Day Four of Jazz Fest
After yet another leisurely morning we crossed the street and ate at the Dress It Cafe. We had chipped beef gravy, biscuits, scrambled eggs and sausage. Excellent once again. We hustled and bustled and inquired until we figured out how to get a free ride on the shuttle. woo hoo! Today Michael and I are on our own.
The weather was sunny with some very pretty clouds as we started the day at the Congo Square stage. We got to Samba a little, shop a little, but pretty soon the weather started rolling in. We made it to the Peoples Economy Tent just in time for the Rain to start falling.
We camped out in the Economy Tent to miss the rain only leaving in a pancho for beer refills and bathroom breaks. We got to see some of NOLA's finest traditional Dixieland jazz music. We stayed until the rain stopped, then headed over to the Liagnappe Stage in the drizzle for a set from The Honeypots after a light lunch of a dozen oysters.. :)
Then it was back to the Peoples Economy Tent for the band that was the highlight of the day, Aurora Nealand and the Royal Roses. They played a montage of traditional music in tribute to Sidney Bechet the great soprano sax player. Aurora played Soprano Sax and sang some. The band was great, she was amazing..
The weather remained cloudy and cool so we stayed inside the rest of the day, next to the Blues tent where we saw a magnificent set from Native American Folk Singer and Blues artist, Pura Fe'. Wow! The drummer played the Cajon, she had a great blues guitarist and Pura sang and played her unusual slide Dobro.
We finished our day at the Liagnappe Stage watching Ingrid Lucia and her fine band of musicians. That excellent set finished we set off once again for the Gentilly Gate where Steve picked us up once again and we went off to dinner at Taqueria Corona.
Michael and I went on to attend the final three days of Jazz Fest, continuing to absorb as much of the festival as humanly possible. Meanwhile I'm off to Australia for some teaching and touring. Perhaps I'll have some time forms blog entry or two!