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Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival

During its 22 year history, the Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival has grown into one of the top music destinations in the south. Over the years, such music luminaries as .38 Special, Trombone Shorty, Edgar Winter, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, The Family Stone, Eddie Money, Grand Funk Railroad and many, many more have performed on the main stage nestled on the banks of the beautiful Cane River in historic downtown Natchitoches. On April 13th & 14th, attendees will be treated to live music on four stages all along the riverbank. There’ll be music for all tastes: Jazz and R&B, of course, along with country, rock, zydeco, blues, and much, much more. However, the star of the show is always the venue: the gorgeous downtown Cane River bank, which, combined with the great music, makes it one of the most unique and enjoyable festivals you’ll find anywhere.

Starship featuring Mickey Thomas is known for hits going back to the 70’s with “Don’t You Want Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit” all the way to their hits of the 80’s; “We Built This City”, “Sara” and “Nothing is Gonna Stop Us Now”.

Members of the R&B Music Hall of Fame, The Ohio Players were one of the most popular groups of the 70’s.  At their height, they produced seventeen Top 40 hits which included the such #1 classics as “Fire,” “Love Rollercoaster,” and “Skin Tight.” 

A regional favorite, Grammy Award Winner Wayne Toups and his band, Zydecajun, will be playing their unique blend of Zydeco, R&B & Rock with hits spanning 3 decades

A woman of exceptional versatility and variety, the Nashville-based artist draws from the many musical genres at play in the city — a love of storytelling and substantive lyrics learned from country music, an affinity for finely crafted pop production, R&B’s commitment to an irresistible groove. Familiar elements all, but Maggie Rose combines them in a singular way. It’s always honest, always her. Maggie Rose’s new tracks “Just Getting By” and “ Pull You Through” show a powerhouse singer in complete command not only of her live-in- the-studio recording sessions but also of her creative and prolific career.

Rick Derringer, who will be appearing as special guest of Johnny Earthquake and the MOONDOGS, performed his first Number one song in 1967 as lead singer of The McCoys with the worldwide hit “Hang On Sloopy”. For years afterwards he performed with Johnny Winter and The Edgar Winter Group until he exploded on the scene in 1973 with his first solo album that spawned the mega-hit “Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo”. Since then, Derringer has continued to write and perform and play on records for such diverse artists as Steely Dan, Barbara Streisand, and Air Supply. He has also toured with Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band.

They are dubbed “The World’s Greatest 80’s Tribute Hair Band,” which pretty much says it all.  With their spandex, light show and mixture of Bon Jovi, Journey, Poison, and other great 80’s hits, you will be transported back in time and the party will be on!

Friday, April 13th

Main Stage

5:00 PM

Mayor Lee Posey


5:05 PM – 6:00 PM

NSU Jazz Orchestra

This group of more than 20 talented NSU music students traditionally opens the festival with a rousing mix of traditional jazz and popular favorites. 

6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

These popular Ruston rockers play original and covers of Southern Rock, Country, Swamp Pop, and good old Rock & Roll. 

7:30 PM – 8:55 PM

The Grammy winning legend has been keeping crowds dancing all over the country for over 30 years with his unique blend of Cajun, Zydeco, Country, and Rock & Roll.  Wayne is always one of the most popular acts at the festival, and the crowds can’t sit still when he plays. 

9:15 PM – 10:30 PM

They are dubbed “The World’s Greatest 80’s Tribute Hair Band,” which pretty much says it all.  With their spandex, light show and mixture of Bon Jovi, Journey, Poison, and other great 80’s hits, you will be transported back in time and the party will be on!

Saturday, April 14th

Beau Jardin Stage

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM

Sabine River Brass Band

The Sabine River Brass band, led by drummer Jason Carriger, plays traditional dixieland in a way that will want to make you want to dance and carry on. Check them out at the jazz stage and at marching around the festival.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Dan Sumner w/ Doug Duffey

Premier guitarist Dan Sumner brings his quartet from Monroe and features the soulful, inspired singing of Doug Duffey as they play their way through standards and more.

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

NSU Jazz Combo

The NSU Jazz Combo will be lead by piano virtuoso Ronald Rodriguez. Get ready fiery Latin beats, modern jazz and more.

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

The Dave Duplissey Quintet

Louisiana Hall of Famer and recording artist Saxophonist Dave Duplissey leads his quintet through smooth jazz hits that will keep your tapping your foot.

4:45 PM – 5:45 PM

The CG Jazz Quartet

Pianist CG Thomason of Alexandria will lead his quartet through a variety of jazz styles including romantic ballads, jazz standards, and dance numbers.

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

The Lukejazz Trio

Led by guitarist Luke Brouillette, this trio will entertain you with jazz standards, bebop, and modern jazz.

Saturday, April 14th

Roque House Stage

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM

Anxious

Anxious is considered one of the best cover bands in the Ark-La-Tex performing Solid Gold Classic Rock from the Eagles, Billy Idol, Bob Segar, Van Halen, Roy Orbison, Elvis as well as great dance party songs from K. C. and the Sunshine Band, Wild Cherry, etc. Their live show brings excitement as well as a super Party Atmosphere. You’ll not soon forget a night with Anxious, their show is for everyone.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Think punky, reggae party.  Simply put, 50 Man Machine is an eclectic mix of Reggae, Celtic, Folk, Caribbean, alternative Rock with Pop sensibilities and a healthy dose of Jazz and New Orleans Funk thrown in.

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Led by vocalist, Jarrett Bailey.  This 3-piece band, playing on the banks of their namesake, weaves a funky blend of Rock, Soul, and R&B covers. 

3:35 PM – 4:50 PM

The legendary Billy O’Con has been making music in Natchitoches for 40+ years and when you hear the word “Rocker” you think of Billy and his great band, Badd Apple, which also features the electric Hannah Friedman on vocals.

5:05 PM – 6:05 PM

Dirty Blonde

Dirty Blonde is a 6 piece variety band. Featuring female powerhouse vocalist Lee Alpha, she delivers true to the album performances. Both guitarists Clay Walker and Scott Craig are professionals at their crafts and compliment each other’s sound. Scott also plays a key role with his distinct vocals and harmonies. One thing is for sure, Dirty Blonde has something for everyone and is quickly gaining recognition for their professional sound and performance.

6:05 PM – 6:50 PM

This popular Country star out of Sabine Parish has been garnering national radio play with his original songs and his high energy shows feature those original songs along with some contemporary, classic, and modern Country covers with a little Rock & Roll sprinkled in.

Saturday, April 14th

Fleur de Lis Stage

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Lisa Spann and Company

Lisa is a proud Louisiana Artist and a versatile singer who is able to sing selections of music from many genres of music, from jazz, blues, rock, country, pop, to the classics. Lisa had the honor of singing with Louisiana Legend Doug Duffey at Jazz Fest 2003 in New Orleans and on several of Doug’s recordings. Lisa worked as a featured performer for several years with another Louisiana Legend, GG Shinn, both at his club and in concert.

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

These members of Country star, Maggie Rose’s band (she will be performing on the main stage at 3:35) make up one of Nashville’s most popular, energetic, funky, and eclectic groups led by their wild man lead singer, “Brother Love.”  They’ll have everyone up and dancing with their original songs and a few funky covers sprinkled in.  Don’t be surprised if Maggie joins them on stage for a couple of tunes.

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

This is Zydeco music the way it was meant to be played, by southwest Louisiana veterans who have lived it.  If you like Zydeco and high energy dance music, you are going to LOVE Gerard and his Gators.

3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

Made up of former members of perennial festival favorite, Extreme Caution.  These Honky-Tonk veterans will be rocking with their blend of Classic Rock, Rock & Roll, and Country.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

This popular Natchitoches alternative group first played at the festival when they were teenagers and now have become seasoned touring veterans, playing their original alternative hits all over the south and as far away as California.  Always a favorite at the festival.

Saturday, April 14th

Main Stage

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM

A Natchitoches legend.  Hardrick has Cane River water running through his veins and the Jazz/R&B Festival would not be the same without him.  Soul, Funk, and Swamp Pop, you will hear it all from Hardrick and his Revue.  Don’t miss this!

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

This blue-eyed Soul & Swamp Pop legend from south Louisiana is former lead singer of the iconic group “The Boogie Kings.”  Gregg and his Delta Kings still play the R&B, Soul, and Swamp Pop hits made so famous by that group but in Gregg’s own style.  He presently has a record and album that have been consistently in the top ten of Louisiana Roots Music charts. 

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Pandora’s Box

This Atlanta, Georgia-based Aerosmith Tribute Band is made up of Atlanta area Rock & Roll veterans all of whom have been members of prominent bands.  Pandora’s Box has the look and feel of an Aerosmith show down to a “T” and faithfully perform all of the bands hits.  They have been referred to as “The closest thing to a live Aerosmith show you’ll ever see.” 

3:35 PM – 4:50 PM

A woman of exceptional versatility and variety, the Nashville-based artist draws from the many musical genres at play in the city — a love of storytelling and substantive lyrics learned from country music, an affinity for finely crafted pop production, R&B’s commitment to an irresistible groove. Familiar elements all, but Maggie Rose combines them in a singular way. It’s always honest, always her. Maggie Rose’s new tracks “Just Getting By” and “ Pull You Through” show a powerhouse singer in complete command not only of her live-in- the-studio recording sessions but also of her creative and prolific career.

5:05 PM – 6:05 PM

This award winning, 9 piece, Natchitoches Band is synonymous with the Jazz/R&B Festival, having been the only band to perform in all 22 years.  They have been hailed by critics as “Louisiana’s best show band” and are one of the most in demand acts in the region.  The Moondogs will blaze through a high-energy horn powered set of Rock, Funk, and R&B, which will also feature the fiddle stylings of the incomparable Andrej Kurti. 

6:05 PM – 6:50 PM

Rick Derringer, who will be appearing as special guest of Johnny Earthquake and the MOONDOGS, performed his first Number one song in 1967 as lead singer of The McCoys with the worldwide hit “Hang On Sloopy”.  For years afterwards he performed with Johnny Winter and The Edgar Winter Group until he exploded on the scene in 1973 with his first solo album that spawned the mega-hit “Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo”.  Since then, Derringer has continued to write and perform and play on records for such diverse artists as Steely Dan, Barbara Streisand, and Air Supply. He has also toured with Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band.

7:10 PM – 8:40 PM

Members of the R&B Music Hall of Fame, The Ohio Players were one of the most popular groups of the 70’s.  At their height, they produced seventeen Top 40 hits which included the such #1 classics as “Fire,” “Love Rollercoaster,” and “Skin Tight.” 

9:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Starship featuring Mickey Thomas is known for hits going back to the 70’s with “Don’t You Want Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit” all the way to their hits of the 80’s; “We Built This City”, “Sara” and “Nothing is Gonna Stop Us Now”.

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