Friday, April 26, 2019

Who cares if the Stones had to cancel? 2019 New Orleans Jazz Fest


"...If like me you knew Irma on stage in Nawlins in the mid-1970s when she performed “Wish Someone would Care” and “Ruler of My Heart”..."

Who cares if the Stones had to cancel? 2019 New Orleans Jazz Fest

Who cares if the Stones had to cancel? Yesterday, the rain stopped and the sun came out, thank the gods for that, in time for Earth, Wind n Fire to perform at the New Orleans Jazz Fest. I thank Julia Reed for her video of sun shining on that stage. Unfortunately I’m stuck in Houston this weekend and will miss Santana, and Bonnie Raitt and Al Green and Van Morrison, not to mention memorable food and booze.

On our last visit to Nawlins, Donnie and I had the best oysters I've ever had at Galliers Oyster Bar on Carondelet, ate at Irene's, at the Bon Ton on Magazine, at Tommy's Cuisine in the "ole" Warehouse District.

We also photographed a house my great-grandfather owned on Perrier Street near Tulane. My great-grandfather, my mother's grandfather, immigrated to New Orleans from the French Pyrenees in the late 1890s to work as a butcher in the French Market. Soon after, he opened his own butcher shop uptown.

There is a 1905 receipt for furniture he purchased from the furniture dealer W. Altans, Jr. on Magazine Street.  According to the receipt, he bought furniture for the "parlor," bedrooms and dining room.

This is fascinating. There is also my great-grandmother's 1903 receipt for the purchase of a tomb stone for her mother, from James Trebuquet Marble and Granite works on Esplanade. When she was a very young girl, my great-grandmother was sent by her father from France to New Orleans to work. He arranged for her to perform domestic work in someone's home. Naturally, he expected her to send money back to France.

She showed him. My great-grandmother saved enough money to bring her mother and her sisters from France to New Orleans, and left the old bastard in France.

Remember Jazz Fest will present two weeks of performances on multiple stages.

To all the young people, I suggest you see Irma Thomas @irmathomas at the Jazz Festival. If like me you knew Irma on stage in Nawlins in the mid-1970s when she performed “Wish Someone would Care” and “Ruler of My Heart” (we were both so young), you would clearly understand her title The Soul Queen of New Orleans. Happy Jazz Fest everyone.

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Image: Irma Thomas, 2018 New Orleans Jazz Fest, Photo Scott Threlkeld. Taken from New Orleans Advocate www.theadvocate.com