Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Jazz Fest: Count Basin's (Gambit Weekly) Picks
Gambit Weekly's annual jumbo issues devoted to Jazz Fest are among the best previews of fest music, along with those provided by Offbeat and the Times-Picayune.
Here's the intro to Gambit's guide, followed by a link to the entire preview of the fest's first weekend.
The 39th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presents its most diverse array of musical talent ever.
by Count Basin™Philip Cartelli, Karen Celestan, Will Coviello, Alison Festerstock, Spencer Marr, David Lee Simmonsand Gabe Soria
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is becoming the big tent of musical fests. Besides all the trademark jazz, rock, funk, swamp pop, blues, Mardi Gras Indians, Cajun and zydeco, the 2008 festival has a showcase for New Orleans bounce, country, Latin sounds and visiting bands from Martinique and Mali to Sweden and Tokyo. An array of special tributes and all-star jams make for some unique sets as well. The Fair Grounds is the state's common ground for fans of all musical genres.
As I, Count Basin™, look over the daily schedule, I see seven days of incredible variety and stellar options. The first weekend alone includes performances by Dr. John, Irma Thomas, Ellis Marsalis, Pete Fountain, Nicholas Payton, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Michael Doucet and BeauSoleil, Buckwheat Zydeco and many more familiar faces. New to the fest are Robert Plant, Sheryl Crow, Billy Joel, Keyshia Cole and Tim McGraw. Meters guitarist Leo Nocentelli hosts a funk jam. There's a tribute to the Turbinton brothers, and the Ponderosa Stomp Revue presents some of the unsung legends of rock 'n' roll.
With all this to choose from, the Count is looking forward to an uncommonly good year at the Jazz Fest.