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Second Weekend of Jazz Fest 2007 a bit Soggy, but still all good.

5 May 2007

It was bound to happen, always does each year. At least one day of the two weekend festival is honored with some showers. And in true New Orleans fashion, it was not just a little rain, but buckets of the stuff.

Still, locals and die-hard Jazzfest fans took it in stride, sticking it out during a day that did not lack for rocking performances. The Dynamic Smooth Family Gospel Singers of Slidell, for example, had almost everyone huddling beneath the Gospel Tent on their feet shouting. And so it went, either under the tents or on the big stages in between showers.

Rain or shine, the 38th annual festival of music, food and art pressed ahead, just as organizers said it would. Fest fans waited out the storm and then when the skies cleared, went on about the business of enjoying themselves. There were notable performances by the Batiste Brothers Band, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Nathan William’s Jr. Band, and the Zydeco Big Timers.

Better Than Ezra was there too, and lead singer Kevin Griffen stopped in the middle of one song to jokingly comment on “the crazies” hanging out in the river that that rainstorm made at the Gentilly Stage, where a huge crowd came to hear their local favorite group.

“In any other city, people would be in bed, but not in New Orleans”, Griffen said. ?

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