It started with an incredible weekend of camping and merriment at the T-Bois Blues Festival, then the French Quarter Festival, Pyrate Week was in there somewhere and last weekend was the biggie, New Orleans Jazzfest.
We considered going. We've heard great things about it. But after looking at pictures of the crowds....we decided not to go.
We were all exhausted and looking forward to a relaxing weekend.
Not the Best Laid Plans
With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, I would have reorganized our weekend considerably. We did end up going to a festival; the Festival International de Louisiane, it's way smaller and free; west of us in Lafayette. And it was amazing and we had a great time.
That said, we kind of did the weekend in reverse. We slept in on Saturday and ambled over to the movie theater to take in a matinee showing of Oblivion, on an absolutely gorgeous day. That afternoon is when we decided to go to the festival, on Sunday when it was supposed to rain.
As more often than not we were running a little late, but we had decided to get to the festival whenever and just enjoy however much we could get to, all in a very casual laid-back way. No Stress.
But first we'd run over to Verizon. My AT&T contract had finally run its course and I could join Cindy and Skye on a family plan and save a little coin.
An hour and a half later, I left with my old AT&T phone, a new phone from Verizon and a tangle of accounts drama that I would have to deal with later.
So now we're racing to the festival, trying to see what acts we can actually make it to, with our very limited time.
By the time we got there, we were all famished and a little grumpy.
Yummy Food and Drink
There's always lots of delicious food and drink at these Louisiana events. So once we had a little something in our bellies, we got out the festival program and map and started to strategise.
But then I spotted a pair of stilt walkers.
I love stilt walkers!
One of my all time favorite Jack Kerouac quotes from On the Road
After perusing the schedule, we realized we were just missing some of the acts we were interested in and that several of the ones coming up were all playing at the same time.
We managed to make it over to see Chic Gamine, a pop-soul group from up in Manitoba and then booked over to catch a couple of songs from FIGHTs, a local indie-pop group before settling in to see Delhi 2 Dublin, (British Colomia-Celtic-Punjabi Electronica).
That hybrid certainly had piqued or interest, and they did not disappoint.
Lots of fun.
The clouds overhead and it being later in the day made it a bit cooler, perfect dancing weather.
A really incredible mix of sounds.
A toss up for me between the electric fiddle or the electric sitar.