We’ve lived here for 5 years now and we’ve just figured out Jazz Fest.
Here’s how it works. You hang out. You somewhat randomly wander around, meeting up with friends, checking out crafts and tents, getting food, and (of course) hearing music. If you LET the magic happen, it will.
Here are a few random highlights that show a little of what we saw… I apologize that I did not capture in photographs more of what we did. I was very busy dancing, listening, talking, eating, laughing… you know, doing.
Here’s Washboard Chaz.
Here’s Beausoliel avec Michael Doucet. This is a few hours before Paul realized Mr. Doucet was standing directly behind me in the plantain and spinach food line. (You can click here to go and hear “Alligator Purse.”)
Gospel Tent… with typical Jazz Fest magic. That’s Paul Sanchez in the back (see his black jacket and hat?) and Trombone Shorty. The tuba? He’s from Rebirth. Apparently, they are buddies of the singer and came over to back him up on this bit. We just happened to be walking by the tent when this started and a random photographer walked up to us to tell us that folks from Rebirth were backing up the singer and it was awesome. We walked in and were thrilled to… “wait, is that Paul Sanchez?!” … before settling in for awhile.
By the way, if you haven’t heard it, I love Paul Sanchez’s song Sedation…
Friends Ecoee and Melody shared their brass pass… and we enjoyed the refreshing WWOZ tent, impressive fruit spread, and clean bathrooms.
Doc Watson and family. Yup, THE Doc Watson.
And yes, they did Tennessee Stud.
The tent was PACKED.
We had to get the kids by 5 and with our regular tickets could not be re-admitted. Instead, we picked up the kids and went back to Ecoee and Melody’s, where we watched Tony Bennett from their front porch.
We tried to impress upon Will the Tony Bennett coolness factor…
This is our view — that’s our white car on the street and a jazz fest flag flying from their porch to the top right. See the stage, upper right? That’s Tony in the yellow jacket.
The porch is fantastic for sound. Things are a little loud when you’re in the field… but right outside? Perfect, just right.
No, really, it’s him!
There he is, taking his bow. The show was all standards and it was awesome. He dedicated “The Good Life” to Britney Spears, which made me feel a little badly for Britney because I thought we were sort of over picking on her. Ah, well, I guess when you’re Tony Bennett, you decide what’s in and what’s out.
By the way, it’s humid and well into the 80s and the dude was out there for over an hour belting out note after note, sounding JUST like he did 40 years ago. Amazing.
Once everyone got back from the Fest, we had a great night hanging in the pool and talking while the kids played… without meltdown or fuss… until 10pm. I can’t think of any stronger magic than that.