French Quarter Competition
French Quarter Competition attracts crowds, particularly on weekends. Some attendees plan on sticking to at least one stage with a number of bands they wish to hear. Others roam from one music set to the subsequent. Under are some phases with engaging lineups and notable acts.
Thursday on the Abita Beer Stage
Galactic makes its debut on the competition on its first day, anchoring a funk fest with Cha Wa, Funk Monkey and Rebirth Brass Band.
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Bert Cotton and Greg Hicks, members of the trombone-fronted Bonerama, based this band of native gamers, together with veterans of Johnny Sketch & the Soiled Notes and Papa Gros Funk.
Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers
There’s a break within the funk for Kermit Ruffins’ swinging New Orleans jazz.
2:10 p.m.-Three:15 p.m.
Drummer and band chief Joe Gelini helped Cha Wa mix Mardi Gras Indian percussion, chants, tradition and brass band music. A guitarist additionally helps push the funk grooves, and the band’s album “Spyboy” was nominated for a 2019 Grammy Award for Greatest Regional Roots Music Album. The album contains visitor appearances by Large Chief Monk Boudreaux and Nigel Corridor and was produced by Galactic’s Ben Ellman.
Galactic performs at French Quarter Competition.
Three:45 p.m.-5 p.m.
After albums highlighting digital musical experiments, Galactic’s most up-to-date launch, February’s “Already Prepared Already” delved again into its funky mix of jazz and New Orleans R&B sounds. The challenge additionally included visitor appearances by a number of feminine vocalists, together with Erica Falls, who regularly excursions with the group.
Rebirth Brass Band
5:20 p.m.-6:45 p.m.
It’s been 30 years because the Rebirth Brass Band launched “Really feel Like Funkin’ It Up.” The lineup has modified, however bandleader Phil Frazier nonetheless anchors the band on sousaphone, and the group was among the many modern bands that introduced R&B, pop and funk into the brass band repertoire.
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Thursday afternoon units
For individuals who can’t reap the benefits of Thursday’s strong opening day schedule however could make a cheerful hour set, there are a number of good performances starting at 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Chevron Cajun/Zydeco Showcase
Bienville Avenue at Decatur Avenue
The British-born keyboardist spent a decade backing Bonnie Raitt on tour, however he’s change into a grasp of New Orleans-style R&B. His 2015 album “Go Go Juice” received a Grammy Award for Greatest Regional Roots Music, and he adopted up final 12 months with “Dyna-mite,” which blends R&B, soul and funk and echoes strains of Professor Longhair and different New Orleans piano legends.
Chubby Provider and the Bayou Swamp Band
5:20 p.m.-6:45 p.m.
Accordionist Chubby Provider and his zydeco band claimed the final Grammy Award within the Cajun and Zydeco class for “Zydeco Junkie” in 2010. Provider discovered to play accordion from his father and performed drums in his household’s band earlier than placing out on his personal and located early acclaim with 1993’s “Dance All Evening.”
5:30 p.m.-6:45 p.m.
Vocalist Stephanie Jordan is a part of a proficient musical household, together with jazz saxophonist Edward “Kidd” Jordan, trumpeter Marlon Jordan and classical violinist Rachel Jordan. Her elegant phrasing displays influences of Shirley Horn, Abbey Lincoln and others.
Friday on the Abita Beer Stage
Irma Thomas, the Soul Queen of New Orleans, headlines one other good lineup on the competition’s largest stage.
The Soul Rebels
12:35 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
Longtime stalwarts at weekly Thursday evening gigs at Le Bon Temps Roule, the place they introduced hip-hop into their brass band sound, The Soul Rebels brass band members have developed into ambassadors, touring the world and collaborating with stars together with Nas, Talib Kweli, GZA and lots of others. Final week the band carried out and recorded with Cuban customer Cimafunk.
Little Freddie King
2:10 p.m.-Three:25 p.m.
The Mississippi-born guitarist has a searing gutbucket blues fashion that he honed throughout a profession spanning excursions with Bo Diddley and John Lee Hooker and a slew of current albums. He will probably be honored later this month on the Large Straightforward Leisure Awards as Entertainer of the Yr.
5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
R&B and soul singer Irma Thomas is a perennial competition favourite. She might have been overshadowed within the 1960s when a British band that simply cancelled its Jazz Fest look additionally recorded “Time Is On My Facet,” however she’s nonetheless operating sturdy. She has a slew of her personal R&B and soul hits to attract on at this set.
Three:50 p.m.-5 p.m. Friday
Quiana Lynell received the 2017 Sarah Vaughan Worldwide Jazz Vocal Competitors, which amongst its prizes included the chance to report an album for the Harmony Jazz label. “A Little Love” was launched April 5, and it options 10 songs drawing on jazz, R&B, soul and gospel sounds in tunes written by the Gershwins, Duke Ellington, Irma Thomas and others. Lynell will probably be interviewed on the Let Them Discuss stage on the New Orleans Jazz Museum at midday Saturday.
Misplaced Bayou Ramblers
7:15 p.m.-Eight:45 p.m. Friday
For 20 years, the Misplaced Bayou Ramblers have been indefatigable, whether or not they have been writing new Cajun songs or overlaying songs by The Who in French. The band introduced it might take a break final 12 months, after its album “Kalenda” received a Grammy Award, however exhibits underneath pseudonyms cropped up and followers might have seen the group appeared neither scarce nor inactive. It created the not too long ago launched soundtrack for the documentary movie “Rodents of Uncommon Measurement,” about nutria in south Louisiana.
Saturday on the New Orleans Jazz Museum
The Louisiana Fish Fry Stage between the New Orleans Jazz Museum and the French Market is brass band headquarters Friday by means of Sunday. The lineup contains The Authentic Pinettes Brass Band and TBC Brass Band on Friday and Soul Brass Band and Large Six Brass Band on Sunday. The Saturday lineup balances a mixture of conventional and up to date types.
New Start Brass Band
11:15 a.m.-12:25 p.m.
Drummer Tanio Hingle fashioned this stalwart up to date brass band.
Storyville Stompers Brass Band
12:45 p.m.-1:55 p.m.
For greater than three many years, the Storyville Stompers have centered on conventional types and basic songs, equivalent to “Basin Avenue Blues” and “Lil Liza Jane.”
Treme Brass Band
2:45 p.m.-Three:40 p.m.
Drummer Benny Jones is the founder and chief of this conventional brass band whose membership spans generations of musicians, together with saxophonist John “Prince” Gilbert and frequent contributor Roger Lewis of the Soiled Dozen Brass Band.
Leroy Jones’ Authentic Hurricane Brass Band
Four p.m.-5:25 p.m.
Trumpeter Leroy Jones was among the many musicians in Danny Barker’s Fairview Baptist Church Marching Band, which skilled a era of younger musicians to play conventional jazz and brass band songs. Jones’ Hurricane Brass Band was certainly one of a handful of bands spawned by that effort. Jones spent years in Harry Connick Jr.’s massive band, and he’s recorded tributes to Louis Armstrong. Conventional music is the muse of this challenge.
The Scorching Eight Brass Band performs at French Quarter Competition
Scorching Eight Brass Band
5:45 p.m.-7 p.m.
The Scorching Eight Brass Band was touring Europe when its EP “Take Cowl” was launched in February. The band favors up to date brass band types infused with pop and hip-hop, and the report contains its variations of George Benson’s “Give Me the Evening” and Michael Jackson’s “Shake Your Physique (All the way down to the Floor).”
With so many acts acting on so many phases, there are sure to be exhausting decisions, however Sunday afternoon’s schedule is merciless for followers of native feminine vocalists. Erica Falls, Maggie Koerner, Robyn Barnes and Anais St. John all carry out on the similar time — and so do the Dixie Cups. There are solely good decisions, and decided followers on the Riverfront can break up time and catch a couple of.
Three:30 p.m.-Four:55 p.m. Sunday
Singer/songwriter Maggie Koerner was performing in bars in her hometown of Shreveport earlier than she moved to New Orleans. She spent a lot of 2013 and 2014 lending her powerhouse vocals to Galactic and has recorded a few songs with the band since. In September, she signed a contact with Harmony Data, and a solo album is due this summer time. Koerner will probably be interviewed on the Let Them Discuss Stage on the New Orleans Jazz Museum at midday Sunday.
Three:50 p.m.-5:05 p.m. Sunday
Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage
Erica Falls grew up in New Orleans listening to Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Nina Simone. She received her skilled begin backing different musicians, each in bands and studio work, and in recent times she’s carried out typically with Galactic. However with the 2017 launch of her solo album “HomeGrown,” she’s change into a headlining soul singer.
Robin Barnes and the Fiyabirds
Three:50 p.m.-5:10 p.m. Sunday
Although she will be able to deal with quite a lot of types, Robin Barnes excels on jazz requirements and soul songs and coated Irma Thomas’ “Ruler of My Coronary heart” on her 2016 EP “Songbird Classes,” which broke into the highest 5 of Billboard’s Conventional Jazz Album chart. Barnes will probably be interviewed on the Let Them Discuss Stage on the New Orleans Jazz Museum at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Anais St. John
Four:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m. Sunday
Pan-American Life Insurance coverage Group Stage
Anais St. John is finest recognized for cabaret performances and jazz requirements, however she’s additionally channeled her inside Donna Summer time and Tina Turner for stage tributes.