French Quarter Fest Picks- Friday

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Start your day on the intimate Bourbon Street stage with the wonderful jazz saxophonist Ed “Sweetbread” Peterson. He is a professor of music at UNO and plays regularly at Snug Harbor, but I don’t remember him doing an outdoor festival gig.  He will most likely feature some of his great students from the Jazz Studies program.

Derrick Freeman’s Smoker’s World tore the roof off the Howlin’ Wolf last Halloween.  Freeman is best known as Kermit Ruffins’ drummer, but he fronts this band with a great cast of musicians supporting his vocal efforts.  Look for percussionist Marc “Buddha” Balsam to be helping lay down the groove.

Dr. Michael White (pictured) is a New Orleans- Senegalese supergroup that features Dr. Michael White on clarinet, Matt Perrine on electric bass, Jason Marsalis on vibraphone, Margie Perez on vocals and Matt Perrineon pedal steel guitar among others.  Seguenon Kone, a multi-instrumentalist and dancer, leads them.  This band is one of the more interesting musical hybrids to emerge in New Orleans in years.  Last year they were stuck inside, upstairs at the Mint.  This year they have graduated to one of the main stages.

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