Review: New Orleans Jazz Festival 2010 Day 1
Posted on: Friday, Apr 30, 2010
First things first – put the word ” Jazz ” to one side. This festival has twelve stages, only 2 of which are specifically Jazz related, covering a wide gamut of musical genres including, of course, Blues.
A word about the the venue. It’s a racecouse, like Aintree or Chester for example, with the various stages scattered across the whole of the available acreage. Several of the stages are housed in “tents”, although that description doesn’t really do them justice given that they could each easily accommodate a full-size football (should that be Soccer?) pitch; with a number of “Arena style” main stages. There is of course a plethora of stalls selling everything from Voodoo dolls (we are in New Orleans afterall), to Gumbo and Alligator burgers, and the ubitquitous Miller Lite.
I’ll review performances in more detail on my return to the UK, but the outstanding blues performance of this first day for me was provided by Bernard Allison, who gave us a powerful set that really got the crowd up on their feet. He has picked up the baton from his father and made it his own!
Other none blues highlights today included Steve Martin (yes! that Steve Martin) with his bluegrass band – and boy can he pick banjo with the best of them!, and Elvis Costello with his country band The Sugarcanes.
Today we get Aretha franklin headlining on the main stage, with Derek Trucks and Susan Tedschi top-of-the-bill in the Blues tent.
Watch out for more news from New Orleans tomorrow.