Here's to a successful first weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Things couldn't have been more perfect. Although a wet and muddy start, it only took a couple of hours for the sun to show its face and maintain its presence throughout the weekend. As the first leg ended, Sunday graced us with lovely weather, low humidity, and terrific music, food, and drinks.
Arriving right as the festival began, it was only appropriate to grab a crawfish bread to start off my festival food journey. The first act on my list was at the Acura Stage, where a tribute was held for Dave Bartholomew and Fats Domino. Guests included Bonnie Raitt, Irma Thomas, Davell Crawford, and many more. Next to the stage was Irma Thomas's set, and it was nothing less than majestic (of course, there's no surprise in that!). Draped in a Jazz Fest printed dress, a soulful Thomas belted out the musical notes of many local favorites.
After filling my soul with music, it was time to fill my belly with another favorite dish: the soft-shell crab po-boy.
With po-boy in hand, I headed over to Fais Do-Do to see the Indigo girls, and split my time between there and Congo Square, where the Legendary O'Jays were performing. It's a shame that I couldn't split myself into three people because during that time, Bonnie Raitt was performing at the Acura Stage and from what I could hear, it sounded like an amazing performance.
With a belly full of food and beer, I made my way to the last leg of my Sunday at Jazz Fest. I hatched a plan to make it to 3 stages in one night, and I was determined to do it. I started that time at Acura with Van Morrison as he sang his classics. Shortly after that, I headed over to see Latin sensation J. Balvin at the Gentilly Stage, where he made us sing and dance off all the soul food we'd been eating. Finally, I ended my night at Congo Square, where Al Green sang his hits to all of us, and the entire crowd participated. Over 70 years old, Al Green hasn't lost his voice; sounding the same, he didn't miss a beat.
There were several great acts to see this Sunday, but unfortunately, you simply cannot see them all. No matter who you saw this Sunday, you were sure to enjoy and have a great time. With all the wonderful weather, food, music, and people in attendance, this Sunday was a perfect day for fest'n. See you next weekend! -Kimmie Tubre