The number of ways to experience the food at Jazz Fest can be overwhelming, but some of the options can actually take you farther than others. For instance, in years past, I would have headed straight for a meat-pie line. This year, it’s all about that Doh Doh and Jama Jama from the Benacchin stand.
One Wednesday Big Daddy O' will Sit down with us at the crossraod and share is new CD "Used Blues" that will be released on Friday. We will play some songs from the CD and a couple of them live as well. He will tell us about the release/Rabadash Party to be held on Friday at Southport Hall.
Anders Osborne will be by to share some new music from his American Patchwork release as well.
One of WWOZ's star show hosts, Soul Sister, won a Big Easy Award for Best DJ/Electronica! She beat out some stiff competition, but we think the honor is well-deserved. Whether she's on air at 'OZ or performing live at clubs and festivals, Soul Sister digs deep to find the funkiest grooves in her vinyl collection. Congratulations!
Whether he's playing solo piano at Le Bon Temps Roule or B-3 organ with Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste, Joe Krown is a New Orleans fixture at the keyboard. Catch his Big Easy Award-winning Trio at Jazz Fest on Friday, April 23, at 12:30 p.m. on the Gentilly Stage!
Luther Kent warms us up with some great rhythm and blues before we have a bite of Alligator Sauce Piquante made by Fireman Mike, a captain in the New Orleans Fire Department. We’ll also check out the Louisiana Music Factory, a New Orleans record store specializing in local music, for some live performances and a preview of the in-store concert series during Jazz Fest.
Journalist Bill Sasser reports on the efforts of New Orleans-based Hope for Haitian Children and its director, Marie Jo Poux, to collect, ship and distribute goods in Haiti, which is still recovering from a devastating earthquake that struck in early 2010. Goods were donated right here in New Orleans, and they are making a real difference on the ground in Port-au-Prince.
It's springtime, the weather is ambrosial in New Orleans, post-Super Bowl, post-Mardi Gras, post- last week's truly endorphinic French Quarter Fest, the prospect of Jazz Fest looming. There is only one way to describe the feeling-we're in love with the city all over again. And so is David Simon.