A lot was good on Friday at Jazz Fest, but nothing was as mind-blowing as the Lost Bayou Ramblers’ set. The Cajun band has shown a healthy sense of adventure since 2012’s Mammoth Waltz, but you could almost always trace musical ideas back to Cajun musical traditions. Friday, they went further out, and it sounded better for the moments of musical exploration.
Music is only part of the story at Jazz Fest, which is part of why covering it is so interesting. It’s a business story, so one thing that has to be taken into account in pieces that praised Katy Perry’s show—which was fine and did as much spectacle as she could manage under the circumstances—was that the number two name on the festival’s initial lineup release was a soft draw, particularly of young people. The folding chair village was full, but there was a lot of standing room on the track-side of the stage.
Dessa wears many hats: singer, rapper, philosopher, published author, travel journalist, and science geek to name a few. While she is known primarily as a member of the rap collective Doomtree, her extensive body of work stands on its own.
Migos play Buku’s Power Plant Stage tonight at 10 p.m. Migos understand that the important thing right now is to be present, and to that end the Atlanta rap trio dropped Culture II before Culture had a chance to go away. The title suggests that the album delivers more of the same, and because it is, Migos continue to pump singles into Billboard’s Top 100.
[Updated] “Cooper’s dad introduced him to his first jug band,” says Pete Bernhard of his bandmate Cooper McBean, as if learning about jug bands is a modern American rite of passage like getting your first car or signing up for Tinder.
[Updated] The Voodoo Music and Arts Experience starts Friday in City Park, and it’s hard to imagine anyone is covering it more completely than My Spilt Milk. We started last week with new music from Le Plur artist Nina Las Vegas’ NLV label and a Voodoo preview playlist. We’ve got stories and interviews planned for the rest of the week, and we’ll have daily reviews as well.
The fourth BUKU Music + Art Project is upon us. The March 13-14 festival at Mardi Gras World focuses on EDM, hip-hop, and indie rock, and while many names are well-known--headliners A$AP Rocky, Passion Pit, Bassnectar, and Empire of the Sun to name a few--others have yet to break out of their niches.