Freerangemike's Pre-Jazz Fest Awards New Orleans Category: 1st Place: The New Orleans Bingo!

Show: Defies classification 2nd Place: The Revealers: Reggae 3rd Place: The New Orleans Nightcrawlers: Funky Brass Band 4th Place: Rotary Downs: Indie Rock Outside New Orleans Category: 1st Place: Chappy: Acoustic Indie Rock (New York by way of New Orleans) 2nd Place: The Carolina Chocolate Drops: Acoustic Blues/Bluegrass (Durham, NC) 3rd Place: Grupo Fantasma: Latin (Austin) National Acts: 1st Place: Michael Franti and Spearhead: Hip Hop/Reggae/Rock 2nd Place: John Butler Trio: Indie Rock/Blues 2nd Weekend Highlights Thursday midday Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes: Funky Jazz-infused Rock Listen to Trouble or New Dixieland Thursday afternoon Carolina Chocolate Drops: Acoustic Blues + Fiddlin Bluegrass Listen to Starry Crown and City of Refuge Thursday late afternoon New Orleans Nightcrawlers: wailing, tight Brass band Listen to Red’s Cap Thursday evening Billy Iuso and the Restless Natives: Laid back funk Listen to Keep on Smiling (also a cover of Once in a Lifetime) Friday morning Gina Forsyth: Acoustic singer/songwriter Listen to St Anthony Friday midday 007: New Orleans Ska Listen to Nincompoop Theryl Houseman DeClouet Listen to the Truth Iz Out Friday afternoon Richard Thompson: British Indie Singer/Songwriter, Arlo Guthrie meets Tom Waits Listen to Dear Janet Jackson

Friday late afternoon Trombone Shorty: Hard to classify, but Johnny Sketch meets Galactic Listen to Orleans Claiborne or Act Bad Ft 5th Ward John Butler Trio: Rock with Blues influence You’ve already heard Better Than, so listen to Treat Yo Mama Friday evening Michael Franti and Spearhead: High energy hip-hop reggae Listen to Hey Now Now Saturday morning Chappy: New York band, fusion of Nickel Creek and Mosquitos Listen to Decision Alejandro Escovedo: Indie rocker from Austin Texas Listen to Castanets Tondrae Kemp: Fusion of Terrence Trent D'Arby and Timbaland Listen to the Hotter the Fire Saturday afternoon Henry Butler: jumpin piano Listen to Jump to the Music Saturday late afternoon the subdudes: New Orleans, Sam Cooke-like lyrics with do-wop backup vocals Listen to Papa Dukie and the Mud People Spencer Bohren: Stortyteller, Acoustic blues guitar Listen to Wake Me, Shake Me Saturday evening Crescent City Allstars: Preservation jazz with New Orleans Funk Listen to Funky Saints Steel Pulse: Reggae, Ska Listen to Make Us a Nation Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas: Zydeco two-step music Listen to Let’s Go Sunday morning The Revealers: Reggae with Funk Listen to The Sound of That Ovi-G & the Froggies: Latin energy dance music Listen to Baila Baila mi Soca Grupo Fantasma: Latin dance music from Austin Listen to Montero Sunday afternoon Rotary Downs: Indie Rock Listen to Sing Like the Sun Galactic: Fusion of Funk, Jazz, and Hip Hop Listen to Bounce Baby Sunday late afternoon Rebirth Brass Band: Words won’t do them justice. If you don’t know, then listen. Listen to Put Your Right Foot Forward, from the live 2005 Jazz Fest set Keb’Mo’: Lyrical blues Listen to the Itch The Raconteurs: Indie Rock with a Nashville influence You’ve heard Steady as She Goes, so try the Switch and the Spur The New Orleans Bingo! Show: The New Orleans version of the Asylum Street Spankers Listen to Shoeshine Blues Sunday evening The Radiators:,2346/The-Radiators-mp3-flac-download-1-112008-Culture-Room-Ft-Lauderdale-FL.html Listen to Monkey Meet The Derek Trucks Band Listen to It Hurts Me Too