QOTSA, Beach House, Weedie, and "Exile" Play Night Shows During Jazz Fest

The jam wave that followed Phish’s first appearance at Jazz Fest changed New Orleans’ nightlife during the festival, for years turning it into a place where the members of Lettuce are royalty, Grateful Dead-like jams take place nightly, and friendships made on the Jam Cruise find a stage. Funky jazz rock, rocky jazz funk, and jazzy funk rock have been the dominant sound for a decade, but this year featured some shows that acknowledged the broader spectrum of music. On Friday, April 27, the festival closed with sets by Sting and Sturgill Simpson.

Bobby Rush Strips It Down on "Louisiana"

Updated We may be in an economic recovery but it's a pokey one, one that has even affected bluesman Bobby Rush. His Down in Louisiana is due out Tuesday, and it features him with a sparer lineup than usual - his concession to the times. When clubs are dying, festivals are tightening their budgets, he's making it easier to book him.