|Johnny Gumbo piano shirt|
|Stud sighting at Parkway's|
We're about seven blocks from the Fairgrounds, so we decide to walk it. Gorgeous day. Getting pretty warm. Bright sunshine, no clouds, temperature in the 80s. The grounds should be dried out from the 1st weekend rains and Monday's severe storm. The ticket line is short; we purchase tickets for all three days, each of which is up to $70. Our expectations for today's music are low, No Doubt and Chicago as the closers? Disappointing, but let's see what we can find. I suggest Gal Holiday & Her Honky Tonk Revue over at the Sheraton Fais Do Do Stage. We arrive early in her set and find Gal looking and sounding hot as the weather, a simple shift-type dress, boots, and a short cut to her dark hair. Oh, did I mention that she shaved one side of her head? Great look! She tells us she's from originally western Maryland, but after 16 years living here, she's a New Orleans girl through and through. Great voice, great backup band playing in a sort of country-swing fashion. Some originals, some Hank Williams, some Dylan. Very, very good start.
Luther Kent & Trick Bag at Gentilly Stage: Luther's been around for awhile but I've only caught him
|Piano Shirt Friday?|
Damn, it's getting warm, so New Jersey Mark suggests we go into the Miller Lite Tent (he's got some free passes) at the back of the Acura Stage for Galactic with Macy Gray. It gets us out of the sun with free beer and funk to boot! But I've targeted Shooter Jennings back at Fais Do Do as a possibly good show so Mark G and I leave the group and make our way over there. His set has just started, Looks a bit like his old man, Waylon. As he introduces his next song, it's quickly apparent that he is NO fan of Nashville (something like "My Favorite View of Nashville Is From Afar"), but all those anger issues result in some great songs. Hell of a backing band, too. The dude on pedal steel/harmonica is fabulous! "So, a few years ago a guy from Nashville said he was doing a tribute album for George Jones and asked folks to write original songs and submit them, so I wrote a couple songs for him. Turns out the guy was full of shit, but here's one of those songs I wrote." Funny story, great song. Great show, Shooter. Best of the day!
|JK, Elisa, Pool Hall Studs at Gentilly|
And, of course, what would Jazz Fest be without the Pool Hall Studs' dressing for Marshall's annual themed dinner. Personally, I would not trust ANY read from that caddy!
|Words cannot describe|