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#1446574 Today I played...

Posted by mitchells on 14 October 2019 - 07:33 PM

The box set of everything relevant is on Amazon at over $100, so YouTube is your friend.


Buy the box set and let the talent make some $$$.

#1446401 MLB Playoffs

Posted by mitchells on 10 October 2019 - 11:22 AM

Managers so often over-manage in the playoffs. Last night was an example of that.

#1445863 Robert Hunter

Posted by mitchells on 26 September 2019 - 01:16 PM

My wife and her 3 brothers were, or are, all huge Dead fans.  I say "were" because one of her brothers is no longer with us, due to a massive MI he suffered some 10 years ago, at the age of 50 or so.


As we were were all gathered around his bedside, some to say a final goodbye (me), others to hope for a miracle, some Grateful Dead songs were sung to him (their rabbi played the guitar, and this is only one of many reasons why I don't see my inlaws as often as I should).  Anyway:


If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine
And my tunes were played on the harp unstrung
Would you hear my voice come through the music?
Would you hold it near as it were your own?

It's a hand-me-down, the thoughts are broken
Perhaps they're better left unsung
I don't know, don't really care

Let there be songs to fill the air

Ripple in still water
When there is no pebble tossed
Nor wind to blow


A way too melancholy Thursday morning after watching the Neal Casal tribute concert last night.


So we too lost a friend suddenly a little over a year ago who was a huge Grateful Dead fan and while our rabbi only plays the accordion, the above lyrics were read at his funeral. Our friend was Mike Winters who owned Manny's Car Wash with his brother Brad. Thru Manny's Car Wash, Mike became very good friends with Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi. They were at his funeral and the next night Derek opened with this in Hartford, CT in Mike's memory.  https://soundcloud.c...-kofi-burbridge


I may have previously posted a video of Susan breaking up during another song in Mike's memory from that same night.

#1445596 Today I played...

Posted by mitchells on 20 September 2019 - 02:13 PM

Maggie Koerner  If I Die



Seeing her tonight in NYC at The Mercury Lounge

#1443385 Gigs

Posted by mitchells on 29 July 2019 - 01:53 PM

Robert Randolph and the Family Band-  Like a party in a church. Always fun.



My Morning Jacket

Thievery Corporation

Westport BBQ and Blues Festival with Neville-Jacobs, Southern Avenue, Anders Osborne (w/full band) and Flow Tribe

Maggie Koerner at Mercury Lounge- She is a must see. Here is what the NY Times said about her from their piece on the 13 best sets at this year's Jazzfest:

Maggie Koerner

Troubled thoughts smolder and then sear in Maggie Koerner’s music. She sang for a year with the New Orleans band Galactic, but her own songs aren’t party funk. They’re roots-rock kin to Adele or Stevie Nicks: soul-infused rockers that move in dramatic crescendos through pain, anger and resolve.


At least a few of the Robert Glasper shows at the Blue Note in October

Elvis C at the Cap in October.

#1440662 Gigs

Posted by mitchells on 02 May 2019 - 07:05 PM


If anyone wants a little lagniappe from JazzFest, here is a link for a few free webcasts of night shows: https://nugs.tv/


And WWOZ, the wonderful local radio station in New Orleans is streaming a few sets from JazzFest over the next 4 days. Especially looking forward to Eric Lindell and Mavis Staples later today: https://www.wwoz.org.../live-broadcast

Have you seen this?




Strong Wilco connection as I believe Jeff Tweedy produced one of Mavis's last albums and was instrumental in the development in the documentary covering her career.  If you have not yet seen it, it is must see.

#1440639 Soft shell crabs

Posted by mitchells on 01 May 2019 - 06:53 PM

I am highly confident that the tens of thousands sold at The Fairgrounds for JazzFest are frozen but they are fried very well and taste delicious. They come only with pickles but everyone adds some lemon and hot sauce. I've also seen people add cracklins to it.

#1440632 Gigs

Posted by mitchells on 01 May 2019 - 03:49 PM

A bit bouncy but will give you a flavor of stuff that happens only here during this week:


#1440631 Gigs

Posted by mitchells on 01 May 2019 - 03:30 PM

Sounds great.


I have a buddy who is going next weekend. My question is always how does one choose who/what to see?  So many acts seem to tae place concurrently!


JazzFest isn't about who you see, it's about who you miss. :cool:


Things I missed first weekend that I wish I had seen:


The tribute to Ellis Marsalis with Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason


The Piano Professors: Tribute to James Booker, Dr. John, Alan Toussaint and Professor Longhair by Davell Crawford, Dave Torkanowsky, Jon Cleary and John Gros.


Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, Walter Washington


And check out the listing of night shows for 2nd weekend:  http://www.jazzfestg...ond_weekend/


As someone I was with said, "with so much awesomeness around, it is impossible not to run into something great randomly."


And it may sound cliche but you definitely get the feeling that the musicians are having a ball at JazzFest and want to bring their A-game to the shows.

#1440629 Gigs

Posted by mitchells on 01 May 2019 - 02:40 PM

Where to begin. In New Orleans for 5 days for Jazz Fest and several special moments. Night shows in order:

Anders Osborne at Tipitinas with special guests Dave Malone (Radiators) and Amy Helm: Was a bit concerned going in as this show was billed as an album release show for Osborne and his latest release is far from his best (at least for my taste). But he rocked this show from the get go including a few covers (Wild Horses and Up On Cripple Creek). Plus it is hard to not have fun at Tipitinas.


Dumpstaphunk covering Curtis Mayfield and the Isley Brothers: Kicked off with Superfly and it was non-stop funk for the next 90 minutes which felt like 5 minutes.


Gov't Mule: I've seen Gov't Mule several times and people say, why would you see them in New Orleans during Jazz Fest when you can see them back home. And the reason is that two of the best songs I have ever experienced live were at Mule shows in New Orleans during Jazz Fest five years ago. So I went Saturday night and was treated to Mule playing Bird Song and Fire on the Mountain joined by Branford Marsalis and Jeff Chimenti. It was close to 30 minutes of magical music. Jimmy Vivino joined for several other songs including Why Does Love Got to Be So sad.


Luther Dickinson: this was a solo show in a small room and may be the the most entertainment value ever for $15. Greasy blues and story telling from a master guitar player.


And at Fest, the highlights for me were:


PJ Morton: PJ is the keyboard player for Maroon 5 but recently moved to New Orleans and started his solo R&B career. Several good songs and delivers them Stevie Wonder like.


Foundation of Funk: The rhythm section of the Meters with 1/2 of Dumstaphunk running thru the Meters catalogue. Great to see young people recognizing the music from all the sampling of the Meters. George Porter and Zigaboo Modeliste are true legends.


Santana: Started off with a video from Woodstock and then was in non-stop overdrive. He can still play and his wife on drums is a treasure. Solid band, joined by Trombone Shorty for the last few songs. Great set by a legend.


Maggie Koerner: ex-lead singer for Galactic, she writes dark songs and delivers them with passion. She was the first act on the main stage Saturday and was tremendous. Nice to see her get a mention in the Times write-up of Jazz Fest Monday. She deserves it.


Naturally 7: Acapella group made up of 7 excellent singers plus they use their voices to mimic instruments. Sounds corny but they are a great act. When My Guitar Gently Weeps made the Jazz Tent explode. Several standing ovations.


Mdou Moctar: Saharan blues by a Hendrix like guitar player. Word got out on this via social media because the Blues Tent was half empty when he started and was overflowing when he ended.


Maurice Brown: I may be biased but another great jazz/hip hop set from "Mobetta" and his excellent band. Brought a few friends to see him for the first time and they are now believers. He sat in on several sets over the weekend including one at a crawfish boil I went to Monday. Very versatile player now touring with Anderson Paak.


The O'Jays: Don't laugh but this is more about the vibe at their stage than the O'Jays. Still good with I believe two original members. Looking at thousands of people of all different races and ages dance and smile during Love Train gives me a bit of hope for the world. My daughter said "this is the greatest vibe ever" which made it a special moment for me.


So much other great stuff I missed. I don't know if it was because it was the 50th Anniversary or the weather or the crowds but this was my favorite Jazz Fest since I first went seven years ago. Just a great event and if you like music even a little bit, I guarantee you will come back from Jazz Fest disappointed that you had not gone before. I'm not stopping and hope to be able to go for both weekends at some point.


Some food highlights:


First bite of food in New Orleans was a tasty pork belly po boy from Killer Poboys

Excellent lunch at Herbsaint

An okay dinner at Peche

A better than expected dinner for 25 people at Luke

Ridiculously good grilled oysters at Drago's


At Fest:

Crawfish strudel

Crawfish Enchiladas

Cochon de lait po boy

Soft Shell Crab Po boy

Mango Freeze with a shot of tequila :)

Meaty White Beans


And 3 lbs of crawfish at a crawfish boil.

#1439163 Reasons To Be Cheerful

Posted by mitchells on 23 March 2019 - 05:32 PM

One month to this: https://www.nojazzfe...food/food-list/

#1437414 Gigs

Posted by mitchells on 07 February 2019 - 05:33 PM

In Chicago for work. Snow is falling and TSA and ATC not showing up, I rebook for Saturday and score a good ticket for the Tedeschi Trucks Band. New bass player and keyboard player but the band still rocks and Derek Trucks is the greatest living guitar player on the planet. Sure there are shredders but no one plays to the mood of of the song or the crowd like Trucks. Susan remains one of the more soulful singers.


A link to TTB's new album, recorded live at their home studio. https://www.npr.org/...PCrT2qqurPr0H2Y

#1437074 Gigs

Posted by mitchells on 26 January 2019 - 05:23 AM

In Chicago for work. Snow is falling and TSA and ATC not showing up, I rebook for Saturday and score a good ticket for the Tedeschi Trucks Band. New bass player and keyboard player but the band still rocks and Derek Trucks is the greatest living guitar player on the planet. Sure there are shredders but no one plays to the mood of of the song or the crowd like Trucks. Susan remains one of the more soulful singers.

#1436331 Supper

Posted by mitchells on 07 January 2019 - 01:40 PM

Grilled veal flank steak from Dartagnan. Marinated with garlic, rosemary, lemon zest and olive oil. Grilled for about 3 minutes per side. Very tender and flavorful, Will definitely buy these again when on sale. Served with broccoli rabe and roasted mushrooms.

#1436112 NYC's Toughest Dining Reservation

Posted by mitchells on 02 January 2019 - 07:38 PM

With all of you now busy trying to get into Blue Box, I was finally able to get a reservation at Frenchette. :cool: