As you might have come to expect from many big-name festivals, an online celebration is the go-to substitute for their more corporeal counterparts that we are used to. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival is no different in this trend, though that is only in terms of the medium. The event itself is as wonderfully unique as it has been in the past 15 years that it has been a staple of the city, and that is not going to change, even if our method of participation is. Starting on October 16 and concluding on October 18, this three-day extravaganza can either be livestreamed radio-style on the community station WWOZ 90.7 FM or viewed in real-time by tuning into the stream on their YouTube channel.
Although it can be hard to engage yourself in a livestream, especially one of an event that is meant to be enjoyed in person, this year's lineup of artists may be tantalizing enough to have you tuning in anyway. You can view the full lineup HERE, but take note that this event will host artists from The Funky Meters to Li'l Buck. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is also using this event as an opportunity to join the ever-commendable cause of raising funds for COVID relief. In addition to a direct donation program, there are also a number of festival-themed clothing items and apparel for sale that will have their proceeds donated directly to the cause.
As most of us know by this point, it is difficult to enjoy a livestream of an event where so much spirit and heart is involved in person-to-person communication. Unfortunately, there are no solutions for this, other than doing our part to ensure that the spread of COVID-19 is curbed and a return to normalcy is expedited. In the meantime, though, many people have put a lot of effort into ensuring these livestreamed events are still enjoyable and bursting with emotion, so be sure to tune in.