Big Freedia [Image by Gustavo Escanelle]

New Orleans Night Shows During Jazz Fest's Second Weekend

07:00 April 30, 2024
By: Janay Major

NOLA Night Shows

Daze Between Festival

Tuesday, April 30 at 1 p.m. & Wednesday, May 1 at 12:30 p.m.

Faubourg Brewery, Tickets $60-$450

Daze Between New Orleans is a festival that takes place on the weekend in-between Jazz Fest's two weekends. This musically explosive event features genres including funk, jazz, folk, and more to offer festival goers a glimpse of the diverse melting pot that is New Orleans. There will be performances from Grammy Award-winning Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Daniel Donato, multi Grammy-nominated band the Rumble, and many more. Daze Between is sponsored by the Rex Foundation, an organization founded in 1984 by the Grateful Dead. Each year, Daze Between sells New Orleans and Grateful Dead artwork and merchandise so that all proceeds go toward nonprofits in New Orleans.

Big Freedia [Courtesy of Big Freedia]

Big Freedia & the LPO

Thursday, May 2, 8 p.m.

Orpheum Theater, Tickets $58

After a successful sold out show in 2023, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will be collaborating with Big Freedia again to give y'all the best bounce show on this side of the Mississippi. The LPO's mission is to support the community via music programs, and collaborating with the Queen Diva amplifies the importance of keeping New Orleans music alive. Big Freedia has been a champion of New Orleans bounce music since 1999 and has since collaborated with artists including Drake and Beyoncé, further pushing her career and New Orleans bounce music into a momentous spotlight. Experience an unforgettable display of New Orleans culture with Big Freedia and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

JJ Grey & Mofro [Courtesy of Roberta O/Wikimedia Commons]

JJ Grey & Mofro

Thursday, May 2, 8 p.m.

Saenger Theatre, Tickets $64-$538

Rock band JJ Grey & Mofro is currently on its "Olustee" tour with Samantha Fish. Olustee is JJ Grey's 10th studio album, and it is also the first album he has self-produced. Inspired by his upbringing in the Florida Everglades, Olustee guides listeners on a journey that encapsulates Grey's ancestral home and the notable figures in his life. When he is not soothing souls with his vocals, he is outside enjoying nature. Grey is a skilled fisherman, surfer, and also sits on the board of the Angler-Action Foundation, an organization dedicated to the protection of fish and their habitats. With his deep love for nature, it is only fitting that his first self-produced album is an ode to respecting nature and living in the moment.

[Courtesy of Café Istanbul]

Think:X Presents "BEYOND THE WALL" - An All-Star Exploration of The Music of Pink Floyd

Thursday, May 2, 9 p.m.

Café Istanbul, Tickets $50

Members of Pink Floyd, Jane's Addiction, Fishbone, and more explore the music of Pink Floyd like no other collection of musicians can when Think:X presents "Beyond the Wall" in New Orleans' beautiful, intimate 400-seat Café Istanbul. Featuring Scott Page (Pink Floyd, Toto, Supertramp), Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction, Porno for Pyros), Norbert Fisher (Fishbone, Trulio Disgracias), Roberta Freeman (Pink Floyd, Guns N' Roses), Kenny Olson (Experience Hendrix), Will Champlin (One Direction) and Derek Day (Classless Act), this supergroup dives deeply into the Pink Floyd catalog in a psychedelic rock and improvisational musical journey you won't soon forget.

Joe Russo's Almost Dead [Courtesy of Artist/Live Nation]

Joe Russo's Almost Dead

Thursday, May 2 through Saturday, May 4, 8 p.m.

Fillmore New Orleans, Tickets $75-$124

Joe Russo, the leader of the rock band Almost Dead, originally formed the band to play at the Freaks Ball, an annual concert hosted by NYC-Freaks—an email discussion group based in New York that comprises live music lovers. The American rock band formed in 2013 with founding members and longtime friends Joe Russo on drums, Tom Hamilton and Scott Metzger on guitar, Marco Benevento on keyboard, and Dave Dreiwitz on bass. They are mostly recognized for their Grateful Dead covers; however, the passion that exudes when they perform can be seen no matter the music that they play. The music is intense and wild, taking the audience on an incredible adventure.

Better than Ezra [Image Courtesy of UglyShirts/ Wikimedia Commons]

Better Than Ezra

Friday, May 3 & Saturday, May 4, 8 p.m.

House of Blues New Orleans, Tickets $26-$103

This New Orleans-bred alternative rock band has been entertaining the masses for over 35 years. The band was formed in 1988 with founding members Kevin Griffin on vocals and guitar, Tom Drummond on bass guitar, Michael Jerome on drums, and James Arthur Payne Jr. on guitar and keyboard. Their first album Deluxe contained their platinum-selling hit "Good," and their continued success landed them on Billboard's "100 Greatest Alternative Artists of All Time" and "100 Greatest Alternative Songs of All Time." The band believes in social activism. They started the Better Than Ezra Foundation to uplift their community by supporting restoration projects and after-school programs. Super Magick is their first album in over a decade, and it showcases their ability to evolve their artistry.

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