Cultural Exchange Pavilion Music Schedule

Cultural Exchange Pavilion Music Schedule

Weekend 1

Friday, April 27
A Salute to Congo Square with Bamboula 2000 11:30 AM 12:15 PM
Ten Strings and a Goat Skin 12:45 PM 1:40 PM
Calvin Johnson’s Native Son – Stories of Sidney Bechet featuring Aurora Nealand and Brian “Breeze” Cayolle 2:05 PM 2:50 PM
Kod Kreyol and the Creole Dance Ensemble 3:25 PM 4:20 PM
Sidi Touré 4:45 PM 5:45 PM
Saturday, April 28
Kod Kreyol and the Creole Dance Ensemble 11:30 AM 12:15 PM
Sona Jobarteh and Band
12:35 PM 1:35 PM
The Cajun/Acadienne Connection with Vishtèn of Canada and Savoy Family Cajun Band of Eunice, Louisiana 2:05 PM 2:55 PM
Lena Prima’s Tribute to Louis Prima
3:20 PM 4:10 PM
La Banda Blanca 4:45 PM 5:45 PM
Sunday, April 29
Cynthia Girtley’s Tribute to Mahalia Jackson 11:30 AM 12:15 PM
Mardi Gras Indians 12:20 PM 12:35 PM
Tribute to Jelly Roll Morton with special guest Henry Butler
12:45 PM 1:40 PM
Kod Kreyol and the Creole Dance Ensemble 2:05 PM 2:50 PM
Vishtèn 3:25 PM 4:20 PM
Socks in the Frying Pan  4:45 PM 5:45 PM


Weekend 2

Thursday, May 3
Harmonouche 11:30 AM 12:20 PM
Seguenon Kone featuring Ivoire Spectacle 12:40 PM 1:25 PM
Tatiana Eva-Marie and the Avalon Jazz Band 1:50 PM 2:50 PM
Le Kér Creole featuring Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots
3:10 PM 4:05 PM
Santiman & Garifuna Generation 4:45 PM 5:45 PM
Friday, May 4
Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band 11:30 AM 12:15 PM
John Lawrence and Ven Pa’ Ca Flamenco Ensemble with guest Antonio Hidalgo of Spain 12:35 PM 1:20 PM
Don Vappie’s Tribute to King Oliver 1:40 PM 2:35 PM
Tatiana Eva-Marie and the Avalon Jazz Band
3:15 PM 4:15 PM
Jupiter & Okwess
4:45 PM 5:45 PM
Saturday, May 5
Julio y Cesar Band 11:30 AM 12:10 PM
Leyla McCalla
12:30 PM 1:15 PM
Kermit Ruffins’ Tribute to Louis Armstrong 1:50 PM 2:45 PM
Jupiter & Okwess 3:20 PM 4:20 PM
The East Pointers  4:45 PM  5:45 PM
Sunday, May 6
Javier Olondo and AsheSon 11:30 AM 12:20 PM
Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys 12:50 PM 1:35 PM
Heritage Allstar Brass Band featuring Dr. Michael White and Gregg Stafford 2:10 PM 3:10 PM
Lakou Mizik 3:40 PM 4:40 PM
The Zion Harmonizers 5:05 PM 5:45 PM

Off Stage Performances

Native American Pow Wows
April 27, 1:45-2PM: Northern Cree
May 6, 12:25-12:40PM: Native Nations Intertribal Pow Wow

Enjoy traditional Native American drumming and singing by Grammy-nominated and 2017 Juno award winner Northern Cree of Canada on first weekend, and Louisiana-based Native Nations on second weekend.



The Ordóg Irish Session
April 27: 12:15pm – 12:35pm / 4:20pm – 4:45pm
April 28: 12:15pm – 12:35pm / 2:55pm – 3:20pm
April 29: 11:10am – 11:30am / 1:40pm – 2:05pm

Irish sessions are fun gatherings of Irish musicians sharing tunes and conversations in a relaxed setting. They play an important role in Irish communities and contribute to preserving tunes and traditions. Beth Patterson will lead the sessions on her Irish bouzouki, joined by flute and tinwhistle player Pete Dawson, and Bodhrán percussionist Frank Bladen. Anyone experienced with Irish music is invited to join them.

Versailles Lion Dance Team
April 28, 4:20-4:35PM
The Versailles Lion Dance Team is continuing the beloved Vietnamese tradition of the Lion Dance. The acrobatic dance symbolizes the removal of negative energies, as the lion is believed to bring good luck, health, and prosperity. The Versailles Lion Dance Team appears at the Tết Festival, the lunar new year celebration held at Mary Queen of Vietnam Church in New Orleans East every year.



Kod Kreyol: Haitian Vodou Drumming and Songs
May 3: 12:20pm – 12:40pm / 1:25pm – 1:50pm / 2:50pm – 3:10pm
May 4: 12:15pm – 12:35pm / 1:20pm – 1:40pm / 4:15pm – 4:45pm
May 5: 12:10pm – 12:30pm / 4:20pm – 4:45pm
May 6: 11:10am – 11:30am / 4:40pm – 5:05pm

During vodou ceremonies in Haiti, drummers led by a priest (houngan) or priestess (mambo) perform specific rhythms and songs to call various loas or spirits, who are believed to help their followers. Composed of four master drummers and vodou initiates, Kod Kreyol led by Houngan Anis St Fleur will present traditional Haitian vodou rhythms and songs inside the Cultural Exchange Pavilion on the Festival second weekend.


Daily Parades
Mardi Gras Indians and New Orleans second lines parading throughout the Fair Grounds will come through the Cultural Exchange Pavilion daily. Irish and Italian-American marchers will also parade. Please refer to the Cultural Exchange Pavilion Stage schedule for performance dates and times.

CEP Artist Demonstrations

CEP Cultural Exhibits