Dr. John & the Nite Trippers perform at Tipitina's on Thursday, April 23.
Welcome to the two weeks of the year in New Orleans where you can hear everything on the planet anywhere in New Orleans. It's kind of intimidating, expensive, and slightly uncomfortably warm and/or wet, but we've narrowed a list of one trillion concerts over the next several days to a manageable few. You can find Gambit'
s comprehensive concert listings at bestofneworleans.com
. Below, find some of our nightly picks to get you through the first weekend of Jazz Fest. We'll have part two for you next week.
Thursday, April 23
Making his annual "Jazz Fest appearance" is the nite tripper himself, Dr. John
, performing with his Nite Trippers, at Tipitina's at 9 p.m. New Breed Brass Band
opens. Dr. John was the recipient of a massive tribute concert during last year's Fest
, and his latest album, coincidentally, pays tribute to Louis Armstrong — an idea, Mac told Gambit
, that came to him from Louis in a dream.
On the heels of The Air Conditioned Nightmare
's hypnotic electronics, Montreal musician Doldrums is at Gasa Gasa at 9 p.m. with Moon King.
Read Doldrums' 2013 Gambit interview here
Rockabilly- and country-influenced combo Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue
performs at Banks Street Bar a 9 p.m.
New Orleans drum maestro Stanton Moore
performs with his trio at Blue Nile at 9 p.m.
R&B- and blues-influenced New Orleans singer-songwriter Eric Lindell
hosts an album release show for his latest, The Sun & the Sea
, at Carrollton Station at 10 p.m.
Swedish synthpop and industrial duo Covenant
is at Siberia at 10 p.m.
Cajun-influenced pop outfit Sweet Crude
performs at Ogden Museum's After Hours at 6 p.m.
Benjamin Booker performs two nights at One Eyed Jacks on April 24-25.
Friday, April 24
Unkown Mortal Orchestra
performs at Tulane University's Lavin-Bernick Center quad (for free) at 4 p.m.
At Tipitina's, The Greyboy All-Stars
perform the Jimi Hendrix classic Axis: Bold As Love,
and Grupo Fantasma
opens at 9 p.m. That show is followed by a late-night 2 a.m. set from The M&Ms
, featuring a supergroup lineup of
Papa Mali, John Medeski, Robert Mercurio and Stanton Moore.
performs his annual Jazz Fest Orchestra at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center at 9 p.m.
Dumpstaphunk, Rebirth Brass Band, The London Souls
and Gravity A
fill an all-star, funk-laden lineup at The Howlin' Wolf at 10 p.m.
The Meter Men
, meanwhile, hold down the first of two shows The Joy Theater at 10:30 p.m. The Meter Men features original Meters members Zigaboo Modeliste, Leo Nocentelli
and George Porter, Jr. (
who is releasing his latest EP It's Time to Funk
, with his current outfit George Porter Jr. & his Runnin' Pardners). The Meter Men also performs Saturday, April 25.
The Write Brothers
— featuring Spencer Bohren, Jim McCormick, Alex McMurray and Paul Sanchez — performs at 8 p.m., followed by Acadian-Canadian singer-songwriter Lisa LeBlanc
at 11 p.m., at Chickie Wah Wah.
One of New Orleans' newest arrivals is an ATO Records rookie named Benjamin Booker,
whose rabid blues-punk and full-throated howls grace One Eyed Jacks at 10 p.m. for the first time
. Booker also performs Saturday. Read his Gambit
cover interview and listen to tracks from his self-titled debut here
Big Sam's Funky Nation
holds down a midnight slot at Blue Nile. (And in the balcony room at 1 a.m. is Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes
Ghost-Note: A Snarky Puppy Project
is at Gasa Gasa with local funk heavies Naughty Professor
at 9 p.m.
Bounce heroine Katey Red
performs with Peach Kelli Pop, Sea Battle
, aka Quintron
's latest hardcore punk endeavor, at 10 p.m. at Siberia.
At the Civic Theatre at 10 p.m. is Boston funk outfit Lettuce
with the Stooges Brass Band
and bounce wizard DJ Quickie Mart.
Longtime Southern fried jam band Gov't Mule
is at the Saenger Theatre with the Soul Rebels
at 7:30 p.m.
George Porter Jr. performs with members of The Meters in The Meter Men on April 25-26 at The Joy Theater.
Saturday, April 25
Father John Misty
— who recently talked to Gambit
about life in New Orleans and his latest album, the critically acclaimed pop and lovelorn tour de force I Love You, Honeybear
— is at the Civic Theatre at 10 p.m.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
hosts an all-star Treme Threauxdown with Allen Toussaint, Ivan Neville
and New Breed Brass Band
at 7 p.m. at the Saenger Theatre.
New Orleans funk heavyhitters Galactic
perform at 10 p.m. at Tipitina's — followed by a 2 a.m. set from Robert Randolph & the Family Band
Emerging from their crypt and heading back to the stage are New Orleans rockers Morning 40 Federation
, performing at Vaughan's at 9:30 p.m.
At 9:30 p.m. at Republic, bands hop into a time machine — Stooges Brass Band
performs a Michael Jackson tribute, Bonerama
gets the Led out, and Turkuaz
performs the music of Sly & the Family Stone.
Lafayette's globally influenced manic sunshine pop outfit GIVERS
is at Publiq House with kaleidoscopic noise-pop duo Caddywhompus
at 9 p.m.
The Meter Men
are back at The Joy Theater at 10:30 p.m.
is back at One Eyed Jacks at 10 p.m. with New Orleans garage punks Babes.
At 10 p.m. at The Maple Leaf, The New Orleans Suspects
unleash Leafopotamus with Eric McFadden, Papa Mali, Roosevelt Collier, Jennifer Hartswick
and Big Chief Juan Pardo.
Funky guitar-slinging bluesman Walter "Wolfman" Washington
and his Mighty Men are at Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar at 9 p.m.
and Cliff Hines
pair for a Talking Heads tribute performance at Blue Nile at 1 a.m.
Chickie Wah Wah begins its cross-cultural Mande @ Midnight
series with singer-songwriter Joe Driscoll
, West African kora player Sekou Kouyate
, and Pirate's Choice
. featuring members of Antibalas and Toubab Krewe.
Overdriven roots rockers Dash Rip Rock
are at Carrollton Station at 10 p.m.
Shoegazing rock band Woozy
performs an early show at Siberia with Chipper Jones, Corduroi
and Sharks Teeth
at 5 p.m., followed by Honey Island Swamp Band
and Happy Talk Band
at 10 p.m.
Helen Gillet performs at 10 p.m. Sunday, April 26 at Circle Bar.
Sunday, April 26
The New Orleans Country Festival
at Mag's 940 on Elysian Fields Avenue rounds up a dozen performers and regulars from The All-Star Covered-Dish Jamboree for a four-day festival. The Sunday opening night performance features The Best Western Swingers, Todd Day Wait's Pigpen, The Good Gollies
and Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue
at 9 p.m. The event runs each night through Wednesday, April 29.
performs an intimate set at Snug Harbor at 9 p.m.
Thrash metal legends Slayer
— among the most trve of Jazz Fest performers — are at the Civic Theatre at 10 p.m.
r and Blind Texas Marlin
host their weekly gig at Circle Bar at 6 p.m., followed by experimental cellist Helen Gillet
at 10 p.m.
Portland's screeching, desolate doom duo The Body
perform with the merciless, grinding force of Full Of Hell
at Sisters in Christ at Gasa Gasa at 7 p.m.
Austin's resident Van Halen impersonators and bonged out Trans Am drivers OBN IIIs
are at the Saturn Bar at 10 p.m. with Secret Prostitutes
and Die Rotzz