Our downloadable, up-to-date schedule and highlights for Saturday at the Fair Grounds.
Friday was a slightly soft start to Jazz Fest. There was never enough of a crowd to create lines for anything, and only in the last hour did the schedule force any hard choices. Fortunately, the day ended with a Steely Dan set that was as musical as you'd expect, a Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings set that was a lesson in old school R&B and showmanship, and Janelle Monae's emotional tribute to Prince. It was particularly affecting to see someone as self-possessed as Monae in tears onstage as she played "Take Me with U" and "Let's Go Crazy."
It won't be a surprise if Anders Osborne continues the outpouring of affection for Prince. Thursday night, he played a mandolin and acoustic guitar version of "Purple Rain" at Tipitina's. Others tributes could come from any number of artists. Pearl Jam? Maxwell? Galactic? Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats?
We have an up-to-date, downloadable schedule color-coded with our picks and the Louisiana acts we think ought to be on your radar. Print it out or save it to your phone or tablet.