Preview // 2011 French Quarter Fest: 04.07.2011 – 04.10.2011

04.07: Bonerama – 5:45PM – Abita Beer Stage

04.08: Flow Tribe – 2:00PM – Coca-Cola Esplanade in the Shade Stage

04.09: Billy Iuso & Restless Natives – 4:35PM – House of Blues Stage

After cutting his teeth playing Grateful Dead covers as a teenager, Billy Iuso formed the critically acclaimed Brides of Jesus in 1989. The band’s unique mix of funk, jazz, soul and rock influences helped usher in the third-wave jam-band movement of the early 1990s and earned the Brides opening spots with such heavy hitters as Widespread Panic, Dave Matthew’s Band and George Clinton. But it was a gig warming up the crowd for The Funky Meters in 1994 that had the most lasting impact on Iuso, who eventually relocated to New Orleans and took a job as the band’s full time stage manager.

In 2002, Iuso returned to the touring circuit in his own right and put together a new backing band, The Restless Natives.  You may also see him around town shredding his signature jam funk licks for Wild Magnolia, and he regularly shares the stage in a variety of capacities with his longtime friend and one-time employer Russel Batiste. During French Quarter Fest, Mr. Iuso, along with the aforementioned Restless Natives, can be seen Saturday at the newly-added House of Blues stage.

04:10: Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns – 3:30PM – French Market Stage

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