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Off the beaten path at Jazz Fest 2012 Weekend #2

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The first weekend of Jazz Fest was obviously a huge success...beautiful weather, good food, and awesome music. So here's to another weekend of the same thing. Enjoy Part Two of some of our faves for Weekend #2 at Jazz Fest 2012:


Music: Chico Trujillo of Chile from 4:20-5:35 on the Jazz & Heritage Stage. Usually, only hardcore music lovers venture out on Thursday afternoon, but if you do, you are in for something special. Chico Trujillo is one of the most popular bands in the entire country of Chile. Bring your dancing shows to the stage to listen to their unique sound blending cumbia, rock, and ska.
Music: Esperanza Spalding: Radio Music Society from 5:25-6:55 on the Congo Square Stage. Though jazz may be a mainstay for us New Orleanians, it is very rare that an artist gains such notable success as a jazz artist. This brilliant bassist has managed to buck that trend by winning the 2011 Grammy for Best New Artist. Esperanza Spalding's playing is divine and her singing is delight. If there's one artist that you have to see this weekend, she is the one.
Food: Fried soft-shell crab po-boy from Galley Seafood Restaurant in Food Area II.
Dessert: Old fashioned hand made ice cream sandwiches from La Divina Gelateria on Wheels in Heritage Square.


Music: Courtney Bryan from 11:15-12:05 inside the Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent. New Orleans' own Courtney Bryan returns home from New York to delight us with her accomplished piano playing. While honing her ability over the past few years, Bryan has become of the brightest young composers New Orleans has produced.
Music: Mavis Staples from 4:50-5:50 inside the Gospel Tent. Though it may be Friday, it's not too early to get a little praise and Mavis Staples will be more than happy to fill your spirit up. Famously known for her work with the Staple Singers, Mavis has not only managed to stay relevant, but also put out some of the most awe- inspiring and heartfelt music over the past few years.
Food: Freshly shucked oysters in the half shell from J&M Seafood in the Grandstand area.
Dessert: Sweet potato pie from Mr. Williams' Pastries around the Fairgrounds


Music: Allen Toussaint from 1:35-2:40 on the Acura Stage. Sometimes we are so blessed with amazing music and artists around us, that we truly forget how lucky we are. It is not everyday that you get to see one of the greatest piano players that our country has to offer. Allen Toussaint is not only a local hero, but also a national treasure.
Music: Bombino of Niger from 2:40-3:35 inside the Blues Tent. Rarely do you get have artist who embodies an entire region. Hailing from Niger, Bombino's guitar is filled with all the heartfelt emotions of his personal turmoils. 
Food: Catfish Almondine from Stuf Hapn Event Catering in Food Area I.
Dessert: White chocolate bread pudding from Coffee Cottage in Congo Square.


Music: The Bounce Shake Down with Big Freedia, Katey Red, Keedy Black, and DJ Poppa from 2:35-3:25 on the Congo Square Stage. We know what you're saying, “Hey, what is bounce doing on this line up?” Well, bounce music is as much a part of our musical culture as any other genre. And without a doubt, this is going to be the most high energy show of all of Jazz Fest.
Music: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings from 5:30-7:00 inside the Blues Tent. Soul music may not be a dominant force on radio now, but don't tell Sharon Jones that. Backed by one of the most talented bands in the country, this soulful songstress will take you back in time when soul was king.

Food: Collard greens and smothered chicken drumettes from The Praline Connection in Food Area II.
Dessert: Praline pecan and sweet potato cookies from Loretta's Authentic Pralines around the Fairgrounds.

Need more??? Check out the MUSIC SCHEDULE and FOOD VENDORS!
See y’all at the Fairgrounds!

Last modified on Thursday, 17 May 2012
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