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NOLA Jazz Fest

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival returns this year from April 24-May 3 with a pretty amazing lineup that includes Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, Snoop Dogg, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Beck, Van Morrison, J. Cole, Elvis Costello, My Morning Jacket, Maxwell, Janelle Monae, Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter, Dr. John, Arlo Guthrie, Mavis Staples, Lauryn Hill, Buddy Guy, The Isley Brothers, Sharon Jones, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Big Freedia and much more. Check out the full lineup here.

Tickets are on sale now.

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Tribute to Allen Toussaint @ City Winery 11/29/2015
The Music of Allen Toussaint - A Memorial Tribute

Over the weekend, NYC celebrated the spirit and music of New Orleans music icon Allen Toussaint with a show at City Winery. This was originally supposed to have been an actual Toussaint show before he tragically, unexpectedly died while on tour in Europe. Louisiana native Jon Batiste, who spends most nights these days as The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's bandleader, headed up the evening which included appearances from singer/musicians Morgan James, Stacie Orrico, Davell Crawford, Doug Wamble, as well as members of Batiste's band Stay Human, Batiste's father Michael, and more. Pictures from the Toussaint tribute are in this post.

The day before (11/28) there was another Tourssaint tribute, which happened in Washington Square Park. It was in the style of a New Orleans funeral, complete with a marching band. His actual funeral in New Orleans happened November 20 which doubled as a musical tribute with performances/tributes by Cyril Neville, Deacon John, Davell Crawford, Irma Thomas, Jimmy Buffett, Elvis Costello, John Boutte, Boz Scaggs, and the Preservation Hall Brass Band.

More pictures from City Winery's Toussaint tribute, plus video from New Orleans, below...

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photos: Ariel Pink @ Mexican Summer 5 (more by PSquared)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Turn To Crime, Dinowalrus, Banana Kiss @ Cake Shop
Detroit's Turn to Crime make soulful garage rock that at times has a warm lived-in quality but also has its scratchy paranoid moments as well. Such are the times.

Dan Deacon, Eaters @ Rough Trade
Dan Deacon's new album Gliss Riffer is out today and he'll celebrate tonight with what's a fairly small show for him. Expect a lot of audience participation. If you're going, get there early for Brooklyn duo Eaters who are worth seeing.

Julia Holter, Alex Temple, Spektral Quartet @ Merkin Concert Hall (Ecstatic Music Fest)
Experimental pop great Julia Holter teams up with Chicago chamber ensemble Spektral Quartet for the world premiere of Alex Temple's "Behind the Wallpaper" and a set of arrangements of her own songs as well.

Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake, The So So Glos @ Saint Vitus
The great John Reis (Rocket from the Crypt, Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes, etc) has teamed up with hard-hitting garage rock trio The Blind Shake to pay tribute to classic surf rock instrumentals on a new collaborative album, Modern Surf Classics. They play their first of two NYC shows tonight.

Ariel Pink, Jack Name @ Terminal 5
Ariel Pink is capable of sublime pop and novelty rock, as heard on last year's pom pom (sometimes within the same song). Likewise, his shows can be brilliant or a big mess...but they're rarely boring.

Kayo Dot, Enablers, Insect Ark, Center Divider @ Mercury Lounge
Metal boundary pushers Kayo Dot headline this excellent bill with experimental rock collective Enablers, Michael Gira collaborator Insect Ark (aka Dana Schecter), and another relatively likeminded local band, Center Divider.

Kurt Braunohler @ The Bell House
Kurt Braunohler is touring in support of his new Comedy Central web series Roustabout that had him jet skiing from Chicago to New Orleans for charity. Will he be jet skiing to this show? The Gowanus is nearby.

Kate Pierson @ City Winery
The bouffanted B-52's singer just released her first-ever solo album, Guitars and Microphones, and will be celebrating tonight at this show. The LP is riddled with guest appearances, so who knows who might show up.

Lauryn Hill @ Blue Note
Lauryn Hill's currently in the midst of a nine-show NYC run on her intimate acoustic tour. She plays twice tonight, early and late shows.

Pile, Solids, Leapling, Radiator King @ Palisades
Palisades hosts a solid indie rock bill tonight with Boston's post-hardcore-leaning Pile, Canada fuzz rock duo Solids, Brooklyn's poppy Leapling and Boston's folky Radiator King.

Dropdead, Creeping Dose, Narcoleptics, Grudges @ Acheron
Providence hardcore vets Dropdead have been going strong for over two decades, and even their newest material (they put out an EP last year) continues to rip.

Irma Thomas, Lee Fields, Eric Krasno, Alecia Chakour, The Dynamites @ BB King'
Two classic soul veterans, Irma Thomas and Lee Fields, come together for this 'Blues at The Crossroads' show that also includes Soulive/Lettuce's Eric Krasno, Warren Haynes Band's Alecia Chakour and The Dynamites.

Todd Barry, Myq Kaplan, Micah Sherman, The Enemy, Professional Strong-Man Chris "Wonder" Schoeck, Atomic Showgirls, Brian & Edy, + more!
"No Feelings Presents" is a monthly variety show featuring "the best improv teams, stand-up comics, and unique variety acts in New York." Todd Barry and Myq Kaplan highlight tonight's guests.

Big Terrific @ Cameo
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Cameo. No word on who's performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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New Orleans Jazz Fest, which has much more than just jazz, returns this year for two weeks, April 24-26 and April 30-May 3. The lineup includes Elton John, The Who, Jimmy Buffett, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, No Doubt, Pitbull (??), T.I., Chicago, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ryan Adams, Wilco, The Meters, Jimmy Cliff, Buddy Guy, Allen Toussaint, The O'Jays, Dr. John (interpreting Louis Armstrong), Third World, Taj Mahal Trio, Juvenile & Mannie Fresh, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Big Freedia, Galactic ft. Macy Gray, Anders Osborne, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Sturgill Simpson, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, and more. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM on Tuesday (1/13).

Full lineup below...

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New Orleans Jazz

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is returning this year for two weekends, April 25-27 and May 1-4, at the Fair Grounds Race Course. The lineup was just announced and it includes Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Eric Clapton, Public Enemy, Big Freedia, Charles Bradley, Solange, Laura Mvula, Phish, Santana, Alabama Shakes, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Bobby Womack, Allen Toussaint, Bombino and many more. Tickets for both weekends are on sale now. Full lineup below.

This announcement comes the same day as the lineup announcements for NYC's Governors Ball, Georgia's Counterpoint, Atlanta's Shaky Knees Fest, and Alabama's Hangout Fest (and not long after Firefly and Coachella announcements).

Full lineup below...

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Questlove at Brooklyn Bowl (more by Eric M. Townsend)

The lineup for BAM's Questlove-curated Shuffle Culture Fest has been announced and includes Reggie Watts, Deerhoof, Sasha Grey, Willis Earl Beal, Metropolis Ensemble and others. The full list is posted below. Tickets for the two-night affair (Apr 19th & 20th) are already on sale.

In addition to that, the lineup to the Roots Picnic in Philly on June 2nd and 3rd was recently announced.

Also coming up at BAM (and on sale) are Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, the Bryce and Aaron Dessner-curated shows, and several nights with Dr. John (whose guests include the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, Rickie Lee Jones, Blind Boys of Alabama).

* "A Louis Armstrong Tribute" (March 29-31), an homage to the great Louis Armstrong by Dr. John and his collaborators.
* "Locked Down" (April 5-7), the first time Dr. John, Auerbach, and their handpicked band will perform songs from the new album of the same name.
* "Funky But It's Nu Awlins" (April 12-14), an all-out funk-infused night of New Orleans music featuring key players from the Crescent City including The Blind Boys of Alabama.
Lineups for both BAM fests are below...

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