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French Quarter Fest highlights for Saturday, April 8



Saturday, April 8

Tim Laughlin
11:15 a.m.-12:25 p.m., Jackson Square Stage
A protege of Pete Fountain, Tim Laughlin has dedicated himself to traditional jazz styles. He officially releases his latest ablum, The Trio Collection, Vol. II, Saturday.

Water Seed
2 p.m.-3:25 p.m., WWL-TV Esplanade in the Shade Stage, 400 Esplanade Ave.
Founded by Xavier University students, Water Seed relocated and changed its lineup before returning to New Orleans as a tighter funk, soul and progressive jazz band. The band will release We Are Stars in 2017.

Luke Spurr Allen
3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m., Songwriter Stage, The Arsenal, Louisiana State Museum, 600 St. Peter St.
The Luke Allen Trio, including Helen Gillet and Casey McAllister, releases an album, Pothole Heart, Friday at Chickie Wah Wah. The singer-songwriter and Happy Talk Band frontman Luke Spurr Allen performs solo here.

Michot's Melody Makers
6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., House of Blues Voodoo Garden, 225 Decatur St.
The Lost Bayou Ramblers perform at the Cajun and zydeco stage at 3:45p.m., then Ramblers fiddler Louis Michot heads to the House of Blues for this side project, stirring up Cajun dance hall music.

Tank and the Bangas
7:20 p.m.-8:25 p.m., Tropical Island Hand Grenade Stage, Riverfront Pavilion
With its mix of soul, R&B, jazz, funk and spoken word, Tank and the Bangas gained a following in New Orleans. It made fans out of NPR listeners when its song "Quick" topped 6,000 other entries to win the Tiny Desk Contest in February.

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

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