How do people learn about jazz shows — and why do they go? We're continuing our investigation through the Meet The Jazz Audience interview series at this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Independent producer Lauren Peterson caught up with community organizer and New Orleans native following a performance of a local college jazz band. —Ed.
Kimberly Dilosa, 36
Performer: Delgado Community College Jazz Ensemble
Venue: Congo Square Stage, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, New Orleans, La.
Date: May 6, 2011
How did you decide to come see this particular performance? Well, I'm always here in Congo Square. It's my favorite area in the Jazz Fest. So we're just hanging out within, you know, cooling out.
What did you think of the performance? Oh, I thought it was wonderful. My husband is a Delgado College alumni, so we always try to support the things that they do, and I always like to support things that young people do.
Do you often attend more of the actual jazz events at Jazz Fest? I do. I love jazz. I love all forms of music, but I'm really partial to jazz. That's what I listen to when I need to relax.
Do you have any favorite artists? Not really, not one in particular. You know, of course, big Marsalis Family fan, being from New Orleans. Terence Blanchard, I like kind of the locals, Trombone Shorty...
I love Trombone Shorty. Mmm-hmm!
So what is it like coming to Jazz Fest as a native New Orleanian? Is it a different vibe? It is, it's a different vibe. You know, it's really like a big family reunion. You come out here, away from what you do in your work or your business and you see everybody enjoying themselves, enjoying family and you eat things you probably wouldn't normally eat year-round.
What are your favorite Jazz Fest foods? The Crawfish Monica, of course, the strawberry lemonade I love. Mango ice, fried chicken, I could go on and on.
You really can't go wrong! Thank you so much. You're welcome!
This feature was produced by a member of the Association of Independents in Radio, with assistance from Mike Elliot of WWOZ in New Orleans. More coverage of Jazz Fest 2011 is throughout A Blog Supreme. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.