Young Guardians of the Flame
Kids Tent, 11:30-12:15 p.m.
Easily the cutest thing you’ll see all festival long, Young Guardians of the Flame Mardi Gras Indian Group was created by late Big Chief Donald Harrison, Sr. as a way for young people to embrace the warrior heritage of the Mardi Gras Indians in a less competitive manner. Ranging from ages 1 to 13, this training camp for young Indians also serves as a proving ground as youngsters display sewing skills by masking, play rhythms, and regularly perform for crowds across the nation. -Craig Magraff, Jr.
LA Drum and Shrimp Kinilaw by Milkfish
Food Heritage Stage, 2:30-3:20 p.m.
Chef Christina Quackenbush, founder of the trendy, new restaurant Milkfish, will be demonstrating how to make LA Drum and Shrimp Kinilaw at the Food Heritage Stage. Chef Quackenbush opened Milkfish's doors in 2014 after stretching her legs with years of critical acclaim as a pop-up. Kinilaw, a popular dish in Philippine cuisine, is similar to ceviche and is made with raw fish.
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles
Jazz & Heritage Stage, 3-3:50 p.m.
Big Chief Monk is one of the oldest and most beloved Indian Chiefs. Along with the late Chief Bo Dollis, Big Chief Monk helped bring Mardi Gras Indian culture and the music associated with it to the national forefront as a part of the Wild Magnolias singing group. More than 40 years ago, Big Chief Monk appeared with the Wild Magnolias at the very first Jazz & Heritage Festival in 1970. -Craig Magraff, Jr.
Fais Do-Do Stage, 3-4:10 p.m.
Drawn to his instrument of choice after hearing Earl Scruggs play the theme song of The Beverly Hillbillies TV show, world-renowned banjo player Bela Fleck would one day be performing alongside his idol and many other musical greats during a remarkable 40-year career. During his JazzFest appearance, he will be performing alongside his wife, Abigail Washburn, a banjo superstar in her own right with nine albums to her credit. - Dean M. Shapiro
Gentilly Stage, 3:25-4:35 p.m.
Allen Toussaint could easily be seen as one of the most influential musicians and producers in the history of New Orleans music. Toussaint has written, produced, performed with, and had his songs covered all over the world by countless acts, including greats such as Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, and Dr. John. In fact, chances are you can sing one of Mr. Toussaint’s songs off the top of your head; he’s just that ubiquitous. -Craig Magraff, Jr.
Rebirth Brass Band
Congo Square Stage, 3:30-4:45 p.m.
One of the most ubiquitous New Orleans- style brass bands, Rebirth earned their credit on the street. They formed in 1983 with tuba/sousaphone player Philip Frazier, his brother, bass drummer Keith Frazier, and trumpeter Kermit Ruffins. What grew from it is a world-renowned act and a 2012 Grammy award for Best Regional Roots Album. -Craig Magraff, Jr.
Goodnight Show’s John Calhoun and Benjamin Arthur Ellis Interview
Folklife Stage, 4:10 p.m.
New Orleans' very own late night talk show, The Goodnight Show, leads audiences into the very heart of New Orleans culture with its quirky and comedic performances. Its charismatic and hilarious host John Calhoun, and announcer Benjamin Arthur Ellis, will be interviewing Jazz Fest's Folklife demonstrators.
Ba Mien Vietnamese Cuisine
The popular New Orleans East restaurant will be serving up some authentic Vietnamese cuisine all Jazz Fest long. From their stand in Heritage Square, they will be offering Goi Cuon (Spring Rolls), Bun (Vermicelli with Shrimp or Beef), and Cha Gio (Vietnamese Egg Roll). Their delicious dishes are prepared using the freshest ingredients, and are perfect for a quick bite so you don't have to miss a minute of your favorite band.
Mark Derby Glazed Stoneware
Mark Derby, maker of glazed stoneware extraordinaire, will be showcasing his handcrafted wares in Tent E in the Louisiana Marketplace. Derby Pottery and Tile, found on Magazine St., is known for its handmade, Victorian-inspired tiles, mugs, and vases.
Ice Teat at Sunshine Concessions
Sunshine Concessions, run by John Edelen and John Childs, steeps about 12,000 pounds of tea each year at Jazz Fest. This year's flavors will be Rosemint Herbal Ice Tea, Regular Ice Tea, and Mandarin Orange Herbal Ice Tea. Sunshine lets you sip smartly because their teas are all-natural and sweetened with honey for a refreshing drink that will quench your thirst in-between jam sessions. Find it in Food Area I, Food Area II, and Heritage Square.