Thursday, April 5, 2007

Swamp Fest

Last Saturday Lauren and I ventured out to Swamp Fest to fulfill our need for jazz and cajun food. One of our favorite weekends of the year is when we take the drive out to New Orleans and forget that we're white and try to move like we're African-American cajun folk. It makes us happy, and we get a lot of laughs from those we're imitating. Hey - imitation is the best form of flattery right? Plus we're now prepared for any movie where they might want to cast some of those skills... ha. Austin's swamp fest is not near the wonderfulness that is jazz fest - for one - it's on concrete. The same concrete parking lot where all of the tailgaiting parties are held during football season. But it was still jazz, and even in the little doses - we enjoyed it immensely. Favorite musical acts included Papa Mali, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, Henry Butler and the Game Band, The New Orleans Jazz Vipers Brass band, and a few others. Most noteably we were excited to see Big Chief Kevin and his Funky Flaming Arrows - who represented a tradition in New Orleans I had never known about until arriving there. Did you know that there's a cajun tradition of dressing in large headresses and colorful feather-lined clothing? I thought that was strictly a Native American thing until I met cheif Kevin - and it's an act that shouldn't be missed and comes straight from the soul. We were also excited to get our first glimpse at Burlesque - which really is just an elegant, more sophisticated strip tease. But when put to music and is themed - it becomes an entire act that actually inspired Lauren to want to be a burlesque artist herself! The three girls that performed reminded me strongly of the three stippers in the film Gypsy which really did make stripping more of an art than something "dirty". The show we saw seemed to be just a little preview of all that Burlesque can be and we definitely want to head to a Burlesque show soon to see another performance. We've heard The Jigglewatts are pretty good - I think you all should check them out in our second issue of the magazine!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey You! Thanks so much for the mention in your blog! And one should never underestimate the power of large headdresses and colorful feather-lined clothing, hehe! We'd love to see you at our show, too...

The Jigglewatts