Spring is coming, and it is a great time in the crescent city. Some fabulous festivals are not far away. This year, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival lineup appears almost too good to be true. Elton John, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, The Who, No Doubt, Lenny Kravitz, John Legend and Jimmy Buffett are all a part of the repertoire, and the list goes on. Every day looks great! Year before last was the year that rocked my world when I got to see Stevie Nicks for the first time. I've been a Fleetwood Mac fan for many years, and that was the first time I had ever seen them live. What an unforgettable day! Some other memorable favorite past acts include John Mayer, Sugarland, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Robert Plant with Alison Krauss, Stevie Wonder, Patti Labelle and the list is endless. I could fill the page with names of musicians I have enjoyed at JazzFest over the past twenty years.
French Quarter Festival is always fun. Many of our wonderful local entertainers are featured, and we all know some of the best music comes out of New Orleans. A great thing about this festival is that if it rains, you can always find shelter in one of the numerous bars in the French Quarter. A lot of them feature live music, so you may even get to listen to some good music while you avoid getting soaked.
Even though Mardi Gras is over, parade lovers still have something to look forward to. The St. Patricks day parade, the Irish-Italian parade and Chris Owen's annual French Quarter Easter parade are all just around the corner.
Throughout the year, there are many more festivals to look forward to including the Strawberry Festival in Ponchatoula, the Crayfish Festival in Breaux Bridge, the Essence Music Festival and the Voodoo Music Festival.
One thing you don't hear down here is folks complaining about having nothing to do. Sometimes, the problem is deciding what to do.