Bon Jovi has just been added to the line up of this year's Jazz and Heritage Festival. I like Bon Jovi and welcome the chance to see him, but it brings up the problem I have with the way the Fest is going. The Festival is supposed to honor the musical heritage of New Orleans. You don't have to be a New Orleans act but you should at least has some sort of musical ties or musical kinship to the cities vast musical history. In the last half decade the Fest is becoming more concerned with landing big name acts that will draw the crowds. The Jazz Fest used to be unique among the many other big fests throughout the country, but it's becoming just one more a group.
This tears me in two directions. I like the big names, but I wish that the Fest could concretrate more on the smaller acts. I know it's not feasible but I can wish. It's a sort of Catch 22, they need the big names to get people through the gates. I just dont want them losing too much of the local flavor.
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