1) Soul Rebels Brass Band
Congo Square Stage, 1:25 p.m.
Often enjoying brass bands means having at least some knowledge of the local culture. That is, until the Soul Rebels crushed onto the scene. Instead of classic dirges, the Soul Rebels did something nominal; they jazzed out the Top 40 hits they heard on the radio. This has led the Soul Rebels to tour constantly across the nation, bringing Jazz to people by meeting them in the middle.
2) Tofu Fried Rice by Soul Sisters Vegetarian Cuisine
Food Heritage Stage, 2:30 p.m.
Ausettua Amor Amenkum is returning to Jazz Fest with another vegetarian-friendly option. The Soul Sisters chef has been instructing in herbivore-friendly cooking at Jazz Fest for several years. This year's Tofu Fried Rice is hoping to outdo previous year's favorites like the stuffed vegetarian peppers.
3) Javier Gutierrez and Vivaz!
Jazz &Heritage Stage, 2:55 p.m.
Javier Gutierrez and Vivaz! is a Latin fusion band that blends everything from Flamenco with Brazilian and Caribbean sounds. Vivaz! translates to “vivacious,” which the band definitely holds true. The band brings brass, bass, various percussionists and guitarists, creating a sound and rhythm that is perfect for the festival.
4) Mariachi Jalisco Mariachi Set
Louisiana Folklife Village, 3:50 p.m.
Mariachi Jalisco explores Hispanic culture and Latino Americana traditions in a vibrant and educational performance. The six-man band wears traditional Mariachi costumes and gives a brief historical explanation of the musical instruments found in the band before their demonstration.
5) Jerry Lee Lewis
Acura Stage, 3:05 p.m.
In 2006 Jerry Lee Lewis released a studio album titled Last Man Standing. And so he is. In 1956, at the age of 21, he was the youngest member of Sun Records’ “Million Dollar Quartet,” also consisting of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash. Now an R&R Hall of Famer boasting a dozen Gold Records and multiple Grammys, the Ferriday native is getting his due as one of the most dynamic performers in Rock & Roll history.
6) Elton John
Acura Stage, 4:50 p.m.
Reginald Kenneth Dwight, otherwise known as Sir Elton John by fans worldwide, began his illustrious musical career as a humble student at the Royal Academy of Music in England more than 60 years ago. What followed is more than 300 million records and over fifty Top 40 hits as Reginald, I mean, Sir Elton John still goes strong at the ripe young age of 68.
7) Ed Sheeran
Gentilly Stage, 5:15 p.m.
The British singer/songwriter known for his hit song entitled “Thinking Out Loud” and his vibrant red coif will be premiering as one of the Fest’s headliners. His recent success and popularity will surely make this a show not to miss, especially as it is currently his only show in America.
Congo Square Stage, 5:45 pm.
Clifford Harris, Jr., known by his stage name, T.I., began his music career on the rough and tumble streets of Atlanta, signing his first deal in 1999 with LaFace Records. Since then, T.I. has released nine critically-acclaimed studio records. T.I. has found crossover appeal, breaking into acting, producing, and even reality TV with his wife, fellow musician Tiny.
9) Clifton Henry Photos
Congo Square African
Market Tent P, All Day
The award-winning photographer will call Jazz Fest home during the second weekend of the event. The artist is currently touring the country, leaving his native Chicago behind, to capture the much broader American story. Clifton Henry’s limited edition photographic prints are not to be missed.
10) Ajun Cajun Ninja
Ajun Cajun Ninja will be returning with their signature dishes of Crabstick & Cucumber Salad, Shrimp Yakisoba (Pan Fried Noodles), Yakiniku Po-Boy (Japanese BBQ Beef), and Seaweed & Cucumber Salad. Ajun Cajun is a fest favorite whose delicious Asian-inspired cuisine presents the perfect bite as you rock out to your favorite band. Find it in Food Area II.