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The 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Interview: rebirth Brass Band ............... 17 Listings, cubes, maps, food   and artist info  ..............................................20 Interview: My Morning Jacket  .................25 Interview: Herbie Hancock .....................31 Interview: The Boutte family  ..................45

7 in seven

Seven Things to Do This Week ..........5 roky Erickson, LPo’s swing in the Park  and more

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News ................................................................7  Dropping the Crescent City Connection  tolls may mean losing the algiers ferry  Bouquets + Brickbats .............................7 Heroes and zeroes C’est What? ..................................................7 Gambit’s Web poll Scuttlebutt ................................................. 11 News in brief Commentary ............................................. 12 Bringing the good news  Jeremy Alford ...........................................13 Dance of the Donkeys in Baton rouge

A + E News Chazfest, Noizefest, Backbeat and all the  other fests this week ..................................85  Music ............................................................87 PrEVIEW: Nick Lowe ..............................87 Film/DVD ....................................................91 rEVIEW: Treme: The Complete Second Season .....................................92 Art ..................................................................93 rEVIEW: New work at The front ...........94 Stage ............................................................95 rEVIEW: Blues for an Alabama Sky.... 95 Events ..........................................................96 Crossword + Sudoku .........................110

Clancy DuBos .......................................... 14 No, the council at-large race didn’t come  down to race Blake Pontchartrain .............................. 15 The New orleans know-it-all H+W .............................................. PULLOUT New research into epilepsy, a tasty vegan  recipe and more

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Review .........................................................73 Vine & Dine Fork + Center  ..........................................73 all the news that’s fit to eat 5 in Five  ......................................................75 five takes on cracklings 3-Course Interview  ..............................75 Vance Vaucresson talks sausage

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide .....................67 Clever ways to say thanks What’s in Store ........................................83 Woodhouse

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Big Easy Music Awards Photos and winners from   the big night .................................................61

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Market Place ............................................99 Mind + Body + Spirit  .........................100 NOLA Job Guru ......................................100 Employment ............................................101 Jazz Fest Real Estate Guide ..........103 Real Estate ..............................................106 Weekly Tails ............................................108 Cat Chat ....................................................108 Coupons ...................................................111

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Search and Destroy New Orleans Tue.-Wed. May 1-2 | Spanning three nights (Mon.-Wed.) at three venues (Dragon’s Den, Blue Nile and AllWays Lounge), this impromptu jazz fest boasts a who’s-who of the finest improv players in town: Helen Gillet, James Singleton, Simon Lott, Jeff Albert, Aurora Nealand, Mike Dillon, Justin Peake and many more. PAGE 87. ChazFest Wed. May 2 | Bywater’s answer to Jazz Fest is ChazFest, a mid-week outdoor festival with two stages hosting Hurray for the Riff Raff, Happy Talk Band, TBC Brass Band, Debauche, Tin Men with the Valparaiso Men’s Chorus and others. There’s food by area restaurants including The Joint and Yuki Izakaya. At the Truck Farm (3020 St. Claude Ave.). PAGE 85.

Jazz Fest 1970 Wed. May 2 | For all those who grumble that the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival isn’t what it used to be, there’s a free screening of concert footage from the inaugural event in Congo Square. And it’s free, just like the original. The New Orleans Film Society and Louisiana State Museum sponsor the outdoor screening at the Old U.S. Mint. There will be food trucks as well. PAGE 91.


Jazz Fest | Last year’s Best New Artist Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding

(pictured) is among the headliners at the Fair Grounds for the final four days of the 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Other performers include Foo Fighters, My Morning Jacket, Herbie Hancock, Ziggy Marley, Ne-Yo, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Neville Brothers, Allen Toussaint, Mystikal and many more. PAGE 20.

Zoo-To-Do Fri. May 4 | The Audubon Zoo hosts its annual black-tie gala, which lights up the grounds for an evening of live music, food, drink, silent auction, raffles and more. The music lineup includes the Family Stone, Anais St. John, Kinfolk Brass Band and others. At the Audubon Zoo. PAGE 96. Roky Erikson Sat. May 5 | With a bill that includes Texmess madman Roky Erickson, guitar snakecharmer Thurston Moore and Bywater bagmen Morning 40 Federation, what could the promise of “another surprise” bring? Kim Gordon and an instant Sonic Youth reunion? One can dream. Oberhofer opens at One Eyed Jacks. PAGE 87.

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LPO in City Park Wed. May 2 | The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra performs a free concert in City Park. Guest conductor David Torns leads the symphony in a mix of classic and modern works, including selections from Phantom of the Opera, Irving Berlin — a Symphonic Portrait, and “Stars and Stripes Forever.” At the Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn, near the New Orleans Botanical Garden. PAGE 87.


Mahalia Jackson Theater

1419 Basin Street • Doors at 8pm / Show at 8:30pm

FRIDAY - May 4th


(Trombone Shorty's only performance on the 2nd weekend of Jazzfest)



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Joy Theater

1200 Canal Street / Doors 9pm

SATURDAY - May 5th



Lineup Subject to change





BOuqueTs + brickbats ™

S C U T T L E B U T T 11 C O M M E N TA R y 12 J E R E M y A L F O R D 13 C L A N Cy D U B O S 14 B L A K E P O N TC H A R T R A I N 15

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heroes + zeroes The steamboat Natchez

saved the day earlier this month during Navy Week, when the tall ships were about to come up the Mississippi River to New Orleans. Due to stormy weather, gathered dignitaries were not going to be able to greet the ships as they came upriver, but the Natchez volunteered to pinch-hit, delaying its afternoon cruise so it could ferry more than 100 people to greet the ships.

NOLA Goes Pink

presented a check for $11,435 to Susan G. Komen New Orleans during the group’s annual Salute to Survivors luncheon April 27. Last October, chefs from 37 local restaurants created heart-healthy menus and donated 10 percent of their proceeds from the dishes to the group, which fights breast cancer. The event was founded by Char Thian of the Ritz-Carlton and featured chefs wearing pink jackets to raise awareness. It will be repeated again this October.

Crescent City Connection tolls expire at the end of the year. Several groups are pushing state lawmakers to keep them running, but they’ll have to beat the clock. By Alex Woodward


he 2012 French Quarter Festival attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors in April. During the four-day fest, more than 60,000 visitors arrived via the Algiers Ferry, which links Algiers Point to Canal Street. Above the ferries rises the Crescent City Connection, which has had a toll operating on the West Bank side of its bridge since 1989 — to support bonds taken out to finance construction of its second span, to maintain the bridge and to help support the ferries. Those bonds are on track to be paid off, and the tolls are set to expire at the end of 2012. Big mistake, says a task force organized by the state Senate to “analyze re-authorization of the tolls.” The task force released its report in February, and based on the document’s recommendations and findings, the task force voted 7-1 to reauthorize the tolls. The report cites a litany of services that would suffer if tolls are not renewed: regular maintenance, repainting, trash pickup, grass cutting, lighting, police services, traffic flow and the ferries, which

could face mothballing. If the current legislative session ends June If tolls on the CCC 4 without lawmakers taking action end in December, to continue the tolls, there’s little who will pay for anyone can do to keep the tolls in upkeep on the force. Gov. Bobby Jindal opposes bridge and ferries? any toll extension. His budget for PHOTO By CHERyL GERBER 2012-2013 contemplates a privatized ferry fleet. “There’s going to be decreased services,” says task force member Glen Orgeron, who represents the Algiers Economic Development Foundation, “and there seems to be no realization of that.” The Crescent City Connection Division (CCCD) of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development gets its money from bridge tolls ($1 per car, 40 cents with a toll tag), federal funding, lease agreements, and ferry tolls. In 2009, the CCCD’s income averaged $23.5 million, with more than $20 million from bridge tolls. The ferries’ annual operating budget is $11.5 million. Without page 9

c’est How do you feel about the 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Festival lineup?


New York magazine

printed an “Urbanist’s Guide to New Orleans” that said in its introduction, “Awful as it was, many say Katrina did much to repoetize New Orleans, if only to remind residents of the downside of stiff-neck Protestant longrange planning.” We’re still trying to figure out what the second half of that sentence means, but we can assure New York there’s nothing poetic about a hurricane and a floodwall collapse that killed thousands of people and left many more homeless.

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Where’s the jazz?


Same old jazz

THis weeK’s question:

The city is surveying residents and holding town meetings about whether New Orleans needs more dog parks. What do you think?

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For whom the Bridge Tolls

is holding a bike tour of the floodwalls that were breached following Hurricane Katrina. The May 6 event will start at the New Orleans City Park boat rental facility and go from there to the breach sites of the 17th Street Canal and the London Avenue Canal, going through Lakeview and Gentilly along the way. The free tour begins at 9 a.m., so those who want to learn more of the city’s recent history can still make the last day of Jazz Fest.


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The task force says the CCCD has available surplus funds, between $16 million and $22 million, for bridge and capital improvement projects. DOTD Secretary Sherri LeBlanc said that figure is likely closer to $10 million. Once the tolls are removed, however, and the bridge falls under the aegis of the state Department of Transportation, those funds move elsewhere and can be used for any road projects. They no longer belong to the CCC. The task force recommended purchasing page 10

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the dedicated funding stream from the tolls, there is no clear way to keep them running at their current levels. Ferry tolls in 2009 accounted for less than $300,000. A 2009 report from the Regional Planning Commission (“Waterborne Public Transit Study”) found passengerpaid fees contributed an average of only 7 percent of the ferry’s annual operating revenues. (In 2007, the fees comprised only 2 percent of revenues.) The CCCD, meanwhile, accounts for more than 80 percent of the ferry budget. Without the bridge tolls, the annual 2.9 million ferry riders would be forced to take the bridge, the task force argues. The bridge currently operates at capacity, carrying 7,200 cars per hour, or nearly 180,000 cars a day. Without the tolls (and the ferries), the increased bridge traffic — and decreased police presence on the bridge — could increase accidents and prolong daily rush hours. The task force is asking state legislators to amend pending transportation bills to add language to reauthorize the bridge tolls. During French Quarter Fest weekend, it collected more than 3,200 signatures on a petition asking for support. The task force recommendations also drew support from the transit advocacy group Transport for NOLA, the New Orleans and Jefferson chambers of commerce, New Orleans City Council President Jackie Clarkson and District C Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer. But the idea of extending the tolls has opponents as well. State Rep. Pat Connick, R-Marrero, says the task force report doesn’t count for much in Baton Rouge. “The task force report isn’t even considered up here,” he says. “People know it’s a flawed document. It adds fuel to the fire why the tolls need to go.” Connick has supported toll deauthorization and pushed for potential criminal investigations into alleged CCCD mismanagement. His opposition, according to task force members, bottles up potential legislative support for reauthorizing the tolls. Connick argues that chronic mismanagement of toll revenues has undercut public confidence in the CCCD. “We’re at this point because nobody did anything, they let the money be wasted, and public confidence in DOTD and CCCD is gone,” he says. Example: CCCD payroll expenditures increased from $7 million in 2010-2011 to more than $8 million in 2011-2012, while neither year’s budget had any charges for major repairs. CCCD’s operating budget still has no dollars pegged to repair work — despite the task force recommendations for a host of repairs totaling millions of dollars. An email conversation between Connick and task force members reveals Connick would support the tolls — if the task force agreed to ask the FBI to investigate the CCCD’s insurance policy arrangements, construction of its administrative building and the use of ferry revenues. The task force didn’t press for such an investigation, though its report outlines recommendations for management reform. “While he attempted to obtain something from the task force in exchange for publicly being in support of the tolls, his willingness to ultimately come out in support of the tolls cannot be understated,” wrote Pamela Lormand, a member of the task force and the Algiers Neighborhood Presidents Council. “I called their bluff,” Connick tells Gambit, adding, “It’s too late. For them to claim the organization was cleaned up — prove it to me. Their inaction proved they weren’t serious about it.” In a Senate transportation committee meeting in April, Connick repeated that he’d support tolls, provided the operation was run correctly. At that same meeting, State Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, said while the state is $12 billion behind in road repair projects, deauthorizing a funding source puts the CCC right in line with dozens other underfunded projects. “You’re going to find yourself in a mess without it,” he said. “You’re going to find yourself in the same boat as the rest of us.”


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new ferries before the funds roll over to the state. “we can remove that golden egg,” says Algiers Point Association president skip Gallagher. “we’re concerned the state is looking at it like it’s small pot of money. it’s enough to fill some gaps over the next year.” The state last week learned that current fiscal year revenues will be more than $200 million short — and next year that figure rises to more than $500 million. “That’s a whole year’s worth of tolls and getting money from Highway Fund ii, the rental income from spots under the bridge — that’s basically one entire year’s budget,” Lormand says of the money that the CCCD could lose to the state. “And they don’t have to spend it on just the CCC. They can find funding for anybody else’s project.” A potential “transition fund” would allocate a few million dollars following the toll’s expiration to keep up repairs, grass cutting and ferry operation for the first few months of 2013. Because of toll revenues, the CCCD can issue bonds for capital improvement projects on the bridge. Those bonds are paid by a 16-cent tax on car registrations and other fees split with the Causeway as part of Highway No. 2 Fund. The rest of the state doesn’t have access to that fund, despite competition for road project funding throughout Louisiana. This year’s estimated revenue from that fund is nearly $5 million — once the tolls are removed, though, the money would revert to the state. Connick says he’s working on legislation to retain those funds. while disagreement persists as to whether the tolls should remain, all parties agree there should be room for ferry service. Their best option for survival may be privatizing them. “There’s an obvious need for it,” says Friends of the Ferry president Fay Faron. “what if all those people (at French Quarter Fest) couldn’t come, or didn’t come? … it’ll take it to its knees.” The ferries, which range in age from 50 to 75 years old, use about $1 million in fuel a year, and a newer fleet would consume significantly less. The task force also says it’s an opportunity for an overhaul of the ferry system, from creating museums and stations to expanding tourist appeal and pedestrian access. “it’s the only path to walk between two parts of the city,” Gallagher says. “if you condemn the ferries, you effectively cut the city in half. … The bridge was built without a pedestrian thoroughfare because the ferries were always agreed to be there.” The clock is ticking. Lawmakers now have less than five weeks to decide the fate of the CCC tolls — and the ferries.

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ScuttleButt Quotes of the Week

    “Any time you discover a place as  magical and weird as New Orleans, it  doesn’t hit you right away. Until you experience it — meet the people, eat the food,  breathe that air, drink the water — it’s not  something you can really understand.”  — Bo Koster of My Morning Jacket, the alt-rock group that recorded with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. My Morning Jacket plays Jazz Fest on Saturday, May 5.     “We’re the evil empire right now is the  sense that I get.” — New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis at an April 26 press conference, at which he addressed the Saints bounty scandal as well as charges leveled by that Loomis somehow wiretapped the locker rooms of visiting teams at the Louisiana Superdome. Loomis and the team have vociferously denied that allegation. ESPN. com has refused to name its source or sources for the story. Saints owner Tom Benson also addressed the whereabouts of his granddaughter and team co-owner Rita Benson LeBlanc, whose absence from Saints public events was noted that week in a front-page story in The TimesPicayune. Benson said his granddaughter was hospitalized and was “very ill.”

Pre-trial Services at OPP VERA INSTITUTE MOVES INTO CENTRAL BOOKING     The Vera Institute for Justice is scheduled to begin a pre-trial risk assessment  program inside Central Booking at  Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) on April 30.  The program is designed to be used as  a guide to help Orleans Parish Criminal  District Court judges set bond amounts  based on the severity of defendants’  crimes and criminal histories, as well as  on a number of economic factors such as  employment and resident status.      Vera pre-trial services program director Elizabeth “Lisa” Simpson and  Vera New Orleans director Jon Wool  say they hope the assessments will lead  to a decrease in the number of pre-trial  defendants in OPP who simply can’t  afford to pay a large bail and pose little  danger of committing violence or fleeing  while awaiting trial.      The Vera scale uses a point system,  ranging from 0-6 points (“low risk”) to  16-23 (“high risk”). Wool says he expects 

Bark Parking DOG PARK HEARINGS GATHERING PUBLIC OPINION     The landrieu Administration is surveying citizens and holding meetings about  the development of dog parks in New  Orleans. More than 1,400 residents  responded to an online survey aimed at  determining the needs of dog owners,  and the city’s Office of Neighborhood  engagement held a series of six public  meetings last week (one in each council  district; two in District C) to explain the  fact-gathering process and get more  community input.     “The goal is to put one dog park and  one dog run in each council district,”  Vince Smith, director of capital projects,  explained to about eight people gathered  at the District A meeting at the Robert  e. Smith library in lakeview. Smith said  the city had identified 23 unofficial dog  parks across the city — 10 of which are  in District A — in addition to “City Bark,”  the membership-only dog park in New  Orleans City Park. Dog owners pay $43  per year for a permit to use the 4.3-acre  off-leash park, a fenced area with amenities that include a dog wash and a smaller  fenced-in area for little canines.     It’s not just the sites that are unknown  or unofficial right now — it’s the funding.  “We have no dedicated funds,” Smith  told Gambit. “This is a site-selection 


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process only.” Smith explained that the  city isn’t sure yet whether any dog park  monies would come from the capital  operating budget or from New Orleans  Recreation Department (NORD) funds,  so there’s no timetable on construction.     The survey closed April 27, but those  who are interested can still provide  feedback to the city at dogpark@nola. gov. — KeVIN AllMAN

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Rooms to Go … When? DEQ CONTROLS WHEN fORMER HOTEL CAN BE IMPLODED     The former Grand Palace hotel on  Canal Street at Interstate 10, which is in  the footprint of the new lSU/VA medical  complex, still doesn’t have a new demolition date, according to Ryan Berni, a  spokesman for Mayor Mitch Landrieu.  Implosion of the building was delayed  twice late last year, first after the former  owners claimed improper expropriation,  and again after state officials expressed  concern about remediating possibly  hazardous materials on the property.  Now the louisiana Department of environmental Quality (DeQ) must sign off on  the implosion before it can happen.     Meanwhile, piecemeal deconstruction  of the 17-story building is underway, with  many of the exterior walls removed. The  adjacent medical center site between  South Claiborne and South Galvez  avenues is already under construction.  When the former hotel is taken down, the  land beneath it will sit on the northeast  corner of the planned teaching hospital.     The Grand Palace hotel fell into disrepair around the turn of the 20th century  and never reopened after hurricane Katrina. A neighboring building, the Canal  Street hotel (located on the other side of  I-10) has been closed for several years  and had been known as a crime hot spot.  — KeVIN AllMAN Follow us on Facebook.

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    “After Mitt (Romney) tried to steal  my line, you know I have to call him out.  In Romney’s speech bashing President  (Barack) Obama last night, he said, ‘It’s  still about the economy, and we’re not  stupid.’ Yeah, it still is about the economy,  stupid. It’s about how hucksters like Mitt  crashed it, the middle class paid the price  and the top one percent got more tax  cuts.” — James Carville, in a fundraising letter for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, complaining about the presumptive GOP nominee “stealing” his famous line from the 1992 presidential campaign: “It’s the economy, stupid.”

the program eventually to yield “significant  increases” in nonfinancial pre-trial release arrangements, including  personal surety bonds  (PSBUs) or orders to  release defendants  on their own recognizance. Along with  doing the assessments, Vera’s pretrial  services staff members  will issue court date reminders to defendants.  During a test run of the  program in December,  Vera assessed 180  inmates, 17 of whom were released on their  own recognizance or given PSBUs.      Still, Simpson says, the point of the  program is not simply to open OPP’s  gates. The program could just as likely  lead to higher bond amounts for high-risk  defendants — people accused of a violent crime or who have a history of fleeing  before trial.      “I think the people we’ve spoken with  know it’s not about getting more [releases on recognizance],” she says. “It’s  about getting a risk assessment. I don’t  think we’ve seen much skepticism.” With  the help of two employees, Simpson says  she expects to handle three-quarters of  the defendants booked between Monday  and Friday, or about 35 per day.     The program is being funded with what  remains of a two-year-old, $465,000 grant  from the U.S. Department of Justice, plus  $200,000 from the city’s 2012 general  fund. — ChARleS MAlDONADO



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eading the paper, watching TV or just living here, it’s easy to get focused on the problems New Orleans faces every day: a seemingly intractable murder rate, a severely troubled police department and justice system, social and financial inequities and, now, even an NFL scandal. It can get depressing. Often we in the press get assailed for not reporting “the good news,” so here’s some good news for all of us: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is back. If a chef took all the things that made our city a wonderful place to live — the music, the food, the art, the architecture, the literature, the oral histories, the cultural activities, the celebratory spirit — put it all in one pot and let it simmer down to a reduction, the result would be Jazz Fest. Of course, people carp about something every year — it’s gotten too big, too expensive, too crowded, too un-jazzy — but it’s still an experience that’s unduplicated anywhere on earth. Other cities have jazz festivals, but they’re not Jazz Fest. Yes, we have legends like Irma Thomas and Dr. John and the Neville Brothers


and the Marsalis family, but we also have legends-in-the-making, young people like Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Sasha Masakowski, Amanda Shaw and the Stooges Brass Band, who will be carrying the New Orleans musical torch for the next generation. We have the Rebirth Brass Band bringing home a Grammy Award and we have Terence Blanchard bringing the New Orleans sound to Broadway in the first African-American production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Terrance Osborne tells our stories in oils. Robert Guthrie, in black-and-white photographs. Tracy Thomson, in millinery. Mitchell Gaudet, in fantastical hand-cast glass. Too many writers to mention put our stories on the page and on Kindle (but this year, any Festgoer would do well to pick up Ben Sandmel’s knockout new biography, Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans). In the kids’ tent, children learn about the African, Native American, Haitian, French and French-Canadian elements of our corner of America. At the Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage, legendary music figures sit for intimate talks and Q&A sessions. Throughout the Fair Grounds, visitors

marvel at a peculiar New Orleans pleasure: turning a corner to come across a Mardi Gras Indian tribe, resplendent in suits that outshine the sun, chanting and dancing like a mirage made real. Perhaps the most magical, transformative aspect of Jazz Fest is the element of chance. People who come to hear the likes of Bruce Springsteen or the Beach Boys might find themselves stopped instead at the Fais-Do-Do stage to hear Geno Delafose or the Pine Leaf Boys put new interpretations on centuries-old music. There’s also the Gospel Tent, where every year someone comes in to get a break from the crush outside and ends up spending hours, mesmerized, by the richness and power of Southern religious music. And that’s just what lies within the paddocks and the grandstands of the Fair Grounds. Outside the gates, for two weeks, the city itself is an extension of the festival. From nightclubs and bars to French Quarter street corners, the city is suffused with as much music outside the festival walls as inside. Each year, the late-night sessions around town seem to stretch later and later, leaving Festgoers


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with the decision: stay up or go to bed? Who wants to miss any of it? Going out to dinner requires some planning, whether you’re a native or a Fest head. Lines form outside venerable fried-chicken shacks, Creole eateries, pho shops; neighborhood restaurants get an influx of curious visitors tipped off by their friends or anonymous raves on the Internet. For the most popular places in town (or any restaurant next to a music club), you’re likely out of luck if you don’t have a reservation, but the good news is: There’s probably some place just as good within walking distance. Ask a local. Put aside the monetary boon to the city (if you can — it’s substantial) and just concentrate on the nontangible benefits to late April and early May in New Orleans. If you have a spare room, a sofa or even a square of carpet, you might have company. People run into friends they see only once a year. Families gather to grill or just sit on the porch and greet strangers. Most of all, Jazz Fest is a time of year when New Orleans is rich in what is ultimately its greatest export: joy. Jazz Fest is back. And that is good news indeed.


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t was a simple matter to label Gov. Bobby Jindal’s education reform package this session as a Republican effort, especially since it’s the party of the governor and the lawmakers who handled his legislation. However, some Republicans voted against Jindal’s education plan, and some Democrats stood with him. The defecting Dems may stand out more than their counterparts, especially since teacher unions, long a force in Louisiana Democratic politics, worked hard against the bills. Jindal clearly had the upper hand, however, and he signed his plan into law two weeks ago. The new laws make it more difficult for teachers to obtain and keep tenure; they increase the amount of taxpayer-funded vouchers that can be used to send public school students to private schools; they create new opportunities for charter schools to open; and they significantly expand the pool of “authorizers” who can approve

charter school applications. Jindal’s bills also establish new evaluation criteria for teachers based on performance, direct more money to early childhood education and give superintendents more authority. Some Democrats have spent the last few weeks reaching out to constituents to justify their votes in favor of the reform bills. Their votes could become a sticky issue come reelection time in 2015. Freshman Sen. Troy Brown, D-Napoleonville, has been meeting with civic groups, making phone calls to constituents and taking his case to reporters in his district. “I don’t think the governor’s reform bills are going to outright fix education. I think we’re probably going to have to address some of these items again in a few years,” Brown said. “But this gets the discussion on education reform moving.” Sen. Gary Smith, D-Norco, who previously served 11 years in the House, has taken more of a direct approach with a lengthy prepared

statement that has been published on his Facebook account and elsewhere. “[The new laws] are not perfect and we will have to go back and make adjustments,” Smith said. “I have not bought into the governor’s national agenda but I do believe after hearing from many, many constituents and other citizens around the state that we have to make some aggressive changes in education.” Both men — and they’re not alone — have taken care to add qualifiers to their votes on vouchers and tenure. Both also hold vice chairman posts, as do many of the other Democrats who found themselves siding with Jindal on education reform issues this session. Other Democrats have more political freedom (read: they’re not committee chairs or vice chairs) and are offering up alternatives to Jindal’s plans. Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee passed such a bill; it would give fractional rebates to taxpayers who donate to public schools. House Bill 1106 by Rep. Katrina Jackson, D-Monroe, comes with a $10 million statewide cap. It encourages residents to donate money to public schools for tutorials, curriculum, books, technology, Saturday school and other needs. As provisionally amended, the bill provides for a 25 percent

tax rebate for donations to a “C-rated” school, a 50 percent tax rebate for donations to a “D” school, and a 75 percent tax rebate for donations to an “F” school. Meanwhile, Jindal and his allies are pushing a bill to give 95 percent rebates to donors who give to private school scholarship funds. The private school funds have to benefit kids who transfer from poorperforming public schools. The Jindal rebate bill has no statewide cap. While Jindal’s office says he is open to the “intent” of Jackson’s bill, budget leaders have been quick to note that its costs will have to be included in the budget for the next fiscal year — which is already out of whack. The Revenue Estimating Conference last week concluded that Jindal’s proposed budget has an additional $303 million shortfall, on top of the governor’s already skewed numbers. Jindal’s bad math notwithstanding, he remains in control of the legislative process. Meanwhile, his adversaries are planning court challenges. The education reform debate is far from over. Jeremy Alford is a freelance journalist in Baton Rouge. Contact him at jeremy@, and follow him on Twitter: @alfordwrites.


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s I watched stacy Head eke out her 281-vote victory in the special election for an at-large seat on the New orleans City Council, I wondered if she planned to write Mayor Mitch Landrieu a thank you note. she should. Landrieu’s endorsement of Cynthia Willard-Lewis nine days before the April 21 election clearly energized Head’s electoral base as much as it did Willard-Lewis’. The late Jim Carvin, dean of Louisiana political consultants, always reminded me that every election is a unique event. Had the at-large race been held a week earlier, or a week later, the results may not have been the same. That’s not intended to take anything away from Head’s win. she deserved it — just as Willard-Lewis would have deserved it had she won. Both candidates worked as hard as any I’ve seen in nearly 40 years of covering politics. But I don’t take away the same things from this election as others. I don’t, for example, consider this election a “game changer.” That term has become overused, almost to the point of rendering it meaningless.


Katrina was a game changer. Ray Nagin’s 2006 re-election was a mayoral game changer, as was his subsequent failure to unite and lead — along with his utter incompetence and alleged corruption. Without Nagin’s failures, Landrieu might not have won in 2010, or at least not with the overwhelming (and potentially game-changing) support of white and black voters in an open primary. As for Head’s election, I think it fits an emerging pattern on the council — another game changer — that first took hold in 2006. To understand this pattern, we first must stop looking at the Head-Willard-Lewis contest in racial terms. (This is another example of me not agreeing with others’ analysis of the election.) I don’t discount race as a factor in the election, but it was not the dominant factor. Moreover, I think most voters — black and white — are tired of folks playing the race card in local politics. I believe the council race was more a contest between “old” and “new” than between black and white, the races of the candidates notwithstanding. To be sure, there are some who cling

The council race was more a contest between ‘old’ and ‘new’ than between black and white. to the old paradigm. It not only fits their politics, but for some it also fits their pocketbooks. shame on them. This race, in my opinion, was about old-school politicians versus a new breed of office seeker. Consider the elections of shelley Midura, Arnie Fielkow, James Carter and Head in 2006. Their elections were a game changer. They represented a new, post-Katrina political reality, one in which candidates emerged from neighborhood associations, civic organizations and the business community to challenge entrenched political families and personalities.

Four years later, susan Guidry likewise came out of the neighborhood association movement, just as Kristin Gisleson Palmer came from the preservation movement. Against that backdrop, Head’s victory over Willard-Lewis — who, like Landrieu, is a second-generation politician who got into the game primarily through family connections — was merely a continuation of the game-changing elections of 2006. The fact that relatively few voters “crossed over” to back a candidate who doesn’t look like them does not mean that race was the dominant factor. Rather, it means that both candidates failed to establish the requisite comfort levels among voters of the opposite race — only Willard-Lewis failed more spectacularly. There are numerous examples of New orleans candidates getting large percentages of crossover votes since Katrina. Each proved that voters will gladly back candidates who don’t look like them if they know and trust those candidates. To continue the mantra that it’s always about race is to deny what voters know all too well — and continue to teach us.


You wrote about the history of Joe Brown Park, but what happened to the Louisiana Nature Center? L.J. Dear L. J. I’m sad to report that the Louisiana Nature Center in eastern New Orleans has remained closed to the public since the hurricanes of 2005, Katrina and Rita. Before then, the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center was recognized as one of the top five urban nature centers in the United States. The nonprofit center, which cost $771,000 to build, was funded by donations from the private sector and was established to educate area residents about their environment through indoor and outdoor exhibits. When it opened on March 19, 1980, the ceremony was attended by then-Mayor Dutch Morial, some members of the center’s board of directors, members of the New Orleans City Council, and many lawmakers. Thousands of visitors journeyed to Joe W. Brown Park during the grand opening festivities and waited in long lines to see the live exhibits. Louisiana’s crabs, mosquitoes, bees and snakes were

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cleverly housed in their natural environments and displayed to the public. Over the years, the nature center featured changing exhibits and special programs including the early exhibit, “The Mississippi River Delta: A Fragile Treasure.” It showed how the delta was formed over the centuries, detailed the alligators and egrets, cypress and other plants and animals found in the delta, and explained why the delta is so economically and culturally important. The center offered guided trail hikes, a botany center, butterfly garden, planetarium, a summer camp and outreach programs that attracted tens of thousands of children each year from south Louisiana and Mississippi. The youngsters got hands-on experience with Louisiana’s indigenous animals, along with lessons on recycling, conservation, wetlands protection and geology. In 2001, 20 years after the center opened, it became a part of the Audubon Nature Institute and became the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center. The 2005 hurricanes damaged the center extensively, devastating its buildings, exhibits and natural forests. An early estimate to reconstruct the buildings came in at $4 million. The 86 acres of bottomland hardwoods and bald cypress-tupelo

Before it closed, schoolchildren like these took field trips to the Louisiana Nature Center, where they could observe wildlife from a walkway through the swamp. PhOTO COURTESY AUDUBON NATURE INSTITUTE

swamp sustained damage in the hurricanes as well as several small tornados — and a 10- to 15-foot, highly saline storm surge. The swamps were inundated with muddy saltwater for nearly a month, and more than 75 percent of the forest was destroyed. Wildlife that flourished near the center has yet to return in large numbers. Meanwhile, the invasive Chinese tallow tree has multiplied in the swamp, which is in a very vulnerable state, and the tree is impeding the growth of native vegetation. The Restore the Earth Foundation

hopes to bring back the Louisiana Nature Center’s forests to their natural vigor. The organization began a restoration project in December 2009. It plans to clean the site and donate 10,000 native bottomland hardwoods to start the process of reforesting the approximately 80 acres of swamps and bottomlands. Sarah Burnett, public relations director for the Audubon Nature Institute, says the institute believes the center will reopen, but there is no timeline for when. The Louisiana Nature Center is, however, included in the city’s Master Plan, she says.

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eith Frazier, bass drummer and a founding member of rebirth Brass Band, sits in a quiet coffeeshop near the Fair Grounds race Course on a gorgeous spring afternoon between French Quarter Festival and the new orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. It’s been more than two months since rebirth won the first Grammy ever awarded to a new orleans brass band, but the congratulations are still rolling in. The band was just named the Big easy awards’ entertainers of the year. Unassuming in his baseball cap and black-framed glasses, Frazier clearly hasn’t let success go to his head. “We won the Grammy and it was like the Saints winning the Super Bowl all over again,” he says. “everyone I know was saying, ‘Hey, we won!’ It wasn’t just for our band—it was for everybody.” It’s not hard to imagine rebirth happily sharing its Grammy with the entire city of new orleans. almost 29 years have passed since Keith Frazier, tuba player and bandleader Phil Frazier, and a few other teenage musicians founded rebirth Brass Band while honing their chops on the streets of the French Quarter, playing traditional jazz for nickels and

dimes. over that time rebirth has joined a handful of working bands that fully represent new orleans’ music to the world. and no other band maintains a stronger or more natural connection to the people and sounds of the city. “To me, they’re a populist band,” says new orleans writer and historian Jason Berry, coauthor of the book, Up From the Cradle: New Orleans Music Since World War II. “rebirth draws an energy and a force from the constant flow of the street.” Initially those streets were in the 9th Ward, where Phil and Keith were born before moving on to other parts of the city in their youth. The constant was their mother, Barbara Frazier, who for decades has played gospel piano in churches all over town. “That’s where I got my musical background,” Phil says. Barbara doesn’t take much credit for her sons’ early forays into music. “They never had the opportunity to see me teaching music to the children in church,” she says. “They did come to choir rehearsal with me, but they just picked it up on their own. They’re the type that pays attention to everything.” page 18

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In elementary school, Keith started on the snare drum, and then switched to the marching-band baritone horn, which he would play all through college before finding his way back to the bass drum for Rebirth. “My brother Philip taught me how to read music,” Keith says. Phil started on trombone and switched to tuba while in the marching band at Joseph S. Clark High School in Treme. “It’s all the same bass clef family,” Phil says. “I’d sleep with it in my bed, wake up playing the tuba. I said, ‘That’s my calling.’” At Clark, the core group of young musicians that would soon evolve into Rebirth Brass Band included the Frazier brothers, Kermit Ruffins on trumpet, Reginald Stewart on trombone and Kenneth Austin on snare, among others. “We played a few gigs at the school, and then we started playing in the French Quarter for tips,” Phil says. The new band’s local idols included Olympia Brass Band, The Chosen Few, Tornado Brass Band, and — especially — Dirty Dozen Brass Band. “Oh, man, that was my band,” Phil says. At that time, Dirty Dozen played a regular gig on Monday nights at the Glass House Uptown. “We were kind of young, so we’d sneak in and say, ‘We’ve got to do this, these guys are good,’” Keith says. “If it weren’t for them, we probably wouldn’t be here. They set the tone.” (A mindblowing clip of Dirty Dozen at the Glass House in 1982 is currently available on

four times a year,” Keith says. “We blew up in Europe before we blew up in the States. They have a deep respect for American music and jazz. They’d tell us, ‘You’re maintaining something that’s two or three hundred years old.’ So a lot of bands go to Europe first.” Phil says 25 musicians have played with Rebirth Brass Band over the years, including the nine currently in the band: trumpet players Chadrick Honore, Derek Shezbie and Glen Andrews; trombone players Stafford Agee and Gregory Veals; sax player Vincent Broussard; snare drummer Derrick Tabb; and Phil and Keith on tuba and bass drum. This lineup has been pretty stable over the last three or four years, both Fraziers say. Tracey Freeman, who produced Rebirth’s Grammy-winning album Rebirth of New Orleans, believes the band has never sounded better. “Members kept coming and going, but once they found this lineup and it was solid, that was it,” Freeman says. “Twenty-nine years of hard work. They just never give up.” Freeman is no stranger to awards. He earned a Grammy in 2002 for producing Harry Connick Jr.’s Songs I Heard. And he has worked with Rebirth twice before, on 2005’s Throwback, for which Rebirth reunited with Kermit Ruffins, and 2008’s 25th Anniversary album. According to Freeman, one key to the success of Rebirth of New Orleans — the band’s 13th album — was preparation. “The band had a bunch of original songs, and they were adamant about not doing extended jams,” he says. “They mapped it out ahead of time. I remember one rehearsal at Howlin’ Wolf where they just stood in the middle of the floor until they’d worked through all these songs.” There were some small changes to the band’s usual recording process for Rebirth of New Orleans. The drums and horns were recorded in separate rooms for better isolation, and most of the solos were added later to the full-band recordings. “I think this helped because it gave the guys some time to think about what they wanted to do,” Keith says. Freeman gives a lot of credit to Basin Street Records, which was working with Rebirth for the first time. “It was the right record, the right label, the right promotion and a great performance by the band — everything kind of fell into place,” Freeman says. “It really says something when an indie label wins a Grammy.” Anyone who wants to experience Rebirth Brass Band

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In the late 1970s, some musicians took the traditional New Orleans brass band and evolved something new, incorporating elements of funk, soul, rhythm and blues and other modern forms while maintaining its ties to early jazz and the street culture of second-line parades. The tuba became a defining instrument largely through the work of the legendary Anthony “Tuba Fats” Lacen, who played with Treme Brass Band and Olympia Brass Band, among others. Dirty Dozen tubamaster Kirk Joseph carried on that tradition, and the band’s driving rhythms and everything-but-thekitchen-sink repertoire had a profound influence on local musicians. By 1983, Rebirth Brass Band had found its name and was already forging its own identity and sound. “Rebirth’s music is much more rhythmic, and it relies on this pulsing sound from Phil that starts to bob and weave, and then the horns come in,” Berry says. “It’s not as deeply grounded in melody as Dirty Dozen was. Rebirth played so many more second lines and funerals.” It wasn’t long before the band hit the road, and stayed there. “We were going to Europe three or

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them, they got up. They danced just like us. This music comes from Africa, and it will make anybody move.” Back in New Orleans, Rebirth has long served as a model for young bands — especially those that come from humble beginnings — just as Dirty Dozen inspired Rebirth in the early days. Phil and Keith played in their Junior High and High School marching bands but did not have the benefit of a world-class music program like the one at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), which today gives many talented young musicians in New Orleans the education they deserve. “Rebirth was a band that showed younger players they had a shot, that if they hustled and worked hard they could have a brass band and be a musician,” Berry says. “In that sense they really blazed a trail.” Of course, there’s one person who never doubted Rebirth Brass Band or the Frazier brothers’ chances for success. “I told them over the years, ‘One day you’re going to get a Grammy,’” Barbara says. “They used to say, ‘Oh, Mama, go on, you’re too much.’ When they got it, I forgot I had a pacemaker and I was jumping up and down,” she laughs. “I tell everybody: They earned it. They went through many toils and snares. There’s a song I want to teach them, ‘You got to go forward, you can’t stop until you reach the top.’ I’m going to hear them play that for me.”


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in its true element need look no further than the Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street. The band has played there every Tuesday night for 23 years when not out on the road. “It’s the home place,” Keith says. “We feel like we can do anything there. We made a mistake? So what. It felt good. Do it again!” The band no longer rehearses — it tries out new material in front of its fans on Tuesday night. Often Phil will play a fresh bass line and the rest of the players gradually come in with their own ideas. Or they’ll play a Rebirth classic like “Do Whatcha Wanna” in an entirely different way, and it turns into a new song. “We try to be spontaneous and let it happen,” Phil says. “We can see if people like it — the raw energy of the crowd.” Ask Phil and Keith — the “Bass Brothers,” as they are sometimes known — about their greatest accomplishments, and they start talking about the connections they’ve made with audiences around the world. They’ve toured with the Grateful Dead and Ani DiFranco among others, winning over audiences who had no idea what to expect from a New Orleans brass band. They traveled to Syria in the early 1990s when it wasn’t entirely safe to do so. “People may say I’m crazy, but I think that was one of the greatest things we ever did,” Keith says. “Everyone told us, ‘It’s the Middle East, they’re Muslim, they’re not going to dance.’ And when the first note hit

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thursday | may 3 the spirit of Fi Yi Yi infuses a chief — Victor Harris since this Mardi Gras Indian tribe’s inception in 1984 — with a black suit on Mardi Gras day. The spirit returns every 10 years to honor warriors then and now against segregation.

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11:15 a.m., Gospel Tent The Singing Mustangs — a group of students in grades 9 through 12 at the Eleanor McMain Secondary School — have performed in the gospel tent for five years. Clyde Lawrence directs the group.


Kipori “Baby Wolf” Woods

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12:50 p.m. Cheyenne and 7th Ward Creole Hunters Mardi Gras Indians 2:55 p.m. Roots of Music Marching Crusaders 4:15 p.m. Original Pinettes Brass Band with VIP Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Club 5:35 p.m. Young Fellaz Brass Band with Revolution and Ladies of Unity Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs

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Four more Cheers The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival


features an array of great bands.

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he New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival heads into a big final weekend with the Foo Fighters, My Morning Jacket, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Esperanza Spalding, Bonnie Raitt, Mystikal, Herbie Hancock, Ziggy Marley, the Eagles, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Donald Harrison, the Neville Brothers and many others. The special cultural pavilion honors the Mardi Gras Indians — and also straight from the streets of New Orleans to the Fair Grounds is Mr. Okra, who parks his produce truck near the Jazz & Heritage Stage. In addition to the wide array of musical offerings, the fest also has local cuisine, art and craft vendors, cooking demonstrations and more. Count Basin™ is ready for a four-day weekend. The following pages include previews for every performer, a map of the Fair Grounds, schedules and my critic’s picks. Enjoy, and look for my reviews in the May 15 issue of Gambit.

Eleanor McMain “Singing Mustangs” Gospel Choir

1:10 p.m., 2:20 p.m. and 3:50 p.m. Native Nations Intertribal

Cultural Exchange Pavilion 1:10 p.m. Cheyenne and 7th Ward Creole Hunters Mardi Gras Indians 3:15 p.m. Indian practice 4:55 p.m. Fi Yi Yi and Mandingo Warriors Mardi Gras Indians

Performances CrITICs PICK Kourtney Heart 11:15 a.m., Congo Square Stage Of all the musical traditions of Louisiana, two seem to stick in modern times — trumpets and teen sensations. Kourtney Heart is the latest of the latter, infusing modern pop/hiphop/soul with some coolly self-assured Big Easy flavor and a Soulja Boy cameo.

Fi Yi Yi & the Mandingo Warriors 11:15 a.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Modern folklore has it that

11:20 a.m., Blues Tent The grandson of “Luscious” Lloyd Lambert, blues guitarist Kipori Woods stems from a musical heritage that includes Ray Charles and Little Richard. Woods received tutelage from Ellis Marsalis and complements his jazz-inspired lines with a spirited Hammond organ and loose jam-band feel.

Seva Venet presents the Storyville String Band 11:20 a.m., Economy Hall Tent New Orleans outfit Seva Venet and the Storyville String Band happily trades Big Easy brass for string arrangements. Goodbye trumpets and hello steel (slide) guitar, acoustic rhythm guitar, mandolin, violin, tenor guitar, electric guitar and acoustic upright bass.

Robert Jardell & Pure Cajun 11:20 a.m., Fais Do-Do Stage With a musical tradition planted firmly in the area’s Cajun and zydeco roots, longtime accordion player Robert Jardell recently recovered from an auto accident and is back to present down- home, accordiondriven music to the masses. His playing is influenced by accordion legend Nathan Abshire, who reinvigorated Cajun music.

Flow Tribe 11:25 a.m., Gentilly Stage What if KISS went the Parliament route? Infusing rock with ample New Orleans brass and a degree of showmanship worthy of Gene Simmons (less goth, more Mardi Gras Indians)? Flow Tribe brings the fun right alongside the bass.

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Part of Tulane University’s jazz program, this ensemble offers a classic big-band sound in concerts and jazz workshops.

CRITICS PICK Hurray for the Riff Raff 11:30 a.m., Acura Stage It doesn’t get more melting pot than Americana outfit Hurray for the Riff Raff. So American that even British music magazine Mojo paid attention at 2011’s South by Southwest festival. The band is led by Bronx-born, Puerto Rican Alynda Lee Segarra and pulls from classic country, 1960s rock ’n’ roll, Neil Young and Townes Van Zandt. The band released Lookout Mama this month.

Kelcy Mae 11:30 a.m., Lagniappe Stage Kelcy Mae Wilburn is a regular on Frenchmen Street and a specialist in fresh-faced yet soulful alt-country reminiscent of Natalie Merchant. The songwriter and poet is backed by her regular band of Lucy Cordts on banjo and mandolin, Tom Marron on violin and harmonica, Andy Neubauer on guitar, Owen Romero on bass and Kyle Sharamitaro on drums.

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12:10 p.m., Gospel Tent The gospel quartet was founded in 1979 and tours through the South. The band’s sound stems from their early mentors, the Zion Harmonizers.


OTRA 12:20 p.m., Congo Square Stage Honoring the Afro-Cuban tradition, the 10-year-old local Latin band avoids the musical trend of grafting hip-hop to other musical genres. Instead, Otra lends classic Afro-Cuban jazz to a performance style with a high-energy rock feel.

Savoy Family Cajun Band 12:20 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Eunice, La.-born accordion maker and musician Marc Savoy is considered one of the top accordion players of his era by critics. Playing with his wife Ann and sons Joel and Wilson, the family’s classic house dances (bals de maison) and laments harken to Cajun music’s deepest traditions.

Palmetto Bug Stompers 12:20 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Washboard Chaz leads

this swinging musical trinity of washboard, clarinet and stand-up bass.

Cheick Hamala Diabate of Mali 12:20 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Diabate is considered a master of the ngoni, a string instrument reminiscent of a banjo yet often covered by an animal skin — similar to a drum. In addition to his performances — West African rhythms paired with playing akin to bluegrass’ blinding speed — Diabate writes, lectures and choreographs African dance and is considered a modern griot in the centuries-old West African storytelling tradition.

J. Monque’D Blues Band 12:25 p.m., Blues Tent Pronounced “monk-adee,” the harmonica player leads a bluesy quartet with sweat and swagger.

Mia Borders 12:35 p.m., Gentilly Stage She might bear a resemblance to another Jazz Fest performer — Esperanza Spalding — but Mia Borders trades jazz for sassy funk lines and a Bonnie Raitt swagger. Borders’ brassy vocals are capable of both rocking and charming audiences.

The Marlon Jordan Quartet 12:35 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent The youngest of seven children in a musical family and part of the major-label band Young Jazz Lions in the ’80s, Marlon Jordan also played classical music with the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra. Cool and assured, the four-piece features Jordan on trumpet, upright bass, drums and piano.

guitar — lines to rival any bluegrass player’s speed, delivering a deep romantic spirit with precision.

The Mighty Supremes 1 p.m., Gospel Tent It’s almost biblical in progression: The Rosehill Gospel Singers of Covington begat the Mighty Supremes, a once-childhood gospel band now boasting a quintet of men praising His name with traditional gospel that has a sense of fun and swing.

Bill Miller 1:25 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage The Wisconsin-born Mohican Bill “Birdsong” Miller performs across a number of mediums and speaks on transformation through reconciliation. The flautist’s haunting arrangements and lines carry with them both a deep spiritual grounding but also a sweeping sense of drama and scale.

CRITICS PICK Free Agents Brass Band 1:25 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Formed in September 2005 — in the wake of Hurricane Katrina— the Free Agents were on a mission to keep New Orleans musical traditions alive. Lead by bass drummer Ellis Joseph, the brass band is at its best celebrating on the streets of New Orleans.

Michael Ward 1:30 p.m., Congo Square Stage Michael Ward began playing piano at age six. The San Antonio-born musician then attended Southern University and switched to the violin.

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CRITICS PICK Glen Hansard 12:55 p.m., Acura Stage The songwriter and guitarist splits his time between solo projects, the Swell Season and the Frames. The Irishborn musician’s first rise to prominence began with a starting role in Alan Parker’s The Commitments and then later an Academy Award for Best Original Song with “Falling Slowly” for the film Once.

Julio y Cesar Band 12:50 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Latin guitarists Julio and Cesar bring a full band to their Jazz Fest performances. But at its core the band is quintessential classic Latin

1:30 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Ambassadors of Dixieland jazz, the band can most often be heard on the Steamboat Natchez. The group has performed everywhere from the Kennedy Center to The Hollywood Bowl and was nominated for a Grammy in 2000.

Little Freddie King Blues Band 1:35 p.m., Blues Tent Originally known as Fread Eugene Martin, the guitarist was reborn as Little Freddie King after playing with John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley and Freddy King. Equal parts Delta blues and New Orleans grit, Little Freddie King’s playing boasts a deep sense of groove and charming swagger. PAGE 25


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Alto Saxophone Woodshed: Aaron Fletcher & Khari Allen Lee 1:45 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Aaron Fletcher exhibited musical talent at an early age and soaked up the influences of New Orleans, eventually playing saxophone with the Terence Blanchard band. His partner-in-crime, Khari Allen Lee, toured and studied internationally before joining the faculty of the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, where Fletcher studied as a teen.

George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners 2 p.m., Gentilly Stage George Porter’s 40-year career includes session work with many acclaimed artists and his role as the bassist of The Meters, the ’60s band known largely for helping birth modern funk. His band, the Runnin’ Pardners fits in nicely with jam bands, a modern tradition his work with The Meters helped create.

Kristi Guillory & the Midtown Project

Honey Island Swamp Band 2:25 p.m., Acura Stage Formed in San Francisco following Hurricane Katrina, the roots-rock band combines equal parts Taj Mahal and Gram Parsons in its sound, which members call “Bayou Americana.” It’s an apt description for the five-piece’s funky, self-assured groove.

Chicago Bucket Boys 2:35 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Music at its simplest demonstrates creativity with the fewest resources available. It doesn’t get simpler than four teens, four buckets and up to 16 drumsticks. The boys are ambassadors for a community of Chicago beat players, largely making something beautiful and propulsive out of nothing. PAGE 26



t’s not often a rock band gets to fill Preservation Hall’s browning, sweat-lined interior. The place is a jazz institution, home base for its namesake band, the 50-year-old torchbearer for the traditional New Orleans sound. Just the idea of My Morning Jacket performing its Prince-ly future-funk track “Highly Suspicious” there gives purists worried goosebumps. But the band did it. “That was one of the most magical, moving moments I’ve had playing music,” says My Morning Jacket keyboardist Bo Koster, who practically shared his seat with the audience while sitting at the hall’s piano in 2010. “There’s something about those walls and the energy in that room, and everyone so close together — you can feel everyone in the room.” The Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s 2010 album Preservation features a star-studded lineup of guest players like Tom Waits and Andrew Bird, all of whom recorded their tracks at the hall. My Morning Jacket’s Jim James sang on jazz standard “Louisiana Fairytale,” and the partnership blossomed. Filmmaker Danny Clinch shot that acoustic, one-night-only Pres Hall gig (and ensuing second-line) for the documentary Live From Preservation Hall: Louisiana Fairytale. My Morning Jacket took the New Orleans band on a whirlwind arena tour, joining together onstage for album cuts and classics. My Morning Jacket still is having a bit of a love affair with the city. “Anytime you discover a place as magical and weird as New Orleans, it doesn’t hit you right away,” Koster says. “Until you experience it — meet the people, eat the food, breathe that air, drink the water — it’s not something you can really understand.” It took a few years. The band played House of Blues in November 2006, but “We didn’t really get into the heart of it, and what makes the city special,” Koster remembers. “you can feel it, you can feel the energy, but you can’t feel what kind of energy it is.” In 2008, drummer Patrick Hallahan was invited to perform a benefit for Sweet Home New Orleans — an event that initiated a relationship between New Orleans brass blasters Bonerama and power-pop quartet OK Go. James and My Morning Jacket later were introduced to Ben Jaffe, who became the band’s New Orleans medium. “It was weird how connected all of us felt to the city, the people, the music,” Koster says, “a kinship, a family kind of thing, the way we all feel about and approach music.” That hometown-heartland appreciation for musicmaking — and the band’s realization it had never recorded at home — brought it all back home, to Louisville, Ky., where My Morning Jacket recorded its latest album, 2011’s Grammy-nominated Circuital. The bulk of the tracks were laid down inside a Pentecostal church gymnasium and its adjacent chapel. “We kind of utilized the whole place,” Koster says. “The tracking with all five of us in the room together was in the gymnasium. We had the control room set up on the stage — it was like an old school where they probably had plays and basketball. … you can hear the sound of the room in that record.” He’s right — while the album doesn’t have the haunting, reverb-soaked alt-country of the band’s early re-


leases, it also doesn’t have the weird clean space of 2008’s Evil Urges. James tones down his impulse for restless freakouts with R&B and electronics and fills it with deep Southern soul, folk and big, warm guitars. Circuital wasn’t a planned album — the band was only able to get together after a few years of tours, collaborations, live album releases, festival and film appearances (it is James with Calexico performing Bob Dylan and The Band’s “Goin’ to Acapulco” in I’m Not There) and scrapped ambitions (Disney pulled the plug on a My Morning Jacket-headlining live Muppet Show tour). “We honestly went into it without any really specific plans,” Koster says. “We were available in July that year and thought, ‘Let’s get together, kick around some songs, bring in some recording gear, just in case.’ … We were going to start working on new material, if things came together and we got some arrangements and songs we liked, we could record right there. By the end of the week we had four or five songs.” James reflects on living recklessly on Circuital centerpieces “Outta My System” and “Holdin’ On to Black Metal,” the latter propelled by Koster’s Dr. John jungle-funk electric piano riff. On big beat, fuzzed out country-folk track “you Wanna Freak Out,” James warns himself, “Play it smart, soul intact, how you react is what you get back.” As ambitious and far-reaching as My Morning Jacket has played since it was founded in the late 1990s as a tepid alt-country band, the group’s members haven’t finished exploring. The band’s diversity and sheer volume over its relatively short career (just six albums) make it an attractive festival band — the songs beg to be played loud and in front of thousands, preferably at dusk, in the summertime. Or in total darkness while the band wears god-like white robes and golden masks, as it did for the 2010 Voodoo Experience. During a backyard barbecue, Jaffe suggested the band My Morning Jacket return for that festival. The band asked around to make sure it got the gig. “That’s pretty rare for us,” Koster says. “Just the personalities of the guys in our band, trying to explore My Morning Jacket new things, keeps 5:25 p.m. Saturday, May 5 things fresh. We’re Gentilly Stage definitely not the band that’s just clocking in.”

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2:10 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Originally an accordion player for all-female Cajun band Bonsoir, Catin, Guillory now fronts the Midtown Project, which melds Cajun with more general Americana tropes. Fluent in Cajun French and English, Guillory’s vocals recall Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls, and the Midtown Project’s rhythm gently pushes the songs forward as if they’re being hauled along the tracks leading out of Lafayette. The group just released Broken Glass.

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CRITICS PICK The Stooges Brass Band 2:40 p.m., Congo Square Stage Touring nationally and internationally, the Stooges have received awards, recording contracts, have been featured in documentaries, and have shared stages with Galactic and, oddly, Jessica Simpson. As comfortable in arenas as in the Hi-Ho Lounge, the Stooges lend a slight polish to the brass band tradition without forsaking its off-the-cuff roots.

Silky Sol - the Red Afro Queen 2:45 p.m., Blues Tent Festivals have been good to the crimson-clad neo-soul blues singer. Debuting at the 2008 Texas Music Festival, Silky Sol’s performances are as untamed as her hair.

Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys 2:45 p.m., Fais DoDo Stage Ledet embraced zydeco in her teens and ultimately led an internationally touring band. One of the few female players in a male-dominated genre, Ledet’s music is seductive without being tawdry.

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2:50 p.m., Gospel Tent The high school’s choir aspires to bring fresh twists to traditional gospel.

Anima Figarova Sextet 2:55 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent The husband-and-wife team of pianist Figarova and flautist Bart Platteau leads an international band through compositions ranging from short and sweet to wild and expansive. Throughout their avant-garde compositions, the band’s New York perspective becomes more pronounced when surrounded by New Orleans players.

Banu Gibson 2:55 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Focused squarely on the musical era of the 1920s through the ’40s, Gisbon rearranges Tin Pan Alley classics in her own fashion.

Black Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians 3 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Chief Iron Horse earned his name by commanding his Indian tribe from a wheelchair.

Dayna Kurtz 3:35 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Kurtz’s striking alto leaves critics comparing her to Nina Simone. The reality is less volatile than the North Carolina-born jazz giant. Kurtz’s assured voice digs deep and she delivers jazz with a steady hand and assured delivery.

Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk 3:35 p.m., Gentilly Stage The band began as a quickly thrown-together effort nine years ago for Jazz Fest. Time passes and Ivan Neville’s band — two basists, two Nevilles, one excellent female drummer and one vicious slide guitar — provide a bluesier take on the modern jam band formula. Even better is its rowdy, aggressive rendition of “Sympathy for the Devil.”

Forever Jones 3:45 p.m., Gospel Tent If something was going to make you a believer in The Word, it’s Forever Jones. Musicians Dewitt and Kim Jones were told they would not be able to have children. But the couple conceived five children and almost all of them appear in their musical work. The Dewitt’s music blends pop, soul and gospel traditions.

recognition to New Orleans music in general.

CRITICS PICK Ani DiFranco 4:15 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage The poster child of independent artists made good, DiFranco’s last album, Whose Side Are You On?, pushed her always politically tinged repertoire to new extremes and musical boundaries. She included a smattering of New Orleans artists — Ivan Neville, members of the Rebirth Brass Band and Galactic — in the recordings.

Regina Carter’s “Reverse Thread” 4:15 p.m., WWOZ Tent Jazz violinist Regina Carter’s career spanned three decades, but it was not until she won a MacArthur Foundation genius grant that she translated traditional African folk songs into a jazz context. She scoured field recordings and research — including a little-known Ugandan Jewish community — and augmented her band to accommodate African rhythms in a fresh context. The result is Reverse Thread, the album upon which her set is based.

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Henry Butler 3:55 p.m., Congo Square Stage Ray Charles comparisons are easy — blind, talented, piano player. But Henry Butler transcends easy comparisons: He’s able to cross genres effortlessly, receive accolades from New York critics and Dr. John alike and be deeply in tune with many of the city’s modern musical giants. He currently divides his time between Colorado and New York’s jazz scene, and does session work with artists ranging from Cyndi Lauper to jazz guitarist Jeff Golub.

Joint’s Jumpin’ 4:05 p.m., Blues Tent The cast of the musical review Joint’s Jumpin’ is a whirlwind tour of classic New Orleans rhythm and blues makers working through a thoughtfully chosen set of songs.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band 4:05 p.m., Acura Stage A mainstay of the local scene, the Dirty Dozen will release Twenty Dozen two days before its Jazz Fest set and a week after bringing members past and present together for a 35th anniversary celebration. The Dozen reinvigorated the brass band scene and have brought worldwide

4:20 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage The members of Chico Trujillo are masters of cumbia, a blend of Spanish, African and Columbian traditions eventually applied to European instruments. The nine-piece Chilean band gives the genre a modern twist, infusing ska rhythms and a post-punk chic to the tradition.

Kid Chocolate 4:30 p.m., Economy Hall Stage After years of tutelage from a variety of New Orleans legends, Kid Chocolate became a trumpeter in his own right. His solo work earned a Grammy, a collaboration with Jill Scott and Lenny Kravitz, and recurring appearances on HBO’s Treme.

The Raymond A. Myles Singers 30th Anniversary Reunion 4:50 p.m., Gospel Tent Thirty years ago, Raymond A. Miles assembled a gospel group that performed until his death in 1998. The group disbanded and was scattered following Hurricane Katrina. To mark the anniversary of the group’s founding, five congregates again sing God’s praises as well as Myles’. PAGE 29


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nouveau ambassador of jazz might seem alien to an audience fed on the music. since esperanza spalding beat Justin Bieber for the Best new artist Grammy last year, she lived up to her name (which means “hope” in spanish). an ambassador of jazz is unnecessary in the Crescent City. We have many. spalding released Radio Music Society in late March, her postGrammy follow up to Chamber Music Society. The collection of 12 loosely-knit songs touches on pop, soul, hip-hop, straight-up jazz and cover songs intended to simulate the near-forgotten art of meandering through the radio dial. as she explained to Jon stewart, spalding thinks “society” members “have the ability to be willing to turn on the radio, and open yourself to what comes out.” spalding seems tailor-made to introduce jazz to the modern masses: exotic name, extensive jazz resume, sensual music, modern style and hair that just can’t quit. But don’t expect jazz in drag. spalding developed a penchant for weaving her bass (electric or upright) into orchestral, straight jazz or modern fusion. Radio Music Society is intended as a pop companion to Chamber Music Society, which blended chamber music with jazz upright bass. spalding pulls from pop sounds and blends them into her existing style. That steadfast independent spirit might make it fall flat as a crossover album. For all its nods to modern music, Radio Music Society fits almost too nicely within a tradition of fusion from Miles Davis’ Bitches’ Brew, Ornette Coleman’s Tone Dialing, or Cassandra Wilson’s Craig-street produced work. anyone eager to dismiss spalding will find ample reason. some critics consider spalding competent at numerous aspects of performance but not stellar at any. It’s better to say she’s a jack of all trades with a remarkable sense of self — not to be confused with selfishness or ego. Before spalding is an ambassador, she is a stylist still developing her fluid playing. While she’s doing her thing, her performances Esperanza Spalding and latest album feel like she’s merely encouraging 5:25 p.m. Thursday, May 3 everyone – jazz aficioCongo Square Stage nado or otherwise — to be open to tuning in.



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CRITICS PICK Florence + The Machine 5:30 p.m., Gentilly Stage Florence Welch’s goal is for her listeners to feel as if they are being sucked into the ocean to drown — a one-woman equivalent to Kate Bush’s The Ninth Wave. Welch’s piercing mezzosoprano plunges and erupts over her band’s delicate arrangements. Earlier this month Welch released a live performance for the MTV Unplugged series, creating acoustic versions of “Dog Days are Over” and “Cosmic

Magnolia Jazz Band of Norway feat. Topsy Chapman 5:50 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Playing since 1975 with an emphasis on New Orleans revival jazz — harkening back to jazz’s earliest days and tendency to freely blend Latin, jazz and blues — the California-based group will be fronted by Louisiana-born vocalist Topsy Chapman. Chapman was an original cast member of the Broadway show One Mo’ Time and nominated for a Grammy for its soundtrack.

The Iguanas 5:50 p.m., Fais DoDo Stage The Iguanas offer relaxed and seductive Latin grooves, and the multilingual fourpiece’s array of influences feels strangely at home in jazz halls, rock clubs and open-air events. The band recently released its eighth album Sin to Sin.

Jimmy Buffet and Mac McAnally 5:55 p.m., Acura Stage Parrothead guru Jimmy Buffet performs an acoustic set with longtime cohort, Mississippi singer-songwriter Mac McAnally. McAnally has received four Country Music Awards and was nominated for a Grammy with Kenny Chesney, who recorded two of his songs.

Astral Project 5:55 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

These modern jazz giants and local mainstays spent 32 years honing both their craft and sense of each other. Saxophonist Tony Dagradi, bassist James Singleton, drummer Johnny Vidacovich and guitarist Steve Masakowski form a supergroup boasting water-tight arrangements leaving ample room for its members to wander.

Lyle Henderson & Emmanu-El 5:55 p.m., Gospel Tent Lyle Henderson and his group Emmanu-El frequent jazz festivals internationally and were a fixture locally. His often smooth timbre belies a pastor, singer and broadcaster unafraid to boldly stretch for almost-too high notes in impromptu performances, such as a rendition of “Here I Am to Worship.”

Original Pinettes Brass Band 6 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage The Original Pinettes are an exclusively female brass band that’s also steeped in early MTV history. Band leader Christie Jourdain’s early role model was Sheila E and the band’s set often includes a version of “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” offered with pure joy.

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5:25 p.m., Congo Square Stage Spalding’s work has a sense of both timelessness and versatility. She doesn’t blend genres so much as genres bend to her bass strings. One of the few jazz artists to receive a Grammy for Best New Artist, the Portland, Ore.-born bassist’s body of work fits nicely among Meshell Ndegeocello’s funk, Erykah Badu’s artistry and Diana Krall’s classic crooning. Spalding’s latest album, Radio Music Society, explores jazz composition in pop and hip-hop contexts.

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2:05 p.m. Golden Sioux and Young Cherokee Mardi Gras Indians 3:30 p.m. New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Rhythm Section and Young Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians 5 p.m. Smitty Dee’s Brass Band with Scene Boosters and Ole N Nu Style Fellaz Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs

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& Heritage Stage Big Chief Nathan Burke leads one of the newer Mardi Gras Indian tribes.

Zulu Male Ensemble 11:15 a.m., Gospel Tent Comprised of male members from the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club, the group sings traditional gospel music.

The Bucktown All-Stars 11:20 a.m., Acura Stage For two decades, this local band has offered a mix of ’60s R&B, ’70s funk and classic Big Easy tunes powered by a lively horn section.

Vivaz! 11:20 a.m., Gentilly Stage Javier Gutierrez leads this Latin group blending salsa and jazz into its Caribbean rhythms. Piano, bass and a powerful brass section fuel its high-energy performance.

Connie Jones & the Crescent City Jazz Band 11:20 a.m., Economy Hall Tent Trumpeter Connie Jones leads the Crescent City Jazz Band through a repertoire of traditional jazz.

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11:15 a.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Pianist Courtney Bryan composes, arranges and performs music for solos, large jazz ensembles, film scores,and collaborations with dancers and artists. The New Orleans native is an instructor at Columbia University and is pursuing a doctorate in music composition. She released This Little Light of Mine in 2010.

11:20 a.m., Lagniappe Stage Bart Ramsey leads this gypsy jazz ensemble.

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11:15 a.m., Blues Tent Bryan Lee, aka the Braille Blues Daddy, has been a New Orleans fixture since 1982. Blind since the age of eight, the blues rhythm guitarist and singer was drawn to the blues while listening to late night radio. He is backed by bassist David Hyde, guitarist Brent Johnson and drummer John Perkins.

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11:20 a.m., Fais DoDo Stage Accordionist Lionel Cormier initially founded the Cajun music band in 1945. When Lionel died, his son, drummer Lesa Cormier, took the lead. He is joined by his son in the band, which tours nationally.

Pastor Tyrone Jefferson noon, Gospel Tent Pastor Tyrone Jefferson typically leads a 50-member choir from the New Orleans Abundant Life Tabernacle. The group released its debut album, Takin’ It Back to Church, in 2010. 12:20 p.m., Congo Square Stage Blending soul, jazz and funk into her performances, this New Orleans native has recorded with No Doubt, Irma Thomas, Sting and Joss Stone, to name a few. She released her debut album Me Myself & Music last year.

Big Al Carson & the Blues Masters 12:20 p.m., Blues Tent Vocalist Big Al Carson is known for his big voice, personality and adult nursery

Kumbuka African Drum and Dance Collective 12:20 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Kumbuka African Drum and Dance collective performs Dance de Calinda (Dances of Congo Square) and dances from Haiti and West Africa and work influenced by Mardi Gras Indians. The group celebrated its 30th anniversary in November.

Phillip Manuel 12:25 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Neighbor Aaron Neville convinced Phillip Manuel to start singing seriously at an early age and Manuel got his first paid job when he was 11. Manuel has released several jazz albums, including the acclaimed Love Happened to Me (2000). He delved into rhythm and blues on his 2007 album PM.

CRITICS PICK Feufollet 12:25 p.m., Fais DoDo Stage In 1995, 8-year-old accordionist Chris Stafford and 11-year-old fiddler Chris Segura formed Feufollet to play traditional Cajun music. As they’ve grown, the band has incorporated modern sounds in original material. The band released En Couleurs in 2010.

Ingrid Lucia 12:25 p.m., Lagniappe Stage At age 11, Ingrid Lucia began singing with her family’s band, The Flying Neutrinos, when they busked on the streets of the French Quarter. As she matured, she developed a smooth, sultry voice and focused on jazz. She released Midnight Rendezvous in 2010.

Kidd Simmons’ Local International Allstars 12:30 p.m., Economy Hall Tent British native John “Kidd” Simmons picked up the trumpet after being influenced by the sounds of George “Kid Sheik” Cola. He moved to New Orleans in 1970 and leads the Local International Allstars, which combines fellow expatriots and New Orleans musicians.

Wayne Toups & ZyDeCajun 12:35 p.m., Acura Stage Crowley native Wayne Toups combines rock ’n’ roll, Cajun and zydeco blues for his energetic accordion-led band. PAGE 32

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erbie Hancock ended a long day of ambassadorial duties with a refreshing return to music. Eight hours of conversation fatigue faded away with mention of Tina Turner’s stellar reading of Joni Mitchell’s “Edith and The Kingpin” from the pianist’s 2008 Mitchell tribute River. “Oh man, she nailed it, didn’t she?” he says, shedding his Buddhist calm. It’s an respite from answering questions about the nature and history of jazz. Hancock has spent Kidjo. The vocorder is his means weeks preparing for the inaugural of adding his voice to the set. The International Jazz Day (Monday, modern version is Auto-Tune, but April 30). The project is his first the vocorder essentially sustains since becoming an ambassador with the United Nations Edupitch for Hancock, manipulating his cational, Scientific and Cultural voice via something he commands Organization (UNESCO) last July. far better — dials, switches and keys. The festivities called for “It was hard work putting that back Hancock to perform in three together, especially for that song. cities in one day, beginning in When I recorded it, I did it as overNew Orleans alongside Terence dubs,” he says. “We’re performing Blanchard, Ellis Marsalis, Dianne so there’s no overdubs, so you Reeves, Kermit Ruffins and the have to do it at the same time. I had Treme Brass Band at 7 a.m. in to figure out the choreography.” Congo Square. On International Besides more recent compoJazz Day, he concludes with a sitions, Hancock will pull from concert in New York. his 30-year catalog of songs “It really is a historic gesture — beyond classic grooves like from all of those countries working “Watermelon Man” to his forays together, (jazz) being recognized into fusion and dalliances with as a true international music,” Han- hip-hop and modern urban music cock says. “I looked at the list of since the 1980s. countries, and there’s some of the Hancock is busy with a host obvious ones like Italy, France and of new challenges, including his Germany. But then New Guinea. UNESCO ambassadorship, his Oman is going to have something. leadership at the Thelonious Monk The list goes on — Malaysia is goInstitute of Jazz and a book chroniing to have some events. These are cling his experiences. It is less an places I wouldn’t expect to have autobiography than a collection events honoring jazz.” of vignettes and lessons learned Later in the week, Hancock from his teachers (he mentions returns to New Orleans for a set at Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Buddhism). It examines the various Festival. His current band includes twists, turns, surprises and experiVinnie Colaiuta on drums, James ments in his career. Genus on bass, Lionel Loueke “When I was a kid, I used to on guitar and a special guest, the take apart clocks and watches vocorder vocal synthesizer, making to see how they worked,” he a return from 1978’s Sunlight. says. “I’ve always Particularly been curious, and in his last three I like idea territory Herbie Hancock releases — PosI haven’t explored & his Band sibilities, River and before, but that’s 5:30 p.m. Imagine — Hanhow you learn. For Saturday, May 5 cock has collabome it’s natural — rated with vocalit’s how you learn, WWOZ Jazz Tent ists, ranging from and that’s part of Pink to Angelique my DNA.”

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11:15 a.m., Congo Square Stage A graduate of Spelman College, Nayo Jones began her music career after a successful performance at an event held by her father. She has a sultry voice often compared to Natalie Cole and Roberta Flack, and she’s currently working on her second album One Woman.

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Joe Hall & the Louisiana Cane Cutters 1:35 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Joe Hall & the Cane Cutters play traditional Creole, zydeco and Cajun music, often drawing from the work of Boozoo Chavis, Alphonse “Bois Sec” Ardoin, Canray Fontenot and Marc Savoy.

CRITICS PICK Theresa Andersson 12:40 p.m., Gentilly Stage The Swedish-born singer is famous for her one-woman shows in which she uses pedals to loop effects for her solo performances. Her career took off nationally with Hummingbird, Go! in 2008 and she just released Street Parade.

Connie & Dwight Fitch with the St. Raymond/St. Leo the Great Choir 12:50 p.m., Gospel Tent The husband and wife singing

duo will be backed by members from two church choirs.

Reggie Hall & the Twilighters featuring Lady Bee 1:25 p.m., Blues Tent Pianist Reggie Hall wrote the R&B hit “You Talk Too Much” for Fats Domino, but Joe Jones made it into a hit. Lady Bee handles vocals for the reformed band The Twighlighters.

Donald Harrison 1:30 p.m., Congo Square Stage Saxophonist Donald Harrison pioneered a sound he dubs “nouveau swing,” which incorporates Mardi Gras Indian beats, hip-hop and swing elements into modern jazz. He released Quantum Leap in 2010.

Baritone Bliss 1:40 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Dirty Dozen Brass Band alum Roger Lewis is joined by baritone sax players Tony Dagradi, Calvin Johnson and Tim Green and Dan Oestreicher on bass saxophone.

CRITICS PICK Mark Braud & the New Orleans Jazz Giants 1:40 p.m., Economy Hall Tent New Orleans native and trumpeter Mark Braud leads his traditional jazz band. A member of the musical Brunious family, Braud began playing professionally at 15 and has performed with Harry Connick Jr.’s band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Forgotten Souls Brass Band 1:40 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage The Forgotten Souls Brass Band fuses jazz, funk, hiphop and Mardi Gras Indian sounds into its contemporary brass band music.

Donnie Bolden Jr. & the Spirit of Elijah 1:45 p.m., Gospel Tent Donnie Bolden Jr. is the musical director and praise

leader of Jesus Ministries in Abbeville. As a contemporary gospel singer, he was nominated for two Rhythm of Gospel Awards for his 2009 debut album It’s in the Praise.

John Lawrence & Ven Pa’ Ca 1:45 p.m., Lagniappe Stage John Lawrence leads the Flamenco act, which is complete with a saxophone, percussion, singers, and of course, Flamenco dancers.

CRITICS PICK Marcia Ball 1:55 p.m., Acura Stage Nominated for a 2012 Grammy for Best Blues Album, the Texas-born and Louisiana raised singer delivers honest ballads, soulful blues and a bit of rock ’n’ roll. She released Roadside Attractions in 2011.

Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers 2:05 p.m., Gentilly Stage Bruce Hornsby announced his arrival with the 1986 hit “The Way It Is” and won a 1987 Grammy win for Best New Artist. The pianist/singer has since experimented with jazz, pop, blues, country and bluegrass sounds. Bride of the Noisemakers was released in 2011.

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St. Joseph the Worker Choir 2:40 p.m., Gospel Tent Clark Knighten leads the Catholic church choir from Marrero in traditional praise songs.

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Germaine Bazzle 2:45 p.m., WWOZ Tent Sometimes referred to as the “First Lady of Jazz,” Germaine Bazzle captivates audiences with her rich tones and playful and creative scatting, in which she imitates instruments, such as the trumpet or saxophone.

2:50 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Yvette Landry accompanied the Pine Leaf Boys, Red Stick Ramblers and Bill Kirchen on tour before beginning her solo career. The country/folk singer and guitarist released her debut solo album Should Have Known in 2010.

Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band 2:55 p.m., Fais DoDo Stage The Cajun accordionist Bruce Daigrepont leads the weekly fais do-do Cajun dance party at Tipitina’s. Daigrepont is working on a new album, Jamais de la Vie.

Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans 3 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Long familiar for playing in the streets of the French Quarter, Doreen Ketchens is a passionate clarinet player and favors traditional New Orleans sounds. She released Doreen’s Jazz Volume XVIII Triple Threat Series — New Orleans’ Best Kept Secrets in 2011.

Golden Blade Mardi Gras Indians 3 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Big Chief Derrick Hulin leads this Uptown Mardi Gras Indian tribe.

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals 3:25 p.m., Acura Stage Initially a favorite on the jam band circuit, this Vermontbased band has since shown its range with the high energy “Paris (Ooh La La),” and the emotionally driven “Till the Morning Comes.” Potter also joined country star Kenny Chesney in the duet “You and Tequila.” The band will release The Lion The Beast The Beat in June.

Ted Winn 3:35 p.m., Gospel Tent Formerly of the Ted & Sheri Duo, the Memphis native lends his smooth R&B tones to gospel lyrics. Now based in Atlanta, Winn released Balance in 2009.

Bonerama 3:45 p.m., Gentilly Stage Trombonists Mark Mullins and Craig Klein founded this trombone-heavy brassfunk band in 1998. It’s reinterpreted brass band music and delves into heavy psychedelic-tinged rock. Bonerama released Hard Times in 2009.

Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic 3:50 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Terri Lyne Carrington was nominated for a Grammy in 1989 for her debut album

Real Life Story. The drummer/vocalist fuses soul and funk into smooth jazz sounds. Her fifth album, The Mosaic Project, which features female vocalists and musicians, won a 2012 Grammy Award for Best Vocal Jazz Album.

CRITICS PICK Mystikal 3:55 p.m., Congo Square Stage Rapper Mystikal brokethrough with the 1998 album Ghetto Fabulous, which yielded the hits “Shake Ya Ass,” “Ghetto Fabulous” and “I Smell Smoke.” Since 2001’s Tarantula, ongoing legal issues have resulted in more than six years in prison.


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The Revealers 4:15 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Formed in 1996, The Revealers incorporate New Orleans’ sounds into its reggae.

The Jim McCormick Band 4:15 p.m., Lagniappe Stage A songwriter with BMG Chrysalis, the New Orleans native’s work has been recorded by Trisha Yearwood and Tim McGraw. Now splitting his time between New Orleans and Nashville, Jim McCormick regularly performs at music festivals throughout the country.

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Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony 4:20 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Topsy Chapman began singing in church and formed the gospel group the Chapman Singers in 1972. Now known as Solid Harmony, the female group sings and array of traditional New Orleans music as well as gospel. The group includes Chapman’s daughters Yolanda Windsay and Jolynda Phillips, and Wendy Myles.

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2:45 p.m., Congo Square Stage Cuban native and percussionist Pedrito Martinez formed the band in 2008 with musicians from Cuba, Peru and Venezuela. The New York City-based group focuses on Afro-Cuban rumba traditions, bata rhythms and vocal chants.

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2:40 p.m., Blues Tent The singer, actor and teacher fuses jazz, funk, rhythm and blues into energetic performance as she leads A Taste of New Orleans. She was a familiar face on the second season of HBO’s Treme.

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Zac Brown Band 5:20 p.m., Acura Stage The Zac Brown Band’s first major release The Foundation (2009) charted five Number One singles including “Chicken Fried” and “Free.” Since then, the Atlanta-based country group has won two Grammy awards and released three albums, including 2010’s You Get What You Give.

Rodrigo y Gabriela and C.U.B.A. 5:30 p.m., Gentilly Stage Guitarist Rodrigo Sanchez and guitarist/percussionist Gabriela Quintero comprise the Mexican acoustic rock duo, fusing rock and world

Ziggy Marley 5:35 p.m., Congo Square Stage The eldest son of reggae legend Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley originally led the family band, called the Melody Makers. He took the group in a more pop-oriented direction and eventually pursued solo projects. He’s touring in support of his 2011 release Wild and Free.

Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Orchestra 5:35 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent The trombonist, producer and composer has produced more than 100 recordings for artists such as Spike Lee, Harry Connick Jr., and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Known for his inventiveness and technical mind, Marsalis released the album Sweet Thunder in 2010.

Little Anthony & The Imperials 5:35 p.m., Blues Tent The rhythm and blues/ doo-wop group formed in New York in the late 1950s, becoming a hit with its first single “Tears on My Pillow.” The group reunited in 1992, and celebrated its 50th anniversary with the 2008 release You’ll Never Know, featuring new and old songs.

CRITICS PICK Brass Bed 5:45 p.m., Lagniappe Stage This Lafayette quartet twists its rock sound with synthesizers and pedal steel guitars and delves into psychedelia. It released Melt White in 2010.

Wycliffe Gordon Quintet: Hello Pops a Tribute to Louis Armstrong 5:50 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Named trombonist of the year by the Jazz Journalist Association for the sixth time in 2011, Wycliffe Gordon is known for his straight jazz style and mastery of plunger mute. The Georgia native’s 2011 album Hello Pops! is a tribute to Louis Armstrong.

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11:15 a.m., Blues Tent Guitar Slim Jr. has the pedigree and experience befitting a bluesman. He is the son of legendary Delta-born, New Orleans-bred Guitar Slim, who recorded “The Things That I Used to Do” (now a blues standard) before dying from alcoholism at age 32. Guitar Slim Jr. found a kindred musical spirit in Stevie Ray Vaughn and toured and recorded with him before his untimely death.

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1:30 p.m. Baby Boyz Brass Band with New Generation and Undefeated Divas Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs 2:45 p.m. Big Chief Trouble & Trouble Nation and Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians 4:15 p.m. Kinfolk Brass Band with Westbank Steppers, Valley of Silent Men, and Pigeon Town Steppers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs

Native American Pow Wow Folklife Stage in Louisiana Folklife Village 1:10 p.m. and 2:20 p.m. Native Nations Intertribal

Cultural Exchange Pavilion 1:35 p.m. Black Feathers Mardi Gras Indians 3:05 p.m. Trouble Nation and Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians 4:50 p.m. Indian practice

Performances Mas Mamones 11:10 a.m., Acura Stage Venezuelan vocalist Manuel Lander and bassist Andrew Wolf formed this Latin jazz/ dance ensemble in New Orleans in the mid-1990s and drew praise for albums such as Aguacero y Parranda. Lander moved to New York in 1999, but the group reunited in 2008.

Xavier University Jazz Ensemble 11:15 a.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent For 30 years, Xavier’s ensemble has performed contemporary jazz, big band and traditional New Orleans music. Program director John DeFoor has conducted the National Jazz Band at both Clinton and Obama’s inaugurations.

11:15 a.m., Economy Hall Tent Formed decades ago by a group of Tulane students including painter George Schmidt, this 18 piece offers a gentlemanly take on the big-band era, particularly on works by New Orleans groups.

acoustic guitar, harmonica and viola caipira.

Tarriona “Tank” Ball & the Black Star Bangas 11:20 a.m., Congo Square Stage Tarriona Ball embodies the rhythmic, musical essence of slam poetry, the genre at which she began to excel as a teenager when she joined the New Orleans Youth Slam poetry team, which propelled her to appearances on HBO’s Brave New Voices. In 2010, she released her first album, RandoMe, an eclectic work in which she raps and sings poetry over soul, jazz and rock. In 2011, she joined forces with the BlackStar Bangas, adding their empowering lyrics and quality musicianship to her show.

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11:15 a.m., Fais DoDo Stage A Rayne native, Belton Richard picked up the accordion at age 7 and never looked back, playing as a teen with Neg Halloway and the Rayne Playboys and forming at age 20 the band that appears today. His hits include “Un Autre Soir Ennyuant” and “Pardon Waltz” along with “Cajun Streak,” a freewheeling take on Ray Stevens’ novelty hit.

11:25 a.m., Gentilly Stage An alum of raucous rock outfit Cowboy Mouth, Paul Sanchez has bared a kinder, gentler — and hilariously irreverent — soul through an acoustic guitar, performing club gigs with a folksy, singer/songwriter vibe. He’s teamed up with local songwriters such as John Boutte to record gems like Stew Called New Orleans and Nine Lives, but this set, featuring tuba player Matt Perrine and trombonist Craig Klein, will likely pull from last fall’s release, Reclamation of the Pie-Eyed Piper.

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11:15 a.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Behind the domineering vocals and chants of frontman and Mardi Gras Indian Eric Boudreaux, Cha Wa brings a jam-band sensibility to this sacred music from the streets of New Orleans. Guitarist Colin Lake’s fierce play and improvisational bent propel the band to groovy heights.

noon, Gospel Tent Inspired by Mahalia Jackson, fellow New Orleanian Cynthia Girtley pours her smooth, rich vocals into gospel classics accompanied by piano.

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New Orleans Gospel Soul Children 11:15 a.m., Gospel Tent A local nonprofit community group, New Orleans Gospel Soul Children provides positive experiences for children and young adults through a variety of outreach activities along with a monthly concert at Greater Mount Rose Baptist Church.

Riccardo Crespo & Sol Brasil 11:20 a.m., Lagniappe Stage In 1999, Riccardo Crespo left a highly successful music career in his native Brazil to explore the Crescent City sound. He has merged them to form his own worldly flavor, showcased in his talents on

The Malone Brothers 12:15 p.m., Acura Stage The Radiators retired but guitarist Dave Malone’s blistering yet soulful licks can be heard in this band formed with brother Tommy Malone, guitarist for the subdudes (now on hiatus). Backed by bassist Ray Ganucheau and drummer Erik Golson, the collaboration is a long-awaited dream come true for fans of both brothers.

Mac Arnold & Plate Full o’ Blues 12:20 p.m., Blues Tent With a prodigious guitar talent and devil-be-damned vocal style, veteran blues singer Mac Arnold earned acclaim quickly in his career, having James Brown play in his first band and being hired by Muddy Waters for his band. Yet, this classic example of Chicago blues gave it up to become an organic farmer


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12:25 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Roland Guerin’s bassplaying mom told him he couldn’t make music without groove and feeling, but his jazz odyssey didn’t begin until he studied under the late music-educator Alvin Batiste at Southern University. In recent years, he has toured with John Scofield and the Piety Street Band as well as Allen Toussaint. In 2011, he released A Different World.

12:35 p.m., Congo Square Stage The embodiment of founding percussionist Johnny Marcia’s vision to merge jazz and salsa, this local favorite is an 11-piece ensemble that keeps crowds dancing to its driving Caribbean sound.

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Wendell Brunious & the Music Masters 12:25 p.m., Economy Hall Tent A Louisiana native and Southern University graduate now living in Sweden, veteran trumpeter and bandleader Wendell Brunious combines his Juilliard training with years toiling with second-line stalwarts like the Onward and Young Tuxedo brass bands. Brunious’ accomplished career also includes a long-standing gig at Preservation Hall and tours with avant-garde musicians such as Lionel Hampton.

CRITICS PICK Sam Doores & the Tumbleweeds 12:35 p.m., Lagniappe Stage A New Orleans rarity in its devotion to old-time country, folk and Americana, Sam Doores & the Tumbleweeds add a mystical call-andresponse element to their honky-tonkin’ good times. Their debut album will be released at this show.

CRITICS PICK MyNameIsJohnMichael 12:40 p.m., Gentilly Stage This six-piece band gives solid proof of an intrepid indie-rock scene in New Orleans. MyNameIsJohnMichael began with a

songwriting contest in 2008 and has evolved into a local powerhouse, with “Orphan” — the first single from its unreleased sophomore album — gaining national acclaim. The band excels in soaring vocal harmonies, high-energy performances and instrumentation ranging from trumpets to trash cans.

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12:50 p.m., Gospel Tent This 60-voices-strong ensemble includes members, ranging in age from teens to seniors and presents a mix of traditional and contemporary gospel.

1:25 p.m., Blues Tent This delicious melding of jazz (Joe Krown on Hammond B3 organ), R&B (Walter Washington on guitar and vocals) and funk (Russell Batiste on drums) is one of those only-inNew Orleans amalgamations that define the city’s unique groove. The group released Triple Threat in 2010.


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Jeremy Davenport 1:30 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Jeremy Davenport is a St. Louis native whose musical connections to and friendships with Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr. inspired a move to New Orleans a decade ago. The suave crooner and trumpeter has appeared everywhere from his namesake club at the Ritz-Carlton to the pages PAGE 39

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12:20 p.m., Fais DoDo Stage Accordionist Curley Taylor was influenced by C.C. Adcock, his friend C.J. Chenier and father Jude Taylor.

12:25 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage With bandmembers originally hailing from Cuba, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, this New Orleans-based group offers a lively blend of Latin influences, including meringue, salsa, cha chas and more.



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1:30 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Jeffrey Broussard is hailed as one of the best accordion players performing today. He adds a soulful spin to the traditional zydeco he learned from his accordionist father, Delton Broussard.

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Tommy Sancton’s New Orleans Legacy Band 1:45 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Tom Sancton learned to play traditional jazz from the legends at Preservation Hall, all detailed in his 2010 book Song for My Fathers. Sancton, Clive Wilson and Lars Edegran are joined by the next generation, including Jason Marsalis and St. Augustine alums Ronell

Tyronne Foster & the Arc Singers 1:45 p.m., Gospel Tent Led by Tyronne Foster, the Arc Singers have established themselves through their mastery of complex vocal harmonies and arrangements.

Kora Konnection feat. Morikeba Kouyate of Senegal & Thierno Dioubate of Guinea 1:50 p.m., Lagniappe Stage An energetic mix of West African rhythms and jazzminded improvisations, this act features the talents of two griots (oral historians): Morikeba Kouyate, a master of the African harp (kora) from Senegal, and Thierno Dioubate, a balafon and djembe player from Guinea. Their sound is rounded out by New Orleans jazzmen: bassist James Singleton and saxophonist Tim Green.

Big Sam’s Funky Nation 1:55 p.m., Congo Square Stage A charming personification of New Orleans’ hip-shaking, toe-tapping good times, Dirty Dozen Brass Band alumni Sam Williams assembled a stellar cast of supporting musicians around his trombone mastery to forge a sound that somehow makes the city’s funk funkier and jazz swing faster.

Anders Osborne 2:05 p.m., Gentilly Stage This native of Sweden arrived in 1985 and slowly but surely built a fanbase for his bluesy slide and soulful singing. Osborne’s post-rehab album American Patchwork (2010) found his guitar more fierce, frenetic and accomplished, thus garnering national notice. This month, he releases Black Eyed Galaxy.

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CRITICS PICK Bombino of Niger 2:40 p.m., Blues Tent In his 32 years, trilingual cultural icon Omara “Bombino” Moctar has witnessed violent political upheavals in Niger, which threatened to decimate his nomadic Tuareg people. In January 2010, Bombino ushered in what will hopefully prove to be a permanent, peaceful acceptance of the Tuareg with a concert at the Grand

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1:45 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Despite its rich and varied musical traditions, Louisiana has always lacked a true mariachi band — until now. This relatively new Baton Rouge quintet packs all the pomp and pageantry of mariachi but adds to its stage presence a roster of veteran musicians all formally schooled at conservatories in Havana, Cuba.



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Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers 2:40 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Son of zydeco pioneer Rockin’ Dopsie Sr., Dwayne is a highenergy bandleader, singer and accordion player.

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Val & the Love Alive Mass Choir 2:40 p.m., Gospel Tent Twenty-five years ago, Valentine Bemiss Williams organized youngsters from local churches for an event dubbed 100 Children in White for a communityand family-focused concert that is now an annual event built around this choir.

CRITICS PICK John Boutte 2:45 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent The nation was finally introduced to John Boutte’s stirring vocal style as a result of his bouncy “Treme Song” on the HBO series Treme, but this 7th Ward native has deep Creole roots. His accolades include a 2011 Big Easy Award as Entertainer of the Year.

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Young Tuxedo Brass Band 3:05 p.m., Economy Hall Tent The Young Tuxedo Brass Band — the name is a nod to Papa Celestine’s Tuxedo Brass Band — has roots back to 1938 and the iconic late clarinetist John Casimir. Trumpeter Gregg Stafford leads the traditional jazz band now.

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3:05 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Harpist Patrice Fisher leads this fusion of Latin and jazz styles that incorporates a variety of wind and stringed instruments, combining classical sensibilities and pulsing rhythms to forge a unique sound that ranges from Brazil to Cuba in its inspiration.

3:05 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage The Pinestripe performs all the New Orleans classics along with covers such as Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me.”

Irma Thomas 3:10 p.m., Acura Stage The moniker of Soul Queen of New Orleans doesn’t do justice to the grace with which Irma Thomas rules the hearts of classic R&B lovers. Seemingly as timeless in appearance and voice as her music, Thomas never fails to delight fans with classics like “It’s Raining,” “Ruler of My Heart” and “I Wish Someone Would Care.”

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n 1994, Dave Grohl passed around cassette tapes from a marathon solo studio session, and the results became the Foo Fighters’ debut later that year. But it was a solo effort. Grohl handled vocals, guitars, bass and drums. As the towering third component of Nirvana, Grohl made his debut with that band on 1991’s Nevermind, and his four massive snare hits on opening track “Smells Like Teen Spirit” resonated throughout the following decade. When Nirvana disbanded following the death of Kurt Cobain, Grohl hesitated to play again but wanted to purge his collection of songs, some written during his tenure in the most important band of the 1990s and what set the tone for the hookfilled, arena-sized pop-punk of the decade. The Foo Fighters’ 1995 self-titled, platinum-selling debut (and its hits, opening trio “This Is a Call,” “I’ll Stick Around” and “Big Me”) were followed by 1997’s The Colour and the Shape, featuring the band’s signature track, “Everlong.” Despite assembling a fleshed-out lineup for that sophomore album, Grohl ended up re-recording most of the drums. He didn’t find his backbeat soulmate — and, frankly, someone who could match his skills — until 1999’s There is Nothing Left to Lose, which featured current hire Taylor Hawkins behind the kit. Last year the band released

Better Than Ezra 3:35 p.m., Gentilly Stage Formed by friends at Louisiana State University in the 1980s, Better Than Ezra has remained a fan favorite, despite the fact that the alt-rock trio’s biggest hit, “Good,” reached the top of the Billboard charts in 1995 and original drummer Travis McNabb left to tour with country-pop sensation Sugarland in 2009, the year BTE released its latest album, Paper Empire.

Paulina Rubio 3:35 p.m., Congo Square Stage Now a household name in her native Mexico, Paulina Rubio joined popular youth group Timbiriche in 1981 at 10 years old. Disbanding with that group after 10 albums, Rubio recorded four albums in the 1990s but truly reinvented herself as a pop-romance princess, and her

its seventh album, Wasting Light, which earned the group’s fourth Best Rock Album Grammy in its nearly 20-year tenure as alt-rock figureheads. The shadow of Cobain’s death loomed over Grohl and everything he’s produced since — and on Wasting Light he’s asking to change the conversation; “My past is getting us nowhere fast,” he sings on “Matter of Time.” Ironically, the album reunites Grohl with Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and Nevermind producer Butch Vig, who helmed the sessions at Grohl’s home garage in Virginia. Wasting Light is a massive rock record without the studio clutter of its recent output. Instead, Grohl and company return with the familiar warmth and Foo Fighters hooks of his 3:10 p.m. band’s first Sunday, May 6 records and embrace Acura Stage its haunted foundations.

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The Johnson Extension 3:35 p.m., Gospel Tent The Johnson Extension is led by matriarch Lois Dejean, who conducts four generations of her family.

John Mooney & Bluesiana 3:55 p.m., Blues Tent Leaving home at age 15 and hired by Delta blues great Ed “Son” House, John Mooney has more than paid his dues in the blues — and that was before moving to New Orleans in 1976. Here, the songwriter, singer and axe-slinger has played with everyone from Professor Longhair to Johnny Vidacovich to James Booker.

The Pedrito Martinez Group 4:05 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Cuban bandleader and percussionist Pedrito Martinez has earned praise as an electrifying performer. He has carried the Afro-Cuban musical torch, staying true to its rumba traditions, bata rhythms and Yoruba and Santeria vocal-chanting while also ushering in a New World funk captured in explosive live performances, such as the one recorded for the band’s latest release, La Luna.

Steve Earle and the Dukes with special guest the Mastersons 4:15 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Texas-bred, Tennessee-trained singer/songwriter Steve Earle is a Townes Van Zandt disciple who’s written brilliant tunes like “Copperhead Road” in a career that’s recently included acting in HBO’s Treme. Here PAGE 45

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he continues his collaboration with folksy husband-and-wife duo the Mastersons, featuring former Sun Volt member Chris Masterson.

Guitar Masters feat. Jimmy Robinson, John Rankin, Phil DeGruy, and Cranston Clements 4:25 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Putting these virtuosos together on one bill is a guitar-lover’s dream, as it brings together some of New Orleans’ finest players for a rocking show that will draw from country, flamenco, blues and more.

CRITICS PICK Preservation Hall Jazz Band 4:25 p.m., Economy Hall Tent The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a host of special guests Sunday on the Gentilly Stage, but this set will feature a more traditional lineup and set of traditional New Orleans jazz.

Black Feathers Mardi Gras Indians 4:25 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage This storied Mardi Gras Indian tribe, known for rousing tambourine play, carries on its proud tradition despite the death of Big Chief Lionel Delpit last summer.

CRITICS PICK Aaron Neville’s Gospel Experience

Eagles 5 p.m., Acura Stage There’s no denying the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group’s impact on American rock. While cell phones have replaced cigarette lighters on the Eagles’ perpetual last tour(s), songs responsible for 128-million album sales such as “Hotel California” and “Take It Easy” remain FM gold.

CRITICS PICK My Morning Jacket 5:25 p.m., Gentilly Stage Kentucky-bred rock band My Morning Jacket has pulled off the rare artistic feat of being popular and cool. The band returned to the Bluegrass State to record its sixth album, Circuital, in Louisville — perhaps to contrast 2008’s New York City-




ocal audiences are probably familiar with John and Lillian Boutte. Though primarily a jazz singer, John once fronted Cubanismo! and recently garnered attention for supplying HBO’s Treme with its theme song. Sister Lillian is best known as a gospel singer, but both have sung a range of genres including jazz, blues and gospel. This Boutte Family Sunday Praise show brings together six musicians from the Boutte family on one stage for the first time. Lillian and John are joined by their nieces Tricia “Teedy” Boutte-Langlo and Tanya Boutte-Elsworth, sister and first-timer Lorna Boutte-Delay and her daughter Arsene Delay. Boutte-Langlo says gospel provided a foundation for her family. “New Orleans makes crossing genres so easy,” she says. “Gospel was the base of most of the music we perform — blues, jazz, soul. Gospel is their mama.” Gospel shouldn’t be limited to any one denomination or necessarily associated with organized religion, Delay says. “Gospel music is about enduring struggle, it’s about being able to come out of the dark places we all go to or end up at as human beings,” she says. “It speaks to our need as human beings to know that we aren’t alone in times of extreme

grief or difficulty. ... Gospel music reminds us to keep faith in the dark times, because when dawn breaks, it will make us all the stronger.” Delay is the newest artist added to the Threadhead Records roster, and she is slated to release her solo debut album in November. Several members of the family are working on new projects, and Tricia is recording with her band The Bootleg Operation, which has an ever-rotating membership. This performance, under the direction of Dwight Fitch, should showcase their individual talents and interests. “The audience can expect to hear six fantastic voices take six different approaches to the material,” Arsene says. “We’ve all picked the songs we are singing solo, which hold different meanings to each of us. So you can expect a nice variety.”

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Louisiana Soft Shell Crab recorded Evil Urges, which took the band out of their psychedelic, Southern-rock comfort zone. The ever-touring band thrives live, and many locals may recall their face-melting 2008 Jazz Fest set — filled out nicely with horn arrangements courtesy of their pals at Preservation Hall.

Herbie Hancock and His Band 5:30 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Herbie Hancock — in what is considered the first major initiative as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador — launched International Jazz Day with jetsetting appearances in Paris, New York and New Orleans. For this set, Hancock will unleash the sophisticated funk that defines his style, brilliant enough to score with Miles Davis (“Watermelon Man”) and greasy enough to provide a soundtrack to Fat Albert Rotunda, his 1969 debut on Blue

Note that marked his cross-over and transcendent melding of soul and jazz.

Warren Haynes Band 5:30 p.m., Blues Tent Gov’t Mule frontman and Allman Brothers axe-slinger Warren Haynes makes the Fair Grounds debut of a band he formed early in 2011 that focuses more on driving R&B and classic soul than his typical jam-infused Southern rock, evident in members such as veteran crooner Nigel Hall and stalwart king of New Orleans rhythm Terence Higgins (Dirty Dozen Brass Band).

CRITICS PICK Ne-Yo 5:35 p.m., Congo Square Stage Shaffer C. “Ne-Yo” Smith was born into a musical Arkansas

family but moved with his single mom to Las Vegas. Ne-Yo first made a name for himself by penning R&B sensation Mario’s mega-hit “Let Me Love You” before also writing songs for stars such as Mary J. Blige. Now signed to hip-hop/R&B label Def Jam, Ne-Yo’s unreleased debut album packs enough positive buzz to send him to super stardom.

New Birth Brass Band 5:35 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Driven by the stirring rhythm section of bass drummer/ bandleader Tanio Hingle and snare drummer Kerry “Fat Man” Hunter, this young group is equally at home at Preservation Hall or on the streets. New Birth covers brass-band standards but with a capable horn section also pulls off covers such as Professor Longhair’s “Big Chief.” PAGE 47

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4:55 p.m., Gospel Tent Aaron Neville is known in pop-music circles around the world for his angelic vibrato. In 2010, he released his third gospel album, I Know I’ve Been Changed. Expect heartfelt, bluesy covers of gospel favorites by the likes of the Staple Singers, Sam Cooke and Odetta.

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Leroy Jones & New Orleans’ Finest 5:55 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Like many New Orleans natives, Leroy Jones carried a trumpet by age 10, and by age 13 he was leading Danny Barker’s famed Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band. In later years, Jones joined Harry Connick Jr.’s band, was a highly demanded session player, and bandleader at Preservation Hall.

Hot Club of New Orleans 6 p.m., Lagniappe Stage The Hot Club of New Orleans offers studied interpretations of jazz’s golden age, melding the gypsy groove of Django Reinhardt and the sophisticated swing of Duke Ellington for an exuberant, original style that inspires both quiet toe-tapping and dancing with abandon.

CRITICS PICK Lost Bayou Ramblers 6 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Applying a punk-rock urgency to the revival of old-time Cajun music, the Lost Bayou Ramblers write new music and deliver a high-octane live show. The band’s cover of The Who’s “My Generation” is a highlight of the recent release En Francais: Cajun ’n’ Creole Rock ’n’ Roll, produced by Ramblers fiddler and vocalist Louis Michot.

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Parades 12:15 p.m. TBC Brass Band with Prince of Wales and Original Lady Buckjumpers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs 1:20 p.m. Wild Tchoupitoulas and Wild Apaches Mardi Gras Indians 3:10 p.m. Buffalo Hunters and Apache Hunters Mardi Gras Indians 4:15 p.m. Highsteppers Brass Band with Lady Rollers, Nine Times Ladies and Original C.T.C. Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs

12:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:05 p.m. Native Nations Intertribal

Cultural Exchange Pavilion 2:15 p.m. Indian practice 3:30 p.m. Buffalo Hunters and Apache Hunters Mardi Gras Indians 4:50 p.m. Golden Commanche Mardi Gras Indians

Performances Rotary Downs 11:10 a.m., Acura Stage The New Orleans band plays psychedelic pop rock with fuzzy roots-tinged strains topped with James Marler’s laconic vocals and cerebral lyrics.

Ceasar Elloie 11:10 a.m., Congo Square Stage Born in New Orleans, Ceasar Elloie learned the full canon of local sounds from early exposure to gospel in church to traditional New Orleans jazz. He performs everything from funk and soul to jazz and R&B. He released New Orleans to Paris in 2010.

Rocks of Harmony 11:10 a.m., Gospel Tent This all-male traditional gospel group has performed together for five decades.

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n his review of Rejoice and Shout, the 2010 gospel music documentary by Don McGlynn, Stephen Holden of The New York Times writes, “At some point while watching the film, you may feel that music is God.” Directly above that paragraph is a photograph of a beautiful young woman, eyes closed, rapt in song. It’s Mavis Staples, taken back when her surname carried far more weight than her given one, and if gospel music ever has transcended art and come close to the divine, it’s Staples — a primary voice in McGlynn’s historical chorus — who should be praised. As the youngest sibling and lead singer in the Staple Singers, the family band founded by patriarch Roebuck “Pops” Staples in 1948, Mavis was the archetype for another supreme being: the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The Staples took off as spiritual performers in houses of worship around their home base of Chicago, but the group’s transformation into civil rights orchestrators in the late 1960s and R&B icons on early-1970s Stax Records classics “Respect Yourself” and “I’ll Take You There” had one catalyst: Mavis’ voice, the rallying cry at its core. That godly voice — a soul-stirring, skin-prickling instrument characterized by lifelong friend Bob Dylan as “the way the world is” — has been granted its own resurrection in recent years, beginning with the 2004 comeback Have a Little Faith. We’ll Never Turn Back, a concept album issued in 2007, modernized gospel songs from the Civil Rights movement with the rootsy signature of producer Ry Cooder. But it’s on 2010 release You Are Not Alone that Staples found her most inspired, if unexpected, champion: fellow Chicagoan Jeff Tweedy of Wilco.

Stemming from a joint performance for 2008 live recording Hope at the Hideout, her latest LP puts Staples back where she belongs: front and center, backed by lean, Muscle Shoals-likened arrangements of gospel standards from her youth (“Creep Along Moses”); popular songs by contemporaries Allen Toussaint (“Last Train”), Randy Newman (“Losing You”) and John Fogerty (“Wrote a Song For Everyone”); two Pops Staples originals (“Don’t Knock” and “Downward Road”) and two new tracks penned by Tweedy (“Only the Lord Knows” and “You Are Not Alone”). A sturdy showcase of an incomparable American talent, You Are Not Alone is most moving on that title track, Tweedy’s ruminative mid-tempo strum a perfect match for Staples’ deep-sourced vocals, which speak to her unassailable faith in the powers of God and of people: “I’m with you, I’m lonely too/ What’s that song, can’t be sung by two?”

Mavis Staples 4:50 p.m. Friday May 4 Gospel Tent

Chris Clifton & His All-Stars 11:15 a.m., Economy Hall Tent Trumpeter Chris Clifton is a former bandmate of Louis Armstrong and leads this traditional New Orleans jazz band.

Jockimo’s Groove feat. War Chief Juan 11:15 a.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Jockimo’s Groove is led by vocalist and Mardi Gras Indian War Chief Juan Pardo, and it combines Indian percussion with a funky backing band.

Creole String Beans 11:20 a.m., Gentilly Stage Guitarist Rick Olivier, bassist Rob Savoy and saxophonist Derek Huston lead this swamp pop and old-school New Orleans R&B outfit. The band released Shrimp Boots & Vintage Suits in 2011.


and Delta blues with his warbling slide guitar playing and incorporates punk, hard rock and psychedelic sounds. His forthcoming album How to Kill a Horse will be released in fall.

Jambalaya Cajun Band 11:20 a.m., Fais DoDo Stage Together since the late 1970s, the Jambalaya Cajun Band plays traditional Cajun music. The band is led by songwriter and fiddler Terry Huval, known for his signature red cap.

Lynn Drury 11:20 a.m., Lagniappe Stage Singer/songwriter Lynn Drury released the emotionally charged Sugar on the Floor in 2011. Her style combines New Orleans grooves and a bit of country twang from her native Mississippi.

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11:30 a.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

This ensemble features students in the University of New Orleans jazz studies program.

Kim Che’re noon, Gospel Tent A native of New York, Kim Che’re moved to New Orleans in the early 1990s and became a familiar voice on the radio. She sings contemporary gospel and tours regularly. In 2008, she released Free to Be Me.

Supagroup 12:15 p.m., Acura Stage At the front of Supagroup, brothers Chris and Benji Lee channel AC/DC and beefy 1970s guitar rock. In 2011, it released Hail! Hail! which is full of references to Heavy Metal, the movie.

Davina & the Vagabonds 12:20 p.m., Blues Tent Pianist/vocalist Davina Sowers leads this Minnesota quintet, which fuses an upbeat repertoire from

blues, jazz, ragtime and big band influences.

Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble 12:20 p.m., Economy Hall Tent This large ensemble focuses on styles from the early decades of recorded jazz and classics such as “Tiger Rag” and “Livery Stable Blues.”

Higher Heights 12:20 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Higher Heights is a local reggae and roots music band led by Cheryl McKay.

Mem Shannon & the Membership 12:25 p.m., Congo Square Stage Guitarist Mem Shannon plays B.B. King-style blues with funky New Orleans accents. His latest release is 2007’s Live: A Night at Tipitina’s.

Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers 12:30 p.m., Gentilly Stage Kermit Ruffins is a gravelvoiced singer and trumpeter and ever popular man about town. He released Happy Talk in 2010 and it climbed to No. 5 on Billboard’s jazz chart. His swinging-style of New Orleans jazz has been popular in local barrooms and concert halls since he left the Rebirth Brass Band in the early 1990s.

Tanya & Dorise 12:30 p.m., Lagniappe Stage For more than a decade, this duo has busked and entertained on the streets of New Orleans and in wideranging travels in Europe and the Caribbean. With Dorise Blackman on banjo and guitar and Tanya Huang on violin, they play everything from folk to pop tunes.

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12:45 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Gregory Agid had already taken up the clarinet when his family moved to New Orleans when he was 12 years old. He focuses on modern jazz styles instead of the traditional sounds one might expect from a local clarinetist. He will lead his quartet through original material and a tribute to his mentor, Alvin Batiste, in this performance.

CRITICS PICK Jo “Cool” Davis with James “Sugar Boy” Crawford 12:50 p.m., Gospel Tent Gospel singer Jo “Cool” Davis is joined by New Orleans R&B legend James “Sugar Boy” Crawford. Crawford wrote “Jock-A-Mo,” which was turned into the Dixie Cups’ hit “Iko Iko,” and he led the band Sugar Boy and his Cane Cutters. Later in life, Crawford dedicated himself to gospel.


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1:25 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Now a decade old, the “To Be Continued” Brass Band has stuck with its once temporary name and continues to play contemporary New Orleans brass band music incorporating R&B and hip-hop.

ELS 1:30 p.m., Congo Square Stage Erica, Lisa and Elaine, who represents the “S” as Smiley, sing everything from blues and rock to 1960s girl group hits, especially R&B, soul and Motown favorites.

Charmaine Neville Band 1:30 p.m., Blues Tent Chanteuse Charmaine Neville’s repertoire is steeped in her funky New Orleans fam-

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ily’s R&B, and she also performs jazz ballads and blues tunes. Her band includes pianist Amasa Miller, guitarist Detroit Brooks, bassist Jesse Boyd and Gerald French on drums.

Orange Kellin’s New Orleans DeLuxe Orchestra 1:30 p.m., Economy Hall Tent A native of Sweden, clarinetist Orange Kellin moved to New Orleans in 1966 to play traditional jazz. He was the musical supervisor for the hit One Mo’ Time.

Zion Harmonizers 1:35 p.m., Gospel Tent Originally assembled in the 1940s, the Zion Harmonizers is one of the area’s longest continually active gospel groups and has performed at every Jazz Fest.

CRITICS PICK Tom McDermott & Friends 1:40 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Pianist Tom McDermott is a master of traditional New Orleans jazz as well as Brazilian and French roots music. For this set of primarily traditional jazz, he’s joined by frequent collaborator clarinetist Evan Christopher, trumpeter Kevin Clark and vocalist Meschiya Lake.

Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band 1:55 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Accordionist/vocalist Keith Frank leads the mellow and grooving Soileau Zydeco Band.

funky Meters 2 p.m., Gentilly Stage Original Meters Art Neville and George Porter Jr. added drummer Russell Batiste to carry the mantle of the seminal New Orleans funk band, The Meters, and the group has alternately included guitarists Brian Stoltz and Ian Neville, who currently focuses on Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk.

A Living Tribute to Harold Battiste feat. Jesse McBride, Ellis Marsalis and Germaine Bazzle 2:05 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Besides his work as a musician, Battiste is known for founding the first AfricanAmerican musician-owned label (All For One), arranging Sam Cooke’s “You Send Me” and producing Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe.” He joined Ellis Marsalis on the faculty of the University of New Orleans jazz studies program.

Ninevah Baptiste Church Mass Choir 2:30 p.m., Gospel Tent This large mass choir is based out of Metairie’s Nineveh Baptist Church.

CRITICS PICK The Bounce Shake Down feat. Big Freedia, Katey Red, Keedy Black and DJ Poppa 2:35 p.m., Congo Square Stage This showcase features some of New Orleans’ top bounce artists — Big Freedia and Katey Red — rapping at the triggerman beat’s furious pace in the local call and response style.

Glen David Andrews 2:40 p.m., Blues Tent Trombonist/vocalist Glen David Andrews performs a steamy mix of jazz, funky brass sounds and New Orleans standards.

Los Hombres Calientes feat. Bill Summers and Irvin Mayfield 2:50 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Los Hombres Calientes was formed to explore Latin jazz sounds, and master percussionist Bill Summers incorporates a wide array of Afro-Cuban and world beats.

Greg Stafford’s Jazz Hounds 3 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Trumpeter Greg Stafford focuses on traditional New Orleans jazz. He took over the Jazz Hounds from the legendary banjoist and brass band revivalist Danny Barker.

Ed Volker 3 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Former Radiator keyboardist Ed Volker, aka Zeke, wrote prolifically for that band and also wrote a lot of his own material, stretching beyond the Radiators jammy rock sounds.

CRITICS PICK Foo Fighters 3:10 p.m., Acura Stage Guitarist Dave Grohl formed the Foo Fighters as he recovered from the difficult end of Nirvana. By 2000, it had climbed to the top of the alt-rock world with hits like “My Hero” and “Learn to Fly.” The band has collected four Best Rock Album Grammys, including one for 2011’s Wasting Light.

JAZZ FEST 2012 CRITICS PICK Boutte Family Sunday Praise 3:30 p.m., Gospel Tent This family affair of talented vocalists includes John Boutte, Lillian Boutte, and Tricia “Teedy” Boutte-Langlo, Lorna Boutte-Delay, Tanya BoutteElsworth and Arsene Delay.

Bonnie Raitt 3:45 p.m., Gentilly Stage Since the 1970s, Bonnie Raitt has distinguished herself as a singer/ songwriter, incorporating blues, country and roots sounds, though to many she is best known for pop hits like “Something to Talk About” and “Nick of Time” and the ballad “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” She’s won nine Grammys. Her latest album Slipstream is out this month.

Rebirth Brass Band 3:45 p.m., Congo Square Stage Since its founding in the early 1980s, the Rebirth Brass Band has been one of the city’s top contemporary brass bands, incorporating R&B, rock and New Orleans funk while producing anthemic brass band tunes like “Do Watcha Wanna.” The band’s album Rebirth of New Orleans earned the band a regional roots music Grammy in 2012, the first for a New Orleans brass band.

David Sanborn and Joey DeFrancesco 3:45 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Saxophonist David Sanborn has performed and recorded in an array of popular music genres, including R&B, pop, rock and jazz. His crossover work has made him popular with fans of smooth jazz. Joey DeFrancesco succeeds his father as a top jazz organist.

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Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience 4 p.m., Blues Tent Grammy-winner Terrance Simien has played zydeco music for nearly three decades and is also an ambassador for the Creole culture of Acadiana. He’s incorporated New Orleans funk into the band’s sound and collaborated with artists in many musical genres.

George French & the New Orleans Storyville Jazz Band 4:20 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Bassist/vocalist George French comes from one of New Orleans’ musical families and is a veteran of its jazz and R&B scenes. With the New Orleans Storyville Jazz Band, he focuses on traditional jazz.

Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias 4:25 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Legendary Big Chief Bo Dollis is known for his cutting, gravely vocals on classic Mardi Gras Indian record-



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ings like “Handa Wanda.” He still leads the Wild Magnolias tribe, but he shares singing duties with his son.

Ferbos, Jim James, Bonnie Raitt, Ani DiFranco, Steve Earle and Jazz Fest founder George Wein.


Maze feat. Frankie Beverly

4:25 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Javier Olondo leads this pan-Latin band, combining the sounds of Cuba, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean influences.

Stars of Heaven 4:50 p.m., Gospel Tent For two decades, this Chicago-based quintet has toured and sang contemporary gospel. In 2010, the group released Wait on the Lord.

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4:55 p.m., Congo Square Stage DJ Captain Charles spins hip-hop, bounce, R&B and soul music in this short set.

CRITICS PICK Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings 5:30 p.m., Blues Tent Backed by the Dap-Kings’ large horn section, powerhouse vocalist Sharon Jones channels R&B, soul and funk of the 1960s and ’70s. Since 2000, the band has been at the forefront of the soul revival. The group released Soul Time last year.

CRITICS PICK Preservation Hall & Friends 50th Anniversary Celebration 5:35 p.m., Gentilly Stage The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is joined by a host of special guests including Allen Toussaint, Trombone Shorty, Lionel

5:35 p.m., Congo Square Stage For 35 years, Frankie Beverly and Maze has issued a steady stream of smooth funk, soul and R&B. Maze recorded an early live album at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans and the 1980s albums Can’t Stop the Love and Silky Soul both reached No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B chart. The band released a greatest hits collection last year.

Blodie’s Jazz Jam 5:40 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Dirty Dozen Brass Band member Greg “Blodie” Davis hosts his annual jazz jam with a wide array of special guests.

The Neville Brothers 5:45 p.m., Acura Stage Brothers Art (keyboards), Aaron (vocals), Charles (sax) and Cyril (percussion) Neville close out the Jazz & Heritage Festival with set of signature New Orleans funk and R&B. The family band has performed together since the late 1970s, when several brothers worked on a Wild Magnolias’ album.

Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters 5:45 p.m., Fais DoDo Stage A consummate showman, Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. took over his legendary father Rockin’ Dopsie Sr.’s band in 1993 and blends contemporary hits into the repertoire of zydeco favorites.

Ruby Wilson’s Tribute to Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey 5:50 p.m., Economy Hall Tent A native of Texas, Ruby Wilson started singing professionally at the age of 16. She set up her throne on Memphis’ Beale Street and released 10 albums, focusing on the blues but adding a little soul. She pays tribute to blues legends Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey.

New Orleans Nightcrawlers 5:50 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Fronted by trombonist Craig Klein, saxophonists Brent Rose and Jason Mingledorf and sousaphonist Matt Perrine, the Nightcrawlers is a popular brass band known for sophisticated arrangements and putting the occasional funky spin on classic brass band tunes. Its most recent release is 2009’s Slither Slice.

Bobby Lounge 5:50 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Not quite Liberace, not quite Tom Lehrer, Bobby Lounge is an eccentric crooner who makes his annual Jazz Fest appearance, emerging from his “iron lung” with the help of his nurse/assistant Gina Pontevecchio, to sing outlandish tales from the Northshore.

Craig Adams & Higher Dimensions of Praise 6:05 p.m., Gospel Tent Keyboardist/vocalist Craig Adams leads this large New Orleans gospel choir, and he is also accomplished as a soul and R&B singer.

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Jimmy Buffett


Florence + the Machine



Ivan Neville’s


George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners


Mia Borders


Flow Tribe


Gentilly Stage

Esperanza Spalding: Radio Music Society


Henry Butler


The Stooges Brass Band


Michael Ward




Kourtney Heart


Congo Square Stage

Astral Project


Regina Carter’s “Reverse Thread”


Amina Figarova Sextet


Alto Saxophone Woodshed: Aaron Fletcher and Khari Allen Lee


The Marlon Jordan Quartet


Tulane University Jazz Ensemble


Zatarain’s/ WWOZ Jazz Tent

James Cotton “Superharp” Band


Joint’s Jumpin’


Silky Sol – The Red Afro Queen


Little Freddie King Blues Band


J. Monque’D Blues Band


Kipori “Baby Wolf” Woods


Blues Tent

PARADES: 12:50 pm — Cheyenne and 7th Ward Creole Hunters Mardi Gras Indians 2:55 pm — Roots of Music Marching Crusaders 4:15 pm — Original Pinettes Brass Band with VIP Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Club 5:35 pm — Young Fellaz Brass Band with Revolution and Ladies of Unity Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs



The Dirty Dozen Brass Band


Honey Island Swamp Band


Glen Hansard


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Acura Stage


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Chicago Bucket Boys


Free Agents Brass Band


of Mali

Cheick Hamalas Diabate


& the Mandingo Warriors Mardi Gras Indians

Fi Yi Yi


Jazz & Heritage Stage

The Iguanas


Ani DiFranco


Original Pinettes Brass Band


of Chile

Chico Trujillo


Rosie Ledet Chief Iron Horse & the Black & the Zydeco Seminoles Playboys Mardi Gras Indians


Bill Miller


Savoy Family Cajun Band


Robert Jardell & Pure Cajun


Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

NATIVE AMERICAN POW WOW: Folklife Stage in the La. Folklife Village 1:10pm, 2:20 and 3:50 pm — Native Nations Intertribal

Topsy Chapman

with special guest

Magnolia Jazz Band


Kid Chocolate


Banu Gibson


Dukes of Dixieland


Palmetto Bug Stompers


The Storyville String Band


Seva Venet


Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent

of Mali

Cheick Hamala Daibate


Dayna Kurtz


Kristi Guillory & the Midtown Project


Julio y Cesar Band


Kelcy Mae


Lagniappe Stage

Culu Children’s Traditional African Dance Company and Stilt Walkers


Judy Stock


Jazztories Puppets


Opera a la Carte


Young Audiences Performing Arts Showcase feat. Woodmere, Lincoln, Craig & Fischer Elementary Schools


Recovery School District Talented in Theater Performers


Kids’ Tent

Interviewer: David Kunian

George Porter, Jr.


Interviewer: Larry Blumenfeld

West Africa & the Blues

Cheick Hamala Diabate and Little Freddie King


Interviewer: Steve Hochman

Regina Carter


Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage

schedule subject to change .

CULTURAL EXCHANGE PAVILLION: 1:10 pm — Cheyenne and 7th Ward Creole Hunters MGI 3:05 pm — Indian Practice 4:55 pm — Fi Yi Yi & the Mandingo Warriors Mardi Gras Indians

Lyle Henderson & Emanu-El


The Raymond A. Myles Singers (RAMS) 30th Anniversary Reunion


Forever Jones


McDonogh #35 High School Gospel Choir


O. Perry Walker Charter High School Gospel Choir


The Mighty Supremes


Gospel Inspirations of Boutte


“Singing Mustangs” Gospel Choir

Eleanor McMain


Gospel Tent

Zac Brown Band

5:20pm - 6:55pm

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals

Rodrigo y Gabriela and C.U.B.A.

5:35pm - 7pm


3:45pm - 4:55pm

Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers

2:05pm - 3:15pm

Theresa Andersson

12:40pm - 1:30pm


11:30am - 12:20pm

Gentilly Stage

Courtney Bryan

Nayo Jones

Ziggy Marley

5:30pm - 7pm


Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Orchestra


Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic

3:50pm - 5:05pm

Germaine Bazzle

The Pedrito Martinez Group 3:55pm -4:55pm


Baritone Bliss


Phillip Manuel

2:45pm - 3:35pm

Donald Harrison

1:30pm - 2:25pm

Erica Falls

Little Anthony & the Imperials


Deacon John


Wanda Rouzan & A Taste of New Orleans


Reggie Hall & the Twilighters featuring Lady Bee


Big Al Carson & the Blues Masters


Bryan Lee & the Blues Power Band




11:15am - Noon

12:20pm - 1:10pm

Blues Tent

Zatarain’s WWOZ Jazz Tent

Congo Square Stage


5pm - 7pm

Irma Thomas

3:10pm - 4:15pm

Allen Toussaint

1:35pm - 2:40pm

The Malone Brothers

12:15pm - 1:05pm

Mas Mamones

11:10am - 11:55 am

3:35pm - 4:45pm

Big Sam’s Funky Nation

1:55pm - 2:55pm

Rumba Buena

12:35pm - 1:35pm

Tarriona“Tank” Ball & the BlackStar Bangas

11:20am - 12:10am

Congo Square Stage

My Morning Jacket

5:25pm - 6:55pm


5:25pm - 6:55pm

Better Paulina Than Rubio Ezra

3:35pm - 4:45pm

Anders Osborne

2:05pm - 3:05pm

MyNameIs JohnMichael

12:40pm - 1:40pm

Paul Sanchez & the Rollling Road Show

11:25am - 12:15pm

Gentilly Stage

The Joe Krown Trio with Walter “Wolfman” Washington & Russell Batiste Jr.

Jeremy Davenport


Herbie Hancock & his Band


The Warren Haynes Band


The Pedrito Mooney & Martinez Bluesiana Group

4:05pm - 5pm


John Bombino Boutté of Niger




Lil’ Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers


Sarah Jarosz


Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band


Joe Hall & the Cane Cutters




Lesa Cormier & the Sundown Playboys


Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

Hot 8 Brass Band



New Leviathan Oriental FoxTrot Orchestra


Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent


Cha Wa 12:20pm-1:10pm


Belton Richard & the Musical Aces

Jazz & Heritage Stage 11:15am-Noon

Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

Cynthia Girtley


Soul Children

New Orleans Gospel


Gospel Tent

Brass Bed


& the

Honky Tonk Revue

Gal Holiday


New Orleans Hispano America (NOHA) Dance Group


Lake Forest Charter Jazz Ensemble


Eulenspiegel Puppets


KID smART Showcase


Voices of Fannie C. Williams Charter Choir and Recorder Ensemble


Kids Tent

Riccardo Crespo & Sol Brasil


Lagniappe Tent

Stephen Foster’s Foster Family Program


Kids Tent

Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco



Broussard & the Creole Cowboys


Mariachi Jalisco




w/ special guest The Mastersons

New Birth Brass Band


First Emanuel Baptist Church Mass Choir


Aaron Neville’s Gospel Experience

Irvin “Honey” Banister of the Golden Sioux Mardi Gras Indians Interviewer: Kalamu ya Salaam


Michael Gourrier


Wycliffe Gordon


The Matthew Davidson Band


Mariachi Jalisco


Versailles Lion Dance Team


Young Guardians of the Flame



Steve Armbruster

Mac Arnold


Herman Fuselier

Curley Taylor


Michael Tisserand


Groove Interrupted with author Keith Spera, Aaron Neville, and Jeremy Davenport


Jason Patterson


Preservation Hall’s 50th Anniversary with Ben Jaffe, Mark Braud & Charlie Gabriel


Ashley Kahn


Pedrito Martinez


Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage

schedule subject to change .

CULTURAL EXCHANGE PAVILLION: 1:35 pm — Black Feathers Mardi Gras Indians 3:05 pm — Trouble Nation and Mohawk Hunters MGI 4:50 pm — Indian Practice

Hot Club of New Orleans


Guitar Masters featuring Jimmy Robinson, John Rankin, Phil DeGruy, and Cranston Clements

Patrice Fisher & Arpa and the Garifuna Connection


Thierno Dioubate of Guinea

of Senegal and

Morikeba Kouyate


Across the Border with Javier Juarez featuring

1:50pm-2:35pm 1:50pm-2:45pm

Black Feathers

Mardi Gras Indians

1:30pm-1:40pm Versailles Lion Dance Team

Kora Connection



The Johnson Extension


Val & the Love Alive Mass Choir


Tyronne Fosters & the Arc Singers



NATIVE AMERICAN POW WOW: Folklife Stage in the La. Folklife Village 1:10pm and 2:20pm — Native Nations Intertribal

Leroy Jones Lost & New Bayou Orleans’ Ramblers Finest


Hall Jazz Band

Steve Earle and Preservation the Dukes


Hellraisers Pinstripe Young Brass Tuxedo Band Jazz Band


Tommy Sancton’s New Orleans Legacy Band




Derek Huston

Little Anthony


Interviewer: Alison Fensterstock

Ani DiFranco


Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage

schedule subject to change .

CULTURAL EXCHANGE PAVILLION: 2:25pm — Golden Sioux and Young Cherokee MGI 3:35pm — Indian Practice 4:55pm — Red Hawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians

Pastor Terry Gullage & the Greater Mount Calvary Voices of Redemption Choir


Mavis Staples

The Revealers


The Jim McCormick Band

Yvette Landry Band


John Lawrence & Ven Pa´Ca Flamenco Ensemble


Ingrid Lucia


Zazou City


Lagniappe Stage


Ted Winn


St. Joseph the Worker Choir


Donnie Bolden Jr. & the Spirit of Elijah


Connie & Dwight with the St. Raymond/ St. Leo the Great Gospel Choir


Pastor Tyrone Jefferson


Zulu Male Ensemble


Gospel Tent


Mardi Gras Indians

Golden Blade


Forgotten Souls Brass Band


Kumbuka African Dance and Drum Collective


Mardi Gras Indians

Red Hawk


Jazz & Heritage Tent

NATIVE AMERICAN POW WOW: Folklife Stage in the La. Folklife Village 12:05pm, 1:15pm and 2:35pm — Native Nations Intertribal

Hello Pops A Tribute to Louis Armstrong

Wycliffe Gordon Quintet:


Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony


Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans


Mark Braud & the New Orleans Jazz Giants


Kidd Simmons’ Local International Allstars


Connie Jones & the Crescent City Jazz Band


Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent

Mac Arnold Curley Taylor 12:35pm-1:30pm & Plate Full Wendell 12:40pm-1:25pm & Zydeco Grupo Sam Doores Samba Kids 12:50pm-1:35pm O’ Blues Brunious & Trouble the Music Sensacion Voices of & the and Curtis Masters Peter Claver Tumbleweeds Pierre 1:30pm-2:25pm

Roland Guerin


Guitar Slim Jr. 12:25pm-1:10pm


Xavier University Jazz Ensemble

Blues Tent 11:15am-12:05pm

WWOZ Jazz Tent

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PARADES: 12:15 pm — Cherokee Hunters and Wild Red Flame Mardi Gras Indians 1:30 pm — Baby Boyz Brass Band with New Generation and Undefeated Divas Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs 2:45 pm — Big Chief Trouble & Trouble Nation and Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians 3:05 pm — (in Economy Hall Tent) Lady Jetsetters Social Aid & Pleasure Club 4:15 pm — Kinfolk Brass Band with Westbank Steppers, Walley of Silent Men, and Pigeon Town Steppers SAPCs

















Acura Stage


PARADES: 12:15 pm — Kenneth Terry Brass Band with Original Four and Original Big Seven Social Aid & Pleasure Club 2:05 pm — Golden Sioux and Young Cherokee Mradi Gras Indians 3:30 pm —New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians Rhythm Section and Young Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians 5 pm — Smitty Dee’s Brass Band with Scene Boosters and Ole N Nu Style Fellaz Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs








3:30pm 3:25pm - 4:35pm


2:30pm 3:00pm

1:55pm - 2:55pm

Wayne Toups & ZyDeCajun

12:35pm - 1:35pm






The Bucktown All-Stars

11:20am - 12:10 pm

Acura Stage


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Foo Fighters








12:15 pm 1:20 pm 3:10 pm 4:15 pm

Preservation Hall & Friends 50th Anniversary Celebration


Bonnie Raitt


funky METERS


Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers


Creole String Beans


Gentilly Stage

Frankie Beverly

Maze featuring


DJ Captain Charles


Rebirth Brass Band


with Big Freedia, Katey Red, Keedy Black& DJ Poppa

The Bounce Shake Down




Mem Shannon & the Membership Band


Ceasar Elloie


Congo Square Stage


Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience


Glen David Andrews


Charmaine Neville Band


Davina & the Vagabonds


Brother Dege


Blues Tent

Sharon Jones Blodie’s & the Jazz Jam Dap-Kings


David Sanborn & Joey DeFrancesco


featuring Jesse McBride, Ellis Marsalis, and Germaine Bazzle

A Living Tribute to Harold Battiste


Gregory Agid


UNO Jazz Allstars


Zatarain’s WWOZ Jazz Tent

— TBC Brass Band with Prince of Wales and Original Lady Buckjumpers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs — Wild Tchoupitoulas and Wild Apaches Mardi Gras Indians — Buffalo Hunters and Apache Hunters Mardi Gras Indians — Highsteppers Brass Band with Lady Rollers, Nine Times Ladies and Original C.T.C. SAPCs

The Neville 6:30pm Brothers














Rotary Downs


Acura Stage


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58 Ruby Wilson’s Tribute to Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey


George French & the New Orleans Storyville Jazz Band


Gregg Stafford’s Jazz Hounds


Orange Kellin’s New Orleans DeLuxe Orchestra


Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble


Chris Clifton & his AllStars


Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent


Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias


feat. Bill Summers & Irvin Mayfield

Los Hombres Calientes


TBC Brass Band


Higher Heights


War Chief Juan

Jockimo’s Groove feat.


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Craig Adams & Higher Dimensions of Praise


Stars of Heaven


Boutté Family Sunday Praise


Ninevah Baptist Church Mass Choir


The Zion Harmonizers


with guest Sugar Boy Crawford

Jo “Cool” Davis


Kim Che’re


Rocks of Harmony


Gospel Tent

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Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & New Orleans the Zydeco Nightcrawlers Twisters


Asleep at the Wheel


Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band


Red Stick Ramblers


Jambalaya Cajun Band


Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage


David & Roselyn


NORDC/ Crescent City Lights Youth Theater


Kids Tent

N’Kafu Traditional African Dance Company


New Orleans Young Traditional Brass Band with the Heel to Toe Steppers


Huval, Dupuy and Fuselier-Kids Cajun Band


Interviewer: Peggy Scott Laborde

Lynn Drury


Interviewer: Dave Margulies


Ben Ellman & Robert Mercurio of Galactic

Interviewer: Mark Sakakeeny

Ceasar Elloie


Asleep at the Wheel Interviewer: Alex Rawls


Ray Benson & Jason Roberts of

Interviewer: David Fricke

Ernie K-Doe: R&B Emperor of N.O. w/ author Ben Sandmel, Allen Toussaint, Walter “Wolfman” Washington


Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage

schedule subject to change .

CULTURAL EXCHANGE PAVILLION: 2:15 pm — Indian Practice 3:30 pm — Buffalo Hunters and Apache Hunters MGI 4:50 pm — Golden Comanche Mardi Gras Indians

Bobby Lounge




Ed Volker


Tom McDermott Hobgoblin Hill Puppets & Friends


Tanya & Dorise


Lynn Drury


Lagniappe Stage



New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Information Tickets: • Single-day tickets cost $50 in advance, $65 at the gate. • Child’s ticket $5 (available at the gate only; ages 2-10; adult must be present with child). • Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at, and by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets can be purchased in person at the New Orleans Arena Box Office (1501 Girod St.). All Jazz Fest tickets are subject to additional service fees and handling charges. • VIP ticket information is available at • Re-entry to the Fair Grounds is allowed only with WWOZ Brass Pass, Foundation Gala Pass or Big Chief VIP Pass.

Transportation: • There are taxi stands at Stallings Playground (1600 block of Gentilly Boulevard) and Fortier Park (3200 block of Esplanade Avenue).

• Large or hard coolers and thermoses • Wagons and carts • Pets • Glass • Personal tents • Metal poles • Shade canopies or beach- or pole-style umbrellas • Athletic games • Large chairs with rockers, foot rests, side tables, etc. • Bicycles or other wheeled personal transport devices (e.g. skateboards)

Congo Square Poster The 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Congo Square poster features trumpeter Shamarr Allen, who played in several New Orleans brass bands before forming Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs. The image is by Carl M. Crawford, a painter from Columbia, S.C., who has sold his work at the Congo Square Marketplace at previous festivals. It is printed by Art4Now.

• Video and audio recording equipment • Unauthorized vending • Weapons, illegal drugs and other contraband • Outside beverages except factorysealed water (up to 1 liter) • Inserting stakes, poles or any other objects into the ground, or use of ropes, cords, tape, etc. to reserve space • Setting up chairs and ground tarps in dense audience areas

On the Grounds: • ATMs are available on the grounds. • Jazz Fest is handicapped accessible. Call 410-6104 for information. • There are two medical tents on festival grounds. One is near the edge of the track between the Gentilly and Fais Do-Do stages. The other is on the edge of the track near the Acura display tent.

Jazz Fest Permits: • Small bags and backpacks (17-by-12-by-10 inches) and 12-pack soft coolers • Single, collapsible chairs • Wheelchairs and medical scooters • Push-strollers for children • Blankets not exceeding 6-by-8 feet • Factory-sealed water (up to 1 liter)

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. April 27-29, May 3-6 Fair Grounds Race Course, 1751 Gentilly Blvd.

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• Gray Line operates continuous roundtrip transportation to the festival from the Sheraton Hotel (500 Canal St.), Steamboat Natchez dock (Toulouse Street at the Mississippi River) and City Park (Marconi Meadows) from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. for $18 from downtown, $14 from City Park. A one-way ticket from the festival to downtown is $10. For more information call 569-1401 or (800) 233-2628 or visit

Jazz Fest Prohibits:


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THE OFFICIAL BEER April 27–May 6, 2012

©2012 MILLER BREWING CO., MILWAUKEE, WI © 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

Sounds Like

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1 around the world for its performing arts. Honorees are nominated by a designated committee in 24 categories with up to four nominees in each category. In addition, there are several awards chosen by the executive producer with the advice of an advisory committee, the nominating committee and the editorial staff at Gambit.

2012 ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR Rebirth Brass Band


2012 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Walter “Wolfman” Washington

1. 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Best Rhythm & Blues honoree Dr. John.



2. Best Country/Folk nominee Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue performed “Love is a Battlefield.”

2012 AMBASSADORS OF NEW ORLEANS MUSIC Preservation Hall Jazz Band


3. Margo and Clancy DuBos with Karol Brandt of Harrah’s.

2012 SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD Dithyrambalina: The Music Box 2012 BUSINESS RECOGNITION AWARD Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living



4. Honorary Music Chairman Johnny Vidacovich and his wife Deb. PHOTO BY JOSE GARCIA


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he 2012 Big Easy Music Awards winners were announced April 23 at a gala at Harrah’s New Orleans. Awards in 24 categories and six special awards were handed out at the event, which was hosted by drummer Johnny Vidacovich. The Big Easy Awards is New Orleans’ premier event honoring the musical talent of a city renowned


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8 5. Best Traditional Brass Band honors went to the Storyville Stompers. Photo by Jose Garcia

6. Best Female Performer nominee Irma Thomas sang “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” Photo by Jose Garcia

7. Debauche won a Big Easy Award for Best World Music.

6 9. Vocalist Sasha Masakowski and music writer David Kunian presented awards at the show. Photo by Jose Garcia

10. Best Contemporary Brass Band nominees Stooges Brass Band perform a Michael Jackson medley.


Photo by cheryl Gerber

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Photo by Jose Garcia

8. Best Country Nominee Gal Holiday and John Hornyak with Female Performer of the Year Meschiya Lake.

11. Big Sam Williams and Mary Von Kurnatowski presented awards.

Photo by Jose Garcia

Photo by Jose Garcia






BEST TRADITIONAL JAZZ 2011 Preservation Hall Jazz Band




BEST GOSPEL CHOIR 2011 Tyronne Foster & The Arc Singers

BEST FUNK 2011 Galactic



12. Ivan Neville, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Dr. John, Margo DuBos, George Porter Jr., Clancy DuBos, Johnny Vidacovich and Ben Ellman.

BEST RAP/HIP-HOP 2011 Big Freedia BEST BLUES 2011 Tab Benoit

Photo by Jose Garcia


13. Kermit Ruffins presented the Entertainer of the Year Award to Rebirth Brass Band.


BEST COUNTRY/FOLK 2011 Hurray for the Riff Raff

Photo by Jose Garcia

16. Almedia Lewis accepted the Best Gospel Choir Award for Tyrone Foster and The Arc Singers. Photo by Jose Garcia

14. Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal honors went to haarp.

17. Jay Pennington, Theo Eliezer, Delaney Martin and Taylor Shepherd won a Special Recognition Award for Dithyrambalina: The Music Box.

Photo by Jose Garcia

Photo by Jose Garcia

Photo by cheryl Gerber

BEST ROOTS ROCK 2011 Honey Island Swamp Band

15. Best Zydeco winners: Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha-Chas.

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23 18. Brass-A-Holics won in the Best Emerging category. Photo by Jose Garcia

19. Kermit Ruffins with members of the Rebirth Brass Band, who were named Entertainers of the Year. Photo by Jose Garcia

24 20. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band won the Best Traditional Jazz award and was named 2012 Ambassadors of New Orleans Music.

22. Best Latin winners, Los Po-Boy-Citos, performed “Walk this Way” with special guest Blac Sol.

Photo by Jose Garcia

23. Honey Island Swamp Band won Best Roots Rock.

21. Big History performed the Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me?” at the show. Photo by Jose Garcia

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Photo by Jose Garcia

24. Los Po-Boy-Citos with Blac Sol.

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BEST ZYDECO 2011 Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha-Chas

Photo by Jose Garcia


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how much inexpensive

what works

cheese plates and antipasti, foccacia

what doesn’t

too few wines available by the glass

Chomp around the clock

Two trends have been running concurrently as a number of new restaurants have joined the New Orleans dining scene these past few years: a greater variety of food and later hours. We still have our old-standbys of course — like Cafe du Monde (800 Decatur St., 525-4544; for beignets, Verti Marte (1201 royal St., 525-4767; for po-boys and Mimi’s in the Marigny (2601 royal St., 872-9868; for 3 a.m. tapas. But as all the musical entertainment pushes hours later this week, I have rounded up some places that offer late-night options. • Bouligny Tavern (3641 Magazine St., 891-1810; The chef behind Lilette serves elegant bar food like duck confit, gouda beignets and burrata salad. Open until midnight Mon.-Thu. and 2 a.m. Fri.-Sat. • Capdeville (520 Capdeville St., 371-5161; Get gastropub standards like burgers, fancy cheese fries and truffle mac and cheese in a practically hidden downtown location with a nice bar. Open until 11 p.m. Mon.Thu. and 1 a.m. Fri.-Sat.

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WinE OF THE week

Through the Grapevine By Ian McNulty


hether or not you go to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, it is coming to you this week with jam-packed bars and booked restaurants across town. The ringing till is always a welcome sound for our economy, but we need our sanity-saving strategies to survive the competition. Mine is to find places the Jazz Fest crowds haven’t, which is why the year-round appeals of Vine & Dine really shine now. Vine & Dine is a wine shop-turned-cafe in Algiers Point. It’s just across the river from the French Quarter, but it might as well be over the rainbow for those toeing our dining scene’s beaten path. Sharing an entrance with a barbershop and a resident cat, this is a wine destination with the laidback ambience of a neighborhood watering hole, a place without any pretense. The format will be familiar to fans of Bacchanal, that Bywater hotspot, though Vine & Dine is far less hip and much cheaper (also, there’s no live music here). Diners pick a wine from retail racks and are served at tables or along the tiny bar. There are about 100 wine choices, including some respectable bottles for less than $20. The boss here is Vanessa Thurber. She was a stockbroker in her native Arkansas until 9/11 upended her priorities and put her in a U-Haul to see what life in New Orleans was all about. By 2008, she and her husband Stephen were living in Algiers Point, and they decided to start a retail wine shop for

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their mostly residential neighborhood. Noticing their neighbors’ penchant to linger at the counter, they soon added a wine bar and dine-in menu. That menu reads like a cocktail party catering list, and socially it functions in much the same way. With its cheese platters, pate, dips, salads and charcuterie, Vine & Dine is more about noshing and sharing than conventional restaurant dining. This food is simple and usually very good. The Brie and crab au gratin is a rich, creamy casserole so liquid it’s best eaten with a spoon. Shrimp remoulade is piquant and plump. The sausage plate features a mix of four links and looks like something a friend just pulled off the backyard grill. Large slabs of crusty focaccia are like small pizzas, topped with shrimp and artichokes and sheets of parmigiano reggiano or a bubbling crust of mozzarella and mushrooms over flank steak. You’ve probably seen most of the selections for cheese platters and antipasti at the supermarket, but the presentations are attractive and very generous. At what other wine bar do you see people packing up cartons of leftovers like they just threw in the towel at Mandina’s? That happens frequently here. The Canal Street ferry is the best way to get to Vine & Dine and/or Algiers Point. It departs every 30 minutes, and you can see the ferry landing from Vine & Dine’s door. That means missing the boat can easily justify another round.

2007 Podere Il Palazzino Argenina Chianti Classico Tuscany, ITaly $15 ReTaIl

Tuscany’s Chianti Classico region, nestled between Florence and Siena, produces many styles of wine with great flavors and rich textures. This bargain bottling is fashioned from a single vineyard planted with select Sangiovese clones on hillsides rising to 1,300 feet in Classico’s Gaiole sub-region. This medium-bodied, versatile wine was aged in oak barriques. In the glass, it offers floral, black cherry, cedar and earthy aromas. On the palate, taste plum, dark berries, a pleasing minerality, hints of tobacco and chocolate and rustic tannins. Decant an hour before serving for best flavor. Drink it with veal chops, roast game, grilled mushrooms, eggplant dishes, truffled risotto and pizza. Buy it at: Hopper’s Carte des Vins. Drink it at: Atchafalaya.— BrENDA MAITLAND

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A homey Algiers wine bar blossoms.

Vanessa and Stephen Thurber at their wine store and cafe Vine & Dine.




Jazz Fest Express HOTARD

Destination Services

The ONLY shuttle that can bring you INSIDE the gates of the FESTIVAL! April 27-29

May 3-6

Round Trip air-conditioned transportation All shuttles begin at 10:30am and operate until all patrons have been transported from the Festival.

DOWNTOWN DEPARTURE LOCATIONS Steamboat Natchez Dock Sheraton Hotel

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Next to Marconi Meadows (Free parking with shuttle purchase)


Day of Sales begin at 9:30am at above locations. Day of purchases (Downtown locations) of 1-day shuttle +1-day admission $83 per person; Day of purchases (City Park location) of 1-day shuttle + 1 day admission $79 per person. Advance Package (shuttle & admission) available between 8am and 4pm only on 4/26 and 5/2 for $68 (Downtown departures) and $64 (City Park departures) at the following locations:

Steamboat Natchez Dock (Toulouse St. at the River) Sheraton Hotel concierge desk (500 Canal St.) Hilton Hotel concierge desk (2 Poydras St.) Admission tickets will not be sold separately. Admission tickets must be purchased with Shuttle tickets. Shuttle tickets can be purchased separately.



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gone crawfishing

As the final weekend of the New

VancE VaUcrEssOn O w n er , VAUC r eS S O n’ S S AUS AGe C O M PA n Y


he Vaucresson family is the longest-running food vendor at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, starting with the very first event in 1970 in Congo Square. The family later started a commercial sausage business in the 7th Ward. Their factory has been closed since Hurricane Katrina, but the Vaucressons now produce their sausage at a facility in Kenner and continue to work festivals. Vance Vaucresson is carrying the family tradition into the second generation, and he wants to return the brand to grocery stores in the future. What’s it been like having Jazz Fest in your family’s tradition? Vaucresson: For years growing up, the Fair Grounds was my playground. Back at the start, the crowds weren’t huge, so my parents just let me run around and I got to know all the other vendors. It was just an exciting time of the year for me every year. We know about Italian sausage and Polish sausage and such. Is there a specific New Orleans-style sausage? V: My parents always worked within the traditions of Creoles of color, and I think that is what we have here. We’ve always had Creole chaurice, which is like a Creole hot sausage. It has layers of flavor to it but it also has a kick. We’ve always tended to produce a very flavorful sausage that’s spicy. People make it different ways. It usually has pork in it, but I make it with beef and pork. We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel, we’re just upholding our tradition. How has the festival food vendor business changed over the years? V: At one time, if you had a festival you had to call around and sometimes beg people to come do food. But now, because of Jazz Fest and French Quarter Fest and the way they’ve just blown up, you’re seeing restaurants and high-end places out there at these events all the time. It’s because they see it as a good chance to build their name. You’ve got to get out in front of consumers and get your product in their hands. There’s nothing else like that for building your business, and it’s research, too, because people will tell you right away what they think. Believe me, they’re honest about it. — IAN MCNULTY

Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival approaches, the pretty bayou town of Breaux Bridge gears up for its biggest annual event, the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival (May 4-6, details at It might seem antithetical to depart for a Cajun food festival two hours down the highway just as the big show is happening right in our backyard. But it’s still possible to do some of Jazz Fest here and some of the Crawfish Festival on different days, and the Crawfish Festival does have a special appeal for foodies. It occurs at the traditional peak of crawfish season and celebrates the harvest in all its red glory. Crawfish is prepared in dozens of different ways by festival vendors. There’s a crawfish, shrimp and eggplant jambalaya topped with a crab patty, and a huge bowl of crab and shrimp etouffee over “atomic potatoes,” a spicy, garlicky potato salad. The event also offers hot dogs and stadium-style nachos. My favorite foods here, though, come from the etouffee cook-off. Teams of friends and family enter the competition, and once the judges get their samples the teams start dishing out portions for the crowd. Visitors can sample a delicious range of customized, competitiondriven variations of this iconic Cajun dish. Tastings start around noon on

Sunday, May 6. To wash it all down, beer booths around the grounds pour tall, cold drafts of locally made brews for refreshingly low prices. For music, the festival features some 30 Cajun, zydeco and swamp pop acts on three stages.

FIVE spOts tO gEt cracklIngs Cochon 930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-2123 A flourish of cracklings garnishes the cochon de lait.

John’s Seafood 825 Teche St., 366-8371 Thick cracklings live up to the name at this market in Algiers.

Manning’s Restaurant 519 Fulton St., 593-8118 A basket of salty cracklings is a complimentary bar snack.

Norma’s Sweets Bakery 2925 Bienville St., 309-5401; 3221 Georgia Ave., Kenner, 467-4309 Bins of hot chicharones line the meat counter at these Latin grocery stores.

Toups’ Meatery 845 n. Carrollton Ave., 252-4999 Cracklings are a natural fit at this new Cajun-inspired eatery.




Ignatius on the move

Ignatius Eatery (3121 Magazine St., 896-0242) recently completed a nine-block move down Magazine Street, taking over the former location of the Rue de la Course coffee shop. The move greatly expands the restaurant’s size, and it returns alcohol service to an operation that originally served beer and wine but later ran into licensing problems. The choice of where to relocate the restaurant must have been easy. Ignatius and Rue de la Course are both owned by Jerry Roppolo, who opened the first Rue de la Course in 1993 and built it into what had been a citywide chain. The Ignatius move means there’s now just a single Rue de la Course (1140 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-4343). Ignatius serves lunch and dinner Thursday through Monday, and brunch on weekends. The menu is largely the same, with choices like roast beef poboys, shrimp remoulade po-boys, shrimp Creole and boudin meatloaf.

Trends, notes, quirks and quotes from the world of food. “A 65-year-old’s money is just as good as a 25-year-old’s. In any economy, but especially in this one, it would seem crazy for any restaurant to scare off paying customers. But maybe some restaurateurs will take that risk if the upside is filling the dining room with even more young people.” — new York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells, pondering in a recent column if some New York restaurants have embraced trends like not accepting reservations, uncomfortable seating, communal tables and blaring music in part to discourage older customers.

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• Chiba (8312 Oak St., 826-9119; Right next to the Maple Leaf Bar, Chiba does sushi with a contemporary sensibility. Open until 11 p.m. Mon.-Tue., midnight Wed.-Thu.. and 1 a.m. Fri.-Sat. • Hoshun (1601 St. Charles Ave., 3029716; There is an expansive pan-Asian menu – from Chinese to Thai – in a sprawling Uptown restaurant. Open until 2 a.m. daily. • Kukhnya (2227 St. Claude Ave., 2658855). Inside the music venue Siberia, this new kitchen serves “Slavic soul food,” including pierogi, blini, egg noodles and the “Polboy,” a Polish sausage po-boy. Open until midnight Wed.-Mon. • Little Tokyo Small Plates & Noodle Bar (1340 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-6088; More of an izakaya or Japanese tavern, this restaurant offers Japanese-style bar snacks, sushi, ramen noodle soups and private karaoke rooms. Open until 2 a.m. Mon.-Sat.; 9 p.m. Sun. • Lost Love Lounge (2529 Dauphine St., 949-2009; Head to the back counter of this neighborhood bar for pho, spring rolls, noodle salads and banh mi. Open until midnight daily and later on Fri.-Sat. • Maurepas Foods (3200 Burgundy St., 267-0072; This Bywater restaurant and bar serves great cocktails and small plates of hearty and farm-fresh food. Open until midnight Thu.-Tue. • The Midway (4725 Freret St., 3222815; This new neighborhood spot offers creative deep-dish pizza, fresh salads, a bargain wine list and great beers. Open until midnight most nights and 1 a.m. Fri.-Sat. • Root (200 Julia St., 252-9480; This stylish eatery is making a name for itself with a vengeance with wildly creative cuisine and traditional charcuterie. Open until 11 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 2 a.m. Fri.-Sat. and 9 p.m. Sun. • Sylvain (625 Chartres St., 265-8123; A handsome addition to the French Quarter, this gastropub offers farmers market salads, burgers, pastas and more. Open until 11 p.m. Mon.Thu., midnight Fri.-Sat., and 10 p.m. Sun. • The Three Muses (536 Frenchmen St., 252-4801; This music club and eatery offers a global take on tapas — Italian to Creole to Spanish — in the heart of the Frenchmen Street scene. Open until 10 p.m. Sun.-Mon. and Wed.-Thu., and midnight Fri.-Sat. • Wandering Buddha (Hi-Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave., 945-9428; Inside the Hi-Ho Lounge, find a short menu of allvegan Korean dishes. Open until midnight Tue.-Sun. • Yuki Izakaya (525 Frenchmen St., 943-1122). Japanese-style small plates include clams in sake butter, cod roe rice balls and octopus dumplings, and there is a menu of sake. Hours vary but are typically very late.




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“Since 1969” honey and ham panino is dressed with feta and watercress. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


you are where you eat

Out 2 Eat is an index of Gambit contract advertisers. Unless noted, addresses are for New Orleans. Dollar signs represent the average cost of a dinner entree: $ — under $10; $$ — $11 to $20; $$$ — $21 or more. To update information in the Out 2 Eat listings, email willc@gambitweekly. com, fax 483-3116 or call Will Coviello at 483-3106. Deadline is 10 a.m. Monday.

aMeRICaN CAFE BEIGNET — 311 Bourbon St., 525-2611; 334B Royal St., 524-5530; — The Western omelet combines ham, bell peppers, red onion and white cheddar, and is served with grits and French bread. The Cajun hash browns are made with andouille sausage, potatoes, bell peppers and red onions and served with a scrambled egg and French bread. No reservations. Bourbon Street: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Royal Street: Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $ O’HENRY’S FOOD & SPIRITS — 634 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9741; 8859 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner, 461-9840; — Complimentary peanuts are the calling card of these casual, family friendly restaurants. The menu includes burgers, steaks, ribs, pasta, fried seafood, salads and more. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TED’S FROSTOP — 3100 Calhoun St., 861-3615 — The Lotto burger is a 6-oz. patty served with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and Frostop’s secret sauce and cheese is optional. There are waffle fries and house-made root beer. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BaR & GRILL BAYOU BEER GARDEN — 326 N. Jefferson Davis Pwky., 302-9357 — Head to Bayou Beer Garden for a 10oz. Bayou burger served on a sesame bun. Disco fries are french fries topped with cheese and debris gravy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $ DMAC’S BAR & GRILL — 542 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., 304-5757; — Stop in for daily lunch specials or regular items such as gumbo, seafood-stuffed poboys or pulled-pork sliders topped with barbecue sauce. Bar noshing items include seafood beignets with white

DOWN THE HATCH — 1921 Sophie Wright Place, 522-0909; www. — This casual restaurant offers a mix of burgers, salads, hot wings and cheese fries and the menu is updated frequently. The house-made veggie burger includes 10 different vegetables. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ THE RIVERSHACK TAVERN — 3449 River Road, 834-4938; www. — This bar and music spot offers a menu of burgers, sandwiches overflowing with deli meats and changing lunch specials. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ SHAMROCK BAR & GRILL — 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 301-0938 — Shamrock serves burgers, shrimp or roast beef po-boys, Reuben sandwiches, cheese sticks and fries with cheese or gravy. Other options include corned beef and cabbage, and fish and chips. No reservations. Dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $ ZADDIE’S TAVERN — 1200 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 832-0830 — Zaddie’s serves burgers, alligator sausage, boudin, tamales and meat or crawfish pies. Thursday’s steak night special features a filet mignon, butter-garlic potatoes, salad, grilled French bread and a soft drink for $15. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BaRBeCUe BOO KOO BBQ — 3701 Banks St., 202-4741; — The Boo Koo burger is a ground brisket patty topped with pepper Jack cheese, boudin and sweet chile aioli. The Cajun banh mi fills a Vietnamese roll with hogshead cheese, smoked pulled pork, boudin, fresh jalapeno, cilantro, cucumber, carrot, pickled radish and sriracha sweet chile aioli. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Cash only. $ SAUCY’S BBQ GRILL — 3244 Severn Ave., Metairie, 322-2544; — Saucy’s serves slow-smoked St. Louis-style pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket, smoked sausage and grilled or jerk chicken. Side items include smoked beans, mac and cheese, coleslaw and Caribbean rice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BURGeRS BEACHCORNER BAR & GRILL — 4905 Canal St., 488-7357; www. — Top a 10oz. Beach burger with cheddar, blue, Swiss or pepper Jack cheese, sauteed mushrooms or house-made hickory sauce. Other options include a grilled chicken sandwich. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CaFe CAFE FRERET — 7329 Freret St.,

861-7890; — The cafe serves breakfast itemes like the Freret Egg Sandwich with scrambled eggs, cheese and bacon or sausage served on toasted white or wheat bread or an English muffin.Signature sandwiches include the Chef’s Voodoo Burger, muffuletta and Cuban po-boy. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Fri.-Wed., dinner Mon.-Wed., Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ GOTT GOURMET CAFE — 3100 Magazine St., 373-6579; www. — This cafe serves a variety of gourmet salads, sandwiches, wraps, Chicago-style hot dogs, burgers and more. The cochon de lait panini includes slow-braised pork, baked ham, pickles, Swiss, ancho-honey slaw, honey mustard and chili mayo. No reservations. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $ LAKEVIEW BREW COFFEE CAFE — 5606 Canal Blvd., 483-7001 — This casual cafe offers gourmet coffees and a wide range of pastries and desserts baked in house, plus a menu of specialty sandwiches and salads. Breakfast is available all day on weekends. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $ PARKVIEW CAFE AT CITY PARK — City Park, 1 Palm Drive, 483-9474 — Located in the old Casino Building, the cafe serves gourmet coffee, sandwiches, salads and ice cream till early evening. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $ PRAVDA — 1113 Decatur St., 5811112; — Pravda is known for its Soviet kitsch and selection of absinthes, and the kitchen offers pierogies, beef empanadas, curry shrimp salad and a petit steak served with truffle aioli. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHINeSe FIVE HAPPINESS — 3511 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935 — The large menu at Five Happiness offers a range of dishes from wonton soup to sizzling seafood combinations served on a hot plate to sizzling Go-Ba to lo mein dishes. Delivery and banquest facilities available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ JUNG’S GOLDEN DRAGON — 3009 Magazine St., 891-8280; www. — Jung’s offers a mix of Chinese, Thai and Korean cuisine. Chinese specialties include Mandarin, Szechuan and Hunan dishes. Grand Marnier shrimp are lightly battered and served with Grand Marnier sauce, broccoli and pecans. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COFFee/DeSSeRt ANTOINE’S ANNEX — 513 Royal St., 581-4422; — The Annex is a coffee shop serving pastries, sandwiches, soups, salads and gelato. The Caprese panino combines mozzarella, pesto, Creole tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette. The

CONteMPORaRY BAYONA — 430 Dauphine St., 5254455; — House favorites on Chef Susan Spicer’s menu include sauteed Pacific salmon with choucroute and Gewurztraminer sauce and the appetizer of grilled shrimp with black-bean cake and coriander sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$ OAK — 8118 Oak St., 302-1485; www. — This wine bar offers small plates and live musical entertainment. Gulf shrimp fill tacos assembled in house-made corn tortillas with pickled vegetables, avocado and lime crema. The hanger steak bruschetta is topped with Point Reyes blue cheese and smoked red onion marmalade. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Tue.Sat. Credit cards. $$ ONE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE — 8132 Hampson St., 301-9061; www. — Chef Scott Snodgrass prepares refined dishes like char-grilled oysters topped with Roquefort cheese and a red wine vinaigrette, seared scallops with roasted garlic and shiitake polenta cakes and a memorable cochon de lait. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CReOLe ANTOINE’S RESTAURANT — 713 St. Louis St., 581-4422; www.antoines. com — The city’s oldest restaurant offers a glimpse of what 19th century French Creole dining might have been like, with a labyrinthine series of dining rooms. Signature dishes include oysters Rockefeller, crawfish Cardinal and baked Alaska. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$ MELANGE — 2106 Chartres St., 3097335; — Dine on French-Creole cuisine in a restaurant and bar themed to resemble a lush 1920s speakeasy. Lapin au vin is a farm raised rabbit cooked served with demiglace, oven-roasted shallots, tomatoes, potatoes and pancetta. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$ MONTREL’S BISTRO — 1000 N. Peters St., 524-4747 — This casual restaurant serves Creole favorites. The menu includes crawfish etouffee, boiled crawfish, red beans and rice and bread pudding for dessert. Outdoor seating is adjacent to Dutch Alley and the French Market. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ REDEMPTION — 3835 Iberville St., 309-3570; — Chef Greg Piccolo’s menu includes dishes such as the crispy avocado cup filled with Louisiana crawfish remoulade. Roasted duck breast is served with red onion and yam hash, andouille, sauteed spinach and grilled Kadota fig jus. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$ page 79


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SOMETHIN’ ELSE CAFE — 620 Conti St., 373-6439; — Combining Cajun flavors and comfort food, Somthin’ Else offers noshing items including shrimp baskets, boudin balls and alligator corn dogs. There are burgers, po-boys and sandwiches filled with everything from cochon de lait to a trio of melted cheeses on buttered thick toast. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

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PINKBERRY — 300 Canal St.; 5601 Magazine St., 899-4260; www. — Pinkberry offers frozen yogurt with an array of wet and dry topping choices including caramel, honey, fruit purees, various chocolates and nuts and more. There also are fresh fruit parfaits and green tea smoothies. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


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FEATURING AUTHENTIC VIETNAMESE DELICACIES STEAMBOAT NATCHEZ — Toulouse Street Wharf, 569-1401; — The Natchez serves Creole cuisine while cruising the Mississippi River. At dinner, the Paddlewheel porkloin is blackened pork served with Creole mustard sauce or Caribbean butter spiked with Steen’s cane syrup. Bread pudding is topped with candied pecans and bourbon sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$


DELI KOSHER CAJUN NEW YORK DELI & GROCERY — 3519 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-2010; — This New York-style deli specializes in sandwiches, including corned beef and pastrami that come straight from the Bronx. No reservations. Lunch Sun.-Thu., dinner Mon.-Thu. Credit cards. $ MARTIN WINE CELLAR — 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie , 896-7350; www.martinwine. com — The wine emporium offers gourmet sandwiches and deli items. The Reuben combines corned beef, melted Swiss, sauerkraut and Russian dressing on rye bread. The Sena salad features chicken, golden raisins, blue cheese, toasted pecans and pepper jelly vinaigrette over field greens. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Fri., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

FRENCH FLAMING TORCH — 737 Octavia St., 895-0900; www.


PhOTO BY CheRYL GeRBeR — Chef Nathan Gile’s menu includes panseared Maine diver scallops with chimichurri sauce and smoked bacon and corn hash. Coffeeand coriander-spiced rack of lamb is oven roasted and served with buerre rouge and chevre mashed potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$ MARTINIQUE BISTRO — 5908 Magazine St., 891-8495; — This French bistro has both a cozy dining room and a pretty courtyard. Try dishes such as Steen’s-cured duck breast with satsuma and ginger demi-glace and stoneground goat cheese grits. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

GOURMET TO GO BREAUX MART — 315 E. Judge Perez, Chalmette, 262-0750; 605 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 433-0333; 2904 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-5565; 9647 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge, 737-8146; www.breauxmart. com — Breaux Mart prides itself on its “Deli to Geaux” as well as weekday specials. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

INDIAN JULIE’S LITTLE INDIA KITCHEN AT SCHIRO’S — 2483 Royal St., 944-6666; — The cafe offers homemade Indian dishes prepared with freshly ground herbs and spices. Selections include chicken, lamb or shrimp curry or vindaloo and vegetarian saag paneer. Schiro’s also serves New Orleans cuisine. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $


NIRVANA INDIAN CUISINE — 4308 Magazine St., 8949797 — Serving mostly northern Indian cuisine, the restaurant’s extensive menu ranges from chicken to vegetable dishes. Reservations accepted for five or more. Lunch and dinner Tue.Sun. Credit cards. $$ TAJ MAHAL INDIAN CUISINE — 923-C Metairie Road, Metairie, 836-6859 — The traditional menu features lamb, chicken and seafood served in a variety of ways, including curries and tandoori. Vegetarian options are available. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ITALIAN ANDREA’S RESTAURANT — 3100 N. 19th St., Metairie 834-8583; — Chef/owner Andrea Apuzzo’s specialties include speckled trout royale which is topped with lump crabmeat and lemon-cream sauce. Capelli D’Andrea combines house-made angel hair pasta and smoked salmon in light cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$ CAFE GIOVANNI — 117 Decatur St., 529-2154; www. — Chef Duke LoCicero serves inventive Italian cuisine and Italian accented contemporary Louisiana cooking. Shrimp Dukie features Louisiana shrimp and a duck breast marinated in Cajun spices served with tasso-mushroom sauce. Belli Baci is the restaurant’s cocktail lounge. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$ MOSCA’S — 4137 Hwy. 90 W., Westwego, 436-8950; www. — This family-style eatery has changed


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MOJITOS RUM BAR & GRILL — 437 Esplanade Ave., 252-4800; www.mojitosnola. com — Mojitos serves a mix of Caribbean, Cuban and Creole dishes. Aruba scallops are seared and served with white chocolate chipotle sauce with jalapeno grits and seasonal vegetables. Warm walnut goat cheese is served with yuca chips. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Five Happiness (3605 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935; prepares dishes from a variety of Chinese regional cuisines.


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OuT to EAT little since opening in 1946. Popular dishes include shrimp Mosca, chicken a la grande and baked oysters Mosca, made with breadcrumps and Italian seasonings. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$$ RED GRAVY — 125 Camp St., 561-8844; www.redgravycafe. com — The cafe serves breakfast items including pancakes, waffles and pastries. At lunch, try meatballs, lasagna and other Italian specialties, panini, wraps, soups and salads. Open Sundays before New Orleans Saints home games. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $ VINCENT’S ITALIAN CUISINE — 4411 Chastant St., Metairie, 885-2984; 7839 St. Charles Ave., 866-9313; — Try house specialties like veal- and spinachstuffed canneloni. Bracialoni is baked veal stuffed with artichoke hearts, bacon, garlic and Parmesan cheese and topped with red sauce. Reservations accepted. Chastant Street: lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. St. Charles Avenue: lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$


JAPANESE KYOTO — 4920 Prytania St., 891-3644 — Kyoto’s sushi chefs prepare rolls, sashimi and salads. “Box” sushi is a favorite, with more than 25 rolls. Reservations recommended for parties of six or more. Lunch and dinner Mon.Sat. Credit cards. $$

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MIYAKO JAPANESE SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE — 1403 St. Charles Ave., 410-9997; www.japanesebistro. com — Miyako offers a full range of Japanese cuisine, with specialties from the sushi or hibachi menus, chicken, beef or seafood teriyaki, and tempura. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ ORIGAMI — 5130 Freret St., 899-6532 — Nabeyaki udon is a soup brimming with thick noodles, chicken and vegetables. The long list of special rolls includes the Big Easy, which combines tuna, salmon, white fish, snow crab, asparagus and crunchy bits in soy paper with eel sauce on top. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ ROCK-N-SAKE — 823 Fulton St., 581-7253; www.rocknsake. com — Rock-n-Sake serves traditional Japanese cuisine with some creative twists. There’s a wide selection of sushi, sashimi and rolls or spicy gyoza soup, pan-fried soba noodles with chicken or seafood and teriyaki dishes. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

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MIKIMOTO — 3301 S. Carrollton Ave., 488-1881; — Sushi choices include new and old favorites, both raw and cooked. The South Carrollton roll includes tuna tataki, avocado and snow crab. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Delivery available. Credit cards. $$




WASABI SUSHI — 900 Frenchmen St., 943-9433; 8550 Pontchartrain Blvd., 267-3263; — Wasabi

serves a wide array of Japanese dishes. Wasabi honey shrimp are served with cream sauce. The Assassin roll bundles tuna, snow crab and avocado in seaweed and tops it with barbecued eel, tuna, eel sauce and wasabi tobiko. No reservations. Frenchmen Street: Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Pontchartrain Boulevard: lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LOUISIANA CONTEMPORARY BOUCHE — 840 Tchoupitoulas St., 267-7485; — This wine bar and restaurant serves creative dishes like tasso truffle mac and cheese with three cheeses and Mornay sauce, baby spinach salad with Maytag blue cheese and bacon lardons, and crispy duck breast with Grand Marnier sweet potatoes and vanilla-balsamic extract. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$ K-PAUL’S LOUISIANA KITCHEN — 416 Chartres St., 596-2530; — At chef Paul Prudhomme’s restaurant, signature dishes include blackened Louisiana drum, Cajun jambalaya and the blackened stuffed pork chop. Lunch service is deli style and changing options include po-boys and dishes like tropial fruit salad with bronzed shrimp. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$ MANNING’S — 519 Fulton St., 593-8118; — Named for former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning, this restaurant’s game plan sticks to Louisiana flavors. A cast iron skillet-fried filet is served with two-potato hash, fried onions and Southern Comfort pan sauce. The fish and chips feature black drum crusted in Zapp’s Crawtator crumbs served with Crystal beurre blanc. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$ RALPH’S ON THE PARK — 900 City Park Ave., 488-1000; — Popular dishes include baked oysters Ralph, turtle soup and the Niman Ranch New York strip. There also are brunch specials. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$ TOMAS BISTRO — 755 Tchoupitoulas St., 527-0942 — Tomas serves dishes like semiboneless Louisiana quail stuffed with applewood-smoked bacon dirty popcorn rice, Swiss chard and Madeira sauce. The duck cassoulet combines duck confit and Creole Country andouille in a white bean casserole. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ TOMMY’S WINE BAR — 752 Tchoupitoulas St., 525-4790 — Tommy’s Wine Bar offers cheese and charcuterie plates as well as a menu of appetizers and salads from the neighboring kitchen of Tommy’s Cuisine. No reservations. Lite dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MEDITERRANEAN/ MIDDLE EASTERN ATTIKI BAR & GRILL — 230 Decatur St., 587-3756; — Attiki features a range of Mediterranean cuisine including entrees of beef kebabs and chicken shawarma. Reservations recommended. Lunch, dinner and latenight daily. Credit cards. $$ BABYLON CAFE — 7724 Maple St., 314-0010; www. —The Babylon platter includes stuffed grape leaves, hummus, kibbeh, rice and one choice of meat: lamb, chicken or beef kebabs, chicken or beef shawarma, gyro or kufta. Chicken shawarma salad is a salad topped with olives, feta and chicken breast cooked on a rotisserie. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ PYRAMIDS CAFE — 3151 Calhoun St., 861-9602 — Diners will find authentic, healthy and fresh Mediterranean cuisine featuring such favorites as sharwarma prepared on a rotisserie. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MEXICAN & SOUTHWESTERN COUNTRY FLAME — 620 Iberville St., 522-1138 — Country Flame serves a mix of popular Mexican and Cuban dishes. Come in for fajitas, pressed Cuban sandwiches made with hickory-smoked pork and charbroiled steaks or pork chops. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ JUAN’S FLYING BURRITO — 2018 Magazine St., 569-0000; 4724 S. Carrollton Ave., 4869950; www.juansflyingburrito. com — Mardi Gras Indian tacos are stuffed with roasted corn, pinto beans, grilled summer squash, Jack cheese and spicy slaw. Red chile chicken and goat cheese quesadilla features grilled Creole chicken breast, salsa fresca, chile-lime adobo sauce, and Jack, cheddar and goat cheeses pressed in a flour tortilla. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ LUCY’S RETIRED SURFERS’ BAR & RESTAURANT — 701 Tchoupitoulas St., 523-8995; — This surf shack serves California-Mexican cuisine and the bar has a menu of tropical cocktails. Todo Santos fish tacos feature grilled or fried mahi mahi in corn or flour tortillas topped with shredded cabbage and shrimp sauce, and are served with rice and beans. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ SANTA FE — 3201 Esplanade Ave., 948-0077 — This casual cafe serves creative takes on Southwestern cuisine. Bolinos de Bacalau are Portuguesestyle fish cakes made with dried, salted codfish, mashed potatoes, cilantro, lemon juice, green onions and egg and served with smoked paprika aioli. Outdoor seating is available. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

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page 80 French Quarter hideaway while sipping a well made martini. the duck duet pairs confit leg with pepper-seared breast with black currant reduction. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, latenight Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

GAZEBO CAFE — 1018 Decatur St., 525-8899; www. — the Gazebo features a mix of Cajun and Creole dishes and ice cream daquiris. the New orleans sampler rounds up jambalaya, red beans and rice and gumbo. other options include salads, seafood po-boys and burgers. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ HOUSE OF BLUES — 225 Decatur St., 310-4999; www. — try the pan-seared Voodoo Shrimp with rosemary cornbread. the buffet-style gospel brunch features local and regional groups. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$ THE MARKET CAFE — 1000 Decatur St., 527-5000; www. — Dine on seafood indoors or out. Sandwich options include muffulettas, Philly steaks on po-boy bread and gyros in pita bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ SIBERIA — 2227 St. Claude Ave., 265-8855 — this music clubs serves dishes like fish and chips, spicy hot wings, tacos and more. there are weekly specials and vegetarian and vegan options. No reservations. Dinner and latenight Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

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NeIGHBORHOOD ARTZ BAGELZ — 3138 Magzine St., 309-7557; www.artzbagelz. com — Artz bakes its bagels in house and options include onion, garlic, honey whole wheat, cinnamon-raisin, salt and others. Get one with a schmear or as a sandwich. Salads also are available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $ BRAXTON’S RESTAURANT — 636 Franklin St., Gretna, 3013166; — Braxton’s serves a mix of salads, po-boys, deli sandwiches and entrees. Start a meal with oysters Louise, featuring fried oysters on a bed of spinach and cheese. the seafood platter includes fried shrimp, oysters, catfish strips, french fries, potato salad and

KATIE’S RESTAURANT — 3701 Iberville St., 488-6582; — Favorites at this Mid-City restaurant include the Cajun Cuban with roasted pork, grilled ham, cheese and pickles pressed on buttered bread. the Boudreaux pizza is topped with cochon de lait, spinach, red onions, roasted garlic, scallions and olive oil. there also are salads, burgers and Italian dishes. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, Dinner tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$ OLIVE BRANCH CAFE — 1995 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, 348-2008; 3700 Orleans Ave., 302-1220; 5145 Gen. de Gaulle Drive, 393-1107; www. — these cafes serve soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps and entrees. Chicken and artichoke pasta is tossed with penne in garlic and olive oil. Shrimp Carnival features smoked sausage, shrimp, onion and peppers in roasted garlic cream sauce over pasta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

PIZZa MARKS TWAIN’S PIZZA LANDING — 2035 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-8032; — Disembark at Mark twain’s for salads, po-boys and pies like the Italian pizza with salami, tomato, artichoke, sausage and basil. No reservations. Lunch tue.-Sat., dinner tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $ NEW YORK PIZZA — 4418 Magazine St., 891-2376; www. — Choose from pizza by the slice or whole pie, calzones, pasta, sandwiches, salads and more. the Big Apple pie is loaded with pepperoni, Canadian bacon, onions, mushrooms, black olives, green peppers, Italian sausage and minced garlic and anchovies and jalapenos are optional. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ NONNA MIA CAFE & PIZZERIA — 3125 Esplanade Ave., 948-1717 — Nonna Mia uses homemade dough for pizza served by the slice or whole pie and offers salads, pasta dishes and panini. Gourmet pies are topped with ingredients like

pancetta, roasted eggplant, portobello mushrooms and prosciutto. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ THEO’S NEIGHBORHOOD PIZZA — 4218 Magazine St., 894-8554; 4024 Canal St., 302-1133; www.theospizza. com — there is a wide variety of specialty pies or build your own from the selection of more than two-dozen toppings. Also serving salads and sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ WIT’S INN — 141 N. Carrollton Ave., 888-4004 — this Mid-City bar and restaurant features pizzas, calzones, toasted subs, salads and appetizers for snacking. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SaNDWICHeS & PO-BOYS DRESS IT — 535 Gravier St., 571-7561 — Get gourmet burgers and sandwiches dressed to order. original topping choices include everything from sprouts to black bean and corn salsa to peanut butter. For dessert, try a chocolate chip cookie served with ice cream and chocolate sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ MAGAZINE PO-BOY SHOP — 2368 Magazine St., 522-3107 — Choose from a long list of po-boys filled with everything from fried seafood to corned beef to hot sausage to veal. there are breakfast burritos in the morning and daily lunch specials. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $ MAHONY’S PO-BOY SHOP — 3454 Magazine St., 8993374; — Mahoney’s serves traditional favorites and original po-boys like the Peacemaker, which is filled with fried oysters, bacon and cheddar cheese. there are daily lunch specials as well. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $ PARRAN’S PO-BOYS — 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-3416; — Parran’s offers a long list of po-boys plus muffulettas, club sandwiches, pizzas, burgers, salads, fried seafood plates and Creole-Italian entrees. the veal supreme po-boy features

a cutlet topped with Swiss cheese and brown gravy. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $ SLICE — 1513 St. Charles Ave., 525-7437; 5538 Magazine St., 897-4800; www.slicepizzeria. com — Slice is known for pizza on thin crusts made from 100 percent wheat flour. other options include the barbecue shrimp po-boy made with Abita Amber and the shrimp Portofino, a pasta dish with white garlic cream sauce, shrimp and broccoli. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ THE STORE — 814 Gravier St., 322-2446; — the Store serves sandwiches, salads and hot plates, and there is a taco bar where patrons can choose their own toppings. Red beans and rice comes with grilled andouille and a corn bread muffin. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

SeaFOOD GALLEY SEAFOOD RESTAURANT — 2535 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-0955 — Galley serves Creole and Italian dishes. Blackened redfish is served with shrimp and lump crabmeat sauce, vegetables and new potatoes. Galley’s popular soft-shell crab po-boy is the same one served at the New orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VILLAGE INN — 9201 Jefferson Hwy., 737-4610 — Check into Village Inn for seasonal boiled seafood or raw oysters. other options include fried seafood platters, poboys, pasta and pizza. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner tue.Sat. Credit cards. $$


BIG MOMMA’S CHICKEN AND WAFFLES — 5741 Crowder Blvd., 241-2548; — Big Momma’s serves hearty combinations like the six-piece which includes a waffle and six fried wings served crispy or dipped in sauce. Breakfast is served all day. All items are cooked to order. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SteaKHOUSe CHOPHOUSE NEW ORLEANS — 322 Magazine St., 522-7902; — this traditional steakhouse serves uSDA prime beef, and a selection of super-sized cuts includes a 40-oz. Porterhouse for two. the menu also features seafood options and a la carte side items. Reservations recommended. Diner daily. Credit cards. $$$ CRESCENT CITY STEAKS — 1001 N. Broad St., 821-3271; www. — order uSDA prime beef dry-aged and hand-cut in house. there are porterhouse steaks large enough for two or three diners to share. Bread pudding with raisins and peaches is topped with brandy sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch tue.-Fri. and Sun., dinner tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

GRAND ISLE — 575 Convention Center Blvd., 520-8530; www. — the Isle sampler, available as a half or full dozen, is a combination of three varieties of stuffed oysters: tasso, Havarti and jalapeno; house-made bacon, white cheddar and carmelized onions; and olive oil, lemon zest and garlic. the baked Gulf fish is topped with compound chili butter and served with local seasonal vegetables and herb-roasted potatoes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MIMI’S IN THE MARIGNY — 2601 Royal St., 872-9868 — the decadant Mushroom Manchego toast is a favorite here. or enjoy hot and cold tapas dishes ranging from grilled marinated artichokes to calamari. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner and late-night tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

RED FISH GRILL — 115 Bourbon St., 598-1200; www.redfishgrill. com — Seafood favorites include hickory-grilled redfish, pecan-crusted catfish, alligator sausage and seafood gumbo. Barbecue oysters are flash fried, tossed in Crystal barbecue sauce and served with blue cheese dressing. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SANTA FE TAPAS — 1327 St. Charles Ave., 304-9915 — the menu includes both tapas dishes and entrees. Seared jumbo scallops are served with mango and green tomato pico de gallo. Gambas al ajillo are jumbo shrimp with garlic, shallots, chilis and cognac. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$





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VEGA TAPAS CAFE — 2051 Metairie Road, Metairie, 836-2007; — Paella de la Vega combines shrimp, mussels, chorizo, calamari, scallops, chicken and vegetables in saffron rice. Pollo en papel features chicken, mushrooms, leeks and feta in phyllo pastry. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VIetNaMeSe AUGUST MOON — 3635 Prytania St., 899-5129; www.moonnola. com — August Moon serves a mix of Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine. there are spring rolls and pho soup as well as many popular Chinese dishes and vegetarian options. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $ CAFE MINH — 4139 Canal St., 482-6266; — the watermelon crabmeat martini is made with diced watermelon, Louisiana jumbo lump crabmeat, avocado, jalapenos and cilantro and served with crispy shrimp chips. Beef short ribs are braised with lemon grass and five spices and served with garlic mashed potatoes and Asian slaw. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ DOSON NOODLE HOUSE —135 N. Carrollton Ave., 309-7283 — traditional Vietnamese pho with pork and beef highlight the menu. the vegetarian hot pot comes with mixed vegetables, tofu and vermicelli rice noodles. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$ LE VIET CAFE — 2135 St. Charles Ave., 304-1339 — the cafe offers pho, banh mi, spring rolls and rice and noodle dishes. Pho is available with chicken, brisket, rare beef or meatballs and comes with a basket of basil, bean sprouts and jalapenos. Vietnamese-style grilled beef ribs come with a special sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ PHO TAU BAY RESTAURANT — 113 Westbank Expwy., Suite C, Gretna, 368-9846 — You’ll find classic Vietnamese beef broth and noodle soups, vermicelli dishes, seafood soups, shrimp spring rolls with peanut sauce and more. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Wed. & Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $


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DESTINATION There’s also a list of Owners Stuart signature services like the Woodhouse and Siobhan Rome offer Four-Handed destination-spa Massage, which pampering at is choreographed Woodhouse by two massage Day Spa. therapists; the Wood-house PHOTO By CHERyL GERBER Escape, a 110-minute, headto-toe massage that’s a combination of five treatments in one; treatments just for men; and a rewards program in which clients earn points toward the cost of future services. Packages can be tailored to the needs of business groups or for special events, holidays, bridal parties and other celebrations. “We have the facilities to host any type of event,” Rome says. With 5,200 square feet of customdesigned space, the spa’s interior features warm woods, crown moldings, mahogany tray ceilings and iron chandeliers, along with top-notch treatment rooms and a retail area with skin care products, robes, candles, gifts and more. The owners, both native New Orleanians, added local flair with exposed brick and Bevolo gas lanterns. By combining the ease of a day spa with the extra-mile pampering of a destination spa, Rome says Woodhouse appeals to locals and tourists alike. Locals will feel like they’ve had a mini-getaway within their own city, and tourists can reach the spa easily via the Canal Street streetcar line. “It’s about price point and quality point,” he says. “We’re looking to create a great atmosphere and a great guest experience.”

SHopping NEWS LifeCity’s Green Cards are for sale through Thursday, May 10. The $20 card entitles its bearer to discounts at more than 40 local “green” businesses, including LA DIvINA GELATERIA , PhOENIx REcycLING and hOLLyGROvE MARkET AND FARM. The card is valid for 12 months and can be purchased at /81/membership ST. JAMES chEESE cOMPANy (5004 Prytania St., 899-4737; www. holds a Cocktails & Curds competition at 7 p.m. Monday,

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May 7, at La Thai (4938 Prytania St., 8998886; Six local bartenders will compete for the best pairing of cocktails and cheese, and everyone who purchases a $25 ticket will serve as a judge. There will be music by the Stooges Brass Band. Tickets are available at St. James Cheese Company or on its website. hEMLINE MAGAzINE STREET (3308 Magazine St., 269-4005; is holding a clearance sale. Winter and early spring merchandise, including garments by Free People, Jolie & Elizabeth and Loretta Jane, is 75 percent off.

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taff at the newly opened Woodhouse Day Spa (4030 Canal Street, 482-6652, answer the phone with an invitation: “Experience the difference at the Woodhouse.” It’s one of many ways the franchise conveys the message that a trip to Woodhouse is more than a service or a group of services. “We offer great massages and other tried-and-true treatments,” says Stuart Rome, who owns and operates the New Orleans spa with his wife Siobhan. “But it’s really about the experience. We stress the entire experience.” Woodhouse’s Mid-City location is convenient to a variety of areas, including Uptown, Downtown, Lakeview and Metairie, and its pricing is comparable with other local day spas. What sets it apart is how luxurious it feels, which is characteristic of a destination spa. “We are a full-service day spa with the complete amenities of a nice hotel spa,” Rome says. After being shown to one of several beautifully appointed locker rooms and outfitted with thick, cotton robes and reflexology sandals, guests are escorted to one of several quiet rooms where they can relax and sip hot, loose-leaf teas before having one or more services. And there’s no shortage of services from which to choose. The menu has 50 different treatment options, including some exclusive to the spa. The Woodhouse Minkyti Facial utilizes a proprietary massage technique designed to rejuvenate the skin and fight visible signs of aging.



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The Restivals Special music events independent of Jazz Fest. By Will Coviello


the Fair Grounds, but in spite of the festival. When Washboard Chaz was snubbed by festival bookers, guitarist/singer Alex McMurrray organized his own event. “It was meant as a one-off thing,” McMurray says. “We never thought we’d go seven years.” While it has not outgrown its home at the Truck Farm (3020 St. Claude Ave.;, it now features two stages. The lineup this year includes Hurray for the Riff Raff, Happy Talk Band, Debauche, TBC Brass Band, Narcissy, Tin Men with the Valparaiso Men’s Chorus, Helen Gillet’s Other Instruments and others. There also is food from local restaurants, including The Joint, Yuki Izakaya, Gianno’s Fine Foods and others. Growth has been manageable for the event, which has maintained its neighborhood feel. “Last year got to be about as many people as we can handle,” McMurray says. And they don’t foresee a larger operation. “We’ve been doing some yard work. Our landlord is out there with a wheelbarrow hauling logs. It’s gotten to be a lot.” One thing ChazFest has that Jazz Fest doesn’t: a bar with hard liquor. During the day, there are free in-store performances at the Louisiana Music Factory (210 Decatur St., 586-1094; www.louisianamusicfactory. com), which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. It features hour-long sets by local musicians from noon to 6 p.m. on the days immediately preceding and following Jazz Fest days. And there are performances on Tuesday, May 1 as well. Other appearances include authors such as Ben

Sandmel, whose Ernie K-Doe Galactic drummer Stanton biography was just published by Moore got involved in side the Historic New Orleans Colprojects through shows lection, and on Wednesday, cast at San Francisco’s Boom members of Treme will attend an Boom Room. event for the complete second season DVD release (see review on page 91). The Music Factory lineup includes Theresa Andersson, Galactic, Rebirth Brass Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Davell Crawford and others. Visit the website for complete schedule. In an alternative music vein, Noizefest is Sunday (starting at noon) in the yard of founder Michael Patrick Welch (609 Lesseps St.). The lollapalooza of experimental music and sound experiments, it features Ratty Scurvics, Microshards, One Man Machine, Rob Cambre, the Noisician Coalition, DJ Rusty Lazer and many others. For music fans, there’s plenty to choose from during Jazz Fest time, both at and away from the Fair Grounds, and in variety as well.

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or the most dedicated music fans, the two weeks surrounding the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival offer the opportunity to hear live music practically around the clock. “Over the two weeks, I catch 26 to 30 shows,” says Zander Andreas, who is a musician, music club owner and part-time New Orleanian. Andreas runs the San Francisco music club the Boom Boom Room. His original partner at the club was bluesman John Lee Hooker, who was a fan of New Orleans music. They regularly brought New Orleans bands to San Francisco, including everyone from the Wild Magnolias to Galactic. The club also hosted an impromptu Meters reunion in 1998. For 12 years, Andreas also has booked a slate of shows in New Orleans during Jazz Fest, as well as other concerts during the year. Half of his Boom Boom Room Presents shows are late night jams that begin at 2 a.m. While Jazz Fest hosts hundreds of musicians and hundreds of thousands of fans during the daytime, the evenings and gap between weekends have attracted all sorts of extra musical offerings, including mini-festivals. Boom Boom Room shows sound like all-star shows, but Andreas says he has curated musician groupings he thinks will work and notes that some have turned into regularly performing bands. He cites the Stanton Moore Trio and Dragon Smoke (featuring Ivan Neville, Eric Lindell, Stanton Moore and Robert Mercurio) as two local groups that evolved out of Boom Boom Room shows, and Brooklyn’s Pimps of Joytime is another group for which he claims paternity if not pivotal influence. Dragon Smoke performs Tuesday at One Eyed Jacks. The Backbeat Foundation ( also schedules a slate of shows around town during Jazz Fest. While some shows blend in with the regular offerings at places like Blue Nile and 12 Bar, there also are shows at Tipitina’s French Quarter and venues not generally used for music, like The Temple (619 Carondelet St.). Its concerts feature local acts like Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes and Big Sam’s Funky Nation as well as special lineups, like the Dr. Klaw show at Blue Nile Saturday featuring members of the Warren Haynes Band, Dumpstaphunk, Soulive and John Scofield. The Wednesday between Jazz Fest weekends is now the annual date of ChazFest, a festival initiated not to take advantage of the mid-week lull at


MAY 2012 FESTLINEUP TUESDAY 5/1 8pm Charlie Hunter Duo feat. Charlie Hunter & Geoff Clapp

THURSDAY 5/3 5pm Roman Skakun 8pm Jason Marsalis plus Special Guests

WEDNESDAY 5/2 5pm Kipori Woods


8pm Grammy Award-winning Irvin

Mayfield’s NOJO Jam

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TUESDAYS 8, 15, 22, 29 8pm 5/8 Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson 5/15 Jason Marsalis 5/22 Calvin Johnson 5/29 Sasha Masakowski & Musical Playground WEDNESDAY 9, 16, 23, 30 5pm

Irvin Mayfield’s NOJO Jam presents the music of

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Midnight Brass Band Jam feat.

Déjà vu Brass Band


Trixie Minx and Romy Kaye

THURSDAYS 10, 17, 24, 31 5pm Roman Skakun

The James Rivers Movement FRIDAYS 11, 18, 25 5pm The Professor Piano Series feat.

5/11 Joe Krown 5/18 Tom Worrell 5/25 Tom McDermott


Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown

Midnight Burlesue Ballroom feat.

Trixie Minx and Romy Kaye


SUNDAY 5/6 7pm Tyler’s Revisited feat. Germaine Bazzle and Paul Longstreth

SATURDAYS 12, 19, 26 8pm


Kipori Woods

8pm Grammy Award-winning

5pm The Professor Piano Series feat. Joe 8pm Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown Midnight Burlesque Ballroom feat.

SATURDAY 5/5 8pm Glen David Andrews


5/12 Glen David Andrews 5/19 Adonis Rose Quartet 5/26 Don Vappie Brass Band Jam feat.

Déjà vu Brass Band SUNDAYS 13, 20, 27 7pm Tyler’s Revisited feat. Germaine Bazzle and Paul Longstreth MoNDAYS 7, 14, 21, 28 7pm Gerald French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band

MUSIC listings

Complete listings at www.bestofneworleans.Com

Lauren LaBorde, Listings Editor 504.483.3110 faX: 504.483.3116

TUESdAY 1 AllWays Lounge — James singleton, simon lott, Jeff albert, mark mcgrain’s plunge, mike Dillon and others, 7 Banks Street Bar — frogs gone fishin’, 10 Bayou Beer Garden — iguanas, 8 Blue Nile — search & restore: a night of improvisation (upstairs), 7; Dr. lonnie smith, Donald Harrison, will bernard, Herlin riley, wil blades, eddie roberts, robert walter, Jermal watson, 8:30; watiV (upstairs), 10; stanton moore, robert mercurio, robert walter, Corey Henry and others, 2 a.m. BMC — st. legends brass band, 11 a.m.; Carolyn broussard, 5; eudora evans & Deep soul, 8 Bombay Club — monty banks, 7:30

Chickie Wah Wah — pfister sisters, 5; osborne, fohl & sansone, 8 Circle Bar — Chris lee speaking in tongues, 10 The Cypress — sleeping giant, first blood, in the midst of lions, betrayal, gideon, ozona, 6 d.b.a. — DJ soul sister’s esperanza spalding listening party & Happy Hour, 5:30; treme brass band, 8; brian stoltz & the 1-12 allstars, midnight House of Blues — 2 Chainz, 9 Howlin’ Wolf — new orleans suspects, Camile baudoin & the living rumors, Dave malone, 9 Louisiana Music Factory — gina forsyth, noon; iguanas, 1; Dirty Dozen brass band, 2; galactic, 3; revivalists, 4; Camile baudoin & the living rumors, 5; Hurray for the riff raff, 6 The Maison — gregory

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Howlin’ Wolf — Soulive, Lettuce, 9 Howlin’ Wolf Den — Boukou Groove, Big D Perkins, Terrence Higgins, Gravy, 10 Maple Leaf Bar — The Trio, 10 Old Point Bar — Blues Frenzy, 6:30; Eric Lindell, 10 Palm Court Jazz Cafe — Leroy Jones, Katja Toivola & Crescent City Joymakers, 7 Preservation Hall — Leo Nocentelli, 5; New Birth Brass Band, 8 Ray’s — Bobby Love Band, 6 Republic New Orleans — EOTO, Kraddy, Wyllys & the NY Hustler Ensemble feat. Jen Hartswick & Natalie Cressman, 10 Rivershack Tavern — Major Bacon, 8 Rock ’N’ Bowl — Rosie Ledet, Geno Delafose, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, 8:30 The Saint — The Breton Sound, Bantam Foxes, Sports & Leisure, 10

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SPEciAl ScREENiNgS BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (NR) — the museum hosts an outdoor screening of the 1961 classic starring audrey Hepburn with food trucks, live music and other activities. Tickets $3 NOMA/ New Orleans Film Society members, $6 general admission, free for ages 17 and under. Activities and vendors begin at 5 p.m., screening at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture

CHICO & RITA (NR) — fernando trueba and Javier mariscal’s animated film follows a romance between a piano player and a singer that takes them to Havana, new York City, las Vegas, Hollywood and paris in the late 1940s and early ‘50s. Tickets $7 general admission, $6 students and seniors, $5 members. 6:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 827-5858; CREATIVE MUSIC CONCERTS SERIES — bands and musicians including Helen gillet, the guilt of ... and andrew mclean create original scores for belgian avant-garde films. Visit the website for the full schedule and other details. Tickets $8 general admission, $7 students and seniors, $6 members. Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 827-5858; THE DEFINITION OF BOUNCE (NR) — the cafe premieres the documentary based on 10th ward buck, alison fensterstock and lucky Johnson’s book of the same name. the authors also read from, sign and discuss the book. Admission $8. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Cafe Istanbul, New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave.; A DRUMMER’S DREAM (NR) — John walker’s documentary on the 2008 nasyrium Drum Camp depicts a wide range of world-renowned percussionists. Tickets $8 general admission, $7 students and seniors, $6 members. 8:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 827-5858; EARLY JAZZ FEST FOOTAGE SCREENING — the new orleans film society screens recently digitized footage documenting the inaugural 1970 Jazz fest on the lawn near the mint’s Decatur street fence. Free admission. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., 568-6990; lsm.crt.state. LOVE FREE OR DIE (NR) — the documentary, which received a special jury prize the 2012 sundance film festival, focuses on the life and ministry of gene robinson, the first openly gay bishop elected in the history of the episcopal church. Admission $10. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St., 891-2787; www. MIDWAY (PG) — Jack smight’s dramatization of the battle that was turning point of the pacific theatre of world war ii stars page 92





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Treme: The Complete Second Season

It’s hard to keep Treme in perspective if you live in New Orleans. Seeing our daily lives from a few years back reimagined and recreated for an HBO television series can be a little disconcerting no matter how well show creators David Simon and Eric Overmyer do their jobs. That experience gets magnified if you happen to live in one of the neighborhoods where scenes were shot, often depicting specific cultural events in the exact same place. Three years or so after the cast and crew first arrived in town, they’ve woven themselves into the social fabric and become our neighbors and friends — many of us can no longer find a single degree of separation between ourselves and those who currently represent us to the world on television. That’s a lot to chew on when you’re just trying to watch TV on a Sunday night. The annual release of the previous year’s season of Treme on DVD and Blu-ray at least helps put the show back into proper context. Viewed marathon-style — or at least not spread out over three months — the show’s strengths and weaknesses become a little easier to see. Much of what there is to see in season two involves guns and dead bodies. Street crime returned to New Orleans with a vengeance from fall 2006 to spring 2007, the time period covered by Treme’s second season, and the show never lets us forget it. Beloved characters are raped or murdered. And maybe because season one took place just after the storm, more screen time was devoted to illuminating the city’s essential soul and giving outsiders some idea why many of us refuse to live anywhere else. All of this was a conscious choice by the show’s creative team, but that doesn’t make it any easier to take. Season two seems a lot better balanced on second viewing, with the initial shock of the violence faded. It fulfills the promise of Treme’s original concept as a realistic show about musicians with mulCharlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Glenn Ford and others. Free admission. 6 p.m. Thursday, Stage Door Canteen at The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., 528-1944; SING YOUR SONG (NR) — Susanne Rostock’s documentary charts the life of singer, actor and activist Harry Belafonte. Tickets $8 general admission, $7 students and seniors, $6 members. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 827-5858; www.

Treme: The Complete Second Season HBO Home Entertainment DVD $60, Blu-ray $80 tiple storylines involving four distinct (and fictional) New Orleans bands. The dense dialogue and intimate visuals may get a little claustrophobic, but it’s impossible to fault the ensemble cast — they’re almost as virtuosic as the musicians. When was a big-budget dramatic series last allowed to devote itself to the cultural life of a city? Probably never. The disc editions of season two also do a pretty good job of taking us deeper into Treme. Four of 11 episodes have running commentary from cast and crew if you want it, and all offer music commentaries that describe the series’ every artist and song. Turn on the English subtitles and you’ll even get full song lyrics as they happen in the show. And the hi-def Blu-ray edition reveals just how cinematic Treme’s production values really are. The show looks and feels far more like a feature film than anything we’re used to seeing on television. Treme certainly has its faults. But there’s no question that Simon and company take tremendous care with their depiction of the city, and that they do it in their own unique style no matter what anybody else thinks. There’s nothing more New Orleans than that. — KEN KORMAN

SOME LIKE IT HOT (NR) — Marilyn Monroe stars in the 1959 romantic comedy about a pair of musicians who, after witnessing a mob hit, disguise themselves as women to hide from gangsters. Tickets $5.50. Noon Wednesday, Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St., 891-2787; www.theprytania. com SYNC UP CINEMA — The Sync Up conference screens a slate of New Orleans films, including Bill Ross and Turner Ross’ Tchoupitoulas, and excerpts from the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning Beasts of the Southern Wild. Visit sync-up for the full screening

schedule. Free admission. 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, 658-4100; AMC Palace 10 (Hammond), (888) 262-4386; AMC Palace 12 (Clearview), (888) 262-4386; AMC Palace 16 (Westbank), (888) 262-4386; AMC Palace 20 (Elmwood), (888) 2624386; Canal Place, 363-1117; Chalmette Movies, 304-9992; Entergy IMAX, 581-IMAX; Grand (Slidell), (985) 641-1889; Hollywood 9 (Kenner), 464-0990; Hollywood 14 (Covington), (985) 893-3044; Kenner MegaDome, 468-7231; Prytania, 891-2787; Solomon Victory Theater, National World War II Museum, 527-6012



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OPENING COLE PRATT GALLERY. 3800 Magazine St., 891-6789; — paintings by phil sandusky, through may 26. opening reception 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. saturday. CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER. 900 Camp St., 5283800; — “nola now part ii: abstraction in louisiana,” through June 10. opening reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. saturday. D.O.C.S. 709 Camp St., 5243936 — “iconic inspiration,” paintings by Cheryl Cabrera, through may. opening reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. saturday. FLEXSPACE.2. 638 Clouet St. — “boyish and belle,” photographs by Colin roberson. opening reception 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. friday.

JEAN BRAGG GALLERY OF SOUTHERN ART. 600 Julia St., 895-7375; www.jeanbragg. com — “Close to Home,” paintings by Charles g. smith, through may. opening reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tuesday. JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY. 400A Julia St., 522-5471; — “the sleeping water,” video and mixed-media works by Ken matsubara, through may 19. opening reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. saturday. LEMIEUX GALLERIES. 332 Julia St., 522-5988; www. — “made in louisiana,” paintings and drawings by shirley rabe masinter, through may 26. opening reception 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. saturday. MICHALOPOULOS GALLERY. 617 Bienville St., 5580505; — artist reception with James michalopoulos, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. saturday.

OCTAVIA ART GALLERY. 4532 Magazine St., 309-4249; — “order/Chaos,” paintings by Jeffrey pitt, through may 26. opening reception 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. saturday. THE SALON. 4432 Magazine St. — “C fem art,” a contemporary feminist art exhibition produced by Uno graduate students. opening reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tuesday. SOREN CHRISTENSEN GALLERY. 400 Julia St., 569-9501; www.sorengallery. com — “reveille,” paintings by melissa Herrington, through may. opening reception 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. saturday. THOMAS MANN GALLERY I/O. 1812 Magazine St., 5812113; — “wire world,” wall pieces, jewelry and wearable art by thomas mann, Cathy Cooper and steve lohman, through June. opening reception 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. wednesday.

GaLLErIES 3 RING CIRCUS’ THE BIG TOP GALLERY. 1638 Clio St., 569-2700; — “our waters,” works by Jillian gibson and Henry and willie badeaux, through monday. ACADEMY GALLERY. 5256 Magazine St., 899-8111 — works by robert seago and sarah griffin thibodeaux, through may 12. ANGELA KING GALLERY. 241 Royal St., 524-8211; www. — works by patterson & barnes and Christian Vey, through may 18. ANTON HAARDT GALLERY. 2858 Magazine St., 309-4249; — works by anton Haardt, Christopher moses and others, ongoing. ARTHUR ROGER GALLERY. 432 Julia St., 522-1999; www.

BARRISTER’S GALLERY. 2331 St. Claude Ave., 5252767; www.barristersgallery. com — “Crimes against faith and other tales of Compulsion,” works by Jessica goldfinch, through saturday. THE BEAUTY SHOP. 3828 Dryades St. — works by rebecca rebouche, ongoing. BEE GALLERIES. 319 Chartres St., 587-7117; www. — works by 15 local and regional artists including martin laborde, ongoing. BENEITO’S ART. 3618 Magazine St., 891-9170; www. — “geishas and Courtesans,” oil paintings by bernard beneito, ongoing. BIG BUNNY FINE ART. 332 Exchange Alley, 309-2444; — Drawings and monoprints by greg giegucz, through monday. BYRDIE’S GALLERY. 2422-A St. Claude Ave., — “brick Hands,” clay works by william murphy, through may 8. CAFE BABY. 237 Chartres St., 310-4004; www.markbercier. com — paintings and works on paper by mark bercier, ongoing. CALLAN CONTEMPORARY. 518 Julia St., 525-0518; www. — “Undercurrents,” works by mitchell lonas, through may 25. CAROL ROBINSON GALLERY. 840 Napoleon Ave., 895-6130; — “mind-scrape,” works by masahiro arai, through may 26. CASELL GALLERY. 818 Royal St., 524-0671; — works by Joachim Casell, rene ragi, phillip sage and Jack miller, ongoing. COUP D’OEIL ART CONSORTIUM. 2033 Magazine St., 722-0876; — “modern ritual,” photographs by mark glaviano, through may 12. COURTYARD GALLERY. 1129 Decatur St., 330-0134; — Hand-carved woodworks by Daniel garcia, ongoing. D.O.C.S. 709 Camp St., 524-3936 — “a murmuration,” mixed-media sculpture by thor Carlson, through thursday. DU MOIS GALLERY. 4921 Freret St., 818-6032; www. — “epigrammatic,” works by Caroline Hill, Jonathan mayers and sam provenza, through sunday. THE FRONT. 4100 St. Claude Ave.; — works by Craig Doty, scott saunders, alex podesta, lala rascic and

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HERIARD-CIMINO GALLERY. 440 Julia St., 525-7300; — “intrinsic systems,” paintings by andree Carter, through may 30. opening reception 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. saturday.

NEW ORLEANS ARTWORKS. 727 Magazine St., 529-7279 — “printemps,” glass sculpture by Curtiss brock, glass torch-worked jewelry by tucker Kelley and gyotaku prints by scott Johnson, through may. opening saturday. — Video by David sullivan, through saturday. “Down Highway 23,” paintings by David bates; sculpture by Joseph Havel, through may 19.


Dick keaveny, through Sunday.

GALLERY 3954. 3954 Magazine St., 400-9032; www. — Works by Fifi Laughlin, George Marks, Julie Silvers, kathy Slater and Neirmann Weeks, ongoing. GALLERY VERIDITAS. 3822 Magazine St., 267-5991; www. — “A Little Old, A Little New,” works by J. Renee and Luis Colmenares, through June. GUY LYMAN FINE ART. 3645 Magazine St., 899-4687; — Mixed media with mechanical light sculpture by Jimmy Block, ongoing. HERIARD-CIMINO GALLERY. 440 Julia St., 525-7300; — Paintings by Jose Bedia, through Tuesday. HOMESPACE GALLERY. 1128 St. Roch Ave., (917) 584-9867 — “A Catalpa Tree, Reality, Resurrection, Revolution and Joshua Reynolds,” works by Robert C. Tannen, through Sunday. ISAAC DELGADO FINE ARTS GALLERY. Delgado Community College, 615 City Park Ave., 671-6363; www.dcc. edu — Fine Arts Student Exhibition, through Thursday.

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JACK GALLERY. 900 Royal St., 588-1777 — Paintings, lithographs and other works by Tom Everhart, Gordon Parks, Al Hirschfeld, Stanley Mouse, Anja, Patrick McDonnell and others, ongoing.


JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY. 400A Julia St., 5225471; — “Game Room,” works by Michael Combs, through May 19. MUSIC BOX. 1027 Piety St., (347) 784-5226; www. — “The Music Box: A Shantytown Sound Laboratory,” an interactive installation, through June 2. NEWCOMB ART GALLERY. Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University, 865-5328; www. — “Patricia Cronin: All Is Not Lost,” through June. NOUVELLE LUNE. 938 Royal St., 908-1016 — Works using reclaimed, repurposed or salvaged materials by Linda Berman, Georgette Fortino, David Bergeron, kelly Guidry and Tress Turner, ongoing.


New work at The Front 6369; — Works by Ron Bechet, through May 16.

RHINO CONTEMPORARY CRAFTS GALLERY. The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., second floor, 523-7945; — Works by Cathy Cooper-Stratton, Margo Manning, Chad Ridgeway and Teri Walker and others, ongoing. SCOTT EDWARDS PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY. 2109 Decatur St., 610-0581 — “Photosmith’s Quintet,” music photographs by Zack Smith, Chris Felver, Barry kaiser, Greg Miles and Bob Compton, through June. SIBLEY GALLERY. 3427 Magazine St., 899-8182 — “Perceptions,” works by Julie Robinson, through May 9. ST. TAMMANY ART ASSOCIATION. 320 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 892-8650; — “The Basque Syndrome: An Impertinent Selection of Work,” works by Jose-Maria Cundin, through Saturday. STAPLE GOODS. 1340 St. Roch Ave., 908-7331; www. — “Thresholding,” works by Daniel kelly, through Sunday. STUDIO 831. 532 Royal St., 304-4392; www.studio831royal. com — “In a Mind’s Eye,” sculpture by Jason Robert Griego, ongoing. THREE RIVERS GALLERY. 333 E. Boston St., (985) 8922811; www.threeriversgallery. com — Works by Gail Glassman, through May 10. UNO-ST. CLAUDE GALLERY. 2429 St. Claude Ave. — MFA exhibitions by Nina Schwanse and Chen Gu, through Saturday. UPTOWN POPUP ART GALLERY. 7835 Maple St. — “Study of Dynamics,” works by kenneth A. McAshan, through May 12.

cAll foR ARtIsts ART MELT. Forum 35 accepts art submissions and marketplace entries for the annual Art Melt, an arts market and juried show to be held at the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge on July 14. Visit or www. for details. Submissions deadline is June 1.

PETER O’NEILL STUDIOS. 721 Royal St., 527-0703; www. — Works by Peter O’Neill, ongoing.

COLD DRINK PRINTMAKING INVITATIONAL. Du Mois Gallery, 4921 Freret St., 8186032; — The gallery seeks printmakers for its annual exhibition. Visit the gallery’s website for details. Submissions deadline is May 15.

REYNOLDS-RYAN ART GALLERY. Isidore Newman School, 5333 Danneel St., 896-

MID-CITY BAYOU BOOGALOO. The annual festival (May 18-20) seeks artists to

In Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel The Master and Margarita, the devil and his big black cat arrive in Moscow during Joseph Stalin’s reign of terror. The diabolical duo are shape-shifting tricksters who wreak havoc among Moscow’s elite. At a time when Stalin caused many people to abruptly “disappear,” they cause other people to disappear, throwing the political class into chaos. Lately, many things in the local art scene also have disappeared mysteriously. For instance, Alex Podesta has long been known for his lifesize Alex Podesta sculptures of bearded men in bunny costumes, so it was shockTHRu ing to see a Podesta show sans rabbits. His new sculptures at the MAY and Lala Rascic Front featuring peculiar devices manipulated by disembodied hands Saturdays and Sundays (pictured) are intriguing, but ghosts of bunny men still haunt the room. The Front, 4100 St. Both he and Lala Rascic were included in the Spaces exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center. In early April, the entrance to the gallery Claude Ave., 920-3980; was suddenly walled off by a movie company, causing the show to abruptly “disappear” for 10 days. The artists say the only advance notice came from the movie crew. Many artists responded by making their work disappear from the show. Rascic staged a “flash mob” protest in the gallery, a performance she repeated at this Front expo. Adding to the angst, some of the artists’ families had made plans to visit New Orleans to see the CAC show, which had disappeared from view. It has since reopened, but the controversy continues. CAC director Jay Weigel says it was the result of “misinformation,” misunderstandings and having to rely on movie revenues to supplement declining donations. But movie shoots that disrupt programming can cause some funding sources to disappear as well, because such practices make institutions less likely to qualify for major foundation grants. Bob Snead, an Antenna Gallery artist and treasurer of the Press Street nonprofit literary and visual arts collective, says some St. Claude galleries now qualify for foundation grants the CAC has a hard time attracting. — D. ERIC BOOkHARDT


participate in an art market during the event. Email art@ or visit for details. NEW ORLEANS BY NEW ORLEANS. Artwork is needed to illustrate the upcoming community anthology of short stories and poetry. Visit for details.

spARE spAcEs DOS JEFES UPTOWN CIGAR BAR. 5535 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-8500; www. — Works by Mario Ortiz, ongoing. THREE MUSES. 536 Frenchmen St., 252-4801; www. — Portraits by Zack Smith, ongoing.

MusEuMs CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER. 900 Camp St., 528-3800; — “Spaces,” works from artist co-ops Antenna, The Front and Good Children Gallery, through June 10. HISTORIC NEW ORLEANS

COLLECTION. 533 Royal St., 523-4662; www.hnoc. org — “Furnishing Louisiana, 1735–1835,” an exhibition exploring early Louisiana furniture and woodworking, through June 17. LOUISIANA STATE MUSEUM CABILDO. 701 Chartres St., 568-6968; www.lsm. — “New Orleans Bound 1812: The Steamboat That Changed America,” through January 2013. LOUISIANA STATE MUSEUM PRESBYTERE. 751 Chartres St., 568-6968; www. — “The Louisiana Plantation Photos of Robert Tebbs,” 60 gelatin silver prints by the architecture photographer, through November. “Living with Hurricanes: katrina and Beyond”; “It’s Carnival Time in Louisiana,” Carnival artifacts, costumes, jewelry and other items; both ongoing. NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MUSEUM. 945 Magazine St., 527-6012; — “September 11, 2001: A Global Moment,” through May 20. “Turning Point:

The Doolittle Raid, Battle of Coral Sea and Battle of Midway,” through July 8.

NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM OF ART. City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, 658-4100; www. — “Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial,” through May 20. “Mass Produced: Technology in 19th-Century English Design,” through June 24. “Leah Chase: Paintings by Gustave Blache III,” through Sept. 9. “Dario Robleto: The Prelives of the Blues,” through Sept. 16. “Forever,” mural by Odili Donald Odita, through Oct. 7. OGDEN MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN ART. 925 Camp St., 539-9600; www. — “Maximalist and Naturalist,” paintings by Merk Messersmith; “Remedies,” oil paintings by Alexa kleinbard; “Duck Blinds: Louisiana,” photographs by Nell Campbell; “Elysium,” photographs by Colleen Mullins; “Field Work,” photograms by Woody Woodroof; photographs by CC Lockwood; “Plastic Gulf,” video by Lee Deigaard; all through July 23. SOUTHEASTERN ARCHI-

TECTURAL ARCHIVE. Jones Hall, Tulane University, 6801 Freret St., 865-5699; seaa. — “Following Wright,” an exhibit highlighting Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence with drawings by architects Edward Sporl, Albert C. Ledner, Philip Roach Jr. and Leonard Reese Spangenberg, through Dec. 7. SOUTHERN FOOD & BEVERAGE MUSEUM. Riverwalk Marketplace, 1 Poydras St., Suite 169, 569-0405; www. — “IlluminEATing,” photographs by Meredith Beau, through June 10. “Tanqueray Olive” and “Guinness Pint,” prints by Tom Gianfagna, through Jan. 21, 2013. “Lena Richard: Pioneer in Food TV,” an exhibit curated by Ashley Young; “Then and Now: The Story of Coffee”; both ongoing. TULANE UNIVERSITY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS ROOM. Jones Hall, room 205, Tulane University, 6801 Freret St., 865-5000; — “The Art of Proteus,” an exhibition showcasing the krewe’s costume and float designs from 1882-1907, through May 30.

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ThEATER ANGOLA 3. Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 5699070; — parnell Herbert’s play dramatizes the story of Herman wallace, albert woodfox and robert King, who were imprisoned for murders they didn’t commit. tickets $15. 8 p.m. friday-saturday and 3 p.m. sunday. KISS KISS JULIE. Joan Mitchell Center, 2275 Bayou Road — based on the august strindberg play Miss Julie, artspot productions’ interactive performance takes the audience on a sensory romp through a 200-year-old home. the show contains nudity. no one under 18 is admitted. Call 826-7783 or visit www. for reservations. tickets $20 general admission, $15 students/seniors. 8 p.m. tuesday-wednesday and may 18-20.

ON THE AIR. Stage Door Canteen at The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., 528-1944; — bob edes Jr., troi bechet, gary rucker and others star in the musical that pays tribute to the heyday of radio broadcasts. 8 p.m. fridaysaturday, 11 a.m. sunday.

BuRlESquE & CABARET BURLESQUE BALLROOM. Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon St., 553-2270; — trixie minx stars in the weekly burlesque show

FAMIlY HOW I BECAME A PIRATE. Fuhrmann Auditorium, 317 N. Jefferson St., Covington, 892-2624 — Jpas’ theatre for Young audiences presents the musical based on melinda long’s children’s book about the ins and outs of pirate life. tickets $20 general admission, $15 children under 12. 2 p.m. saturday-sunday.

AuDITIONS NEW ORLEANS BURLESQUE FESTIVAL. the festival, held in september, seeks burlesque dancers (men and women), singers, comics, magicians, contortionists, duos, troupes, novelty and other variety acts. email or visit for details. there is a $15 application fee. application deadline is may 27.

COMEDY CHRIS & TAMI. The New Movement, 1919 Burgundy St.; — Chris trew and tami nelson perform an hourlong, tag-team-style improv comedy set. tickets $5. 9 p.m. saturday. COMEDY BEAST. Howlin’ Wolf Den, 828 S. Peters St., 522-9653; — the new movement presents a stand-up comedy showcase. tickets $5. 8:30 p.m. tuesday. COMEDY CATASTROPHE. Lost Love Lounge, 2529 Dauphine St., 9440099; www.lostlovelounge. com — Cassidy Henehan hosts the weekly comedy showcase. free admission. 9 p.m. tuesday. COMEDY OPEN-MIC. 12 Bar, 608 Fulton St., 2126476;

Blues for an Alabama Sky

pearl Cleage’s Blues For an Alabama Sky, recently given a forceful production at the anthony bean Community theater, both celebrates and mourns the Harlem of the great Depression. blues singer angel allen (inas mahdi) is the tragic heroine of the story. she is staggering home dead drunk at 3 a.m., assisted by her friend guy Jacobs (anthony bean) and another man. angel has just been fired from her steady gig at a nightclub after cursing out her italian mafioso sugar daddy for dumping her for someone else. guy takes her in. He’s a gay costume designer, and his dream is to work with Josephine baker, who has taken paris by storm. He’s been sending baker some of his creations and hoping for a reply that will be his ticket to fame and fortune. a picture of baker hanging on guy’s wall like a tutelary deity dominates the set. the 1930s are evident in telling details, from popular music of the day to bean’s zoot suits and conked hair. guy tells angel he’ll take her with him to paris. Delia patterson (Vineta matthews), a neighbor at their tenement, has a more socially conscious dream. she wants to create a family planning clinic and wins the approval of adam Clayton powell, the pastor of her church. Delia falls for sam “Doc” thomas (Damien moses), a hard-working physician, who puts in long hours at a hospital and seems to specialize in delivering babies. one of the many complications in Blues concerns leland (greg williams), whom angel flirtatiously dubs “alabama,” because he is an alabama country boy visiting new York. His wife died in childbirth and the baby was lost as well. leland has a more simple view of life than the others. He has a fit when he learns guy is gay. the plot thickens when angel realizes she is pregnant with leland’s child. He proposes marriage and she accepts. Just when finances have hit bottom, guy receives a telegram and money from baker. He prepares to move to paris to work with her, and his joy is delightfully volcanic. but angel is pregnant and engaged. she asks Doc to give her an abortion, and leland becomes furious and throws everyone’s plans into chaos. although the play could be melodramatic, the dialogue was often snappy and some of the scenes were deeply touching. the cast put in uniformly strong and believable performances. How bean managed to direct and take on a major role is impressive, he was effective in both capacities. — Dalt wonK — Jackie Jenkins Jr. hosts the weekly event. free admission. 8 p.m. tuesday. COMEDY SPORTZ. La Nuit Comedy Theater, 5039 Freret St., 231-7011; www. — the theater hosts an all-ages improv comedy show. tickets $10. 7 p.m. saturday. FEAR & LOATHING WITH GOD’S BEEN DRINKING. La Nuit Comedy Theater, 5039 Freret St., 231-7011; — the double bill includes fear and loathing, the sketch comedy show, and god’s been Drinking, the improv comedy show. tickets $10, $5 with drink purchase. 8:30 p.m. friday. FRIDAY NIGHT COMEDY

SHOWCASE. The Maison, 508 Frenchmen St., 3715543; — Jackie Jenkins Jr. hosts a stand-up showcase featuring new orleans comedians. free admission. 8 p.m. friday. LAUGH & SIP. Therapy Wine Lounge, 3001 Tulane Ave., 784-0054; www.therapynola. com — pissYopants Comedy presents the weekly event featuring louisiana comedians and live music. Visit www. for details. tickets $7. 8 p.m. thursday. NATIONAL COMEDY COMPANY. Yo Mama’s Bar & Grill, 727 St. Peter St., 522-1125 — the interactive comedy show features live

local music. Call 523-7469 or visit for tickets. tickets $8 online, $15 at the door. 10 p.m. saturday. SATURDAY NIGHT LAUGH TRACK. La Nuit Comedy Theater, 5039 Freret St., 231-7011; www. — the theater hosts a stand-up comedy showcase. admission $5. 11 p.m. saturday. THINK YOU’RE FUNNY? COMEDY SHOWCASE. Carrollton Station, 8140 Willow St., 865-9190; www. — the weekly open-mic comedy showcase is open to all comics. sign-up is 8:30 p.m., show 9 p.m. wednesday.

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LADY DAY. Emerson’s, 5363 Franklin Ave. — new orleans r&b singer sharon martin plays billie Holiday in the musical dramatizing her final performance. Call 872-0969 for reservations. advance tickets $20 general admission, $16 seniors, $12 students; $25 at the door. 8 p.m. friday-saturday and 5 p.m. sunday, through may 13.

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Arena, 6801 Franklin Ave., 280-7171; edu — the skating production features characters from Disney films Tangled, The Princess and the Frog and Cinderella. tickets $18-$65 (plus fees). 7 p.m. thursday-sunday, 10:30 a.m. friday, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. saturday-sunday.


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YOUNG HISTORIANS TOUR. National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., 527-6012; — Children

ages 10-12 tour the museum’s September 11, 2001: A Global Moment exhibit and then participate in a discussion and handson activity. pre-registration is required. Call 528-1944 ext. 229 or email lauren. for details. free with museum admission. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


GRAM. Parker Memorial United Methodist Church, 1130 Nashville Ave., 8951222 — Kathleen o’gorman discusses “the epic of evolution: our 21st-Century mythic story.” admission free for members, $10 nonmembers. 7:30 p.m. CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET. Tulane University Square, 200 Broadway St. — the weekly market features fresh produce, kettle corn, green plate specials and flowers. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. THREADHEAD PARTY & FUNDRAISER. The Old Ironworks, 612 Piety St., 9084741 — the party benefiting the threadhead records foundation features food (including crawfish), drinks and live music by lionel ferbos and the palm Court Jazz band, alex mcmurray, irma thomas and others. Visit for details. admission $75. noon to 9 p.m.

WEDNESDAY 2 COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET. Covington City Hall, 609 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 892-1873 — the market offers fresh locally produced foods every week. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. saturday. FRENCH MARKET FARMERS MARKET. French Market, French Market Place, between Decatur and N. Peters streets, 522-2621; — the weekly market offers seasonal produce, seafood, prepared foods, smoothies and more. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. INNOCENCE PROJECT NEW ORLEANS 11TH ANNIVERSARY GALA. Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, 5814367; www.generationshall. net — the group that works to secure freedom for wrongfully incarcerated prisoners hosts the gala featuring live music by the leroy Jones

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THURSDAY 3 FRESH MARKET. Circle Food Store, 1522 St. Bernard Ave. — the Downtown neighborhood market Consortium market features fresh produce,

EVENt LISTINGS dairy, seafood, baked goods and more. EBT and WIC accepted. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP. Touro Infirmary, 1401 Foucher St. — Akula FoundationGrief Resource Center hosts the support group. Pre-registration is required. Call 723-3628 or visit www. for details. 6 p.m. ST. CLAUDE AND ST. ROCH AVENUES JAZZ FEST PARTY. Homespace Gallery (1128 St. Roch Ave.), Staple Goods (1340 St. Roch Ave.), the New Orleans Healing Center (2372 St. Claude Ave.) and Barrister’s Gallery (2331 St. Claude Ave.) host live music, art shows and more to celebrate Jazz Fest. 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.

Friday 4 EASTSIDE ART MARKET. Eastside Studios, 107 S. Orange St., Hammond, (985) 542-7113 or (985) 5430403 — Eastside Studios

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New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, 658-4100; www. — Entertainment industry leaders speak at the annual conference. This year’s speakers include Tim Westergren, founder of the online music service Pandora, and Mack Maine, the New Orleans-born rapper and president of Young Money Entertainment. Space is limited; preregistration is required. Visit www.syncupconference. com for the full schedule and other details. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. FridaySaturday. ZOO TO DO. Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 581-4629; — The zoo’s signature fundraising event features music by The Family Stone, premium cocktails, cuisine from local restaurants, a silent auction and a luxury car raffle. Call 861-6160 or visit www.

Saturday 5 ART AT THE MARKET. Griffith Park, 333 Erlanger St., Slidell — The Slidell Art

League hosts a monthly art market at the Camellia City Farmers Market. Visit www. for details. 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. CAJUN STYLE SKYDIVE FUNDRAISER. Slidell

Airport, 62512 Airport Road, Slidell, (985) 641-7590 — Participants can do tandem skydiving to benefit ALS TDI, a nonprofit dedicated to finding effective treatments for the disease. The event also features raffles, auctions, items for sale, food and children’s activities. Call (228) 623-0130 or visit melbasangels for details. Skydiving cost is $175. 8 a.m. CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET. Magazine Street

Market, Magazine and Girod streets, 861-5898; www. — The weekly market features fresh produce, flowers and food. 8 a.m. to noon. E-WASTE AND PAINT DROP-OFF. Whole Foods

Market Arabella Station, 5600 Magazine St., 8999119 — Whole Foods and the Green Project offer a monthly electronic waste and paint drop-off event. Visit for details. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ERACE NEW ORLEANS MEETING. Christ Church

Cathedral, 2919 St. Charles Ave., 895-6602 — ERACE meets in the church’s Westfeldt Room for its weekly discussion group. Call 8661163 for details. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. FREE COMICS DAY. The worldwide event features free comics at participating retailers. Local retailers include BSI Comics (3030 Severn Ave., 885-5250;, Media Underground Comics (4953 West Napoleon Ave., 301-2435; and Crescent City Comics (4916 Freret St., 891-3796; www.crescentcitycomics. com). Visit for details. FRIENDS OF THE HARBOR CENTER ANNIVERSARY GALA. Northshore Harbor

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Plantation, 13786 River Road, Destrehan — The market features a wide range of fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers and other items. Visit for details. 8 a.m. to noon. GRETNA FARMERS MARKET. Gretna Farmers Mar-

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Call for Volunteers BAYOU REBIRTH WETLANDS EDUCATION. Bayou Rebirth seeks volunteers for wetlands planting projects, nursery maintenance and other duties. Visit www.bayourebirth. org for details. GREEN LIGHT NEW ORLEANS. The group that provides free energy efficient light bulbs seeks volunteers to help install the bulbs in homes. Email peter.schamp@ or visit for details. HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS. Harmony Hospice, 519 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-8111 — Harmony Hospice seeks volunteers to offer companionship to patients through reading, playing cards and other activities. Call Jo-Ann Moore at 832-8111 for details. JACKSON BARRACKS MUSEUM VOLUNTEERS. The museum seeks volunteers to work one day a week for the Louisiana National Guard Museum. Volunteers prepare military aircraft, vehicles and equipment for display. Call David at 837-0175 or email for details. TEEN SUICIDE PREVENTION. The Teen Suicide Prevention Program seeks volunteers to help teach middle- and upper-school New Orleans students. Call 8318475 for details.

words 10TH WARD BUCK & ALISON FENSTERSTOCK. Cafe Istanbul, New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave.; — The authors of The Definition of Bounce sign the book at the event also featuring a film screening of the documentary of the same

name. 6 p.m. Wednesday. 17 POETS! LITERARY & PERFORMANCE SERIES. Gold Mine Saloon, 705 Dauphine St., 568-0745; — Dave Brinks and Benjamin Morris present a reading. An open mic follows. Visit for details. 8 p.m. Thursday. ANN BENOIT. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 3414 Hwy. 190, Suite 10, Mandeville, (985) 626-8884 — The author signs Broussard’s Restaurant & Courtyard Cookbook. 3 p.m. Saturday. BARNES & NOBLE JR. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-5135 — The bookstore regularly hosts free reading events for kids. Call for schedule information. BEN SANDMEL. Louisiana Music Factory, 210 Decatur St., 586-1094; — The author signs Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans. Noon. Monday. COOKBOOKS & COCKTAILS SERIES. Kitchen Witch Cookbooks Shop, 631 Toulouse St., 528-8382 — The group meets weekly to discuss classic New Orleans cookbooks. 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday. DINKY TAO POETRY. Molly’s at the Market, 1107 Decatur St., 525-5169; — The bar hosts a free weekly poetry reading with open mic. 9 p.m. Tuesday. A FESTIVAL OF WORDS. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 3414 Hwy. 190, Suite 10, Mandeville, (985) 626-8884 — The Northshore Literary Society’s inaugural event features a children’s story hour, poetry readings, book signings and more. Visit for details. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. FIRST TUESDAY BOOK CLUB. Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St., 866-4916; — The group discusses Louise Penny’s Still Life. 5:45 p.m. Tuesday. FRIENDS OF THE NEW ORLEANS PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK SALE. Latter Library Carriage House, 5120 St. Charles Ave., 596-2625; www. — The group hosts twice-weekly sales of books, DVDs, books on tape, LPs and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday. G. LEIGHTON CIRAVOLO. McDonoghville Cemetery, 520 Hancock St., Gretna — The author discusses The Legacy

of John McDonogh. Call 363-1580 for details. 9:45 a.m. Friday. JAY MAZZA. Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St., 866-4916; — The author signs Up Front & Center: New Orleans Music At The End of the 20th Century. 6 p.m. Wednesday. Mazza also appears at Louisiana Music Factory (210 Decatur St., 5861094; 2 p.m. Monday. KEITH SPERA. Louisiana Music Factory, 210 Decatur St., 586-1094; — The author signs Groove Interrupted. 1 p.m. Wednesday. LOCAL WRITERS’ GROUP. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-5135 — The weekly group discusses and critiques fellow members’ writing. All genres welcome. 7:30 p.m. Monday. MAPLE LEAF READING SERIES. Maple Leaf Bar, 8316 Oak St., 866-9359; — The weekly reading series presents featured writers followed by an open mic. Free admission. 3 p.m. Sunday. PASS IT ON. George & Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art, 2003 Carondelet St., 586-7432; www. — Poet Gian “G-Persepect” Smith and Alphonse “Bobby” Smith host a weekly spokenword and music event. Admission $6. 9 p.m. Saturdays. TAO POETRY. Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 5110 Danneel St., 891-3381; — The coffeehouse hosts a weekly poetry reading. 9 p.m. Wednesday. THE WELL: A WOMEN’S POETRY CIRCLE. St. Anna’s Episcopal Church, 1313 Esplanade Ave., 947-2121; www. — The group for writers of all levels meets at 2 p.m. Mondays. Call 655-5489 or email hwoodie104@gmail. com for details.

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The Blood Center is now interviewing for full-time drivers. Candidates must have at least one year of experience driving a bus 35 feet or larger, have a good driving record and a Louisiana CDL driver’s license with airbrake certification. Must also be able to work flexible days and hours. Excellent customer service skills are required. Candidates will drive vehicles safely to and from blood drive locations, assist with loading and unloading equipment and supplies and should be willing to learn phlebotomy and medical screening. The Blood Center pays a competitive starting wage and full benefits package including paid holidays and health, dental and life insurance on date of hire, vacation after just 6 months and an employer contributed retirement plan. If you meet the above qualifications and would like to work for a company that cares about its employees please apply for the Driver/Donor Tech position online at EOE/AAE

Are you a service oriented food and beverage professional looking for a new opportunity at a top New Orleans restaurant? Are you an energetic and service oriented food and beverage professional looking for a new and exciting opportunity? We are now hiring for the opening team of René Bistrot! We have the following openings available:

HOST/HOSTESSES • SERVERS BARTENDERS • COOKS If you are interested, please stop by between 3pm and 5pm to submit your resume. Marriott is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to employing a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. EEO/M/F/V/D/AA

We have the following openings available:

Servers • Cooks

If you are interested, please email your resume to Ja’net Torrance at ja’ Marriott is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to employing a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. EEO/M/F/V/D/AA

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The Blood Center is now interviewing for part-time Telerecruiters in Metairie. This position is responsible for calling previous donors and scheduling them to come in and donate blood. Candidates must have excellent communication skills, be highly motivated, be able to speak with people on all levels, and possess a positive attitude! This position’s work schedule is Sunday from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. and Monday – Thursday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. The Blood Center offers paid holidays from date of hire, paid time off after six months of employment, health and dental insurance and an employer contributed retirement plan after one year of employment. If you meet the above qualifications and would like to work for a company that cares about its employees please apply online at



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These Professionals can help you find the perfect home


LARA SCHULTZ Realtor Superstar Agent 2009, 2010, 2011

504-338-2587 3525 Hessmer Ave, Suite 301 Metairie, LA 504-468-7979


Each office Independently owned & operated

542-44 Lowerline Street New Orleans 70118 $915,000

2406 Kerlerec St., NOLA

Charming renovated 3 bedroom/ 2 bath cottage located close to the Fairgrounds at Bayou Rd. and Esplanade Ave. High ceilings and hardwood floors with open, light-filled floor plan. The master bedroom is huge with French Doors opening to side patio. The kitchen has beautiful hardwood cabinets, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Plenty of off-street parking. $179,000

Upscale Tri-plex. Current rental income is $7,465. Owner financing available 4851-53 Magazine Street


Andrew Severino Investment Specialist

504-571-9576 Sharpe Realty LLC 1513 St. Charles Avenue Suite A New Orleans, LA 70130 • (504)- 684-4448

Beautifully renovated double in the Bywater. Large owner's unit (app. 1,900 sq. ft.), 3 bed, 2 bath with high ceilings, hardwood floors and triple crown molding. Cabinet-filled kitchen has stainless Bosch appliances, granite counters and opens to large, sunny living area with separate dining room. Large master en suite has large walk-in closet, cozy sitting area with fireplace and pristine master bath with spa tub and standup shower. The property also has a 500 sq. ft. apartment with kitchen, bath, washer/ dryer hookups, separate entrance and courtyard to help with the note. The home is located close to schools, shops, restaurants and the farmer's market. $359,900

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3721 N. Rampart St., NOLA


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Approx. 5,000 sq. ft., large commercial space on ground floor, 2-bdrm office or apartment upstairs. Busy part of Magazine w/many businesses nearby. Call Dorian Bennett 504-236-7688

(504) 944-3605 • 2340 Dauphine St., New Orleans •

Licensed in Louisiana for 32 years, building on a real estate heritage since 1905

Todd Taylor,Realtor, (504) 232-0362 • RE/MAX Real Estate Partners, (504) 888-9900

Each office individually owned and operated RE/MAX & NOMAR Award Winning Agent •

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The gauntlet has fallen! Seller & Lender want to sell! Ground floor front in Victorian style building. 1 bed 1 bath with grand rooms, large windows, 12ft ceilings & original wood floors. Granite counters & stainless appliances in the kitchen. A whirlpool tub gives the bath a bubbly luxury. The pool is cool! Located in the trendy Treme. Bank must approve short sale, make any offer!

1421 Quebrada Del Sur - $170K

Cul-de-sac Cute with no through traffic.Traditional New Orleans Shotgun Style Double with mirror imaged sides. Located one block off Esplanade in the Ridge. Each unit has 2 bed 1 bath. Each have central HVAV, WD Hookups, 12’ celings and fireplace mantles in almost every room. One side outfitted for owner with wood floors, crown molding and new appliances. Nice back yard is accessible to both units & convenient parking in front. Walk to Jazzfest!

5946 Jamison St. $40K - U/C 738 Orion Ave. $215K - U/C 4707 Baccich St. $140K SOLD 939 Jefferson Ave $525K SOLD 2524-6 Jena St. $185K SOLD 2682 Law St. $40K SOLD

936 Conti #15 $329,000

Park your ride & take a plunge. This lovely complex offers beautiful common areas featuring a swimming pool, hot tub & covered parking. 2 bed/ 1 .5 bath condo located on the second floor in townhouse style. Hardwood floors down & carpet up. Spacious kitchen featuring a breakfast bar. Interior laundry room with stacked washer/ dryer. Balcony off master bedroom overlooks courtyard. Take a look!

Samara D. Poché


1233 Esplanade #16 $145,000

Just a stones throw away from the FQ. This 2 bed/ 1 bath condo with kitchen and living on the first level, bedrooms and bath on the second level. Features stainless appliances, ventless washer and dryer hookups, reasonable condo fees. One assigned covered garage parking space included. Nice pool area and more!

504.319.6226 •


OPEN SUN 3 - 5

Immaculate is not enough to describe this gorgeous 3bd/2 ba hm. Generous common space, open flr pln kit/den, wet bar, & easy bck yrd access. Convert garage into a “cave” or a game rm, easily. Diverse/serene neighborhood. Access to great shopping.

3205 Pansy Ct. $79.9K 1421 Quebrada Del Sur $170K 528 Tupelo St. $99K 2253 Urquhart St. $49K 107 West Park Ct. $48.5K 2317 Westmere St. $129.9K

2212-14 Kerlerec $175,000

Extraordinary character is timeless.

1924-26 Magazine - $595,000

1323 Esplanade A $169,000

Dorian Bennett

Large Mixed-Use Comm’l/Residential

(504) 895-1493 (504) 430-8737

For Sale/Lease 1 Belleville Ct. $29K 2956 Camellia Dr. $97K 2956 A Camellia Dr. $875/mo 7826 Duke Ct. $170K 1717 Painters St. $75K

Whether you are looking to buy or sell a home, or investment property, I promise results for you and communication along the way!

Grand home with classic N.O. features: Balcony with ironwork, high ceilings, marble mantels, courtyard, parking, & more! Call Dorian Bennett 504-236-7688

The Historic House, Luxury Home Specialist. residential/Commercial Sales, Leasing & Appraisals

Located on a 35’x104’x160 lot, this prop. has two 3 bd/1 ba units, w/a large shared side yd. Newly paved street, located close to many good restaurants & coveted NOLA nightlife; close to major street. Worth the price, come see.

• Licensed Realtor since1991 • Million Dollar Producer Since 1992 • Member of Jefferson Board of Realtors • The National Association of Realtors • The Louisiana Board of Realtors • The Keller Williams Metairie Agent Leadership Council

2 Blocks to French Quarter!

Fabulous Home-ideal for entertaining.4 br, 2 1/2 bA. 3512 sf living. Large entertainment space includes formal living,dining,den and sun room. beautiful hardwood floors and architectural details. Wonderful front porch. ready for new owner to add their renovation touches.

4 bd/2.5ba & @2,100 sf., renov’d NOLA East hm in cul de sac. Lg formal liv & sep. din, open kit. w/den, large bkyd for gatherings. Bds have lrg deep closets. RE/RO/DW/M included. Newer wndws/roof, & 2 car gar. Must see!

504.554.8267 • 504.455.0100

1240 Esplanade Ave. - $890,000

80 FONTAINEBLEAU DR. - $399,999

7826 Duke Court - $170K



2253 Urquhart Street $49,000

Angela Discon

Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated

Are you thinking of buying or selling a home? 504-861-7575

Gaby Barnetzer (504) 273-8599


Welcome to New Orleans Jazz Fest

French Quarter Realty Wayne • Nicole • Sam • Jennifer • Brett • Robert • George • Baxter • Kaysie • Billy • Andrew


222 London #224 2/1.5 409 Rosa 1/1 928 Conti #1 1/1 1112 Dauphine LSQ studio 517 Dumaine 2R 2/3 814 Lafayette A 1/1 2162 Esplanade 1/1 618 Fern 1/1

pets ok, pool, offst pkg, twnhse style $875 Old Met. offst prkng, Balc. Huge backyard $1200 Large crtyrd, w/d on site, on 1st flr $925 charming, lots of natural light $825 Newly Renov. Jaccuzzi tub. Pool $2500 crtyrd off of bd! UTILITIES INCL! $1000 Updated, storage, great loc w/ pkng $900 updatedkitch,w/dinunit,greatlocation! $1250


direct: 504-858-5837 • office: 504-891-6400


CONDOS FOR SALE fab renov condo with class. $425,000 grndflrw/hiceils&pool.SHORTSALE$169,000 Sngl fam home w/rear dependency $495,000 Twnhouse style w/prkg,pool&more $145,000 Single fam renov Near fairgrounds $82,500 Double Esp Ridge. Walk to Jazzfest! $175,000 Twnhse style, pool, parking&more! $329,000 Renov Arts dist. Furn, prkng inc. $259,000 UpdatedcondoWHdist.pool&more$199,000 Twnhs. 2 balcs. prkng pool & more $365,000 3rd fl. exp beams, storage! crtyrd $269,000 Ground floor updated. Courtyard $105,000 Pied-a-terre effic in heart of Fr Qtr $106,500 Charming. HUGE 2nd FLR BALCONY. $259,000 Fully furn. exp brick & glossy wd fls $225,000 pets ok, pool, offst pkg, twnhse style $98,500

COMMERICAL 512 Wilkinson Row Comm Commercial condo quaint st in FQ. $465,00 840 N Rampart Comm Laundromat~business, not bldg$299,000 We have qualified tenants for your rentals. Call us!

1824 Squirewood dr. eAST HArvey

3419 Squirewood dr. NorTH HArvey

4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 3100 sf. Beautiful mediterranean style! Gated community. Porcelain flooring, high ceilings and double crown moulding. Was in parade of homes. Owner now relocating out of state. $385,500

835 Julia #3 $249,000

1 bed/ 1 bath Art’s District Condo. Concrete, steel and masonry building w/ energy efficient double pained windows, 6’ cellulose insulation, sound proofing between units too! Being sold fully furnished w/ high end furnishings. Offstreet parking included.

1418 Chartres B • $259,000 2 bd/1 ba condo w/ 2nD FlOOR STREET BAlCOny. Gleaming hardwood flooring,exposed brick walls & non working marble fireplace. Galley style kitchen overlooks the lush courtyard. Come check it out.

Jennifer Shelnutt

504-388-9383 •


6k Sq FT CoNveNieNCe STore! 999 BridGe CiTy drive

455 Phillip Street, $ 239,000

817 Amelia Street, $239,900

Has 2 separate business licenses. Comes with majority of equipment and inventory. Pool tables too! Has a huge freezer and cooler. Please do not question owners or employees. Even has separate room & bath for employees to rest. $344,000.

Was gutted to the studs in 2004/05 and underwent a high quality renovation. 3 independent bedrooms, 2 full baths, master with whirlpool plus nice walk-in closet, off street parking in a great close to town location.

Rustic charm on this unique home fashioned from joining two separate cottages. Great flowing floor plan and with a second front door that’s great for working from home. Off street parking.


3 BR, 2.5 BA, 3134 sqft. Open floor plan. “Upstairs can be 4th bdrm/tv/ office” concrete flooring and concrete kitchen countertops. tankless water heater w/ radiant barrier in attic. dbl garage plus dbl carport. outside area plumbed for outdoor kitchen. mint condition. couple transferred! $382,800

3820 LapaLCO Harvey, La 504-340-9211

333 Julia #418 $199,000

Renovated 1 bed/1 bath condo just a hop, skip and a jump to the French Quarter. Galley kitchen boast granite countertops and stainless steel appliances and nice cabinet space.Bathroom features travertine flooring. Common workout room and rooftop pool!





929 Dumaine #14 $106,500

Cozy Pied-a-terre efficiency in the French Quarter with some character! Ceramic flooring in the kitchen and bath. Granite counter tops. Ample closet space. The two skylights are cool! Washer and dryer on site. Common courtyard.

1418 Chartres D $225,000 2 bd/1 ba condo half block from Esplanade Ave and steps from Frenchmen St! Fully furn w/ lots of historical charm. Exposed beams, wide plank hardwd flooring, exposed brick, natural light, abundant closet space and a common courtyard!

BEVERLY RAMBO 504-416-5004

Michael L. Baker, ABR/M, CRB, HHS President Realty Resources, Inc. 504-523-5555 • cell 504-606-6226

Licensed by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission for more than 28 years with offices in New Orleans, LA 70130

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1117 Burgundy 2/1.5 1323 Esplanade “A” 1/1 1028 St Philip 2/2 1233 Esplanade #16 2/1 1608 N Broad 2/2 2212-14 Kerlerec 936 Conti #15 2/1.5 835 Julia #3 1/1 333 Julia 418 1/1 1022 Toulouse BC-23 2/2 1125 Royal #3 1/1 421 Burgundy #4 1/1 929 Dumaine #14 1418 Chartres B 2/1 1418 Chartres “D” 2/1 222 London #224 2/1.5


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Vacant lot 50 x100, Castine St great neighborhood Re/Max Partners 888-9900. Each office independently owned and operated. Phyllis Seely 236-6464

922-24 Dauphine St. $875K Four 1 bedroom apartments. Parking for 5+ cars.

835 Royal St. $349.5K Great location, secluded hideaway! Spac 2 br, 2 marble tile baths. Small rear balc overlooking garden.

617 Duphine St. $268K Spacious light filled condo. Great floor plan. Fabulous pool and courtyard. Being sold furnished. In the heart of the quarter.

Paula Bowler, Agent • French Quarter Realty o:504-949-5400 • c:504-952-3131 •

COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES 1929 Hickory Ave., Harahan.

Two-story office building approx. 2,160sf. REDUCED price of $249,000. Can also be for lease $1,900/mo., triple net. Emily Kramer, Corporate Realty 581-5005

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MISSISSIPPI Great Weekend Home

Completely furn 2BR/2.5BA TH on Cardinal Course, 17th green. Diamondhead, MS (45 min to NO) $125,000. Century 21, Betsy, 1-800-221-2423

938 Royal St. A $215K Great location for this condo. Perfect for your weekend getaways! Quaint & comfortable. 1 br, great kit & bath.

EMPLOYMENT Call 483-3100

New Orleans Office Condo

$100,000 or best offer. Motivated Seller. 1,200 sf. Ample parking. Picturesque office park. Emily Kramer, Corporate Realty 504-581-5005



Riverfront N.O./ Algiers Pt. Upscale 2 BR, 2.5 BA Nicely furn. Secured pkg. $375 night., Also (two) 2 BR apts with xtra sofa bed 15 min from downtown N.O, 2200 Pasadena Ave, Met. $200 night. 3 Night Min. on both. 781-608-6115

All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act and the Louisiana Open Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination. We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. For more information, call the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office at 1-800-273-5718

CORPORATE RENTALS New Orleans Area (Metairie) 10 Min to Downtown N.O.

1 & 2 Br Apts, 1 Ba, furn. Qn bed, WiFi, Cbl. Pkg.Util Incl. Lndry Fac. Sec Cameras From $1200/mth. 1 mth min. 2200 Pasadena, Met. 781-608-6115..


2 BR, 2.5 BA. Furn, healthclub, pool, parking. All util incl, wifi. Minimum 1 month. $3000/mo. Also 3 BR Penthouse $3800/mo. 781-608-6115.


Diversity. Cultural Competence. CONDO. 2 BR, 1.5 BA, offstreet parking. Quiet area. 1 month minimum. $2800. For more info, call 225-281-9875

COMMERCIAL RENTALS Kenner Warehouse & Office

6420 sq ft warehouse with office 20 x 60 ft fenced yd 625 Maria. Nr airport. 1 yr lease. $1850/mo. 504-421-3135,

DORIAN M. BENNETT • 504-236-7688

RESIDENTIAL RENTALS 824 Royal - 2 bd/ 2 ba ...................... $3500 830 St. Philip - 1 bd/ 1ba pkg ............. $3000 539 Dumaine - Studio/1ba ..................... $1100 823 Ursulines - 1 bd/ 1 ba ..................... $850 718 Frenchmen - 1 bd/ 1ba pkg ............. $750

CALL FOR MORE LISTINGS! 2340 Dauphine Street • New Orleans, LA 70117 (504) 944-3605


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2273 Barataria Blvd. 900 sq ft office + half bath. 2 rms, prof’l mgmt. Easy free parking. Desks avail. $800/month. 781-608-6115



Professional Office Space

Near Causeway & Vets. Rent includes use of 2 conference rooms, kitchen & reception area. Ground floor space, hardwood floors, crown moldings, drive up parking. Call Albert 504-837-1304.

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Modern 1 BR Apt. $775/mo incl free wifi & assigned pkg. 1 yr lease. $400 sec dep & rental application. 2325 Pasadena Ave. (nr Clearview & I-10). 504-366-7374 or 781-608-6115.


Near heart of Metairie, dead end street. Wtr pd., Rsvd pkg, 1 car. No smoking/pet 504-780-1706 or visit us at


2511 Metairie Lawn. 2BR/2BA, w/d, pool, security. No pets. Rent $950/ mo. Sale $149,000. Call 427-1087

FURNISHED 1 BRDM CONDO Great location, w/d, gated, nr Causeway & Veterans. $900/mo incls utils. Call 504-957-6456 or 504-838-9253


3br/2ba. dr, den + attached garage. Fenced, off street parking. Ceiling fans. Wired for cable. Seperate dog run. Pets w/deposit. $1600/mo & dep. Avail Jun 1st. 913-4803.


Mature female professional to share private home nr Metairie Rd. $550 mo incl util, cable & more. Long-term pref. Refs & dep. 504-838-6161.


NOLA * Gretna * Metairie * Kenner. Affordable Luxury Living, 1, 2, 3 BDs, $545 & up! Gtd. Pkng, Lndry, Courtyards, FREE WI FI. 504-304-4687


High end 1-4BR. Near ferry, clean, many x-tras, hrdwd flrs, cen a/h, no dogs, no sec 8, some O/S prkng $750-$1200/mo. 504-362-7487


ESPLANADE RIDGE Big Marigny & 7th Ward

Warehouse Rampart 5000sf. $1250 mo. +2 Great Locations 4 Downtown Living Nice 3BR/1BA, Cen.A/C, Big Yd $1350 BayouRd/Bell $975, 3BR Ph. 432-5104


Living room, large bedroom, tile bath, furnished kitchen. Private fenced backyard. No pets. $800/month + deposit. 504-494-0970


1 BR Newly renovated. Hi ceil, granite countertops, wd flrs, w/d on site, , walk to Park or Bayou. On Canal St Car line. $800/mo. 713/204-5342

MID CITY - Offstreet parking for one vehicle. Separate entrance. Available Now. Contact Jane, (504) 482-5292


2 BR, 1 BA, $1450/Mo. ALSO 1 br loft , 1ba, $1200/mo. All fully furn, pool, w/d onsite, shared balc, elevator, no pets. 504-236-5757, 236-7060.


Grt for prof/med student, 2BR/1.5 BA, LR, DR, furn kit, central air, off st prkg, Univ. area. No smkrs/pets. $1250/mo + 1 yr lse. 504-522-7218



3/2, completely furn kit, w/d, all appl . included,ca/h, carport w/storage in back alley. All renov’t. Sm dog negotiable, no smoking. $1200 + $1200 sec. dep. 1 yr lease, refs. 455-2674.

LAKEFRONT Beautiful Marina Living

In a boathouse $1800/mo One bed 1350 sq ft 40 ft slip Jennifer LaNasa Evans HGI Realty 504 207-7575

1205 ST CHARLES/$1075

Fully Furn’d studio/effy/secure bldg/ gtd pkg/pool/gym/wifi/laundry. Avail NOW. 985-871-4324, 504-442-0573.


Studio, newly remodeled kit & ba, hdwd flrs. $750 mo. Huge 2 BR Apt. Bright, spacious,, high ceilings, hdwd flrs, $1095. Both have Cent a/h, laundry facility avail 24 hrs. Walk 1 blk to St. Charles St Car, easy access to I-10, CBD & FQ. No pets/No smokers. 1-888-239-6566.


1100 sf, 2 br, 2 ba camelback apt. Cent air, hi ceilings, newly refinished hardwood floors, appliances. Ceiling fans thruout, w/d in unit, offst pkg. Small back yard.1 blk to streetcar line. 3 blks to Oak St. $1400/mo. Water pd. Ref required. No pets, no smoking. Lease. 504-812-4242


Beautifully furn 1 BR/1.5 BA apt. w/ hdwd flrs, nice kit, lg patio, pool, pkng & laundry. Avail now! Maselli Properties, (504) 891-2420.


801 Louisiana, furn kit, w/d, 2 brs, 2-1/2 ba, lr, dr, alarm, cen a/h, ceil fans. No Pets. $1300mo, 891-1220

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Spacious house, 6 large private bedrooms. Large equipped kitchen, 3 baths, dining room, front porch. Central heat & air. $625 each includes all utilities & internet, cable & laundry facilities. No Pets + Deposit 504-376-4676. Grad students welcome.


4 br, 3 ba, Jacuzzi & full shower, 9 ft ceil, antique pine flrs, porches, 2 car gar, sep workshop. Loc on 6 acres 10 min north of I-12, ext 57 off Turnpike Rd. 50275 Huckleberry Ln. • $1,950/mo. 985-796-9130

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Gambit New Orleans: Jazz Fest Week Two  

Your guide to everything New Orleans and the 2nd weekend of Jazz Fest 2012