Best New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest ever? YES!

But let’s be honest — it’s always a tie between the most recent one and the next one. Jazz Fest 49 was no exception.

Seven Fest days and 30 minutes of rain ☔. Unheard of.

Unexpected discoveries? Check ✅.

Food (and calories) I’m still working on burning off? Check ✅.

Love in an elevator? Nevermind. ⁈

Yes, Aerosmith at Jazz Fest had some folks head scratching when announced, but they went over big at their only gig of the year. And, as any Jazz Fest vet knows, it ain’t about the BNAs (“big name acts’). While this year was solid with the likes of Sting, Rod Stewart, Beck, Jack White et al. who knew the place would be abuzz over Socks in a Frying Pan from Ireland? Aah, but I digress…

Check out my full gallery from weekend one below and head over to the next page to see weekend two!

PHOTO GALLERY: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2018 Weekend One