@ZackTeibloom I’m in full Jazz Fest Hype mode. I’m leaving straight from work. The car is packed up with a full tank of gas and a fresh oil change, I’ve got a care package full of Sun Chips,* more than enough sandwiches, downloaded the Jazz Fest App and have my conflicts resolved. Last night I left Kappel a voice mail where I said HYPE approximately 35 times. In my mind, I’m already there.
I’ll get to cross a few legends off my list (I’m lookin’ at you Aretha, Van and Jeff Beck) throw down some crawfish, find some new favorite artists and go festivaling with two of my favorites. Sami is a festival goddess and I’m lucky to be crashing at her place again, while Kappel is a festival legend who I’ve yet to see more than a show with. A whole weekend with them is so promising I can’t sit still. Much like all festivals this year, I am going without a ticket or pass. It’s festival crashing time.
This is how I remember Jazz Fest. A true mix of people from all over, coming together for one raucous long weekend in the race track for some free-spirited dancing. Jazz Fest boasts the best food, the most eclectic music, and aside from Pearl Jam, Widespread Panic and the Dead Weather it’s music you won’t find at other fests outside of NOLA. Festivals are all about finding new acts, but it’s especially true at yazz fest. On that note, it’s Yazzfest** from now on.
Top 5 to see
- Jeff Beck
- Van Morrison
- Aretha Franklin
- Steve Martin
- Elvis Costello
*Shelley was so kind to pack me goodies for the road including Sun Chips. Even though Dave Matthews won’t be there to eat them.
**Except on headlines. I don’t wanna mess with our Alexa ranking, Andy.