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Under the Microscope: Jazz Fest Cubes Review (Weekend 1)

Now that the cubes have been released, here are our picks for Weekend 1 at this year's Jazz Fest (assuming you have superhuman deportation skills and energy). If I had to pick one day to attend, Day One with George Porter and the Runnin' Pardners, Jeff Beck, Mumford & Sons, Dumpstaphunk, Justin Townes Earle, Robert Plant and Wyclef would get my nod. Not a shabby way to kick off the music marathon.

These are just suggestions, as anyone knows there are about 434,343,983 ways to get your Fest on. After all...

The Jazz Fest You Take = The Jazz Fest You Make. Only four weeks to go!

Friday, April 29th

12:25-1:25 (Acura Stage) - George Porter Jr. and the Runnin' Pardners
1:20-2:10 (Blues Tent) - Joe Krown Trio w/ Walter Wolfman Washington
1:55-2:55 (Gentilly Stage) - The Subdudes
2:40-3:35 (WWOZ Jazz Tent) - MASHUP feat. Terence Higgins, Ike Stubblefield, and Grant Green Jr.
3:10-3:50 (Jazz & Heritage Stage) - Ti-Coca & Wanga Négès of Haiti

Horrendously difficult Conflict #1
3:20-4:45 (Acura Stage) - Jeff Beck (if I had to pick one)
3:25-4:50 (Gentilly Stage) - Mumford & Sons
3:30-4:45 (Congo Square Stage) - Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk
4:25-5:30 (Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do Do Stage) - Justin Townes Earle

Horrendously difficult Conflict #2

5:25-6:55 (Acura Stage) - Robert Plant & The Band of Joy
5:30-7:00 (Gentilly Stage) - The Avett Brothers
5:30-7:00 (Congo Square Stage) - Wyclef Jean
5:35-6:35 (Gospel Tent) - Mighty Clouds of Joy (A religious experience in every since of the word)
5:40-7:00 (Blues Tent) - Tab Benoit

Mighty Clouds of Joy - Walk Around Heaven

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Saturday, April 30

Another Tough Conflict
12:25-1:15 (Acura Stage) - Dixie Cups
12:35-1:35 (Gentilly Stage) - Rotary Downs
12:35-1:35 (Congo Square Stage) - Big Freedia and Sissy Nobby

1:00-1:45 (Allison Miner Music Stage) - A Tribute to Herman Ernest w/ Dr. John
2:00-3:00 (Congo Square Stage) - Hot 8 Brass Band
2:30-3:30 (Blues Tent) - Alvin Youngblood Hart's Muscle Theory
3:00-4:00 (Jazz & Heritage Stage) - Midnite Disturbers
3:05-4:05 (Acura Stage) - Irma Thomas
4:05-5:05 (WWOZ Jazz Tent) - John Boutte
4:15-5:15 (Lagniappe Stage) - Andrew Duhon and the Lonesome Crows
4:20-5:30 (Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage) - Ricky Skaggs
5:30-7:00 (Blues Tent) - Robert Cray (With apologies to Bon Jovi)

Irma Thomas w/ Galactic - Heart of Steel

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Sunday, May 1st

11:20-12:15 (Jazz & Heritage Stage) - Free Agents Brass Band
12:35 - 1:35 (Lagniappe Stage) - Driskill Mountain Boys
1:30-2:15 (Blues Tent) - Anders Osborne, John Fohl & Johnny Sansone
1:40-2:40 (Acura Stage) - Dirty Dozen Brass Band
2:10-3:10 (Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage) - Honey Island Swamp Band
2:20-3:20 (Gentilly Stage) - Deacon John
3:10-4:15 (Acura Stage) - Dr. John & the Lower 911 w/ Dave Bartholomew
4:25-5:25 (Jazz & Heritage Stage) - Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles
5:25-6:25 (Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage) - The Decemberists
5:30-7:00 (Blues Tent) - Arlo Guthrie

Walk by Kenny G to close the weekend? Maybe, after all, curiosity did reportedly kill the cat.

The Decemberists - The Wanting Comes In Waves/Repaid