Our recommendations for the first weekend at the Fair Grounds.

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Jason Isbell

During Jazz Fest, picks and are closer to a wish list than a plan. I can say now that I intend to see these acts, but if something I'm passing by catches my ear (or looks good to eat or drink), then the plan is sidetracked if not derailed completely.

My default mode is usually the international music since the international groups are the ones I'm least likely to see or hear again. They don't all hold my interest equally, but I try to check them out. 

For our picks for the clubs, see The Milk Run, which goes live every Friday. We'll have a special, lengthy Jazz Fest edition up tomorrow.

Friday, April 25

Rotary Downs, 11:25 a.m., Samsung Galaxy Stage

BaianaSystem of Bahia-Brazil, 12:25 p.m., Congo Square Stage

Laura Mvula, 1:35 p.m., Acura Stage

Roger Lewis’ Baritone Bliss, 1:35 p.m., Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent

Afoxé Omó Nilé Ogunjá of Pernambuco-Brazil, 1:50 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Rubén Blades & Roberto Delgado Orchestra, 3:10 p.m., Acura Stage

Jason Isbell, 3:35 p.m., Samsung Galaxy Stage

Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, 4 p.m., Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent

The Avett Brothers, 5:30 p.m., Samsung Galaxy Stage

Public Enemy, 5:45 p.m., Congo Square Stage

Saturday, April 26

Sean Johnson & the Wild Lotus Band, 11:30 p.m., Lagniappe Stage

Ironing Board Sam, 12:20 p.m., Blues Tent

Forroteria, 1:35 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Ginga Mundo Capoeira, 1:55 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Royal Southern Brotherhood, 2:10 p.m., Samsung Galaxy Stage

The Mavericks, 3:40 p.m., Samsung Galaxy Stage

John Wirt and Allen Toussaint interview, 4:30 p.m., Allison Miner Heritage Stage

Phish, 4 p.m., Acura Stage

Robin Thicke, 5:25 p.m., Congo Square Stage

Robert Plant and the Sensational Shape Shifters, 5:30 p.m., Samsung Galaxy Stage

Sunday, April 27

Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, 11:15 a.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

Khari Allen Lee & the New Creative Collective, 12:15 p.m., Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent

Royal Teeth, 12:45 p.m., Samsung Galaxy Stage

Bombino, 1:25 p.m., Blues Tent

Chocolate Milk, 3:35 p.m., Congo Square Stage

Jim McCormick with BeatinPath, 3:55 p.m., Lagniappe Stage

John Hiatt and the Combo, 4:25 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

Vampire Weekend, 5:20 p.m., Samsung Galaxy Stage

Rodriguez, 5:45 p.m., Blues Tent