May 5, 2003
I'm back from the New Orleans Jazz Fest, which was of course amazing. Got to see lots of great music: Los Lobos, Ben Harper, the Funky Meters, Blackalicious, some amazing gospel and Dixieland, and on and on...
But the true highlight of the trip: I got to beatbox with Michael Franti and Spearhead
again -- courtesy of their beatboxer, RadioActive. Me and Radio did about 5 minutes of back-and-forth cutting and scratching and generally ripping it up. The audience went nuts.
Michael and Radio and everyone I met who was even remotely connected to Spearhead were all such wonderful, open-hearted human beings. If you haven't seen them in concert, you must. It's a booty-shaking, heart-opening, consciousness-raising, community-building experience.