The 39th Annual Jazz Fest opens today to gorgeous skies and springtime excitement in New Orleans. If you ever get the chance to attend one of the weekends of Jazz Fest, do it. There’s no better time in New Orleans. It’s generally a time of joie de vivre, but this year seems particularly special as many New Orleans residents, like Aaron Neville, are finally home and the debacle of Katrina is ebbing some. The Spring continues to bring new growth in flora and fauna, as well as re-built homes and lives with more people and businesses popping up all over the place.
Here’s a sampling of today’s performers….
Gone, Gone, Gone — Robert Plant & Allison Krause
featuring T-Bone Burnett
Drunken Angel, Susan Cowsill Band
Angel from Montgomery, Theresa Andersson Group
and the star attraction for tonight’s set, Sheryl Crow (with a nice little NOLA homage):
Love is Free
and on the other stages, a few MM favorites….
Doyle Bramhall, featuring C.C. Adcock (a Lafayette boy):
C. C. Adcock
Bruce Daigrepont (a great profile that gives you the essence of a Cajun)
Terrence Simien (another great Cajun example)
Of course, there is always great Gospel, as well:
Paul Porter & The Christianaires
Should be a great weekend for sun and fun in The Big Easy. Next weekend, AT&T will carry portions of Jazz Fest Live at The Blue Room, so check it out.