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  • fesstgeek
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    Originally posted by fichadelphia View Post
    I donít know how I feel. On the one hand Iíve warmed up to the headliners the last two years- catching and enjoying more of their sets than I did in years prior. On the other hand, I stayed home on Aerosmith Saturday anticipating big crowds.
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    It really didn't seem that bad, but I avoided Acura in favor of Blues, J&H, Gentilly, FDD, and Cultural. Always something worthwhile even when missing first choices!

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  • funkkjunkie
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    The lineup at the Cultural Pavillion for NOLA's 300th was lovely. More of that would be greatly appreciated. Bring back Jupiter and Okwess! And other standouts from over the years!

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  • CEfromLA
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    [QUOTE=fichadelphia;n819771
    I have no idea why people like U2 as strongly as they do. [/QUOTE]

    I don't get it either.

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  • marignygreg
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    I hear Amoco is trying to take over sponsorship.

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  • Gards
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    Originally posted by Headless Hornman View Post

    That's funny; when I lived in New Orleans in the mid '80s I was an engineer providing offshore wellsite services and was assigned exclusively to Shell. They were a pita to work with and were a big reason why I quit and went back to school. So if it wasn't for Shell I might still live in NOLA.
    The adds on Tele back in the day, down under.

    Used to say.

    Go Well Go Shell

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  • Headless Hornman
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    Originally posted by kyfester View Post
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    So great is my love for JazzFest, I go out of my way to purchase Shell gasoline, because of its sponsorship.

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    That's funny; when I lived in New Orleans in the mid '80s I was an engineer providing offshore wellsite services and was assigned exclusively to Shell. They were a pita to work with and were a big reason why I quit and went back to school. So if it wasn't for Shell I might still live in NOLA.

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  • marignygreg
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    I love the big BNA's, but the crowds make them tough to see. And although Quint appreciates your patronage, he's gonna do what he wants to do. He has his wish list and will work tirelessly to check them off year by year. I expect him to use the 50th anniversary as powerful card in his deck to lure the big boys in. I would LOVE to see a stripped down Stones doing 'Fortune Teller' or 'Time is on my Side' with Irma sitting in. And his decision will be gloriously reinforced, with two thirds of the days record breaking attendance at Acura.

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  • kyfester
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    Originally posted by fichadelphia View Post
    I have no idea why people like U2 as strongly as they do. I guess itís a difference in taste. I wouldnít pay any amount of money to hear them.
    I really don't get U2 either. But they're a HUUUUUUGE act with a big following. Filled a football stadium here in Louisville on their last big tour. A friend gave me a ticket. I went because it was free and a beautiful summer night. I left halfway through after they did "Bullet in Blue Sky," which I like. That said, they're a big draw, and if Quint's thinking "big splash, big draw," they're certainly on the list.

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  • fichadelphia
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    I donít know how I feel. On the one hand Iíve warmed up to the headliners the last two years- catching and enjoying more of their sets than I did in years prior. On the other hand, I stayed home on Aerosmith Saturday anticipating big crowds.
    I expect that if there were a Paul McCartney headlining spot Iíd go as I know Iíd have a friend or family member keen to make the trip to their first Fest to hear him. Though Iíd have to convince them to do multiple days as Iím sure we would have to camp out all day for the closing set.
    I have no idea why people like U2 as strongly as they do. I guess itís a difference in taste. I wouldnít pay any amount of money to hear them.

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  • kyfester
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    Originally posted by Bluesthinker 72 View Post
    New Orleans has a huge and a semi huge venue in The Super Dome and Smoothie King Arena. Why not bring back the night time shows and book Quint's dream team of acts (Stones, McCartney, U2) in there at night....maybe even on the days between. I would love the 50th to be special, and treat the local/regional acts as the BNA's at the fairgrounds.
    Great Ideas.

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  • fesstgeek
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    I don't fear a Stones or McCartney appearance; the other end of the FG would likely be fine. I'd find a way to hear/see some of the Stones; McCartney I can miss. And a simp!e solution to extreme crowding might be day-specific tickets and capping sales, allowing for Brass Passes, etc. I like the idea of bringing back night shows too. For one thing, that might ease the competition for club/theater show tickets and the accompanying high prices. Now if we could just have Anders at Gentilly with a two-hour slot....

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  • jjazznj
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    Originally posted by kyfester View Post

    I have been advised by a friend who has been close to Quint for decades that the Stones/ U2/ McCartney do indeed top Quint's wish list. Yes, it's technically hearsay, but credible. If any of those acts play, the strong likelihood is that it will be a Dave Mathews Band day, impossible to avoid a crush. When I go to New Orleans to JF, I want to be there every day, skipping a day while down there does not compute.
    Even on the craziest days, which I was there for Bruce, DMB and for Elton, it was still easy to get around the rest of the fairgrounds. That being said it's hard to just ignore those big names. It was crazy crowded for Bruce the last couple of times that he played but we still were able to weasel our way up front.

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  • festivalgirl
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    It would be awesome if the 50th anniversary of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival totally focused on jazz and heritage. A girl can dream.

    Smoothie King is perfect for U2, McCartney, Stones, etc.

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  • Bluesthinker 72
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    New Orleans has a huge and a semi huge venue in The Super Dome and Smoothie King Arena. Why not bring back the night time shows and book Quint's dream team of acts (Stones, McCartney, U2) in there at night....maybe even on the days between. I would love the 50th to be special, and treat the local/regional acts as the BNA's at the fairgrounds.

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  • ohio
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    A beautiful post, ky!
    You should consider sending similar to Jan at Offbeat. She would probably print it.

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