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Jazz Fest 2018: week one

Our daily picks, maps and the best cubes in town

Jon Batiste plays the melodica at the 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. - PHOTO BY SCOTT SALTZMAN
  • Photo by Scott Saltzman
  • Jon Batiste plays the melodica at the 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Jazz was born in New Orleans but many musical genres trace their roots to the city. Those connections always are on display at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. This year, the celebration of the city's music and culture is highlighted in the Cultural Exchange Pavilion, which marks the city's tricentennial with performances by Louisiana musicians, Mardi Gras Indians and an array of visiting performers from Mali, Gambia, Haiti, Honduras, Ireland and Canada. There also are tributes to Fats Domino, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, Mahalia Jackson and other influential New Orleans musicians.

  This weekend, the festival presents Sting, David Byrne, Bonnie Raitt, Charlie Wilson, Rod Stewart, the Ron Carter Trio, George Benson, Jon Batiste with The Dap-Kings, Khalid, Jack Johnson, Sturgill Simpson, Irma Thomas, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet and many others.

  On the following pages, there are music picks, a map of the festival grounds, daily schedules for the festival's stages and tents and more. For daily recaps, visit, and after the festival, check back for a festival review by Count Basin™.

Jazz Fest 2018: picks for Friday, April 27
Sturgill Stimpson, Ron Carter Trio, Samantha Fish and Bobby Rush perform

Jazz Fest 2018: picks for Saturday, April 28
Bonnie Raitt, Charles Lloyd with Lucinda Williams and a Fats Domino tribute

Jazz Fest 2018: picks for Sunday, April 29
David Byrne, Charlie Wilson, George Benson and Quiana Lynell

Interview: Lukas Nelson gets 'real' at Jazz Fest
Promise of the Real follows in the footsteps of father Willie and mentor Neil Young

Jazz Fest 2018 information: tickets, travel and more
What you need to know before you go

Jazz Fest 2018 cubes
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