To the everlasting glory of the infantry, I was fortunate enough to attend Jazzfest all day yesterday, April 30, 2006. The reason? El Jefe himself was playing with the Seeger Sessions Band.
So Ryan and I drove down to NOLA c. 9:30 am, through the rain, arriving at the Natchez Steamboat whart c. 11:20 am, where we embarked on the Jazz Fest Express. Arriving at the fairgrounds was only half of the battle; we faced a long-ass walk through police barricades just to get in.
Eventually, we found ourselves in the Congo Square area listening to the Soul Rebels Brass Band. Totally awesome (totally) and simply overwhelming sound. Following that, we proceeded to the Acura Stage to see Allen Toussaint and Elvis Costello play, and we stayed there for five hours, proceeding by Brownian motion towards the center of the crowd while the Boss was playing.
Jazzfest was the debut performance of Springsteen with the Seeger Sessions Band. I can't recall the entire set list, but here's a partial:
O Mary Don't You Weep
Old Dan Tucker
My Oklahoma Home
Eyes on the Prize
How Can A Poor Man See Such Things And Live
We Shall Overcome
Pay Me My Money Down
My City of Ruins
You Can Look (But You'd Better Not Touch)
When the Saints Go Marching In
Those are more or less in order. When the Saints... and How Can a Poor Man... had been arranged the day before by Springsteen, who had taken the original first verse of How Can A Poor Man and added three new lyrics re: New Orleans.
By the time that the Boss stopped playing, almost everyone had gravitated to the Acura stage. Leaving the Fest was easy. We stopped in Slidell and had daiquiris, and eventually landed in Hattiesburg.