Coming Soon! Captain Brian and The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Willie Nelson was one of many superstar performers to grace a stage during the two weekends of music at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. - Photo by Captain Brian Epstein
Willie Nelson was one of many superstar performers to grace a stage during the two weekends of music at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. - Photo by Captain Brian Epstein
Geore Porter, Jr., the man credited with being the inventor of the funky bass style in the 1970s, is always a crowd favorite at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Look for him to play some blazing sets of music with the Meters and his own band, George Porter, Jr. and the Runnin' Pardners.

George Porter, Jr., the man credited with being the inventor of the funky bass style in the 1970s, is always a crowd favorite at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Look for him to play some blazing sets of music with the Meters and his own band, George Porter, Jr. and the Runnin' Pardners. - Photo by Captain Brian Epstein

My dear friend Brian Epstein (aka Captain Brian) has had the pleasure of tormenting me for a while now.

 

Ozzy Douses the Press Pit at the Voodoo Music Experience

Ozzy Douses the Press Pit at the Voodoo Music Experience - Photo by Captain Brian Epstein

He loves to torment me by telling me about New Orleans events that I am missing with emails like, “Jazzfest is on now and the traffic and parking is so bad I am having to get a ride with the bands.” or “I was at the Voodoo Music Experience tonight and Ozzy was spraying the press pit.  Me and the security guard barely made it under the stage in time and I had to shoot the rest of the show from back stage.”

Captain Brian captained a charter boat that often carried well known folks out for a day of fishing, but Katrina destroyed his boat and he returned to school and just completed his Master’s degree at the University of New Orleans.

While at UNO he also was a staff photographer for the university paper, though he has been shooting for years and has been an incredible photographer for all the time I have known him.

I was thrilled when he agreed to shoot for me during Lundi Gras and Mardi Gras and even moreso when he told me he liked it so much he’d be interested in being my local photographer in New Orleans in my absence.

I have wanted to attend The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for years myself but as things are working out I don’t think it is a possibility this year, so Captain Brian agreed to cover it for me.

For those who have never heard of The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, (AKA Jazzfest) it is, in my book, the premiere festival in the world of music.

While Jazz is part of its name, it is a smorgasbord of music that is certain to satisfy every music lover’s taste.
This year’s line-up includes Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, The Eagles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Foo Fighters, The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Reunion, Anders Osborne, Bonerama, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, David Sanborn, and it goes on and on – the list is HUGE!

While the music is going to be awesome, it doesn’t stop there!

New Orleans is known for amazing food and they really dish it out with shrimp, chicken, jambalaya, crab cakes, crawfish, oysters, gumbos, remoulades, tamales…

Before I start sounding like I should have been in Forrest Gump, let me just say that the food will be amazing and in abundance.

To top it all off, it is a true Heritage Festival and will feature the Louisiana Folklife Village and the Native American Village  where folks can see the arts, crafts, and cultural events of Louisiana’s Native American tribes and of those who later settled in the state.

This years New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is going to be a not to be missed event and I am looking forward to Captain Brian’s coverage of it even as I am anticipating cursing him under my breath for tormenting me…  again.

Get your tickets now so you don’t miss out on the premiere music event of the year!

 

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Weird AKA John Collins

John N. Collins is a writer, photographer, game & coloring book designer and a bad dancer. Any resemblance to the King John character is merely a coincidence. Follow John N. Collins: Google Plus YouTube Facebook Fan Page Facebook Personal Account Instagram Twitter