New Orleans girl confession: I am not big on festivals. First off, it’s usually miserably hot and humid in New Orleans for festival season. Then, there are the long lines for a mini plate of food with a ridiculous price tag (y’all know I’m budget conscious). I definitely prefer a nice concert in the air conditioning where my seat is reserved. Really, it’s all Usher’s fault that I went to Jazz Fest this year because otherwise I would not have been there. The sky was overcast which cut down on the heat, and I had a guest pass for all stages which guaranteed my boyfriend and me a decent spot without having to camp out all day. We had a really good time!
Accessories: I wore a hat. This is a strange thing for me. I bought it for my recent trip to Kenya but didn’t even wear it then. I always get tired of a hat on my head, but I figured it would be hot so I made myself wear it. I threw on a long, necklace with a tassel on the end from So Signature Boutique since tassels scream festival!
Clothing: I love denim everything, so denim shorts are a go-to in my wardrobe. I kept it simple with a black tank and pulled everything together with a sheer, black kimono with roses and of course fringe. I got years ago from Forever 21 and figured it would be perfect for festing.
Shoes: My favorite pair of black gladiator sandals.
My boyfriend: He loves fashion too. He went with a paisley on paisley combo with the shirt and socks….what can I say, my handsome man is addicted to prints!
People drag a lot of stuff to Jazz Fest. Here are my 5 must haves:
- Sealed bottled water - *My boyfriend had to throw his away because he had taken a few sips out of it, so make sure you don’t open any of the water before you go into the festival grounds.
- Wet wipes
- Small, thin rain jacket
- Aleve - *Heat plus day drinking…y’all get the picture
I have a bit of an odd strategy here. Since I hate standing in lines, I like to eat right before I go to a festival that way I don’t end up hungry and frustrated in a long line. I can just taste things because I want to, not because I am in dire need of food. After the daiquiri line, which is what I really wanted anyway, I was done with lines and never even bothered to get food. I know- y’all are screaming at the computer screen but look I don’t like lines. I had a great meal before and after the fest, and it wasn’t my first time going so I already know what all the Jazz Fest favorites taste like. For any first timers, I highly recommend the crawfish beignets.
Amos Lee is one of my favorite singers of all time. He’s a singer songwriter from Philadelphia who I have been listening to since high school. I loveeeee his voice. My favorite song of his is Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight. I saw him years ago when he performed at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans. He was great at Jazz Fest, but he did a lot of covers and more upbeat stuff. Look, I get it. He was trying to appeal to a wider audience, but as a true Amos Lee fan I wanted just wanted to hear his voice and guitar without all of the hype. He was still amazing though and put on a great show.
Maroon 5 is another one of my favorites. I had never seen them live, but they were on the same time as Usher. I performed with them (from the audience of course) for two songs before heading over to Usher. They sounded great, but I would expect nothing less.
Usher & The Roots
I have seen Usher many times. My very first concert in New Orleans at the Smoothie King Center, Madison Square Garden in New York, Essence Festival, but I still always feel like I need to be there if he is performing anywhere near me. I knew that he would not disappoint at Jazz Fest. He sang Confessions Part 1 which is my jam and a million of my other Usher favorites, and The Roots are bomb too so the combo was deadly.