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Rock 'n' roll, the future of funk and otherworldly artists at French Quarter Fest 2018

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Future of funk

Deltaphonic featuring Khris Royal
Thursday
2 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
Jack Daniel's Stage
Jax Parking Lot
The saxophonist joins the band's heavy, barn-burning rock 'n' roll for a rowdy, Americana-influenced funk project.

Cha Wa
Friday
12:35 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
Abita Beer Stage
Woldenberg Riverfront Park
J'Wan Boudreaux, Spy Boy of the Golden Eagles, leads a next-generation Mardi Gras Indian funk band, which made its album debut with 2016's acclaimed Funk 'n' Feathers.

Naughty Professor
Friday
5:30 p.m.-6:55 p.m.
Jack Daniel's Stage
Jax Parking Lot
The jazz-influenced band released its fourth full-length album Identity in 2017, starring an all-star roster of guest players (from Sasha Masakowski to Jurassic 5's Chali 2na) and the six-piece band's progressive funk arrangements.

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Water Seed
Friday
5:45 p.m.-7 p.m.
Tropical Isle Stage
Woldenberg Riverfront Park
On its 2017 album We Are Stars, Water Seed highlights its powerhouse diversity, from Earth, Wind & Fire-sized party anthems to neo-soul, gospel-like piano blues and Stevie Wonder-inspired R&B.

Sexy Dex & the Fresh
Saturday
7:45 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Voodoo Garden Stage
House of Blues
The band's cosmic Prince-like funk and delirious pop arrangements melt into the cassette-tape warmth of 2016's Plus One Edition, featuring the stone-cold funk hit "Speed Racer" and Dexter Gilmore's ecstatic guitar and falsetto vocals.


Rock and R&B

PHOTO BY GREG MILES
  • PHOTO BY GREG MILES

Walter "Wolfman" Washington & the Roadmasters
Friday
5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Abita Beer Stage
Woldenberg Riverfront Park
Now 74 years old, the guitar-slinging howling soulman of New Orleans prepares to share a more vulnerable side on his forthcoming album My Future is My Past, due this month on Anti-Records. Here, he shares the stage with his funk- and R&B-influenced Roadmasters, now going on 30 years with Wolf leading the pack.

Jon Cleary
Friday
7:15 p.m.-8:45 p.m.
GE Digital Big River Stage
Woldenberg Riverfront Park
The pianist and vocalist is a torch carrier for classic New Orleans R&B, earning him a Grammy Award for Best Regional Roots Music Album for his 2015 LP Gogo Juice.

King James & the Special Men
Sunday
12:30 p.m.-1:40 p.m.
GE Digital Big River Stage
Woldenberg Riverfront Park
From late-night Monday residencies in downtown dives (from BJ's Lounge to Sidney's Saloon and now Saturn Bar) to a crack-of-noon festival slot, the classic R&B band — fresh off its acclaimed 2017 album Act Like You Know — performs its repertoire of timeless originals and the songs that got them there.

Darcy Malone & the Tangle
Sunday
2 p.m.-3:10 p.m.
Jack DaniEL's Stage
Jax Parking Lot
Powerhouse vocalist Darcy Malone's soul-influenced rock 'n' roll band released the EP Make Me Over in 2017.

Lawrence Cotton Legendary Experience
Sunday
3 p.m.-4:15 p.m.
Morris Bart Stage, 400 Royal St.
The 91-year-old piano player, a longtime sideman for Dave Bartholomew and Guitar Slim, holds down his dedicated French Quarter Fest slot to showcase his lifetime-spanning repertoire.


Something different

Yung Vul
Friday
2 p.m.-3:25 p.m.
WWL-TV Esplanade in the Shade
Stage, U.S. Mint
A versatile vocalist and guitarist who toured with Christian Scott and recently arranged a live band alongside AF THE NAYSAYER, Dominic Minix helms an unpredictable jazz- and punk-influenced outfit spanning lush R&B and Nirvana-inspired breakdowns.

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Kumasi
Friday
7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Voodoo Garden Stage
House of Blues
The New Orleans Afrobeat orchestra performed with percussionist Tony Allen at a recent two-night gig at the Music Box Village. The group's 2018 album Akoben (Superjock Records) is filled with convulsive rhythms, big brass and powerful calls to action.

Valerie Sassyfras
Saturday
4 p.m.-5 p.m.
Big Mama's Lounge
House of Blues
The accordion-wielding one- woman band released the sci-fi- influenced LP Blast Off! A Cosmic Cabaret in 2017, showcasing the beloved pseudo-outsider-artist's knack for offbeat pop and dance music.

Helen Gillet's Wazozo Zorchestra
Saturday
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Heart of Bourbon Stage
700 Bourbon St.
The cellist's psychedelic solo performances transform jazz and unique folk-like compositions into looped, harmonized mantras. She performs here with her Francophonic ensemble, showcased on 2015's Dusk in Wallonia.

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