by Kevin Allman
Opinions are split in the Gambit office regarding the lineup for the 2009 Jazz & Heritage Festival (besides all the great local musicians, whom we're lucky enough to see all year anyway). A sampling of quotes from around the building:
"I got a call from a friend out west who's excited about Aretha."
"James Taylor? Are they kidding?"
"Spoon? That's cool."
"Dave Matthews? [insert retching sound here]"
And we won't even get into the love Wilco/don't get Wilco debate. (For the record, the jam-band-lovin' folks at Jambase seem ecstatic with the lineup...as one correspondent put it, "thats a fatty lineup.")
Think you can do a better job than the Jazz Fest folk? Now's your chance.
In the comments section below, leave your suggestions for which headliners would make this The Best Damn Jazz Fest Ever, and you'll be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to New Orleans Party & Costume (Mardi Gras is coming, y'all).
Deadline will be Wednesday afternoon at 5 p.m. The winner will be drawn at random and notified by email (so make sure you enter a valid e-addy -- we won't use it for anything else or spam you). And the winner will be announced on Blog of New Orleans on Thursday morning.
Now...channel your inner Quint. Surprise us.