Many people consider the two weekends of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (and the days between them) to be the best time of year for live music, and it’s not hard to see why. Jazz Fest itself always brings in a veritable who’s-who of talented acts, and with the sheer volume of talented artists in town for Fest sets and Late Nights–in one of the most musically-inclined cities in the world, no less–once-in-a-lifetime musical experiences lurk around every corner…
…And sometimes they lurk on the corner. Those lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time this weekend on New Orleans’ famous Frenchmen Street were treated to a very special impromptu performance: After performing a headlining set with Usher & The Roots on Saturday, Questlove and Black Thought–as well as rapper Common–went for a walk down Frenchmen, where they encountered some bucket-drummers. The three decided to get in on the curbside jam, as Questlove sat down behind one of the buckets to help keep the beat while Black Thought and Common each spit a few bars. Thanks to video posted by Instagram user @themodelcitizen, we can all watch a clip of the impromptu busking session, though as you can see in the video, she was one of only a handful of people lucky enough to happen upon it in real time. Check it out:
Let this serve as a reminder to all those down in NOLA this week: Keep your eyes and ears open. You never know what you might get lucky enough to see.
- “Earth Wind & Power” featuring special guests with All Brothers Band (featuring Oteil and Kofi Burbridge & Neal and Alan Evans) and Organ Freeman @ The Howlin’ Wolf, 5/2
- “Allen Toussaint Jukebox” featuring members of Turkuaz, The New Mastersounds, and more @ The Howlin’ Wolf (In The Den), 5/2
- “The Daze Between Band” featuring Oteil Burbridge, Eric Krasno, Duane Trucks, Scott Metzger, and Danny Louis @ One Eyed Jacks, 5/3
- “Zigaboo Modeliste‘s Funk Revue” and “MJ vs. Stevie” featuring members of Lettuce, Prince‘s band, and more, plus Organ Freeman (In The Den) @ The Howlin’ Wolf, 5/7
In addition to our long list of exciting late nights, Live For Live Music is partnering with “Crawfish King” Chris “Shaggy” Davis to host the second annual NOLA Crawfish Festival this week, during the days between Jazz Fest weekends from today (May 1st) through Wednesday (May 3rd) at Central City BBQ. The event will feature all-star musical collaborations by George Porter Jr., Eric Krasno, Jon Cleary, Nigel Hall, John “Papa” Gros, John Medeski, Ivan Neville, Cris Jacobs and more, in addition to craft beers and Shaggy’s world famous crawfish! For more information, or to purchase tickets (SINGLE DAY TICKETS AVAILABLE), head to the event’s website.