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Jazz Fest 2012 Weekend One: A Recap

By 05.01.12

On Sunday I grabbed some of Miss Linda’s famous ya-ka-mein (pictured above) immediately upon entering the Fairgrounds. If you don’t know what ya-ka-mein is, watch Anthony Bourdain fawn over Miss Linda’s culinary masterpiece in this recent episode of No Reservations. It’s probably my favorite Jazz Fest food item these days.

After putting down that, along with more crawfish enchiladas and gumbo (I know!), I caught Trombone Shorty’s typically stellar performance, then headed over to see Iron & Wine, where I encountered a lady doing yoga on a blanket during the show, because of course she was.

After Iron & Wine, I made a run for some strawberry lemonade, because it was hot as f*ck in New Orleans on Sunday. This stuff is impossibly delicious and it may have saved my life.

I then headed to see Springsteen play for an hour or so. In all the years I’ve been going to Jazz Fest, never have I seen so many people gathered at a single stage. It was utterly ridiculous.

I then went over to watch Al Green perform, which was a minor dream come true. He was everything I’d expected him to be, dressed in a black suit, which was unwise (though he lost the jacket after a few songs) and handed out yellow roses to ladies in the audience. And to top it off, when he began singing “Let’s Stay Together,” a man near me dropped to one knee and proposed to his lady. It was quite touching, even to a public proposal-hating dick like me.

I then grabbed some more ya-ka-mein and a Plum Street snoball and headed home. And that’s weekend one of my Jazz Fest 2012!

(All pics via me, except for the Springsteen crowd pic via

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