Santana vs. The Revivalists
This is a particularly tough choice, at least for me. The Revivalists are hometown heroes, whom I first saw open the Gentilly Stage years ago. The funk-infused rock band has gradually built a name for themselves far outside of our city, but it's hard to easily pick them over the other option here. Santana is a legend and a guitar god that can mix Latin rock, voodoo elements, and great jams. He's also been at the game for decades, which means he absolutely knows what he's doing.
VERDICT: The Revivalists are great and will be around for years to come, but Santana is a legend in the music world, whose time performing is finite. Go with Santana. -Landon Murray
Gentilly Stage, 1:50 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
This New Orleans rock group, formed in 1987, is prepared to take the stage with an abundance of hits off their 11 albums. Swampy jazz combines with New Orleans rock to create The Subdudes' unique sound. The band has taken several hiatuses throughout their career, so don't miss out on this chance to see them!
Haitian Rara Parade with DjaRARA
2:35 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.
This traditional Haitian festival music makes its way to Jazz Fest and features DjaRARA, a band dedicated to preserving Haitian culture and inspiring Haitian Americans with rich, traditional folklore music. Don't miss the bamboo trumpets and metal drums parading around the Fair Grounds.
The Head and The Heart
Gentilly Stage, 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Before the release of their upcoming fourth album, The Head and The Heart prepares to blow away Jazz Fest-goers. This indie-folk band, formed in 2011, is best known for their songs "Down in the Valley," "Rivers and Roads," and their new single "Missed Connection." Don't miss this six-person band hitting the stage with their beautifully catchy tunes.
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Congo Square Stage, 4:05 p.m. - 5:05 p.m.
After 40 years and 12 studio albums, countless tours, and several collaborations, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band makes its way to the Congo Square Stage with its blend of jazz, funk, soul, and R&B. The seven-member brass band started cookin' up their "musical gumbo" in 1977 and have been dominating the New Orleans jazz scene since. In other words, don't miss the chance to see them perform!
Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage, 4:40 p.m. - 5:40 p.m.
What band has a mascot? Darlingside, best known for their indie sound and hailing from Boston, is proud to claim the Unicorn of Friendship as their mascot. The four-person band is bound to add a layer of calmness and unity to the sure-to-be hectic Jazz Fest. If you need a break from the craziness or if you're dying to listen to a different kind of sound, check them out.
Congo Square Stage, 5:45 p.m. - 7 p.m.
"The Man" is another act that you'd be crazy to miss! After coming alive with his timeless hit "Wake Me Up," featuring Avicii, Aloe Blacc has released his third album and has proven that he is able to capture the complexities of human emotion in his songwriting. His upbeat, fun, and meaningful songs are sure to leave you in a good mood.
Old-Fashioned Hand-Made Ice Cream Sandwiches by Francofonte on Wheels
If you need some time away from the sweaty crowds and loud bands, head on over to Heritage Square to cool off with a hand-made ice cream sandwich, guaranteed to put a smile on your face. This delicious ice cream sandwiched between two cookies is unlike any other Jazz Fest dessert and is perfect for a refreshing snack.
Crawfish Strudel by Cottage Catering
Food Area II
This Jazz Fest favorite is an absolute must-try! Who doesn't love crawfish or strudel? Cottage Catering combines them both in a simple and delicious pastry. Craving a dessert? Their white chocolate bread pudding is a perfect end to this quick and delicious Jazz Fest meal.
Hand-built Acoustic Guitars by Steve Walden
We're sure that all this Jazz Fest music has you itching to learn how to play an instrument yourself, just to see if you have the potential to be the next act on stage. Look no further than Steve Walden's hand-built acoustic guitars. With one of these carefully crafted instruments, you'll be sure to discover your hidden musical talent.