May 6th, 2006

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Joyful Noise

Another great day at Jazz Fest! Roger and I had a fun time roaming around from stage to stage as we ate a lot and drank just a little bit. yellowdoggrl and I got together and hung out for a while. I also spent time with two of my brothers, their wives and the twins who were out on The Fairgrounds. And, of course, I heard lots of great music: Wayne Toups & Zydecajun, The Savoy Family, Mem Shannon & The Membership, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and The Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians, Marva Wright, Nii Tettey Tetteh & The Kusun Ensemble of Ghana and Angélique Kidjo.

Nii Tettey Tetteh & The Kusun Ensemble of Ghana played twice on Friday. They were very energetic and athletic with drummers setting the beat for the dancers who were all over the stage. They performed at the Jazz & Heritage Stage and then with less than two hours between sets moved over to the Congo Square Stage where we saw them. Awesome!

And the musical highlight of the day for me was seeing Angélique Kidjo. She is one of my favorite singers. Her voice is incredible. She is tiny but she just has the booming, throaty sound when she sings that sends chills through me. And her songs just get your body moving. I love her. 

I saw her walking through the crowd earlier in the day and got so excited that I was shaking. I didn't approach her, though, because she looked like she was having a fine time blending in with everyone enjoying Jazz Fest. I didn't want to interrupt that for her. Plus, I would have made a fool of myself by trembling and stammering so it was definitely the best thing for all who would have been involved. :-)


Nii Tettey Tetteh Nii Tettey Tetteh
Voodoo Child Voodoo Child
Heavenly Angélique Heavenly Angélique

These photos were taken by dear Roger since I was too short to see through the crowd.
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A Peek at The People

To truly do justice to the Jazz Fest experience I must mention one of the best Fest pasttimes: people watching. It is a smorgasbord of the beautiful and not-so-beautiful people. Lots of fun and creative outfits along with those ensembles that defy description but not notice from other Fest-goers.


Fun Couple Fun Couple
Nice Hat Nice Hat?
Dancing To The Savoys Dancing To The Savoys



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Margarita Mania

Because they are my favorite drink and I love mango...

You Are a Mango Margarita

Complex and sophisticated, you're the type most likely to order a round of twelve dollar designer margaritas.
You also entertain with flair, and you've whipped up a few original signature drinks in your time!


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Fest Potpourri

A few more shots from the second Friday of Jazz Fest. 

One of the many stages at Jazz Fest is the Fais Do Do Stage. It features acts performing zydeco and Cajun music.  The traditional cajun ball is known as the " fais do-do " in reference to the mothers who stamped their feet with impatience on the edge of the dance floor waiting for their children to get to sleep or "make do-do".

Normally, Roger is an excellent dancer. After quite a few beers yesterday, he started doing this goofy dance step accompanied by the white man's overbite. I had to get a picture of him in action. He won't be happy I posted this.

I was very happy to see lots of children at Jazz Fest this year. Here's a picture of a young fan in the crowd during Angélique Kidjo's performance.



Fais Do Do Fais Do Do
White Man's Overbite White Man's Overbite
Little Fan Little Fan