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Festival Review: CoS at New Orleans Jazz Fest 2012

on April 30, 2012, 6:02pm
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new orleans jazz fest 2012 thursday day 3788 Festival Review: CoS at New Orleans Jazz Fest 2012

I can’t believe I’ll be in New Orleans this weekend. I kept saying this to myself again and again in the days leading up to my departure from Chicago. This wasn’t exactly said in excitement, either – no, in fact, you could say it was laced with anxiety and stress. I’d be traveling alone to a city I’d never been to and what’s worse, I was sick with a diet version of the flu, and couldn’t stop sucking down vitamin D capsules and crackling open Sudafed packets. So, on Wednesday night, I paced around my apartment, muttering things to myself like some loon. Pretty sure I’m the only person who could ever worry about something as innocent and enthralling as New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

But that’s just how I deal with things; expect the punches, accept the hugs.

Admittedly, there’s a lot to fear about New Orleans if you’re an out-of-towner and your knowledge of the city is limited. For me, I’ve heard great things, but I’ve also heard horrible things. There’s never been any middle ground between the two, which might be why I sort of panicked prior to arrival. While my college roommate used to call it his “future home”, digressing on how it’s like being in another world with the most extraordinary people, music, and food, others in passing have called it the closest thing to a third-world country in America. These latter people weren’t very friendly (okay, you can call ‘em yuppies), but, hey, anyone or anything can play on the nerves.

So, yeah, you could imagine this was an interesting trip.

-Michael Roffman

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May 4, 2012 at 11:26 am

Great piece, entertaining and readable despite me not knowing what a Po’ boy is/was/ever shall be. Well done, Mr Rothman.

ghost that never lies…
May 3, 2012 at 7:17 pm

I’ve been around for years on this site.  This has to be probably the site’s finest piece of writing in years

May 1, 2012 at 9:10 pm

great review!  thank you for documenting your first trip to nola…as a native i’ve always been curious what goes through the mind of a first timer to the city…glad you had a positive experience & hope that you return one day for leisure!  make sure you get the moofalatta (thats muffaletta) from Central Grocery next time you come around~ dat’s where it’s at.

Jacob Webb
May 1, 2012 at 11:52 am

This is really cool. I’d love to see Roffman take on some more stuff solo.

April 30, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Sounds like you had a time! Was there Sunday too and will be back next weekend for three days. You came a tad late Sunday though, Trombone Shorty was the act of the day!

April 30, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Best festival review ever…I wish they all could be this type of experienced timeline.

1. I’m surprised you didn’t go to the garden district or uptown
2. No cafe du monde late night?
3. Chairs at a festival are the worst thing ever for a music Fest
4. Did you get a hand grenade?


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