Radio Silence

I’ve just realized it’s been at least three weeks since I last posted on this blog about how excited I was to be visiting New Orleans. Blog fade is creeping in. Must resist! Must resist!

My prediction that Liverpool would lose the FA Cup Final on penalties, was sadly optimistic. They went down 2-1 to Chelsea in normal time, despite a late rally and consolation goal. My thanks to my Twitter pals for updating me as I traveled from Phoenix to Louisiana via Houston.

NOLA was an absolutely fantastic experience. Packed full of music at Jazzfest and afterwards. I also managed to hang out a bit in The Quarter, The Marigny and The Treme a little bit. Although not as much as would’ve hoped — unplanned work sadly meant I hardly made it out of the hotel on the Monday. But I also had a weird and wonderful Rock’n’Roll Karaoke experience at a dive bar in Metairie, LA.

I’ve been half planning to write up the time in New Orleans as a blog post. But I’ve had difficulty finding the time. My music making and guitar playing have also stalled somewhat in recent weeks, but we’re heading into the long Memorial Day weekend here in the US, so I’m optimistic I can get back on track.

Watch this space…



Oh Baby Please Don’t Go

Baby, please don’t go
Baby, please don’t go
Baby, please don’t go, down to New Orleans
You know I love you so

Sorry Lightnin’ old pal. I have a VIP pass for the Jazz Fest on Sunday, so I will have to decline that request.

I’m heading to NOLA tomorrow¬†to spend a few days in The Crescent City. I will unfortunately be airborne during Liverpool’s probable loss on penalties to The Second Most Evil Empire in the FA Cup Final so I’m counting on folks to update me via Twitter. (@niilolainen)

I have a work related conference to go to on Tuesday and Wednesday next week, but before then I’ll have Saturday evening, plus all day Sunday and Monday to explore the city.

Sunday 11am to 7pm will be taken up by the final day of the 2012 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. There is a bewildering array of acts on umpteen stages, so the major challenge seems to be choosing what to see. Kermit Ruffins is a no brainer as I am currently addicted Treme (only disappointment will be that Davis Macalary and Antoine Baptiste are unlikely to sit in, their availability being limited due to being fictional characters), but then beyond that things get difficult. Bonnie Raitt or The Foo Fighters? etc. and so on.

Sunday evening will be dinner somewhere in the French Quarter or The Treme itself I guess. Monday is wide open (except it seems like my boss may need me to do some powerpoint wrangling for him).

I am really thrilled to be visiting what is unequivocally one of the world’s great cities.