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Jazzfest 2006

J Monque D.
J Monque D.
Mary Griffin
Keb' Mo'
This first visit to New Orleans post-Katrina gave a closeup view of the devastation still left behind. Buildings still scarred, missing windows & walls, line the I-10 corridor into New Orleans. The drive into the neighborhood where Jazzfest is held revealed entire neighborhoods that were still in ruins, destroyed by Katrina.

The crowds pouring into the Jazzfest grounds seemed small at first, but by mid-day it seemed like a good turnout, something sorely needed this year. First stop was to sample some of the countless food offerings - try as many as possible during your Jazzfest goings, it just adds to the sensory overload that is the Jazzfest!

Blind Bryan Lee was on over at the Southern Comfort stage. Bryan represents that N'awlins sound, and is a living legend in this town! 'I'm your Braille Blues Daddy' and 'Heat Seeking Missile' allowed Bryan to play with his 'Baby', and add in his growling Blues vocal style - a perfect combination! Anytime you're in New Orleans, try to catch the music of J Monque D., another icon of that N'awlins sound. J came out to a standing ovation, introduced by his daughter Jennifer, and told us all that 'next time you see me, things won't be the same'. Ain't that the truth!!

Wandering back to Acura stage led us to Congo Square, where Mary Griffin was sounding - and looking - a lot like Tina Turner, in her cover of 'Simply the Best'. Mary is blessed with a huge voice, and was able to capture the attention of the entire crowd quite easily.

Of course, with Keb' Mo' coming on soon, our stay at Congo Square was shortlived. Once`settled in to our base camp at the Acura stage, Keb' Mo' came on showcasing his storytelling ability and intricate guitar work as he sang of how 'she justs wants to dance'. Keb' was right on, as everyone seems to be moved by the music of this incredible cultural event!

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