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NEW ORLEANS — Aerosmith drew a huge crowd and smaller but still packed crowds boogied to Cage the Elephant, Delbert McClinton and Anita Baker and a rousing mix of other musical acts as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival wound up its next-to-last day.
Once a relatively small affair, the festival now in its 49th year draws hundreds of thousands of people to a 7-day celebration of all things music, reflecting the rich diversity of a river city now celebrating its tri-centennial. There was jazz, of course, but also Cajun, zydeco, roots rock, African rhythms, Latin groups and traditional music from Canada to the Republic of Congo.
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Sweating, swaying and so packed at times that they could hardly move, the people singing along to Aerosmith's "Sweet Misery" and "Living on the Edge" had no choice but to surrender to the experience.
"There's nowhere to go, no way to get there. It's like critical density," said Jeff Baker of Fort Collins, Colorado.
Some came with one band or genre in mind, and stayed to soak up many others.
Greg Garrison, himself a musician — he plays penny whistle with the New Orleans Strathspey and Reel Society — caught the last two numbers of The East Pointers, a Canadian Celtic band with Acadian roots, and wanted to hear more: "I've never heard sets that combine jigs and reels and Appalachian style banjo," he said.
Garrison followed the East Pointers to the Cultural Exchange Pavilion, where the plank floor shook as people old and young, bald and tattooed, bounced and danced in time to the music. Saturday's performers there included a group from Congo, a Latin band and a tribute to Louis Armstrong.
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His daughter had headed in another direction, to get to Cage the Elephant with an hour to work through the crowd and toward the stage.
Earlier in the day, two of the grand masters of traditional jazz kicked off the heritage interviews. Clarinetist Dr. Michael White and trumpeter Gregg Stafford talked about the early days of jazz in New Orleans, and how music drew them in, even when they had other plans.
"I never aspired to become a musician," White said. "I heard all the stereotypes. I wanted to eat; I wanted a home."
Paying close attention was Kathy Moss, an attorney from New Orleans. "I like to listen to a lot of jazz but I'm not very educated about it," she said. "I want to discover what's behind the music I love so much."
This version of the story corrects the description of Saturday to say it is the festival's next-to-last day, not the final day. It also corrects to corrects to show that Garrison's daughter was at a different stage than he was.
Amos Gitaï will chair the Cannes Film Festival in November 1939 in Orleans
80 years after its cancellation, the first edition of the Cannes Film Festival will be held in Orleans in November. Amos Gitai will be the president. Between glitz and duty of memory, an initiative hailed on the Croisette.
This was to be the first international festival of the film. All the nations, all the stars united in the most beautiful scenery of the world. Cannes 1939 will not take place. On August 29, 1939, three days before the opening, the festival is canceled, the war is imminent. 80 years later a crazy idea has made its way: recreate this first edition in Orleans. It will be chaired by the Israeli director Amos Gitaï very touched to have been asked.
In 2019 to recreate the Cannes Film Festival 1939, it is an intention that is artistic, political, and which finds again the intentions of 1939. In 2019 one feels tensions to dawn and to rise and these 80 years seem to replay the scene of the end of the thirties.Olivier Loubes, historian
In 1939, the Cannes Film Festival was created in counterpoint to the Venice Film Festival, then under the thumb of Goebbels, Hitler's propaganda minister. This desire was that of the then Minister of Fine Arts Jean Zay.
In 1939 he resigned from the Popular Front government to fight. He will be assassinated five years later by the militia. The creator of the festival will never have known it. Still a pain for his daughters.
Jean Zay combined everything Vichy hated: he was a Jew and a Freemason. He was Minister of the Popular Front. Detestation and political hatred combined with anti-Semitic hatred.Hélène Mouchard-Zay, daughter of Jean Zay
"Our festival would have made France, every year, the world center of cinema," he wrote in detention in 1942 in his book Souvenirs et solitudes.
The 1939 Cannes Film Festival will take place in Orléans, the hometown of Jean Zay, from November 12 to 19, 2019. Thirty films chosen at the time will be screened and judged by a real jury. The Wizard of Oz by Victor Fleming, Mr. Smith in the Senate of Franck Capra or Only angels have wings of Howard Hawks, an official selection between glitters and duty of memory to illuminate issues still contemporary.
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Aerosmith closes annual New Orleans Jazz Fest
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