Re-opened again two years ago after being shuttered since Hurricane Katrina, the Joy Theater takes another leap forward with the announcement today that the former movie house turned live performance theater will offer a series of Jazz Fest week night shows this year. With the resurgence of historical theaters re-opening over the past year along Canal Street and within downtown’s core, this could very well mean even more seats at even more night time shows during Jazz Fest. And the Joy seems to be heading up the Canal Street strip with Jazz at the Joy 2014.
Slightly Stoopid at the Joy Theater on April 24, 2014.
Huka Entertainment presents the first show in the “Jazz at the Joy” series onThursday, April 24 with an exclusive Jazz Fest concert featuring west coast surf-rock band Slightly Stoopid. A favorite on the national festival circuit, the eight piece outfit based in Oceanside, CA carries the torch for the famed group, Sublime, which folded upon frontman Brad Nowell’s untimely death in 1996, at the height of the surf-rock craze. Slightly Stoopid was discovered by Nowell just one year before his death, and the band signed to Nowell’s record label, Skunk Records. The two bands shared the unique ability to blend psychedelic rock with reggae, punk, blues, funk, ska, hip-hop and folk in a sonic reflection of the “left coast’ surf lifestyle that reaches some of the most diverse audiences.
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