Railroad Revival Tour, New Orleans. April 27, 2011
Old Crow Medicine Show, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Mumford and Sons
Photos: Abi Tyler
In the coming weeks, there is a massive wave of awesome music coming through New Orleans. From the Railroad Revival Tour to Jazz Fest and all of the random shows in between, this city is going to be treated to some wonderful sounds. Here’s my Top 5, DO NOT MISS list:
1. Jessica Lea Mayfield
The Parish, House of Blues. Thursday, April 21.
Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys produced Mayfield’s debut album. Enough said.
2. Mumford and Sons
Railroad Revival Tour, Woldenberg Park. Wednesday, April 27.
Besides the fact that Mumford and Sons produced an indisputable anthem in Little Lion Man and gave an incredible performance at Republic in November, Mumford and Sons make this list because of the originality of the venue: on the Mississippi River and in view of the vintage Railroad Revival Train, upon which they will be eating, sleeping, and recording along a 6-stop tour of the southwest. Joining Mumford and Sons will be Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show.
3. ?uestlove DJ set
Republic New Orleans. Sunday, May 1.
I saw ?uestlove’s DJ set during Mardi Gras at Maison on Frenchmen. As the video below explains, you must read ?uestlove’s tweet to understand how amazing this set was. Hopefully he can live up to some very high expectations this Jazz Fest at Republic.
4. Arcade Fire
Jazz Fest. Friday, May 6. Acura Stage, 5:35PM
With a reputation for incredible stage performances, this is a show not to miss. Also, Arcade Fire in New Orleans? Probably a once in a lifetime opportunity, thanks Jazz Fest! See also: the hilarity of tween outrage after Arcade Fire took home the Grammy for Album of the Year.
5. The Strokes
Jazz Fest. Sunday, May 7. Gentilly Stage, 5:20PM
On the heels of their new album, Angles, The Strokes are coming to New Orleans at the front-end of a summer full of festival shows. I have been a fan since I was 15 years old and this will be my first time seeing them live. Combine this with my major crush on Julian Casablancas, the show promises to be monumental.