The big day is here! So excited about jazz fest!!! We get glammed up in beads, silly glasses and badges and head off by cab to the festival. The queue is a breeze and we shoot in straight to the food stall o sample some proper jambalaya - it's beautiful!!! Basically, spicy sausage and chicken soaked in rice with lots of seasoning - love it and grab a couple of drinks before stopping at the economy tent for some live jazz with the Dukes of Dixieland - these guys are fab! Young group with funky shirts and ties - the bass player does the most amazing Louis Armstrong impression you've ever heard it's like he's channelling him!
After that it's off to the gospel tent to see Matts gospel choir but just before it starts an announcement is made that a couple are going to be wed live on stage right now in front of us all. It's packed in here - these guys met here 2 years ago and wanted their wedding to be here too - bit odd but it actually looks great albeit the quickest wedding in history and then it's onto the gospel choir.
Matts loving this tent - the choir aren't exactly what he expected but he enjoys it nonetheless.
We move on to see Jerry Lee Lewis at the Acura stage - this place is crazy!! It's where Elton will be later too so it's packed out. In America people being camp chairs and line them up to save spots all day so you have a field full with row after two of camp chairs that are taking up two standing spaces at a time ... The result ... There's nowhere to stand and watch these guys - nowhere at all and people are pushing and shoving and fighting over spots, it's ludicrous. The layout is bad as usually if you can't see it well enough you might stand further back and watch the screens - can't even do that the screens are placed near the start of the chair lines and the back of the field is blocked off so you can't stand there at all you can only entering the left but with so many trying to filter through its bottlenecking and so claustrophobic - Jacqs getting flustered so we stand in a gap between some chairs and manage to watch Jerry Lee Lewis -man he looked and sounded a lot older than 75!
Elton is in an hour but we're not in a great position for toilets or drinks and we're right in the sun which is burning so we opt to move back out of the madness. We find a small truck to the side of the stage where people have climbed on top to see Elton - we join them and manage to hear 5 songs before giving up and going to Ed Sheeran - sorry Elton you were our first choice but this festival has oversold on tickets out of pure greed.
We get to Ed Sheeran and although he draws a huge crowd it's much better we can actually see him Matt even gets up really close for some great shots - he's brilliant live absolutely brilliant! We have a blast Jacq meets a girl from Downpatrick called Amy and a group of gay couples from DC - it's a great day!
It all comes to a halt at 7pm we decide to take it easy before leaving and let the crowds die down a bit we walk out and the streets are filled people who live here hosting BBQs, selling food and beers and we wait it out at the porch of a lovely New Orleans lady who looks like "big momma" with other festival goers sipping a beer and watching everyone walk by, it's great - we grab a cab and set off home around 8.30 changing at the motel to go to a local bar called Joes Caddy.
The locals are lovely and it's so cheap like $2 a beer with karaoke live! Matt sings a few tunes and Jacq loses her karaoke cherry with a hilarious rendition of gangstas paradise accompanied by Matt. They love his voice and he goes down really well - we hit the hay as the bars are now playing dance music (not our scene) and are sensibly in bed by 12am - it's been a long day but so amazing!