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More Fun with Dr. John

  In a statement released Wednesday, Dr. John clarified his position regarding Shell, Jazz Fest and the wetlands. In it, he said: “I’ve got to figure some kind of way […]

How to Make a Problem Go Away, Pt. 2,548

  [UPDATE BELOW] Belyin pointed me to this exchange regarding Dr. John’s pro-wetland/anti-Shell email and video. It’s fascinating but sad to watch the catalogue of responses to the awkward problem […]

Mac on Shell

  Dr. John doesn’t shy away from pointing the finger at Jazz Fest’s corporate sponsor, Shell, on this YouTube video. He looks asleep for much of the video, and it’s […]

Another Name Out

  Jazz Fest has lost a few of the out of town artists, first Common, who was replaced by Musiq Soulchild on the Congo Square Stage . Yesterday we learned […]

Who’s Coming to Town?

  After yesterday’s post on Jazz Fest marketing the out-of-town talent in its Jazz Fest advertising, Belyin wrote, “Actually, I have no problem with out-of-town acts being prominent part of […]

Draw Your Own Conclusion

  John Swenson pointed out to me that of the 40 names listed on the ad for the 40th anniversary of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, only 9 […]

Whose Jazz?

  Belyin’s response to yesterday’s post gave me reason to go back and scrutinize the Jazz Fest’s jazz offerings more closely. Snug Harbor aside, it’s hard to look at that […]

Shot Through the Heart

  [Update below] The TBA in Jazz Fest’s lineup turned out to be neither Bruce Springsteen or Neil Young as many hoped. Instead, we get Bon Jovi, who festival director […]


  In Keith Spera’s analysis of the Jazz Fest schedule (not online at Nola.com that I could find), he resurrected one of Quint Davis’ more infamous quotes. When asked in […]

Did it Get a Little Cold in Here?

  Another pre-Jazz Fest note, this one on Aretha Franklin. Mike Seely at the Seattle Weekly wrote this week protesting the choice of Aretha Franklin to sing at the Obama […]