Jazz Fest Review: Springsteen Echoes Springsteen

Well before he took the stage shortly after 4:15 p.m., Saturday at Jazz Fest was about Bruce Springsteen. Those who arrived at the Fair Grounds in the first hour encountered heavy crowds as people got to Jazz Fest early with the hopes of setting up camp on the Acura lawn. As a result, by the time Allen Toussaint performed on the stage at 12:45 p.m., people were already claiming track space. 

Christmas in January?

We look forward to the announcement of the talent lineup for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell with the same sort of eagerness that we wait for Christmas. Then it gets here, we eagerly see what we got, and find a pair of socks. A shirt. Things we need or can use, but they're not on par with the anticipation. Maybe nothing could be, but still ...

Last Night: For the Love of Country

On Back at the Quonset Hut, the joy Chuck Mead experienced singing classic country hits is obvious, and that enthusiasm carried over to his performance at the House of Blues last night. His love of country wasn't just obvious; it was the point of the show. From bits of shtick to stagecraft conventions to the performance of the songs themselves, it was country as a tradition and a sound and a set of musical values that was on display more than individual lyrics or changes.