National Scene > New Orleans, Louisiana
Jenni Smith (32) - Submitted Tuesday Nov 28, 2006
Although the music scene in New Orleans doesn't really need an introduction or explanation, it will forever hold a special place in my heart. Having attended college at LSU in Baton Rouge, New Orleans was only an hour drive away that I took advantage of more times than I can remember. Friday nights at the Howling Wolf or Tipitina's watching Rocket from the Crypt, Cowboy Mouth, the Radiators, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Dash Rip Rock were a mainstay during my college career. And there was no question that I would make the trip to Jazzfest every year to hear Harry Connick Jr, Dr. John, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and The Funky Meters. Even ten years later in April 2005 when I made it down from New York to the French Quarter festival to hear the Wild Magnolias and Galactic, I knew that the music of New Orleans constantly radiated through my thoughts and memories. But it wasn't until after Hurricane Katrina devasted New Orleans and the surrounding area that I realized how much my life was impacted by the music and culture of New Orleans, more so now than ever before.