More Than Jazz

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has something for everyone in its 2015 lineup: lovers of glitzy pop standards (Elton John, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga), classic rockers (The Who), “heads” of all varieties (Phish, Jimmy Buffet, Widespread Panic), 1990s ska-rock (No Doubt) and radio pop (Ed Sheeran, John Legend, Hozier). Some lesser-known acts you should investigate? Up-and-coming country star Kacey Musgraves, the U.K.’s soulful Estelle and this month’s Persona subject, Kristin Diable (pg. 24). There is also, of course, multitudes of local talent and international guests filling the two weekends of programming. The fest is April 24-26 and April 30-May 3. Information,


Cumming to Town

While he’s playing it straight on the series “The Good Wife,” real fans of the performer Alan Cumming know and love him for his gender-bending roles, like as the ribald emcee in two consecutive Broadway revivals of Cabaret. Fans of his androgynous sex appeal should find a lot to love in Alan Cumming: Uncut, his show at the Joy Theater on April 18 that will feature songs from his album I Bought a Blue Car Today, which includes material from Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Falsettos and originals. Information,


In the Navy

The Mississippi River will be lined with tall warships for NOLA Navy Week, April 23-29. The series of outreach events gives naval enthusiasts a chance to tour ships, as well as other activities such as cook-offs, friendly competitions with visiting sailors and community service projects. Information,


April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. Wednesday at the Square concert series, Lafayette Square Park. Information,

April 4. Crescent City Classic, French Quarter and Mid-City – festival is at finish line in City Park. Information,

April 4. Freret Street Fest, Freret Street between Napoleon Avenue and Robert Street. Information,

April 5. Easter Parades, French Quarter. Information,,

April 9. “Welcome to Night Vale” podcast live, Civic Theater. Information,

April 9-12. French Quarter Festival, throughout the French Quarter. Information,

April 10-12. Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival, Ponchatoula. Information,

April 11. Annual Ezra Open with Better than Ezra and Big Sam’s Funky Nation, House of Blues. Information,

April 19. Sleater-Kinney in concert, Civic Theater. Information,

April 20-26. Zurich Classic, TPC Louisiana. Information,

April 30-May 4. Disney on Ice presents Frozen, UNO Lakefront Arena. Information,

April 27. WWOZ Piano Night, House of Blues. Information,

April 16, 23 and 30. Jazz in the Park, Armstrong Park. Information,