We came, we ate, we Jazz Fest-Ed! Closing out the last day of the festival was the sounds of The Neville Brothers, Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias and Rockin Dopsie, Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters. We ate our last bite of crawfish strudel, alligator pie, oyster bisque and mango freeze.
Whether you're serving plain old chicken or making a crawfish étouffée, try fancifying the rice below your favorite main course. Or, think about substituting your favorite stuffing (crabs? turkey? pork chops?) with this rice dressing recipe.
We thought we'd be getting rain, but aside from a little sprinkle (and misters all around the festival), the Jazz Fest was saved for another day from the Jazz Fest curse (the curse: it rains at least one day of the festival).
The only Thursday of Jazz Fest is a special day at the Fairgrounds: the hardcore Jazz Festers are out in full force, after putting on their straw hats and calling in sick to work. It's also the day that the Festival gives out tickets to school children to attend the festival, so lots of kids were out enjoying all the culture and educational experiences the Jazz Fest has to offer.
We're half-way through Jazz Fest. The first weekend was tremendous with amazing live broadcasts from the Fest, huge crowds, beautiful weather, and WWOZ even sold out of brass passes. Check out the hightlights below from all the stages, the WWOZ Hospitality Tent and a little bit of Jazz Fest life from across the fairgrounds.