Here we are, at the dates of the Jazz Fest That Should Have Been.
It’s times like these—when we can vividly picture ourselves crowding into the fairgrounds, donning our hats and slathering on sunscreen—that we fully start to comprehend the historical shift we’re collectively experiencing.
Who would have expected, when the 2020 Jazz Fest lineup was announced back in January, that we would not get to see the likes of Lizzo, the Who, Lionel Richie, the Wu-Tang Clan or countless other musical legends this weekend? That the fairgrounds would be empty, or that we’d each be relegated into our respective homes after weeks of isolation, with no idea when things will return to normal?
At RenPub, we’re feeling the same pang of loss and frustration as all New Orleanians—and all people around the world, for that matter. However, we have to remember that, unlike our usual societal pauses during hurricane season, the sun still shines. Who’s to say that we can’t put on our Bayouwear from seasons past, mix ourselves a strawberry and rum daiquiri, and grasp that irreplaceable Jazz Fest feeling?
That’s certainly what we intend to do, and we invite you to join us. Set up your comfiest chair in the backyard, grab a cold drink, and fire up one of our 2020 Jazz Fest playlists—featuring the acts you would have seen.
We might be physically distant, but the spirit of New Orleans and Jazz Fest has, and always will, live inside us. Let’s make this a Fest like no other.