Sunday, June 16, 2013

April 28, 2013 Sunday Muddy Sunday at Jazzfest

It didn't look good as we arrived at Jazzfest.
 So we headed toward the Gospel tent for some cover...
...wait just a moment, what is this? A long line of food stands...Why not grab something on the way. I'm sure God wouldn't mind. Once again we grabbed a Cochon de Lait Po'boy because it really was so damn good that we had to have another.

We spent the morning in the Gospel tent eating our po'boys as a biblical rain fell and people danced to the Famous Rocks of Harmony who provided a very musical sermon.
We braved the rain to check out some music. Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band had people dancing in the mud...
...except for this stick in the mud.
 We walked through the Louisiana Folklife Village and checked out handmade instruments, Mardi Gras Ball gowns and really enjoyed the Mardi Gras Indians costumes.
 The incredible bead work to design these costumes is amazing to see up close.

I'm gonna have to rename my Social Club using the New Orleans style. How about the Old Timers Social Aid & Pleasure Club? We will never have costumes this elaborate.

 I had to check out a band called Tuba Skinny...
...and they were very good.
Below is a video of them playing on the street in the French Quarter.
 This is why I love New Orleans. Music is everywhere.
Back to Jazzfest...
 Apparently I love zydeco music because every time I hear it, I have to dance. OK it's a stiff suburban white boy dance but I try. Here's C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band.
I have loved the idea of a Second Line Parade ever since I saw one on the HBO show Treme. We had our chance to join one today. It was a Jazz Funeral for Uncle Lionel Batiste with Treme Brass Band and Friends. Uncle Lionel was a New Orleans musical & cultural icon. The following pictures were taken before and during the parade for Uncle Lionel.  All I can say is the people of New Orleans know how to pay their respects and party at the same time. I really enjoyed being part of this and everyone involved made you feel welcomed. Like most things in New Orleans, it was a bit disorganized at first. But that laid back just let it happen attitude is part of the charm of this city. The parade made it's way from the Economy Hall Tent, where a statue of Lionel is over the entrance, to the JazzFest Ancestors area at Congo Square. Everyone gathered around as the new marker was unveiled for Uncle Lionel. After the solemn songs were played and the proper respect shown, the party began with a rocking version of 'Treme' and the second line made it's way back to Economy Hall.         


We checked out Calexico for awhile...

...then saw Kristin Diable & The City.
 We tried to see Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers but it was impossible to get into the Blues Tent. BB King was playing after the very popular Mr. Ruffin and the rain was starting to fall again.
So we decided to eat.

After dinner, I went to watch Dave Matthews and Chrissy was off to Congo Square to see Earth, Wind & Fire. By that time it was getting darker by the minute and the storms ripped through the festival grounds. I was so far away from the Acura Stage where DMB was playing that it was hard to hear the band through the storm. I found Chrissy and watched EW&F with her until the storms caused everybody to end their sets early.

Chrissy enjoying EW&F just before the final downpour ended the shows early. We were soaked and almost didn't get our Dodge Charger out of the muddy field where we parked. We ended up grabbing Poor Boys at the Parkway Bakery & Tavern, where several locals told us these are the best poor boys in the city. They were very good but I'll need to eat a lot more around the city before I declare it the best one. Another fun day in NOLA.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

June 9, 2013 The June Social Club Outing (also a heads up for July & August)

I am trying to clear up confusion and also try to convince a few people to join me for this month's Social Club Outing. I know I already posted info for this on May's blog post but some people didn't realize the info for June was also part of that blog. Here's a couple of my pictures from the Long After Twilight Ends (L.A.T.E.) Ride. To see more pictures just use the search box on this blog with LATE Ride. This is a real easy ride through the streets of Chicago. I have seen families with kids as young as 10 years old on this ride. It is not a race and you can ride at your own pace. I stop to take pictures along the way. It is a great way to see Chicago at night. Of course watching the sun rise over Lake Michigan from the Lakefront Trail is a highlight for almost everyone on the ride. It takes place Saturday June 29/Sunday June 30th. The party starts at 11:30p(Saturday)at Buckingham Plaza and the ride starts at 1am (Sunday) in Grant Park and ends at 6am in Grant Park. I highly recommend this annual event to anyone that can ride a bike. You have to sign up at They also require a helmet for the ride. We will meet about midnight in Grant Park at Buckingham Fountain. Please contact me if you plan on meeting me for this event.

Save the following dates for the July & August Social Club Outings:
July 26th - Pierogi Fest in Whiting, IN
August 17th - Wilson Shelter at Indiana Dunes State Park

Sunday, June 2, 2013

April 27, 2013 Cochon de Lait Poboy, Jazzfest and Brooklyn Pizza

 We started our Jazzfest  day with Alex McMurray on the Gentilly stage.
 Then it was off to the Fais Do-Do Stage where the Jambalaya Cajun Band had everyone dancing.
 You never know when you are gonna come across a parade in New Orleans...
 ...but it will always be colorful...
 ...with good music.
 After thoroughly enjoying an amazing cochon de lait poboy, (that's pork from a suckling pig with cole slaw), we enjoyed Big Chief Walter Cook & the Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians.



 Zena Moses & Rue Fiya joined the long list of great bands I have seen at Jazzfest.
 Zena was enjoying herself on stage and  the crowd showed her the love she deserved.

 The band was fantastic and the good times continued throughout their set.

We checked out Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk at the Gentilly Stage...

 ...where Chrissy & Jeff posed for portraits...

...can you tell who had more to drink?

We hit a few stages to check out bands...first up the Rebirth Brass Band.

Then Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers.
 There are always amusing shirts at music festivals.
At the Lagniappe Stage, the wonderful Mississippi Rail Company.
Chrissy rocking out to Billy Joel to end the night.


 We were very far from the stage so the only picture I could get was on the video screen.

Here's my younger brother, not able to rock out as long as his older brother.
During one of my favorite songs, "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant", Billy Joel brought out the Preservation Hall Jazz Band right after the line "drop a dime in the box play a song about New Orleans". Obviously the crowd went wild.
Here's a happy & probably drunk fan on his way out of Jazzfest.

We passed by Jill Scott on the Congo Square Stage on our way to the shuttle bus. We ended a perfect day at the Brooklyn Pizzeria on the way home. Life is good.