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French Quarter Fest highlights for Friday, April 7



Friday, April 7

Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters
2 p.m.-3:15 p.m., Chevron Cajun/Zydeco Showcase, Decatur Street at Conti Street
A teenaged Cedryl Ballou played drums in the band of his grandfather — early swamp pop, R&B and zydeco musician Classie Ballou — in shows at the Circle Bar in the late 1990s. Cedryl now leads his zydeco band on accordion and vocals.

Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes
5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., WWL-TV Esplanade in the Shade Stage, 400 Esplanade Ave.
A group of classically trained musicians hooked on New Orleans funk, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes released its seventh album, Sketch, March 25.

Irma Thomas
5:25 p.m.-6:45 p.m., Abita Beer Stage, Woldenberg Riverfront Park
The Rolling Stones may have stolen some thunder from New Orleans R&B and soul queen Irma Thomas when they both recorded "Time Is On My Side" in the early 1960s. Thomas is now stealing some of Van Morrison's, covering "Crazy Love" on a project featuring his love songs. Thomas is interviewed at the Old U.S. Mint at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Corey Henry and the Treme Funktet
7:15 p.m.-8:45 p.m., Jack Daniel's Stage, 600 Decatur St.
Trombonist Corey Henry got his start with the Treme Brass Band and founded the Lil Rascals Brass Band. He's toured frequently with funk outfit Galactic, but after creating this group to hold down a weekly spot at the Candlelight Lounge, Henry is back at home with his own mix of brass band, funk, R&B and hip-hop.

7:15 p.m.-8:45 p.m., Abita Beer Stage, Woldenberg Park
R&B singer Cupid, aka Bryson Bernard, is known for his signature tune and line dance, "Cupid Shuffle," off 2007's Time for a Change. He released the EP Best of Both Worlds with Pokey in February.

Thursday, April 6 | Friday. April 7
Saturday, April 8 | Sunday, April 9

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