New Orleans Vibes

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.

How I Won Mardi Gras 2017

“Sheba Turk won Mardi Gras. Respect that, bow down.”

Caitlin White, UPROXX

“… Sheyoncé will go down in history as one of our fave Bey-inspired looks.”

Kenya Foy, Hello Giggles

“Aaand just like that, Turk wins the Carnival 2017 Anchor Desk Derby.”

Mike Scott, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

THE IDEA

Every year for Mardi Gras, the WWL crew dresses up in costumes and brings a taste of Mardi Gras to viewers.  I was never big into costuming for Mardi Gras.  One year I was Super Girl, then I was squirrel (Rocky of Rocky & Bullwinkle), and then I was Glinda the Good Witch from my favorite movie, The Wizard of Oz.  This year, the plan was to be Turk, the Turkey.  I had bought the costume and everything.  And then pregnant Beyonce at the Grammy’s looking like a goddess happened.

I tweeted joking that I was throwing my Mardi Gras costume, so that I could dress up as her.  But it was JUST was joke.

THE TEAM

One of my executive producers at WWL, Dominic Massa, thought the idea was amazing, so he got to work. Turns out, one of our photographers, Steve Wolfram, had the hook up.  His girlfriend, Shel Roumillat,  worked for The New Orleans Costume Center and could make a replica of the headpiece, earrings and necklace included!  It only took her one week!

So I put the turkey suit back in the mail for a refund and started look for a dress that could pass as Beyonce's! I failed, but Shel came through again finding the perfect dress.

I found the wig and baby bump on Amazon. I never even put on the full outfit until about 30 minutes before we were live on air. I was shocked at how everything had come together. We found a dark hallway in Arnaud’s Restaurant where were doing live shots, took some pics, and I did a little editing to get the light just like Bey's.  Bam- the internet went insane!

THE EPIC RESPONSE

Sheyonce took on a life of her own and the articles starting sprinkling in from around the country!  Plus, I was trending on twitter in New Orleans for a brief period!

Photos Courtesy here

How to Play Tourist in New Orleans

New Orleans is such a big tourist city. 9 million people traveled to New Orleans in 2015.  If you live here, your life takes place outside of the super touristy spots.  But sometimes we should dive right in and vacation in our own city.

BEIGNETS AT CAFE DU MONDE

Nothing makes you feel more like a tourist than eating beignets at Café Du Monde in the French Quarter.  I love beignets but if I am really feigning for them, I go through the Café Du Monde drive-thru in Metairie and eat them in the car with a jacket in my lap….so not being a tourist.

TAKE THE FERRY OR STREETCAR

The ferry and streetcar are not daily parts of my commute so taking them instantly makes me feel like I am on an adventure. And talk about some epic pictures of the city! Instant instagram magic!

TAKE A WALKING TOUR

New Orleans has so much history that it’s impossible for anyone to know the stories that fill the cracks and crevices of the buildings that makeup New Orleans.   My boyfriend and I took a Treme walking tour he found on Groupon one week and it was very interesting to hear the stories that surround the places we walk past everyday.

TAKE AN AERIAL TOUR

If it’s a special occasion and you want to splurge, take an aerial tour of the city. My boyfriend booked one for my birthday a few years back, and we saw the city like we’ve never seen it before even though we’ve both lived here our entire lives.

TRY A NEW RESTAURANT

There are a countless number of lists of the best restaurants in New Orleans, and I doubt that anyone has tried them all.  If you want to feel like you’re on vacation in your own city, eat somewhere you’ve never been.

New Orleans Favorites: Sheba Edition

 

FAVORITE POBOY

Gene’s Poboys

1040 Elysian Fields

New Orleans, La. 70117

 

FAVORITE KING CAKE

Manny Randazzo’s King Cake

3515 N. Hullen st.

Metairie, La. 70002

 

FAVORITE NEW ORLEANS PERFORMERS

Erika Flowers, Tank & the Bangas, & Big Freedia

 

FAVORITE PARK

City Park

 

FAVORITE PARADE

Zulu

 

FAVORITE EVENT

NOLA Christmas Fest

 

FAVORITE DRINK

Daiquiri

 

FAVORITE SNOWBALL STAND

SnoWizard SnoBall Shoppe

4001 Magazine st.

New Orleans, LA 70115

 

FAVORITE STORE

Kay’s

5419 Magazine st.

New Orleans, La. 70115

 

FAVORITE THINGS TO DO

Audubon Zoo