May 06 2019

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Sunday, May 5, 2019

By: Gustavo Escanelle

The day is done and the weekend is over and we are all sad because Jazz Fest 2019 has officially come to a magical end. This year's Jazz Fest came with surprises, disappointments and much controversy but all in all it was a successful year and it's safe to say that festers didn't seem to be too upset.

With only two rainy days that both ended in sunshine, the fest had 8 successful days of food, music and culture and Sunday the 5th was a perfect summary of a great year, the 50th year.

For me, I started my day as usual, with an Iced Cafe Au Lait and stage hoping trying to scope out all of the morning performers. While hopping from Caroline Jones to George Porter Jr. I was accompanied by my coffee in one hand and a praline stuffed beignet in the other.

Once my friends arrived, we headed to do some taste testing of our own. First stop was to Prejean's Restaurant booth where I got the Crab and Crawfish Stuffed Mushrooms while my friend tried the Crawfish Enchiladas. Both dishes were delicious and put us in the perfect mood to stroll around and take in a bit more of the scenery. We strolled through the Congo Square venders looking at all of the original artwork and jewelry. After buying a few things, we headed over to the Gentilly Stage to hear Little Feat who went on right before The Radiators. We jammed out with the local legends for a bit before heading back to Congo Square to listen to the iconic Chaka Khan.

Dressed in a phenomenal sheer black outfit she looked and sounded amazing; with a voice more powerful than ever. Right down the way at Acura was Jimmy Buffet & The Coral Reefer Band. We headed that way to watch the beachy Margarita man sing our favorite songs as we all sang along with him.

All of that singing recharged my appetite and it was time to grab more food. This time we decided to head over to Joyce's Lemonade where we enjoyed a cool beverage to accompany our mango freezes, a festival must have.

The evening line up was a hard pick. With regular Closers like Trombone Shorty and Maze, we also had John Fogerty, Herbie Hancock, Buddy Guy and more. Luckily for me, I had a friend who was willing to bounce around from stage to stage and I must say that it was not easy, but totally worth it.

From getting a glimpse of Herbie to grooving with Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, we ended our Jazz Fest weekend as we always do, right there at Acura with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. They closed the show dynamically with the legendary Nevilles by their side.

While walking to the back exit we saw that Maze was still performing and what could make the day better than hearing two of their most famous songs back to back, as they ended with "Happy Feelings" and "Before I let you Go".

Despite the cancellations, weather and other mishaps this years Jazz Fest was a great time and we all look forward to doing it all over again next year. -Kimmie Tubre

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