Few piano players are as tall, glam and terrific as Marcia Ball. Born in Texas, raised in Louisiana and schooled in the dance halls and roadhouses of the Gulf South, Ball can't help but make you boogie woogie. That is, unless you wanna two-step. Or boogaloo. She does that too.
"If you can make 'em dance, money becomes a space problem."
Ball's songs are postcards of small town life in this region and the dilemmas that drive people to the choices they make.
Some music festivals are known for certain specific things; others are known for a broad assortment. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is known for everything. The city's arms are just that wide.
This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. The recession and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico hit New Orleans hard, and that was after Katrina. The population has yet to return to pre-hurricane levels. Some houses lie empty, some properties abandoned, and the city continues to suffer from crime and unemployment.
With seven days of music over two weekends, getting all the way through Jazz Fest requires not only raw stamina, but planning. In order to help you on this, the last day, here's the complete music schedule for Sunday, May 5, 2013.