WWOZ Piano Night
Monday, May 1, 7 p.m.; $52.25
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St.
WWOZ once again brings to New Orleans the annual fundraising tradition of WWOZ Piano Night. This 29th annual show is subtitled, "Back to the Roots," which can't be more applicable. On May 1, the House of Blues will feature a lineup of famous musicians like Ellis Marsalis, Marcia Ball, Joe Krown, and many more playing awe-inspiring piano solos on the main stage.
The New Orleans Heavyhitters Drum Championship
Wednesday, May 3, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.; $17.50+
Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St.
Zigaboo Modeliste is perhaps the greatest drummer ever to hail from New Orleans. Known for his unique style, Ziggy has earned unmatched respect from New Orleans musicians. Now, along with Stanton Moore, Nikki Glapsie, and several other drumming talents, Ziggy is performing with the New Orleans Heavyhitters Drum Championship at Joy Theater on May 3.
Worship My Organ
Friday, May 5, 1:45 a.m. - 5:30 a.m.; $40.00
Maison, 508 Frenchman St.
Following the famous Jazz Fest Late-Night tradition, Worship My Organ will be performing at Maison on May 5. Featuring musicians Marco Benevento, Robert Walter, Marco Benevento, John Medeski, Sherik, Daru Jones, and DJ Logic, Worship My Organ amazes audiences with unparalleled piano rock music and an energy that leaves a crowd wanting more.
Hurray For The Riff Raff
Friday, May 5, 7:00 p.m.; $18 ADV
Civic Theatre, 510 O'Keefe Ave.
Alynda Lee Segarra is the voice behind Hurray For the Riff Raff. The 26-year-old is paving her way through musical stardom and leaving her mark on American folk music. Her latest album, Small Town Heroes, successfully captures the essence of her personality and music. The inspiration for Segarra's music goes back to her hometown, the Bronx, where she discovered her love for Motown and doo-wop music.
The Funky Knuckles
May 5, 9:00 p.m.; Free
House of Blues Foundation Room
Taking the sound of Dallas to all-new heights, the Funky Knuckles are the result of a talent-infused soul and jazz community. Combining the unique style of each individual member, the group has created a new genre that is completely their own. Their second album, Meta-Musica, held iTunes's number one jazz position for over a week. Get a taste of the Funky Knuckles this spring.
May 5 & 6, 10 p.m. - 3 a.m.; $45.00+
Café Istanbul, 2372 St. Claude Ave.
Axial Tilt artfully recreates the sounds of one of America's favorite 60s bands, The Grateful Dead. Coming to one of the city's most beautiful and underrated venues, Axial Tilt will be performing their celebration of this classic American band that expertly blended the genres of rock and jazz in a way that few others could. Come out to experience the music, life, spirit, and togetherness inspired by the Grateful Dead.
May 6, 7:30 p.m.; $45.00+
Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way
Local New Orleans band Galactic will perform as one of the highly-anticipated Jazz Fest night shows at the Orpheum Theater, May 6. With their eclectic and soothing medley of New Orleans-style music, including jazz, blues, rock, funk, and even a little hip hop, Galactic touches the ears of their audiences with a completely new and original sound that fans can't seem to get enough of.
Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen
May 6, 10:00 p.m.; $30.00
Maple Leaf Bar, 8316 Oak St.
Having performed in previous years at Jazz Fest, Bonnaroo, and several other festivals in Louisiana, New Orleans-based R&B/funk musician Jon Cleary comes around once again this season to perform at the Maple Leaf as part of the Jazz Fest night shows. The local celebrity attracts crowds of hundreds at his various performances and is always a hit wherever he appears in New Orleans.
Zigaboo's Funk Revue & MJ vs. Stevie
May 7, 10:00 p.m.; $25
The Howlin' Wolf, 907 S. Peters St.
Prepare for the 19th annual presentation of Zigaboo Modeliste's Funk Revue at the Howlin' Wolf. The Howlin' Wolf welcomes some very special guests for a night of funk music and partying. Following Zigaboo's set, musicians Adam Deitch, Eric "Benny" Bloom, Nigel Hall, MonoNeon, Wil Blades, and DJ Williams will grace the stage with a Michael Jackson vs. Stevie Wonder tribute.