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Jazz Fest ’10 line-up Analysis

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Posted by teibs On December - 16 - 2009

jazzfest10@ZackTeibloom We really need to televise festival line-up announcements. I know the Grammy nominee show was a flop, but putting the festival acts online at midnight doesn’t do them justice. We need them unveiled one at a time from least to most exciting. We need a few of the bands there in person for a teaser song. Like you wouldn’t watch this? If there was still a legitimate music channel, we would have such a show. Even if you couldn’t get any of the bands there, just playing a lick of Pearl jam a little Jack White solo to let you know Dead Weather would be there, some breathy Van, an Aretha shriek and some classic BB. If there was still a real music channel, we’d have this show. It would only have to be half an hour. And maybe we could do it before midnight so I don’t have to have a bunch of sandwiches to calm myself down and still end up staying up until 4:30 a.m. with festival dreams running through my head.

Jazz Fest is a unique beast in a lot of ways. First off, it’s spread out over two weekends, so unless you have a job that allows you to get away two long weekends in a row at the end of April/Early May,* you have to pick a weekend. Weekend two is the easy choice this year with Jeff Beck, Van Morrison, The Dead Weather, B.B. King, Elvis Costello & the Sugarcanes, Pearl Jam, Widespread Panic, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Band, Allen Toussaint, Gov’t Mule and Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers.

It’s also wildly unique because the fest ends at 7 p.m. This line-up is just half of what we get to experience. The late-night shows coming in the next month or two will dramatically re-shape Jazz-Fest ’10. We may need to find a way to go both weekends again. For now, let’s work with what we have.

The first weekend is no slouch, with the mysterious TBA, Lionel Richie, The Allman Brothers, My Morning Jacket, Anita Baker, Dr. John, Black Crowes, Band of Horses, George Clinton, etc. but no one in that list makes me stay up until absurd hours with giddy anticipation. I’ve seen all of them except Lionel Richie and Allman Brothers and I wouldn’t go out of my way to see either. The second weekend line-up led me to record this at 4:14 a.m. (It’s me on the RJDJ app for iPhone which I highly recommend )

There is added importance to the first weekend, since they put the TBA in the number one slot. You know it’s going to be good. @Samifest put out some great guesses at what the mystery TBA will be. Check out her new blog! Last year it was Neil Young and I’m praying for another classic rock legend. Paul, Stones, Who, Clapton or Phish would all be pretty wonderful to me. We’ll be getting into far more detail as we get closer, but here are five acts I can’t wait to cross off my list.

Top 5 Jazz Fest ’10 acts Festival Crashers is most excited to see for first time:

  1. Jeff Beck takes the front slot over Van Morrison by a hair. Beck is more of a sure thing. Sure, Van has the catalogue, but I’ll take the sure-thing ridiculous guitar solos of Beck. The recent rock and roll hall of fame inductee is regarded by most as a top-10 all-time guitarist and will melt the most faces in NOLA this spring. I also think he’s also the answer I’ve been looking for in the “Who should have taken The Edge’s spot in ‘It Might Get Loud?’ question.”
  2. Van Morrison is no doubt the best singer/songwriter of the bunch. You just can’t mess with his catalogue. From Moondance to Astral Weeks to … you wouldn’t believe how many albums this guy has put out. I was worried that the 64-year-old might not have it in him anymore after Jenny gave a bad report from SXSW a couple years ago, but   Van performed Astral Weeks in its entirety last year and, yeah, he’s still got it.
  3. B.B. King is way up there on performers you need to catch before it’s too late. He’s 84 and has been sitting down to play for quite some time now. In fact, Bryn has B.B. in the death pool.** I’m partial to guitar gods and B.B. was ranked #3 in Rolling Stone’s all-time guitarists. The old bluesman seems like a perfect late afternoon set to warm up for anyone.
  4. Aretha Franklin is @samifest’s rock sauce pick, but I’m worried she’ll underwhelm. If you saw her at the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary show, you know she doesn’t quite have it anymore. To be honest, I changed the channel. That said, I’ve been told there might not be a couch with my name on it in NOLA if I don’t show some love*** for Aretha. I think she’ll rise to the occasion and knock us on our asses.
  5. Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers is the one show I’ll be begging for more banter on. I’ve seen a little footage of Steve Martin playing banjo. He’s quite good. Seriously, the man has chops and not just as a comedian who can play banjo. As impressive as that is, I’ve never been particularly keen on the banjo and if he would find it in him to crack a few jokes between songs, who wouldn’t enjoy it?

Here’s the N.O Jazz Fest homepage

*You’d think there would be a ton of tax accountants at Jazz Fest since it’s right after busy season, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

**We each picked 13 celebrities who are getting up there in years. When one of them dies, whoever has the deceased on their list gets a drink or round purchased for them that the deceased would have enjoyed. I’m guessing we’ll be drinking whiskey on me when BB passes. Lets just hope it’s not in 2010. We need to see him.

***I bet you thought I was going to say R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

1 Response

  1. kp Said,

    My money is on Phish for weekend 1 TBA

    Posted on December 16th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

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