Thursday was the fourth day of seven days of Jazz Fest and today was called “locals” day. The reason for this label is that the festival features almost exclusively local entertainment today. There are a couple of exceptions to the locals, but regardless, the entertainment is top notch all the way.
The blues tent was the first stop with Colin Lake playing slide guitar and singing his brand of the blues. He is originally from the Pacific Northwest, but fell in love with New Orleans when he came to visit a few years ago. His pleading, soulful vocals incorporated elements of soul, rock, and folk. Nigel Hall was playing piano and singing at the Congo stage early in the day. He also fronts Soulive and Lettuce with his soulful vocals.
The New Orleans Bingo! Show was entertaining across the fairgrounds at the Acura Stage with their cabaret style of music. The band is fronted by Clint Maedgen who also plays tenor sax and vocals with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Their rock sound is the polar opposite of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
The Soul Rebels were on the Congo Square stage. They blended funk, rock and soul in a very powerful sound. The energy continued over at the Samsung stage with Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Review. Their country, rockabilly, and western swing blend of music had the crowd dancing in the even temperate weather.
Donald Harrison, Jr. followed the Soul Rebels at the Congo Square stage playing saxophone with his blend of modern jazz. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band played a strong set by blending R&B, jazz, funk, and Afro-Latino styles of music. It was a fun set that set the mood for the jam band, String Cheese Incident. Their friends, the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Soul Rebels, joined them during their set.
Lyle Lovett and his acoustic band were performing across the fairgrounds at the Samsung stage. Lovett was armed with his sense of humor in his dapper attire. He sang songs like “Here I Am,” “I Will Rise Up,” “If I Had A Boat,” “She’s No Lady (She’s My Wife,”, and “North Dakota.” Lovett was very generous in giving some of his band a chance to have a solo moment in the show. The set was a brilliant blend of humor and music. It was the perfect ending to a beautiful day of music. For more information on Lyle Lovett, click here. For more information on New Orleans Jazz Festival, click here.