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!
A group of artists are transforming a vacant middle school on St. Claude into studio and performance space for artists. Ceramics classes, puppet making, screen printing, comic book arts, video production, radio, upholstry and dance are just some of the classes offered. There are also plans to transform the cafeteria into a community kitchen and teaching space for the culinary arts.
Marcus Roberts took time from his teaching young musicians at UNO and performing at The Sandbar (Wednesday, April 15th) and Snug Harbor (Thursday, April 16th), to stop by WWOZ and talk about his new CD "New Orleans Meets Harlam, Volume 1".
WWOZ is auctioning off extremely rare canvas Piano Night banners from 2007 and 2008 autographed by the performers from each year, including Eddie Bo, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Henry Gray, Marcia Ball, and dozens more! Bid on them right now in our Swamp Shop to grab your piece of piano history. There are only three left, and the auctions end Thursday, May 21 — don't miss out!