TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS vs. LORDE
On the closing day of the festival's first weekend, the main two performers couldn't be further apart in sound and temperament. There's the obvious legend factor when it comes to Petty, but there's this new, sleek, and refined pop music if classic rock isn't your thing. Petty is able to slay a crowd with more hits than I can even recall to memory. Point blank, Petty is a legend in the music world, and even after decades of albums and touring, he still sounds like a man who genuinely loves performing for crowds.
But then we have the New Zealand songbird Lorde. Lorde is able to take pop music and its confines and turn it into something that's more akin to current alternative music while still being able to draw in people who are happy to absorb themselves in lush layers of soundscapes. Lorde knows, her first album was a huge breath of fresh air, and with the release of her new album, she'll be looking to capitalize on the success of her debut and hopefully maintain a big following in the years to come.
VERDICT: Lorde is amazing and all, and while I plan to see her over Petty, it's only because I've already witnessed the greatness that is the Heartbreakers live. If you haven't seen Petty, go with him. You'll know plenty of the songs and will be able to sing your heart out to "Last Dance with Mary Jane," "Freefalling," and quite a few others.
Acura Stage, 11:15 a.m.- 12:05 p.m.
This native funk and rock sextet has been playing for nearly a decade. In 2009, these childhood friends were voted the #3 Best New Local Band. Flow Tribe fuses psychedelic, blues and funk, and rock with the distinct ability to captivate anybody in range. They have gone from informal jam sessions in each other's backyards to shredding it on some of the biggest stages.
The Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage, 2:50 p.m.- 3:50 p.m.
The Revelers have toured the United States, the UK, Ireland, and Denmark. They are staples at both domestic and international festivals. This Grammy-nominated band hails from Lafayette, Louisiana, and combines the different sounds of the region—Cajun, zydeco, swamp pop, honky tonk, and rock 'n' roll. They put their own twist on this blend to show what they feel best represents Louisiana.
Zatarain's/WWOZ Jazz Tent, 4:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
John Boutté is an American jazz singer based in New Orleans who has been active since the mid-1990s. You can often find him playing a popular joint in the Marigny. His family has deep roots in Louisiana, going back seven generations. Boutté soaked up the musical and Creole culture of New Orleans early in life and now makes music that is soulful, classic, and personal.
People's Health Economy Tent, 4:15 p.m.- 5:15 p.m.
Chris Owens is a performer, club owner, and entrepreneur who bases her act out of the French Quarter. She is a one-woman show blending various types of music together including jazz, blues, rock, and country. Owens has been a French Quarter fixture for over 50 years and continues to be beloved by a huge fan base. Her energy is powerful as soon as she hits the stage.
Cuban Culture Artists Demonstrations: Benito Camejo Nodarse, Cigar Rolling
Culture Exchange Pavilion
Come watch the masters of Cuban cigars show off their skills. New Orleans-based cigar rollers María Gurrola Ruiz and Victor Pichardo will demonstrate hand-rolling the perfect cigar. Enjoy learning about the nuances and flavors tobacco can have as well as the rich (and controversial) history of the leaf. And while you're there, you can purchase a cigar and enjoy it at the festival or save it for later.
"The Most Natural Expression of Locality": Jazz, Newcomb pottery, and the Creative Impulse in Turn-of-the-Century New Orleans
This exhibit focuses on the arts of jazz and ceramics, examining both art forms' embrace of standardization and improvisation, New Orleans's influence on them, and the frequent lack of prosperous economic opportunities in the two fields. Stunning pieces of pottery will be paired with jazz music of the period, highlighting the deep connection of these seemingly separate art forms. If you love music, art, and history, you will absolutely love this exhibit!
Try Middle Eastern food from Mona's Café
Food Area 2
Recently named by NOLA.com as some of New Orleans's best healthy food, Mona's Café and Deli has been serving Lebanese specialties in the Crescent City for over 20 years. In a city surprisingly full of quality Mediterranean and Middle Eastern restaurants, Mona's continues to find ways to distinguish itself from the rest. Enjoy classics like falafel and hummus served with fresh pita alongside a refreshing cucumber and tomato salad.
Cool Off with Ice Cream from Angelo Brocato's Ice Cream & Confectionery Co.
Food Area 2
A New Orleans classic representing a long-standing Sicilian influence, Angelo Brocato's has been serving fresh and delicious Italian ice cream for over 100 years. They will be offering Louisiana strawberry ice, lemon ice, specialty flavored gelato, spumonis, cannolis, and fig and sesame cookies. Come taste that there is a whole lot more to this place than just ice cream!