Friday at Jazz Fest ended early, more for the threat of rain than what actually showed. At 5 p.m., Jazz Fest executive producer Quint Davis told the audience at the Acura Stage that rain was coming in an hour to an hour and a half, and it would be bad. He didn’t mention the tornado watch we were under starting at 4:56 p.m. yesterday.
This year's Jazz Fest nightlife isn't as jam-heavy as previous years have been. There are certainly plenty of opportunities to hear funky jams, but there are other options this year for those who get their fill at the Fair Grounds. Tonight has two such shows of note.
It looks like we may be finished with the rain, but Thursday it took it's toll on me, partly in the constant donning and shedding of rain gear, of living inconveniently under a poncho, and of choosing footing semi-carefully, trying to find the closest thing to a dry path - or at least not a soggy one. I was solid through Pokey LaFarge's charming set at the Fais Do-Do Stage, where he and his band showed off not just vintage finery and the musical product of a killer record collection but genuine chops.