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Jazz Fest: Top Picks for Friday, April 28

11:03 April 25, 2017
By: Landon Murray and Staff

Headliner Decision:

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On the opening day of Jazz Fest, we find ourselves with two dramatically different choices as far as the headliners go. On the one hand, you have hometown legend Connick Jr., who's always sure to brighten the mood and have people dancing to his unique NOLA flare. It's surely gonna be a joyous homecoming when our fellow Harry takes the stage.

On the other hand, you have an appearance from Trey Anastasio and his outfit. You might have heard of Trey's other band, the colossal jam band Phish. But on this opening day of the fest, he'll be bringing his solo work to the masses. If you're a jam band fan, this is your best bet for closing out the first day of the festival. But if you're not, which is totally fine, you'll have a plethora of other options to explore.

VERDICT: Personally, jam bands and the like aren't a huge selling point to me, but Lord knows tons of people will be there to check him out. If you ask me, there's nothing better than seeing a living local legend close out the opening day of our biggest, most landmark festival. Go with Connick Jr. if you're not sure about the other options presented to you. But that's just, like, my opinion, man.

Remaining Picks:

Semolian Warriors Mardi Gras Indians Performance

Heritage Stage, 12:30 p.m.-1:10 p.m.

One of the special treats at Jazz Fest is the appearance of the Mardi Gras Indians in all their intricate costumes and bright colors. The Semolian Warriors are no strangers to Jazz Fest and put on a dazzling performance, showing off the costumes that they have worked on for the whole year. You will be able to witness their on-stage performance that should be nothing short of amazing.

Jazz Fest: Top Picks for Friday, April 28
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James Andrews and The Crescent City All-Stars

Blues Tent, 2:55 p.m- 3:50 p.m.

James Andrews is synonymous with New Orleans. He doesn't even need to mention the city's name for you to feel his connection to it. As part of one of the largest and most diversely talented music families in New Orleans, James Andrews has played with many famous musicians such as Quincy Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, and Danny Barker. You will truly feel closer to New Orleans after hearing his performance.

Jazz Fest: Top Picks for Friday, April 28
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Leon Bridges

Gentilly Stage, 3:10 p.m.-4:15 p.m.

The 25-year-old Leon Bridges has taken the world by storm with his retro-soul sound. You would think that he was born in the wrong generation with the sound of his music. His talent is appreciated around the world, from London to Los Angeles to here in New Orleans. In 2016, he released his debut album, Coming Home, that embodied a perfect combination of blues and R&B.

Kathy Taylor and Favor

Gospel Tent, 3:55 p.m.-4:55 p.m.

Hailing from Houston, Texas, Kathy Taylor and Favor have touched the lives of many with their spiritual voices. Kathy has received resounding critical acclaim for her outstanding soul-stirring and inspirational performances. Kathy is a talented musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and activist all wrapped in one. As she is truly an inspiring and moving individual, you will leave her show better than you came.

Wood Carving by Ivy Billiot
United Houma Nation; Louisiana Folklife Village

A member of the Houma Indian Tribe, Ivy Billiot has been practicing wood carving and blowgun making ever since he was a little boy. Come check out intricate wooden sculptures for demonstration as well as for sale. While his wood carving is marvelous, Ivy also has a fascinating story and it is worth just getting a glimpse into how he sees the world around him.

Jazz Fest: Top Picks for Friday, April 28
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Ms. Linda's Catering: Vegetarian Ya-Ka-Mein

Food Area 1

Ms. Linda, who won Chopped: New Orleans, has been mentioned by a number of publications for her signature Ya-Ka-Mein and makes the best version in the city. This dish is a perfect example of the integration of two cultures, combining the flavors of Vietnam and other parts of Southeast Asia with New Orleans. Enjoy the dish while watching your favorite show.

Cuban Culture at Jazz Fest

Cultural Exchange Pavilion

Stop by the Pavilion to sample a little Cuban culture. Don't miss the rare opportunity to meet with Cuban master craftsmen and artists; they will be demonstrating their creative processes. Photography and multimedia exhibits will offer insights into contemporary culture in Cuba. Additionally, you can learn how to do the uniquely Cuban style of salsa and other Afro-Cuban dances.

Jazz Fest: Top Picks for Friday, April 28
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Big River Foods of New Orleans featuring their Crawfish Monica ®

Food Area 2

This dish is such a fan favorite, the owner had it copyrighted. That's right. This dish is so good, it is legally protected. Nearly everyone who goes to Jazz Fest eats it. This pasta is an amazing combination of crawfish and Monica sauce—a creamy, cheesy, seafood sauce. Make sure you get a taste of this delicacy at Jazz Fest 2017.

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