Jazz Fest still a perfect gumbo
A decade since Katrina, New
Orleans’ 46th annual musical
throwdown still can lift you up.
By CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER
NEW ORLEANS — As his fans slow-
danced in a muddy slop under an
unﬂinchingly gray sky last weekend,
Ryan Adams let out a comment about
how “wonderful” the setting was. It
would have been interpreted as total
snark at any other music fest, but not
at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage
“It’s an honor to play here,” the
typically coy and catty rocker added.
Roger Daltrey and Pete Town-
shend similarly stepped out of char-
acter to take the Jazz Fest headlining
slot last Saturday, the Who’s ﬁrst fes-
tival gig in many years.
“So much fresh air,” the arena-
bound Daltrey j oked in mock wonder.
The reasons that Jazz Fest meets
the approval of even the most sea—
soned or cynical rock stars — and is
favored by festival-jaded rock fans
such as yours truly — were easy to
pin down last weekend after another
dizzily paced run of the city’s 46th
annual musical parade at the New
Orleans Fair Grounds. Nearly 10 years
after the devastation and uncertainty
left by Hurricane Katrina, the event
still rises to the top.
Always held the last weekend
of April and first weekend of May,
Jazz Fest resumes Thursday with an
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