Words by: SuperDee
04.27.07 :: FRIDAY
Driving through the city to the Fairgrounds, I noticed changes from last year. No more
gigantic piles of garbage everywhere. Realty signs are rampant, and while some houses are
still wrecked many are under re-construction. Things are looking better. It's hopeful.
Rosalie 'Lady Tambourine' Washington :: 04.27
Upon entering the Fairgrounds, I made a beeline, as always, for the soft shell crab po'boy
booth followed by a blissful strawberry lemonade. After filling our bellies, we went to
the Jazz Tent to see Astral
Project - a JazzFest staple by true masters.
The day turned into the delicious gumbo of genres as we wandered from stage to stage. We
got washboard Zydeco as we walked by the charming Fais Do Do Stage where Geno Delafose & French Rockin'
Boogie was playing. We doubled back to the Congo Square where Kirk Joseph's Backyard
Groove was performing a devout version of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On?"
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews
04.27 by Adam
From there, we grabbed some famous cheese and spicy crawfish bread followed by an iced
cafe au lait. Back to Congo Square for Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave's mixture of hip-hop and funk with
killer brass. They had the entire crowd jumping up and down. Troy "Trombone Shorty"
Andrews is a virtuoso musician and was clearly born to be a bandleader.
Next stop, a visit to the Gospel Tent where the McDonogh #35 High School Gospel
Choir was raising sprits. There were about forty kids on stage singing their hearts
out in perfect angelic harmony. It was the most inspiring thing I saw all day. As the
first Fairgrounds day neared its end, we picked up some crawfish monica and checked out
lackluster set. We moved on to the Gentily Stage for Lucinda Williams.
Shockingly, this was my first taste of Williams live and I found her to be both
beautifully soothing and little gruff. Following a local tip, we took a stroll to the
Lagniappe Stage to see the Happy Talk Band, a New Orleans alt-
country outfit featuring members of Morning 40 Federation, The Iguanas, and 007. This is definitely "one to watch" after the fest. Having enough
of the sun, we walked out of the fairgrounds as Lucinda Williams absolutely killed Bettye
LaVette's bittersweet "Joy." Day 1 fairgrounds... check!
McDonogh #35 High School Gospel Choir
04.27 by Seth
ANDERS OSBORNE :: 04.27 :: THE ROCK 'N'
If there was one "must see" for us this year, it was Anders Osborne at the Mid City Lanes Rock 'N' Bowl.
We came home raving about last year's show, and this year proved no less praise worthy.
The Rock 'N' Bowl is an institution. The Mid City lanes have been open for 40+ years and
what was once a bowling alley with some live music is now a rock hall with lanes. Its
owner, John Blancher, is ecstatic about both music and bowling as he
enthusiastically introduces the bands in his bowling shirt.
Anders Osborne :: 04.27 :: Rock 'N' Bowl by
Anders Osborne's band is the quintessential New Orleans style blues rock. Tim
Green on saxophone and Kirk Joseph on sousaphone make up the high and low ends,
complimenting Osborne's guitar work and the distinctive New Orleans beat provided by
drummer Eric Bolivar. The predominantly local crowd was already quite loose by the
time Anders took the stage, so he ripped right into the first song without holding back.
"Cry you a river, I'll cry you a hurricane," he snarled as he wailed out his first guitar
solo of the night. We knew immediately we were in the presence of musical perfection.
Osborne's lyrics hit deep on tunes like "I've Got a Woman," an ode to someone that's
sweet-as-can-be and always there for him. But, you get the sense he can't quite make
things right with this woman even though he wants to. The song that completely blew us
away, both lyrically and musically, was "Louisiana Rain." Osborne sang about New Orleans,
his friends that had to leave, the yearning to have everyone come back and be together
once again. You could feel the pain, regardless of what city you call home. "Please
bring me back home again," he cried with absolute sincerity as he ripped into another gut
wrenching guitar solo.
Good, Bad and Funky :: 04.27
Preservation Hall by Adam
This was a powerhouse show delivered by a SMOKIN' artist. Yet another JazzFest tradition
not to be broken.
04.27.07 :: FRIDAY :: FAIRGROUNDS
Dr. John by Adam
Creole Wild West
Mardi Gras Indians by Adam McCullough
by Adam McCullough
Jazz Funeral for
Ed Bradley by A. McCullough
Percy Sledge by
Big 9 SAPC by
Drummers of Guinea by Zack Smith
Luke Allen of
Happy Talk Band by Zack Smith
James Carter by
Kirk Joseph by
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