We have another Jazz and Heritage Festival in the books, guys! I finally took a break from helping guests at the St. Chuck and made my way to the fairgrounds, and this year did not disappoint.
Talk to any frequent Jazz Fest goers and they all tell you their own specific plan of attack. Because make no mistake, doing the Jazz Fest right is something that requires strategy and planning. For me - there are a couple of things I must have: I must have my own chair, I must have some shade, and I absolutely 150,000% must have sunscreen.
Some friends and I woke up early, and made our way down to the Fairgrounds. Getting to Jazz Fest early is my first pro-tip. The lines are bearable (especially on weekends) the crowds haven't gotten too out of control, and there are some really outstanding musicians playing their hearts out. We set up shop in front of the Jazz & Heritage stage, which had some trees, and a pretty good line-up of music. Once we had our set up, we ventured out to get our first round of food. For me - you gotta go seafood at the jazz fest. We got our first round of crawfish streudel for the day (because, of course, there would be more rounds), and some delicious spinach and artichoke dip. We then got some delicious strawberry lemonade to wash it all down.
Later, we ventured to one of the tents on the outskirts of the main fest area to hear the Blind Boys of Alabama. It was such a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
We ventured around to eat a bit more, and then went back to our seat to catch Big Chief Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias.
Finally, we closed out the day, and the festival! by heading to see New Orleans Native, Trombone Shorty close it all out at the Acura Stage, all the while carrying about 25 to-go containers of food to bring home.