The winter is here in the cold, cruel north where I am from and with it comes the winter blues. The weather gets dull and dreary and folks get S.A.D. – Season Affective Disorder – or just plain depressed. They say a lack of sunshine and the shorter days will cause the winter blues but down in New Orleans the Blues and Jazz may just be your cure.
If you can’t get down for Mardi Gras sometimes planning and preparing for the future will ease the autumnal angst and the winter worries. So if you are in the winter doldrums and wondering what life has yet to offer, get out your calendar and start marking it in because word came out on the line up of some of New Orleans best music to live for.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, also known around the world as Jazzfest, will take place over the weekends of April 26-28 and May 2-4. Old friends like Willie Nelson, the Piano Man, Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac, Bonerama, and Hall and Oates will be performing for your listening pleasure. The musical families will gather around to reunite in song and soul including the Campbell Brothers, the Jones Sisters, and of course, Papa Grows Funk.
No family gathering would be complete without a little breaking of the bread and Jazzfest delivers food that will please your palate and tickle your taste buds with fried chicken, jambalaya, boudin, crawfish, catfish, shrimp, oysters, gator, and more served in the finest of New Orleans traditions.
Jazzfest doesn’t stop there and for your education and entertainment Louisiana crafts and culture will be on display to fill your eyes with wonder and your heart with appreciation for the history, culture, and art of this beautiful state and those who came to populate it. From the Congo Square African Marketplace to the Native American Village you will see the crafts and craftsmen demonstrating their arts and selling their wares.
So if it is cold and dreary where you are and life seems dull and lifeless, scratch Jazzfest on your calendar, get your tickets, and stick a few bucks to the side for food and fun and let the thoughts of Jazzfest’s music to live for pull you through the coming months. In the meantime, warm yourselves up in the glow of the official Jazz Fest 2013 Talent Announcement Video.
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