I’ve always wanted to ride on a Yellow school bus. Every since I was a little girl and saw them in tv series and movies. Today it happened. And it took me to Jazz fest.
Come along for the ride.
We pulled up just as music got started around 11. The breeze was blowing, the sun was out and the local jazz lovers were out in force with their chairs, umbrellas, hats, rugs, and coloured beads.
I feel like I did the first time I went to Woodford. Slightly too mainstream!
First stop Gentilly stage with the Alex McMurray big band. Good foot tapping music and a few solo dancers warmed up for the day ahead with a variety of dance moves.
Next stop a change of pace with The Tangiers Combo. A very sexy looking violinist, double bass, clarinet & guitar.
Then on to the biggest arena for the bad boys the Stooges big band. Big attitude. Big sound.
Then it was the Jazz tent and
Jeremy Davenport. A cool dude with a hot trumpet.
Smoking time at the jazz club. Economy’s tent girl singing “Take your time in the sun”
The crowd are mostly over 30. Well actually probably more like over 40. Depends which tent you’re in.
It warm – so the skin is on show and there’s lots of tats and lots hats, sunburn skin, umbrellas and iced drinks and ponytails ( men! )
I’ll try and capture some of the better outfits – some are a treat.
The food stalls are southern style. Plenty of Po boy, catfish, crawfish, gumbo, iced tea, beer, frozen alcoholic cocktails like pina colada’s and Bloody Mary’s. The crowd were getting into it – though I don’t think the Americans drink quite as much as the Aussies.
Lunch for me was a huge bbq turkey wing with….. beans! Steve had a shrimp Po boy.
Next up the kids street band
and back into the tent for the Preservation Band. With a warm up Congo line. I had to resist the temptation to dance along along. Though I did ambush one of the ‘dancers’ – though he was very sad looking and unimpressed by my request for a photo.
Then back to the Jazz tent for Banu Gibson and her band with special guest Vince Giordano from NY. Apparently they are all really well known trad jazz players. They actually looked more like Doctors! They played a favourite song ‘Baby won’t you please come home.’
Steve got distracted between shows and ended up with a Jazz fest Tshirt before sliding into the Gospel tent for some meaningful music.
Then in the Blues tent the well received ‘The Blind Men of Alabama’.
They may be blind but they can sing and even had someone signing the words to their songs. That was interesting to watch!
But our final two concerts were Lyle Lovett the more country style jazz man ………
Then the big name – Lionel Ritchie. Yes I came all the way to NOLA to see him when he came to the Byron Blues fest.
But there he was singing up a storm with everyone on their feet dancing. It was great.
So that was my day at Jazz Fest. It was so much fun. They love their music here. The crowds were so well behaved and the people here are so friendly.
We made it back to the yellow bus line before Lionel hit the last note.
So it was back to Magazine St to Mahoney’s for a beer and hot dog for Steve and something lighter for me!
Tomorrow’s our last day 😩. But it will be a big one. Lots planned.