• Joe Peterson

    I second the comments of Alden Drew. Jazz Fest sound quality has been deteriorating steadily over the years. The volume of the bass and kick drum at most stages has gone beyond ridiculous. This trend with rock and R&B groups has now infiltrated jazz, gospel and even folk groups. Brass-A-Holics sound at Congo was godawful. Shovels and Rope set at Fais-Do-Do was marred by a kick drum volume that made their vocal blend impossible to hear. Once they went with the two guitar lineup they sounded fine. Many of the groups in the Gospel Tent were too loud and bass/kick heavy. I took ear plugs for the first time in 14 years and I am glad I did. I am not the first to complain about this trend in live music. When will Quint and Co. take notice and take action? FWIW, I thought the best sound at the Fest was at the Lagniappe Stage. Admittedly it is a smaller venue and easier to mix, but the sound man there did a fine job with all kinds of music. JP

  • Jeffrey Morgan

    i’d also like to raise my voice about the volume at Jazz Fest. I agree with the two previous posters but would like to add something that to some will be an old complaint. My wife and I were enthralled to hear the rich history as told and played by Michael and David Doucet at the Allison Miner Stage. This inspired us to get an early seat for the 40th Anniversary set by Beausoleil at the Fais Do Do Stage. Unfortunately, when the band kicked in so did the unexpected and unwanted accompanist; Mr Pit Bull’s drum machine. It was horrible. My wife left before the second song was over. I stayed, trying to move to where the sound from Congo Square wasn’t so overpowering but I couldn’t find one. Look, I’m all for different styles of music to bring in the maximum people but there has to be a way to position the stages and regulate the volume to avoid the bleed through. It’s a Music and Heritage Festival and out of control volume does a disservice to both. Jeffrey