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 2011 "Fest"? Here's a handy day-by-day guide from yours truly, who's been going since he was a child. Remember to come back for next week's schedule!
Jazz Fest 2011: Friday, April 2911:20 am: Jumpin' Johnny Sansone
That rare bluesman who's good with harmonica and accordion.
12:15 pm: Henry Gray and the Cats
Howlin' Wolf's main pianist and a feature on those classic Excello sides of the Sixties.
1:20 pm: Joe Krown, Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste, Jr.
The city's best B-3 organist joins with one of its great blues-funk guitarists and its jazziest funk drummer.
2:55 pm: Warren Storm, Willie Tee & Cypress
Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage
The godfather of Swamp Pop meets up with a king of Crescent City Soul.
3:50 pm: Keb' Mo'
This Grammy-winning modern bluesman is one of the most forward-thinking musicians in the genre.
5:25 pm: Robert Plant & The Band of Joy
The former Led Zeppelin honeydripper continues his remarkable second career as standard-bearer of Americana -- except a little grittier and more eclectic this time around.