Kicking off with some Sacred Steel were The Lee Boys. The Miami natives set the tone for the day, with fairies frolicking and demons dancing under a near-cloudless sky. Kofi and Oteil Burbridge joined The Lee Boys on jams “Testify” and “Lovelight,” an early afternoon highlight.
Next up Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk brought Big Easy flavor down to the swamp, with deep bass thumpin’ underneath everyone’s ruby reds and Neville’s call-and-response catching on like a fever.
After we “put it in the dumpsta,” it was time to strut down Bourbon Street with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band (closer to a half-dozen, really). The NoLa love fest continued, even though we were secretly yearning for more of the Dumpsta.