JACK WHITE vs. STEVE MILLER BAND vs. TROMBONE SHORTY
The closing Sunday of Jazz Fest is always tricky. The biggest act of the day never closes the main stage; instead, the fest opts for local legend Trombone Shorty, who’s never met a crowd he couldn’t entertain. But you also have Jack White playing before Shorty, who will surely bring a radical rock show to the Fair Grounds. Then, there is also the classic Steve Miller, who will likely appeal to the baby boomers in attendance. There’s really no reason you can’t bounce around and enjoy all three, honestly, and with the festival ending, you want to soak in all the Jazz Fest you can before it goes to sleep until the 2019 edition.
VERDICT: Don’t miss Jack White, and after that, you can either rock out to Miller or go for local flavor and watch Trombone Shorty close out what’s sure to be another memorable Jazz Fest for all in attendance.
11:15 p.m. - 12:05 p.m.
With a mixture of funk, brass, fun, and high energy, these New Orleans natives have found themselves in demand at music festivals across the country. (New Orleans sure is one heck of a breeding ground for great bands, right?) Of course, there’s just something extra special when they play before their hometown crowd. Come witness the Tribe’s fifth consecutive Jazz Fest appearance for a lunchtime performance that promises fiesta, not siesta!
12:25 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
It was 29 years ago when Anders Osborne released his first album, Doin’ Fine. Since then, the master guitarist has gained a loyal fan following and is firmly tied to New Orleans culture. When not rockin’ the blues, Osborne spent some time in Nashville, penning hits for the likes of Tim McGraw. Seriously, what can’t this guy do? And you can’t afford to miss this show!
1:45 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
These guys have made a name for themselves as the preeminent jazz fusion jam band from New Orleans. Word got out about their unique sound, and now we have to share them with the rest of the country! That’s why this appearance at Jazz Fest is so special, because a concert by Galactic is virtually guaranteed to feature: 1. spellbinding music, 2. special guests, and 3. some of the greatest fans on Earth … making this a Mardi Gras atmosphere for all parties involved!
The Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade
Around the Grounds
What’s a Jazz & Heritage Festival without a parade from two of New Orleans’s most celebratory cultures? If you missed their annual parade in Metairie (or even if you just wanna see it again), become a part of that number. You don’t even need to be Irish or Italian, just show up and have a ball!
The Radiators @ 40
3:15 p.m. - 4:35 p.m.
This truly is a special occasion: our beloved Radiators turn 40 this year! The sultans of swamp rock will commemorate this milestone during this last performance of the year. Their music sounds as great today as it did in 1978, and they have achieved renown for keeping the same five-member lineup as the day they were formed. Fishheads unite!
3:30 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.
The word legend gets thrown around a lot, but there’s no denying it fits squarely upon the man called Smokey Robinson. With a career that has spanned over six decades, Motown’s most celebrated star has received Legend and Lifetime Achievement awards from the Grammys; has been inducted into the Rock and Roll, Rhythm and Blues, and Songwriters Halls of Fame; was awarded the Gershwin Prize from the Library of Congress; and was honored by the prestigious Kennedy Center. Just a few accolades, you know. Everybody loves Motown, right? Well, chances are, if Smokey didn’t write the hits you sing along to, then he sang them with the Miracles. Don’t miss this living legend’s first Jazz Fest appearance since 2004.
Alligator Sauce Piquante from Fireman Mike’s Kitchen
Food Area I
Everyone’s favorite culinary reptile makes its third appearance on this weekend’s picks in this delicious cousin to shrimp creole and crawfish etouffée. (Well, the animals aren’t cousins, but the rice-based dishes certainly are!) Fireman Mike sure knows how to serve this Jazz Fest staple, with his unmistakable sauce formed from tomatoes and the trinity. The taste will likely make you shout hallelujah!
Spicy Meat Pie from Mrs. Wheat’s Foods
Food Area II
Sometimes you just crave a meat pie, with succulent ground beef, onion, and a zesty pepper blend. And no one does it better than Mrs. Wheat’s, who also offers a crawfish pie (me oh my oh) and the broccoli and cheese pie, the latter of which is perfect for vegetarians. These handheld favorites are also perfect for eating in between stages!
CEP Cultural Exhibits
Culture Exchange Pavilion
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Today’s the day to check out all of the magnificent altars at Jazz Fest. Represented will be the legendary Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, the Day of the Dead (celebrating the Mexican holiday of El Dia de Los Muertos), and St. Joseph’s Altar. Also of note will be an altar celebrating a little-known, heroic man known as Juan San Malo, who helped many families escape slavery during the Spanish Colonial era.