Our tipsheet for who's playing New Orleans during Jazz Fest.

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Bluntly, there's too much to do during Jazz Fest. Too many bands, too many possibilities, too many things that might be cool. Looking at schedules can be overwhelming, so we've narrowed the choices a bit. Our choices reflect our priorities, particularly the absence of jams and ad hoc bands. My roots in punk and pop and the three-minute song are too strong to connect to something as inefficient as jamming. If that's your thing, it's easily found. Here are some other options.

Friday, April 22: Our highlights include the one-time New Orleanian, folkie Chris Smither, one half of Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch, Bonerama's trombone-centric set covering Led Zeppelin, a bounce showcase at Siberia, the percussive indie folk rock of Sweet Crude, and the live-instruments-and-DJ funk of The Floozies. 

Chris Smither, 8 p.m. (Chickie Wah Wah), Dave Rawlings Machine, 8 p.m. (House of Blues), Bonerama: Get the Led Out, 9 p.m. (House of Blues), Big Freedia, Katey Red, Miss Tee, WB Shakie, Clacka Da Attacka, Shake Team Reedy, and DJ Lil Man, 10 p.m. (Siberia), Sweet Crude and Family and Friends, 10 p.m. (Gasa Gasa), The Floozies, 2 a.m. (Tipitina's)

To be continued.