Friday, April 24, 2009
THE FESTIVAL BEGINS, BUT NOT BEFORE STANTON MOORE PUTS ME IN MY PLACE
The advertised start time for the Stanton Moore Trio at The Blue Nile was 9:30, so I played it safe...I am on New Orleans time...and got to the club at 10:05. (so, I'd miss one song. HAH!) Luckily, I only had to wait for an hour for showtime. Yes, at 11:05, Stanton, Robert Walter, and Will Bernard took the stage and kicked some serious Yankee butt. (It IS New Orleans)
I won't go on too long about Moore's drumming. I've said plenty about it in the past. But this trio is by far, the best of Stanton's numerous projects. Walter's Hammond B3 grooves, with slinky Meters' licks from Bernard's guitar and Moore's John Bonham meets Zigaboo pounding, delivered one of the hottest sets I am sure I will see all week.
Today is the first day of the Festival proper. Weather is sunny and 83, and everyone concerned is checking their stage grids one last time. I'm considering David Egan, the Drive By Truckers with Booker T. (possibly a guest appearance by Neil Young? I'm starting that rumour,) and the New Orleans Nightcrawlers for day one. But today's MUST SEE will be the Mahalia Jackson Tribute in the Gospel tent featuring Mavis Staples and Irma Thomas. Check back tomorrow to see exactly what I decided on.
INGESTED ITEMS (for those interested)
BASIL CRUSTED GROUPER
ORZO & ASPARAGUS
PORK LOIN STUFFED WITH GOAT CHEESE
BAKED FLOUNDER COVERED IN CRAWFISH
SOME CHOCOLATE THING WITH CHOCOLATE ON IT AND A CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE OF CHOCOLATE AND STUFF