POSTED Wed. Apr 20, 2016


We Got the (Back)beat

The steady pulse of the New Orleans music scene intensifies during festival season as the city swells with music lovers and performers. The Backbeat Foundation is among those bringing additional shows to the two-week stretch encompassing the last full weekend of April and the first weekend of May – the dates of the the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Now in their 11th year, the Backbeat Foundation Jazzfest Series ensures that live music extends well beyond the fairgrounds by booking local artists, along with those traveling from afar, to bring music and other entertainment to venues across the Crescent City.

The Backbeat Foundation kicked off their Jazzfest Series in 2006. In a time of widespread uncertainty, the organizers of the original lineup were “crossing our fingers and hoping the music lovers who annually descend upon our city would not let Hurricane Katrina silence the music, passion, and kinetic energy of the night,” according to a release.

The series was a success, and over the past decade the Foundation has matured to include not only concerts, but events and “happenings that encourage new collaborations on stage.”

This year’s lineup honors legends that paved the way for modern musicians in New Orleans, as well as up-and-coming acts. Shows will be split between two venues: the main stage at Blue Nile (plus its more intimate upstairs space, the Blue Nile Balcony Room) and the New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park.

Most shows will kick off at the Nile, which boasts a prime location on Frenchman Street, an easy bike ride or walk from the French Quarter. The Blue Nile is touted as one of the pioneers of the music scene in the neighborhood, and both the Nile and the Gardens offer a full bar with lively décor.

Here’s the lineup of the 11th Annual Backbeat Foundation Jazzfest Series (April 21 – May 2).

Thursday, April 21

Blue Nile
(10 PM) Tank and the Bangas & The Stooges Brass Band

Friday, April 22

Blue Nile
(10 PM) The Soul Rebels
(Late Show 1 AM) Gravity A

Blue Nile Balcony Room
(11 PM) Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & The Golden Eagles
(Late Show 11:55 PM) Pirate’s Choice & Batebunda

Saturday, April 23
Blue Nile
(10:30 PM) Marco Benevento
(Late Show 11:55 PM) Naughty Professor, plus Special Guests

Blue Nile Balcony Room
(11 PM) New Breed Brass Band
(Late Show 11:55 PM) Corey Henry & The Treme Funktet

Sunday, April 24

Blue Nile
(10:30 PM) Dr. Lonnie Smith
(Late Show 11:55 PM) Brass-A-Holics

Blue Nile Balcony Room
(10:30 PM) Mia Borders Duo & Waterseed

Monday, April 25

Blue Nile
(10 PM) Marco Benevento: That Booker Thing w/ Johnny V. and James Singleton

Blue Nile Balcony Room
(10:30 PM) Seth Walker

Tuesday, April 26

Blue Nile
(8 PM) The Creator Ensemble
(11 PM) Adam Deitch Birthday Bash

Wednesday, April 27

Blue Nile
(9 PM) Ivan Neville Piano Sessions Vol. 6
(10 PM) RVSP Records Presents Rope-A-Dope Live in NOLA EP:1 “We Want the Funk”

Thursday, April 28

Botanical Garden
(7 PM) Cyril Neville’s Royal Southern Brotherhood and Honey Island Swamp Band

Blue Nile
(10:30 PM) Brass-A-Holics Plus Doug Wimbish
(Late Show 11:55 PM) Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes

Blue Nile Balcony Room
(10:30 PM) Wimbash and Greasy Green Stubble

Friday, April 29

Botanical Garden
(7 PM) Glen David Andrews and Tank & the Bangas

Blue Nile
(10:30 PM) Kermit Ruffins
(Late Show 11:55 PM) Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Blue Nile Balcony Room
(10:30 PM) Stooges Brass Band
(Late Show 11:55 PM) Mike Dillon Band

Saturday, April 30

Blue Nile
(10:30 PM) Break Science Live Band
(Late Show 11:55 PM) Robert Walter’s 20th Congress

Blue Nile Balcony Room
(10:30 PM) Jamie McLean Band and Flow Tribe

Sunday, May 1

Blue Nile
(10 PM) Funky Nut Better

Blue Nile Balcony Room
(10:30 PM) Mia Borders and Colin Lake

Monday, May 2

Blue Nile
(10:30 PM) Nth Power: The 3rd Annual Last Hoorah

Information and tickets can be purchased online. You need to be 21 or over for shows at Blue Nile and Blue Nile Balcony. Doors open an hour before the show.

Image of a show at the Botanical Gardens courtesy of the Backbeat Foundation.

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