Your guide to night shows during Jazz Fest 2015: week two


  • Alejandro Escovedo.

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

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. 

The Revivalists 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 and RumpleSTEELskin.

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 and Hatebreed perform at 8 p.m. at Champions Square.

Trombone Shorty’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.

Maggie Koerner. - HUNTER HOLDER
  • Maggie Koerner.

Friday, May 1

Maggie Koerner 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.

Kristin Diable 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.

James Hall and Felix 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.

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  • 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.

Dweezil Zappa 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 and others.

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 and Tauk 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.

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  • George Clinton.

Sunday, May 3

NoizeFest 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.

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