Jam Bands Tapped For Big Easy Concert Series
Bela Fleck, Ween, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band are among the acts slated for New Orleans' Superfly During Jazzfest concert series. The seventh annual event will run concurrently with the city's massBela Fleck, Ween, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band are among the acts slated for New Orleans' Superfly During Jazzfest concert series. The seventh annual event will run concurrently with the city's massive multi-stage yearly Jazzfest, which spans over two extended weekends in late April and early May. Local promoter Superfly taps Jazzfest and other acts that fall into the loosely defined "jam band" genre to perform in smaller venues throughout the Big Easy.
Among the highlights on the Superfly During Jazzfest schedule is an 11-night (April 24-May 4) residency by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. The group will perform nightly at Twiropa, an industrial complex in the New Orleans warehouse district that was recently converted into a full-scale arts and entertainment venue.
Twiropa will also host shows by the Yonder Mountain String Band (April 25), Galactic (April 26), Robert Randolph and the Family Band (May 1), the North Mississippi Allstars (May 2), O.A.R. (May 3), and Soulive (May 3). The city's intimate 1,800-seat Orpheum Theatre will feature moe. (May 2), Bela Fleck & the Flecktones (May 3), and the Funky Meters (May 4).
Elsewhere, the Radiators (April 25) and Keller Williams (May 2) will perform on the Riverboat Cajun Queen, while the State Theatre will welcome the likes of Galactic and Jack Johnson (May 2) and Ween with Col. Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains (May 3) -- an occasional group consisting of bassist Les Claypool (Primus, Oysterhead), guitarist Buckethead (Guns'N'Roses), keyboardist Bernie Worrell (P-Funk), and drummer Brain (M.I.R.V., Tom Waits).
Additional shows will be held at the Maple Leaf; more artists will be added as the event approaches. For full details and ticket information, visit Superfly's official Web site.