Apr 16, 2012
Aug 14, 2012
Today was Jazz Fest day – it was the day I was meant to see John Mayer play live in New Orleans but due to his uncontrollable illnesses he wasn’t able to attend. All that aside the lineup was going to be sensational! We got ourselves ready and hopped on the bus. Once we finally arrived we could now understand the extreme scale of this festival. With 13 stages and hundreds of acts on all day it was epic, the way Americans do festivals is very different to Australia too. A lot more seating was going, a lot less toilets and horrible serving of alcohol. It took a long time to get to places and the layout seemed to be not very intelligent. That being said, they were moving big numbers of people around and everyone stayed relatively happy!
There were some really incredible bands that filled me with fire to play harder and better, such talented musicians all in the same area with a love for the same thing, good music. The highlights of the day were Luther Kent and his incredible guitar player, Irvin Mayfield and Jewel Brown. Cee Lo Green played a set consisting of horrible hiphop and he barely made it through his hit song ‘Forget You’ that everyone was waiting to hear. It felt like he didn’t even want to sing it. Tom Petty was pretty cool, but because of the huge amount of people it was quite hard to get close. Jewel Brown was super cool, an old lady who sang with a classic dixie combo – it was plain good quality music. I left the festival inspired and with a grin on my face.
We got home eventually after waiting for the bus for nearly an hour and went to get some Pizza. Dominoes back home is pretty dodgy and HT was very sceptical about ordering it in the states. She was pleasantly surprised to find that the pizza was in fact delicious and looked so much nicer than the Australian Dominoes. We decided to pack it in early so we could enjoy our last day in New Orleans.