Jazz Fest picks 2014


Friday, April 25 from 4:15 until 5:05 p.m. at the Congo Square Stage.


Dee-1 is a local rapper who, after teaching school for two years, resigned before the 2010-2011 school year to focus on his music career. He has performed alongside nationally renowned touring acts such as Lil Wayne, Drake, Trey Songs and Lil Boosie, to name a few.In October 2010, he was named Artist of the Year at the NOLA Underground Hip Hop Awards. Some of his popular songs are : “Jay, 50, and Weezy” (2010) and “The One That Got Away” (2011). On October 29, 2013, Dee-1 announced his signing to RCA Inspiration. He will be performing at the Congo Square Stage from 4:15 until 5:05 p.m. on Friday, April 25.


The Wailers

Thursday, May 1 from 4:25 until 5:40 p.m. at the Congo Square Stage.

the wailers

The Wailers are a Jamaican reggae band formed by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. The band formed when self-taught musician Hubert Winston McIntosh (Peter Tosh) met Neville Livingston (Bunny Wailer), and Robert Nesta Marley (Bob Marley) in 1963.The original Wailers line-up disbanded in 1974 due to Tosh and Livingston’s refusal to tour. Bob Marley formed Bob Marley and the Wailers with himself as guitarist, songwriter and lead singer.  Popular songs by The Wailers include : “War”,”Stir it Up”, and “Get Up Stand Up.” Bunny Wailer and Beverley Kelso are the only surviving members of the group’s original line-up. They are set to perform at the Congo Square Stage on Thursday, May 1, from 4:25 until 5:40 p.m.


Mary Mary

Saturday, May 3 from 3:55 until 4:55 p.m. in the Gospel Tent.


Mary Mary is an American contemporary gospel duo, consisting of sisters Erica Atkins-Campbell and Trecina “Tina” Atkins-Campbell. Mary Mary broke onto the music scene with their popular song “Shackles (Praise You)”. The idea of the name Mary Mary came from the two Marys in the Bible, Mary mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalene.Their debut album, Thankful (2000), was certified Platinum. In addition, the duo has released two gold albums: Incredible (2002) and Mary Mary (2005), both of which have taken the Number One spot on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums. They have also received four Grammys. They will perform in the Gospel Tent from 3:55 until 4:55 p.m. on Saturday, May 3.

Os Negoes of Bahia – Afro-bloco drum group – Bahia-Brazil

Friday, May 2 from 12:10 until 12:50 p.m at the Congo Square Stage and Saturday, May 3 from 12:10 until 12:55 p.m., 2:55 until 3:45 p.m. and 4:25 until 5:15 p.m.

This powerful Afro-Brazilian percussion ensemble is bound to make you dance through their samba-mambo sound.

The band, who have been together for 30 years, began as a resistance/pro-Afro group, and continue their activism to this day. They will be playing the Congo Square Stage at Jazz Fest on Friday, May 2, from 12:10 until 12:50 p.m., as well as three performances on Saturday, May 3, on the same stage. The first show will take place from 12:10 until 12:55 p.m., then 2:55 until 3:45 p.m., and finally, 4:25 until 5:15 p.m.

Afoxe Omo Nile Ogunja of Pernambuco – Pernambuco-Brazil

Saturday, April 26 from 12:45 until 1:35 p.m. on the Acura Stage.

a foxe omo nile

Afoxe is an artistic and religious group that has their rhythm focused in the Afro-Brazilian religion, candomble. They will perform on the Acura Stage on Saturday, April 26 from 12:45 until 1:35 p.m.

Tizumba & Tambor Mineiro – Minas Gerais-Brazil

Thursday, May 1 from 1:45 until 2:35 p.m., and Friday, May 2 from 4:20 until 5:15 p.m. on the Jazz and Heritage Stage.

tizumba&tambor mineiro

With various rhythms and dance steps, this group brings out involvement and participation of their audience in a harmonious, playful way. They will be playing in the Blues Tent on Thursday, May 1 from 1:45 until 2:35 p.m., and Friday, May 2 from 4:20 until 5:15 p.m. on the Jazz & Heritage Stage.

Anders Osborne

Saturday, April 26 from 2 until 3:15 p.m. on the Acura Stage.

anders osbourne

Anders Osborne will be playing the Acura Stage on Saturday, April 26 from 2 to 3:15 p.m.  Since he began recording in 1989, Osborne has written all of his own material, as well as songs for other artists.  His songwriting skills, paired with his uniquely soulful vocals and guitar playing, make Osborne an act worth seeing.  The Swedish-born musician has been calling New Orleans home since he moved here in 1985.  As a touring artist, New Orleans welcomes him home for festival season.  You can also catch Osborne here in the city at different times and venues between April 26 and May 4.  For more information on upcoming shows, visit andersosborne.com


Saturday, April 26 from 4 until 7 p.m. on the Acura Stage.


Phish will play the Acura Stage from 4 to 7 p.m, following Anders Osborne.  Originally from Vermont, Phish is an American jam band, known for their improvisation, blending of genres, and loyal fan base.  Members include Trey Anastasio on guitar and lead vocals, Mike Gordon on bass and vocals, Jon Fishman on drums and vocals, and Page McConnell on keyboards and vocals.  The three-hour set is sure to bring on something new and exciting, as the band never plays the same show twice.  Phish gained fame and success largely through word of mouth about their live performances.  This jam session is definitely a great way to close your first Saturday of the festival.

Alabama Shakes

Friday, May 7 from 5:30 until 7p.m. on the Samsung Galaxy Stage.

Alabama Shakes, NME, January 2012

On Friday, May 2, Alabama Shakes will be performing from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Samsung Galaxy Stage. In 2009, this group of young musicians got together and formed the Grammy-nominated band.  The band is composed of lead singer and guitarist Brittany Howard, bass player Zac Cockrell, lead guitarist Heath Fogg and drummer Steve Johnson.  The band started when Howard and Cockrell were in high school in Athens, Alabama, and quickly grew to include the two other members.  The band combines different genres such as R&B and rock and roll to obtain a unique and accessible sound.

Chaka Khan

Friday, May 2 from 5:30 until 7 p.m. on the Samsung Galaxy Stage.

chaka khan

On Friday May 2, from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m., Chaka Khan will bless New Orleans with her presence on the Samsung Galaxy Stage at the Jazz Festival. The 10-time Grammy award winner, known for several music genres, has given us timeless songs such as “Everlasting Love,” “Do You Love What You Feel,” “Ain’t Nobody” and “Angel”. She continues to inspire musicians to this day. Get your tickets and witness a living legend in action!

Big Freedia

Saturday, April 26 from 3:45 until 4:35 p.m. on the Congo Square Stage.

big freedia

Big Freedia, the Queen of Bounce, will be performing Saturday, April 26, from 3:45 until 4:35 p.m. The local New Orleans artist has become a TV sensation and a leader in the bounce music movement, boasting bounce hits such as “Gin in My System”and “Y’all Get Back Now”. Big Freedia has made a brand for himself, appearing on various television shows and networks, including FUSE TV. He brings a larger-than-life personality and a widespread appeal to bounce music. Come watch Big Freedia bring out the twerkers.


Vox and the Hound

Friday, April 25 from from 3:55 until 4:55 p.m. on the Lagniappe Stage.


Vox and the Hound are an eclectic local indie pop band featuring sparse melodies and progressive leanings. The band features Leo DeJesus on guitar and vocals, Community Records co-owner D-Ray on keyboards, trombone and vocals, Andrew Jarman on bass and vocals, guitarist Rory Callais and drummer Eric Rogers. They are making their Jazz fest debut this year, playing the Lagniappe Stage on Friday, April 25 from 3:55 until 4:55 p.m.

Public Enemy

Friday, April 25 from 5:45 until 7 p.m. on the Congo Square Stage.


Active since 1982, Public Enemy may be the longest-running radical hip hop group in the country. Featuring legendary rappers Chuck D and Flavor Flav, they will be returning to New Orleans to perform Jazz Fest, following their appearance at last year’s Buku Fest. They will be closing out the Congo Square Stage on Friday, April 25 from 5:45 until 7:00 p.m.

The Avett Brothers

Friday, April 25 from 5:30 until 7 p.m. on the Samsung Galaxy Stage.


Blending low-key acoustic folk with indie rock, the Avett Brothers are darlings of the modern pop/rock music scene. Their eclectic influences range from country, to bluegrass and even incorporate the raw minimalism of punk rock. They will be playing the Samsung Galaxy Stage from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m.

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