It was all over the news yesterday: President Bush came to New Orleans.
This was his 10th visit since Hurricane Katrina made a mess of things. He walked around the shattered houses and piles of trash and said things like, "You've got a pile of stuff here."
As exciting as that can be (I'm being sarcastic here), what everyone has really been talking about was the impending visit of the Boss.
That's right, the Boss is coming to New Orleans. The real Boss.
Bruce Springsteen is playing Jazz Fest this year.
And he'll be there along with Fats Domino, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Allen Toussaint, Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Dave Bartholomew, Deacon John, Rebirth Brass Band, and way too many others to list here.
So this is my shameless plug: You need to go to Jazz Fest this year. You need to book a plane, a train, a bus or a car and get your funky butt down to the Fair Grounds for one or both weekends. Jazz Fest runs from Friday to Sunday, April 28, 29 and 30th, and then again on May 5, 6 and 7.
It's win/win right down the line: you need to groove, and New Orleans needs the green.
In case you didn't know, Jazz Fest is presented annually by The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes the music, art and culture of New Orleans. So it's a party with a cause, and the cause is to party.
While touring the devastated areas of New Orleans with her husband, Laura Bush was heard to say, "Goodness me, this place is FUNKY!"
Yeah, come back at the end of April, cowgirl.