April 26, 2009
NEW ORLEANS — Veterans, lathered in SPF 30, clutching a daily lineup with scribbled priorities and lugging nothing heavier than a folding camp chair, can always spot the newbies. They're the ones with sunburned limbs, stiff footwear and iPods. The common ground? Mile-wide smiles, ringing eardrums and grease-stained T-shirts.
Both groups were in abundance at this weekend's 40th New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which wraps up Sunday night before cranking up again for a closing blowout Thursday through May 3.