***Update 4/14: George Porter Jr. has been added to this celebratory lineup.***Today, Blackbird Presents announced its annual “Second Weekend at the Saenger” concert series during Jazz Fest with “New Orleans Is Waiting For Columbus,” set to take place Saturday, May 6th at the Crescent City’s historic Saenger Theatre. The all-star event celebrates classic live album Waiting For Columbus, the most beloved album in Little Feat’s expansive catalog. The show will be led by musical director and Grammy-winning guitarist Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule, The Allman Brothers Band, The Dead) and Grammy-winning producer/multi-instrumentalist Don Was, as well as AMC/CMA Award-winning singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson, The Radiators’ Dave Malone, keyboard master John Medeski, legendary funk drummer Terence Higgins (Dirty Dozen Brass Band, John Scofield’s Piety Street Band), horns master Mark Mullins (Bonerama, Harry Connick Jr.), and a handful of surprise guests.Named one of the 10 best live albums of all time by Rolling Stone readers, Little Feat’s Waiting For Columbus compiled live recordings from their 1977 performances at the Rainbow Theatre in London and the Lisner Auditorium in Washington, D.C. The album–which went platinum and remains Little Feat’s best-selling release ever–features the band’s biggest hits, including funky 1970’s New Orleans-style tracks like “Dixie Chicken,” “Fat Man In The Bathtub,” and “Willin’.”Tickets go on sale March 31, 10:00 A.M. CT via Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster locations or by phone at 800-745-3000. Fans can also purchase tickets at the Saenger Theatre Box Office.[Cover photo via Rex Thomson]In addition to our long list of exciting late nights, Live For Live Music is partnering with “Crawfish King” Chris “Shaggy” Davis to host the second annual NOLA Crawfish Festival during the days between the two Jazz Fest weekends, from May 1st – 3rd at Central City BBQ. The event will feature all-star musical collaborations by John Medeski, Terence Higgins, George Porter Jr., Eric Krasno, Jon Cleary, Nigel Hall, John “Papa” Gros, Ivan Neville, Cris Jacobs and more, in addition to craft beers and Shaggy’s world famous crawfish! For more information, or to purchase tickets, head to the event’s website.
* recommended toopen 50 to 100 percent of other firms in manufacturing, electronics and exports,e-commerce and delivery for essential and non-essential items, repair andmaintenance services, housing and office services * 100 percentopening of businesses engaged in agriculture, fisheries and forestry Business hours for establishments, exceptthose considered essential, have also been reduced. Just this April15, the provincial government of Guimaras raisedits pandemic response level from Level 1 to Level 2 to ensure that it remainedfree from COVID-19. Data from theDepartment of Health (DOH) as of April 24 showed Negros Occidental having onlyfour confirmed cases of COVID-19, while Guimaras had none at all. Returning residents of the province were only allowedentry if they did not exhibit COVID-19 symptoms but would have to comply withthe mandatory quarantine regulations. * partial mallopening for non-leisure shops The GCQ, whichwill take effect on May 1, is a less stringent form of lockdown, said Roque. * curfew fornon-workers Non-residents who intend to enter Guimaras areonly allowed if the purpose of travel is to transport basic commodities andnecessities and for emergency cases that may result to loss of life, liberty orproperty, provided they are certified cleared from COVID by the designatedhealth authority and shall be issued an inbound pass. * publictransport to operate at reduced capacity MANILA – Thecommunity quarantine in Guimaras and Negros Occidental has been downgraded from“enhanced” to “general.” Malacañang called this the “new normal” in the two provinces,as the rest of Western Visayas and country struggle to contain the coronavirusdisease 2019 (COVID-19). * re-prioritizingof cash assistance from the social amelioration program to enhanced communityquarantine (ECQ) areas Under Level 2 response, entry to differentports of Guimaras became limited, according to Gov. Samuel Gumarin. * considerallowing high school and higher education institutions “to finish and givecredentials to students” * consideropening up to 50 percent on-site work and 50 percent work-from-home forcompanies engaged in financial services, business process outsourcing, othernon-leisure wholesale and retail trade, and other non-leisure services Meanwhile, the Negros Occidental provincial government started easingrestrictions in some of its quarantine measures on April 20 yet. The rest ofWestern Visayas will continue to be on ECQ until May 15 albeit there will be areview, said Roque. * foodmanufacturing and supply chain opening, including ink, packaging and rawmaterials, food retail, supermarkets, restaurants (takeout and delivery only),hospitals, logistics, water and energy firms, internet service providers,telecommunications, and media * limitedresumption of construction Roque said theguidelines for the GCQ will be finalized and released to the public on April 27and will be implemented by May 1. Public transportations are regulated to abidethe guidelines set by DOH for physical distancing. According to Gumarin, the provincialgovernment deemed it wise to raise the pandemic response level because theprovince was vulnerable, given the limited capacity of its healthcare system. The Inter-Agency TaskForce for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) recommendedthat the following steps be taken in areas under the general quarantine: * opening ofpriority and essential construction projects The IATF-EID willevaluate before May 16 if the GCQ is to be lifted. Further, trips of motorbancas and Ro-Rovessels plying the Guimaras-Iloilo route vice versa have been significantlyreduced. In lowering theenhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to general community quarantine (GCQ), thePalace noted the two provinces’ having a “low risk” of further diseasetransmissions, according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in a virtualpress conference on Friday. For non-residents who leave the island, onlythose that have In-bound Pass are be allowed to travel. * consider 100percent closure of schools and re-opening up to September * children from zeroto 20 years old, seniors 60 and above and those with health risks are advisedto stay at home “Therefore, it is now safe to plan thetransition from ECQ to GCQ,” said Lacson. “After safeguarding the health and safety ofevery Negrense, it is now time to look after the economic and financial welfareof everyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the province,” Gov. EugenioJose Lacson stated in Executive Order 20-20-B. * all ports andairports will open for transportation of goods In his directive, Lacson said that since theECQ started on March 30, there had been no reported local transmission ofCOVID-19 in the 12 component cities and 19 municipalities in the province. Outbound travels of Guimarasnons are alsolimited with only medical referrals and travels for emergency purposes allowedprovided they have valid IDs and Quarantine Pass. Aside from NegrosOccidental and Guimaras, other areas under GCQ are Negros Oriental, Siquijor,Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Sultan Kudarat, Lanao del Sur, Apayao, MountainProvince, Ifugao, Kalinga, Ilocos Sur, Batanes, Quirino, Aurora, Palawan,Romblon, Camarines Norte, Sorsogon, Masbate, Bohol, Biliran, Eastern Samar,Leyte, Northern Samar, Southern Leyte, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay,Bukidnon, Camiguin, Davao Occidental, Saranggani, Agusan del Sur, DinagatIsland, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Basilan and Sulu./PN