If the daytime offerings during three days at the Fair Grounds aren't enough to quench your thirst for music, and you've spent most of your money to get to or at Jazz Fest, here are a few suggestions for evening shows around town around the first weekend of the festival -- all at a bargain price. The focus of the selections are cheaper but no less solid music options.
Flow Tribe and Sweet Crude at YLC Wednesday at the Square for free starting at 5 p.m.
One of the better bargains around Jazz Fest time are the free concerts at Lafayette Square in the Central Business District.The concerts are geared for young folk in the downtown area as after-work, happy hour type events, but the crowds swell the two weekends of Jazz Fest as people come into town.
Native-born Flow Tribe, a local funk/rock band, start off the show, and Sweet Crude, a self-proclaimed indie rock band from South Louisiana, headline the event.
D.B.A. - Colin Lake at 7 p.m. and Hill Country Picnic Preview with Kenny Brown, Alvin Youngblood Hart and Eric Deaton at 10 p.m. for $10
For the price and the quality, you'd have to look long and hard to find a better show that this one at D.B.A. on Frenchmen Street. Seattle native Colin Lake, who relocated to New Orleans several years ago, opens the evening. Lake is a dynamite lap-steel guitar player who has performed at many major festivals across the country.
After Lake is an all-star collection of Mississippi bluesmen who are offering a preview and a sampling of one of the country's best blues festivals, the Mississippi Hill Country Picnic held in July outside Oxford, Miss. Kenny Brown, the longtime guitar player for R.L. Burnside who puts on the festival, leads the cast at D.B.A. of venerable musicians such as Alvin Hart. Expect a slamming evening and get there early, as the tiny club on Frenchmen gets very crowded during Jazz Fest nights.
There are few bargains better than the Louisiana Music Factory at 421 Frenchmen Street at Jazz Fest time. The venerable music store has free in-store performances Thursday. Smoky Greenwell Band at 12 p.m., the Write Brothers at 1 p.m., Davis Rogan at 2 p.m., Jimmy Carpenter Band at 3 p.m., Johnny Sansone at 4 p.m., Billy Iuso at 5 p.m., and the New Orleans Suspects at 6 p.m.
Fridays at the Tulane Quad: TGI Over Unknown Mortal Orchestra plus Twin Peaks. Free starting at 4 p.m.
Skip the Fair Grounds and be young again and fight the crowds of a free concert on the Tulane Quad with Twin Peaks.
Benjamin Booker plus Yelephants at One-Eyed Jack's (615 Toulouse Street) starting 8 p.m. for $15.
Booker, a rising phenom from Florida who is based out of New Orleans, is now making the lineups of all of the major festivals these days. Think of a modern day Hound Dog Taylor. Uptempo, bluesy rock 'n roll with a punk rock edge and fuzzy garage sound, Booker is not likely to disappoint. Yelephants are now slouch either. Much like D.B.A., expect this tiny club to be crowded.
Katey Red, Peach Kelli Pop, Sea Battle, First, DJ Pompeii at Siberia (2227 St. Claude Ave.) starting 10 p.m. for $8.
An eclectic lineup that only Siberia could have with bounce artist Katey Red as the headliner, and hours of music for less than the price of a drink and meal at Jazz Fest.
Walter Wolfman Washington's Mighty Men at Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar (1931 Orleans Ave.) starting at 10 p.m. Cost is unlisted.
Like the music of New Orleans? Then Treme is where you want to be during Jazz Fest, and the Wolfman, with his funky blues and R&B sound, is the ideal music guide. The band is a stripped-down version of Washington's Roadmasters. The club is owned by the daughter of Jessie Hill, who wrote the New Orleans classic "Ooh Poo Pah Doo." If New Orleans had a juke joint, this would be it. While the cost of the show unlisted, the guess is that the cover won't break the bank.
ShamarrFest: Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs, Hot 8 Brass Band, the Free Agents Brass Band, TBC Brass Band, New Creations Brass Band at The Shamrock (4133 South Carrollton Ave.) starting at 8 p.m for $10.
Five top-notch New Orleans brass bands for $10? Enough said.
Little Freddie King at D.B.A starting 7 p.m. for $10
One of the last great bluesmen, Freddie King has played at every Jazz Fest since the beginning and is still going strong.
Beyond Jazz featuring Nicholas Payton, Wil Blades, and Mike Clark at the Little Gem Saloon (445 S. Rampart St.) starting at $8 p.m. for $15.
An incredible lineup for the jazz aficionado and for an insane price. Headhunters drummer Mike Clark joins the multi-talented Nicholas Payton with Wil Blades on the organ rounding out the trio.
Should you have anything left in the tank Louisiana Music Factory offers six hours of free in-store concerts: 12 p.m. New Orleans Swamp Donkeys, 1:30 p.m. Smoking Time Jazz Band, 3 p.m. Spencer Bohren, 4:30 p.m. Tuba Skinny, 6:00 p.m. Papa Mali.