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Jazz Fest 2017 - Night Show Picks (First Weekend)

10:53 April 26, 2017
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Jazz Fest 2017 - Night Show Picks (First Weekend)

The Original Stanton Moore Trio
Thursday, April 27, 9:30 p.m.; $25.00
Maison, 508 Frenchmen St.


Stanton Moore is from New Orleans and embraces the creative and collaborative spirit that the city provides. He is one of New Orleans’s most prolific musicians and has worked with numerous artists such as DJ Shadow and Galactic. Some musical experts have gone as far as to say his ability to shift between different tracks with such fluidity is some sort of voodoo!

Jazz Fest 2017 - Night Show Picks (First Weekend)

Dark Star Orchestra 
Thursday and Friday, April 27 & 28; 9:30 p.m.; $32.50
Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St.


Formed in Chicago, Dark Star Orchestra is the premier Grateful Dead tribute band. Since 1997, this psychedelic rock and jam band has been paying homage to one of the greatest bands while teaming up with legendary jam group, Phil Lesh & Friends. They often perform the entirety of previous Dead sets in order, while adapting the Dead’s phrasing, voice arrangements, and specific musical equipment. 

Jazz Fest 2017 - Night Show Picks (First Weekend)

Touro Synagogue's Jazz Fest Shabbat 
Friday, April 28, 6:00 p.m.; FREE
Touro Synagogue, 4238 St. Charles Ave.


Join the Touro Synagogue for the 26th year of their Jazz Fest Shabbat. For 2017, there will be exclusive performances by Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots, the Panarama Jazz Band, and of course, the always superb Touro Synagogue choir. The celebration and fundraiser begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by the Shabbat service at 7:30 p.m. Be sure to arrive early as seats are always limited. 

Jazz Fest 2017 - Night Show Picks (First Weekend)

Bernard Purdie’s Party
Friday and Saturday, April 28 & 29; 1:00 a.m.; $40.00
Café Instanbul, 2372 St. Claude


Musical icons such as Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, and The Rolling Stones have been turning to Purdie for his drumming expertise for decades. Bernard Purdie, who’s now 77, is choosing to celebrate his legacy and future with Bernard Purdie’s Party. The event is a two-night celebration of some of his best work. Special guests include Cyril Neville, Papa Mali, Will Bernard, and Brad Walker. 

Jazz Fest 2017 - Night Show Picks (First Weekend)

Friday and Saturday, April 28 & 29; 9:00 p.m. $30.00
Civic Theatre, 510 O’Keefe Ave.


Moe, generally stylized as moe., has been active for over 25 years. Their fans, often called moe.rons, adore the band for their genuine musical talent as well as their down-to-earth feel. Some of their most famous songs include “Spine of a Dog,” “Rebubula,” and “Captain America.” This is a throw-down you are not going to want to miss. 

Jazz Fest 2017 - Night Show Picks (First Weekend)

David Shaw
Saturday, April 29, 9:30 p.m.; $30.00
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St.


David Shaw has been the lead singer of The Revivalists for about a decade and he has helped catapult them into what Rolling Stone Magazine called one of the "10 Bands You Need to Know.” Shaw’s soulful and sometimes intentionally scratchy voice transports the listener into his mind and into his heart. He will be performing an intimate acoustic experience that is sure to be memorable.

Jazz Fest 2017 - Night Show Picks (First Weekend)

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe 
Saturday, April 29, 9:00 p.m.; $36.00
One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St.


Karl Denson's Tiny Universe is a jazz, funk, and rock group from San Diego. Members include Denson, Chris Littlefield, Brian Jordan, Ron Johnson, David Veith, and John Staten. On April 29, legendary jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison will join them. They are sure to take you into the wee hours of the morning, so wear comfortable shoes because you’re going to want to dance! 

Jazz Fest 2017 - Night Show Picks (First Weekend)

The Meters
Saturday, April 29, 9:00 p.m.; $69.50
Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way


The Meters were one of the earliest funk bands and are responsible for introducing second line rhythms into popular music. Art Neville and George Porter Jr. have led the renowned band since the mid-1960s. Their music is so versatile and influential, it has been sampled and covered by groups ranging from the rap group, A Tribe Called Quest, to the rock-jam group, Widespread Panic. 

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