This is the second episode of our trip to the New Orleans French Quarter Jazz Festival. Needless to say, the bands continued to play all weekend in spite of some rain on Saturday and Sunday.
Another ragtag group of musicians tuning up, in between the raindrops, just outside the grounds of Jackson Square, location of the mainstage of the Festival.
The French Quarter's streets are closed to traffic for the festival. The talented duet of Tanya and Dorise sets up shop with a makeshift stage on Royal Street. The pair have recorded a number of CDs together. On the other hand, some are more interested in the souvenirs, particularly the funny hats and teeshirts.
Some young musicians find themselves seeking protection from the rain, while others played on in the shelter of the French Market cafe.
With the help of her locally made and newly acquired 'forkglasses', my better half does her best to channel the spirit of New Orleans on Frenchmen Street, hoping to make peace with the rain goddess. Meanwhile, the two gentlemen in front of their shop near the French Market, try to scare up some business.
On Frenchmen Street, just outside the French Quarter, it's business as usual, with a bit of an edge.
But the dancers carry on... as do most of the shops in the Quarter, barring extenuating circumstances, of course.
That's it for the second installment of the New Orleans trip blog. Stay tuned for the third and final installment, featuring Bourbon Street at night and Charmaine Neville on the Festival's mainstage.