Coyotes perform on the Lagniappe Stage at Jazz Fest.
Lafayette-based pop band Givers took the Gentilly stage Saturday in a light drizzle that dampened none of the band's enthusiasm. With instruments adorned with faux flowers and neon flags, the group played hits from 2011 album In Light,
including “Saw You First” and “Up Up Up.” Givers has been quiet since that release, but 2015 promises to be different. Singer/percussionist Tiffany Lamson hinted at a new album as she introduced “Sleeper Home,” a dark new pop tune propelled by gooey, overdriven bass. Another new song, “Record High, Record Low,” almost has the singalong appeal of “Up Up Up” and could be a lead single. There’s still some work to do, such as sorting out a couple of prerecorded samples that seemed to cut in a few seconds early, but the group recovered easily and never allowed its sunny disposition to falter.
Local Americana-rock outfit Coyotes closed the afternoon at the Lagniappe Stage, playing to a sparse crowd of festivalgoers who’d found the tent hidden inside the paddock. “This is the full-circle gig for us,” lead singer Duz Mancini said of the band’s first appearance at Jazz Fest after nearly six years as a group. Pedal steel, now played by full-time band member Derek Duplesse, has long been a signature part of Coyotes’ laid-back, “cosmic country” sound. Duplesse also is a member of the Kid Carsons, and Coyotes were unexpectedly joined by another Kid Carson, singer and guitarist Morgan Carson, for a set of crowd-pleasing cover songs including “The Ballad of John and Yoko,” Sheryl Crow’s “If It Makes You Happy” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams.”