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Jazz Fest: 10 Show I’m Looking Forward To (Weekend 1)

Posted by shore On April - 20 - 2009

 @AndyShore I’m starting to get the festival itch, with New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival just under a week away. It’s time to start the previews. It’s time to start the hype (yes, I was singing the Muppet Show Theme Song while typing that). For this top-10, I’m sticking strictly to the shows at the festival the first weekend. I’ll cover late night shows another day, and one for the shows I wish I could see the second weekend. These are in no particular order.


Tribute to Mahalia Jackson f. Irma Thomas, Mavis Staples and Pamela Landrum: I am a soul child, through and through. Don’t let the jew fro that I sometimes sport tell you otherwise. I have a feeling I will be spending quite a bit of time in the Gospel Tent. Think the church scene in Blues Brothers.

cockerpreviewJoe Cocker: This might be the show that I’m most looking forward to. In lieu of getting drunk and singing along at Bon Jovi, Joe Cocker may have to provide that fix. The Mad Dogs & Englishmen live double disc is one of my favorite sing-a-longs of all time.

James Taylor: Without laying the cheese on too thick, there are few people I would rather see a show like James Taylor with than the two people I’m attending Jazz Fest with. I foresee some arm in arm singing to “You’ve Got a Friend.” Camp songs just have that affect on some people, lay off.

Galactic: Not only are these guys one of the funkiest bands around, they’re great guys too. I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with the band before and after a couple of show, and had a blast. Seeing them in their element in New Orleans is sure to be an excellent time.

ivanpreviewIvan Neville & Dumpstaphunk: Checked these guys out at Summer Camp last year. They often have two bass players going on stage, for the ultimate in funk. Also a NOLA band, these guys shouldn’t be missed.

Big Sam’s Funky Nation: Great story about these guys. When I graduated from High School, my grandma took me to New Orleans to see jazz. We checked out Preservation Hall, and a couple of the old-timey jazz joints. I wanted something a little funkier. Our concierge recommended a place called the Funky Butt. We saw Big Sam’s Funky Nation there. Now it’s one of my grandma’s favorite stories to tell her friends, that she took her grandson to the Funky Butt.

Earth, Wind & Fire: Do I even need to explain why I want to see these guys?

Mavis Staples: Chalk another one up to the soul child in me. I started listening to the Staples Singers via a collaboration they did with Curtis Mayfield. I’ve been hooked ever since, and enjoyed the last album she released. Mavis Staples even sat in with Umphrey’s McGee at the Jammy’s a few years back.

Etta James & the Roots Band: Really, I probably won’t see much of Etta James. She’s during Earth, Wind & Fire. I just know that I want to hear her sing once live. It doesn’t even have to be “At Last.”

Congo Square Featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra w/Wynton Marsalis & Yacub Addy and Odadaa!: I will be at Joe Cocker from start to finish. Thankfully, this starts 50 minutes before he goes on. I’m going to put this in the category of needing to see a legend while the opportunity presents itself.

1 Response

  1. teibs Said,

    Yes, I think you do need to explain why you want to see earth wind and fire…

    Posted on April 20th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

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