jazz fest '06
it seems that this house is still in need of this and that. just enuff stuff to drag it all out a bit longer. just long enuff to make us miss the jazz fest.
i swear the winter here never ends... we had a few inches of snow easter sunday with the mountains getting pounded pretty good. they look like big marshmallows right now. the people that would know such things tell me that houses sell faster in the warm months. if that is true we will be here til august. and we were so looking to get back by the end of the month, ha!
i was on a roll for awhile there. i made every jazz fest (either working, partying or both) from 1972 until the mid 90's. heard a buncha of great music, ate a lot of great food and saw quite a few bizarre things in that time. but if i wasn't making more money elsewhere or just plain outta town, i was there. memories good and bad. like when i was on t.v. dancing in the mud in front of dr john around '77 and my mom went nuts calling everyone she knew to turn on the news, or the time my very best friend glennski died of a stroke standing in line for an iced tea. and him only 32. been there on glorious spring days where the breeze blows the clouds across the sky like wisps of smoke and the flags and banners, to mark the spot, wave in unison doin' their funky fey-do-do around the fairgrounds and on shitty, muddy, wrecked days, under dead skies that drop rain in torrential fists that pound the grounds into sludge. but it was always worth it, whether to sneak in or walk in with the band, or pay like the lessers.
this year's fest line-up is incredible;
Fats Domino, Bruce Springsteen with the Seeger Sessions Band, Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews Band, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Lionel Richie, Keith Urban, Yolanda Adams, Herbie Hancock, La India, The Meters, Allen Toussaint w/ Elvis Costello, Etta James, Dr. John, The Ohio Players, Irma Thomas, Ani DiFranco, Keb’ Mo’, Hugh Masekela, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Koko Taylor, Pete Fountain, Doug Kershaw, Little Feat, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr., The Radiators, Sam Moore, Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick, Warren Haynes, Angelique Kidjo, Yerba Buena, Chris Owens, Irvin Mayfield, Buckwheat Zydeco, Galactic, Deacon John, Rebirth Brass Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Donald Harrison w/ Eddie Palmieri, Snooks Eaglin,Cowboy Mouth, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Kermit Ruffins, Roland Guerin w/ Marcus Roberts, Sonny Landreth, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Terence Blanchard, the subdudes, Ellis Marsalis w/ Lew Tabackin, Nicholas Payton, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and many, many more... and there are rumors comin' in hinting at bigger things.
i think sunday the 30th would be a great day to hit the 'grounds'... springsteen, elvis, meters, (i try to catch ziggaboo and the meters when ever i can, but bruce don't come thru town much these days, any town really).
and now a few mp3's concerning the big easy roots and food fest brought to you via yousendit for less time than it takes to catch the whole dang thing ...
snooks eaglin - by the river
allen toussaint - riverboat
allen toussaint - on your way down
the meters - pungee
dr john - jump sturdy
dr john - walk on guilded splinters
dr john - life