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  • Originally posted by HankAndLeeStamper View Post
    John, Brian, Lisa, Sue (anyone else I'm missing) it's great to see folks join in to our weird little world. I started a thread a while back (probably on about page 5 by now) about all the wonderful work this group does via the Threadhead Cultural Foundation http://www.thcfnola.org/ some of which is funded by our fantastic raffle http://threadheadraffle.com/
    The raffle is another "sticky" thread, so it's always at the top of the board.
    We had to put a "no scalping" sticky when so many people began to visit the board only in search of Rolling Stones tickets. It seems like yall are more in search of the jazzfest vibe itself, and it's a pleasure to see more folks coming around. Like some of you, I lurked here for a LONG while before I started posting, cause there's such great info, but I'm glad to have gotten more deeply involved. Long way of saying; welcome and check out our fundraising and charitable giving, along with our forum.
    I'm a fairly savvy ticket buyer. Used the automated line for Stones Jazzfest and scored no problem. Downloaded the Stones app right before their main onsale and got tipped to $29 Lucky Dip tix. So, I got a pair for $88 (fees included). They offered the same deal back on the 2015 tour. Scored a pair for both nights in Philly and sat in $600 seats the first night.

    Can't wait for Jazzfest and the entire Big Easy vibe. My liver is going to get a workout.

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    • It has been a while, so I thought I would re-introduce us. My lovely wife Heidi and I have been married 33 years, and we live in Oakland, CA. No kids, a cat and two horses. I am a lawyer specializing in estate and trust litigation - yes, Family Feuds. She is a bookkeeper, equestrian, embroiderer, animal lover, and a whole lot of other great things. By my best guess, we have been to N.O. about 40 times since 1989, including 12 Jazz Fests, 4 FQF, 3 Mardi Gras, 1 New Years, and a whole bunch of "non-event" trips. Yeah, we love it. Our last JF was 2005. We stopped not because of Katrina, but because it had gotten so crowded. But, I still wanted to do another JF while I was still "young" (now 68), and mobile, so we were planning on this 50th anniversary year and then heard that the Rolling Stones were playing. A Stones concert in 1981 was one of our first dates, so, hell yeah. Our intro to JF in 1994 was because we were into Cajun and Zydeco dancing, and hooked up with a tour of Cajun country by Nancy Covey during the "daze between". We ran into some Pet de Kat Krewe people outside Liuzza's, and the rest is history (and prologue). This year, we found out that friends from L.A., Austin, and Virginia are also coming, so it will be a party for sure. Really looking forward to it. I read this "bored" regularly, but rarely post. I really enjoy all of the local knowledge. Laissez le bon temps rouler!

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      • Welcome (back) Chazmo.
        Visit my Jazzfest advice site: http://jazzfest.swagland.com/

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        • I am Dan - I am making my first trip to New Orleans for the first weekend of JF. I am really excited. Accepting any suggestions of places to see or places to eat.

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          • Originally posted by Firsttimer View Post
            I am Dan - I am making my first trip to New Orleans for the first weekend of JF. I am really excited. Accepting any suggestions of places to see or places to eat.
            Welcome! We've got a whole other thread dedicated to restaurant recommendations. My go-to is Gabrielle, love Brigtsen's, and had my first Peche experience yesterday. But eat a lot at the fairgrounds, i prefer it to most restaurants. It's not "festival" food with burgers and dogs and such for sure. Search through some of the older threads, you'll find a "what are you going to eat?" discussion focused on things like the pheasant/quail/andouille gumbo and other delicacies.

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            • Welcome, Dan, you can also check out the Food on the website's main page. It's last year's selection but very little changes from year to year. If you're planning night shows, you can find all that info at www.jazzfestgrids.com and also check out www.swagland.com for lots of great info for first timers! Sometimes we take ziplocs and/or plastic containers into fest so we can get food to go. That way we can eat while getting ready for night shows. Let us know what you need to know. We're happy to help!

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              • Originally posted by HankAndLeeStamper View Post

                Welcome! We've got a whole other thread dedicated to restaurant recommendations. My go-to is Gabrielle, love Brigtsen's, and had my first Peche experience yesterday. But eat a lot at the fairgrounds, i prefer it to most restaurants. It's not "festival" food with burgers and dogs and such for sure. Search through some of the older threads, you'll find a "what are you going to eat?" discussion focused on things like the pheasant/quail/andouille gumbo and other delicacies.
                Thanks Hank - right now my off fairgrounds plans are Dooky Chase, Jacque Imo, and Bywater American. Will check out the suggestions you gave.

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                • Originally posted by funkkjunkie View Post
                  Welcome, Dan, you can also check out the Food on the website's main page. It's last year's selection but very little changes from year to year. If you're planning night shows, you can find all that info at www.jazzfestgrids.com and also check out www.swagland.com for lots of great info for first timers! Sometimes we take ziplocs and/or plastic containers into fest so we can get food to go. That way we can eat while getting ready for night shows. Let us know what you need to know. We're happy to help!
                  Thanks Funkk - i have a friend who lives in NOLA and he is making a list of foods to try at the fairgrounds. Lots of things with crawfish. I have ticket for Treme Threuxdown on Saturday am excited for that since won't be there to see Trombone Shorty the next weekend. Thanks for the links will check them out.

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                  • Originally posted by Firsttimer View Post

                    Thanks Funkk - i have a friend who lives in NOLA and he is making a list of foods to try at the fairgrounds. Lots of things with crawfish. I have ticket for Treme Threuxdown on Saturday am excited for that since won't be there to see Trombone Shorty the next weekend. Thanks for the links will check them out.
                    Well to add to your friend's list, my faves are trout baquet, crawfish enchiladas, rosemint tea and strawberry smoothie.

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                    • I'm Jen from Sonoma County California. My husband Ralph and I are going to our first Jazz Fest this year, with a group of friends. We're super excited! I've been lurking on the bored since September. Thanks to Threadheads for all of the information and insights!

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                      • Originally posted by monkeymind View Post
                        I'm Jen from Sonoma County California. My husband Ralph and I are going to our first Jazz Fest this year, with a group of friends. We're super excited! I've been lurking on the bored since September. Thanks to Threadheads for all of the information and insights!
                        Thanks for joining us! Hope to see you in New Orleans!

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                        • Originally posted by monkeymind View Post
                          I'm Jen from Sonoma County California. My husband Ralph and I are going to our first Jazz Fest this year, with a group of friends. We're super excited! I've been lurking on the bored since September. Thanks to Threadheads for all of the information and insights!
                          Chazmo here, from Oakland. You will have a ton of fun, I guarantee. Other than all of the great advice on this board and Swag's website, all I can add is "pace yourself". There is so much great music and great food that you will want to do too much. Keep reminding yourself that you can come back again!!

                          I have noticed more and more New Orleans musicians playing in Marin and Sonoma County the last couple of years. Hopefully you have had a chance to catch some of them. I see that Eric Lindell has been playing in Duncan's Mills, Forestville, and at the Sweetwater in Mills Valley. He must have some local connection there.

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                          • Hi Chazmo, Oh yes, I forgot to mention...we're already grateful for the recommendation from the board which prompted us to check out Andrew Duhon at Redwood Cafe in Rohnert Park back in January. The adventure has already begun. Thanks for the rec. on Eric Lindell--I see he's at Sweetwater at the end of March.

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                            • Hey, I'm Dan, alumnus of the old Pet de Kat board. I haven't been to Jazzfest since 2008, and this year marks a welcome return, coming down from St. Paul, MN for first weekend. Prior to that I made 16 (I think?) in a row, starting in 1988. A lot has changed...

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                              • Hello, I'm Jesse from Victoria, BC, Canada. Looking forward to my first ever visit to NOLA with my wife!

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