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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 […]

Jazz Fest Food, weekend one

  This weekend I had the cochon du lait po-boy (one of the few things worth standing in line for), Jamila’s merguez and tagine, dibbi (which was not what I […]

Jazz Fest, Day Three

A little cloud cover and a little breeze made Sunday much nicer than Saturday, which bordered on unpleasant because of the heat and crowds. I walked by Jake Smith (Acura […]

Sunday at the Fest: Where I’ll Be

  Today, Orishas has cancelled. Locos Por Juana moved into their slot on Congo Square and Vivaz! moved into the slot vacated by Locos Por Juana. Here are my plans: […]

Sudden Death

Flaming Lips “The W.A.N.D.” (Warner Bros) Okay, fortunes changed for Flaming Lips with 1999’s The Soft Bulletin, but the band released its first album in 1985. This song from the […]

Are We the World?

Are We the World? April 19, 2006   Zimbabwe’s Thomas Mapfumo played the Congo Square Stage at Jazz Fest in 1991, and in the days leading up to the festival, […]

Context is Everything

Context is Everything It would be nice to think that any of us hear an album, experience a concert, watch a movie or see a painting in a neutral state, […]