With everything going on it had been a while since I visited my dependable fallback the Gospel Tent. I was greeted by the Voices of Distinction (pictured above), an all-female quartet studded in sparkly green dresses. Their foot-stomping soul was an absolute blast, and it felt good to know that my faith in the Gospel Tent pulled through.
Outside at the Jazz & Heritage Stage, I caught something that warmed my heart. With all the Bon Jovis and Neil Youngs around, it's great to see a
no-frills, hard-working, home-bred group such as the Pinstripe Brass Band
pull in such a big and enthusiastic crowd.
Now, I was born and raised in New Orleans, and speaking for myself and
others from here, a lot of Cajun and Creole music gets dismissed as the
background noise you hear at French Quarter gift shops. Once I recognized my bias, I bought Buckwheat's Turning Point at Louisiana Music Factory, and now recognize Stanley Dural for the giant of Louisiana music that he is. In
fact, that's what this show was mostly about. Buckwheat took things back
to their roots (or if you were at the Ponderosa stomp, back to Tuesday) by
assuming a backup role on the organ. Meanwhile, guest figures flooded the
stage such as Nathan (of the Zydeco Cha-Chas), Buckwheat's son on accordion, and Rockin' Dopsie, Jr., on the frottoir. Dopsie was really getting into it, (is he ever not?) demanding that "Somebody SCREAM!" and even breaking into the worm.
Deacon John (below) put on a great show over at the Congo Square Stage with his old-school mix of jazz and R&B. While he was quite a sight himself, his duet with Danine Semmes was a knockout, especially when she continued into a stunning performance of "Another Piece of My Heart".