Monday, April 7, 2008

Jazz Fest 2008

One of our big early stops on the Pie in the Sky Tour of America (II) will be to attend the second weekend of the Jazz Fest in New Orleans. Here's a slide show of our last trip to New Orleans and to the Jazz Fest:

For a slideshow with larger images go here.

In case you're wondering just how jealous you should be of our Jazz Fest pitstop, here's the lineup:

Friday, May 2

Art Neville, Stevie Wonder, John Prine, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Richard Thompson, John Butler Trio, John Hammond, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave., Marva Wright & the BMWs, Terence Blanchard & the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Papa Grows Funk, Sunpie’s Tribute to Clifton Chenier, Zigaboo Modeliste, The Jackson Southernaires, The Lee Boys, Bonerama, The Bad Plus, John Boutté, Soul Rebels, Ingrid Lucia, Coco Robicheaux & Spiritland, Theryl “Houseman” DeClouet, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Bluerunners, Wanda Rouzan, Driskill Mountain Boys, Ann Savoy’s Sleepless Knights, New Orleans Jazz Vipers feat. Sophie Lee, Stoney B & Grampa Elliot, Gina Forsyth & the Malvinas, Clive Wilson & the New Orleans Serenaders feat. Butch Thompson, New Wave Brass Band, Tuba Woodshed feat. Matt Perrine and Kirk Joseph, Belton Richard & the Musical Aces, Eve’s Lucky Planet, Larry Garner with Henry Gray, Ritmo Caribeño, New Orleans Jazz Ramblers, Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble, Betty Winn & One A-Chord, Lyle Henderson & Emmanuel, Kid Simmons’ Local International Allstars, Pinettes Brass Band, D.L. Menard & the Louisiana Aces, Legacy – the students of Alvin Batiste, Greater Antioch Gospel Choir, New Orleans Mardi Gras Rhythm Indian Section, Ebenezer BC Radio Choir, Loyola University Jazz Ensemble, Casa Samba, The Smooth Family, Eulenspeigel Puppets of Iowa, Original Big Seven and Original Four SAPCs, McMain High School Gospel Choir, Fi Yi Yi & the Mandingo Warriors, New Orleans School of Circus Arts and ISL, Gospel Inspirations of Boutte, Rosedean Choir of South Africa, Scene Boosters and Old N Nu Fellas SAPCs…

Saturday, May

Marcia Ball, Jimmy Buffett, Diana Krall, Steel Pulse, The Roots, Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Bishop Paul S. Morton Sr. & the Greater St. Stephens Mass Choir, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Henry Butler, Aaron Neville’s Gospel Soul, John Mooney & Bluesiana, the subdudes, New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra, Ruthie Foster, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Savoy Center of Eunice Saturday Cajun Jam, Charmaine Neville, The Dixie Cups, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas, James Andrews, Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band feat. Thais Clark, Lillian Boutté, Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, Stephanie Jordan, War Chief Juan & Young Fire, Pine Leaf Boys, Bionik Brown, Treme Brass Band, New Orleans Blues Serenaders, Spencer Bohren, Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders, Roddie Romero & the Hub City Allstars, Lil’ Buck Sinegal feat. Rudy Richard, Feufollet, Pinstripe Brass Band, Storyville Stompers Brass Band, Tribute to Max Roach feat. Herlin Riley, Jason Marsalis, and Shannon Powell, Tondrae, Chappy, Danza feat. Evan Christopher and Tom McDermott, Beyond Measure, Lil Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers, Rumba Buena, Rocks of Harmony, Guitar Lightnin’ Lee, St. Joseph the Worker Mass Choir, Big Chief Ke Ke & Comanche Hunters and White Cloud Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Leviticus Gospel Singers, Tulane University Jazz Ensemble, Secondline Jammers, New Generation and Undefeated Divas SAPCs, Trouble Nation and Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Hunters, Archdiocese of New Orleans Mass Choir, Bester Singers, Donald Lewis, Young Guardians of the Flame, Stephen Foster’s Mid City Workshop Alumni Ensemble, Westbank Steppers, Valley of the Silent Men and Pigeon Town Steppers SAPCs, Golden Blade and Wild Tchoupitoulas Mardi Gras Indians…

Sunday, May 4

The Neville Brothers, Santana, Maze feat. Frankie Beverly, The Raconteurs, Dianne Reeves, Galactic, The Radiators, The Derek Trucks Band, Keb’ Mo’, Rebirth Brass Band, Sonny Landreth, Snooks Eaglin, John P. Kee & the New Life Community Choir, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Tribute to Mahalia Jackson feat. Irma Thomas, Marva Wright and Rachelle Richard, Vernel Bagneris: Jelly Roll & Me, Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, DJ Captain Charles, Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet feat. Bela Fleck, Kenny Neal, Sherman Washington & the Zion Harmonizers, Bob French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, Elysian Fieldz, The New Orleans Bingo Show!, Benny Grunch & the Bunch, Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys, Jonathan Batiste, Rotary Downs, George French, Chris Ardoin & Nu Step, Guitar Slim Jr., Grupo Fantasma, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Ovi-G & the Froggies, The Revealers, Pfister Sisters, Salvador Santana Band, William Smith’s Tribute to Kid Sheik, Eddie Boh Paris aka Chops, SUBR Jazz Ensemble, Chris Clifton, Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Ensemble, New Orleans Spiritualettes, Zulu Male Ensemble, The Jazz Jam, Tribute to Tuba Fats, Highsteppers Brass Band, Black Eagles, Hardhead Hunters and Apache Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Lady Rollers and CTC Steppers SAPCs, Guyland Leday with Family & Friends Zydeco Band, Young Traditional New Orleans Brass Band, Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries, Wild Apaches, Young Magnolias and Black Feathers Mardi Gras Indians, Original Prince of Wales and the Original New Orleans Lady Buckjumpers SAPCs, Tornado Brass Band, Judy Stock, Minister Jai Reed…

If we get there early enough on Thursday, we might be able to stop in for Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, and Tower of Power.


Jim Thomsen said...

Jimmy Buffett is a jazz musician?

"Syncopatin' away in Margaritaville ...."

Mark said...

A common misconception. About Jazzfest that is, not Jimmy Buffett.

It's the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, with a lot of the emphasis on New Orleans heritage, loosely (but accurately) defined to include not just jazz but all kinds of popular music -- rock, pop, gospel, blues, zydeco ... you name it and it's probably been played there.

I've been there twice with Michelle and I can say, there's nothing like it.

More info here at the official site, including a history page.

kateco said...


freda said...


That was on the last picture in your excellent slide show, which portrays New Orleans very well, showing the fun at the fest and in the French Quarter, and the terrible conditions in other sections of town. the FEMA help desk was right on the mark. they have been no help. How do you get your photos into a slide show instead of just putting them under each other the way I did? Also, a note on the jazz fest, not only do they have all kinds of jazz every day non-stop, they have all other kinds of music and dancing, including flamenco dancing, native American dancing and music, gospel, rock, etc, and they all go on in different sections, so you can go from one to another all day long, and if you go with a group everyone can go to a different location to see and or hear their favorites. The food is also amazing and there is fantastic variety, not only creole and cajan, but food from the Caribbean etc, and most prices are around $5;00. what a deal

Janice said...


Michelle said...

stop sighing and get your butts down there!

Mary said...

I fell a bit voyeuristic about my time on the M&M blog, so I thought it was time to officially drop in and say Hi. I was cruising on the web for an old friend of mine from Roseburg and one of my pops was for a story about floating on the Umpqua. This brought back so many memories that I hit the link and read the summer float trip story. Imagine my surprise when I scrolled down to find out it was written by an old classmate, Mark Matassa!
I was impressed with the blog and over the past few months have come back a few times to check out the opinions, catch the reviews on movies and music and just the fun stories. I was sad to hear that you had been so ill Mark and had to go through so much over the past year.
I doubt that you would remember me from High School but you left an impression on me for your willingness to be unique and some really interesting ideas. It was fun to see that the journalism started at school turned out to be such a lifetime career and interest.
Anyhow, I just wanted to say kudos to you guys for such a good site, have fun in NOLA (it’s such a great city) and happy trails on your road trip.

Best wishes from an old fan.

Mary Mead

Mark said...

Mary, how nice of you to come out of the shadows and say hi. Of course I remember you, and it's great to hear from you.

A couple of old Roseburg pals have dropped in here recently -- the wonders of Google -- and that's been cool.

So where are you now, and what are you doing?

Thanks again,

Mary said...

How fun to catch up. We are actually up here in Washington as well. Work in Bellevue and live up North. Small world, eh? Sadly, I haven't kept in touch with anyone from Oregon so I'm really out of the loop.
It looks like you have a great crew of gals keeping you busy. Michele's handywork on the van looks like fun. Very clever stuff.
Good to hear back from you!

Anonymous said...

Stop by and say Hi. I'll save you guys a parking spot and a schlitz...Sandyman

Mark said...

Thanks Sandy! Looking forward to seeing you.