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Yesterday I didn’t envy Knoxville’s Scott Miller. He played as part of the National Train Day celebration in New Orleans in the Amtrak Station, surrounded by tables manned by retirees […]

Jazz Fest, Day Seven

  Last day, and Jonathan Batiste starts it with admirable nerve with a melodian solo. The air-powered instrument only has a two-octave, making the piece a rather tight meditation on […]

Jazz Fest, Day Six

Felt a bit uninspired to start the day. The stickiness was a drag and wandering the same grounds is starting to feel a bit repetitive, even if it is to […]

Sunday at the Fest

  I dunno – if there ever was a day to camp out at Acura Stage, it’s this one. That’s always seemed to me the worst possible way to experience […]

Jazz Fest, Day Four

  At 11:20 a.m., the audience at Acura Stage was loose but covered the expanse of the Acura Stage in anticipation of Sugarland. If Jazz Fest booked country on Saturday […]

Saturday at the Fest

  I’m not feeling a lot of love for this day’s lineup, but here’s where I’ll try to be: 11:15 a.m. – Jamal Batiste & the Jam-Allstars – Gentilly Stage […]

Jazz Fest, Day Four

  Locals Thursday definitely felt like locals Thursday. Crowds were notably lighter, so much so that one woman on the track said, “This place is dead!” It wasn’t, but you […]

Friday at the Fest

  Today there’s an obstacle in my planning. I’m interviewing Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush along with local bandmembers Annie Clements and Travis McNabb at 1:15 p.m. in the […]

Thursday at Jazz Fest

If all goes as plans – and it never does – here’s where I’ll be: 11:15 a.m. – Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone – Blues Tent 11:45 a.m. – Cajun Twin Fiddling […]

New Dylan

  I’ve read Ann Powers, Ben Ratliff and Tom Moon‘s reviews of Bob Dylan’s new Together Through Life and I’d like to hear it like Powers does – but so […]