Jazz Fest 2017

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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!

THE OUTFIT

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! 

THE SUPPLIES

People drag a lot of stuff to Jazz Fest.   Here are my 5 must haves:

  1. 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.
  2. Wet wipes
  3. Napkins
  4. Small, thin rain jacket
  5. Aleve   - *Heat plus day drinking…y’all get the picture

THE FOOD

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.

THE MUSIC

Amos Lee

 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

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.