Welcome to reality in case you were tuned in to Jazz Fest this past week, which kept Southeast Louisiana tapping its feet to the best musical sounds in the country – if not the world.
It all started Friday a week ago when the Batiste Fathers and Sons started the rhythms at the Fair Grounds Race Track in New Orleans, and Harry Connick Jr. and others finished them up for that day and the week that followed.
It was, to say the least, a thrilling experience in attendance for the annual renewal of one of the world’s most entertaining week-long concert events.
How can you beat having the likes of Cowboy Mouth, Irma Thomas, Deacon John and Trombone Shorty banging the keyboards and guitar strings to some of the liveliest music around?
And they went on for seven days in a two-week period. One of the special events this year was a visit by Cuban musicians staging their first in a long time musical event in USA.
It was a treat we were waiting for.
St. Charles Parish, where we live, is in the heart of Southeast Louisiana, which is really one of the most musical places around.
And if you missed the excitement and good times of Jazz Fest this year, fear not.
There is a lot more to come. Starting up for three days beginning May 19 is the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo festival on the banks of Bayou St. John next door to City Park in New Orleans.
It will feature, among others, the likes of Cupid, Jon Cleary, Cracker and The Holy Warriors.
If some of those names are unfamiliar to you, fear not. You’ll be tapping your toes to their rhythms if you join them. And there’ll be many more such enjoyable events coming your way throughout the year.
Southeast Louisiana has become one of the most enjoyable places to be in today’s world. Take advantage of it.