The day started with a service at St. Augustine Church. "The Amistad Mass: A Tribute to the Unknown Slave" featured a musical performance by the Blind Boys of Alabama. From there a second line featuring the Treme Brass Band led us away from St. Augustine and through the gates of Armstrong Park. A light rain gained intensity until it became a downpour when we reached Congo Square, but there was no way to dampen the spirit of this second line. Beaming faces danced along as the parade drew closer to our sacred destination. It was truly one of those moments when you know that you are in the right place at the right time.
The rain didn't last too long, and by the time we were ready for music on the main stage the sun was shining and the day was heating up. The Festival featured two stages, one for dance demonstrations and one for featured musical acts. The lineup included Bamboula 2000, Tribe 101 (replacing Donald Harrison & Congo Nation), Big Sam's Funky Nation and Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk. Big Chief Bo Dollis, who has not performed much recently due to illness, stopped by and seemed to be in great spirits as he watched the action. The day was filled with rhythmic drums and dancing Indians back in the place where it all started (in this country at least). Sometimes you have to go back to understand how to move forward.
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I was there -- great job capturing the feel, the love and the return that is currently New Orleans.
Well done, Dino.
Now that's the kind of content I like to see on Jambase! We wouldn't have "jam" if it were not for this kind of musical tradition. btw, if you haven't checked out the Wolfman, you should. That's some funky shit!