New Orleans is a melting pot of diverse musical styles, where jazz, soul, Cajun, blues and any roots vibe you could imagine simmer together to make one great big delectable gumbo of sound. From April 25 to May 5, expect to hear the latest, the greatest, the world-acclaimed stars and the equally transcendent musical veterans, along with new and local discoveries.
Related: Read more on the all-AXS Jazz Fest Guide
The New Orleans Jazz Fest is a smorgasbord of sounds to satisfy the musical epicurean along with the most voracious musical appetite. The city’s been holding the Jazz Fest for 45 years, and it keeps getting bigger and better, drawing the most bonified bands you could find.
Enter Eric Lindell & the Sunliners feat. Anson Funderburgh, sporting twin guitar virtuosos worthy of a musical Ph.D. in Americana. Eric first played the festival in 2005, where he blew everybody away with his rootsy, sweet soul sounds – a wisp of Steve Cropper here, a touch of Stax soul there, and his mellow voice, seasoned with just a touch of grit.
Texas native Anson Funderburgh has had a guitar in his hand since he was seven years old, and grew up to become an accomplished player by learning from blues records. He deepened his musical artistry from the giants – blues masters such as Albert Collins, Jimmy Reed, and Freddie King when they’d come rolling through town to play gigs in Dallas.
Together, Fundeburgh and Lindell meld their guitars seamlessly, in a dovetail style Ronnie Wood and Keith Richard would admire; a band that Eric Clapton would love. There’s no pyrotechnic flash, just beautiful virtuosity and melodic, perfectly structured solos played by seasoned, tasty players. Their latest album together, "Sunday Morning," is a collection of Lindell’s favorites by Merle Haggard, Billy Preston, George Jones and others.
Expect expert, solid musicianship from the entire band, including Sunliners Myles Weeks on bass, drummer Will McMains, keyboardist Marc Adams and Derek Huston on sax. Be at the Fest to see ‘em stir up a foot-stompin’ selection of soul, blues, swamp and funk, guaranteed set feet tappin’, heads noddin’ and folks dancin’.
Eric Lindell & the Sunliners feat. Anson Funderburgh
Jazz Fest Performance: Friday, April 25, 2014
Genre: Soul, Roots, Swamp-Rock, Blues
Go see this if: You want soulful, mellow funkification, Booker T and the MG's vibe, a little John Cale and just the right bite of the blues
For fans that aren’t able to make it to New Orleans, the AXS Mobile App presented by Verizon will live stream performances on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, for a total of six free mobile performances. The AXS app is available in the App Store on iTunes or on Google Play right now.