Today is one of my favorite days of the year in New Orleans. Chaz Fest! Five years ago local musician Alex McMurray and his wife, artist Kourtney Keller, decided to start a festival for local acts who were not playing Jazz Fest. They named it “Chaz Fest,” after another local musician Washboard Chaz.
The festival takes place at the Truck Farm, a communal backyard shared by several houses on St. Claude Avenue in the Bywater. There are two stages, with music from noon to 10pm.
On the the “Hard Liquor Mainstage”:
Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns – Noon
Schatzy – 1:15
Hot 8 Brass Band – 2:45
Debauche – 4:15
Matt Perrine & Sunflower City – 5:45
Brian Coogan Band – 7:30
Happy Talk Band – 9:00
And, on the “Bywater Juke Joint Side Stage”:
The Tom Paines – 12:45
Helen Gillet & Other Instruments – 2:00
My Graveyard Jaw – 3:45
The Geraniums – 5:05
Washboard Chaz Blues Trio – 6:35
Ratty Scurvics – 8:30
Also, there will be plenty of food and drink, including: crawfish bread, lemonade and watermelon agua fresca and coconut sorbet and bourbon and vodka, Shrimp tacos, Guacamole with chips, Espresso/Capp (iced or not), Shrimp Tostones, fried spring rolls, The Joint bbq – with a variety of sauces, vegetarian stew, carribean chorizo, carribbean chicken, Yuki Japanese food and sake, wheat grass.
Chaz Fest is kid-friendly, with a designated area for the little ones. Tickets are $30, which includes admission to the official after-party–which is not kid friendly–at the Saturn Bar, featuring R. Scully and the Rough Seven and Narcissy.