Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Jazz Fest Guide- Food, Music, Parking & secrets

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Posted by teibs On May - 2 - 2009

logo2@ZackTeibloom SUNDAY UPDATE: Be prepared for your phone not to work. Especially if you have an iPhone. Make your meet-up points now. And it might rain. Plan accordingly.

As for the music, today is legends day. A jazz, rock and blues legend of epic proportions. I plan to see every minute of three sets today:

1:00 Allen Touissant, 2:55 Neil Young, 5:45 Buddy Guy. Other than that, it’s wandering time.

After a week of being at Jazzfest, I’ve learned a thing or two. It took making some wrong moves like eating the worst fish sandwich of my life, but I think I’ve got a hang of this festival.

Food:

The Crawfish Monica is so good they had to name it after a woman. You get the best part of the crawfish, without the hassle of having to peel the shell off, in a rich, creamy sauce over pasta. I got the large, but I’d advise splitting it or getting a regular size if you don’t want to be weighed down. It’s quite heavy. 9/10

Strawberry Lemonade: It’s so sweet you might think two bees made sweet love inside it. 9/10.

Crawfish Enchiladas: @Samifest claims it’s even better than the Crawfish Monica. I’ll be eating one this weekend to decide for myself. Supposedly delicious.

Catfish Sandwich: If you took Gefilte fish, sliced it thinly, covered it in sand and deep fried it, it would be better than this sandwich. Just atrocious. 0/10

Music: I suggest wandering early and seeing what catches your ear. As the afternoon turns to night, try to hit these 6 shows up:

  • 1:40 Bonerama
  • 3:10 Dr. John
  • 3:30 Aaron Neville
  • 455: Kings of Leon
  • 5:30 The O’Jays
  • 5:55 Midnite Disturbers

Parking: Get there early and don’t be afraid to walk a few blocks. You could pay $20 to park two blocks away, but I’d rather park 5 blocks away for free. Saturday and Sunday you may just have to plunk down a few bucks if you get there past 2 p.m., but seeing as how most of the parking is locals who put cones down, the price is negotiable. Don’t pay more than $10.

How to Crash: If you’ve read this far, you deserve to know. After you get your bags checked, you come to a number of lines of ticket takers. All the way left is the line for festival goers to exit. Walk in through that line. It’s shockingly unguarded. Even when a cop was walking out, Andy was able to cruise right through. God speed.

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