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Jazz Fest 2010: Review by the Numbers

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Posted by teibs On May - 3 - 2010

yazzy@ZackTeibloom Jazz Fest 2010 was a doozy. It constantly felt like it was going to storm, but didn’t come down until the battle between Van Morrison and The Dead Weather as Van sang “days when the rain came” from “Brown Eyed Girl” to cheers. Jeff Beck was the ultimate highlight, but the weekend was full of gems. Steve Martin and Elvis Costello opened a whole new audience to Bluegrass on Thursday and made it cool. Stanley Clarke fully made us forget Aretha canceled on Friday and made Earth Wind and Fire feel like lightweights. Jack White proved he is in fact possessed by the devil as he lept into the air with complete abandon before absolutely annihilating a solo on “Will There Be Enough Water?” in the pouring rain. A song that has proven to be the best rock performance on any given night by any rock band around.

It wasn’t just the headliners. Jazz Ladies sing the blues was divine, Dr. Klaw was a surprising super group, Buckwheat Zydeco got the day started right Friday, the subdudes and Kermit Ruffins kept it going and Rebirth Bras Band and Irma Thomas made it clear they’re worth seeing any time they’re in town. It was a fest where Band of Horses was an afterthought, but you had to wonder why. Those loud/quiet melodies have them sounding like a power indie-rock band, but it just wasn’t their spot. So how to sum up Jazz Fest before I hit the road and can write-up all these stories? Let’s put it in numbers.

Jazz Fest by the Numbers

  • Time spent on festival grounds: ~25 hours
  • Bathroom Breaks on fest grounds: 0
  • Money spent on tickets: $0
  • Crashes: 4
  • Money spent on alcohol on grounds: $5 (One Coors regular)
  • Blind black piano players seen: 2
  • Crawfish eaten: ~150
  • Allen Toussaint projects seen: 3
  • 9.0 and above shows seen: 5 (Jeff Beck, The Dead Weather, Stanley Clarke, Elvis Costello, Steve Martin)
  • Time it rained while I was on fest grounds: ~ 40 minutes
  • Time it rained while Jack White took a solo:  ~ 8 minutes
  • # of top-20 guitar players on Rolling Stone’s all-time list seen in 24 hours: 3 (BB, Jack White and Jeff Beck)
  • # of different crawfish meals eaten: 4
  • Money spent on garbage man t-shirt: $20

Dirty Dozen shows at JazzFest

  1. Jeff Beck: 9.7
  2. The Dead Weather: 9.6
  3. Stanley Clarke Band: 9.4
  4. Elvis Costello: 9.3
  5. Steve Martin: 9.0
  6. Rebirth Brass Band: 8.8
  7. Buckwheat Zydeco: 8.7
  8. Pearl Jam: 8.7
  9. Irma Thomas: 8.6
  10. Band of Horses: 8.5
  11. Sierra Leone’s Refugee Allstars: 8.4
  12. B.B. King: 8.2

Because you’ll ask: Van Morrison: 7.4

2 Responses

  1. BayAreaButchers Said,

    Great review! Love the Jack White detail. He definitely needs to solo more. It seems like this is when the magic truly happens.

    Posted on May 3rd, 2010 at 12:19 pm

  2. Steve, of Dave and Steve Said,

    No Derek Trucks/Susan Tedeschi show? What was on at the same time?

    Posted on May 3rd, 2010 at 2:40 pm

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