Thankful for New Orleans – Day 4

It’s late, but I didn’t forget about my daily post. I’ve just had an unusually busy Saturday, and I am realizing that it’s easy to make excuses to put off writing until the next day. Since my challenge is to post daily, failing on Day 4 just wouldn’t be cool, so here it is…my somewhat rushed Day 4 Thankful for New Orleans installment.

Day 4 – Local Musicians

When your city is referred to as the Birthplace of Jazz, you should expect to have a fairly significant local music scene, and New Orleans more than delivers. On any given night, you can find good live music in the city, oftentimes in very unassuming venues, and for that, the music lover in me is very thankful. When you add in the dozens of festivals each year, there are ample opportunities to discover “new” talent or sing along with some of your old favorites. The big festivals, specifically Jazz Fest and Voodoo Fest, bring in the big name acts to attract out-of-towners, but it’s the local artists that keep me coming back year after year. Of course, I’m not going to pass up an opportunity to see Bruce Springsteen or Foo Fighters, but I spend most of my festival time at the smaller stages listening to local folks like Galactic, Soul Rebels, Mia Borders, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Maggie Koerner, and way too many others to list here. I’ve seen Trombone Shorty more times than I can count, and if you haven’t, you should check out his tour dates. He and his band, Orleans Avenue, consistently put on a fun, high energy show, and I can guarantee you will have a good time. I guess I’m a little selfish because, while I’m happy to see some of my favorite local performers gaining fame across the world (Trombone Shorty and the Revivalists, to name a couple), I hate that that leaves them with fewer opportunities to play in New Orleans. Maybe that just means I need to take some road trips. Anybody know what the weather’s like in Ireland this time of year? 😉

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