New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fesitival which takes place the last weekend of April and the first weekend of May each year at the New Orleans fairgrounds. This year's jazz fest drew over 350,000 music and food lovers from all over the world. Who wouldn't come when crawfish sausage po-boys, shrimp bread, seafood gumbo and muffelattas are just a few items on the menu?! (Click here for a crash course in New Orleans cuisine, complete with mouth-watering photos!!!) Not to mention the lineup of artists that played like Van Morrison, Norah Jones, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and countless Zydeco and Cajun music makers.
When I went a couple years ago, I couldn't help but tap my feet and do a little jig past the Fais-Do-Do Stage. New Orleans has an energy that can't be described... it's unlike any other place I've ever been. I'm glad I got to live there, if even for a little while, and let it be a part of me.
Bonnaroo is coming up this weekend, and though I can't make it this year, I'm going to try to do the Roo before it's no longer just a few hours drive from where I live. The festivities take over Manchester, Tennessee June 14-17, and artists this year include The Police, The Roots and up an coming Brit Lily Allen.
Here's a link to a blog that seems to cover any and all music festivals, great reads.