalist Randy Vidrine, and Kristi Guillory works the accordion. The group's latest CD is Les Clefs de la Prison.

Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians
1:55 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Elder statesmen among Mardi Gras Indian tribes, the Creole Wild West dates all the way back to the 19th century. Chief "Little" Walter Cook, formerly of the Wild Magnolias, once held the same position with the Golden Sioux gang.

George Porter, Jr. & Runnin' Pardners
2:10 p.m., Acura Stage

It's difficult to imagine anyone who has so clearly defined the syncopations of the bass in funk music like original Meter George Porter Jr. While he still performs with the funky Meters (without Leo Nocentelli and Zigaboo Modeliste), Porter is part of many current projects including the Runnin' Pardners, which brings its brand of New Orleans funk to the table. He hopes to have of his Parders CDs rereleased some time in 2007.

The subdudes
2:15 p.m., Gentilly Stage

As relaxed as the name suggests, New Orleans natives the subdudes serve up precise, note-perfect jams with the casualness of a backyard Cajun boogie. 2006's Behind The Levee (EMI), the 'dudes first post-Katrina release, glistens with the audible hi-fi shine of producer Keb' Mo'.

Shades of Praise
2:30 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

This choir has a dynamic sound bolstered by an interracial group comprised of several faiths all singing in joyous harmony. Performances include classic and contemporary gospel sung in the African-American tradition.

Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove
2:45 p.m., Congo Square/Louisiana Rebirth Stage

Founding member of the Dirty Dozen and king of New Orleans sousaphone, Kirk Joseph anchors this jazzy funk band. Joseph's self-styled "sousafunk" mixes jazz, funk and Afro-Caribbean flavors.

Leroy Jones and New Orleans' Finest
2:50 p.m., Economy Hall Tent presented by People's Health

Leroy Jones first cut his teeth playing with Danny Barker's young Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band and later as a member of Harry Connick Jr.'s Orchestra. He performs a swing jazz that includes both old and new elements of the genre.

Astral Project
2:55 p.m., AT&T/WWOZ Jazz Tent

This quartet started playing in New Orleans in the 1970s. With Tony Dagradi's powerful saxophone, Steve Masakowski's melodic guitar playing, James Singleton's inventive bass patterns and Johnny Vidacovich's nimble rhythms, these musicians are at the top of their game playing modern jazz with certain New Orleans twists. Their last release was a live-at-Snug Harbor recording that shows the fun and energy that occurs when they hit the stage together.

Big Al Carson
2:55 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

Monumentously proportioned Big Al Carson began playing tuba with brass bands such as Doc Paulin's Dixieland, Herman-Sherman's Young Tuxedo, Dejan's Olympia and Teddy Riley's Royal Brass Band. Also an accomplished vocalist, Carson held lead duties in the Sterling Silver Band and currently sings for the Blues Masters.

Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie
3:05 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

Eunice native Geno Delafose joined his father John Delafose's band, the Eunice Playboys, at the age of 7 and has become a standard bearer for the more traditional sides of Creole and zydeco music. Geno leads French Rockin' Boogie on vocals and plays several different types of accordion.

Percussion Inc.
3:05 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

This group explores African and Caribbean rhythms and their evolution.

The Wimberly Family
3:30 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

This family ensemble has been singing strictly traditional gospel for nearly 30 years. With a treasure trove of praise songs, the group is led by patriarch Otis Wimberly.

Grayson Capps & the Stumpknockers
3:30 p.m., Allison Miner Music Heritage/Lagniappe Stage

Good ol' boy country rock with a twang of New Orleans rhythm and blues is the best way to describe this singer/songwriter and his band. He is most well known for his multiple tracks that colored the soundtrack of the film A Love Song For Bobby Long.

Dr. John
3:45 p.m., Acura Stage

Since the early '60s, Dr. John's signature groove and larger-than-life personality have permeated the New Orleans sound like no other. From his early R&B guitar sessions with a laundry list of local greats to his voodoo-drenched Night Tripper funk to last year's Sippiana Hericane EP, the good doctor remains a living legend.

T-Bone Burnett
3:50 p.m., Gentilly Stage

West Texas roots-rocker T-Bone Burnett is the Americana mastermind behind film soundtracks like the folk-and-bluegrass-based O Brother, Where Art Thou and the Appalachian folk that scored Cold Mountain. He was nominated for a 2007 Grammy for the Oscar-winning Johnny Cash biopic, Walk The Line. True False Identity, his first solo studio album in 14 years, came out last year.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave.
4:05 p.m., Congo Square/Louisiana Rebirth Stage

For all his myriad accomplishments, it's easy to forget that Treme's Troy Andrews is still barely 21 years old. A staple at Frenchman Street venues like Blue Nile and Café Brazil, "Trombone Shorty" is also a national ambassador for New Orleans' modern hot-brass sound, with a recent video profile on Netscape Reports.

Heritage Hall Band featuring Jewel Brown
4:10 p.m., Economy Hall Tent presented by People's Health

This world-famous traditional new Orleans jazz band is marking its 30th anniversary and has featured many different lineups over the years. It is currently led by trumpeter Gregg Stafford. The band is joined by vocalist Jewel Brown for this performance.

Lucky Peterson
4:15 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

Blues whiz and vocalist Lucky Peterson has been feeling the blues since the tender age of 6. Since then, he's established his name at the top of the blues realm with 12 albums including his latest 2007 release Tete a Tete with Andy Aledort.

The James Carter Organ Trio
4:20 p.m., AT&T/WWOZ Jazz Tent

Detroit-based James Carter is adept at many jazz styles, but two of his most recent albums find him visiting organ-based jazz to great effect. Carter's selection of tunes usually includes underplayed standards that he makes his own, from sweet serenades to scorching burners. His first organ-trio record from the 1990s featured Henry Butler, so here's hoping that Butler guests on this set to create that same magic.

Real Untouchables Brass Band
4:20 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

The Real Untouchables got its start in the late '90s when musicians from Southern University got together to form a contemporary brass band.

Bonerama
4:30 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

Memorably described as "brass balls" by Rolling Stone critic David Fricke, Bonerama is an all-out funk and brass assault. The band includes up to four trombones, sousaphone and occasional electric guitar. Its latest album, Bringing It Home, hits the streets this week.

McDonogh 35 High School Gospel Choir
4:30 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

This high school choir offers a rollicking repertoire of contemporary gospel while acknowledging traditional arrangements. The group has stayed together despite complete displacement by Hurricane Katrina and is led by longtime director Veronica Downs-Dorsey.

Henry Turner, Jr. & Flavor
4:30 p.m., Allison Miner Music Heritage/Lagniappe Stage

Henry Turner built his band by fusing the sounds of reggae and Louisiana funk. The Baton Rouge-based group also brings blues and jazz into its sound. Following Katrina, the band released a couple of singles including "Give Me Love."

Van Morrison
5:35 p.m., Acura Stage

Belfast native Van Morrison has been combining traditional Celtic music with American blues, jazz and soul for the better part of four decades. His last album was 2006's Pay The Devil, a collection of classic country covers. He also recently appeared in a documentary tribute to fellow Fest performer Mose Allison.

Lucinda Williams
5:35 p.m., Gentilly Stage

Louisiana-born Lucinda Williams mixes the roots of country and blues with modern radio-rock. Her new album West continues her experiment with talking blues stylings and electric blues. But her set will surely include Grammy-winning hits like "Car Wheels On a Gravel Road."

Secondline til' You Drop: The Music of Paul Barbarin featuring Herlin Riley and Lucien Barbarin
5:40 p.m., Economy Hall Tent presented by People's Health

This second-line jam will feature a number of groups playing the traditional music of jazz drummer Paul Barbarin, including the classics "Bourbon Street Parade" and Barbarin's revered version of "Second Line."

Soulive
5:45 p.m., Congo Square/Louisiana Rebirth Stage

A seasoned veteran of the festival circuit, Soulive is no stranger to the New Orleans Fair Grounds. The Boston-based trio — brothers Neal (Hammond organ) and Alan (drums) Evans and guitarist Eric Krasno — blends elements of jazz and hip-hop into its dance-floor funk. Expect a preview of Soulive's upcoming album, its second for the Concord label.

Beyond Measure
5:45 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

This all-female quartet sings with holy boldness in a contemporary vein. Members' smooth four-part harmony and fervent delivery places them among the elite on the New Orleans gospel scene.

Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers
5:55 p.m., AT&T/WWOZ Jazz Tent

This is what New Orleans music sounds like. Ruffins remains one of New Orleans most beloved entertainers and personalities. His new record Live at Vaughan's (Basin Street Records) has him doing some of his classic swing numbers while adding a '70s soul groove to his live show.

Percy Sledge and Blue Eyed Soul Revue
5:55 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

Percy Sledge's buttery-smooth soul vocals on hit tunes like "When A Man Loves A Woman" and "Warm and Tender Love" have been inspiring sweet romance since the '60s. The Memphis balladeer released Shining Through The Rain, his first studio album in a decade, in 2004.

Amazones: Women Drummers of Guinea
5:55 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

According to our contacts in Guinea, although not unheard of, it is rare in that country to see women playing drums and not dancing. The rhythms of Guinea tend to be faster than most African rhythms. This all-female, traditional percussion troupe plays high energy rhythms on both the djembe and the krin drums. This is its first tour of the U.S.

Don Rich
6 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

Inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame in 2005 along with his father, Golden Richard, Don Rich is a swamp-pop fixture. He released Bayou Soul (Jin Recordings) in 2005.

Happy Talk Band
6 p.m., Allison Miner Music Heritage/Lagniappe Stage
Self described as attracting "fashionably dressed idiot savants" to its music, the Happy Talk Band draws on country and rock sounds to deal with the darker subjects in life with a light touch.

Saturday, April 28

Parades:

1 p.m. Yellow Jackets and Golden Comanche Mardi Gras Indians

2 p.m. Nine Times Ladies and Men Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs with Mahogany Brass Band

3 p.m. Black Seminoles and Red, White & Blue Mardi Gras Indians

3 p.m. in Economy Hall — Lady Jetsetters Social Aid & Pleasure Club

4 p.m. Popular Ladies and Dumaine Gang Social Aid & Pleasure Club with NewBirth Brass Band

Dirty Jerdy featuring Legit
11:15 a.m., Congo Square/Louisiana Rebirth Stage

A New Orleans rapper with a strong spiritual undercurrent, Jerdy owes a debt to bounce music but heÊalso is stretching beyond New Orleans sounds. Jerdy recently completed his dynamic, 17-cut album, Blood, Sweat, & Tears, Volume 1.

NOCCA Jazz Ensemble
11:15 a.m., AT&T/WWOZ Jazz Tent

Students from NOCCA's music program under the direction of Michael Pellera open the day in the Jazz Tent.

Rockie Charles & The Stax of Love
11:15 a.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

No need for a recount — Rockie Charles is the "President of Soul," and he has both the chops and the pedigree to prove it. Founder of the Soulgate label and a player for Otis Redding and Percy Sledge, Charles sings with the weathered timbre of the former and the languishing heartache of the latter.

Kid Simmons' Local International Allstars
11:15 a.m., Economy Hall Tent presented by Peoples Health

The Allstars is a collaboration of New Orleans musicians who get together once a year for this special Fest performance. Led by Kid Simmons, originally from the U.K., the seven-piece ensemble plays traditional New Orleans jazz with all the history and worldliness of its various members. Simmons carries on the tradition of some Preservation Hall trumpet greats like Percy Humphrey and Kid Sheik.

Zulu Gospel Ensemble
11:15 a.m., AIG Gospel Tent

This choir sings established hymns with true gospel fervor. The group is part of the renowned Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, an African-American krewe that produces one of the most beloved parades of Mardi Gras.

Reggie Hall & the Twilighters featuring Lady Bee
11:20 a.m., Acura Stage

Reggie Hall is the New Orleans R&B hit-maker behind "You Talk Too Much," though he originally wrote it for Fats Domino instead of Joe Jones, who sold a million copies of it. Hall's original Twilighters was one of the city's most popular bands in the '50s. Hall spent later years touring with Domino in Europe and is writing songs again.

Bonsoir Catin
11:20 a.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

Dewey Balfa's daughter Christine Balfa Powell — also a member of Balfa Toujours — leads this rootsy, hard-stomping all-girl Cajun band. The group's first album, Blues A Catin, came out earlier this year.

Shannon McNally
11:30 a.m., Gentilly Stage

Soulful country and blues crooner Shannon McNally modifies her twang with a smoky edge of torch, making her work irrepressibly seductive. She's currently touring with the John Ginty Band, a B3 organ-led combo that pushes her sound into jammy Santana or Allman Brothers territory.

Black Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians
11:30 a.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

This tribe is led by Cyril "Chief Ironhorse" Green, who marches proudly from his wheelchair. Though a newly formed organization, it has been steeped in the tradition since the 1960s with the Flaming Arrows crew, which both of Green's uncles were a part of. The tribe uses traditional Mardi Gras Indian chants and songs in its performances.

The Johnson Extension
Noon, AIG Gospel Tent

The internationally acclaimed Johnson Extension is a 25-year-old family gospel choir spanning four generations. The family is currently under the leadership of Lois Dejean, who appeared in the funeral scene in the Ray Charles biopic, Ray.

Groove Academy
12:20 p.m., Congo Square/Louisiana Rebirth Stage

High-energy disco, pop, funk and R&B covers are the forte of this gang of fun-loving West Texans. It's definitely a party band.

Jesse McBride & the Next Generation
12:20 p.m., AT&T/WWOZ Jazz Tent

The stage is a classroom for this bunch of young, funky, R&B-inflected New Orleans jazz students. The impressive list of alumni includes Nicholas Payton and Jason Marsalis.

Mem Shannon & the Membership
12:20 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

Mem Shannon drove a French Quarter cab for 15 years before discovering his calling. Surely the radio in that taxi was rocking WWOZ the entire time, as Shannon's upbeat, new-blues style is imbued with the soul of New Orleans' finest. In 2006, he earned two Blues Music Award nominations: soul blues album and artist of the year.

Dukes of Dixieland
12:25 p.m., Economy Hall Tent presented by Peoples Health

The Dukes is recognized around the world for its version of New Orleans traditional jazz. Members hone their chops with nightly gigs on the Steamboat Natchez, but tend to stretch out a little more when they have the discerning audience of the Economy Hall tent.

Panorama Jazz Band
12:25 p.m., Allison Miner Music Heritage/Lagniappe Stage

Utilizing traditional jazz instrumentation, Panorama deviates wildly from typical traditional jazz to Eastern European tunes to Creole music of the West Indies and other rarely heard ethnic music. The combo of clarinet, trombone, accordion, banjo, tuba and drums is guaranteed to get any crowd dancing with no electricity necessary.

Ray Abshire
12:30 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

Former accordionist for the legendary Balfa Brothers band, Abshire plays the plaintive, powerful sound of Acadiana music in its purest form.

Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen
12:35 p.m., Acura Stage

British-born blue-eyed pianist and composer John Cleary takes the stage with his band the Absolute Monster Gentlemen. Having worked with an array of artists like Eric Clapton, D'Angelo and Bonnie Raitt, whom he recently opened for on the Souls Alike tour, Cleary falls in line with the fine tradition of New Orleans piano players.

Mahogany Brass Band
12:35 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Trumpeter Brice Miller has been heading the Mahogany Brass Band with the idea of combining traditional brass band music with the more contemporary sounds. He is a powerful trumpeter and charismatic vocalist.

Charmaine Neville Band
12:55 p.m., Gentilly Stage

Charmaine's first name doesn't start with charm for nothing. She's a dedicated performer and great singer with a repertoire that stretches from traditional to pop to jazz. Neville is also very humorous and doesn't hesitate to make the audience laugh.

Second Nazarine Gospel Choir
1 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

This choir is about 100 voices strong, from elementary school age to senior members, singing traditional and contemporary hymns.

James Rivers Movement
1:30 p.m., AT&T/WWOZ Jazz Tent

James Rivers played in some of the great '60s rhythm and blues sessions in New Orleans. It's his saxophone soloing wildly on Stop Incorporated's "Second Line," and he's in the horn section on "Carnival Time." His song choices now can range from contemporary to the downhome blues, and he is a great entertainer as well as being Clint Eastwood's favorite reedman.

Burnside Exploration
1:30 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

Burnside Exploration is all about the blues. With that surname in tow, was there ever any doubt? Uncle-and-nephew duo Garry and Cedric Burnside — the youngest son and the grandson, respectively, of Mississippi blues godfather R.L. Burnside — do the family moniker proud on their torch-burning 2006 debut, Record (B.C.).

Amazones: Women Drummers of Guinea
1:35 p.m., Congo Square/Louisiana Rebirth Stage

According to our contacts in Guinea, although not unheard of, it is rare in that country to see women playing drums and not dancing. The rhythms of Guinea tend to be faster than most African rhythms. This all-female, traditional percussion troupe plays high energy rhythms on both the djembe and the krin drums. This is its first tour of the U.S.

New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra
1:40 p.m., Economy Hall Tent presented by Peoples Health

For the past 35 years, the New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra has explored turn-of-the-century American music from jazz and ragtime to Tin Pan Alley. The 20-odd member band takes nostalgia to a new level with such whimsically titled songs as "Let Me Be the First to Kiss You Good Morning and the Last to Kiss You Goodnight." Their most recent recording is 2003's Burning Sands.

New Orleans Klezmer Allstars
1:40 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

Jewish music steeped in Yiddish traditions collides with the funky New Orleans jams in this wacky six-piece crew. Spontaneous dance interpretations usually emerge in their crowds that are just as serendipitous as the music.

Big Chief Peppy & the Golden Arrows Mardi Gras Indians
1:50 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

The Golden Arrows were founded in 1994 by Estabon Eugene (a.k.a. Big Chief Peppy), a former member of both Wild Magnolias and the Creole Wild West. Peppy's uncle, the late Robert "Robbe" Lee, was Chief of Chiefs on the Mardi Gras Indian Council.

Rockin' Dopsie & the Zydeco Twisters
2 p.m., Acura Stage

Rockin' Dopsie Jr. inherited his button accordion from his famous dad at the age of 9 and has been going strong ever since. The hard-rocking local stalwarts have played their South Louisiana sounds at the White House and, even more impressively, for James Brown.

The Electrifying Crown Seekers
2:05 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

The quartet from Marrero brings full-strength Holy Ghost power through traditional spirituals. Its unforgettable, energetic performance nearly blows the top off the Gospel Tent every year.

Henry Butler
2:20 p.m., Gentilly Stage

Player, composer and all-around virtuoso Henry Butler has been playing his diverse, passionate style of jazz, blues, R&B and funk piano since age 14, when he became the protégé of experimental jazz giant Alvin Batiste.

Patrice Fisher & Arpa featuring Marcelo Cotarelli and members of the Ilhabela Big Band
2:35 p.m., Allison Miner Music Heritage/ Lagniappe Stage

A worldly musician, Patrice Fisher has a Celtic lineage, a New Orleans upbringing and a love of Tropic‡lia and Latin jazz to thank for her wildly eclectic songcraft. That she chose the harp as her instrumental voice only makes her compositions — particularly those on collaborative 2002 disc Wanderings (self-released) — that much more exotic.

Tab Benoit
2:40 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

Nose to the grindstone' is more ethos than idiom to Tab Benoit, as the Houma native's 250 shows annually and 13 albums in 15 years would attest. His latest offering, the 2006 release Brother To The Blues (Telarc), pairs the virtuosic bluesman with country singer Jim Lauderdale and Cajun fiddler Waylon Thibodeaux.

The Davell Crawford Movement
2:45 p.m, Congo Square/Louisiana Rebirth Stage

Davell Crawford has been tickling the ivory since the ripe old age of 7, performing both originals and cherished covers in tours around the world. Inside his distinctive playing lives the distinguished history of the Crescent City piano tradition, from James Booker to Fess.

Mose Allison Trio
2:50 p.m., AT&T/WWOZ Jazz Tent

Pianist Mose Allison is a Mississippi native and Ole Miss graduate whose down-home, Americana-style jazz has influenced artists from the Rolling Stones to the Pixies.

Gregg Stafford's Young Tuxedo Brass Band
3 p.m., Economy Hall Tent presented by Peoples Health

Stafford learned his music from one of the great sources of today's traditional music, Danny Barker's Fairview Baptist Church Band. The Young Tuxedo sticks to traditional New Orleans styles of jazz.

NewBirth Brass Band
3 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

The NewBirth Brass Band is a great party band. The horn section blows over one of the brass band world's tightest rhythm sections, Tanio Hingle on bass drum and Kerry "Fat Man" Hunter on snare. The band's new record New Orleans Second Line includes the street hits "Who Dat Call the Police" and "Get the Hump Out Yo Back."

Eleanor McMain High School Gospel Choir
3:05 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

Bobby Charles
3:10 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

As one of the founders of the swamp pop sound, Bobby Charles grew up in Cajun country in Abbeville listening to traditional Cajun music. As a teenager he listened to rhythm and blues heavyweights like Fats Domino. He maintained his quiet life in Cajun country while others like Ray Charles and Willie Nelson covered his songs.

Johnny Rivers
3:30 p.m., Acura Stage

Whether rocking hard in the early 1960s or as a blue-eyed soul balladeer later on, Johnny Rivers has spent more than four decades paying homage to the legacy of blues and rhythm and blues. Last fall's Secret Agent Man: The Ultimate Johnny Rivers Anthology 1964-2006 (Shout Factory) proved as much, sporting such wide-ranging Rivers hits as the title track, the cover of the O'Jays classic "Baby I Need Your Lovin'" and the '70s classic "Swayin' to the Music (Slow Dancin')." Also check out the 2004 release, Reinvention Highway (Collectors Choice), featuring covers of Leadbelly ("Midnight Special") and the Byrds' "Feel a Whole Lot Better."

Calexico
3:50 p.m., Gentilly Stage

What Ennio Morricone is to spaghetti Westerns, Calexico is to the arid Arizona landscape. Led by John Convertino and Joey Burns (ex-Giant Sand), the Tucson group redefines mariachi music for the indie-rock set with an arsenal of acoustic guitars and mournful horns. Garden Ruin (Quarterstick), Calexico's fifth full-length release, arrived in 2006.

Alexa Ray Joel
4 p.m., Allison Miner Music Heritage/Lagniappe Stage

Joel's powerful 2006 EP Sketches proves she has piano chops worthy of her famous father, Billy. The 21-year-old singer plays jazzy soft-rock with a Broadway-worthy set of pipes.

Rebirth Brass Band
4:05 p.m., Congo Square/Louisiana Rebirth Stage

Still the champs after more than 20 years, the Rebirth Brass Band still comes to party and brings that party to the stage. When tuba player Philip Frazier starts pumping and drummers Keith "Shorty" Frazier and Derek Tabbs start knocking out the street beat and the horns start riffing, you will not be able to stand still.

Terence Blanchard
4:15 p.m., AT&T/WWOZ Jazz Tent

Blanchard is a virtuoso player, world-class composer, top bandleader and an influential jazz educator. Recently he has been writing a jazz suite about Hurricane Katrina. He is an alum of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, a Grammy winner and has written Hollywood movie scores, particularly for Spike Lee's films.

Richie Havens
4:15 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

Folk artist Richie Havens secured his legendary status when he improved a version of "Motherless Child" at 1969's Woodstock. A master interpreter of other artists' songs, Havens has collaborated with the funky electronic group Groove Armada, applying his unique, major-chord strumming to particular effect. His version of "Tombstone Blues" graces the recent Todd Haynes movie about Bob Dylan, I'm Not There, and his brilliant cover of "Here Comes the Sun" can be heard in the current movie The Hoax.

Dartmouth College Gospel Choir featuring Walt Cunningham & One Accord
4:15 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

Artistic director and keyboardist Walt Cunningham leads the recently revitalized Dartmouth College Gospel Choir. The 60-member group sings a variety of traditional and contemporary gospel songs. One Accord is an all-male Christian a cappella group from the College of William and Mary.

George French & the New Orleans Storyville Jazz Band
4:25 p.m., Economy Hall Tent presented by Peoples Health

Bassist and vocalist George French's voice can melt the mango freeze in your cup or the ice around your troubled lover's heart. He is another New Orleans musician who can play or sing in many styles and make them his own.

Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
4:35 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

Accordionist Steve Riley and David Greely are the driving creative forces behind the Mamou Playboys. Riley was intrigued by the Balfa Brothers and traditional Cajun music at a young age, but the band writes plenty of new music and treats the music's evolution as part of the tradition. The band's most recent release is Dominoes (Rounder) from 2005.

Amazones: Women Drummers of Guinea
4:35 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

According to our contacts in Guinea, although not unheard of, it is rare in that country to see women playing drums and not dancing. The rhythms of Guinea tend to be faster than most African rhythms. This all-female, traditional percussion troupe plays high energy rhythms on both the djembe and the krin drums. This is its first tour of the U.S.

Rod Stewart
5:30 p.m., Acura Stage

From his mod, pretty-boy days with the Faces through the disco years and into his 21st century incarnation as a soulful balladeer and classic rock cover artist, Rod Stewart's sandpaper voice and rooster haircut have sold more 50 hit singles in about as many years.

Norah Jones & the Handsome Band
5:30 p.m., Gentilly Stage

Norah Jones is like a modified Midas: Everything she touches turns platinum. Not Too Late (Blue Note), the latest chart-topper from the velvet-voiced chanteuse, is also the most personal album of Jones' young-yet-prolific career, a stripped-down exploration of the jazz, country and neo-soul standards that turned her two previous efforts into bestsellers.

Bishop Paul S. Morton & the Greater St. Stephen Mass Choir
5:35 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

Bishop Morton ("Your Tears") is a popular figure in the gospel world, joining his distinctive tenor with icons Aretha Franklin ("Seasons Change") and the Winans, among others. His mega-church's choir, with locations in New Orleans and Atlanta, is known for its sweeping, contemporary sound and strong soloists.

Ludacris
5:45 p.m., Congo Square/Louisiana Rebirth Stage

This once undeniably clever Atlanta rapper's lyrics devolved into, "Shake what ya mama gave ya" on his latest album, Release Therapy (Def Jam). And the semi-thoughtful teenage runaway homage, "Runaway Love," is sort of earnest and has divided critics. He's had screen success as well and defied many of the rap genre's stereotypes.

Pharoah Sanders Quartet
5:45 p.m., AT&T/WWOZ Jazz Tent

Saxophonist Pharoah Sanders is one of the grand masters of saxophone. From his days of furious playing with John Coltrane to his solo recordings with beautiful playing and deep spirituality, Sanders has managed to be avant-garde and still accessible. His music is calmer now, but hasn't lost any of his gorgeous tone or deep feeling.

Sonny Landreth
5:50 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

Sonny Landreth is the smoothest slide-guitar player around. He gets sounds from his guitar that will make even jaded guitar fans sit up and take notice. He cut his teeth backing up both Clifton Chenier and John Hiatt. His last two records, one of which was recorded in live at Grant Street Dance Hall in Lafayette, are filled with South Louisiana blues with a touch of Cajun and zydeco.

Linda Hopkins
5:50 p.m., Economy Hall Tent presented by Peoples Health

Hopkins built a gospel career after being discovered as a kid by Mahalia Jackson. She went on to tour with Louis Armstrong, starred in Broadway musicals and acquired a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Crescent City Allstars featuring James Andrews
5:55 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

James Andrews is ubiquitous on the New Orleans scene with his gregarious, Louis Armstrong-like charisma. Here, he's backed up by Gradoux, a versatile and funky trio that can take the music in many directions.

Kenny Bill Stinson & the Ark-LA-Mystics
6 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

Like most products of the 1950s, Downsville, Louisiana's Kenny Bill Stinson grew up worshiping the rockabilly sounds of early Elvis and subsequent British Invasion artists led by the Beatles. Those influences are evident on his independently issued 2001 effort, Inspiration, a self-described "train wreck of country music and blues."

John Rankin
6:15 p.m., Allison Miner Music Heritage/Lagniappe Stage

Finger-style guitar impresario John Rankin has taught music at nearly every major New Orleans university, but he's no ivory tower academic. In fact, Rankin's impeccable technique has been on display at every Jazz Fest over the past 25 years. 2003 release Guitar Gumbo (STR Digital) showcases the master's intricate multi-string skills.

Sunday, April 29

Parades

1 p.m. Cherokee Hunters and Ninth Ward Navajo Mardi Gras Indians

2 p.m. YMO, Olympia Aid and New Look Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs with Paulin Brother Brass Band

3 p.m. Carrollton Hunters Mardi Gras Indians

4 p.m. Furious Five and Untouchables Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs with Hot 8 Brass Band

Guitar Slim Jr.
11:15 a.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

New Orleans' own Rodney Armstrong — aka Guitar Slim Jr. — scored a Grammy nod for best traditional blues album for his first album, 1988's The Story Of My Life (Orleans), a faithful interpretation of his beloved father's greatest hits. Warehouse Creek issued his sophomore album, the R&B-influenced Nothing Nice, in 1996.

The Bluerunners
11:15 a.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

It only took the Bluerunners about 20 years to finally prove in digital technology what just about everyone in Louisiana in general and Fais Do-Do stage crowds in particular know: It is a formidable live band that can easily expand on Cajun roots and into all things Americana. The release of last fall's Live At The Triple Door, recorded at the Seattle venue, features zydeco covers and a dip into the blues ("Bluco"), and have us hoping that they'll jump back into the studio for a follow-up to 2005's Honey Slides (Bayou Vista).

J.D. Hill & the Jammers
11:20 a.m., Gentilly Stage

New York native and harmonica player J.D. Hill leads a rock and roll band that's been a longtime local barroom favorite.

Julliard Jazz Ensemble
11:20 a.m., AT&T/WWOZ Jazz Tent

A fine tuned ensemble from Julliard's classically trained Jazz Orchestra performs a repertoire that spans a wide spectrum of jazz styles.

Chris Clifton
11:20 a.m., Economy Hall Jazz Tent presented by Peoples Health

Trumpeter Chris Clifton is one of many trumpeters carrying on Louis Armstrong's legacy. Except Clifton was actually a longtime friend of Armstrong's and played in the band of Armstrong's wife, Lil' Hardin, in the late '50s. Clifton also recorded the Armstrong tribute album, Memories of a Friend.

Fredy Omar con su Banda
11:25 a.m., Congo Square/Louisiana Rebirth Stage

By far New Orleans' most popular and most lauded Latin music artist, Fredy Omar is one part crooner, one part bandleader and one part ambassador. Part of his allure is how fluidly he moves through various Latin genres, as he proved on his Mardi Gras Records release, Latin Party! In New Orleans, particularly with nods to merengue ("El Carabine") and salsa ("Chan Chan").

The Imagination Movers
11:30 a.m., Acura Stage

With a stated goal of bringing the production values of Van Halen's 1979 World Tour to children nationwide, Imagination Movers is as ambitious as it is inspired. Pop music and kid culture meet in the Movers' brightly colored, highly creative universe, which is currently expanding to incorporate a Disney TV series.

Golden Star Hunters Mardi Gras Indians
11:30 a.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Big Chief of the Golden Star Hunters since 1979, Larry Bannock is also the president of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Council. Bannock, renowned for his extravagant hand-woven suits, brought national exposure to the mystical Indians when he appeared — beaded to the nines, naturally — in the pages of GQ.

Jo "Cool" Davis
11:30 a.m., AIG Gospel Tent

Jo "Cool" Davis has been singing gospel for nearly 40 years, infusing traditional spirituals with a warmth that matches his big, open personality. Davis was a longtime fixture at Tipitina's back door, welcoming artists of all genres to the club. Now, he's crooning praise songs as an annual favorite in the Gospel Tent.

Lil Ray Neal Blues Band
12:20 a.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

Traditional blues is the specialty of Baton Rouge's Lil Ray Neal, who got his start at age 12 filling in for his father's tardy band members in Ervinville, La. Now 47, the Gentle Giant of the Blues leads his own band through both familiar and original favorites.

Vivaz!
12:20 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

Whether it's in Acoustic Swiftness or in Vivaz!, Javier Gutierrez loves to delve deep into the panoply of Latin music. Few of New Orleans' Latin musicians embraced the Cuban craze inspired by Buena Vista Social Club like Vivaz! did. The 2005 release, Latin Caravan, is rife with Cuban influences. The band can be as large as 11 members at its peak.

Betty Winn & One-A-Chord
12:20 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

This all-female octet from Fort Smith, Ark., takes charge of traditional spirituals in a powerful set. Their a cappella singing is part of a long-standing ministry that was formed in 1987.

Hot Club of New Orleans
12:30 p.m., Economy Hall Tent presented by Peoples Health

The Hot Club's mix begins with a base of Django Reinhardt. But from there the band ignores distinctions between modern and traditional to skillfully weave an original hybrid concoction resembling Eastern European gypsy jazz. The band also reworks swinging jazz standards from the 1940s and '50s

Theresa Andersson Group
12:35 p.m., Gentilly Stage

Theresa Andersson's songbird of a voice and dynamic stage presence continue to win over listeners. The Swedish-born violinist is hitting her stride in this, her 18th year in New Orleans, earning countless kudos for her 2006 eponymous and cover-laden release on Basin Street Records, featuring tributes to everyone from Lucinda Williams ("Jackson") to Madonna (a ruminative "Borderline").

Jean Knight & Knights' of Rhythm
12:35 p.m., Congo Square/Louisiana Rebirth Stage

Jean Knight had one of the big New Orleans hits of the 1970s, "Mr. Big Stuff." She's been touring the world for adoring audiences ever since and can still get a crowd rocking. If we're lucky, she'll perform her rhythm and blues version of Rockin' Sydney's "My Toot-Toot."

Kidd Jordan & IAQ
12:35 p.m., AT&T/WWOZ Jazz Tent

Free flowing, avant-garde jazz from this saxophonist and composer, as evidenced by his latest release Palm of Soul, puts the cool back in jazz.

Paulin Brothers Brass Band
12:40 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

This family ensemble performs traditional brass band and jazz music.

Clarence "Frogman" Henry
12:50 p.m., Acura Stage

A true New Orleans legend, Frogman's performances these days are few and far between, so catch him now. He is a humorous performer, and he can still sing like a girl or like a frog. He's got the voice behind the R&B hits "Ain't Got No Home" and "You Always Hurt the One You Love."

Bruce Flett & the Bluebirds
1:10 p.m., Allison Miner Music Heritage/Lagniappe Stage

Led by longtime frontmen the Flett brothers, the Bluebirds turned 20 years old in 2006, marking two decades of representing the best of Shreveport's venerable blues/rock tradition. In another honor, slide guitarist Buddy Flett is featured in Kenny Wayne Shepherd's recent documentary 10 Days Out: Blues From The Backroads (Reprise).

Val & Love Alive Fellowship Choir with Dimensions of Faith
1:15 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

A choir of 80 voices takes hallelujah praise to its highest height. Spirituals from both the contemporary and traditional realm are the hallmark of this group, led by Val Bemiss-Robertson.

Robert Lowry & Virgil Thrasher
1:25 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

Some artists play front-porch blues; still others play the blues right on their front porch. Robert Lowery, an acolyte of Robert Johnson, recorded his standout Earthquake Blues (Orleans) entirely on his stoop, lending the barebones album a distinctly down-home feel.

Rufus "Rip" Wimberly & the Dreamers
1:30 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

Active on the Southern circuit for almost five decades, guitarist and vocalist Rufus "Rip" Wimberly plays post-World War II electric blues heavily influenced by B.B. King and Muddy Waters.

Lars Edegran & the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra
1:45 p.m., Economy Hall Tent presented by Peoples Health

Pianist Lars Edegran came to New Orleans from Sweden in 1966, and through his work with Tulane University's jazz archive, rediscovered the classic rags, cakewalks and other compositions of John Robichaux's orchestra. These pieces became the basis for Edegran's New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, founded in 1967.

Ken Afro Williams' New Orleans Modified Drum Circle
1:55 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Ken Afro Williams was once a percussionist in New Orleans' influential Chocolate Milk Band. Since Katrina, he's worked with other percussionists in the city to use drumming as part of the city's healing process.

Ba Cissoko of the Republic of Guinea
2 p.m., Congo Square/Louisiana Rebirth Stage

From the former French colony, Ba Cissoko mixes his native kora music with rhythm and blues, rock and reggae. The kora is a 21-string harp lute, a favored instrument of West Africa.

Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio
2 p.m., AT&T/WWOZ Jazz Tent

Doc Lonnie is a smooth cat in the classic sense as his fingers coax those long tones from a Hammond B-3 organ. Smith got his reputation in the late '60s and early '70s the first time organ jazz became popular, and now that it's come back around again he's gotten even better. His new record Witch Doctor features a slow simmer version of Marvin Gaye's "Trouble Man."

 

The New Orleans Social Club featuring Cyril Neville, Willie Tee and Leo Nocentelli
2 p.m., Gentilly Stage

This gathering of New Orleans musical all-stars formed in Austin, Texas, during the post-Katrina exile to record the masterful and heartbreaking Sing Me Back Home album. The gang includes Cyril Neville, Irma Thomas, Henry Butler, John Boutte, Ivan Neville and many others.

Marcia Ball
2:10 p.m., Acura Stage

Texas-born, Louisiana-raised Marcia Ball plays fast and loose honky-tonk, boogie-woogie and blues in a style that borders the two states perfectly. She recently moved back to New Orleans after a long post-Katrina hiatus in Austin.

The Rocks of Harmony
2:15 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

All eight members don neat, matching suits as they present traditional Southern praise music. The group has been singing together for more than 50 years.

John Mooney & Bluesiana
2:40 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

A childhood friendship formed with legendary bluesman Son House left a lasting imprint on Mooney's musical style. Bluesiana combines that Delta sound with the funky syncopations of the Crescent City. The latest record, 2007's I've Got A Fiya, features Jon Cleary.

Maggie Warwick & the Louisiana Hayride Band
2:45 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

The Louisiana Hayride radio and TV program was a de rigeur stopping point for Southern country and rockabilly artists from 1948 to 1960. Warwick and her husband, Alton, who own the trademark, keep the faith with authentic Ark-La-Tex sounds.

Bob French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band
3:05 p.m., Economy Hall Tent presented by Peoples Health

Drummer Bob French started playing rhythm and blues in the '60s on Fats Domino and Earl King recordings. In the '70s, he switched to drumming and began leading his father's band, the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band. Bob swings New Orleans traditional jazz the way it should be with humor and casual interplay. Look out for his great vocalist Big Fine Ellen Smith.

The Revealers
3:15 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

This funky roots-reggae group, comprised of jazz, gospel, classical, R&B and blues musicians, has opened for Burning Spear, Pato Banton, Toots and the Maytals and Yellowman. The group's high-energy show includes original and cover tunes featuring distinctive multi-part harmonies and energetic dancing.

St. Joseph the Worker Ministry
3:15 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

This ensemble from Marrero melds traditional gospel songs with Roman Catholic hymns. St. Joseph's has maintained a respected spot on the New Orleans gospel scene since the late '70s.

Bobby Lounge
3:30 p.m., Allison Miner Music Heritage/Lagniappe Stage

Bobby Lounge had previously only entertained at a few parties in the '70s, before his new-millennium hype machine landed him a slot at Jazz Fest 2005. But Lounge's wild gospel, blues and barrelhouse-influenced piano, coupled with smart, metaphoric humor, make his cut in line seem fair enough.

Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
3:40 p.m., AT&T/WWOZ Jazz Tent

As one of the founding members of Los Hombres Calientes, Irvin Mayfield demonstrated he was more than a classically trained New Orleans trumpet player. He is the founder and director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.

Banda el Recodo
3:45 p.m., Congo Square/Louisiana Rebirth Stage

Banda el Recodo is one of Mexico's oldest and most popular banda groups — brass- and percussion-dominated bands that play popular dance music that can suit anything from a cumbia to a polka to a waltz.

 

Jerry Lee Lewis & the Killer Band
3:50 p.m., Acura Stage

A Louisiana native best known as "The Killer," Jerry Lee Lewis is an innovator of early rock and roll but pushed more towards country music. The 72-year-old, piano-pounding true king of rock-n-roll is still going strong. His 2006 release Last Man Standing was one of his highest selling CDs.

 

Irma Thomas & the Professionals
3:55 p.m., Gentilly Stage

Irma used to be the best under-recognized soul singer in the world, but now that she got her Grammy, the whole country knows what everyone in New Orleans has taken as gospel: That Irma Thomas is the bomb. She still sings her '60s hits, but now adds some of the newer stuff from her Grammy-winning record After The Rain.

Gillian Welch
4:10 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

Along with guitarist and partner David Rawlings, Gillian Welch has crafted her own sound somewhere between folk and alt-country with strains of bluegrass. Her most recent release is 2003's Soul Journey. She's been nominated for contemporary folk Grammies.

George Thorogood & the Destroyers
4:15 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

Best known for songs like "Bad to the Bone" and "Move it on Over," George Thorogood has been playing blues-rock and touring heavily and frequently since the '70s. His growling vocals have helped him make many blues classics his own. The band's most recent release is The Hard Stuff (Eagle Records) in 2006.

Higher Dimensions of Praise
4:20 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

Pete Fountain
4:35 p.m., Economy Hall Tent presented by Peoples Health

Trad-jazz clarinetist and Lawrence Welk orchestra alumnus Pete Fountain is one of the most recognized faces in New Orleans music. Since the '40s, he's recorded nearly 100 albums of hot, swinging Dixieland jazz.

Hot 8 Brass Band
4:35 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

The Hot 8 returned after Katrina and became one of the city's most popular and regular brass band acts. After suffering the tragic loss of drummer Dinnerral Shavers, the Hot 8 continued to play and give voice to a stop-the-violence message. The band is known for its raw funky style.

Little Queenie
4:50 p.m., Allison Miner Music Heritage/Lagniappe Stage

Leigh "Little Queenie" Harris gained early fame as the burst of wild energy and passion fronting the Percolators, a popular New Orleans band in the '70s. Over the years, Harris has made a transition from R&B to jazz vocalist.

Arturo Sandoval
5:25 p.m., AT&T/WWOZ Jazz Tent

Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval was a protégé of bebopper Dizzy Gillespie, though he's become famous for the spicy Afro-Cuban rhythm that's at the core of his sound. He's recorded and performed with a variety of stars from Frank Sinatra and Stan Getz to Alicia Keys and Celine Dion.

Bobby Jones & the Nashville Super Choir
5:35 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

Through the only regularly nationally televised African American gospel program, Bobby Jones has revolutionized contemporary gospel music. He leads a contemporary gospel group and features other contemporary artists like Yolanda Adams and Kirk Franklin on his show. His latest release is Just Churchin'.

Brad Paisley
5:40 p.m., Acura Stage

Warm and worn, Brad Paisley is modern country's closest thing to a Renaissance man. Virile but vulnerable, his shoulders are strong enough to climb on, soft enough to cry on. Paisley's also something of a cut-up, evidenced by goofball skits on recent records guest-starring Dolly Parton, William Shatner and George Jones.

Bonnie Raitt
5:40 p.m., Gentilly Stage

Blues singer/guitarist Bonnie Raitt returns to the fest after recently touring behind her latest album Souls Alike, which is her first self-produced album. The nine-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is no stranger to the Crescent City, having teamed up with artists like Jon Cleary and others on several occasions.

Jill Scott
5:40 p.m., Congo Square/Louisiana Rebirth Stage

Although an accomplished poet and stage actress, Philadelphia's Jill Scott is best known for her gilded pipes — those inimitable, god-given gifts which have her anointed as an heiress to R&B royalty like Etta James and Mary J. Blige. The sultry single "Cross My Mind" won Scott her first Grammy in 2005.

C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band
6 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

C.J. Chenier inherited the tradition and accompanying band from his father Clifton, one of zydeco's early pioneers. C.J. has spent most of his life outside of Acadiana and the Cajun and zydeco circuit and has his own distinct style.

Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony
6 p.m., Economy Hall Tent presented by Peoples Health

In a town steeped in the jazz tradition, Topsy Chapman remains one of the grand dames of female jazz vocalists in town. First hitting Jazz Fest with her post-high school group, the Chapmans, she went on to great fame in the New York scene particularly with the Grammy-nominated Broadway cast of Vernel Bagneris' One Mo' Time. Since then it seems like Chapman has appeared with and been chronicled by everyone. She is Garrison Keillor's go-to jazz singer when he's brought his Prairie Home Companion show to New Orleans.

Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys
6 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

Rosie Ledet is a rarity in the zydeco world, a female accordion player with attitude to boot. Her most recent CD, Pick It Up, features both zydeco classics and new originals.

 

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians
6 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Nobody can sing Indian songs like Big Chief Monk Boudreaux. He can weave poetry out of tales of Indian lore that bring his performances to shamanistic heights. And his suits have beautiful, intricate beadwork.

The New Orleans Bingo! Show
6:10 p.m., Allison Miner Music Heritage/Lagniappe Stage

It's a carnival! It's a concert! It's É What is it, really? The New Orleans Bingo! Show is whatever you want it to be. Half rock show, half game show, half happy psilocybin nightmare, Clint Maedgen's wholly unique exhibition is 150 percent exhilarating.

Irma Thomas headlines on the Gentilly Stage (3:55 p.m. - Sun., April 29) and performs a tribute to Mahalia Jackson in - the gospel tent on the second weekend. - CHERYL GERBER
  • Cheryl Gerber
  • Irma Thomas headlines on the Gentilly Stage (3:55 p.m. Sun., April 29) and performs a tribute to Mahalia Jackson in the gospel tent on the second weekend.
Ludacris: 5:45 p.m. Saturday, April 28, Congo Square/ - Louisiana Rebirth Stage
  • Ludacris: 5:45 p.m. Saturday, April 28, Congo Square/ Louisiana Rebirth Stage
Norah Jones: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, Gentilly Stage
  • Norah Jones: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, Gentilly Stage
Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys: 4:35 p.m. Saturday, - April 28, Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage
  • Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys: 4:35 p.m. Saturday, April 28, Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage
Dr. John: 3:45 p.m. Friday, April 27, Acura Stage
  • Dr. John: 3:45 p.m. Friday, April 27, Acura Stage
Pharoah Sanders: 5:45 p.m. Saturday, April 28, AT&T/ - WWOZ Jazz Tent
  • Pharoah Sanders: 5:45 p.m. Saturday, April 28, AT&T/ WWOZ Jazz Tent
Terence Blanchard: 4:15 p.m. Saturday, April 28, AT&T/ - WWOZ Jazz Tent
  • Terence Blanchard: 4:15 p.m. Saturday, April 28, AT&T/ WWOZ Jazz Tent
The subdudes are joined onstage by Theresa Andersson at - a past Jazz Fest jam.
  • The subdudes are joined onstage by Theresa Andersson at a past Jazz Fest jam.

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