The video was taken and edited with my Iphone so forgive the quality, but you get an idea of the funk that was emitting from the Big Easy that night

May 5th/6th 2011

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be in New Orleans for a great evening of music for the Royal Family Ball featuring Soulive, Lettuce and Ivan Neville’s Dumpstphunk and followed that up the next afternoon with a feast of the eyes, ears and mouth at The New Orleans Jazzfest.

The Red Hawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians chanted, danced, and sang over drums in their handmade costumes that are made from scratch every year.

“Mardi Gras Indians have been parading in New Orleans at least since the mid-19th century, possibly before. The tradition was said to have originated from an affinity between Africans and Indians as minorities within the dominant culture, and blacks’ circumventing some of the worst racial segregation laws by representing themselves as Indians.”

Video of some the sights and sounds I took in at Jazzfest

A friend of mine hounded me with text messages telling me to see Soul Rebel Brass Band while I was in town, now I understand why.

“Imagine blending the sounds of Mardi Gras funk, soft rock and reggae so seemingly defies category. Now shrink that idea into a seven-piece ensemble, add a hip hop sensibility plus a hundred years of New Orleans jazz tradition, and you get the Louisiana  sound known as the Soul Rebels.” –

Vodou Drumming with RAM drums at the Haitian Village.

 “Vodou (frequently rendered in English as Voodoo) was created by African slaves who were brought to Haiti in the 16th century and still followed their traditional African beliefs, but were forced to convert to the religion of their slavers”

Eating Jambalaya with a hangover and tender stomach isn’t something I recommend doing, but I couldn’t help myself.

“Creole Jambalaya originates from the French Quarter of New Orleans, in the original European sector. It was an attempt by the Spanish to make paella in the New World, where saffron was not readily available due to import costs. Tomatoes became the substitute for saffron.”

Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band laying down some crawfish eatin music.

“Cajun Music, an emblematic music of Louisiana, is rooted in the ballads of the French-speaking Acadians of Canada.”

I was heading straight to the airport after leaving the festival and I figured it was good time to get in some church compliments of the Bester Singers and the Dynamic Gospel Singers in the Gospel Tent.

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