Forty years on down the road April 24, 2009Posted by Mark Folse in blues, Jazz Fest, je me souviens, music, New Orleans, NOLA, Toulouse Street.
Tags: Gulfport, New Orleans Jazz and Heri, Roosevelt Sykes
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This is the 40th anniversary of Jazz Fest, which started as a small festival in what is now Congo Sqaure at Armstrong Park. If you look closely at your cubes, you will notice stars next to the artists who were present at the first event. Many will be there, but many more will not.
I started to make a list of people I have seen over the years who will not be there, but it got too depressing. Time to pull out my Roosevelt Sykes LPs and try to get the turntable hooked up to the PC when I should be working. Better yet, I think I need to drag out the cassette I still have somewhere from the days I used to smuggle a deck into Jazz Fest and digitize one of those shows.
While I get busy with that here is is a bit of the Honeydripper himself playing “Gulfport Boogie”.
This year I will pull out the straw hat he autographed for me long ago one night at the Maple Leaf and wear it to the book signing. If you don’t make a point of stopping by the memorial spot in the center of the Fairgrounds every year, make the effort this year and just stop for a while and whistle a few bars to let them all know they are remembered.
Je me souviens. Remember.