JACK JOHNSON vs. ROD STEWART
Of all the daily schedules, this is one of the most divergent set of options among the main closers. You have Jack Johnson, whose chilled-out beach-surfer songs will have plenty of sundrenched ladies and gentlemen vibing to his smooth transitions. Then you have a genuine crowd-pleaser like Rod Stewart who, even at his age, can entertain an audience better than people half his age. It’s sure to be an entertaining show.
VERDICT: Rod Stewart. Johnson has plenty of fans, but for all-around entertainment, this is where the masses will be singing along and dancing to his countless hits.
Tribute to Fats Domino
Acura Stage, 1:45 p.m. - 3 p.m.
You can’t have a New Orleans festival without Fats Domino, but sadly, the great pioneer of rock and roll and rhythm and blues passed last year in October. It was his music that gave life and sound to the city of New Orleans. This year, Jazz Fest has a tribute to the late artist, along with some special guests. You will be missed, Fats, but your sound will forever fill the streets of New Orleans.
Congo Square Stage, 2:10 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
The queen diva herself returns to Jazz Fest and is ready to deliver her famous bounce and hip-hop music. This legendary New Orleans artist dug out the underground genre of bounce and popularized it. Big Freedia has also collaborated with Beyonce, Sissy Nobby, and many more. We are always excited to see this artist rock her sound at Jazz Fest, and who could forget the twerk-off at last year’s festival?
Acura Stage, 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
We’ll give you “Something to Talk About” with Bonnie Raitt as a Saturday headliner. This 10-time Grammy Award-winning country singer has stolen hearts with her hits “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and “Angel from Montgomery.” Bonnie Raitt is not someone you want to miss at Jazz Fest this year, so grab your best gal pal and some cowgirl boots, and start dancing.
Congo Square Stage, 5:45 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Khalid is the new name on the block with his newest hit “Love Lies” with Normani. This will be Khalid’s first time performing at Jazz Fest, and we can’t wait to see what he is going to do. This emerging artist began music in high school, and it was just last year that he reached number two on the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. His music has even been featured in the blockbuster hit Black Panther. We can’t wait to see what he does with this performance.
Whole Lotta Lovin’: A Collaborative Tribute Exhibit
Continue the tribute to the legendary Fats Domino with this commemorative exhibit available all weekend long, featuring various works from local artists. The Grandstand will also be home to exclusive photos of the legendary New Orleans musician, courtesy of the New Orleans Jazz Museum.
Under the Big Top—Circus Arts in Louisiana
Louisiana Folklife Village
The Ringling Bros./Barnum and Bailey Circus may be dead, but Circus Arts live on in New Orleans. Come and meet Meret Ryhiner, who has taught tightrope-walking and unicycle-riding to area students for over two decades. Of course, you can’t have a circus without a clown (Dwayne Walker) or jugglers (Rachel Milner, Grady Stewart). Be a kid again!
Muffuletta from DiMartino’s Famous Muffulettas
Food Area I
Since we’re on a roll about New Orleans classics, the muffuletta is on that list. And if you are going to eat this classic, DiMartino’s is just the place to try your first or 20th one. They even have a vegetarian option for those who want to try this local favorite while staying meat-free.
Gyros at Mona’s Cafe
Food Area II
Go on a food adventure and try some Middle Eastern food at Mona’s Cafe. You can find gyros, hummus, falafel, and salads, while singing along to your favorite artist. For those on a health kick, this is a good place to go for some great healthy options.
Food Area II
Who doesn’t love a good fish or shrimp taco to spice up a Saturday at Jazz Fest? They’re always so light while still satisfying your hunger. If you aren't into seafood, Taqueria Corona also offers a chicken taco that leaves you wanting more—after all, there’s no such thing as too many tacos.