BECK vs. SHERYL CROW vs. LL COOL J
Speaking of different styles, Friday has all the bases covered in its variety of musical enjoyment on offer. LL has been known since the 80s with his bona-fide hip-hop hits, but lately, he's garnered more attention for his hosting of the Grammys and his various TV shows. Crow has some hits from the 90s and some crossover appeal for the baby boomers, but she hasn’t been blowing up the charts lately—yet ultimately, that doesn’t matter. Beck, on the other hand, has been able to bring constantly differing musical elements to a career that has seen many hits and styles. In other words, he’s got enough material to entice nearly anyone.
VERDICT: If you love “Mama Said Knock You Out” and the like, go with LL, but if you aren’t sure, go with Beck. His live show is amazing, and he’ll be sure to entertain the crowd after being forced to cancel two years ago.
Darcy Malone and The Tangle
12:35 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Darcy Malone sure knows what makes a great band; she comes from royalty and grew up watching the best, since her father Dave is a founding member of The Radiators. This would explain why her love of rock and roll, coupled with her band’s unique blend of soul, jazz, and punk, has produced one of the hottest and most sought-after bands in New Orleans.
New Generation Brass Band with Scene Boosters and Lady & Men Rollers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs
Around the Grounds
We all know brass bands and second lines are a Jazz Fest tradition. A trip to the festival would not be complete without the white handkerchiefs, dancing revelers, and of course … that steaming hot brass sound. This will be a celebration of multiple generations of Jazz & Heritage, as the Scene Boosters SAPC (founded in 1973) join forces with the Lady & Men Rollers SAPC (founded in 1996), along with the sounds of the New Generation Brass Band. Don’t miss this historic changing of the guard!
Tank and the Bangas
1:55 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.
Winner of the 2017 NPR Tiny Desk Contest, Tarriona “Tank” Ball and the Bangas have made spoken word relevant again, with its usage alongside the biting beats of funk, soul, and hip hop. Yet, Ball has also proven herself a powerhouse vocalist to complement their R&B-infused set. Perhaps that’s why the band has just released their debut single, “Smoke.Netflix.Chill.” from their new major label, Verve Forecast. This group is surely headed in the direction of stardom, and you won’t want to miss them at this stage of their career.
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
3:25 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.
Winner of four Grammys, singer-songwriter Jason Isbell has had tremendous success in Americana, a genre that celebrates the roots of folk and country music. His latest album with the 400 Unit, The Nashville Sound, garnered Best Americana Album at the 2018 Grammy Awards. Make no mistake, this band is also the very definition of a crowd-pleaser! Get back to the basics with some of the purest music on Earth.
4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Aaron Neville is a true music legend. Four Platinum-certified albums, soul music that has crossed over to virtually every other genre, and his first #1 hit, “Tell It Like It Is,” debuted 52 years ago. Now, I’m going to tell you like it is: DO NOT miss this performance. Aaron will surely be paying tribute to his late brother, saxophonist Charles Neville, during this special set.
Alligator Pie, Crabmeat Stuffed Shrimp, and Fried Green Tomatoes from Cajun Nights Catering
Food Area I
Place yourself firmly into seafood heaven with this decadent dish. A delicious meat pie made with terrifically seasoned Louisiana alligator is served alongside New Orleans-style seafood bliss—that is, tender crabmeat stuffed inside a fried shrimp. Top it all off with some fried green tomatoes, and you have a Coastal meets Southern dish you’re not likely to forget anytime soon.
Smoked Sausage or Creamy Shrimp Macque Choux from United Houma Nation
Louisiana Folklife Village
This traditional South Louisiana dish brings together the flavors of Acadiana and the Houma Indian Nation. Whether you enjoy savory smoked sausage or Louisiana shrimp (or both!), enjoy them in this phenomenal dish that combines generous amounts of meat and corn in a trinity-based roux, served over rice. Sop it up with some of their famous fry bread.
Cajun Cabin Stage 2018—Cooking Demonstrations and Food Tastings
For three-and-a-half hours on Friday, you can just park yourself and your friends by the Cajun Cabin Stage, where you will undoubtedly taste some of the most delicious food in Louisiana. Of course, if you’re here for the music, then you may just want to pick and choose. From 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Dudley Passman from Zatarain’s will conduct a Louisiana seafood boil that obviously won’t disappoint. From 12:45 p.m. until 1:45 p.m., Bill Jones from Cochon will be sharing the restaurant’s signature Blue Crab Fried Rice. Last but certainly not least, from 2 till 3 p.m., you can “Celebrate 300!” with corn and crab bisque, courtesy of Bryan Gowland of Abita Springs.