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Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen / Lakou Mizik

Jon Cleary’s work pays obvious homage to the classic Crescent City keyboard repertoire created by such icons as Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Dr. John, and James Booker – while also using it as a launching pad for a style that incorporates such other diverse influences as ’70s soul and R&B,…

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out / Mile Twelve

For over 30 years, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out have been touring and releasing great, original bluegrass music. After spending a handful of formative years as a member of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (and recording some legendary bluegrass music in the process), Russell Moore formed IIIrd Tyme Out in 1991 and bluegrass music hasn’t…

Les Filles de Illighadad / True Blues: Corey Harris, Phil Wiggins, Cedric Watson

In this co-bill, two distinct storytelling traditions come together in the desert blues and tende of Niger and the blues of the American South. Les Filles de Illighadad come from a secluded commune in central Niger, far off in the scrubland deserts at the edge of the Sahara. Fatou Seidi Ghali, lead vocalist and guitarist,…

Balsam Range / Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

Don’t miss this powerhouse bluegrass co-bill on opening night! Balsam Range is the 2018 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year and has become one of the genre’s most award-winning acts. Since forming in 2007, the group has garnered 13 IBMA awards on the heels of 8 critically-acclaimed albums. Balsam Range has left audiences…

Cajun Dance Party: The Revelers

Representing the new generation of Cajun musicians, The Revelers blend the fundamental elements of Cajun music with pop, rock, and R&B to create their signature brand of Louisiana-bred party music. Between them, Blake Miller (accordion), Chas Justus (guitar), Daniel Coolik (fiddle, guitar), Chris Miller (saxophone), Trey Boudreaux (bass), and Glenn Fields (drums) are connected with…

Latin Dance Party: Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Founded in 2000 by composer-arranger Oscar Hernández, the Grammy-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra is one of the most formidable, thrilling and authentic Latin jazz collectives working today. Born into a large Puerto Rican family living in the Bronx, near Spanish Harlem, Hernández started playing trumpet at age 12, then switched to piano. By the 1970s, he…