The Jazz Fest does not stop at the gates of the Champ de Foire

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) — The return of Jazz Fest doesn’t stop at the Fairgrounds, of course. The next 10 days are a showcase of non-stop live music across the city.

“You really just get a big old dollop of whatever you want,” said Jonathan Shuttleswerth, One-Eyed Jack’s sound engineer.

From Indie to Bounce and everything in between, Shuttleswerth is gearing up for a marathon at One-Eyed Jack’s. The only night they don’t have a show is this Monday, but every other night will be sold out.

“The most punk of early 20s punk daddies in cargo shorts at four in the morning, you know, with the hat. Really excited,” Shuttleswerth said. “It’s overwhelming when you’re, you know, I’m in this little booth here and 800 people around you who’ve been celebrating all day, since 10 a.m. and they’re just going to keep celebrating thanks to the power of Nova Scotia. Orleans, right?

He says this is of course a huge, much-needed paycheck for our venues and all the employees who keep them going over the summer months.

“It’s really exciting to do live music again. I thought my career was over,” Shuttleswerth said. “Jazz Fest and Mardi Gras back to back, I don’t know, it’s like it never went away. You know? Like we’re all big black bears and go to sleep for the summer or something that.

Well, hibernation is definitely over.

“We’re going to play from 11 a.m. God knows when, maybe 5 a.m., 4 a.m.,” Deltaphonic bandleader Andrew Weeks said.

What’s a scene without the right people like Deltaphonic, who play 30/90 on Friday night.

“It’s usually pretty crowded, people get really drunk, all the ‘jazz dads’ are there, all the people who come for Jazz Fest. So it’s usually a lot of fun. Pretty exhausting, but generally great fun,” Weeks said. “People are here for the music and there’s tons of money flowing and there’s really good musicians everywhere and everyone plays with everyone and everyone knows each other.”

Weeks says they’ll be playing a few gigs throughout the week, but there are musicians playing multiple times a day, all the time.

“In the end, I don’t know what they’re doing, doing yoga and drinking juice and collapsing on their face,” Weeks joked.

Again, it’s a marathon for everyone, but a labor of love. Something the city is grateful to have in return.

“They have all these shows that go on like, two in the morning, three in the morning and it’s like a mix of really good people playing and it’s kind of unique,” Weeks said.

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