Party at the Cistern
“An effervescent presence” – NPR
In the past several years, Jon Batiste has made quite a name for himself—and not only for his standing gig as bandleader on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Whether the New Orleans native is singing, expertly playing the piano, or grooving with his “harmonaboard” (a harmonica and keyboard mashup), Batiste’s artistic vision and exuberant charisma make him one of the most in-demand and recognizable jazz artists today. His infectious spirit is the perfect match for a joyous kick-off to Spoleto Festival USA’s 42nd season on Friday, May 25.
WITH THE DAP-KINGS on MAY 26
The merriment continues on Saturday evening, when acclaimed Brooklyn-based funk and soul revivalist band, the Dap-Kings, joins Batiste under the Cistern Yard live oaks.