One year and $180 million later the New Orleans Superdome is ready for some football. Apparently, the city is saturated with media and ESPN alone has been issued over 500 press credentials. Other media outlets have stormed in as well: the Weather Channel, the Home Shopping Network, and even Al Jazeera. Sadly, this blog did not obtain a press pass to the game (although perhaps it would’ve helped if we had requested one).
However, loyal readers who depend on this blog for the ‘insider’s view’ should not dismay. ETA will deploy scooter-riding reporters into the perimeter around the Superdome, where bands such as the Goo Goo Dolls will be performing. Pictures will be taken (even some video), passers-by interviewed, and to-go cups held gingerly to avoid wasting of precious natural resources. Many people are concerned about the aftermath of this event, especially if the Saints win the game.
Once the game starts I will take refuge in a secure watering hole outside the blast zone. It happens that tonight Chickie Wah Wah is hosting a CD Release party for Stanton Moore (featuring Robert Walter
on the Hammond B3 Organ). The owner of CWW is a great guy named Dale
who came here several years ago, and immediately fell in love with the
city and the local music scene. CWW has dart boards, a pool table, big
TVs, great draft beer, and (my favorite) free Wi-Fi. All in all, it’s
almost as good as being in the Superdome (actually, better if you value easy access to alcohol and clean restrooms).
Don’t get me wrong: I’d love to be in the Dome to feel the vibes,
and –of course– to see the Saints and the performances by Green Day
and U2. But being in a great New Orleans bar to watch the game, with a
front row seat for some ripping local music, ain’t bad either. And
who’s to say that, after his Dome gig, The Edge won’t make a special appearance to jam with the band? Strange things tend to happen in New Orleans, and FEMA isn’t the only one who has trouble predicting where they’ll occur.