Jazz Fest: Weekend 2

Does Jazz Fest need extreme weather to really get good? Or, was the first weekend's talent lineup good but not great? Whatever the case, Sunday was the most compelling day last weekend. The Screaming Eagle of Soul, Charles Bradley, was the highlight of the weekend, and A Tribe Called Red did the unthinkable for many and introduced festgoers to dubstep.

Jazz Fest a Month Away

"The look-forward-to-it-ness is more than I can ever remember," Quint Davis announced today at the press conference to unveil the poster and schedule for the 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band opened and closed the event in the paddock of the Fair Grounds, where media, fans, and members of the Festival Productions and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation staffs came to find out who would play where when.

Fleetwood Mac, Frank Ocean, Black Keys & Hall and Oates Top Jazz Fest Lineup

The reunited Fleetwood Mac, Maroon 5, and New Orleans-raised R&B star Frank Ocean are among the biggest names signed to play at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, presented by Shell, which takes place this year April 26 to May 5. Hall and Oates, Phoenix, Andrew Bird and Patti Smith are among the first time performers at Jazz Fest, and Bill Joel, Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer and Widespread Panic are just some of the returning out of town artists. 

Here's the daily rundown:

Little Love for LA at the Grammys

This year, Louisiana's best hopes of bringing home Grammys come from people who've left the state for bigger success. Christopher Breaux was a singer, songwriter and student at UNO before he moved to Los Angeles, became Frank Ocean and released the excellent Nostalgia Ultra mixtape and, this year, Channel Orange, which earned him four nominations including Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist.

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