May 05, 2014

on any given day, new orleans is a pretty magical place. I’ve been there 4 times and every time I go, I fall a little more in love with this unique and beautiful city. but going there for the this year’s annual jazz and heritage festival (aka jazz fest) was one of the more spontaneous things I’ve done lately. late one night this past january, I stumbled across a link that led me to the line up video of this year’s musicians and each artist seemed more amazing than the next. on a whim, I texted one of my best friends kerry with a simple question… jazz fest? within minutes we had contacted heather, another one of our best friends and former roommate when we all lived in boulder, and a plan was hatched. bippity, boppity, boop – hotels were reserved and flights were booked. as it turns out, it was probably the best idea that we’ve ever collectively had in the 20 years that we’ve been friends. as we reunited over the first day and a half, not only were we thrilled to all be together, but we were ready to hit the streets of the crescent city where we strolled… marveling in the cuisine, the architecture and the energy that seemed to change.. just a little, from street to street. then there was jazz fest…. I have been incredibly lucky in the last year and have had the opportunity to go to several music festivals – all awesome and so much fun! but there is something about jazz fest, the way that the culture of a city as diverse as new orleans is woven throughout the music, art and food that makes it pretty spectacular. I was able to see some of my longtime favorites like keb mo, john hiatt, branford marsalis and public enemy as well as see performances by artists I had never seen but definitely loved. john popper from blues traveler made a surprise appearance which had the three of us screaming like 12 year old girls. as we spent our 5 days, that went by way too quickly, we would often start our sentences with ‘okay, so next time…’ and I don’t think any of us will be surprised if we get that middle-of-night-text next winter…. jazz fest? hell yes!!!