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Jazz Fest: Top Picks for Friday, May 5

11:59 May 03, 2017
By: Staff

Headliner Decision:

DAVE MATTHEWS & TIM REYNOLDS vs. EARTH, WIND & FIRE

Landon Murray: As the fest draws closer to completion, things really step up. On one side, you have a bonafide down-home star like Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, but you also have legends of 70s funk, Earth, Wind & Fire. I’ve seen them both before, and trust me, you can have fun at either if you’re open-minded. Matthews has gotten a fair amount of jokes tossed his way, but there’s no denying his popularity among certain circles. 

Jazz Fest: Top Picks for Friday, May 5

But then, with EWF, you have something more legendary and funk-driven. You’ve likely heard some of their songs and not known it, and it’s a good time. Quite simply, this group is full of innovators. These guys have been instrumental in the formation of strong funk power groups in their wake, and if you chose to see them on May 5, it won’t be hard to understand why they’re still a strong choice for this mammoth festival. Since 1970, Verdine White, Philip Bailey, and many others have excelled at the type of music that, frankly, isn’t made anymore today. This is one of the better gets this year, so if you’re in attendance, take every moment in. 

VERDICT: Let the earth, wind, and fire envelop your soul, and take in some classic rockers in the process. EWF all the way, unless you’re a Matthews diehard.

Remaining Picks:

High Steppers Brass Band
Jazz & Heritage Stage, 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The style of the High Steppers Brass Band remains close to traditional jazz, but they have also added a touch of pop culture to their music. Getting their roots from the world-famous Olympia Brass Band, the High Steppers, established in 1989, have taken big steps forward while still keeping a foundation in the past. 

Jazz Fest: Top Picks for Friday, May 5

Germaine Bazzle 
Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent, 1:35 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.

Get the soul you need by going to see Germaine Bazzle! Bazzle reigns as one of New Orleans’s leading jazz vocalists. Beloved for her signature sense of swing and noted for her scatting and vocal recreations of the sounds of brass instruments, Bazzle returns to New Orleans Jazz Fest once again to impress audiences with her unique voice. 

Jazz Fest: Top Picks for Friday, May 5

Lake Street Dive
Gentilly Stage, 2:05 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

After the release of their latest album, Side Pony, Lake Street Dive has been invited to star as musical guests on The Today Show and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, as well as to perform at the White House. In 2016, they sold out 42 shows around the U.S. It’s safe to say the talented quartet has had their fair share of success in the last year. 

Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys 
Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage, 2:50 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys’ zydeco music will have you up and two-stepping in no time. Broussard has received heavy local acclaim, including that of Don Cravins, Sr., mayor of Opelousas, who said, “Broussard has long been respected as one of the greatest accordion players to ever grace our beautiful Creole culture and, for that matter, the world.”

Jazz Fest: Top Picks for Friday, May 5

BBQ Shrimp with Mr. B’s Bistro 
Food Heritage Stage, 11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

Watch as Chef Michelle McRaney serves up a delicious demo showing how to cook Mr. B’s Bistro’s popular BBQ shrimp. The secret to Mr. B’s shrimp is butter, butter, and more butter. These shrimp are sautéed in a Worcestershire-spiked butter sauce and served whole with heads and tails, so put on your bib and dig in to Mr. B’s famous BBQ Shrimp. 

Murmurs from Cuba
The Grandstand

In honor of its 2017 spotlight on Cuba, Jazz Fest will feature a multicultural mural that will be displayed in the Grandstand. The influence of Cuban culture is undeniably and deeply embedded in New Orleans life. Cuban artists residing in New Orleans will illustrate their experiences as their culture merges with the New Orleans art culture. 

Jazz Fest: Top Picks for Friday, May 5

Brandan Odum’s Original Paintings on Canvas, Print, and Painted Recycled Paint Cans
Louisiana Marketplace, Artist Tent

Brandan “BMike” Odum is one of New Orleans’s favorite Jazz Fest poster artists. Famous for his spray can graffiti art, Odum comes to Jazz Fest once again selling original works on canvas, print, and on paint cans. Despite having just recovered from a recent hand injury, Odum continues to create masterpieces that inspire and entertain.   

Traditional Boat-Building by Tom Colvin
Louisiana Folklife Village

When you’re located so close to the bayou, someone has to know how to build a boat. Skilled boat builder Tom Colvin has been building wooden skiffs since the 1960s. One of his boats, an old-style rowboat, was featured in the Louisiana World Exposition in 1984 and is now on display at Nicholls State University. Colvin will be demonstrating his craft of boat-building this weekend. 

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