The other fests: 8 New Orleans music festivals during Jazz Fest

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Aurora Nealand performs April 30 and May 7 at BreakFest at Bayou Beer Garden. - COURTESY AURORA NEALAND
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  • Aurora Nealand performs April 30 and May 7 at BreakFest at Bayou Beer Garden.

While New Orleans endures a comically overstuffed year-round festival overload, it welcomes with open arms the reign of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the endless shows around town during its rule. Here are eight other music festival-y things if you can't or don't want to make it to the Fairgrounds.

Six of Saturns
April 27-May 7
Ace Hotel (600 Carondelet St.)
The second annual series of events at the Ace Hotel includes film screenings, artist talks, live music and more. Among the lineup highlights: Preservation Hall's Ben Jaffe and King Britt reimagine the recordings of Alabama Sister Gertrude Morgan, which Britt reworked on a 2005 album. Visit the website for the full schedule.

BreakFest
10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 30 and May 7
Bayou Beer Garden (326 N. Jefferson Davis Parkway)
Held on the Sundays of each week of Jazz Fest, Bayou Beer Garden hosts live music and food and drinks from Bayou Wine Garden, Monkey Monkey Coffee and Tea, The Station Coffee Shop & Bakery, Big Easy 'Bucha and more. Plus, you can get a shave or a haircut and squeeze in some yoga before you head to the Fairgrounds. Aurora Nealand, Kristin Diable and Paul Sanchez perform April 30, and Nealand returns May 7 with a lineup also featuring Alexis and the Samurai and Andrew Duhon. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. More information is here.
All-Star Country Fest
April 30-May 3
Old Iron Works (612 Piety St.), Mags (940 Elysian Fields Ave.) and St. Roch Tavern (1200 St. Roch Ave.)
The annual festival bumps up to four nights of live music celebrating country, Cajun, folk, blues, Western swing and everything under the umbrella of Americana. It kicks off at 6 p.m. April 30 with The Go-Go: A Roving Dancehall at Old Iron Works. It's followed by two nights at Mags (8 p.m. May 1-2) and a closing night at St. Roch Tavern (8 p.m. May 3). There's also food. Tickets are $10 each night.

NOLA Crawfish Festival
3 p.m.-10 p.m. May 1-3
Central City BBQ (1201 S. Rampart St.)
All-star-filled lineups headline each day, and there's plenty of crawfish from boil master Chris "Shaggy" Davis. General admission is $45 daily or $135 for a three-day pass (general admission includes two pounds of  crawfish and fixins and one beer). See the full lineup and get more information here.

United Bakery Records Revue
4 p.m. May 2-3
Marigny Recording Studio (535 Marigny St.)
The locally based record label hosts its inaugural two-night revue featuring a lineup of artists who performed at its now-shuttered venue on St. Bernard Avenue. Each performance will be recorded for a compilation to be released later this year. On May 2, there's Julie Odell, Anna Pardenik, Maggie Belle Band, The Salt Wives, Up Up We Go and Toonces. On May 3, there's Keisha Slaughter, Shane Sayers, Tasche and The Psychedelic Roses, Duke Aeroplane and The Filthy Trumps (aka Duke Aeroplane and The Wrong Numbers), Garden Marbles, and The Tumbling Wheels. There's also beer from Urban South Brewery. Get tickets here.

Chaz Festival
Noon-10 p.m. May 3
Truck Farm (3020 St. Claude Ave.)
Recently resurrected rock 'n' roll band Supagroup headlines the 11th annual locals-only all-day festival in Bywater. There also are performances from TBC Brass Band, Valparaiso Men’s Chorus, Luke Allen, The Geraniums and more. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door.

True Jazzfest
9:30 p.m. May 5-6
Poor Boys (1328 St. Bernard Ave.)
Over at the Metal Tent, True Jazzfest assembles two nights of punk and garage rock at Poor Boys. On May 5, there's Heavy Lids, NAG (releasing a 7" on new local label Space Taker Sounds), Rubber Mate, Rim Job and Enoch Ramone. Trampoline Team (also celebrating the release of a new album on Space Taker), UVTV, Brothers and Giorgio Murderer Group perform May 6. Admission is $5 per night.

Azzfest
10 p.m. May 7
Hi-Ho Lounge (2239 St. Claude Ave.)
The fourth annual show features the Mike Dillon Band, BateBunda, Hyperphlyy, Rusty Lazer, and "live booty painting."


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