Jazz Fest 2017: Second Weekend Headliners, Top Food Picks

The second weekend of Jazz Fest kicks off on Thursday. Thousands of music lovers will flock to the Fairgrounds for round two. With so many great acts filling the Jazz Fest lineup, festival-goers need to start planning out their fun.

We’re here to at least get you started with a list of this weekend’s big acts and some top food picks to help plan your Jazz Fest experience.

Here’s a look at the headliners rounding out the last weekend of the festival.

Thursday, May 4

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Widespread Panic
4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Acura Stage

Georgia-based rock band Widespread Panic kicks things off on Thursday as the first second-weekend headliner. The “road warriors” bring their jam session to the Acura Stage.

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Darius Rucker
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Gentilly Stage

Former frontman of Hootie and the Blowfish, Darius Rucker has now sealed his place as a hitmaker in the world of country music. We’re hoping he might even break out some hits from his days as “Hootie” when he brings his talents to the Gentilly Stage on Thursday.

Tower of Power
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Congo Square Stage

Originating from the Bay area, Tower of Power’s blaring horn section has stolen stages all over the world over the years. Remarkably, nearly 50 years later, the group still plays to sold crowds. It’ll be “So Very Hard to Go” when the act closes out the Congo Square Stage on Thursday.

Friday, May 5

dave matthewsDave Matthews and Tim Reynolds
5:25 p.m. to 6:55 p.m., Acura Stage

Jazz Fest veteran Dave Mathews returns to the stage, minus the full band. The singer-songwriter brings along his longtime collaborator for an acoustic duo act with guitar guru Tim Reynolds.

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5:20 p.m. to 7 p.m., Gentilly Stage

This weekend brings quite a few acts back again to make up for last year’s washout. Alternative rock band Wilco was one of the bands who’s set got cut short. They’re back to make amends this Friday at the Gentilly Stage.

Earth, Wind & Fire
5:25 p.m. to 6 p.m., Congo Square Stage

‘Let’s Groove’ tonight with Earth, Wind and Fire. Expect a slew of hits to keep the crowd rocking when this iconic band graces the stage. As one of the grand slams of Jazz Fest, we dare you to keep still throughout their set.


Saturday, May 6

stevie wonderStevie Wonder
4:50 p.m. to 7 p.m., Acura Stage

Fans of the one and only Stevie Wonder look forward to his return this year. Many fans were devastated after the musician’s rained out show in 2016. So this year, he’s back to make amends with a highly-anticipated performance.

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Meghan Trainor
5:45 p.m. to 6:55 p.m., Gentilly Stage

The singer-songwriter made a name for herself writing songs for other artists in Nashville even before her breakout success in 2015 with top 10 singles like “All About That Bass.” Now, Megan Trainor brings her powerhouse vocals to the Fairgrounds for her Jazz Fest debut.

Snoop Dogg
5:50 p.m. to 6:50 p.m., Congo Square Stage

Rap icon Snoop Dogg is another fan favorite among the stars back to make up for their 2016 washout. It’s hard to keep track of the chart-topping hits the multi-platinum artist has produced during his career. In later years, Snoop Dogg transformed into a chameleon rapper who hasn’t been afraid to constantly reinvent himself. Get ready to groove with Snoop in Congo Square on Saturday.

Sunday, May 7

trombone shortyTrombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
5:35 p.m. to 6:55 p.m., Acura Stage

The homegrown talent hits the Jazz Fest stage this weekend after hosting his own “Treme Threauxdown” last week, which drew out a lot of surprise guests like R&B star Usher. Local favorite Trombone Shorty recently signed with iconic jazz label Blue Note Records, and the new-school trombone player and his band sure know how to throw a party.

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The Meters
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Gentilly Stage

New Orleans funk masters The Meters close out the Gentilly Stage on Saturday. Get ready to groove with the beloved legends and champions of funk.

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
5:35 p.m. to 7 p.m., Congo Square Stage

Grab your spot early in Congo Square on Sunday for Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. In the true Jazz Fest tradition, the popular act closes out the festival. The iconic band knows how to bring that family reunion vibe to Jazz Fest, which locals love year after year.

Click here to see the full schedule of performers and cubes.

Top Food Picks at Jazz Fest

Whether you’re a first-timer or festival regular we polled our readers on Facebook to find out what food they couldn’t go without at Jazz Fest. We mapped out the top eight dishes to create the ultimate ‘Jazz Fest Food Bucket List.’ Check out what you must eat while at the festival.

See also:

Jazz Fest Music: Q&A with Tank and the Bangas

NOLA Weekend Jazz Fest Playlist