We are living in a world today where lemonade is made of artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons. Alfred E. Neuman
Bit of a struggle getting out of bed today. I gotta get myself moving as it is the first day of the French Quarter Fest (FQF).
As I walked down to the FQF it is hot, overcast and windy.
First stop is the Tropical Isle Stage, it is good to see that ‘Big’ Al Carson is well again and singing as good as ever. Breakfast this morning is two Crawfish pies. My hands are stuffed with inflammation and I had to ask a random guy to take the top off my Pepsi.
At 12.30, I hit the main stage at FQF, the Abita stage. Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers are doing their stuff. My good friend David Jefferson (Jeff) one of the Stage Managers spotted me and waved me over. He gave me a big hug and let me have an artist’s wrist band for side of stage. Jeff’s, Stage Manager partner Laura Jean (L.J.) also came over to catch up. She told me that she visited Australia nine months ago and fell in love with an Australian (from Melbourne) and they have since been married. He is now living in New Orleans having never been here before. L.J. said that they are planning a visit back to Melbourne around Christmas. We may be able to catch up.
I have been wanting to see a newish band on the New Orleans scene (Cha Wa) for some time now. Cha Wa have just returned from a tour of New Zealand. They sure were worth the wait. Fantastic band. I spoke to one of the band members who told me that they are keen to tour Australia. If that happens, I recommend that you go and see them. Check out some info here: http://www.chawaband.com/bio
I guy tapped me on the shoulder, Chris is his name. Said he saw me at the Johnny Sansone gig last night. We worked out that we are neighbours. He lives in the 1200 block of Bourbon, one street over from me.
I stayed for a few songs from the exceptional Galactic. The heat and lack of sleep last night have got the better of me and so I headed back home around five.
Big news for today, it was alcohol free.
Apologies for the lack of photos. I can’t transfer them to my tablet from my phone. I have however finally been able to work out why photos taken on my Canon won’t upload to WordPress. Mr Goggle told me the maximum size allowed. You might see a few more photos going forward.