When the New Orleans Jazz Fest shuts down at 7 p.m., venues around the city are just getting started. Here’s a guide to some of your best options for after-dark entertainment around New Orleans during the 2016 Jazz Fest.
THURSDAY, APRIL 21
On Jazz Fest Eve, many music clubs get a head start on what is generally their busiest week of the year.
Rock ‘n’ Bowl rolls into festival season with a beefed-up Zydeco Night featuring Geno Delafose, Chubby Carrier and Chris Ardoin with the late Beau Jocque’s High Rollers band.
New Orleans-by-way-of-Sweden guitar hero Anders Osborne kicks off the “Fess Jazztival” at Tipitina’s.
Soul-jazz-funk-spoken word ensemble Tank & the Bangas team up with the Stooges Brass Band at the Blue Nile.
Funk and R&B keyboardist Jon Cleary does a free, 7 p.m. set at d.b.a. on Frenchmen Street, followed at 10 p.m. by Baby Bee and blues guitarist Little Freddie King.
The revitalized British metal recidivists in the Darkness hit the House of Blues
FRIDAY, APRIL 22
Likely the only place you’ll hear “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” live over the next 11 days is Friday night at the Saenger Theatre, when the Smashing Pumpkins bring their “In Plainsong” tour – they’ll play both acoustically and fully plugged in – to town. Liz Phair opens the show.
The original Meters stage a sold-out reunion at the Orpheum Theater. Their musical descendants in Galactic funk up Tipitina’s; their show is also sold out.
Much-acclaimed blues-folk singer-songwriter Chris Smither fills the early slot at Chickie Wah Wah. Later, the raucous Morning 40 Federation reunites in the same room with the Happy Talk Band.
Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns play a free 6 p.m. show at d.b.a., followed by the Honey Island Swamp Band and, at 2 a.m., blues-based lap steel guitarist Colin Lake.
New Orleans drummer extraordinare Herlin Riley powers his combo for two sets at Snug Harbor.
Tab Benoit, the Iguanas and John “Papa” Gros team up at Rock ‘n’ Bowl.
Catch Michael Franti & Spearhead at Republic New Orleans.
Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra host their fifth annual “Market Fest” gala at their Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market in Central City. The 18-piece NOJO will perform songs from the catalogs of Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, Queen, Nirvana, the Rolling Stones and Jelly Rolly Morton. Tickets start at $22; a patron party precedes the main event, and an after-party follows.
Plug into the Dave Rawlings Machine at the House of Blues or, in the venue’s smaller Parish room, trombone-powered Bonerama.
The jam band Leftover Salmon logs two separate shows at One Eyed Jacks, joined by Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers early and Walter “Wolfman” Washington late.
The Greyboy Allstars hit the Joy Theater with the Pimps of Joytime and Vulfpeck.
At Preservation Hall, the “Midnight Preserves” show at midnight features….somebody. Patrons don’t discover who the special guest is until they’ve already purchased a ticket and gone inside.
The Soul Rebels and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux hold down the early slots in the Blue Nile’s two performance spaces, followed by Gravity A and Pirate’s Choice.
SATURDAY, APRIL 23
The Revivalists headline their hometown Orpheum Theater for the first time, showing off chops honed during years of relentless touring. Vulfpeck and the Soul Rebels are also on the bill.
Trombonist, trumpeter and bandleader Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, the pride of Treme, and his band Orleans Avenue host the second annual “Treme Threauxdown” at the Saenger Theatre. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band opens. Tickets range from $50 to $150.
At Rock ‘n’ Bowl, the slide guitar-centric Honey Island Swamp Band shares a bill with the Magnificent 7, an all-star collective featuring Dave and Tommy Malone, John “Papa” Gros, Mark Mullins, Raymond Weber, Rob Mercurio and Michael Skinkus.
L.A. rap collective and pot proponents Cypress Hill bring their 25th anniversary tour to Tipitina’s. After the smoke clears, Tipitina’s clears the room for a late-night show starting around 1 a.m. with OG Garage A Trois featuring drummer Stanton Moore, saxophonist Skerik and guitarist Charlie Hunter.
John Boutte sings early at d.b.a., followed by the Rebirth Brass Band and a 2 a.m. set by Royal Fingerbowl.
Jazz-and-more trumpeter and vocalist Bria Skonberg visits Snug Harbor.
The New Orleans Rock & Soul Revue at Republic New Orleans includes Marc Broussard, Jarekus Singleton, Samantha Fish and the London Souls, joined by Cyril and Ian Neville, performing music by Allen Toussaint and the Beatles.
Between its various performance spaces, the House of Blues hosts country act Brothers Osborne; Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentleman; and a midnight show by the Foundations of Funk featuring George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste, Tony Hall and Ivan Neville.
At One Eyed Jacks, The Heat features Ivan Neville, Stanton Moore, Oteil Burbridge and Eric Krasno.
The New Orleans Suspects host their third annual “Leafopotomus” show at the Maple Leaf.
See Ghostland Observatory at the Joy Theater.
It’s avant-jazz night at Chickie Wah Wah with cellist Hellen Gillet and a quartet that includes saxophonist Skerik followed by guitar adventurer Charlie Hunter and drummer Scott Amendola.
SUNDAY, APRIL 24
One nighttime show where Jazz Fest-related guest appearances are unlikely: Duran Duran’s “Paper Gods” tour stop at the Smoothie King Center. Bag Raiders and guitarist and occasional Duran Duran producer Nile Rodgers and his disco-funk band Chic open the show, which starts not long after the Red Hot Chili Peppers are scheduled to finish up at the Fair Grounds.
The subdudes, back in action at least temporarily, drape Americana soul in harmonies and accordion at the House of Blues.
It’s unofficially Guitar Night at Rock ‘n’ Bowl with Sonny Landreth, Tab Benoit and Little Freddie King.
At d.b.a., catch Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen early, Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and keyboardist and singer John “Papa” Gros in the middle slot and, around 2 a.m., George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners.
Sample Lettuce and Vulfpeck at Tipitina’s.
Galactic’s Stanton Moore moonlights as very capable modern jazz drummer. He, keyboardist David Torkanowsky and bassist James Singleton celebrate their new, second CD, which is a tribute to the late Allen Toussaint, at Snug Harbor.
Hammond B3 master Dr. Lonnie Smith is featured for a show dubbed “ORGANized Evolution” at the Blue Nile.
The Joy Theater on Canal Street presents The Word, which features “sacred steel” guitar ace Robert Randolph, keyboardist John Medeski and all three members of the North Mississippi Allstars. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band opens.
George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic land at Republic New Orleans.
MONDAY, APRIL 25
The 15th annual Instruments A Comin’ benefit concert – it helps fund the Tipitina’s Foundation’s purchase of instruments for school marching bands – takes over Tipitina’s both inside and out. The outdoor, street-party segment, which is free and open to the public, includes a school marching band “battle” and induction ceremonies for the Tipitina’s Wall and Walk of Fame, and a performance by saxophonist and inductee Donald Harrison Jr. with students from the Tipitina’s Internship Program. Scheduled performers for the indoor, ticketed part of the event include Galactic, Anders Osborne, the Honey Island Swamp Band, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, the Nth Power, Bo Dollis Jr. & the Wild Magnolias and the New Orleans Suspects.
WWOZ Piano Night has been a Jazz Fest week tradition for 28 years. Now staged at the House of Blues, it features a who’s who of ivory-ticklers.
The Blue Nile presents the similarly themed “That Booker Thing,” an examination of piano prince James Booker’s legacy featuring keyboardist Marco Benevento, drummer Johnny Vidacovich and bassist James Singleton.
Cajun/country/pop fiddler and singer Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys are joined at Rock ‘n’ Bowl by gospel/jazz trombonist and singer Glen David Andrews.
New York City-based classic rock and soul revivalists the London Souls plug in at the Maple Leaf.
TUESDAY, APRIL 26
Acclaimed modern jazz saxophonist and Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief Donald Harrison Jr. presides over an extensive showcase of music from New Orleans and beyond with his first-ever headlining concert at the Orpheum Theatre. Show time is 7:30 p.m.
The Creole String Beans play south Louisiana jukebox music, some of it of their own creation, at Rock ‘n’ Bowl; a new CD, “Golden Crown,” is available in limited quantities during the festival.
Anders Osborne, John Fohl and Johnny Sansone team up for their all-too-infrequent backporch blues session at Chickie Wah Wah.
Piano powerhouse Henry Butler, back in his hometown for the festival, is featured with a quartet at Snug Harbor.
Reggae legend Bunny Wailer grooves at Tipitina’s.
Goth rock godfather Peter Murphy, the baritone behind Bauhaus, holds court at the House of Blues with his “Stripped” acoustic tour.
Dragon Smoke, with Stanton Moore and Rob Mercurio of Galactic plus Ivan Neville, fires up at One Eyed Jacks.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27
St. Paul & the Broken Bones notch the first of two consecutive sold-out nights at Tipitina’s.
At the Maple Leaf, witness drummer Johnny Vidacovich, bassist George Porter Jr., keyboardist Ivan Neville and guitarist June Yamagishi together onstage.
Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and members of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra stage a “NOJO Jazz Jam” at the Jazz Playhouse inside the Royal Sonesta Hotel; tickets are $15.
Snug Harbor’s three-way piano summit features Marcia Ball, Joe Krown and Tom McDermott; at press time, tickets for the early set were already gone.
Steps away on Frenchmen Street at the Blue Nile, Ivan Neville presides over his “Piano Sessions, Vol. 6.”
Also on Frenchmen, Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue swing out for free at 4 p.m. at d.b.a., followed by the Iguanas at 7, Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters at 10, and the Bayou Gypsies with Roosevelt Collier, Luther Dickinson and Tony Hall at 2 a.m.
Earlier in the night, North Mississippi Allstars guitarist Luther Dickinson sits in with the Vermillionaires and the Lost Bayou Ramblers at Chickie Wah Wah.