Don’t Sleep on Jazz Fest’s Late Night Happenings
The wait between the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival lineup announcement and the moment you walk through the fairground gates is tough, but watching the after parties and late night show announcements roll in makes it almost bearable. When the greatest artists from around the country are all in the same city at the same time, you never know what could go down. From supergroup mash-ups, to reunions and tribute collaborations, late night at Jazz Fest is when New Orleans is at its best.
The lineup announcements have already started being revealed for this year’s festival weekend, and each show looks bigger and better than the last. If you are already planning your Jazz Fest schedule, you are going to want to set aside some time (and money) for these incredible shows, and keep your eyes peeled for even more killer concert additions in the coming months.
To help kick your planning into high gear, we have compiled a list of shows that are already on the books at clubs and venues around the city during New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Thursday, April 21
Johnny Vidacovich, Oteil Burbridge and Eric Krasno (Maple Leaf)
Friday, April 22
Bonerama with Bobby Lee Rogers Trio (House of Blues)
Saturday, April 23
The Revivalists with Vulfpeck and Soul Rebels (The Orpheum)
Treme Threauxdown featuring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Special Guests (Saenger Theatre)
Garage a Trois, OG Lineup featuring Stanton Moore, Charlie Hunter, Skerik (Tipitina’s Uptown)
Sunday, April 24
Dr. Lonnie Smith (Blue Nile)
The Word (featuring Robert Randolph, John Medeski, and North Mississippi Allstars) with Dirty Dozen Brass Band (The Joy Theatre)
Thursday, April 28
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe performs Prince’s “Dirty Mind”, The Motet performs “Mixtape 1977”, Mike Dillon performs a Tribute to Elliott Smith, and More Acts TBA (Howlin’ Wolf)
RageFest featuring Lettuce, Oteil Burbridge, Cyril Neville, Break Science, Nigel Hall Band (The Joy Theater)
Earth Wind & Power: The Music of Earth Wind & Fire performed by The Nth Power featuring Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Skerik, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, James Casey and Farnell Newtown (One Eyed Jacks)
Friday, April 29
The 14th Annual Bayou Rendezvous Benefitting the New Orleans Music Clinic (featuring 9 bands on 2 stages) with Night People: A Tribute to Allen Toussaint, Dr. Klaw, The Bayou Rendezvous All-Stars, Polyrhythmics, Moon Hooch, Sunrise Breakfast Jam, and More (Howlin’ Wolf)
10th Annual James Brown Birthday Tribute featuring members of the James Brown Band, Dumpstaphunk and More (Mapale Leaf)
Kamasi Washinton (One Eyed Jacks)
Saturday, April 30
Little Freddie King (BJ’s Lounge)
Jon Batiste and Stay Human (Civic Theater)
Andrew Osborne, The New Orleans Suspects, and Soulive (Howlin’ Wolf)
Sunday, May 1
Kirk Franklin’s Gospel Brunch (House of Blues)
Rising Appalachia and Lost Bayou Ramblers (House of Blues – Parish)
Michael Jackson v. Stevie Wonder featuring Nigel Hall, Eric “Benny” Bloom, Cory Henry, Adam Deitch, Wil Blades, and Adam Smirnoff with Zigaboo Modeliste & The Funk Revuew (Howlin’ Wolf)
These are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the magnitude of the party that is New Orleans during Jazz Fest. You can track all of the musical happenings during Jazz Fest with Jazz Fest Grids.
The complete lineup and daily schedule for the 2016 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, along with tickets, lodging information, and more can be found on the Official Jazz and Heritage Festival website.