It pains me to say this, but Elton John, Alison Krauss, The Who–I’m going to need all of you to fall back for a sec.
The lineup for the 2015 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is out and in true music festival form, the acts for each day are incredibly top-heavy. Sure, seeing huge names like John Legend and Lady Gaga with Tony Bennett would be great. But part of the beauty of festivals is discovering someone new: You have a pass for the whole day, people–it’s time to use it effectively.
We’ve pulled out the can’t-miss shows for each day of Jazz Fest’s lineup, focusing on local NOLA favorites and artists out of the mainstream.
Friday, April 24
Earphunk: Fall into the funk of this New Orleans quintet.
Saturday, April 25
Vieux Farka Touré: The son of Grammy-winning great Ali Farka Touré, Vieux’s world music vibe will be welcome respite from the thumping beats pumping from every which way at Jazz Fest.
Sunday, April 26
Henry Butler: Because it’s Sunday and you should be in the church of New Orleans jazz piano legend Henry Butler.
Thursday, April 30
Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns: A punk-pinup look with jazz vocals as sweet as sweet tea, you can’t help but love the contradiction that is Meschiya Lake.
Friday, May 1
Paloma Faith: Like her fellow Brits Duffy and Amy Winehouse, Paloma Faith has made an indelible print in soul with that powerhouse voice of hers.
Saturday, May 2
Big Freedia “Queen of Bounce”: If you’re not familiar with New Orleans bounce music, step into Big Freedia’s office.
Sunday, May 3
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue: Never has the trombone had so much swag.