Little Freddie King is still the best-dressed man at jazz fest. His guitar licks may also be the smoothest.
Raful Neal Jr. offered some mighty fine competition though. Neal, J. Monque’D and their band performed a killer version of Slim Harpo’s “Scratch My Back.”
I’d planned to see Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk and Rosie Ledet but the heat persuaded me to stay in the blues tent most of the day. I also didn’t want to give up my front-row seat before James Cotton’s set. I’m glad I stayed. Silky Sol and Joint’s Jumpin’ were terrific.
James Cotton was worth the wait. He doesn’t sing these days, but he’s still the best harp player I’ve ever heard.
A few more photos from my first day at jazz fest. Click the photos to enlarge.