2013 Jazz Fest

What To Eat At Jazz Fest If You Stayed Up Too Late

Apr 27, 2013
Hallie Sheck / WWNO

As Jazz Fest enters its second day, folks may be waking up this morning a bit haggard from yesterday’s festivities. For those battling the brown bottle blues, fear not: there may be help for you at the Fair Grounds.

Poppy Tooker, host of Louisiana Eats!, says first you’ll need to visit Ms. Linda’s Ya Ka Mein stand, right near the Congo Square Stage.

Eve Troeh / WWNO

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicked off Friday. Beautiful weather greeted the crowds with their hats and folding chairs as they streamed through the gates at 11 a.m.

Some turned their heads at road crews still working on Esplanade Avenue.

Construction on long-term street projects has slowed down for the festival, and Esplanade will remain open to traffic throughout.

Jazz Fest Food: New Tastes For 2013

Apr 26, 2013
Hallie Sheck / WWNO

On average, Jazz Fest adds $300 million to the local economy and is expected to draw nearly half a million attendees this year.

And all of those people need to be fed.

With over 70 food and beverage vendors, Jazz Fest does not disappoint. We spoke with Poppy Tooker, the host of WWNO's Lousiana Eats!, as she went through her annual ritual surveying the food booths at Jazz Fest. We got to preview some of the new dishes hitting the festival food scene.

Poppy's top picks to try?

2013 Jazz Fest Map

Apr 26, 2013

Looking for a particular stage at this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, presented by Shell? Can't find the bathrooms? Take a look at the Festival Map. You can download a high-resolution version of the map by clicking here.

Jazz Fest: By The Numbers

Apr 26, 2013

Two weekends. Seven days. Even the most casual Jazz Fest fan knows those numbers.

However, from food to facilities, a festival that draws upwards of 450,000 attendees is bound to result in some other remarkable numbers you might not have heard before. Here are some of our favorites, courtesy of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority serves the Jazz Fest with four different transit lines, and is planning extra service to meet the heavy demand expected this week and next.

There are three bus lines that will take you within walking distance of the Fair Grounds:

94-Broad
32-Leonidas
91-Jackson/Esplanade

You can also get to the Fair Grounds by taking the Canal — City Park/Museum streetcar line.

The RTA will also be providing buses along Canal St. and St. Charles Ave. to supplement the streetcar lines.

Jazz Fest Minutes: Banjoman Don Vappie

Apr 26, 2013
vappielle.com

Don Vappie grew up in New Orleans with a yen for music he just couldn’t explain.

“My earliest memory, it must have been second grade, I always wanted to be a musician,” Vappie says. “I have no idea why, but that’s what I wanted to do.”

Unless it was those records.

New Orleans jazz singer Phillip Manuel discusses his career and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Government watchdog and political blogger C.B. Forgotston (Forgotston.com) and Jim discuss goings on in the 2013 State Legislature.

Global thinker Dr. Keshore Mahbubani, with the University of Singapore, on his book, "The Global Convergence: Asia, The West And the Logic Of One World"

Jim talks with acclaimed food critic Michael Pollan about his book, "Cooked: A Natural History Of Transformation".


Douglas Mason

Life on the road might be difficult for traveling musicians and their crews, but the perks of this lifestyle are almost impossible to replicate.

Chef Anne Churchill spends her summers traveling as a cook for one of rock's most popular touring bands and has the stories to prove it. She joins us on Louisiana Eats! to talk about the mammoth responsibilities of cooking at amphitheaters across the country.

We'll also hear from Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, whose decade together on the road has honed their tastes for the weird and wild. Their firsthand accounts with late-night diners will get you hungry for donuts, Philly cheese steaks, and kangaroo burgers.

And when it's finally time to come home, few know our musicians better than Elsa Hahne. She'll share stories about getting these public figures to open up to her privately in their own kitchens.

Jazz Fest Minutes: Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri

Apr 25, 2013
Juan Cruz / eddiepalmierimusic.com

National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri is a great pianist, composer and bandleader. However, in his early teens Palmieri developed a yen to play timbales in his piano-playing older brother’s band.

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