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Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave perform Friday night at the Keller Auditorium
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave perform Friday night at the Keller Auditorium

Top Picks: 2016 Soul'd Out Festival

By Scott Cunningham // Show your soul some love with these five shows

Music festivals like Soul'd Out are tough to preview. Consider the numbers: Five nights, spanning 11 venues, with 22 total events, that include 36 artists.

Selecting which shows to attend can be difficult, but the good news is that you really can't go wrong with a lineup this strong. Here are five nightly picks guaranteed to liven you up.

Wednesday 4/13

Top Pick: George Clinton & Parliament

George Clinton is, without question, the Godfather of Funk and was the leader of Parliament and Funkadelic. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, Clinton's influence is far and wide. Crystal Ballroom 9pm.

Thursday 4/14

Top Pick: Lindi Ortega

Lindi Ortega is on my short list of artists to keep an eye on over the next few years. Not one to be constrained by labels, her music spans the genres of Americana, folk, country, and blues. Mississippi Studios 8pm.

Friday 4/15

Top Pick: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave

Hailing from New Orleans, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews has become one of the most influential artists ever to emerge from the Crescent City. Just 30 years old, Shorty & Orleans Ave bring everything they have to each gig, delivering an amazing funked-up dose of NOLA. Keller Auditorium 7pm.

Saturday 4/16

Top Pick: Willie West

Willie West may not be a household name in these parts, but anyone serious about their blues knows his name. The late Allen Toussaint produced West's early records, recording many of them at the legendary New Orleans studio owned by Cosimo Matassa. Star Theater 8pm.

Sunday 4/17

Top Pick: Bonnie Raitt

Consider yourself lucky if you have tickets for this show, as it has been sold out for some time now. I know, it really isn't fair to tease you all with a Top Pick that is sold out. But, hey, it is Bonnie Raitt. Do your ears a favor and go grab her new release, Dig In Deep. Keller Auditorium 7pm.

TICKET INFO: Descriptions and links for all shows are on the Soul'd Out website. Festival passes are completely sold out, but organizers tell me some might still be available through individual venues. Bonnie Raitt and Gary Clark, Jr. are also sold out, but you might be able to score a ticket by checking with the venue late in the afternoon the day of the show.

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