Nolafunk Jazzfest Series Finalizes 2012 Lineup

Article Contributed by NolaFunk | Published on Thursday, April 19, 2012

Coinciding with the evenings & weekends of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the inaugural Nolafunk Jazzfest Series 2012 lineup is now complete with the addition of Daptone Records’ Budos Band who, along with Hairy Apes BMX and special guests, will be a part of the Oddity Faire After-Party at Republic. (The Oddity Faire features headliner Primus at the nearby Sugarmill.)

Other series headliners include Los Lobos, Rebirth Brass Band, Leftover Salmon, the New Orleans debut of Allen Stone, EOTO, 7 Walkers, and the co-bill with Anders Osborne’s CD Release Party w/ Karl Denson & Luther Dickinson and Tab Benoit’s “Swampland Jam” featuring Mardi Gras Indians & more.

The Nolafunk Jazzfest Series Inaugural Event will launch at Republic on Friday, April 27 with a lineup that pulls out all the stops. During the second weekend of last year's Jazz Fest, Anders Osborne and his band, the Grateful Dead's Bill Kreutzmann, Little Feat's Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett, and Billy Iuso took the stage at The Temple for the first time ever together with not even one note of rehearsal. What ensued was the stuff of legend-- three hours of Grateful Dead, Little Feat, and Anders Osborne tunes alongside a bevy of thrilling covers. Many in the sold-out crowd hailed it as the best show of Jazz Fest in 2011. Nolafunk will revive this band for one night only, inviting long-time Nolafunk friend Marco Benevento and his band to open the festivities and newer Nolafunk friends ALO to close out the evening.

Produced by Creative Entertainment Group (CEG), the Nolafunk Jazzfest Series will take place April 27 – May 5, 2012, during the evenings of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Veterans of the frenzied, no-holds-barred music scene that descends upon New Orleans after dark, New York City-based event promoters CEG co-produced the Backbeat Jazzfest Series from 2008 - 2011, booking such luminaries as Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Medeski Martin & Wood, Aaron Neville, Punch Brothers, Booker T, Ghostland Observatory, The RadiatorsGene Ween, and many more.

Under the Nolafunk moniker, CEG honors the musical heroes and spirit of New Orleans in New York City all year round, producing concerts in the Big Apple featuring many of the Big Easy's finest musicians, such as Dr. John, Kermit RuffinsBig Sam’s Funky Nation, BoneramaEric LindellGeorge Porter Jr., Jon Cleary, Soul Rebels, and many more. In addition, CEG amasses all-star Nola-centric lineups for both the annual Nolafunk Mardi Gras Ball and the annual Nolafunk Summer Jazzfest.

All shows are at Republic, apart from two shows: Leftover Salmon, 7 Walkers, and Anders Osborne at the Howlin’ Wolf on 4/28 and Allen Stone at One Eyed Jack’s on 5/3.

All Republic shows will be non-smoking.

All shows are now on sale now at, and (866) 468-7619. Show information and tickets can be found at the series’ website,

Inaugural Nolafunk Jazzfest Series 2012 Complete Lineup:
Friday Apr 27 // Republic New Orleans, LA
Inaugural Nolafunk Jazzfest Series Inaugural Event!
Anders Osborne, Bill Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead, Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett of Little Feat, and Billy Iuso followed by ALO  plus opening act Marco Benevento
$35adv - $40dos
Saturday Apr 28 // Republic New Orleans, LA
Los Lobos 
w/ special guests The Iguanas
$39adv - $45dos
Saturday Apr 28 // Republic New Orleans, LA // 1:30am Doors 1:45am Show (Technically on 4/29)
Grammy Award Winners Rebirth Brass Band 
w/ special guest DJ Jubilee $20adv - $25dos
Saturday Apr 28 // Howlin’ Wolf New Orleans, LA 
In Association With Soul’d Out Productions
Leftover Salmon plus 7 Walkers feat. Bill Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead and
Anders Osborne
$35adv - $40dos
Thursday May 3 // Republic New Orleans, LA
w/ special guests Kraddy
and Wyllys & the NY Hustler Ensemble feat. Jen Hartswick & Natalie Cressman of Trey Anastasio Band
$22adv - $25dos
Thursday May 3 // One Eyed Jacks New Orleans, LA // 8pm Doors 9pm Show 
In Association With Soul’d Out Productions
Allen Stone w/ special guest Luke Winslow-King $22.50adv - $25dos
Friday May 4 // Republic New Orleans, LA
7 Walkers feat. Bill Kreutzmann, George Porter Jr., Papa Mali, and Matt Butler
followed by BoomBox feat. Zion Godchaux
plus opening act Royal Southern Brotherhood (Cyril Neville, Devon Allman, Mike Zito, Yonrico Scott)
$30adv - $35dos
Friday May 4 // Republic New Orleans, LA // 1:30am Doors 2:00am Show (Technically on 5/5)
BoomBox Only ticket (These Tickets Will Not Be Accepted Until 1:30am)
$20adv - $25dos
Saturday May 5 // Republic New Orleans, LA
Anders Osborne “CD Release Party” w/ special guests Karl Denson, Luther Dickinson (N. Mississippi Allstars), & more tba
Tab Benoit's “Swampland Jam” feat. Johnny Sansone, Waylon Thibodeaux, and the  
Mardi Gras Indians (Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Big Chief Bo Dollis Jr., and Joseph Jr.) $32adv - $35dos
Saturday May 5 // Republic New Orleans, LA // 1:45am Doors 2am Show (Technically on 5/6) 
In Association With Soul’d Out Productions
Budos Band with Hairy Apes BMX feat. Mike Dillon Plus Special Guests 
$20adv - $25dos