STEVIE WONDER vs. SNOOP DOGG
Landon Murray: Last year, these two topped this exact same day. Sadly, along with Beck, they were not meant to be enjoyed that day, thanks to a pretty ruthless rainstorm that closed the grounds early. This year, hopefully we don’t have an encore. (Weather-wise, I mean. Encores of a musical variety are good.) But enough of that. The second-to-last day of the fest has arguably two of the best-known names on the bill. Stevie Wonder, with all his knowledge, experience, and musical precision will close the big stage, while Mr. Dogg occupies the prominent Congo stage.
Honestly, you could go either way and have fun. Wonder will bring his numerous hits from decades past, and if you’re a Stevie fan, this is likely already a done deal. Even if you aren’t a super fan though, it’s still easy to get lost in the music this man creates. On the other side, we have legendary gangsta rapper turned reality cooking show host Snoop Dogg. If you love The Chronic (the album, not substance) you’ll enjoy the deep, well-known cuts that everyone will get down to. The other thing about D-o-double-g is that he has tons of hits. And no, I don’t mean a few, I mean a lot. He’s collaborated with some of the best-known musicians in the game today, and you’ve likely heard many of these tracks.
VERDICT: Both are exceedingly entertaining, but Snoop has been doing this for decades now, and he’s likely not going anywhere. On the other hand, Wonder is getting close to the twilight of his years, so who knows how much more Stevie we get. Go with Wonder—it’s the safest bet, if you’re not a hip hop type of person.
Grupo Sensación New Orleans
Lagniappe Stage, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
What began as a group of friends who earned a weekly spot performing at Carreta’s Grill, Grupo Sensación is a Latin musical group created in 2006 by Yenima Rojas and Jaime Perez. With members hailing from countries such as Cuba and El Salvador, the group is as diverse as the guests at Jazz Fest and plays a variety of rhythms such as salsa, cumbia, and merengue.
Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent, 1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Many may know her by her famous family, which includes restaurateur Leah Chase and bandleader Dookie Chase, but the younger Leah Chase is better known for her classic jazz music. The modern jazz singer evokes the sounds of “old soul” and can be seen performing on the stages of Jazz Fest while cracking a joke or two with her witty sense of humor.
Tank and The Bangas
Gentilly Stage, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Brought up right here in New Orleans, Tank and the Bangas will give you one of the most energetic performances ever. The Bangas incorporate musical references of rock, folk, funk, and gospel. Combining the various musical techniques among the Bangas with clever lyrics from the lead vocalist, Tank and The Bangas have quilted a unique sound that singles them as one of the most distinctive groups to come out of New Orleans.
New Orleans Gospel Soul Children
Gospel Tent, 5:10 p.m. - 5:55 p.m.
Get your gospel on with the Gospel Soul Children of New Orleans. Consisting of members of all ages, the Gospel Soul Children is a band known for its big sound, joyful noise, and playful choreography. Led by Craig Adams, these musicians will be sure to rock the Gospel Tent at Jazz Fest.
Kimmy Cantrell, Stoneware Clay
Congo Square African Marketplace, Tent M
Inspiring artist Kimmy Cantrell manages to transform anything he sees into a showpiece of artistic expression. Largely self-taught, Cantrell first discovered his talent in high school. His clay works will be on display this weekend. Head out and enjoy exclusive art from Kimmy Cantrell and his stoneware clay. These beautiful pieces are great keepsakes from Jazz Fest.
Cuban Culture Exhibits “The Light in Cuban Eyes”
Cultural Exchange Pavilion, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
First displayed at Lake Forest College in Illinois in 2015, this one-of-a-kind exhibit is based on Madeleine Plonsker’s collection of contemporary Cuban photography. “The Light in Cuban Eyes” is an awe-inspiring display of artistry that will open your eyes to new perspectives. The photographs highlight the work of both emerging and established Cuban photographers and provide a closer look at modern life in Cuba.
Shrimp Cakes with Braised Greens with Grand Isle Restaurant
Cajun Cabin Stage, 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
This Jazz Fest special from Grand Isle will have you wanting more. Enjoy the savory flavor of a shrimp and breadcrumb patty topped with fresh braised greens that are seasoned to perfection. Come taste Chef Ryan Haigler’s phenomenal dish and satisfy your craving.
Create Crawfish Catching Nets with Kernis Huval
Louisiana Folklife Village, The Work of Many Lives: Waterways in Louisiana
Have you ever wanted to catch your own crawfish but didn’t know how? Those pesky crawfish are hard to catch, but they don’t have to be! Go see what expert net maker Kernis Huval has in store at the Louisiana Folklife Village. Huval specializes in crawfish traps and deepwater nets. See how it’s done this weekend.