I attended my first Jazzfest last year. I bought a ticket specifically to see indie rock group Band of Horses, not any of the dozens of jazz and local artists that played that day. I am not a jazz fan so Jazzfest has never appealed to me much.
This year’s Jazzfest is a different animal. The lineup is less devoted to jazz and more devoted to drawing spectators from across the musical map. Is this a sign Jazzfest is becoming a national festival rather than one for New Orleans music lovers? Maybe so. Either way, this lineup has me salivating (and a tad bit sad).
Let me explain: My best friend is flying to Portland May 4 and staying until May 8. Thus, it seems there will be no Arcade Fire, Lupe Fiasco, or the Strokes in my future. C’est la vie.
For those of you lucky enough to attend Jazzfest this year, here are my thoughts about each day’s lineup. Bravo to whoever put this lineup together. There are few days I would skip, which is saying something considering this festival is set across seven (!) days.
Click the link to see my recommendations for each day of Jazzfest. Check it!