New Orleans is currently under musical attack. With Jazz Fest happening over the next two weekends, the city is transforming into an entirely different world, where creatures of the night stay out all hours, hopping from venue to venue in search of nonstop music after a day at the fairgrounds. With countless superjams, unexpected sit-ins and collaborations, and no rules or expectations of conformity, Jazz Fest, from beginning to end, is its own animal.
Across six stages, five tents, and endless parades, the world’s greatest gumbo is served by some of the most influential musicians of our time at the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival during the day. Perhaps it is the exceptionally diverse range in talent, or the endless rows of tents with the city’s best cuisine, but there’s something in the air that keeps fans coming back every year for more.
This year’s first Saturday headliners included Alabama Shakes, Maroon 5, Usher & The Roots, and Johnny Lang, with earlier performances from Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Amos Lee, Rebirth Brass Band, and so many more. Enjoy the photo images in the gallery below from Marc Millman.
After the festival, the flood gates officially opened for all late-night activity to follow. The madness ensued with performances from an array of musicians gathered together for musical mayhem. Dead Feat featuring Anders Osborne, Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat, Jackie Greene, Brady Blade and special guest John Kadlecik (Furthur) teamed up with Midnight North featuring Grahame Lesh at Republic NOLA.
Meanwhile Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and special guest Donald Harrison threw down at One Eyed Jacks, which later turned into The Nth Power presents WAKE UP & LIVE: The Music of Bob Marley featuring Cyril Neville, Raja Kassis, Rob Marscher, Andrew Baham, Skerik, Weedie Braimah, Shira Elias, Boyd, and Adam Joseph. It was insane, and photographer Jeremy Scott was there to capture the three shows for those sitting at home with an aggressive case of FOMO. Enjoy his gallery below.
Performances from Break Science Live Band with Russ Liquid Test and The Werks took over the Howlin’ Wolf, while Soul Brass Band and Wyclef Jean held down the House of Blues. Stay tuned for more…