New Orleans…Where do I even begin? It’s my original hometown although I’ve grown up and spent enough years in New England that I consider myself a New Englander as well. When somebody asks where I’m from I tend to switch back and forth depending on the conversation. There is no doubt I have a connection with this city though. Some of my first solid meals were gumbo, red beans, and jambalaya. I remember Hack, one of the many “French Quarter Characters” playing his trumpet outside of Cafe du Monde as a toddler and later visiting us at our uptown home. I also have fondest memories of my favorite nanny, Jean, dressing me up for high tea at Windsor Court and Ms. Audrey pulling my hair into complex braids and butterfly clips. I tell you I would’ve been a superb southern belle if New England hadn’t happened!
This is my first visit in a long time and my first time exploring the city and Jazzfest as an adult. It’s a new kind of vibe and dance and it took a couple days for me to find my place again. The food is delicious as ever, the people are still sweet as sugar but it’s all more exciting and it feels brand new this time. It’s certainly a contrast from both Boston and Hamburg. New Orleans and its effervescent spirit are hard to capture in photographs but Jazzfest was as bright as ever and the after a couple first days of rainy weather, the sun turned up just in time for the festival. I hope you enjoy this visual experience of Jazzfest, day one. Although the best experience is the one you can hear during this time of year, this is an inkling. It just means you should come down next year! If you follow me on Instagram you got to hear some of the fun as well on my stories. Put on the playlist and enjoy the photographs!
Festival food: crawfish sack, oyster pattie, and crawfish beignets.
These photos are from Friday and Saturday. We use Friday as our day to get settled into the festival weekend as Saturday is about 3x busier as the lineup was much more star-studded (Stevie Wonder!). We typically set up a little campground in front of the stage we want to be at for the end of the night at the beginning of the day and everyone comes and goes as they please. I was very excited to see Lake Street Dive as I was familiar with them and it was their first time performing at Jazz Fest! They were ah-mazing and I happily turned my entire party onto them as well. One of my favorite things about Jazzfest is that it’s truly for everybody! Young, old, music enthusiast, professional or not, locals and visitors. It’s made for everyone to enjoy and we’re all here to have a good time and soak up the sun. And speaking of sun, if you follow me on Instagram and watch my stories you also saw my killer sunburn after day one. Ouch.