For some, long days at the Fairgrounds and late nights at their favorite rock club for seven days over two weekends are not enough to satisfy their Jazz Fest-induced live music jones. Enter the Daze Between Festival, lodged between the first and second weekend of The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, which returns to the Rusty Nail for the third straight year.
This time around the event returns to it’s origins as a one-day affair, but the modest courtyard stage of festivals past is being replaced by a full-scale outdoor set-up, making room for bona fide full band performances inside and out. Daze Between veteran Papa Mali will return to headline the day-long tribute to the music of The Grateful Dead, while the diverse group of “Friends” who will end up joining him could include any combination of the talented motley crew he runs with. As Mali currently tours with Bill Kreutzmann and New Orleans living legend George Porter, Jr. (as 7 Walkers), and has shared the stage with everyone from Willie Nelson to Burning Spear, his have always been performances notorious for exciting pop-ins and unexpected cameos.
Also returning from last year are the Honey Island Swamp Band, Colorado jam band Frogs Gone Fishin‘, members of San Franscisco’s Tea Leaf Green and the Iko All-Stars (featuring Billy Iuso, former Radiators Reggie Scanlon, CR Gruver and Gravity A‘s Mike Foo). Jimmy Leslie, the Mike Dillon Band, Dave Jordan and TheSoulswampbillyboogieband round out the lineup, while the ghost of the Rads will be further represented by guitarist Camile Baudoin and his newest project The Living Rumors.
The music starts at 3pm on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 and a portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Gulf Restoration Network. NOLA Brewing and Sailor Jerry are sponsoring the event, and vendors will offer hot boiled crawfish, Woody’s Fish Tacos, McClure’s Barbeque, and plenty of fresh shucked oysters.