Jazz Fest is almost here, along with the annual festivities that go on in the Fairgrounds neighborhood. While there are strict rules about what people can sell outside of the festival, there is a whole economy that exists just beyond the gates. You can have an experience at Jazz Fest without even going in. Producers Kelley Crawford and Sarah Holtz head to the fest to discover what goes on outside the gates of the Fairgrounds.
New Orleans has one of the most vibrant and unique street economies - with everything from musicians, dancers, performance artists, poets and painters to the more hidden economies revolving around sex, drugs, and other hustles.
In New Orleans, culture often transforms into economic transactions that happen on the street. In this episode of Street Economy – a series that documents what it's like to making a living on the streets of New Orleans - street poet Shannon takes us into the lives of the poets who create and exchange their work for what people are willing to pay for it.