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  • Originally posted by IBROCKN View Post
    My name is Jan, just came by to lurk & logged in. PaulC, Gards, My Precious Lord Horror, Matthew. We've all been missing you horribly, and occasionally speak fondly of you, on FB!!!
    Wow. It's only taken me seven years to finally learn your board name!

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    • Hey!! It shouldn't have been all caps, there was a glitch in the original bored & we couldn't change our names, remember? Not sure if I'll be logging back in much, already had an attack from the "Microsoft Folks" about pornographic content being sent to my computer. I can get that on FB!!! Gonna get off for now, all this white in the background is really screwing with my eye! Later, my friend!

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      • We've got the Re-Introduce Yourself thread going.

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        • I always thought IBROCKN was Ibjamn's brother or sumptin. Who knew. Say hey to the FB krewe for us.

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          • Hey Folks, Iím a newbie to the Forum and indeed to Jazz Fest. My name is Emma, Iím 44 & from Ireland. Iíll be honest and say I didnít know about it at all until I started looking into coming to New Orleans this April/May. Imagine my delight to learn of the Fest and to discover itís on on my birthday too. So, Iím coming over for about 2 weeks & plan to see as much of NOLA as I can. Iím super excited.

            Iíll confess to loving David Simonís Treme & am very excited to see featured artists perform in their hometown. This past year Iíve seen Trombone Shorty, Jerron ďBlind BoyĒ Paxton, & The New Orleans Swamp Donkeys in Dublin.

            I have a question re: accommodations that Iíd appreciate seasoned Thread Heads advice on. I havenít yet booked accommodation (will do so in the coming days) but have requested a quote from the Empress Hotel in Treme. It seems to have quite unfavourable reviews & Iím wondering if anyone knows what it is really like. Is it safe? Clean? I may stay in a more upscale hotel for the weekends but wondering about booking accommodation for the duration of my holiday before I get there. I like the idea of staying in different areas to see more of NOLA but again, would love to hear your thoughts on the best/safest/most enjoyable places to stay. Iím quite adventurous but will be traveling alone (mostly).

            Thanks for your help, I am really excited to be coming to NOLA & JF for the first (but Iím 100% confident) not the last time. Cheers, Emma

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            • marignygreg
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              Last edited by marignygreg; 03-13-2018, 01:52 AM.

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              • Hey Emma. I love the neighborhood that the Empress Hotel is in. The heart of Treme. I would not recommend it to my Dad, but the more adventurous traveler may like it. I could see Bukowski staying there and maybe getting a book out of it.

                Enjoy your first Fest !!!

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                • Originally posted by Emma View Post
                  Hey Folks, Iím a newbie to the Forum and indeed to Jazz Fest. My name is Emma, Iím 44 & from Ireland. Iíll be honest and say I didnít know about it at all until I started looking into coming to New Orleans this April/May. Imagine my delight to learn of the Fest and to discover itís on on my birthday too. So, Iím coming over for about 2 weeks & plan to see as much of NOLA as I can. Iím super excited.

                  Iíll confess to loving David Simonís Treme & am very excited to see featured artists perform in their hometown. This past year Iíve seen Trombone Shorty, Jerron ďBlind BoyĒ Paxton, & The New Orleans Swamp Donkeys in Dublin.

                  I have a question re: accommodations that Iíd appreciate seasoned Thread Heads advice on. I havenít yet booked accommodation (will do so in the coming days) but have requested a quote from the Empress Hotel in Treme. It seems to have quite unfavourable reviews & Iím wondering if anyone knows what it is really like. Is it safe? Clean? I may stay in a more upscale hotel for the weekends but wondering about booking accommodation for the duration of my holiday before I get there. I like the idea of staying in different areas to see more of NOLA but again, would love to hear your thoughts on the best/safest/most enjoyable places to stay. Iím quite adventurous but will be traveling alone (mostly).

                  Thanks for your help, I am really excited to be coming to NOLA & JF for the first (but Iím 100% confident) not the last time. Cheers, Emma
                  I've not stayed there, and I don't know anyone who has, but I would be very cautious about recommending anyone new to the city, to stay in that area. The North Rampart area is a lot busier these days seemingly all year round, and I regularly see large tour groups walking around to visit the Backstreet museum, the Cemetery and Armstrong Park. But if you are going to enjoy the wonderful live music scene, you will likely be returning to your hotel late night/early hours and I don't think it's the greatest idea for a solo female.
                  This might be slightly less of an issue though, over the Jazzfest weekends, when there will be many more folks around at all hours.

                  I'm not a local like Marignygreg , and I know he sometimes get (rightly) irate when folks focus unduly on crime in certain areas. That is certainly not my intention here.

                  I think you will have a blast, and yes, you will be back!

                  Do check in here, and let us know how you get on.

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                  • Thanks both for your feedback. Iím going to wait another day or so to see if anyone else weighs in but I definitely appreciate both of your comments.

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                    • Originally posted by Delta View Post

                      Just woke up, only half a cup of coffee, and scrolling too fast, but I thought at first that said Thread-a-hole. I was going to argue with you.
                      Delta... I do love you.. you are too funny.... I just spit water across my desk I LOL when I read your reply to Marignygreg... it was pretty funny...

                      welcome back to you all and welcome to the newcomers... we look forward to meeting many of you
                      Nancy10016
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                      Last edited by Nancy10016; 03-14-2018, 01:38 PM.

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                      • Originally posted by Canine Horror View Post

                        I've not stayed there, and I don't know anyone who has, but I would be very cautious about recommending anyone new to the city, to stay in that area. The North Rampart area is a lot busier these days seemingly all year round, and I regularly see large tour groups walking around to visit the Backstreet museum, the Cemetery and Armstrong Park. But if you are going to enjoy the wonderful live music scene, you will likely be returning to your hotel late night/early hours and I don't think it's the greatest idea for a solo female.
                        This might be slightly less of an issue though, over the Jazzfest weekends, when there will be many more folks around at all hours.

                        I'm not a local like Marignygreg , and I know he sometimes get (rightly) irate when folks focus unduly on crime in certain areas. That is certainly not my intention here.

                        I think you will have a blast, and yes, you will be back!

                        Do check in here, and let us know how you get on.
                        Emma,
                        Welcome to fest, I hope it's everything you want it to be.. I've never stayed in the Treme area, but I too would offer caution to someone new to NOLA and a single female staying in that area for the same reasons as above... during the day you should be fine but coming back or heading out to music late at night, I'm not sure it's the best area...

                        When walking around New Orleans you should be cautious and aware of your surroundings and people nearby, just like you would in any major city... sadly New Orleans has had some crime issues- but there is crime in many cities...so it's just a matter of being careful I think...
                        Happy Fest Birthday too- when's your birthday?


                        You might want to put a post out if you're interested in a roommate- there are often folks looking to share...

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                        • Iím a mostly solo female traveler and Iím giving the Empress Hotel a big fat no. I can recommend the following bed and breakfasts where Iíve stayed by myself during jazz fest season: Lookout Inn of New Orleans, Maison McCarty, Lions Inn and The Claiborne Mansion. All have lovely hosts and offer safe and secure acomodations for the solo female traveler. They are all also clean and nicely appointed and popular during jazz fest season and this late in the game they may not be available for all of your stay. Some people cobble together a few different acomodations and might jump from a big name Hotel for the priciest nights to a place with more local flavor for the other nights.

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                          • Namaste. Reintroducing myself. I've missed the last five JF's while in Afghanistan and India. My wife and I are making the trip over from New Delhi this year. 45y.o.; no kids; dancing fool; I think this will be my 7th fest, but the first we're doing both weekends. And the first we'll bike to the fest. She likes the alt-indie stuff. I'm partial to funk. We meet in the middle at Fais Do Do.

                            Back in the day I used to create an alternate version of the cubes called the frangies. I've done it again this year. It's a sortable spreadsheet list of every band with stage, date, and start time. It collapses a bit easier than the grids for use on a smart phone. It's also helpful to find any band quickly when discussing night options or making recommendations. Shoot me a PM if you want a copy.

                            We're on the wait list for the Patry. Got in a couple of days after the tix sales, so hopefully we'll be above the weather cut line.

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                            • Originally posted by freerangemike View Post
                              Namaste. Reintroducing myself. I've missed the last five JF's while in Afghanistan and India. My wife and I are making the trip over from New Delhi this year. 45y.o.; no kids; dancing fool; I think this will be my 7th fest, but the first we're doing both weekends. And the first we'll bike to the fest. She likes the alt-indie stuff. I'm partial to funk. We meet in the middle at Fais Do Do.

                              Back in the day I used to create an alternate version of the cubes called the frangies. I've done it again this year. It's a sortable spreadsheet list of every band with stage, date, and start time. It collapses a bit easier than the grids for use on a smart phone. It's also helpful to find any band quickly when discussing night options or making recommendations. Shoot me a PM if you want a copy.

                              We're on the wait list for the Patry. Got in a couple of days after the tix sales, so hopefully we'll be above the weather cut line.
                              Welcome back! We also have a pair of tickets to the Patry in the raffle this year, if you want to try your luck there! http://threadheadraffle.com/jam-central/

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                              • Welcome back FreeRange! Coming over from India - that is impressive! I'd love to check out your frangees, neenatlanta at comcast dot net.
                                Hope y'all can come by a Threadhead meetup one day to say hello to everyone. I don't think we've settled on a time yet, but it is usually something like 1:30 pm each day, behind Ms. Lena's Beer Tent (Zulu Diamondcutters, aka Cold Cold Beer tent). It's across from the Jazz & Heritage Stage. Happy Fest!

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