Before we get started ... With sunset-to-sunrise club shows all over town and alternative gatherings like Chaz Fest, it's hard not to be one of the 24-hour party people during this annual celebration. But as Jazz Fest ticket prices and crowds balloon, it's worth tipping the hat to the Louisiana Music Factory, a top ten US record store, and their free in-store performances between weekends. Intimate (try five feet away) shouts out from Trombone Shorty, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the dozens who perform at the French Quarter shop are a great antidote to fighting the swarms around stages out at the Fest.
THURSDAY: Typically, Thursday of second weekend is the Jazz Fest aficionado's fave day: local focus, comfortable crowds, a real hit of Louisiana color. However, somebody didn't get the memo. Today's attending throngs make is seem more like a wall-to-wall-people Saturday. Ugh.
Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove and Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk--undeniable funk machines both--along with theRead More »from New Orleans Jazz Fest, Weekend Two: Partyin’, Praisin’, And Pearl Jam