Entertainment Music New Orleans Jazz Fest 2016 Guide A Jazz Fest guide for oldies music fans Share PINTEREST Email Print Chris Graythen / Getty Images Music Jazz Basics Rock Music Pop Music Alternative Music Classical Music Country Music Folk Music Rap & Hip Hop Rhythm & Blues World Music Punk Music Heavy Metal Latin Music Oldies Learn More By Robert Fontenot Robert Fontenot Jr. is an entertainment critic and journalist focusing on classic rock and roll and published nationally for more than 25 years. our editorial process Robert Fontenot Updated December 03, 2017 The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is an embarrassment of riches for music lovers, touching not just upon jazz music, but also lots of R&B, blues, rock, gospel, world music, hip-hop, and cajun/zydeco. So how can an oldies fan best spend his time at the 2016 Jazz Fest? Here's a handy day-by-day guide to "the Fest" from yours truly, who's been going since he was a child. Week One Friday, April 22 11:20 am: Johnny Sketch & the Dirty NotesGentilly StageThey started out as a drunken goodtime band, but they've developed into the leading edge of New NOLA jam bands. 12:20 pm Flow TribeGentilly StageNOLA has a swarm of slightly ironic, drunken, shaggy-dog funk-rock bands, but these guys are the most beloved. 1:35 pm Alvin "Youngblood" Hart's Muscle TheoryBlues TentOne of the last living masters of both electric juke joint and acoustic Delta blues. 2:50 pm Matt Lemmler presents “The Music of Stevie Wonder” featuring Brian BladeZatarain's WWOZ Jazz TentWhat happens when a classically trained jazzman takes on Stevie's more exploratory numbers. 3:35 pm Michael McDonaldAcura StageThe former Doobie Brother and blue-eyed soul mainstay in his first Jazz Fest appearance. 5:30 pm Steely DanAcura StageIf there was ever a massive 70's band that should play this Jazz Fest, this is the one. Saturday, April 23 11:20 am Bobby Cure Band & the New Orleans R&B Revue featuring Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Al “Carnival Time” Johnson, Robert Parker, Sammy Ridgley, and Jo “Cool” DavisGentilly StageA who's who of classic one-off Crescent City Soul wonders, led by the city's greatest show band leader. 1:00 pm Big Sam’s Funky NationGentilly StageA more modern and urban approach to classic New Orleans funk. 2:20 pm Tab BenoitGentilly StageThe greatest living master of Baton Rouge Swamp Blues, a dual threat on vocals and guitar! 4:00 pm John HammondBlues TentThe John Hammond, Sixties white acoustic bluesman extraordinaire, admired by Clapton, The Band, and Hendrix. 5:40 pm Van MorrisonGentilly StageVan the Man is back! And he's taking a decidedly jazzy turn these days, which makes him an even better fit. Sunday, April 24 11:20 am The RevealersJazz & Heritage StageFolks often forget that New Orleans is also a very Caribbean town, and this may be the best local reggae band. 12:20 pm The New Orleans SuspectsAcura StageAn amazing local blues-rock supergroup with an accent on the funk. 1:20 pm Preston ShannonBlues TentThe best modern soul guitarist and singer in all of Memphis? That's the buzz. 3:05 pm Voice of the Wetlands All-StarsAcura StageTab Benoit leads several Nevilles, Mardi Gras Indians, and local sessionmen in a supergroup dedicated to raising ecological awareness. 4:15 pm The Taj Mahal TrioSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do StageThe legend who first brought blues and world music together, and still potent today. 5:55 pm The IguanasSheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do StageOne of NOLA's legendary jam bands, combining Cajun and Latin elements with soulful funk. Week Two Thursday, April 28 11:20 am Colin LakeAcura StageSeattle transplant who's taken the local blues-rock scene by storm with his slide guitar. 12:20 pm George Porter Jr. & Runnin' PardnersAcura StageThe Meters bassist's "side project" is as respected in the city as his main band. 1:45 pm Lost Bayou Ramblers with special guests Rickie Lee Jones and Spider StacyGentilly StageRock and roll done Cajun style, with surprises! 4:10 pm The SuffersCongo Square StageMaking noise nationally with their "Gulf Coast Blues," these guys could be the next Alabama Shakes. 5:30 pm Elvis Costello & The ImpostersGentilly StageThe former angry young punk has developed into a master stylist that includes Americana and New Orleans Soul. Friday, April 29 11:25 am Mississippi Rail CompanyGentilly StageWhat sounds like the entire history of New Orleans music, if it were filtered through the sensibility of an indie pop band. 12:15 pm Tony Hall’s New Orleans Soul Stars Tribute to James BrownCongo Square StageA mainstay of the local funk scene brings back the Godfather of Soul with some help from one of James' actual saxmen. 1:30 pm Luther Kent & TrickbagBlues Tent Big-band soul music led by a voice so powerful he once sang lead for Blood Sweat & Tears. 3:20 pm Irma ThomasAcura Stage"It's Raining," "Ruler Of My Heart," "Time Is On My Side," "Break-A-Way"... her contributions to '60s soul are immeasurable. 5:15 pm Paul SimonAcura StageArt who? Saturday, April 30 11:20 am Deacon John's Jump BluesAcura StageThe premiere session guitarist in Sixties New Orleans is a living legend on its soul scene. 12:30 am The Soul RebelsAcura StagePioneers of real brass-band funk and hip-hop. 1:40 pm Jon Batiste and Stay HumanAcura StageYes, it's Colbert's backup band, but Jon is an encyclopedia of New Orleans music all his own. 2:35 pm Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm KingsBlues TentA modern slide guitar master who learned the blues at the feet of John Lee Hooker himself. 4:00 pm Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster GentlemenBlues TentBig-band R&B that incorporates just about any element you can think of in America... and beyond. 5:00 pm Stevie WonderAcura StageThe man who not only created but epitomized modern R&B, in his first Jazz Fest appearance in eight years. Sunday, May 1 11:20 am Brother Tyrone & the MindbendersBlues TentDeep soul-blues with a modern urban sheen. 12:40 pm Aaron NevilleGentilly StageThe Voice is still angelic, and still tinged with gospel, although he's on the big stage this year. 2:20 pm Tribute to Allen Toussaint hosted by The Allen Toussaint Band with special guests Cyril Neville, Davell Crawford, Aaron Neville, Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John, and Jon BatisteGentilly StageA tribute to the recently deceased songwriter and producer, who was to New Orleans Soul what Berry Gordy was to Detroit. 3:25 pm The Isley Brothers featuring Ronald and Ernie IsleyCongo Square StageTwo-thirds of the original group that ruled R&B for almost three decades. 5:45 pm Tribute to B.B. King hosted by B.B. King’s Blues Band with special guests Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Elvin Bishop, Dr. John, Gregory Porter, Irma Thomas, Tab Benoit, and Luther KentGentilly Stage The bluesmen of this year's Fest close it out with a tribute to the master.