Aerosmith, David Byrne, Jack White Top the Jazz Fest Lineup

When the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell returns April 27 to the Fair Grounds, it will be with Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, Sting, Jimmy Buffett and his Acoustic Airmen, Jack White, Beck, Lionel Richie, David Byrne, Anita Baker, Bonnie Raitt, Khalid, Sturgill Simpson, Jack Johnson, Sheryl Crow, Common, and Cage the Elephant atop the lineup. Some of those aren’t news.

Voodoo News: The New Voodoo, and the Weekend at Le Plur

Sunday at Voodoo felt a little like the last day of high school. The festival only had a few hours left in it, and so did the summer festival season. On Saturday, Saint Motel and Shakey Graves announced that their sets were the last of their tours, and I’m sure the same was true on Sunday for a number of the acts. Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals have been one of the winners of the season as he found an audience around the country one mid-afternoon set at a time.

Voodoo News: Black T-Shirt Day A Hit at Voodoo

Saturday was Black T-Shirt Day at Voodoo with a heavy rock lineup topped by Tool, whose black T-shirts were first among impractical equals. Guitar rock is in remission and simply isn’t a force in the marketplace right now, but it still has a dedicated audience. Cage the Elephant looked like it drew as well as Tool—or close—and throughout the day, the hard rock and metal had enough detail to be engaging, unlike the army of bands playing drop-D tunings a decade ago.

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