Monday, April 26, 2010

Festival Weekend Blow-Out ! - Day 4

On Saturday, after a wonderful breakfast of crawfish omelettes, fresh fruit, beignets, and bloody mary's, we headed downtown to the festival for Day 4! After four days, you become ONE with this glorious festival, and being there feels normal and whatever your previous life was, LBTF, (life before the festival), seems a distant memory. My dear bloggie friend, Joanne @ Whole Latte Life said it best, in a comment on my last post, "You have a veritable marathon of food, music, and fun going on"! And cher, believe me when I tell you that she's right! We started off at the Marche de Arts and Crafts Market and did a little shopping. I just couldn't resist this wonderful Fleur de Lis lamp (on right) for a hallway in my home. And a "WHO-DAT" t-shirt from the Alexander Art Studio booth.

We made the trek over to Scene Bacardi, just in time to catch "The Bluerunners Band" reunion show and they were really getting down, cher! Their fabulous Cajun-Zydeco-Punk-Rock- Gutbucket Blues style is off the charts! The crowd really enjoyed this rare performance. We sure miss you guys! This one's for you, Robert!

The Bluerunners

After all that dancing , I was ready for a nice frozen drink. I spotted the Fat Tuesday booth, (New Orleans Daiquiris) and had to make a decision about what to order. I made a new friend, while waiting in line. She was from Florida and ordered a Pina Colada and I got the Strawberry Daiquiri ! This was just heavenly, along with a beautiful breeze blowing in. We had such beautiful weather, for this year's festival, and it was really a pleasure be outdoors, so much. Especially to dance to live music, outdoors! So much FUN!!!

Then, it was time for a little Cajun cuisine, before the next show that I was really excited about seeing. The Pavilion de Cuisine was mobbed and there were long lines to wait in. But I knew what I wanted and that was a plus, and it gave me a chance to make a few phone calls, so I didn't mind waiting. This little guy, (on left) was handling the serving for his family's booth, at the Antler's Restaurant food booth. From left to right, that's crawfish etouffee, rice, and corn mache choux! Oh divine, cher! And a crawfish poboy from Bon Creole booth was excellent, too!

Then, we were ready to head back to Scene Bacardi, to see the legendary, Grammy nominated, "Henry Gray and the Cats". This band is one of the best New Orleans Blues bands in history, and they were really rockin' and rollin' the crowd!! Henry is 84 years young and has performed all over the country and the world for the last 30 years, and has been instrumental in "keeping the blues alive! Crank it up, cher!
Henry Gray and The Cats

After this great show, I left my friends , to walk over to the TV5 Monde Stage, where one of my dear daughter's, favorite bands were scheduled to play. I figured that I would find her there and sure enough , I did. A large part of this area was shady and many were taking a little siesta, before the band came on.

A short while later, Radio Radio, a half/ electro and half/ hip-hop group, from Quebec, took the stage and had the 20 somethings really dancing and wanting to tymer, all night long! My phone rang and it was mon cher amis calling to let me know that they were at the old Stan's Downtown, chillin' on the patio, and listening to a fantastic Cajun-Rock band.

So, I high-tailed it over there, and joined them! This fine group was playing on Stan's Downtown's patio and they were really kickin'! We had a round of cold drinks while we absorbed their eclectic style. Didn't get their name, but they sure were good! Let the good times roll, cher!

To be continued..........

Lots more to come! Stayed tuned for Day 5!
Merci for coming by, cher amis!
Hope ya'll have a wonderful week!


ellen abbott said...

I love blues bands. What a great time. It's been a long time since I went to a multi-day festival.

Velva said...

Is there more to life than "marathon food, music and fun?" I think not! You are living life just the way it should be lived. I love it!

Joanne said...

Wait a minute ... You had me hooked at Day 4. Stay tuned for Day 5??? Marguerite, your amazing energy puts us to shame as we watch from the sidelines. Rock on :)

Rosaria Williams said...

Oh my! And I bet the weather was marvelous too. Lucky one!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

I am truly dancing my way through your posts about the festival!! What a delight! It's almost as good as being there! Thank you for sharing all this FABULOUS music as well. You are the BEST!!! Love you! Janine XO

John said...

Looks like you had a hell of a good time; we still have lovely weather here, beautiful today. Love the breakfast in the first few lines of the post.

Yes, I had a company assignment to Sunnyvale, Santa Clara from April '88 to August '89, working for a US mainframe computer company then. We loved it, if I could afford the housing costs I'd move there.

Boozy Tooth said...

You had me at "crawfish omelettes, fresh fruit, beignets, and bloody mary's."

Oh girl, you are living a charmed life. Take me with you!!!!!

misti said...

Truly the joie de vivre! Wish I was there!

Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

at my current station in life, I am jealous of few people...

You and who ever married Marcia Brady

Mehmet Osman Çağlar said...

You have a veritable marathon of food, music, and fun going on ..
I couldn't find any thing on these
goods words. I'm following the others
dear friend.


With love and respect..

Cloudia said...

Your posts are better than HBO's Treme, though that show makes me want to pack up and move over y`all's way!

What a cultures! What folks! What music! I may least I know I'll always have one friend to start, Cher :)

Aloha from Waikiki

Comfort Spiral

Vagabonde said...

Marguerite I was in Tennessee and had not read your posts. I just read all your posts on the Festival International de la Louisiane. What a party! Non ending food, drink and fun. What a happy life! Thanks for the clips – I listened to them and can see why you all were dancing – great sounds. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for the clip of the Bluerunners, one of my favorite bands. Hope they get back together for good,so I can see them again. Would have come this year, but a really good job got in my way. Next year maybe? The weather, and all your pictures and videos are GREAT! Keep them coming!

Joanna Jenkins said...

I'm not sure I could keep up with you! This sounds like so much is happening and you didn't miss a thing!
What a blast!

Eddie Bluelights said...

I'm exhausted just reading it - let alone dancing!!

Love the cow girl red boots - very 'bootiful', matching teir owner.

These boots are made for dancing!!

Let the good time roll, cher! LOL
Hugs ~ Eddie

Marguerite said...

ellen- Thanks, I love blues bands, too. They remind me of my college days. You definitely need to come to one of our festivals! :)

Velva- You are so right, cher! Life is meant to be enjoyed and we make it a #1 priority! So glad that you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by!

Joanne- Merci for the compliment, cher! Yes, stay tuned for Day 5, coming right up! The music feeds the energy and "takes you higher and higher"! Remember that song?

lakeviewer- The weather was gorgeous, and usually is, which is one of the many reasons that this is my favorite festival. Thanks, cher, I am lucky, indeed!

Janine- So happy that you are enjoying the festival posts and getting a little dancing in! You're so welcome, it's my pleasure to share it all with you!
Merci, cher, you are the best friend that a girl could have!

John- We did most certainly have a hellava good time! Glad you're having some nice weather! Thanks!
I was living in Maryland, by then, but loved California, too.

Maggie May said...

Your life seems to be made up of festivals and good food.
Am I jealous? Just a bit! LOL!

Nuts in May

California Girl said...

I listened to the old guy and his band was really good. had to finally stop. you record long videos on that phone of yours, don't you?

what are they saying about the oil spill in LA & along the Gulf? I hear it's only 20 miles out now. Is there any way to protect the wildlife or is this going to be another Exxon Valdez disaster of biblical proportion?

Nancy said...

You had me at beignets...

Marguerite said...

Lydia- Hi and welcome! Thanks so much for your lovely comment and for visiting. Hope you have a wonderful day, too, and thanks for the link.

Alix- So glad you liked the breakfast! The feeling is mutual, mon cher! I'd be happy to take you with me anytime! Cheers!

misti- You got that right, cher! Wish you could have been here, too! Maybe you could make the Crawfish Festival, in Breaux Bridge, this weekend. Lots of fun there, too! Hope to see you there!

Dave- Now, cher, no need to be jealous. Just hop on a plane! You still have time to make the Crawfish Festival and Jazz Fest, in New Orleans, this weekend!

Jivago- That saying pretty much sums it up, doesn't it? lol Laissez les bon temps rouler, cher! Wish you were here, mon ami! Cheers!

Cloudia- Merci beaucoup for your sweet comment, cher! I would love it, if you lived here! We would have a bon ton, for sure! Aloha!

Marguerite said...

Vagabonde- You know the French motto? "Eat, drink, and be merry"! lol This festival is fabulous! If you have to pick only one, this is it! So glad you enjoyed the clips! You're welcome, cher! Merci beaucoup for stopping by!

Robert- You're welcome, cher! They are one of my faves, too! Hope that you can make it next year! Thanks so much for your sweet compliments, mon ami!

Joanna- Sure you could! :) You'd be two-stepping in no time! It was a blast, for sure! Thanks for coming by, cher!

Eddie- Oh you'd get your blood pumping and that would keep you going, cher! Thanks and those boots were made for dancing is right! Merci for stopping by, Monsieur Bluelights! lol

Maggie- So nice to see you, and thanks for your nice comment, cher! We have most of our festivals in Spring and Fall. When the weather is nice, we really pack them in! Wish you were here!