I’m waiting for a local band to start singing about Rye’s Blind Brook and the 100 year storm on April 15th. Until then, you’ll have to settle for Harry Connick, Jr. and the J. Monque’D Blues Band talking and singing about Hurricane Katrina at the New Orleans Jazz Fest. For a place where–20 months after Katrina–there is still no electricity or sewer available in half the City and where the post Katrina population stands at half of the 500,000 residents who lived there before the levees collapsed, they still know how to put on a Big Easy smile and entertain guests with great aplomb.
Just like we should be patronizing Rye merchants such as Parker’s and Ruby’s as they rebound from Rye’s own disaster, think about booking your next vacation to the Crescent City.
(ABOVE) J. Monque ‘D Blues Band Sings at New Orleans Jazz Fest on Hurricane Katrina: J. Monque ‘D and his band from Baton Rouge sings about Hurricane Katrina at the Southern Comfort Blue Tent at lunchtime on Sunday, May 6, 2007. J. Monque ‘D sings the "FEMA Blues": "I got a blue plastic tarp covering my house where my roof used to be…"
(ABOVE) Harry Connick, Jr. at New Orleans Jazz Fest on Hurricane Katrina: Harry Connick says a few words about Hurricane Katrina and his commitment to rebuild New Orleans before closing out New Orleans Jazz Festival on Sunday, May 6, 2007 @7pm at the Acura Stage, Fairgrounds in New Orleans, Louisiana. Harry Connick was raised in New Orleans and his father, Harry Connick, Sr. was a well know district attorney in the city.
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