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An ordinary Thursday at Jazz Fest

Today was the first Jazz Fest Thursday since Katrina. Thursdays were relatively low-key days. Today seemed to fit that mold. Here’s a short account of one attendee’s low-key day:

  • Arrive some time after 11:00 a.m. Go first to the Gospel Tent to sit down and apply sun screen. While there, be treated to an uplifting performance by Charles Jackson & the Jackson Travelers.
  • After the Jackson Travelers set, stock up the carry-around cooler with beer and snag some lunch: today, boiled crawfish. Go back to the Gospel Tent to suck the heads, pinch the tails, and listen to another uplifting performance, this one by the Melody Clouds.
  • After the Melody Clouds finish, catch a little bit of the TBC Brass Band at the Jazz & Heritage Stage before heading to the Acura stage for Bonerama.
  • See kick-ass one-hour set by Bonerama.
  • After Bonerama, walk to the Gentilly Stage at the other end of the Fair Grounds, and arrive just in time for the start of Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers. On the way, pick up a Creole stuffed bread.
  • As Kermit finished, be unaware that the best was yet to come. Go get a quick bite of food, then return to the Gentilly Stage for Randy Newman.
  • Listen to Randy Newman deliver perhaps his finest performance ever at the Jazz Fest. The highlight of the day.
  • Go home relatively early (6:00). On the way out, catch a little bit of Widespread Panic’s cover of Earl King’s classic “Big Chief.”

Of course Randy Newman did “Louisiana 1927,” and of course it drew some tears. Here’s a video of Randy doing the same song in Stuttgart.


Dan Lindahl

Great post, Ray. Man, I really need to attend Jazz Fest one of these days. But your posts are the next best thing--I can practically smell the beer and the crawfish.



great posts. by the way, there's a great new documentary about TBC Brass Band that showed at NO Human Rights festival and some other film festivals. check out website for the movie at movie reviews have called it "incredible" "terrific" "inspiring".

Ray Ward

Dan: You need to come to N.O. for Jazz Fest 2009. Block out the last weekend in April or the first weekend in May, or both (do it now!). Let me know when you're coming.

Todd: Thanks for the link. Readers: click on Todd's name under his comment to see the web page for "From the Mouthpiece on Back."

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