COURTESY MONTEREY INTERNATIONAL
As the 2015 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
heads into its second week, here are some of the highlights from the long weekend's concert calendar. You can check full concert listings on bestofneworleans.com
Thursday, April 30
The inaugural Balcony Festival
at Crisp Farms near Poland Avenue (at 1320 Lesseps St.) features a host of gypsy, klezmer and world music artists from around New Orleans, as well as Cajun and folk artists, belly dancers, singer-songwriters and others. The event is free (or by donation) from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.
present the All in the Family Experience at The Howlin' Wolf at 9 p.m., with Rebirth Brass Bandm, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, Naughty Professor
Alabama soulmen St. Paul & the Broken Bones
are with New Orleans' R&B players and BJ's Lounge house band King James & the Special Men
at 10 p.m. at Tipitina's.
Punk rocker and Texas folk singer Alejandro Escovedo performs at 8 p.m. at Chickie Wah Wah
Because, sure, why not: Slipknot
perform at 8 p.m. at Champions Square.
’s third annual fundraiser for the Trombone Shorty Foundation, Shorty Fest
, features performances from the namesake artist with Ivan Neville, Corey Henry & Treme Funktet, an all-star tribute to Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Sweet Crude and many others at 7 p.m. at Generations Hall.
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
and The California Honeydrops
perform at 9 p.m. at Publiq House.
New Orleans songwriter Alex McMurray
is at Circle Bar at 10 p.m.
Zydeco master Keith Frank
and his Soileau Zydeco Band performs at 10 p.m. at Siberia with a lineup that includes CC Adcock & The Lafayette Marquis
as well as downtown wizard Quintron
performing a noise set with five of his Drum Buddies.
One Eyed Jacks hosts two shows: Worship My Organ
, featuring Marco Benevento, Skerik and Robert Walter, performs at 1:30 a.m., with Galactic
performing a set at 8 p.m.
New Orleans partying expert Kermit Ruffins
hosts the Big Easy Trumpet Battle Royale at 8 p.m. at House of Blues.
Cedric Burnside Project
performs a late-night set at d.b.a. at 2 a.m.
Friday, May 1
and David Shaw
put their powerful, electric pipes together with New Orleans rock 'n' roll trio Cardinal Sons
at 10 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks.
The New Mastersounds
with the West Coast Horns begin the first of two nights at The Joy Theater at the late hour of 2 a.m. Zigaboo Modeliste, Robert Walter and Adryon De Leon are also on the bill for May 1, and Jennifer Hartswick, Mike Dillon and Natalie Cressman open May 2.
The Bayou Rendezvous
jam at 9 p.m. at The Howlin' Wolf features Colonel Bruce Hampton, Oteil Burbridge, Ian Neville, Johnny Vidacovich, Duane Trucks, Eric McFadden and others, with Tauk and The California Honeydrops.
performs a late-night set at 1:30 a.m. Listen to the soul- and R&B-influenced Americana singer-songwriter's "I'll Make Time For You" from her 2015 full-length Create Your Own Mythology
, and read her Gambit interview here:
From noon to 8 p.m. at Mardi Gras World, dozens of artists participate in all-star jam sessions at Fiya Fest
, including a tribute to the late Big Chef Bo Dollis featuring Big Chiefs Monk Boudreaux
and Bo Dollis Jr., Cyril Neville
and many others. The New Orleans Social Club features George Porter Jr., Leo Nocentelli, Ivan Neville, Henry Butler and Raymond Weber. There also is food from local restaurants and food trucks, and proceeds benefit The Roots of Music and the New Orleans Musicians Clinic.
Primus & The Chocolate Factory
— the twisted prog-rockers' tribute to the soundtrack to the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
— performs the first of two nights at 9 p.m. at the Civic Theatre.
At 10 p.m. at Banks Street Bar, energetic New Orleans pop R&B outfit Social Set
performs a tribute to No Doubt's Tragic Kingdom,
with Daria & the Hip Drops running through Bob Marley & The Wailers' Natty Dread.
are at Circle Bar at 10 p.m.
New Orleans' wicked blues-powered guitar- and lapsteel-slinger Colin Lake
celebrates the release of One Thing That's For Sure
at 8 p.m. with Cedric Burnside Project.
Bassist James Singleton
performs an encore of his Jazz Fest Orchestra at 9 p.m. at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center.
First Fridays on the Point in Algiers features Rick Trolsen
at 5 p.m. and Eric Lindell
at 9:30 p.m. at Old Point Bar and Beth Patterson
at 8 p.m. at Crown & Anchor.
d.b.a. hosts a Lafayette songwriters set from CC Adcock, Dylan LeBlanc
and Kaleb Elliott
at 7 p.m.
The Maple Leaf presents its ninth annual James Brown Birthday Bash
at 10 p.m. with an all-star lineup including, among others, Tony Hall (Dumpstaphunk), Raymond Weber (Dr. John), Renard Poche (Allen Toussaint), Roderick Paulin (Rebirth Brass Band), and James Brown's own Jeff Watkins, also of The New Orleans Suspects.
COURTESY ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA
Dweezil Zappa presents Zappa Plays Zappa.
Saturday, May 2
Funky, punk-powered R&B outfit Black Joe Lewis
performs at 8 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks with New Orleans Americana singer-songwriter Kristin Diable
Lafayette stompers Feufollet
and Bonsoir Catin
meet New Orleans country boys The Deslondes
for the "Boil Up, Boogie Down," with crawfish provided by Rayne's crawfish kings Hawk's Crawfish. Boil at 7 p.m., music at 9 p.m. at Siberia.
fronts Zappa Plays Zappa
, in which Frank Zappa's guitar-shredding offspring and his band perform The Mothers Of Invention's One Size Fits All
in its entirety, and then some, at 10 p.m. at Tipitina's.
Nevilles Forever: A Celebration of the Neville Brothers and Their Music
kicks off at 9 p.m. at the Saenger Theatre. Don Was
— who helmed a massive tribute to Dr. John at the Saenger Theatre last year — arranges this tribute concert for the New Orleans music family. Aaron, Art, Charles and Cyril Neville
will perform, as well as Widespread Panic, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Galactic
Chickie Wah Wah closes its adventurous Mande at Midnight
series with African music from kora player Yacouba Sissoko (who has worked with Paul Simon and Baba, Maal), sabar players Morcoumba Gueye and Magatte Fall, and drummer Papa Diouf (Thione Seck), with many others. Also performing are Raja Kassis and humanBEING and New York-based, Mali-inspired outfit Benyoro.
New Orleans indie rock outfit Rotary Downs
— think '70s space rock as played by Pavement — is at 10 p.m. at Circle Bar.
Rebirth Brass Band
and new New Orleans funk heavyweights Naughty Professor
perform at 10 p.m. at Maison.
Robert Walter's 20th Congress
perform at 10 p.m. at Publiq House.
Bluesy folk singer-songwriter Andrew Duhon
is at Carrollton Station at 10 p.m.
New Orleans rock 'n' rollers R. Scully's Rough 7
and Norco Lapalco
are at 10 p.m. at Saturn Bar.
Lafayette's roadhouse Cajun rockers Lost Bayou Ramblers
perform at Gasa Gasa with Cardinal Sons
at 10 p.m.
The WimBash Music Festival Series
returns to the Blue Nile at 11 p.m. with Doug Wimbish, Big Sam of Big Sam's Funky Nation, Nigel Hall, Khris Royal, Josh Conn and others.
Sunday, May 3
returns for its 10th annual free, day-long celebration of avant-garde, offbeat and eccentric music from Bipolaroid, Rotten Milk, Proud Father, Lake Charles Barkley and many others from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Scout Island in Algiers' Brechtel Park.
The architects of funk, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic
perform at 8 p.m. at the House of Blues with New Orleans' funk encyclopedia DJ Soul Sister
For its second annual booty celebration, Azz Fest
kicks off at 9 p.m. at the Hi-Ho Lounge with a Bootylicious Variety Show, BateBunda, Yojimbo
and DJ Rusty Lazer.
At 9 p.m. at The Howlin' Wolf, The Motet
performs its take on '70s classics with "Mixtape 1975," and Zigaboo Modeliste
throws down a 17th annual Funk Revue with Renard Poche, Chris Severin, Hurt Brunus, Roderick Paulin and Tracy Griffen.
Jazz Fest-founded supergroup Frequinox
(featuring Robert Walter, Stanton Moore, Will Bernard, Robert Mercurio and Donald Harrison) performs at 1 a.m. at d.b.a.