JazzFest 2016 Highlights
New Orleans Jazz Fest 2016 brought together some amazing talent. To capture this year’s greatest moments, we gathered some of the funkiest, grooviest and downright best highlights from the festival.
Red Hot Chili Peppers played “Give It Away” during their encore on Sunday April 24 on the Acura Stage. Three NOLA legends — George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste and Ivan Neville — joined them onstage to close out their set.
Pearl Jam played a killer set on the second day of the festival. Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nathan Followill from Kings of Leon joined in on their version of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World."
New Orleans held a traditional second-line memorial parade to honor Prince on Monday, April 25. The parade began at Oo Poo Pah Doo Bar and was lead down the streets of the Treme Neighborhood by trumpeter James Andrews.
The Soul Rebels and Vulfpeck joined forces at the Orpheum Theatre for a rousing rendition of Vulf's “Funky Duck" on Saturday night, April 23rd.
The Nigel Hall Experience kicked things off at Howlin’ Wolf with special guests Terence Higgins and Warren Haynes on Thursday, April 21. Watch them jam to “Chariot” from Terence Higgins' album “Rage Til Sunrise.”
Vulfpeck played “It Gets Funkier” with Adam Deitch of Lettuce at Tipitina's on Sunday, April 24.
The Howlin’ Wolf hosted a pair of Dead Feat performances on April 23 & 24. The all-star lineup included , Anders Osborne, Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett of Little Feat, Jackie Greene, John Gros, Brady Blade, Eric McFadden, Wally Ingram and Carl Dufrene with special guests Jimmy Vivino and Anne Harris on Saturday and Al Schnier on Sunday. Watch the Saturday artists cover “Friend of the Devil” below.
My Morning Jacket closed down the Gentilly Stage on Friday, April 29 with members of Preservation Hall Jazz Band. After playing a few classics, MMJ paid tribute to Prince with an electrifying performance of “Purple Rain.”
Snarky Puppy played a surprise set at Republic New Orleans on Thursday, April 28. During the show they brought actor & musician Harry Shearer to the stage to reprise his performance as Derek Smalls from the classic mockumentary “This Is Spinal Tap.” Watch their version of “Big Bottom” below.
On Saturday April 30, inclement weather forced the cancellation of many performances. As a special treat, Stevie Wonder made a surprise appearance that night at Irvin Mayfield Playhouse, performing with Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews. Check out their short set, including his rendition of “Purple Rain,” “Mother in Law,” and his classic “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.”
Supergroup Dr. Klaw brought the funk to Howlin’ Wolf on Friday, April 29. The group includes Lettuce/Soulive's Eric Krasno, Lettuce/Break Science's Adam Deitch, Nigel Hall, Dumpstaphunk's Nick Daniels III and Ian Neville. Watch them and Kofi Burbridge take on "Leave Me Alone."
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead opened their second set a The Joy Theater on 4/29 with “He’s Gone,” a dedication to Prince.
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