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If You Missed Mardi Gras


Katrina shook your world. You're wearing your Mardi Gras beads in protest. You can't wait to get back to Jazz Fest to get some more steamed crawfish and camp out in front of the Fais Do-Do Stage. You love the accordion. Dancing is what you plan to do at the festival, and you don't care what you look like doing it. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders

New Orleans
Sounds like:
The legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band singing in tongues.

Why you should see them: Led by Don Vappie on banjo, guitar, washboard and bass, the group mines forgotten traditional New Orleans jazz of the '20s and '30s and performs early Creole in the French patois.

When: Friday, 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, noon, 4 p.m.; Sunday, 6 p.m.

The Lost Bayou Ramblers

Lafayette, La.

Sounds like: You're dancing at a house party in Louisiana with a bunch of people with French names.

Why you should see them: These young musicians, Andre and Louis Michot, play early Cajun music they learned growing up in their father's band. They're loyal to traditional sounds made with accordion, fiddle and lap steel, and their drummer plays standing up on a stripped-down kit that survived Hurricane Katrina.

When: Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 1 p.m., 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1:15 p.m.

Treme Brass Band

6th Ward, New Orleans

Sounds like: The best funeral you've ever been to.

Why you should see them: The band was so important to New Orleans that when Katrina scattered its musicians around the country, fans raised money to bring them back, buy them new instruments and get them jobs teaching music. The music is not only indicative of the city, but its marching brass band tradition will give you insight into the celebratory nature of New Orleans.

When: Friday parade, 6:45 p.m.; Saturday, 3 p.m., 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon.

Willie King & The Liberators

AlabamaSounds like: You've walked into a 1967 Mississippi juke joint.

Why you should see them: King made his first instrument at 7 and worked for his next one at 13. His raw bayou blues have a hint of social consciousness. Discovered late in life, King uses the blues as a social and political vehicle for change.

When: Saturday, 2 p.m., 3:45 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m.

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