The first weekend of the 2022 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival ends with a bang on Sunday, May 1.
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WHAT TO HEAR DURING THE DAY
The great novelty of the first Sunday of the festival is the Hot red peppers stepping in as the main stage headliner, following the Foo Fighters’ withdrawal following the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins. The Chili Peppers weren’t scheduled to perform until they kick off a European stadium tour in June. Sunday at 5:30 p.m., fans will therefore have a preview of the 2022 version of the Chili Peppers, with John Frusciante, the guitarist of the group’s most successful albums, now back in the fold.
The contemporary R&B hitmaker and former Gap Band frontman will take on the Chili Peppers on Sunday at the fairgrounds “Uncle” Charlie Wilson (5:30) to Congo Square Stage and contemporary bluegrass/Americana rock band The Avett Brothers (5:40) at the Shell Gentilly Stage.
11:15 a.m. to noon, Shell Gentilly Stage
The Shreveport rock and soul singer has collaborated with everyone from Galactic to David Shaw of the Revivalists since moving to New Orleans. She built her reputation with powerful performances and cleverly put together songs.
12:55 p.m. to 1:40 p.m., Gospel Tent
Kim Che’re rarely sings in public outside of church except for her annual performance in the Gospel tent. Her voice and stage presence are reminiscent of a young Patti LaBelle. And she still surrounds herself with an all-star cast of church singers and musicians.
1:20 p.m. to 2:10 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
Originally from Havana, Afro-Cuban percussionist Alexey Marti came to New Orleans to study jazz at the University of New Orleans. As he fuses modern New Orleans jazz with rumba and other styles he brought from Cuba, the speed at which his hands work the congas is as impressive as the structure he maintains in these rhythms. -Keith Spera
WHAT TO EAT
Pork Chop Sandwich (Food Zone I)
This is precisely what it sounds like – a fried pork chop on white sandwich bread. You can add mayonnaise, mustard or hot sauce. And that’s it, and it’s delicious and it’s exactly the kind of thing you get on second line parades around town. Remember that the pork chop has a bone; you just eat around it.
Always hungry? Here’s a short list of my top picks for Jazz Fest food this year. -Ian McNulty
WHAT TO HEAR AT NIGHT
Modern jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison Jr. leads a quintet at Snug Harbor at 9 and 11 p.m.; tickets are $40.
Live “Funk ‘n’ Chant” at the dba with Indian Mardi Gras Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and keyboard player Fat “Dad” Jeans at 10 p.m. ($20) followed by maliguanas featuring the guitarist Dad Mali and the iguanas at 1 a.m. ($20).
Keller Williams stages his grateful gospel show—he and a gospel group showcase the spiritual side of Grateful Dead music—at Howlin’ Wolf at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $40. During this time the Hot 8 Brass Band is next door in the Wolf’s Den ($20). Then at 2 o’clock in the morning, Stanton Moore, Skerik and John Medesky team up at the Wolf; tickets start at $30.
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