After a long, hard day of fun, you have to make your decision on who will bring it on home for you. With so many huge acts to choose from (and such tired feet), sometimes the best thing is just to grab as much last-minute music as you can before collapsing in a heap... and getting ready for the night-time shows.
Over at the Gospel Tent, an impenetrable wall of listeners tried to squeeze in to catch our good friend Irma Thomas along with the legendary Mavis Staples and Pamela Landrum to pay tribute to gospel great Mahalia Jackson. Irma had to be brought hankies between songs, but her voice was as strong as ever, as was her wit.
If you're in town for Jazz Fest, come on out and share your favorite Jazz Fest magical moment with us on camera. It could wind up on wwoz.org as part of our Jazz Fest Magic Moments video series sponsored by Coventry Health Care!
While the Congo Square "My Lousiana" Stage has had solid entertainment running all day long, the crowd size has remained relatively small. That is, until legendary New Orleans pianist Henry Butler and his Game Band hopped in with their high-energy act and took things to the next level.
It didn't take long for things to roll into action this year. People flooded in and not a single stage was without a formidable audience even for the first shows, though they all decided to start off their day in different ways.
If you're in town for Jazz Fest, come on out and share your favorite Jazz Fest magical moment with us on camera. It could wind up on wwoz.org as part of our Jazz Fest Magic Moments video series sponsored by Coventry Health Care! We'll be in a tent in front of 1600 N. Lopez Street, directly across from Liuzza's By the Track (a couple blocks from the Fairgrounds). Filming times are 2-8pm Saturday and Sunday of Weekend One and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of Weekend Two. Hope to see you there!
After airing our recorded interview with Ray Brown Jr. about the two concerts scheduled for this weekend, we were informed that the concerts have been canceled. This is a disappointment for many music lovers and for Mr. Brown too. Ray, we look forward to a visit in the future.
Following is the press release concerning the cancellation:
Music isn't the only thing to be excited about at Jazz Fest... Some of the best food in N'awlins can be found at the Fairgrounds. WWOZ show host Tom Morgan asked some of the wonderful New Orleans musicians who perform at the Fest to tell us what they'll be chowing down on this year. Our mouths are watering in anticipation of mango freezes, soft-shell crab po-boys, and lots more!