Check out the 2012 Cubes HERE

This morning, the 2012 unveiled the cubes at the annual “Month-Out” Press Party held at the Fairgrounds, signifying that Fest is only a month away. After a brief performance by the Jazz Band in the Fairgrounds paddocks, Jazz Fest Director Quint Davis immediately answered the question on everyone’s minds, announcing that the Jazz Band would be taking over the coveted responsibility of closing down the Gentilly Stage on the festival’s final day. To commemorate the band’s yearlong 50th Anniversary celebration, the band will invite a slew of special guests to join them, and Davis named a few including ’s , , and several more. , and very special guest (on tambourine) then joined PHJB for an a.m. version of “Bourbon Street Parade”. The first thing that jumps out is the overall strength of 2nd Sunday, with the opportunity to see , Red Stick Ramblers, , , funky METERS, The Bounce Shakedown with , , Keedy Black and DJ Poppa, , , , Preservation Hall & Friends 50th Anniversary and & the Dap-Kings all in the same day. Pretty solid way to close down the 43rd year of

Now with a tangible at our disposal, the “New Orleans version of 30 Days ’til Christmas” (as Davis described it) has officially started and the always-enjoyable task of strategically planning out 7 days of festival-going begins.

A few notable conflicts that jump out (trust me people, these are good problems to have):

Friday, April 27th: Reunion (Acura) v. (Gentilly) v. (Congo Square)
Saturday, April 28th: Midnite Disturbers (Jazz & Heritage) v. (Fais Do-Do) v. (Blues Tent)
Sunday, April 29th: (Acura Stage) v. (Gentilly Stage) v. (Congo Square)
Thursday, May 3rd: (Acura) v. ’s (Gentilly)
Thursday, May 3rd: (Acura Stage) v. Florence + the Machine (Gentilly) v. : Radio Music Society (Congo Square)
Friday, May 4th: and (Gentilly) v. Bunny Wailer (Congo Square)
Saturday, May 5th: (Gentilly) v. & his Band ( Jazz Tent) v. with special guest (Blues Tent)
Sunday, May 6th: (Acura) v. Preservation Hall & Friends 50th Anniversary (Gentilly) v. & the Dap-Kings (Blues Tent) v. Maze featuring (Congo Square)

As always, gonna be splittin’ some time to catch multiple sets but all-in-all just beholding this massive 7-day spreadsheet is a huge thrill in itself. Can’t wait!

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