The day started off sunny and then grew quickly overcast the closer I got to the Fairgrounds. Anytime I don’t have to bathe in sun block makes for the start of a good day.
Spent the first couple of hours wandering around, checking out to see if they had any new cuisine I needed to partake off among other things. I decided to go with one of my old favorites, Fried Eggplant with Crawfish Sauce. Hey, hanging out listening to music takes a lot of calories….
After munching, I head over to the Acura Stage to catch the Theresa Andersson Group. A native of Sweden, Theresa has called New Orleans home for many years and has developed quite a following among the locals.
Of course, My favorite trombone player was at the Congo Square already getting the faithful fired up. I bugged out early on Theresa for “Big Sam’s” Funky Nation and the energy was growing higher with every step closer.
Up next were the duo of Alison Krauss and Robert Plant along with T-Bone Burnett on the guitar. Granted I was not looking that forward to this combo but as much fun as Robert Plant was having on stage it was hard not to like. After giving props to music from the States as being a heavy influence in his younger years in England, he goes into a Allen Toussaint song “Fortune Teller” that is on their latest album Raising Sand.
Yes, a couple of Led Zeppelin tunes did make an appearance, with “Black Country Woman” being the highlight and the crowd certainly wishing for an appearance of the band from across the pond at the next JazzFest.
I do have to give Alison her due as she has the pipes to stand next to anybody on stage, even as Robert was relegated to backup duty on “Down To The River To Pray”.
Ok, I stand corrected on my snobby attitude toward them….
Next up was Ozomatli from Los Angeles, a group I first saw last year at Mountain Jam as I was highly impressed with their ability to go across many musical genres. This year was no disappointment either as Chali 2Na of Jurassic 5 was on stage with them for several songs as well as members of the marching band from St. Augustine High School for “Let the Good Times Roll”.
That is certainly not a problem with the faithful JazzFest veterans….