New Orleans Here We Come!
If you’re a music fan or love New Orleans you’ll want to check up on this website frequently over the next two weeks ‘cause starting tomorrow we’re going to be in America’s Most Free-Spirited City for Jazz Fest!
Blues and beignets, jambalaya and Germaine Bazzle, second lines and sazeracs, Pimm’s Cups and Po’ Boys, crawfish and Cajun music, the French Quarter and the Fairgrounds — we’ll be roaming the city and sharing our experiences with you via this blog. New Orleans is the perfect place for those who Travel With Balls — its aura of mystery and unapologetic sensuality; its wildly eccentric, impulsive and intensely creative people; its fantastically flavorful food; its fanatical devotion to spontaneous fun; its mania for great music — its ingredients all combine into one helluva tasty dish for folks who love to devour life with gusto.
This year’s Jazz Fest has an incredible line-up of rock and r&b royalty — Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles, Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt, The Beach Boys 50th reunion, Al Green, Mavis Staples, Frankie Beverly & Maze — but it also boasts the heavy-hitters of New Orleans music — The Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Trombone Shorty, Kermit Ruffins, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Then there are the international acts — Ziggy Marley, Steel Pulse, Poncho Sanchez, Seun Kuti. Every day of the seven day event will bring hard choices since ten different stages mean ten different artists performing at the same time: Germaine Bazzle or Wanda Rouzan? Bruce Springsteen or Al Green? Zac Brown Band, Ziggy Marley or Delfeayo Marsalis? Most likely we’ll resolve the scheduling conflicts by treating the festival as a food tasting — sampling three or four songs of a set and then moving on to the next act to see what delicacies they’re dishing up.
While we won’t be giving soccer balls away while we’re in New Orleans, we will most definitely be promoting TWB. Jazz Fest attracts fun-loving people from all over the world — the type of travelers who will easily “get” the concept of spreading a little joy by giving out a soccer ball to kids next time they’re traveling in a developing country. William and I will be wearing our Travel With Balls t-shirts to the festival, and you can best believe that many in the party-hearty crowd will take notice of the provocative slogan plastered across our chests and strike up a conversation.
New Orleans, here we come! LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULER!
Peace & Blessings,
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