[Photos Provided by Gustavo Escanelle]

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Friday, April 28, 2017

22:02 April 28, 2017
By: Gustavo Escanelle

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Friday, April 28, 2017 with artist Harry Connick, Jr, Kermit Ruffins and the Barbeque Swingers, Messchiya Lake & The Little Big Horns, Rumba Buena, Paul Sanchez & The Rolling Road Show, The Pedrito Martinez Group, James Andrew & The Crescent City Allstars, Deacon John, Aaron Neville Alexey Marti and the famous Tobacco Farmer from Cuba, Benito Camejo Nodarse.

As I walked up to the Fairgrounds a little after lunch the humidity was almost suffocating. Meaning, Jazz Fest is here. It is miraculous how the weather changes almost the instant these two big, beautiful weekends start.

Walking into the Fairgrounds it seems that everyone reverts to their inner soccer dad and looks like a drone unit colony of festival veterans.  The sunglasses, big hats, and either too little or too much clothing move in unison to the bright colors and rhythmic sounds. I gather water from the weakly pressured fountains next to the dirty hole in the ground, I mean, pond.

Sometimes I can rush into Jazz Fest so abruptly that I forget that to truly enjoy its magic you have to let it seep in. You are at a festival of LIVE music, and since no one is an internet novice nowadays please put your phones down. We all know the quality of your recording or Snap will never get the point across of how great the artist truly is live. Phones are only inhibiting the other little squaws behind you trying to catch a glimpse.

The art almost blends into the scenery and only the pure of heart take notice. There is some impeccable art out in the field, don't miss out.

In so many instances I use "serendipitous" to describe New Orleans. While walking through the crowd of people I meet up with some friends who pair even more perfectly than vodka and Rose Mint Tea. We saw a few acts and then walked to Congo Stage for the final performance of the day. And, serendipitously Nas is performing "If I Ruled the World" as we roll up exactly like I knew it would happen. Because that is the magic of New Orleans and its festivals. 

-Leigh Wright

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