Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Where y'at?

I'm back. We made a whirlwind trip south last weekend. It's Jazzfest in New Orleans, and Rykert, despite living in the area for most of his life, had never been. When I was in college, I attended (usually multiple days) each year. We chose Friday as our Jazzfest day, which turned out to be a very good choice based on the torrential downpours that came on Saturday and Sunday (though there is something to be said about being soaked and covered in mud in a festival environment). The musical highlight, for us, was seeing Alison Krauss and Robert Plant. I wasn't sure what to expect - what with his famous screeching vocals and rock heritage and her sugary sweet soprano and bluegrass fiddle. It was even better than we anticipated, and their rendition of "When the Levees Break" (appropo for the venue) and the drizzle that started to break out as if on cue was phenomenal. Despite the crowds, it was fabulous. We skipped out on Sheryl Crow, mostly because our feet were sore and we were tired of fighting the crowds. We saw some other great performances as well, though Plant/ Krauss was certainly the highlight.

Here's a less than stellar video via You Tube...

Frankly, the food at Jazzfest is every bit as good as the music. Hands down. We wasted no time sharing (meaning I had one bite) Crawfish Bread, Crawfish Monica, and an Alligator Pie. There was also Strawberry Lemonade, Strawberry Shortcake, Chocolate Covered Strawberries (do you see a theme there), and Mirliton Casserole. When we are in Louisiana a great deal of our time is spent eating, and the time between meals is usually spent planning our next meal. So the list above encompasses a mere afternoon's worth of eating. If you're ever planning a trip to New Orleans, I'm more than happy to provide a list of my favorite places to see and eat.

Rykert and Crawfish Monica. Do you know her?
Eating Crawfish Monica

There was a lot of talk in the local news media related to the price of a Jazzfest ticket. Currently gate tickets are $50 per day. It seems steep - particularly when you consider that just 10 years ago (during my first Jazzfest) it was under $20. However, when you consider the cost of a ticket to a single stadium concert these days, it doesn't seem as steep. $50 gives you incredible access to an insane number of highly talented musical acts in a range of styles.

Here we are relaxing near the end of the day.
at Jazzfest 03
Louisiana does some crazy stuff to my usually fine, flat hair. But I did manage to escape without a sunburn, despite my pasty, winter, white complexion.

Our trips to Louisiana are too often rushed, so we're hoping that we can arrange our schedules for a much longer visit next time. They say that you're either a Jazzfest person or a Mardi Gras person. I'm not sure which I prefer, and we may need to plan a trip to Mardi Gras next winter. Live music was a huge part of my college experience. I wasn't that educated in music, but luckily (1) I lived in a city known for its vibrant music scene with a history to match and (2) had friends with varied musical interests who would drag me along and exposed me to really great music along the way. There were weeks when I saw live music nearly ever night, and Jazzfest (though always in the middle of finals) was the culimination of my musical year.

2 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Webbies said...

Looks like a wonderful time. I am always interested when you talk about southern food.....I have never had crawfish (I am a little scared to try it to be honest), but all of your southern food talk sure makes me want to try it!

Knittripps said...

Sounds like fun! Thinking about all that food makes me hungry :)

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