We rented a sweet flat at the corner of Barracks and Decatur — perfectly located between Frenchmen St. and the French Quarter. We had a balcony that overlooked the French Quarter Festival’s Brass Band stage.
We experienced a bit of music in New Orleans. We went to Tipitina’s to see Jon Cleary, Herlin Riley, Cimafunk, and the Soul Rebels. We saw Carl LeBlanc at Bamboula’s, the George Porter Trio at the Maple Leaf, the Stanton Moore Trio at Snug Harbor, and Jon Cleary at d.b.a. We went to the Wednesday concert at Lafayette Square and saw Deltaphonic and Eric Lindell.
At the French Quarter Festival, over four days, we saw Funk Monkey, Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers, Cha Wa, Galactic, Rebirth Brass Band, Cullen Landrey and the Midnight Streetcar featuring Al “Carnival Time” Johnson, The Nation of Gumbollia, The Soul Rebels, Little Freddie King, The Original Pinettes Brass Band, TBC Brass Band, George Porter Jr. & the Runnin’ Pardners, Deacon John and the Ivories, Cyril Neville & Swamp Funk, Susan Cowsill, Hot 8 Brass Band, Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers, Sweet Crude, and Bonerama. Here are some photo highlights.
We also took in some museums: the Historic New Orleans Collection, Treme’s Petit Jazz Museum, the New Orleans Jazz Museum, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. And we went on Chris Rose’s fabulous Magical Musical Mystery History Tour.
We took the ferry to Algiers and enjoyed the Westbank Super Sunday parade, where we admired the Big Chief’s and tribe members’ finery and the craftsmanship and pride that went into making them.
And we had lots of time to spend with the Amazing Amy, who shared local lore and tips. And we ate good food. And we ran into Roy and Gina. And Ted made a new friend.
And all too soon our stay was over. I’ll leave you with some iconic scenes that make me miss New Orleans already.