The Rest of Jazz Fest

A couple weeks have passed since Jazz Fest ended. I intended to write detailed entries about each day, but that’s a lot of work and I didn’t have the motivation for it. With all the time that’s passed, it might be hard for me to remember everything anyway. However, I know all the acts I saw and I took over 6,100 pictures so I won’t have much trouble recalling the gist of events. Like last year, the weather was largely pretty decent with the exception of heavy rain on the first Friday, which didn’t really dampen things. As always, the music and the food were awesome and I had a great time. Jazz Fest is my favorite time of year, even better than Mardi Gras.

More often than not, I was walking around by myself at the fairgrounds, although I always saw a big closing act with my parents. Aunt Lauren and some friends of hers I’d met previously were in town for the first weekend and I saw them late in the day on the first Saturday and Sunday. That Saturday after the festival, Andrew, my parents, Aunt Lauren, two of her friends and I had dinner together at Cafe Degas.

As I mentioned in the last entry, I had my “new” camera with me and took thousands of pictures. I rented a 24-70mm F2.8 L lens for the second weekend, a lovely, but heavy piece of glass. I took some decent pictures but was dissatisfied with most of them. Many of the acts I saw were in the tents and the glass I had just wasn’t fast enough. Beyond that, I have a lot to learn about technique. I’m still going though my photos and will eventually post the good ones.

For the purposes of documentation, listed below are all the acts I saw at Jazz Fest this year. They are listed in chronological order.

Saturday, April 28:

N.O.C.C.A. Jazz Ensemble
Jesse McBride & the Next Generation
New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra
Gregg Stafford’s Young Tuxedo Brass Band
Alligator Sauce Piquante demonstration at Zatarain’s demo stage
[browsed crafts section in Folk Village]
George French & the New Orleans Storyville Jazz Band
Dartmouth College Gospel Choir
Rod Stewart

Sunday, April 29:

Julliard Jazz Ensemble
Bruce Flett & the Bluebirds (there for the shade while eating)
Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio
Ba Cissoko of the Republic of Guinea
Bob French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band
Pete Fountain
Bonnie Raitt

Friday, May 4:

June Gardner
Mt. Herman Baptist Church Choir
Lionel Ferbos & the Palm Court Jazz Band
Lusher Charter Jazz Ensemble
Mark Braud
Ellis Marsalis
John Boutte
Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys
ZZ Top

Saturday, May 5:

Loyola University Jazz Band
Pow Wow at the Native American Village (dance demonstration)
Leah Chase
Treme Brass Band
John Maher

Sunday, May 6:

Washboard Chaz Blues Trio
Louis Ford & his New Orleans Dixie Flairs with Barbara Shorts
Tim Laughlin
Greater Antioch Full Gospel Choir
Steely Dan
Harry Connick, Jr.

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