My friend Ross just returned from Jazzfest in New Orleans. Here is a breakdown on the festival. Thanks Ross.

"Jazzfest was fantastic. Long lines, dense crowds, thick humidity, expensive as hell and every person has a smile on their face. New Orleans isn't just a place, but a state of being. It's like Vegas with a vibrant culture. The food, architecture, hospitality, history, art, diversity and, of course, music, transport you to a different time and place. A type of eerie nostalgia seeps from every street corner. The revelry never stops as time seems to stand still, or dissappear entirely. When you come out of a late night show and the sun is shining bright, the world transforms into the surreal. Then it's gone in a flash and the real smacks you in the face at 6:30 a.m. on a monday. Highlights: Anders Osborne with Stanton Moore, Robert Walter and Wil Bernard, Galactic (as always), Panic getting the longest slot of the whole festival and ripping for two and a half hours STRAIGHT! (I don't think there even was a "," only ">'s"), Allen Toussaint, New Orleans SocialClub (Meters minus Zigaboo, plus Russell Batiste), Dr. Claw, Derek Trucks, and a ten-piece brass band with local boys playin on a French Quarter street corner at 5 a.m. Good times.
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