Fantastic day down in the “Big Easy” with temps in the high 60’s and not a cloud in sight, but plenty of music, food and cold adult beverages. I love my life…..
I did not arrive until about 1 and wandered around for a while checking out the crowd and getting familiar with the layout. Stages are spread out so no bleed over and the two main stages have offsetting schedules so no overlap there. Very nice….
I start the day checking out Galactic and guest Boots Riley at the Voodoo Stage for a bit of hip hop action to get my blood moving. I am not a huge fan of hip hop but decided to download Galactic’s latest album From The Corner To The Block and listened to it all the way through trying not to be judgemental. Two thumbs up as far as I am concerned.
It was time for a little more brass action as I headed over to the WWOZ Stage for trombone heavy Bonerama. Even after catching them last month at the Telluride Blues Festival, I still can’t get enough of these guys. Even with the mud and muck in front of the stage, that did not stop people from dancing and getting their groove on.
Or getting a bit romantic…..
Next stop on the parade was to catch Jason Isbell at the Playstation/Billboard stage. A former member of the Drive By Truckers and now out on his own, he was a bit bummed he could not hang out here with the crowd and enjoy the bands over the weekend….
I spent the rest of the day at the WWOZ Stage and wandered back in time to hear CC Adcock & Lil’ Band of Gold from Lafayette, LA,. CC kind of had the Elvis look going on, but the crowd had the heads bobbing to the cajun influenced rock.
JJ Grey & MOFRO were up next and the crowd was getting thicker as the Jacksonville, FL based band got their swamp funk going on. JJ bounced back and forth between the keyboards, guitar and harmonica and made the patrons forget that mud and muck was ankle deep.
Toots and the Maytals were the last band up with some reggae action. Toots daughter, Leba, came out first for a warmup, but their was no need as this crowd was ready for the main course. I hung out for a few songs and then headed for the gate with the Jamaican sounds heavy in the air . Good start to the weekend.