Jazz Fest: New Orleans at Night

Bluntly, there's too much to do during Jazz Fest. Too many bands, too many possibilities, too many things that might be cool. Looking at schedules can be overwhelming, so we've narrowed the choices a bit. Our choices reflect our priorities, particularly the absence of jams and ad hoc bands. My roots in punk and pop and the three-minute song are too strong to connect to something as inefficient as jamming. If that's your thing, it's easily found. Here are some other options.

Papa Brees, Papa Mali, and Saints Superstitions

Tonight, the New Orleans Saints open their preseason at home against the Tennessee Titans. Today in The New Orleans Advocate, I talk to musicians about their levels of Saints fandom. Some are indifferent, some are emotionally wracked, some are diehard and will face hostile audiences in other teams’ stadiums to see the Saints. After I filed the story, musicians continued to send me thoughts and comments, so I moved some to here. 

Jazz Fest Day 2: Jazz Fest, Meet the Modern World

[Updated] Electronic Dance Music (EDM) is the most current version of the modern sound that Jazz Fest lives as an unspoken antidote to. The festival is one of the last places where traditional notions of talent rule. If you sing well and play well, there's a stage and an audience for you. Whether by design or what it's come to represent for its patrons, Jazz Fest is often a musical safe haven from the heathens on the charts with their Auto-Tunes and computers and so on.

Silent Nights

This time of the year, bands aren't touring and even local musicians would rather be home with their families. As such, we have a short Milk Run this week. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours from My Spilt Milk.

Mike Meets Hospital; Hospital Wins

[Updated] Wednesday night, Governor Mitt Romney tried work his way around the pre-existing conditions question, allowing that people who had health insurance but lost it could re-get it despite pre-existing conditions, but those who were never insured would have to wait for states to craft laws to help them. In the abstract, that merely sounds problematic; put a name and face on it and impact is far more real.

Guitar Working

When Jimmy Robinson opens Guitarworks with "Can't Stop Drinking," he and Washboard Chaz are locked in a heated blues foot race. Robinson's remarkable ability isn't immediately obvious. I'm sure the song's harder to play than it sounds, but he makes slide and burred notes on his acoustic guitar sound effortless and exactly right.

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