OK, I'm still damp 24 hours later, but I survived a day of Jazz Fest.
I was invited to accompany my new crazy cat neighbor/aging hippie and full-time writer Beth--a truly wonderful person--and her friend Lolly. (And no, she had no adverbs with her. You know I had to ask anyone named Lolly.) Lolly was from New Jersey, and I scored extra bonus points when she told me this by asking "which exit?"
But we made the quick drive up to the Fairgrounds under clouds which promised a serious soaking...and they did deliver.
Add food, t-shirts, booze and rain/mud and you've got Jazz Fest.
Seventy-five bucks a day for tickets. And hundreds of thousands of people pay it during the two week-ends that this event goes on.
The rain first drove us into the Gospel Tent, where we heard the Jones Sisters rocking it out.
After a while, the rain stopped, so we wandered a bit. Then Beth and Lolly popped into one hall to hear a band that Beth knew and I went off to get more food and beer. Then the clouds opened up again and I got so wet that I could have jumped in the river to dry off. But on the plus side, the beer line got real short so I loaded up my cargo pants pockets with cans of beer and I was happy for a while.
I listened to a brass band for a while, out in the rain, because...well hell, I was already at my saturation point. Why not?
Back in the hall, a jazz band played, and an impromptu Second Line dance broke out.
It's all fun and games until someone breaks a hip.
And yeah, we joined in.
More wanderings...more music. And I had my beer.
It was more than a little muddy, but that didn't really seem to stop these folks.
All ages got into it.
A bit more wandering put us in Prime view of some Mardi Gras indians.
Some of these costumes can weigh over a hundred pounds and cost thousands of dollars to make--and they're all hand-made.
We wandered more. Drank more, got rained on a bit more...it was great.
Finally we wound up at the Acura stage to catch Susan Tedeschi and the Tedeschi Truck Band, who made a great finale for our day.
The way to dress for Jazz Fest...See the Jazz Fest boots?
Although that was not a bad look either...little black dress, jazz boots, beer, and a hat that says "Keep calm and kill zombies".
Looking forward to next year already.