Esperanza Spalding opens Faux/Real festival Nov. 3


Esperanza Spalding performs in New Orleans Nov. 3. - JOHANN SAUTY
  • Esperanza Spalding performs in New Orleans Nov. 3.

Esperanza Spalding
will perform at the Orpheum Theater Nov. 3 to open the Faux/Real Festival of Arts. Spalding is touring following the March release of Emily's D+Evolution, and in the show, the jazz bassist roves through musical genres and adds theatricality. 

Faux/Real director Ben Mintz notes that the festival is evolving. It's still focused on elements of theater and performance art, and Spalding's piece is more than a concert, he notes. The festival is condensing its schedule from three weeks to 10 days (Nov. 3-13), and there will be 30 events, including theater, magic and culinary events. The full schedule will be released this week, Mintz says.

Faux/Real replaced the New Orleans Fringe Festival, which was a more open-ended event filled with alternative theater, circus arts, dance, genre mashups and more. While Fringe jury selected roughly 30 shows and included other productions in a "Bring Your Own Venue" format for independently run productions, Faux Real is curating all events. Fringe shows were heavily clustered in Bywater and Marigny, but Faux/Real will be spread across the city this year.

Spalding established herself in the jazz world and has won four Grammy awards, including Best New Artist in 2011. With her 2012 album Radio Music Society, she sought to make jazz more accessible. She has performed songs by artists from The Beach Boys to jazz legend Wayne Shorter, and she's appeared on recent albums by Janelle Monae and Bruno Mars. 

Tickets for Spalding's show go on sale Sept. 16.

Add a comment