Ominous clouds in the background and the the weather forecast not looking well, the day starts at the Gentilly Stage with Benjy Davis Project, a southern rock band that got it’s start in Baton Rouge back in 2001 and has gained a great regional following. As the clouds grew darker, ” Do it With the Lights On” was a crowd pleaser and one of their signature songs as well is “New Orleans” as the people got a huge laugh with the last line “trust the women, just not the ones on Bourbon Street”
Not 20 minutes into Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, rain stopped their set short as they and the crowd were getting into their funky sound as their retro high marching band uniforms lit up the stage. By the time the weather let up a couple of hours later, Ivan Nevilles’ Dumpstafunk also had a shortened set that included “Turn this Thing Around”, a song lending itself to the rebuilding of New Orleans.
The Louisiana flavor continued as Better Than Ezra was up next with Mark Mullins from Bonerama backing up on trombone, they continued with the New Orleans theme as the set started with “Have You ever Been Down to the Ninth Ward” and continued with a song written about the Gulf Coast or as he called it the Redneck Riviera, “Southern Thing”. Kevin Griffen did his best Mick Jagger impersonation with “Gonna Miss Ya”
After catching the first 30 minutes of the Counting Crows, I headed down to the Acura Stage to catch ZZ Top in full force with “Got Me Under Pressure” with Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill in black sequined outfits. The bearded ones continued with old favorites “Sharp Dressed Man” and brought out the furlined guitars for “She’s Got Legs “. Dodging mud and rain-soaked fellow festival goers back to the gate and my hotel downtown, I was hoping for sunshine tomorrow.