2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival: Friday, May 2


The Gloryoskis! featuring Helen Gillet, Debbie Davis and Myshkin
This quirky New Orleans collaboration featuring Helen Gillet on cello, Debbie Davis on ukulele and Myshkin on guitar delighted the crowd at last year's Chaz Fest with gypsy jazz-tinged folk songs. This year, the trio makes its debut at Jazz Fest. The band's repertoire includes heartfelt original tunes and an eclectic collection of cover songs, from Jimmie Rodgers' "Miss the Mississippi and You" to X-Ray Spex's "I Live Off You." The group is working on its first EP.
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Lagniappe Stage

The Honorable South
The Honorable South's mash-up of musical styles defies easy categorization, but the band calls it "electric soul rock 'n' roll." The local quintet made a splash with the 2012 single "Beast," which featured a hip-hop-inspired groove that falls in line with Atlanta artists like OutKast and Erykah Badu. The group is led by Ms. Charm Taylor, whose soulful vocals are backed by trippy electric guitars and bluesy bass lines. The Honorable South recently released the video for its new single, "Saint Charles Parish," which appears on the album Faithful Brave & Honest, due out in May.
11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Samsung Galaxy Stage

Warren Storm, Willie Tee & Cypress Band with special guest T.K. Hulin
Warren Storm has been a staple of the swamp pop scene since he helped invent south Louisiana's signature blend of traditional country and New Orleans-style rhythm and blues. Storm first hit the Billboard charts in 1958 with "Prisoner's Song," and he released an impressive string of singles throughout the '60s and '70s. In 1980, the Abbeville native teamed up with singer and saxophonist Willie Tee to form the Cypress Band, and together they introduced a new generation to swamp pop. The band broke up a few years later but reunited in 2004. Last year, it released the album Swamp Pop Jukebox. The Cypress Band is joined by another veteran of the genre, T.K. Hulin, who scored a national hit in 1963 with "I'm Not a Fool Anymore."
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

Woodshed: Vibes feat. Jason Marsalis and Chase Jordan
It's been a busy year for Jason Marsalis, the youngest of the musical Marsalis brothers. In 2013, Marsalis released In a World of Mallets with his Vibes Quartet. He toured Latin America with his side project Native Jazz Quartet, and he played drums on Ellis Marsalis' new record On the Second Occasion. The good vibrations continue at Jazz Fest, where Marsalis will be joined by fellow vibraphonist Chase Jordan, an accomplished player who got his start at Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
1:35 p.m.-2:25 p.m.
Zatarain's/ WWOZ Jazz Tent

Hurray for the Riff Raff
The secret is out. New Orleanians have long been enamored of Hurray for the Riff Raff's freight train folk blues, and the rest of the world has been catching up since the group's major label debut dropped in February. Small Town Heroes received rave reviews from Pitchfork and National Public Radio, and major media outlets including The Wall Street Journal profiled the hardscrabble charm of singer/songwriter Alynda Lee Segarra. Originally from the Bronx, New York, Segarra wandered the country before landing in New Orleans and forming Hurray for the Riff Raff as an outlet for her traveling songs. After spending the first part of the year on tour with country-folk duo Shovels & Rope, the band is set to make its national TV debut April 29 on Conan.
2:05 p.m.-3:05 p.m.
Samsung Galaxy Stage

Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys
Alejandro Escovedo has racked up more miles than money during his decades-long career, but in that time he's built a loyal fan base and drawn critical acclaim. Escovedo made a name for himself in the Austin, Texas punk scene in the early 1980s with the bands Rank and File and True Believers, but it was his 1992 solo album, Gravity, that first exposed his singer/songwriter side and eventually drew comparisons to rock 'n' roll street poets like Lou Reed and Bruce Springsteen. Escovedo nearly died in 2003 from cirrhosis, a complication of hepatitis C, but he rebounded in 2005 and released The Boxing Mirror, the first in a string of albums that cemented his reputation. Escovedo is making a return to his rock roots with his band the Sensitive Boys, and he plans to release a new album later this year.
4:20 p.m.-5:35 p.m.
Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

The Gospel Soul of Irma Thomas
There's no question Irma Thomas is the Soul Queen of New Orleans, and few would disagree she's the Soul Queen of Jazz Fest as well. Thomas has performed regularly since the 1970s, often making multiple appearances. She performed on the Acura Stage on the first weekend and returns to the fest's Gospel Tent, where she packed the house in 2013 with a tribute to Mahalia Jackson. Like many R&B soul singers, Thomas got her start singing in church, so she'll be getting back to the basics in the Gospel Tent.
4:45 p.m.-5:45 p.m.
Gospel Tent

Friday, May 2Samsung Galaxy Stage - 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. - PHOTO BY AUTUMN DE WILDE
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  • Friday, May 2

    Samsung Galaxy Stage

    5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Alabama Shakes
Though it had released an eponymous four-song EP in 2011 that gained media attention, Alabama Shakes took the indie rock world by storm following the release of 2012's Boys & Girls. Singer/guitarist Brittany Howard put the band together while in high school in 2009, and the members covered Led Zeppelin and AC/DC songs to put together a complete set. But it's Howard's intense, soul-baring vocals that propel the band and have drawn her comparisons to singers like Janis Joplin on tunes like "Hold On." The band is working on a follow-up album, which it says will go beyond the soulful Southern rock sounds that characterized Boys & Girls.
5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Samsung Galaxy Stage

Chaka Khan
Soul sensation Chaka Khan turned 60 last year, and she's still going strong. Khan's first splash was the 1974 breakout hit "Tell Me Something Good," a collaboration between Stevie Wonder and Khan's band Rufus, and she continued to make waves with the 1978 disco anthem "I'm Every Woman." Last year she released the single "It's Not Over" to preview her forthcoming album The iKhan Project, though its release has been postponed twice.
5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Congo Square Stage

Friday, May 2 - CONGO SQUARE STAGE - 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. - PHOTO BY RICK OLIVIER
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  • Friday, May 2


    4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Lost Bayou Ramblers
The Lost Bayou Ramblers' most recent record, 2012's Mammoth Waltz, earned the band plenty of attention beyond its home in Lafayette. The group turned up the volume on traditional Cajun music with the addition of electric guitars and big booming drums, creating a unique sound that took it to music festivals and rock venues across the country. The band started working on a new batch of songs after performing at last year's Montreal International Jazz Festival, where members befriended indie rock darlings Arcade Fire and spent time at that band's Montreal recording studio. This April, Lost Bayou Ramblers played opening slots on a couple of Arcade Fire's Reflektor tour stops.
6 p.m.-7 p.m.
Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

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