Jazz Fest Review: Phish Frenzy Doesn't Strike Twice

Any fears that Phish fans would once again descend on New Orleans and Jazz Fest in all their unkempt, nomadic glory went unfounded. Not only were there no roving bands of tripping pranksters, but there were likely fewer of any kind of Phish fan than expected. The crowd did reach the track rails at the Acura Stage, but by choice not necessity.

Jazz Fest Preview: The Mavericks Remember Riding the Ride

(Last year's set by The Mavericks at Jazz Fest was one of the festival's most joyous, so when the band returned to New Orleans last October to play Tipitina's, I took the opportunity to talk with founding member Robert Reynolds about the days before the band split up. Here's an encore presentation of that story since the band returns to Jazz Fest today, where it will play the Samsung Galaxy Stage at 3:40 p.m.)

The Mavericks Get to Be Mavericks Again

"Raul feels we're at our apex," says The Mavericks' Robert Reynolds, reflecting singer Raul Malo's belief that the reunited country/Tex-Mex/swing/Latin band has never been better. Reynolds fondly remembers the band's early club dates in Miami when they played like a Latin-country Clash to 200 or so people, but he understands where Malo is coming from.

Jazz Fest Day 5: We're Turning the Floor of This Race Track Into a Mud Pit

Thursday's rain on top of last weekend's rain on top of this week's rain left the Fair Grounds such a mess that opening Friday was delayed an hour to give Jazz Fest workers a chance to bring in more dirt, more straw, and try to stabilize the muddy mess. Unfortunately, there was only so much that could be done, and the efforts were largely invisible, or noticeable only to those who knew what the Fair Grounds were like around 8 that morning.

Jazz Fest: Weekend 2

Does Jazz Fest need extreme weather to really get good? Or, was the first weekend's talent lineup good but not great? Whatever the case, Sunday was the most compelling day last weekend. The Screaming Eagle of Soul, Charles Bradley, was the highlight of the weekend, and A Tribe Called Red did the unthinkable for many and introduced festgoers to dubstep.

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