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As rain pours, Indians conjure memories of Bo Dollis Sr.

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Legendary Wild Magnolias Big Chief Bo Dollis.

As sheets of rain poured down around him, Big Chief Gerard “Bo Jr.” Dollis stood at the edge of the Jazz & Heritage Stage and pointed at the yellow-feathered image of his famous father that stands at the peak of that stage. “Rain, rain, go away,” sang Dollis. Then he jumped into the deluge, singing… Continue reading →

“One Big Holiday”: My Morning Jacket rock Gentilly Stage

Advocate photo by SOPHIA GERMER -- Jim James with My Morning Jacket performs on the Gentilly Stage during the second Friday of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at the Fair Grounds, Friday April 29, 2016.

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James arrived at the New Orleans Jazz Fest’s Gentilly Stage on Friday with a sampler around his neck, so he could manipulate his vocals; a black vest with neon pinks, greens and yellows; and bug-eyed sunglasses. It was a look only he could pull off. The band’s sound is… Continue reading →

Paul Simon fared better with old favorites in uneven 2016 New Orleans Jazz Fest show

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Paul Simon performs on the Acura Stage on the second Friday of Jazz Fest in New Orleans, La. Friday, April 29, 2016.

Paul Simon should have removed his sunglasses sooner at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Late Friday afternoon, he strode onto the main Acura Stage in shades, a hat and a long-sleeved, light-blue shirt adorned with a button depicting his late friend Allen Toussaint — the same kind of button worn… Continue reading →

Ms. Lauryn Hill is right on (New Orleans) time

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Ms. Lauryn Hill performs on the Congo Square stage on the second Friday of Jazz Fest in New Orleans, La. Friday, April 29, 2016.

During her last New Orleans appearance, at the 2014 Voodoo Experience, Ms. Lauryn Hill had a hard time making it on stage. She arrived 40 minutes late and was, again, 40 minutes late for a second, make-up set. Some wondered when she’d show up for her 5:40 p.m. Friday set at the New Orleans Jazz and… Continue reading →

Elvis Costello remembers late Allen Toussaint, shares fond memories at Jazz Fest

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Elvis Costello, wearing a cap with a button depicting his late friend and collaborator Allen Toussaint, fronted The Imposters on the Gentilly Stage at the Fairgrounds during the 2016 New Orleans Jazz Fest on Thursday, April 28, 2016.

Allen Toussaint was on Elvis Costello’s brain Thursday at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival — literally. Costello closed the Gentilly Stage wearing a purple Kangol-style cap decorated with a button that bore the likeness of a beaming Toussaint. The Toussaint emblem prominently adorned Costello’s forehead for the entirety of the set, much of… Continue reading →

Look for spirits of Prince, Toussaint, B.B. King to charge Fair Grounds

Advocate photo by SOPHIA GERMER -- Nancy Lemon and Blaine Devine dance by the Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage during the second day of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at the Fair Grounds, Saturday April 23, 2016.

As exhausting and extensive as it was, the first weekend of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell was only an appetizer for the longer Weekend 2. From Thursday through Sunday, the Fair Grounds will teem with fans of the vast variety of music and food the festival serves up. The question… Continue reading →

Headliners and highlights at Jazz Fest’s weekend 2

The second weekend of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell opens with “Locals Thursday.” Crowds are typically smaller on Thursdays, which don’t feature the sort of mass-appeal headliners that draw huge crowds on weekends. Thursday’s closer on the main Acura Stage is the Tedeschi Trucks Band, the multigenre band… Continue reading →

DIY Delicious: For a different take on Jazz Fest food, make your own mash-ups with cracklin’, boudin, champagne and more

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty -- A cochon de lait po-boy topped with cracklin', a customized creation from the food booths at the New Orleans Jazz Fest.

The food at the New Orleans Jazz Fest doesn’t change much from year to year, and there’s a good reason why. People have made certain dishes part of their Jazz Fest tradition, and they expect and anticipate their favorites on each visit. For 2016 there are only two new dishes (get the skinny on them… Continue reading →

New Jazz Fest Food: What’s for dessert?

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty -- The strawberry and yogurt trifle layered with cake is a new item from Fireman Mike's Kitchen, served at Jazz Fest by the Kids Area.

Jazz Fest has two official new dishes this year. While neither can be considered major additions, both are unique. At Congo Square, Marie’s Sugar Dumplings, the Marrero-based baker known for the sweet potato turnover, added a bacon pecan square. It’s somewhere between pie and brownie, built of a thick, buttery crust with fine bits of bacon interspersed… Continue reading →

At “BreakFest,” musical brunch en route to Jazz Fest on Sundays

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty - Musicians (from left) Myles Weeks, Andrew Duhon and Aurora Nealand perform for a morning crowd at the Bayou Beer Garden during BreakFest. The breakfast time event returns May 1.

If you have friends who live near the Fair Grounds, this is the week you hope to get that annual email inviting you over for a bloody Mary and some breakfast en route to Jazz Fest. Morning parties before the festival are as much a tradition as crawfish boils after it. A new event at the Continue reading →

New Orleans Jazz Fest 2016 at night: Keith Spera’s guide to music after dark for the fest’s second weekend

Photo by Todd V. Wolfson -- Growing up in San Antonio, Alejandro Escovedo soaked in everything from Cuban jazz and Mexican ballads to rock 'n' roll.

Your guide to music after dark during the second weekend of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz Fest: THURSDAY, APRIL 28 At the House of Blues, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews hosts his annual “Shorty Fest” benefit concert for his educational foundation. He’ll perform with his band Orleans Avenue and special guest Ivan Neville on keyboards. The bill also… Continue reading →

Don’t Miss events in New Orleans, April 28-May 4, 2016

Advocate staff file photo -- Crawfish and football will be the theme for the day Saturday when the Saints organization hosts the annual Saints Draft Super Boil, a chance for fans to mingle with past and present players and watch the results of the NFL draft. (504) 731-1700. neworleanssaintscom/fan-zone.

our lady of prompt succor tomato festival Friday through Sunday Luscious, ripe and red — it’s tomatoes in the parish when Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church and School holds the annual Tomato Festival. Live entertainment, festival royalty and delicious cuisine are all in store. 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight Saturday,… Continue reading →

‘Don Quixote’ takes aim at sculpture garden

Photo by Jeremy Blum -- The NOLA Project opens 'Don Quixote' Wednesday in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden at New Orleans Museum of Art in City Park. From left are Leslie Claverie, Ian Hoch, Mike Spara (kneeling), AshleyRose Bailey and Joshua Sienkiewicz. The production runs through May 22.

The backdrop will be starlight when the NOLA Project stages a world premiere of “Don Quixote,” opening Wednesday at the New Orleans Museum of Art’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Pete McElligott, a member of the local acting troupe, has fashioned a script based on Miguel de Cervantes’ story of the idealistic knight and his practical companion, which is… Continue reading →

Tickets for Drake, Alabama Shakes concerts in New Orleans go on sale Friday, April 29, 2016

Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP -- Drake, seen here during the Austin City Limits Music Festival on Oct. 3, 2015, will bring his Summer Sixteen Tour to the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Sept. 2, 2016.

Thinking about music beyond the next few days of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival’s second weekend may not be easy. But tickets go on sale Friday for two major upcoming concerts in New Orleans. Superstar Canadian rapper Drake will bring his highly anticipated “Summer Sixteen” tour to the Smoothie King Center on Sept.… Continue reading →

New Orleans Events Calendar, April 28-May 1, 2016

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty -- Tomatoes, like this luscious batch of Creoles, are the main feature in the Our Lady of Prompt Succor Tomato Festival this weekend in Chalmette.

JEFFERSON PRAYER BREAKFAST: 7 a.m., Landmark Hotel, 2601 Severn Ave., Metairie. LIFE Resources sponsors, Chris Reis of the Saints speaks. $25. (985) 626-9582. liferesources.net. BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS TALK: 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. daily, Chalmette Battlefield of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. (504) 281-0510. nps.gov/jela. COLLEGE… Continue reading →

New Orleans music calendar, April 28-May 4, 2016

KARL DENSON’S TINY UNIVERSE: 10 a.m., The Howlin Wolf, 907 S. Peters St. (504) 529-5844. NEW ORLEANS JAZZ AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL: 11 a.m., Fair Grounds. JAZZ IN THE PARK: 4 p.m., Armstrong Park, 835 N. Rampart St. HANSEN’S GARDEN DISTRICT BAND: 6:45 p.m., Houston’s Restaurant, 1755 St. Charles Ave. (504) 524-1578.… Continue reading →

Classical, sacred music, April 28-May 1, 2016

JUNIOR PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY CONCERT: 2 p.m., Dixon Hall, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Instrumentalists, vocalists and dancers perform. jrphilnola.org. TRINITY ARTIST SERIES: 5 p.m. Sunday, Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave. JazzFest at Trinity, with Rich Look on piano, Tim Paco on bass, Ronel Johnson on trombone and Michael Skinkus on percussion, playing New Orleans jazz.… Continue reading →

New Orleans Stages Calendar, April 28-May 1, 2016

Photo provided -- Liz Lowry plays 'The Little Mermaid' in the Cutting Edge Theater's production. Based on the Disney movie of the same name, Ariel trades her vocal abilities for a chance to walk on dry land and pursue her true love. Tickets start at $22. The production runs through May 7. Cutting Edge Theater, 767 Robert Blvd., Slidell.  (985) 649-3727. cuttingedgetheater.com.

“DON QUIXOTE”: 7 p.m. Wednesday through May 22; Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. The NOLA Project mounts a new production of the tale of the Spanish knight and his practical sidekick Sancho Panza and their hilarious adventures through life. $24, $18 Backstage… Continue reading →

New Orleans Arts Calendar, April 28-May 1, 2016

Photo provided -- Jon Langford's 'Jack a Diamonds' is mixed media on panel. Langford will be at a special Jazz Fest reception at Lemieux Galleries, 332 Julia St., New Orleans, Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibit is up through May 28.

CALLAN CONTEMPORARY: Opening Tuesday, artist reception 6 p.m. Saturday, May 7. “A Basque Review” exhibit by painter and sculptor José-María Cundín of oil and pastel paintings. Through May 30. 518 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 525-0518. callancontemporary.com. CHERRY ESPRESSO BAR: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday. “Vibrational Art” opening exhibit by Tony Martin using fragments of light, paired with… Continue reading →

As more microdistilleries crop up in New Orleans, liquor about to get a lot more local

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Kirk Coco inside NOLA Distilling, which aims to produce its first batch of Louisiana-sourced sweet potato vodka this summer.

“Who enjoys cocktails more than New Orleans?” asks Kirk Coco, founder of NOLA Brewing Co. and the new NOLA Distilling Co. “I can’t think of anybody.” Coco launched the popular NOLA Brewing Co. beer line eight years ago; now, he’s turning his attention to spirits, outfitting an 8,000-square-foot warehouse in the 3700 block of Tchoupitoulas Street… Continue reading →

Van Morrison warms up to Jazz Fest fans to close Saturday

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Van Morrison performs on the Gentilly Stage on the second day of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz Fest.

Van Morrison got his show at the Gentilly Stage started early to close the 2016 New Orleans Jazz Fest’s first Saturday. Five minutes before the set’s scheduled start time, fans walking up on the packed dirt track could hear the gentle notes of “Celtic Swing” wafting on a cool breeze that might have been ordered up… Continue reading →

Steven Forster’s Party Central: Krewe of Armeinius Glitter and Be Gay

Advocate photo by Steven Forster - The Krewe of Armeinius hosted the 2016 Glitter and Be Gay fundraiser at the krewe’s den, welcoming all gay krewes and organizations. Royalty and officers were encouraged to wear their badges of honor, and they did — turning out bedecked and bedazzled with crowns, pins, sashes and mantles. Festivities were augmented by food, drinks and a silent auction.   Queen and King 2017 of the Krewe of Armeinius Miss Ebony, Paul Metoyer

The Krewe of Armeinius hosted the 2016 Glitter and Be Gay fundraiser at the krewe’s den, welcoming all gay krewes and organizations. Royalty and officers were encouraged to wear their badges of honor, and they did — turning out bedecked and bedazzled with crowns, pins, sashes and mantles. Festivities were augmented by food, drinks and a… Continue reading →

With son in his arms, Mystikal embraces growing up

Advocate photo by SOPHIA GERMER -- Mystikal performs on the Congo Square Stage during the second day of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at the Fair Grounds, Saturday April 23, 2016.

During his show Saturday at the 2016 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Mystikal reprised a joke from his set at March’s Buku Music + Art Project. “If you don’t know who I am,” he said with a sly leer and a pelvic wiggle, “your mama knows who I am.” The rapper, 45, returned… Continue reading →

Longtime New Orleans bassist Reggie Scanlan is off the road but not offstage as he battles cancer

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Bassist Reggie Scanlan practices with  New Orleans Suspects in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, April 19, 2016. He will be retiring after 40 years on the road as a musician.

Perched on a stool in a Carrollton home studio, Reggie Scanlan cradled his bass guitar, preparing his bandmates for a future without him. He and the New Orleans Suspects, the band he co-founded as his 33-year run with the Radiators wound down, were rehearsing “Yield Not to Temptation,” an old Bobby “Blue” Bland song. During a… Continue reading →