Earth, Wind & Fire vs. Alanis Morissette
On this, the first day of the festival, we have one of the most interesting, albeit difficult, choices. Closing out the main stages are Earth, Wind & Fire on the Acura Stage, bringing their classic funk-rock grooves, and perennial 90s icon Alanis Morissette on the Gentilly Stage. Both of these are great acts, and while Alanis is a mainstay with some great numbers, who can deny that EW&F is a legendary act known for throwing down? They've played Jazz Fest more than a few times before. And if you weren't into Morrisette during her huge years, you likely still aren't into her. She's good, but I mean, how much longer will EW&F be showing up and blowing away audiences?
VERDICT: Earth, Wind & Fire by a long shot. -Landon Murray
Native American Pow Wow: Native Nations Intertribal
Folklife Stage in Louisiana Folklife Village, 12:05 p.m. - 12:25 p.m.
Exactly 50 years ago, during the first Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Louisiana Native Americans showcased their craft, and they have continued to do so ever since. The Pow Wow is a display of traditional Native American dancing, during which you can learn the origins of the dances while enjoying the colorful regalia.
David Doucet of BeauSoleil
AARP Rhythmpourium, 1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Known for his acoustic guitar, which became a staple in Southeast Louisiana Cajun music, David Doucet began his music career by teaching himself how to play using Bob Dylan and Paul Simon songbooks. Later, he became a part of the BeauSoleil band. This Louisianan is going to pluck at your jazz strings during his unforgettable performance.
Darcy Malone and the Tangle
Gentilly Stage, 2:45 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.
With a little bit of indie, soul, and rock and roll, Darcy Malone and the Tangle hit the Gentilly Stage to play for their home crowd. The band was formed in 2013 in New Orleans and has since put out an album and an EP. This eclectic band combines their different types of music into a unique sound.
The Doobie Brothers
Acura Stage, 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
This band will rock your socks off! Hailing from San Jose, California, the Doobie Brothers have been active for 50 years and have sold more than 40 million albums. Best known for their success in the 1970s, the band will have you jammin' out to classic, soul-filled rock music that will take you back a couple of decades.
Gentilly Stage, 4:05 p.m. - 5:05 p.m.
Suzannah Powell, a.k.a. Boyfriend, is taking over the stage with her feminist rapper vibes. With her hair in big curlers and dressed in vintage lingerie and giant glasses, this rapper is hard to miss. Boyfriend's unique style and empowering songs are sure to light up the stage as she puts on an entertaining and unforgettable show.
Congo Square Stage, 5:45 p.m. - 7 p.m.
The actress, producer, model, philanthropist, and Grammy-Award winning "1, 2 Step" singer/songwriter Ciara will bust out her renowned dance moves. This Queen of Dance is bound to put on a show that no one will want to miss out on, especially if you also have moves that you're dying to show off.
Cochon de Lait Po-Boy from Love at First Bite
Food Area I
This deliciously famed pork po-boy dressed with coleslaw is a festival must-have. The sandwich is perfect for grabbing a bite in between performances and is sure to leave you satisfied. This heaven-sent meal is your ticket to being able to make it through the rest of the festival.
Shrimp Tacos from Taqueria Corona
Food Area II
Tacos are always a good idea-and even more so at a festival! Taqueria Corona boasts the best taco in town, so don't miss the opportunity to try it yourself. If you happen to not like shrimp, there is also a fresh fish taco that is ready to conquer your taste buds.
Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries from Gallo & Marks
Around the Grounds
Do you have an insatiable sweet tooth? Grab a quick, sweet, semi-healthy dessert at various locations around the grounds. These chocolate-dipped strawberries will have you refreshed and ready to take on the crowd surrounding the next performer. Better yet, try the strawberry smoothie for a less messy, cool treat!
Mardi Gras Indian Beadwork by Demond Melancon
As part of the contemporary craftiness of the festival, Demond Melancon will be presenting his beautiful beadwork. Melancon, the Big Chief of the Young Seminole Hunters, has had his art displayed in galleries all over New Orleans, including at past Jazz & Heritage Festivals. This beautifully intricate part of Mardi Gras Indian culture is sure to blow you away.