Hey guys, I'm just back from New Orleans where I attended 3 days of Jazz Fest. It was fun, had great weather, and I have a lot of music and other news to report on. I'm on a new computer, however, and simply have time to upload a quick bit before I need to scramble. But check back for more in the next few days as I will be popping in and out with some great stuff.
Let's start with just a few sample pictures of some of the characters that can be found at JF.
So this guy was my hero. Yup, that's a full bear suit, but I don't think that those beers are full. I didn't catch his name, but he was cool and hopefully, he is checking out the site. These pics are classics.
Clearly, most people are dressed like those in the background. But there are some that strut their stuff, and here's Exhibit A. It's funky and vibrant. Chic? Maybe not. But America ain't really about chic, it's about individuality and fun. So this is All-American, baby!
My man Dave from Toronto was sporting this shirt. Anyone who ever spun a 45 knows what this symbol is all about. Dave was super cool, collects vinyl (over 3,000 records), and has such a huge collection that a local Toronto radio station set up in his yard and spun his discs. Nice, huh?
We had great weather - sunny, but not too hot, and with a sweet southern breeze. That brought out the hats in abundance, but check out this hat/sunbrella. Flamingo alert, haha! I was wearing my VT baseball hat, and got a number of "Go Hokies" from the southern crowd.
So Thursday was a bit muddy following some torrential storms on Wednesday. Boots are de riguer for Jazz Fest because it takes place at a horse racing track (it ain't just mud that is on the ground, nope). Lots of boots are plain jane stuff, but these were funky and cool. And appropriate for Cinco de Mayo, right? Shout out to my special friends who love Cinco de Mayo!
Oh yes, BRP is dachshund people, don't ya know? Ours have passed on to doggie heaven, but this guy's doxie ran the races at the fair grounds. He must have had my dog because he said his came in dead last. Doesn't matter to me - if you have a doxie, you are already a winner.
Here's kind of the standard look. Lots of men in white boots. I don't know why they picked white, but it's the style at JF. I wore hiking boots, which work in basically every situation including white tie, but these white pull-on babies were everywhere.
So that's Tower of Power in the background - more on them in a later post - but as you can see from the crowd shot, this is not your typical rock festival full of drunken twenty-somethings. No sir. This one is full of buzzed 50 and 60 somethings as the crowd in the foreground can attest. If you took away the band and put a PGA golfer in front, you would have about the same look.
OK, that's it for now, much more later. Rock on, gangstas!
My name is Bill, and I live in the greater Philadelphia area. I love music, and I have a lot of opinions. This site is primarily focused on music, but sometimes I get off track. I hope you enjoy.