Better Than Ezra
Acura Stage, 1:35–2:35 p.m.
This Baton Rouge-founded alternative rock trio experienced a rapid rise to fame after years of hard work. As bassist Tom Drummond once commented, “It took us seven years to get signed and then seven weeks to get to No. 1” with their debut album "Deluxe." The Louisiana locals have achieved continuous success since the 1990’s, with Taylor Swift covering their song “Breathless” in 2010 and the release of their eighth studio album All Together Now in 2014.
Gentilly Stage, 3:45–4:45 p.m.
Elle King recently stormed into the spotlight with her U.S. top 10 single “Ex’s & Oh’s”. The hit song from her 2015 debut album "Love Stuff" earned her two Grammy nominations. Her unique musical style encompasses country, soul, rock and blues to create a distinct and captivating sound. She has previously toured with Train and Of Monsters and Men, but now headlines her own Love Stuff Tour stopping in New Orleans for an exciting Jazz Fest performance.
Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter Duo
Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent, 4:10–5:25 p.m.
Wayne Shorter has been a jazz pioneer since his emergence in the 1950’s. He has become one of the most influential saxophonists and composers in modern music, a humble master who created a timeless vocabulary. Accompanied by Herbie Hancock, another icon of modern music with an illustrious career spanning five decades, this all-star duo is truly legendary. Together, Shorter and Hancock embody the spirit of Jazz Fest and are certain to provide an unforgettable performance.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Acura Stage, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Red Hot Chili Peppers have stood the test of time, remaining one of the most popular American rock bands with seven Grammy Awards and over 80 million records sold since their formation in 1983. They fit right in to the New Orleans music scene due to their funk influences and live improvisational jam-band style. Don’t miss what is sure to be a legendary Jazz Fest performance full of hit songs that will have the whole audience singing along.
Gentilly Stage, 5:25-6:55 p.m.
He may have become famous as a Jonas Brother, but this singer/songwriter has recently taken off in his solo career. He gained enormous popularity as an individual artist after his 2014 hit singles “Chains”, “Jealous” and “Levels” debuted a catchy new pop sound. This talented performer guarantees a fun and upbeat show for the Jazz Fest stop on his 2016 North American tour.
Congo Square Stage, 5:45-7:00 p.m.
American hip-hop recording artist and record producer J.Cole has been rapping since he was 12 years old. He gained recognition in 2007 with the release of his first mixtape "The Come Up," and later debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, Top R&B albums for "Cole World: The Sideline Story" in 2011. His albums continuously top the charts, leading him to become the first rapper in 25 years to have a platinum-selling album without any guest appearances or features.
Big River Foods Crawfish Monica
Food Area II, All Day
This classic New Orleans dish is a Jazz Fest staple, offering delicious crawfish tail meat without the daunting effort. It may look like a small portion, but this serving of creamy pasta and crawfish with a kick is sure to fill you up. It’s a delightful combination of fresh Louisiana seafood and notoriously rich New Orleans flavor that is well worth the long line you may encounter.
La Divina Gelateria on Wheels Old Fashioned Hand Made Ice Cream Sandwiches
Heritage Square, All Day
The authentic Italian desserts at La Divina Gelateria earned them recognition as one of the best spots for sweets in Louisiana. It’s the only place in Louisiana that makes gelato from scratch and you can taste the difference. Their delicious, artisanal gelato sandwiched between two fresh-baked cookies is a mouth-watering treat that you won’t soon forget. It’s the perfect cold handheld dessert for a hot Jazz Fest day.
Peter Boutte’s Mixed Media Original Art Print to Wood
Congo Square African Marketplace, Tent M, All Day
Soak up some culture to wrap up the first Jazz Fest weekend with a visit to this African Marketplace. While you’re there, check out Peter Boutte’s colorful assortment of original mixed media art prints to wood. Enjoy the hand crafted urban folk art and celebrate the colors, textures and sounds of New Orleans.
Sunshine Concessions Iced Teas
Food Area I, All Day
The Sunshine Concessions eco-friendly beverage stand is a key survival tool on long festival days in the New Orleans heat. Rejuvenate with these naturally tasty teas when the humidity gets the best of you. Their regular, Rosemint Herbal, and Mandarin Orange Herbal iced teas offer the refreshing and delicious kick you need to make it to those last few shows.