Native Nations Powwow
Louisiana Native Nations, Noon, 1:30 & 4 p.m.
Native American culture plays a crucial role in what Jazz Fest is trying to celebrate: New Orleans' diverse and rich heritage. Native Nations will be performing to kick off the Native American celebrations all throughout the first weekend of Jazz Fest at three times during the day. This is a great opportunity to get your kids interested in Native American history, or just to see a fabulous show.
Crawfish Deviled Eggs by Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse
Food Heritage Stage, 12:30 p.m.
Crawfish go well on everything, and Sara Toth from Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse will be demonstrating this. She’ll show how to make Crawfish Deviled Eggs for those who are eager to learn a new appetizer for a cocktail party or large event. Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse is synonymous with high-quality dining in New Orleans, so you know you are going to be learning a killer recipe. Just another way to learn and experience some of the culture here in New Orleans during Jazz Fest!
Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots
Blues Tent, 2:40-3:40 p.m.
Bruce Sunpie Barnes is no stranger to Jazz Fest. His band, the Lousiana Sunspots, mixes West African rhythms, Zydeco, Funk, Gospel, Blues, and Caribbean music. Come watch as he and his Louisiana Sunspots play their “Bouje Bouje” music (meaning “to move”). This show is sure to get you to move. – Chris Romaguera
Gentilly Stage, 3:20-4:40 p.m.
Hozier, an Irish singer and musician, has been played on repeat with his hit single “Take Me to Church.” This year, locals and tourists can look forward to hearing the famous song live at the annual NOLA Jazz Fest. While first becoming a highly successful artist in Ireland, his musical talents have made their way to the U.S. where he has acquired hundreds of thousands of fans. –Leith Tigges
Congo Square Stage
Long known as pioneer of Jamaican music, Jimmy Cliff first rose to fame with his leading role in the 1972 film The Harder They Come, in which Cliff also wrote a few of the soundtrack’s popular hits. After being inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2010, Jimmy Cliff has since been nominated for a Grammy in 2011 for his album Rebirth and continues to tour around the globe. – Chris DiBenedetto
Head over to Congo Square to try some African cuisine that hails from Gambia and Cameroon, courtesy of Bennachin Restaurant. Full of fresh flavors, this is also a good option for vegetarians who make it to Jazz Fest, as they will be serving up sautéed spinach (Jama-Jama) and fried plantains. This is also a great option for those trying to indulge in the Historic Congo Square culture that Jazz Fest celebrates.
You can never have enough duck! Just ask the people at Crescent Catering from Slidell, who have Duck Po-boy and Shrimp & Duck Pasta on their menu this year. It is hard to find a duck po-boy around town sometimes, so do not miss your chance to grab one at this year’s Jazz Fest. Instead of being boring and getting something you can get anywhere, enjoy Jazz Fest with something a little more unique.
Frenchy Original Paintings
Randy "Frenchy" Frechette captures the city of New Orleans with his broad colors, broad strokes, and boldness in the work he produces. For anyone who has out-of-town visitors coming in for Jazz Fest, make sure you bring them by Frenchy's tent to see his work. Also, he is the mastermind behind this year's Jazz Fest poster, one of the biggest honors that a New Orleans artist can achieve.
Mr. Williams’ Pastries
Do you have a sweet tooth? Well do not worry; there are options for those of us who need something sugary to get through the day at Jazz Fest. One to definitely check out is the assortment of pies at Mr. Williams' Pastries. Sure they have apple and cherry pies, but give something like their pecan, coconut or sweet potato pie a chance. You will not regret it.
If you have been drinking a lot or are planning to drink a lot, Panaroma Foods has just the thing for you. Crawfish Bread, Shrimp Bread, and Jalapeño Bread will be on the menu to help those who need to fill their stomachs with something a little hardier. You can expect these loaves to be delicious, as they come from a little grocery store out in Marksville, LA.