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50% Phish reunion and much more muddy lovin’ at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Posted by admin On May - 2 - 2008

Festival Crashers’ good friend Sami brings her funky
spirit to us live from New Orleans this week…

Greetings from the daze between the one and only New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival! It was a muddy first weekend below sea level out at the fairgrounds.

I finally made it over to the festival on Sunday in time to check out “Voices of the Wetlands” which included such NOLA allstars as Tab Benoit, Johnny Vidacovich, George Porter, Jr., Dr. John, etc to raise awareness regarding the deteriorating costal wetland depletion.

The jams were great, but my friend and I decided to head over to the Gospel Ten
t to get some preach in our Sunday- good timing in fact as it started to rain- but the tent was filled with soul and praise. The skies cleared and we caught Elvis Costello & Allen Touissaint- who were much funkier than expected. We concluded the day in the mud groovin’ to Al Green, (ed. note: his new album is so sexy it hurts) and all headed home for some much needed de-mudding!

And now for the fun stuff…
After catching a few minutes of Big Sam’s Funky Nation at Le Bon Temps Roule
Friday night, we headed over to Tipitina’s to catch the end of the Zigaboo Funk Review- only to segway into the Disco Biscuits late night return (last show in 2003) to the legendary uptown New Orleans music club. My experience with this band has been rather negative for them having such a loyal following, supposedly I’ve managed to see all of their “off” shows. (ed note: They’re “off” a lot)

Well, lovers of the Disco Biscuits- I finally get it. The band went on at 2:45am- First set was cool and all, but the second set was amazing- such a fun dance party… we finally walked out at 7am for sunrise and headed up the street to Ms. Mae’s for some early morning cocktails.

After a slow recovery, we headed to a small club called The Rusty Nail to check out an intimate set with Soulive’s Eric Krasno, Joe Krown, and Russel Batiste (PBS, Vide Blue). Ivan Neville sat in for a few songs as well.

We then headed to the legendary Preservation Hall for the “Midnight Preserves” series to see an “acoustic set” by the Benevento Russo Duo. Acoustic it was not as Marco had all of his pedals etc, but it was a very intimate setting- with friends, local musicians, and even some of the bisco’s. The set ended with a killer cover of “Karma Police!”

The second weekend got off to a great start- stopped at the Howlin Wolf to try and catch a glimpse of Page McConnel (essentially a Vida Blue reunion- billed as “Global Noize Coalition”). As I was leaving the bar, I walked right into Mike Gordon- who was heading backstage- I froze and decided to stick around for a while! Sure enough, he got on stage and we got to see Mike & Page jammin out!!!!!! After the short 50% Phish reunion, we headed to Lettuce and Soulive at the Republic who were sooooo funky and danced the night into oblivion!

Be sure to listen in this weekend to the Jazz Tent at the fairgrounds, streaming at

Keepin it funky! -Sami

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