Our highlights for the weekend ahead at the Fair Grounds.

Arcade Fire photo
Arcade Fire

After all the rain and muck of Jazz Fest 2013, it was a relief to have good weather at the Fair Grounds last weekend. A foul weather Jazz Fest has its own weird energy, but it's so tiring slogging through mud and having to carefully choose every step that the day becomes exhausting. This weekend looks to be even nicer with highs in the low 80s on Saturday and Sunday, and the music lineup looks stronger as well.

I'm looking forward to Thursday's return of A Tribe Called Red and Kenny Bill Stinson, and Solange was one of the highlights of Coachella this year. Friday could have been booked specifically for me with Hurray for the Riff Raff, Alejandro Escovedo, Tom McDermott, Charles Bradley, and The Alabama Shakes. On Saturday, I'm particularly fond of Jon Batiste and Stay Human's Social Music album, and I didn't entirely get The Arcade Fire until they played Jazz Fest, so I look forward to them on Sunday.

This weekend, I'll also conduct the interview with Robert Earl Keen on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage. I love the informality of conversations on that stage, and I expect that we'll have a good time Sunday. If you can make it, drop by and say hi.

Thursday, May 1
Truth Universal and DJ E.F. Cuttin, 11:15 a.m., Congo Square
Max Baca & Los TexManiacs, 12:15 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage
Kenny Bill Stinson & the ARK-LA Mystics, 12:35 p.m., Blues Tent
The Soul Rebels, 1:30 p.m., Congo Square Stage
Tizumba & Tambor Mineiro, 1:45 p.m., Blues Tent
A Tribe Called Red, 1:55 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
The Wailers, 4:15 p.m., Congo Square Stage
Lyle Lovett, 5:40 p.m., Samsung Galaxy Stage
Solange, 5:45 p.m., Congo Square Stage

Friday, May 2
The Honorable South, 11:30 a.m., Samsung Galaxy Stage
The Gloryoskis, 11:30 a.m., Lagniappe Stage
Os Negões, 12:10 p.m., Congo Square Stage
Eden Brent Band, 12:25 p.m., Blues Tent
Hot 8 Brass Band, 12:45 p.m., Samsung Galaxy Stage
Hurray for the Riff Raff, 2:05 p.m., Samsung Galaxy Stage
Cardinal Sons, 2:30 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
Tom McDermott and Friends, 4 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys, 4:20 p.m.
Alabama Shakes, 5:30 p.m., Samsung Galaxy Stage
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, 5:50 p.m., Blues Tent

Saturday, May 3
Helen Gillet, 11:30 a.m., Lagniappe Stage
Marc Broussard, 12:15 p.m., Acura Stage
Micah McKee & Little Maker, 12:50 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
The New Orleans Hip-Hop Experience, 1:15 p.m., Congo Square Stage
Alexis & the Samurai, 2:15 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
Butler, Bernstein, & the Hot 9, 2:45 p.m., Blues Tent
Better Than Ezra, 3:35 p.m., Samsung Galaxy Stage
Jon Batiste and Stay Human, 3:55 p.m., Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent
The Head and the Heart, 4:10 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, 5:10 p.m., Acura Stage

Sunday, May 4
Creole String Beans, 11:15 a.m., Samsung Galaxy Stage
Glen David Andrews, 12:25 p.m., Congo Square Stage
The Deslondes, 12:55 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
Tucka & the Groove City Express Band, 1:45 p.m., Congo Square Stage
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk with Art Neville, 1:55 p.m., Acura Stage
Bobby Womack, 3:25 p.m., Congo Square Stage
Arcade Fire, 3:45 p.m., Acura Stage
Robert Earl Keen, 4:25 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage
John Fogerty, 5:30 p.m., Samsung Galaxy Stage
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave., 5:45 p.m., Acura Stage