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In the event you wanted to go to Jazz Fest in New Orleans this year, but couldn’t swing the airfare, had a domestic emergency or just spaced-out and forgot, I’m going to try and put up as many of the classic concerts that came from this Embarrassment-of-Riches festival this year as I can.
It was a good one. And Jazz Fest has become the prototype for which most Festivals (at least around the U.S.) are doing it this year. With so many bands and so much good music, it’s a feast that is probably best savored over a two-week period, as digesting it all in two days would be nothing short of overdose – and if you’re like me, would probably be laying in a heap in the middle of the proceedings with an exploded head, not figuring out where to go next.
But hell, this is brain food, and to hear someone like Trombone Shorty close the festival this year with what had to be one of the most high-energy, non-stop, ripped-apart-and-put-back-together-again sets to be heard in a very long time is the essence of what the joy of music is all about.
A little over 90 minutes, one of the highlights of a festival which had an overabundance of highlights -we’re kicking off Backstage Weekend in the best possible way.
If you aren’t familiar with one of the up-and-coming legends of New Orleans, you just have to stop everything and turn this up.
And BTW – Trombone Shorty is currently on tour and is heading to Los Angeles shortly and will be at The Hollywood Bowl in June.
You really don’t need me to tell you to get up and get tickets . . .right?
- Trombone Shorty, Aaron Neville close Jazz Fest (hispanicbusiness.com)
- Trombone Shorty, Aaron Neville to close Jazz Fest (utsandiego.com)
- 44th Annual Jazz Fest Wrap Up (jambase.com)
- Trombone Shorty’s Jazz Fest dream comes true (videos.nola.com)
- The ‘State of the Listen’ @ Jazz Fest 2013 (stevie-nicks.info)