The New Orleans Jazz Fest schedule is up for this year, and it includes some major headliners such as Van Morrisson, Steely Dan, Brad Paisley, Norah Jones, Counting Crows, and Harry Connick, Jr. The Fest takes place over two weekends: April 27 – 29 and May 4 – 6. Check the official website for more information.
Check out my friend Rebecca’s My Space site, and listen to her song Santa Fe. Rebecca is an amazing singer/song-writer. She’s living in Austin now because of the whole post-Katrina thing.
When I was at the Louisiana State Bar meeting in Destin, Florida I had a chance to hear two acoustic guitar players named Ben Friedman and Kyle LaMonica. Their band is called Free Monica and they have a website and, of course, a MySpace site where you can hear a few songs from their latest CD, Egoliath (what a great name!). Listen to Leave the Light On. It’s sort of haunting and, for some reason, it resonates for me in some weird way. The whole CD is great; if you get a chance to hear these guys live (you’ll have to be in Destin) then jump at it.
Doc Schneider is a great litigator and a great guy. He’s also an excellent guitarist and songwriter. I got a copy of his CD a few years ago and have enjoyed it tremendously. Just today I found out he has a website and you can check out his songs (download them, even) free of charge (but you should buy his CD from CD-baby if you can). Choices and Chances is a great song, but I know a lot of lawyers will like Legal Guitarist too. Doc lives in Atlanta, but travels around the country practicing law.
The N.O. Jazz Fest is going to take place on two weekends this year: April 28 – 30 and May 5 – 7. The announcement of artists was released today, and it appears that Dave Matthews, Jimmy Buffet, Paul Simon, Keith Urban and Bob Dylan will be among the big-name acts that will be appearing. Obviously, the real draw is all the local talent that will be on hand. Fats Domino comes to mind, along with others too numerous to mention.