This past weekend, Essence Festival celebrated its 25th anniversary, and
Jazz Fest producer Quint Davis introduced the festival-closing set by saying that three acts had closed the fest on what is now the Acur
Music is only part of the story at Jazz Fest, which is part of why covering it is so interesting.
Bands have been trying for years to do what Moonlight Benjamin made seem
Alynda Segarra’s Hurray for the Riff Raff experience has be
Think of Thursday at a test drive for this year’s Jazz Fest.
The 50th anniversary of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by She
In the land of the underdog story, Mdou Moctar is king.
The Rolling Stones' unann
[Updated] The last time Janelle Monae played Voodo
The jam wave that followed Phish’s first appearance at Jazz Fest changed New Orleans’ nightlife during the festival, for years turning i
Saturday at Jazz Fest ends with Cage the Elephant and Aerosmith opposite each o
For me, the stretch from 12:25 to 5:25 p.m. Friday is what makes a good Jazz Fest.
In his best days with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO), Victor Atkins could
The Frenchmen Street swing/trad jazz scene can sometimes feel like it wants to be boldly rooted in tradition, but musical archaeology doesn't fill
[Updated] This first weekend of Jazz Fest will be remembered—to the degree that it will be remembered at all—for its ex
The first weekend of Jazz Fest ends with two interesting choices (sorry—in my mind, Jimmy Buffett isn’t one of them).
Friday was as pleasant a start to Jazz Fest 2018 as you could imagine.
Saturday at Jazz Fest, Rod Stewart tags in for Aretha Franklin. I give St
Friday’s schedule is typical of this year’s Jazz Fest.
So far, the New Orleans Tricentennial has been a subtle affair.
The Tribute to Fats Domino on Saturday at The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festiva
[Updated] It’s a tribute to the enduring power of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill that 20 years after its releas
Jack White will play the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shel
It’s hard to imagine that Jack White will be able to lock up people’s phones when he plays Jazz Fest Sunday, May 6, but that is the plan
The annual nature of Jazz Fest makes it a perfect time to reflect on how things have changed--not just how the festival or the grounds h
In an encore presentation, the Frenchmen Street singer reveals how opera indirectly pushed her toward jazz before she plays Jazz Fest today.
Writer John Swenson has argued that the change many feel in Jazz Fest has more to do with the passing of the generation of artists who d
P.J. Morton has had his feet in a number of musical streams.
[Revised] Men in the crowd Thursday at Jazz Fest envied Date Wats
In contemporary jazz, few names ring out as loud as Kamasi Washington.
One of the pieces of news last Sunday at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
After a soft Friday at Jazz Fest that included Trey Ana
For Bruce Springsteen, being a bar band was a starting point; for Southside Johnny Lyons, it was a destination.
First Friday felt more like Locals Thursday at Jazz Fest yesterday.
Mississippi Rail Company took a game stab at classic New Orleans R&B along with a number of related southern, piano-driven R&B s
Last weekend, Jonah Weiner profiled Lorde for
Today, a lawsuit was filed against AEG Live and the
My last days of Jazz Fest were as odd as the days themselves.
The 50 percent chance of rain for the day is not encouraging, but schedule for Saturday at Jazz Fest makes the gamble worth it.
Everything is relative. At a Lollapalooza or a rock festival, Red Hot Chili Peppers are funky. At Jazz Fest, they’re a rock band.
Today, Terence Blanchard and the E-Collective play the Zatarain's/WWOZ Jazz Tent
It’s hard to know what to think of Mardi Gras Indians in 2016.
Jazz Fest 2016 began with Goldman Thibodeaux and the Lawtell Playboys, Thibodeaux dressed for Saturday night on Friday morning.
[Updated] Yesterday, we looked at the impact of playing Jazz Fest o
Pearl Jam will play Jazz Fest Saturday (Acura Stage, 4:30 p.m.), and the band was schedule
Neil Young will play the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell o
Photographer Patrick Ainsworth was busy during Jazz Fest and the nights during it.
[Updated] Sunday afternoon, country singer Kacey Musgraves
[Updated] The attendance Saturday at Jazz Fest wasn’t a record despite the speculation of some outlets, which gives tho
Thursday was a true locals day, with short, friendly lines, and shows you could get close to if you wanted.
After looking forward to a day of discoveries at Jazz Fest Friday, I ended up missing both Paloma Faith and Gurrumul. I hope to do better Saturday. Last year The Soul Rebels played one of my favorite sets, so I look foward to them and Big Freedia, the latter because bounce artists rarely do more than 20 minutes on their own, so I want to see if Freedia can make a full show out of the sound.
Davell Crawford has a history of being flighty, but I'm hopeful for his tribute to Fats Domino. Crawford's a dazzling pianist, but Fats' songs call less for techincal acompishment than commitment to Domino's directness.
Although Taj Mahal remains on the schedule, he's out due to illness. Big Sam's Funky nation was rained out last week, so he'll take Mahal's spot.
Make sure you drop in Economy Hall at some point. I often grab my first bite of the day there and put on sunscreen, and that served me well yesterday when I lucked in Tom Sancton's band. Tomorrow I expect I'll hear Connie Jones over breakfast.
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell resumes its second weekend t
[Updated] “I’m kind of a tinkerer,” explains The Mulligan Brothers
When Luke Winslow-King released his second Bloodshot Records album, Everlasting Arms, we talked about his relationship to the blues.
Even with the best-intentioned audiences, The Wee Trio changes its set to play fest
Friday starts the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell, and we'll be
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue will close the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fes
The Who will make a rare festival appearance when they play Jazz Fest Saturday, April 25,
On Friday, April 24, Wilco will close the Gentilly Stage at the end of the opening day of t
America can relax. The speculation is over.
To the surprise of nobody who noticed a gap in the routing for The Who’s North American tour, The Who will be one of the headliners in this year’s
It was bad enough that The Tontons couldn't play loudly enough to keep
When Jon Batiste appeared on Treme as a member of Delmond Lambreaux’s band, it was hard
New Orleans-native Alexis Marceaux, whose name you may recognize from her stint on NBC’s The Voice, hit her stride with her sophomore albu
This year's Jazz Fest nightlife isn't as jam-heavy as previous years have been.
Last Sunday at Jazz Fest, Vampire Weekend looked even preppier than ever, and Eric Clapton brought a healthy dose of reser
Jazz Fest at night has become a time for jam funk and one-time-only shows, and one of the more entertaining ideas is Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe sp
Sunday’s final sets at Jazz Fest couldn’t have been more different.
Any fears that Phish fans would once again descend on New Orlean
(Last year's set by The Mavericks at Jazz Fest was one of the festival's most joyous, so when the band returned to New Orleans last October to
Backseat drivers have many ideas about what Jazz Fest should do differently, some of which
(In 2012, Cherie LeJeune interviewed Vox and the Hound on the eve of the release of the band's debut album, Courage.
New Orleans indie rock outfit Rotary Downs has kept New Orleans as a home base for the decade
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell starts Friday, and we’re cove
Seminal hip-hop outfit Public Enemy was not always the media darling it is today.
I'd hoped that we'd have an interview with songwriter and guitarist Jason Isbell before he
Today, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell held its annual one mo
Thursday's rain on top of last weekend's rain on top of this week's rain left the Fair Grounds such a mess that opening Friday was delayed an hour
Friday's Jazz Fest schedule underwent some major changes as early sets were compressed bec
Audiences at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival have a love/hate relationship with rain.
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell starts Friday, so it's time
One of the toughest choices at Jazz Fest this year will come Saturday, May 4 when Fleetwood Mac, Phoenix, and Frank Ocean perform opposite each oth