Jazz Fest 2018: Top Picks for Sunday, April 29

10:33 April 25, 2018
By: Staff

HEADLINER DECISION:

JIMMY BUFFETT vs. DAVID BYRNE

Jazz Fest 2018: Top Picks for Sunday, April 29

Buffett is well-liked among the older, sunblock-wearing, Tommy Bahama fan base, but he’s also maintained a solid, general following over the decades, courtesy of songs like “Margaritaville” and many others. But you also have Byrne, one of the best, most consistently original music-makers since the new wave of the 80s. As part of the Talking Heads and beyond, Byrne helped to redefine pop music into something casual listeners and more intuitive music fans could get behind.

VERDICT: This is a no-brainer. David Byrne all the way. 

REMAINING PICKS:

Native American Pow Wow: Northern Cree of Canada
Louisiana Folklife Village, Noon - 12:25 p.m, 1:20 p.m. - 1:45 p.m., 4:05 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Alberta’s own Grammy-nominated Northern Cree Singers will bring their talents to the festival with three very special performances throughout the afternoon. This is Aboriginal music and dance at its finest, and you owe it to yourself to witness this original, one-of-a-kind experience at Jazz Fest.  

Jazz Fest 2018: Top Picks for Sunday, April 29

Royal Teeth
Gentilly Stage, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

This indie pop band has been an all-time favorite of many since their early start in 2010. The band is made up of members from around Louisiana, giving their music an amazing local flare while maintaining their indie-pop persona. You’ve probably seen them perform on American Idol or heard their song “Wild” on commercials. With the sweet voices of Nora Patterson and Gary Larsen, you’ll be singing along and swaying your hips in no time. 

Jazz Fest 2018: Top Picks for Sunday, April 29

Amanda Shaw
Acura Stage, 12:40 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.

This ain’t her first rodeo; Amanda Shaw has returned once again to the Jazz Fest stage, strutting her stuff and her violin. She’s been playing since she was four, and picked up her Cajun sound when she was eight. You can tell Amanda Shaw is no stranger to performing in front of a crowd.

Jazz Fest 2018: Top Picks for Sunday, April 29

Irma Thomas
Acura Stage, 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Irma Thomas, our Soul Queen of New Orleans, is returning to Jazz Fest, prepared to sing her heart out as we listen in awe of what this woman can do. This New Orleans headliner is someone everyone needs to see—her soulful voice will capture you and draw you in. We can’t wait to watch her shine, while closing out the first weekend of Jazz Fest in style. 

Jonathan Bertuccelli
Culture Exchange Pavilion

Marvel at the three-dimensional artwork from this third-generation floatmaker from Viareggio, Italy. From the famed Studio 3, Bertuccelli’s artistry includes the Butterfly King float from the Krewe of Rex and the animated Dancing Friar from the Krewe of Tucks’s 100th anniversary parade. See firsthand what has dazzled parade-goers for decades!

Jazz Fest 2018: Top Picks for Sunday, April 29

Crawfish Bread from Panaroma Foods
Food Area I

If there’s one unforgettable thing from past years at Jazz Fest, it’s how amazing the crawfish bread is. What better combo could come together into one heavenly, warm, and delicious pocket of crawfish and bread? If you’re feeling spicy, Panaroma Foods even has a sausage and jalapeno bread. 

Crawfish at Smitty’s Seafood
Food Area I

Everyone deserves the chance to eat fresh crawfish on a beautiful, sunny Sunday. Smitty’s Seafood serves up hot boiled crawfish that are just waiting for their heads to be yanked off. To get the real Cajun experience, grab some of their crawfish etouffée, crawfish rice, or spicy boiled potatoes. 

Jazz Fest 2018: Top Picks for Sunday, April 29

Fried Soft-Shell Crab Po-boy from Galley Seafood
Food Area II

Don’t be afraid if you see fried legs sticking out of someone’s po-boy, that’s just a soft-shell crab. Soft-shell crabs are the best crabs you will ever eat, and you can eat the whole thing without worrying about shelling them. Grab these crabs at Galley Seafood, and if you want something more basic, they also have a delicious catfish po-boy.

Brocato’s
Around the Grounds

There’s no tradition in New Orleans quite like eating at Brocato’s. Pick up your favorite cookie or cool down with one of their specialty ices or some spumoni. You’ll probably want to eat everything they have there. May we suggest a fig cookie, or maybe five? 

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