Tuesday, September 16, 2008

New Orleans comes to London

How does this line up sound? Dr John, Allen Toussaint, Buckwheat Zydeco, BeauSoliel avec Michael Doucet, Rebirth Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins and The Barbecue Swingers, Marcia Ball, John Mooney and Bluesiana, The Annointed Jackson Sisters, New Birth Brass Band, Big Chief Monk Bordreaux, Apache Hunters and Hardhead Hunters Mardi Gras Indian Tribes, Young Men Olympia Untouchables Social Aid and Pleasure Club, New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Rhythm Section.
Sounds like New Orleans Jazzfest doesn't it? Yet amazingly they are all performing at the O2 Arena on October 24 and 25. And what's more this Festival New Orleans is free. According to the O2 website http://theo2.co.uk/ the event is being held to coincide with the New Orleans Saints' NFL game against the San Diego Chargers at Wembley. There will be Louisiana food demonstrations, Mardi Gras Indians - even a recreation of Bourbon Street.
Unfortunately I think I may be away while this New Orleans extravanganza is on, but it looks fantastic. With the rock and roll shows taking place at The Forum as well this autumn is suddenly looking rather good.


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