History's a Part of The Meters, Shorty's Jazz Fest Finales

The annual nature of Jazz Fest makes it a perfect time to reflect on how things have changed--not just how the festival or the grounds have changed, or which musicians are no longer with us, but how the acts themselves are different. The Meters’ set Sunday exists in relation to all the other Meters and permutations of Meters members’ shows that I’ve seen—jammy ones, pop ones, metal ones, blues ones, and always funky ones.

Jazz Fest: Trombone Shorty, Boyfriend, and Preservation Hall Preview New Releases

When the British department store Boots excavated Ernie K-Doe’s “Here Come the Girls” for its Christmas season ad in 2007, it rescued the song from obscurity. “Here Come the Girls” served Boots well, and the commercial obscured the fact that the song has said its piece by 1:30 with two more minutes to kill.

Beck, St. Vincent, Phantogram, Jenny Lewis, and the Preservation Hall Ball

Friday: Nicky Da B Benefit feat. Sissy Nobby, DJ Jubilee, Walt Wiggidy, BJ So Cole, Jo Jackson, Reedy, and DJ Lil Man, midnight, The Republic: Rapper and dancer Nicky Da B passed away far too young last month. Some of the proceeds for this show will go to his family to help with the costs of his death.

Zack Smith Finds His Exit

This Voodoo Music Experience was the first year since 2008 that Zack Smith was not backstage behind the Preservation Hall Stage with a makeshift photo booth and a camera or three. The end of that stage after Voodoo 2012 also meant the end of Smith’s space. One year, he had a sheet of plywood on a couple of sawhorses supporting a handful of cameras, some that shot to digital, some to film, all with different formats.

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