Whether you're a fan of Phish, Vampire Weekend, Christina Aguilera, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Public Enemy, Allen Toussaint, Santana, Robin Thicke, or even Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, they will all be in Louisiana, playing at the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Everyone from Robert Plant to Russell Batiste and Tony Hall will be gracing the stage. With only a couple weeks until the start of the two week festival, are you ready to chow on crawfish rolls and dance around as if nobody can see you?
The New Orleans Jazz Festival runs April 25 – May 4, 2014; for more information, go to www.nojazzfest.com.
Better Than Ezra
For a band that is always a good time, be sure to check out Better Than Ezra. Though best known for their hits, the band is rockin' and upbeat. It's danceable rock music with a good vibe.
This picture was taken when Better Than Ezra played the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, Maryland.
Music After Jazzfest
For those who are not going to Jazz Fest, or for those looking to keep rockin' after Jazz Fest, there's still a fun time to be had in New Orleans. Check out Chris Klein and the Boulevards on Thursdays from 5 – 9 p.m. at Cafe Negril, and Saturdays 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. at Brazil Taco Truck on Frenchmen. Their cover of “The Wizard” can be seen at http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aagzc4Si4qw.
This picture was taken when Chris Klein and the Boulevards played in Tampa, Florida.
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
You'll want to be dancing along with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band at Jazzfest. They capture the essence of New Orleans in brass. You can't help but groove around to their infectious beat.
This picture was taken when the Dirty Dozen Brass Band played the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Tony Hall, who has played with everyone from Bob Dylan to Linda Ronstadt, has now teamed up with Neville's in a super group called Dumpstaphunk. Living up to its name, the group has that New Orleans funk that will make you want to get sloppy on the dancefloor, as if there's no eyes upon you. Dance as if nobody is watching, as if nobody is around, and get into the groove line of the music.
This picture was taken backstage after a Dumpstaphunk show in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Mardi Gras Indians
Keep an eye out for Mardi Gras Indians. Though these elusive Indians usually only come out in full feathered and beaded costumes for Mardi Gras, they have been known to put on a Jazz Fest show. Their hand made costumes are gorgeous, and their history is documented at the Cultural Museum.
This picture was taken in front of the Cultural Museum during Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
There's no telling what musical talents will join forces. You never know when there might be a surprise appearance from a special guest on stage. Watch a clip where drummers combined forces, featuring Galactic's Stanton Moore, Russell Batiste, and more: http://youtu.be/9foXDa6WTWY .
Trey Anastasio and Tony Hall
Many of the musicians at Jazz Fest have shared a stage with one another. Though Tony Hall had played in Trey Anastasio's band when they were touring with Tom Petty and special guest Stevie Nicks, they will be playing with different groups, their own groups, at Jazzfest. Tony Hall will be playing alongside the Neville's in Dumstaphunk, while Trey Anastsio will be fronting Phish.
This picture was taken at the Trey Anastasio and Tom Petty tour stop outside of Washington D.C..
Though Phish fans thought their last show was going to be back in 2004, it turned out to be more of a pause than a retirement. This vacation period allowed the Trey Anastasio Band (TAB) to play Jazzfest back in 2005. Phish has since reunited and will be one of the headlining acts at Jazzfest this year.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
There's a slew of performers that will be gracing Louisiana with their musical talents. The New Orleans Jazz Festival runs April 25 – May 4, 2014. For more information, go to www.nojazzfest.com.
Mark Your Territory
Flags make one easier to spot in a crowd. It's helpful for marking territory of a meet up spot, or to carry as the leader of a group, the go-to person who is easiest to spot when trying to find friends. Flags also gives the crowd an artistic flare, as individualism flies freely within a massive group setting.