Black Crowes rocked, Busta Rhymes was random at New Orleans Jazz Fest Friday | Louisiana Festivals

Black Crowes rocked, Busta Rhymes was random at New Orleans Jazz Fest Friday |  Louisiana Festivals

Members of the Stooges Brass Band lost 20 minutes of their Friday morning set at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. But they won another $12,000.

The opening of the gates to the fairgrounds was delayed after a heavy morning rain. As a result, early bands of the day, including the Stooges, had their schedules shortened so the rest of the festival could keep to schedule.

But after their truncated show at Congo Square Stage, the band received a check for $12,000 to help replace instruments stolen nine days ago. The stolen equipment included a keyboard, a synthesizer, two drum kits and a guitar amplifier.

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Stooges Brass Band keyboardist Mike ‘Dizzle’ Jones holds a check for $12,000 from Lisa Alexis, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy, following the band’s performance on the Congo Square Stage at 2022 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Friday May 6, 2022.

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy and the New Orleans Cultural Tourism Fund raised the money. Keyboardist Mike “Dizzle” Jones wiped away tears after accepting the oversized check from cultural economy director Lisa Alexis.

“I’m overwhelmed,” Jones said later. “Just a week ago, we didn’t know what we were going to do. Seeing the outpouring of love and support from the community…it’s a blessing.


Early morning rains that delayed the Stooges’ start made parts of the fairgrounds spongy and the dirt road spongy. But since much of the moisture evaporated in the scorching afternoon sun, the shrimp boots weren’t a necessity.

Even though the festival escaped the rain, however, it didn’t entirely escape COVID. Melissa Etheridge and Willie Nelson have canceled their scheduled performances this weekend after members of her crew and band tested positive. Mavis Staples replaces Etheridge in the Blues Tent on Saturday. The Zac Brown Band will replace Nelson.

Additionally, Meters bassist George Porter Jr. announced that he had canceled many nightly shows after testing positive.

But the party continued.

Chris Isaac’s Comedy

Chris Isaak, impeccably styled in a powder blue western suit studded with sparkling gemstones, went through a perfect “Somebody’s Crying” before showing off his acting skills.

“Wealthy people who attend shows at the Kennedy Center are considered ‘patron of the arts,'” he said, addressing a large crowd on the Gentilly stage. “But you are better than them because you stand in the sun.

“Without you, I’d be walking down Bourbon Street in this costume,” causing the kids to say, “Look, Mom, a figure skater!”

He then urged audiences to prepare for “fair quality semi-professional entertainment”. If “fair quality entertainment” includes hitting the high notes on “Wicked Games” over shimmering, haunting guitar lines, then it delivered.

Neville Family Reunion

The salute to the late Art and Charles Neville, on the main stage of the festival, amounted to a reunion of the surviving members of the Neville family and band members. On the stage the Neville Brothers shut down for years of Jazz Fests, keyboardist and vocalist Ivan Neville anchored an ensemble that included Neville Brothers alumni “Mean” Willie Green on drums, Eric Struthers on guitar and Nick Daniels. on bass.

Charles Neville’s daughter, Charmaine, provided background vocals on a trusty “Yellow Moon.” Ordinarily, Aaron Neville sang “Yellow Moon” at Jazz Fest. Now 81, he has retired from touring and is staying near his farm in upstate New York to avoid COVID. His son, Jason, whose voice is closer to his uncle Cyril Neville’s soulful scream than his father’s feathery falsetto, sang “Yellow Moon” while saxophonist Brad Walker took care of Charles’ distinctive solo.


Elvis Costello, left, sings with guest performer Tommy McLain, right, on the Gentilly stage at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Friday, May 6, 2022. (Photo by Chris Granger | The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate )

Shaking with Big Freedia, Cimafunk

It was a crisp afternoon in Congo Square. Rebound queen Big Freedia invited amateur twerkers on stage for “Azz Everywhere,” asking them to go into overdrive.

Cimafunk, the flat-topped Cuban bandleader, and his funk band made it almost impossible to stand still. With horns, hand percussion, percolating bass, relentless rhythm and the charisma of the eponymous singer, they created bubbling, airtight funk with an inherent sense of fun. Happy faces abounded in the large crowd.

Busta Rhymes hits and misses

It was a tough act to follow, as Busta Rhymes discovered dressed in lime green. After a lukewarm “Light Your Ass On Fire” and his reggae dance hall toast on “Don’t Cha”, he was unimpressed with the audience turnout for “I Know What You Want”, his hit with Mariah Carey: “As you all know, it’s a m—– f—— certified classic. Sing my s—, like you better sing my s—! What is happening ?

Following a killer live band with just a DJ and a hypeman isn’t easy. Eventually, Rhymes logged on. His speedy delivery was as impressive as ever. The audience erupted when he blew through his verse of “Scenario” from A Tribe Called Quest. He then pulled out a birthday cake for DJ Scratchator, who turned 53.

Earlier, Scratchator had tried to remind Rhymes that Jazz Fest was a “clean” show, to no avail; the F-bombs were falling like rain. But as Rhymes went through “Break Ya Neck,” no one seemed to care.


Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes on the festival stage at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Friday, May 6, 2022. (Photo by Chris Granger | The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)

Black Crowes bring the rock

Bookending Rhymes at opposite ends of the fairgrounds consisted of two full-fledged rock ‘n’ roll bands. On the Gentilly stage, Elvis Costello & the Imposters released a concluding “What’s So Funny (Bout Peace Love and Understanding)” around the same time the Black Crowes finished on the main Festival stage with “Remedy”. .

Ninety minutes earlier, the revamped Crowes – only vocalist Chris Robinson and his guitarist brother, Rich, remain from the original roster – came out swinging with the punch “No Speak, No Slave” and “ Sting Me”. Blackberry Smoke frontman Charlie Starr filled in as the Crowes’ second guitarist; he managed many solos.

A big bass drum pushed “Twice As Hard” as a pair of female backing vocalists added soul. Starr and Rich Robinson beat the song’s signature riff back and forth at the end of the song.

Chris Robinson, singing loudly and fully embracing the role of rock star leader, introduced “Seeing Things For the First Time” with, “We want to bring a little Sunday morning to the festival.”

Even on a Friday afternoon.

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