I did not realize AOL’s Weblogs, Inc. had a metroblogging site in their covey. But they do have one, and the site–BloggingNewOrleans.com–is brimming with Jazz Fest coverage today.
BloggingNewOrleans writer Amanda Anderson says:
If you’ve never been to Jazzfest, I don’t know what’s wrong with you. I don’t care if you’ve never been to New Orleans, don’t like beer, or can’t be exposed to sun. You need to get here, and quick. (Now if you don’t have the $45 for the ticket price, that I can understand. You would not believe the whiteness of today’s crowd…)
OK, so if you haven’t been, let me describe it for you. It’s a giant playground for grown-ups with lots of cash. You can drink a Southern Comfort lime slushie, listen to some of the best music in the world at every turn, buy exquisite art, and eat like a Cajun hog.
When I first went to Jazz Fest in 1996, tickets were ten bucks and you could easily buy them at the gate. Putting socio-economic analysis aside, BloggingNewOrleans writer Mike Schleifstein says, “Bonerama is just amazing.”
So BloggingNewOrleans isn’t a music blog. For more in depth coverage of the bands one must dive deeper into The Google.
LiveBluesWorld says, “It’s great to learn that the Blues Stage will make its return in 2007 — it went on hiatus for the 2006 festival, which had to be a scaled-down affair following the Katrina catastrophe.” Urban travel guide Gridskipper gets in on the action too, but what a fester needs is a blog from Jazz Fest Grids. JFG does have a forum, but I’m not seeing any live music coverage therein.
[UPDATE 4.30.07] Ernie the Attorney says, “Last year’s festival brought a lot of wonderful people to town, but it seems like this year the good vibes are even stronger. Maybe we’re further down the road than we realize. The Army Corps of Engineers is still struggling, but apparently the “Corps of Mindlessly Joyful Dancers” seem to be doing quite well.