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#51 B. Diddy

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 08:10 PM

Secret Craft Beer area NOTED!

Thanks again.

#52 fest_fresh

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 12:44 AM

4 shows a night sounds right plan on sleeping from 7am till 11am then going to fest grounds and starting all over again.


This!!!

Don't over think it, follow the music you like at night and you'll have a great time. Also, remember its a marathon not a sprint. It's very easy to get so amped the first night that its like getting shot out of a cannon, then you can wreck yourself for the rest of the weekend. Even after 10 years of going, odds are worse than 50/50 that I will make that same mistake again this year. Not sure I'll ever learn...

There's no taking it easy at Jazzfest, but a little pace here and there can work wonders.

#53 Again and Again

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:24 AM

Galactic opening for Blackstar at The Sugar Mill on Friday. Yes and Yes! I recommend both!

#54 Again and Again

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:25 AM

oh, and congrats on your anniversary and your trip, and Have Fun!!!

#55 B. Diddy

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 01:56 PM

Thanks Jason!

Yeah, I don't have the intestinal fortitude to go to the festival, then to 4 after-shows, get 4 hours sleep between 7am-11am, and then repeat. I'm more of a go to the festival all day, have an eveving activity, and then sleep from 2am-10am guy.

But I still suspect I'll enjoy myself even if I'm not raging it like a ginger spunion.

#56 Heady

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 02:09 PM

No advice other than HAVE A BLAST!!

#57 insolent cur

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 03:36 PM

Thanks Jason! Yeah, I don't have the intestinal fortitude to go to the festival, then to 4 after-shows, get 4 hours sleep between 7am-11am, and then repeat. I'm more of a go to the festival all day, have an eveving activity, and then sleep from 2am-10am guy. But I still suspect I'll enjoy myself even if I'm not raging it like a ginger spunion.


that's how do it...though i plan to stay up a little later.

#58 B. Diddy

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 03:41 PM

Guess I should at least stay up until a little after 4am. ;)

#59 JBetty

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 03:43 PM

I'm more of a go to the festival all day, have an eveving activity, and then sleep from 2am-10am guy. .



This plan has worked quite well for me.
Don't forget your sunscreen.

#60 lilphlower

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 04:10 PM

oh yes, sorry if i mentioned this, but this is the ONE TIME you actually WANT to hang out with vegas ;) ;) ;)



(implied adam and teo raging)

#61 Jambear

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 04:12 PM

I respect everyone who needs there sleep but if you want to Rock it hard..... Have a styrofoam cooler in your room stocked with red bull, mountain dew, and starbucks esspresso shots. Drink a shit ton of water and if you drink on the concert feild the pink lemonades mixed with booze of choice work well lots of water and ice in there to not dehydrate. Follow the music is the key!! Several times i left one show mid show or before the end to catch the start of another. I just let my groove carry me. also ask one of the good cabbies for a card my guy drove me for 4 days and showed up asap everytime i called day or night. Not sure if i said all this before in the thread. Have a blast for me!! Cant go house projects screwing that up.

If you find yourself in front of the casino take $20 and play some slots i won several hundred ducking a thunderstorm for 20 min.

#62 lilphlower

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 04:13 PM

also, listen to everything tony says. always. for eternity.

#63 Jambear

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 04:17 PM

:heart: luv you^^ Oh.....and unless you really dig the band dont go on the riverboat. I forget who i went to see but i felt trapped listening to a band i didnt dig bobbing around on poop brown water looking at gas fire giant smokestacks. I really thought a big riverboat would be cool........i hated it. and missed some really cool sit ins off the big muddy.

If you see Ivan Neville and need a limo ask him.......He will set you up for the night with a Lincon town car limo with a bar for $100 to the driver.

Ivan is the shit!!! :cool:

#64 B. Diddy

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 05:02 PM

Make Ivan Neville provide limo. Check.

The good advice just keeps coming! :thumbup:

#65 nancykind

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 05:18 PM

yer gonna have soooooooooooooo much fun! :crazy:

#66 B. Diddy

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 05:46 PM

I really suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuspect that's true!!! #sopsyched

Yeah, I hash tagged. Deal.

#67 JBetty

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 05:54 PM

Go to Acme Oyster House for some killer etouffee.

And the Crawfish Monica at the fair grounds is :drool:!!!

#68 Danimal

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 06:13 PM

Flying down on Sunday and staying the week, my first Jazzfest and trip to New Orleans. Going to check out the city Mon-Weds and do the actual fest next Thurs-Sat and come home on Sunday. Can't fricken wait!!!

#69 Julius

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 06:19 PM

6:30-9:30PM = NAP.

And I would avoid sold-out shows at Tips uptown on hot nights. . . that shit is brutal.

#70 Jambear

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 08:02 PM

^^^This

I went to see a show there and couldnt even get 10 feet past the door before Annie Defranco knocked me on my ass. :lol:

That place was triple sold out.

#71 B. Diddy

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:16 PM

Yikes. We bought tickest for Ani DiFranco there for Satuday night. Hope it's not that bad.

#72 Jersey Thug

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:32 PM

it's totally Choose Your Own Adventure at Jazzfest...i'd tell you not to go to Tips or the HoB on Friday or Saturday night, but some of the best music i've ever seen was at Tips or the HoB on a Friday or Saturday night, and i loved every sweaty, overcrowded moment once i found my groove.

and i'd surely tell you to be sensible, know your limits and not try to do everything (sounds like something i'd say, right?)...but some of the best times of my life have been when i dragged my sorry, exhausted ass from one club to the next until dawn and slept through dayfest altogether.

and the Ivan Neville thing? i know you are dubious now, but don't ever discount the magic of Jazzfest. it (or something totally like it) can and probably will happen to you. Ivan Neville could make your night, your favorite musician could crash on your couch, you could share a cable car with the rockstar you just lost your mind to 10 minutes earlier, and end up at Snake & Jake's with him 'til the wee hours...

i'm so, so jealous of you both and wish i could be there to watch your doors get blown off down there for the first time of ever. happy anniversary, you crazy kids! enjoy every moment.

#73 kramer

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 04:02 AM

Very exciting! And thanks, jbetty, for lookin out for my ass (literally) :D :boobs:

#74 B. Diddy

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 01:23 PM

Thanks Thuggie. We loves you.

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 01:49 PM

Flying down on Sunday and staying the week, my first Jazzfest and trip to New Orleans. Going to check out the city Mon-Weds and do the actual fest next Thurs-Sat and come home on Sunday. Can't fricken wait!!!


Some of the best music I saw was Mon-Wed. on Frenchman St. There's also a free concert in the park on Wed and a bunch of free in-store performances at the record shops during the week.

#76 JBetty

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 02:08 PM

Very exciting! And thanks, jbetty, for lookin out for my ass (literally) :D :boobs:



You're very welcome!
I've been known to walk from Gentilly stage all the way there just for the ac flushies.
Don't forget to bring $1 for the attendant - Those ladies to a fabulous job!

Bonus: Pick up a good beer just outside the track on your way back to wherever. :smiley:

#77 B. Diddy

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 02:10 PM

I'm starting to suspect that this is going to be a good time.

#78 JBetty

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 02:26 PM

Ya think? :moose:

#79 nancykind

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 03:08 PM

i'm so excited for you that iiiii might not sleep the night before you leave! :lol:

#80 Genesee Ted

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 06:04 PM

Diddy,
Where are you staying> If you're south of the quarter, you might consider renting a bike to get back and forth from the festival grounds. We get ours here: http://bicyclemichaels.com/ . While everyone else is sitting in traffic we're able to zip on home to get the nighttime phase started. If you plan on drinking a lot at the festival, maybe this is not ideal, but I only usually have a couple beers to wash down my oysters. All the better to be able to go late into the night.

Marcia Ball is playing a free show in Lafayette Square May 2nd.
John Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentleman Saturday at the Maple Leaf is my vote for the nighttime show of the weekend, though KDTU & Anders Osborn covering Sticky Fingers at the House of Blues should be great if not oversold.

Eatingwise -

Fiorella's in the French Market for the best fried chicken.

Dante's Kitchen or Brigtsen's for a "nice" dinner. Two of the best restaurants in the city and they're right across the street from one
another.

Adolfo's on Frenchmen is my favorite hidden gem of a restaurant. There's no sign, but it's right above a divey bar called the Apple Barrel. Amazing Creole/Italian Food and always a ton of fresh fish on hand.

#81 B. Diddy

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 06:11 PM

We're staying at the Holiday Inn Superdome. No idea where it is in the city, but knowing myself, I usually am not in a bicycle riding place after a day of fesitvaling. But thanks for the advice and suggestions!!

#82 insolent cur

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 06:20 PM

don't make dinner reservations for the days to plan to be at the fairgrounds. :dinner1:

#83 lilphlower

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 06:23 PM

its near the superdome. total walkable to the quarter if you have time on your hands.....might want to cab it back at night though :)(to clarify - the hotel to quarter is walkable, not to fairgrounds)

tips is fun, even if its crowded. you can try for the balcony above page side.... if you can get in there its a good spot cuz no walkthroughs ;)

also, dont have a heart attack on your way to tips thinking the cabbie is taking you outside the city into the warehouse district to like, oh, murder you or something, its totally fine.....

hob is NOT fun crowded ;) haha

#84 CTMuleman

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 06:26 PM

Nothing like KDTU late night during JazzFest. If you're gonna rage just one late night ... :jamguy:

Word is that there'll be a Radiator's reunion at Howlin' Wolf on Tues 5/1. http://www.nojazzfes...ead.php?t=19446

Dr. John is listed as special guest during the Warren Haynes Band set in the Blues Tent on Sat afternoon at the fest.

Check out the free Marcia Ball show Wed afternoon at Layfayette Sq. That's not too far where you're staying.

#85 Jambear

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 06:36 PM

will there be a radiators snafu ball?

If so and you can get in........DOIT!!!

and dont miss Karl Denson at HOB.......he throws down hard late night.

#86 lilphlower

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 08:32 PM

i hated every second of the late night kdtu show at the hob

seriously haha

#87 Genesee Ted

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 08:45 PM

The Tab Benoit Swamptripper show Fri night at Hi-Ho is gonna cook.

Basically Tab hosting a who's who of Louisiana Musical royalty in an intimate club that's under the radar of most people coming in for the fest.

Getting my tix now.

#88 Jersey Thug

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:03 PM

my first Jazzfest, i stayed at the Holiday Inn Superdome. i think i had like 8 hippies crashing in my room...that was the last time i stayed in a hotel :lol:

and i agree with whoever said to make Karl D latenight a priority...there was 1 year i was disappointed but every other time (5, i think?) it was one of the highlights of my week, no matter what else i saw or did. YES it's HoB and YES it's crowded and hot, but it's also Karl Denson at his very (shirtless, sweating, playing his heart out) best with the promise of lots and lots of musical guests.

foods to try at the fairgrounds: crawfish monica, sweet potato pone, strawberry lemonade, stuffed puff, crawfish etouffe, and everything else that sounds good to you.

#89 kramer

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 02:10 PM

Nom nom nom!!!!!!!!!

#90 insolent cur

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 04:31 PM

my favorite is prejean's pheasant, quail and andouille gumbo. the stuffed mushrooms and crawfish enchilada are worth the calories. so, of course, is crawfish strudel, along with some of the aforementioned monica. also the stuffed breads don't suck, nor do the meat pies. sweet potato pie is just one excellent way to end a robust round of jazzfest food. then, sit back, check out great music...and do it again, because the soft-shell crab po'boy is calling you... .

#91 DJ Easy Wind

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 10:29 AM

http://www.keithkenny.com

#92 insolent cur

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 11:46 AM

eat some boudin balls! seriously!

#93 JBetty

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 02:14 PM

eat some boudin balls! seriously!




:eek: :lol:

#94 James420

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:09 PM

http://mothersrestaurant.net/

The Best place for breakfast. A MUST-GO. There will be a line, but it moves quick. The line extends out the door but it is just to order, then you find a seat and they bring you the food. Going earlier might help beat the line.

#95 JBetty

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:26 PM

http://mothersrestaurant.net/ The Best place for breakfast. A MUST-GO. There will be a line, but it moves quick. The line extends out the door but it is just to order, then you find a seat and they bring you the food. Going earlier might help beat the line.




A MUST-GO, unless you don't eat beef and pork.

Seems like everything there has either beef or pork in it.
They even put unsolicited beef on a turkey po-boy. :rolleyes:

#96 JBetty

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:27 PM

Same goes for a lot of vegetable dishes in many restaurants.
Sausage in a vegetable side... REALLY?!? :lol:

#97 Jersey Thug

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:30 PM

JBetty, was that your first trip to the South? :lol:

#98 JBetty

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:32 PM

Nope - been to both Mississippi and Texas multiple times.
And the Fishnetman had been to New Orleans multiple times. :dunno:

#99 Jersey Thug

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 07:06 PM

my experience has been that most vegetable dishes in the south will have bacon, ham or at the very least chicken stock added. it was easier to be a vegetarian tourist in Honduras than in the South. if i ever convince Jason to go, we'll definitely need a house rental with our own kitchen.

#100 Karen

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 11:15 PM

my experience has been that most vegetable dishes in the south will have bacon, ham or at the very least chicken stock added.



I have found this to be the case as well. Not only with vegetable dishes but with fish too. :dunno: