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New Orleans Jazz Fest: More Like Coachella Than You'd Think

Posted: 04/29/2012 12:01 am

Now that the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has hit forty-something, the regulars have found a groove. What's unexpected is the extent to which a new generations of festers is making it their own.

Saturday's acts included Cee Lo Green, Feist, DJ Soul Sister, Kristin Diable, Empress Hotel and an accompanying field scattered with hipsters. I don't consider the label hipsters a pejorative, I consider them Us 20 Years Ago. Think long-haired boys, short -haired girls and outfits that would require a mumu intervention on anyone who comfortably wore them the first time around. The classic elements of a Jazz Fest experience are all still there. I'd list them, but regulars know what they are and why spoil the surprise for first-timers?

Jazz Fest has not reached the uber-hipster level of a Bonnaroo Lollapalooza Coachella, and we like it that way. But it is evolving. Chances are the kids were never going to pick up the red bean cabana shirt mantle; they'll probably come up with Jazz Fest hankie shirts or something undreamt of as yet.

To music lovers young and old -- see you on the track.

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Feist


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Cheikh Lo from Senegal


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DJ Soul Sister in the booth


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Republic of California represented


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Cee Lo Green and the reunited Goodie Mob


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Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians join the crowd

 

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